George Hodgman’s Bettyville is in the Works at Paramount Television
Paramount TV are sent to develop a half hour dramedy series based on George Hodgman’s memoir Bettyville, with John Hoffman to write the script. Hodgman and Hoffman will both executive produce along side Amy Nauiokas and Anne Carey. The story tells the story of Hodgman’s returning home for his mother Betty’s birthday, only to find that this independent woman now needs the assitance she never thoguht she’d ask for, the book is said to be at times hysterical but also heart wrenching as mother and son try their best to make things right between them as they redefine the home they find themselves sharing once more.
With Bettyville, George Hodgman has written an exquisite memoir that is unflinchingly real and deeply touching. It’s a narrative that resonates and entertains, and we are thrilled to have an opportunity to adapt it for a television audience. We are also excited to be partnering with John Hoffman, a great talent and seasoned storyteller, as well as Amy and Anne, who share our passion and vision for developing high-quality, original programming. – Amy Powell (President of Paramount Television)
I was in love with George’s memoir by page 10, and I called John Hoffman by the time I hit page 40. John and I both grew up in the Midwest, and I knew immediately he was the perfect match for George’s funny and poignant story. Archer Gray is very excited to be developing this material with Paramount TV. We could not imagine better partners. – Anne Carey
When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself—an unlikely caretaker and near-lethal cook—in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will. Will George lure her into assisted living? When hell freezes over. He can’t bring himself to force her from the home both treasure—the place where his father’s voice lingers, the scene of shared jokes, skirmishes, and, behind the dusty antiques, a rarely acknowledged conflict: Betty, who speaks her mind but cannot quite reveal her heart, has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay.
As these two unforgettable characters try to bring their different worlds together, Hodgman reveals the challenges of Betty’s life and his own struggle for self-respect, moving readers from their small town—crumbling but still colorful—to the star-studded corridors of Vanity Fair.