Starz has ordered half-hour drama SWEETBITTER to series, the premium streaming network announced Wednesday.
Based on Stephanie Danler’s bestselling novel, the series will follow 22-year-old Tess who, shortly after arriving in New York City, lands a job at a celebrated downtown restaurant. Swiftly introduced to the world of drugs, alcohol, love, lust, dive bars, and fine dining, she learns to navigate the chaotically alluring, yet punishing life she has stumbled upon. This is the story of a young woman’s coming-of-age, set against the rich and grimy backdrop of exclusive restaurants, conjuring a nonstop and high-adrenaline world evoking the possibility, beauty, and fragility of being young and adrift.
“Stephanie’s smart, sensory and genuine storytelling is set in the world of high-end dining, fueled by too much debauchery, drugs and French wine,” said Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht in a statement. “Stephanie, Stu and Plan B have found an exciting way to translate the celebration of senses depicted in the book to the screen, and along the way, will post a love letter to New York City. We look forward to announcing our Tess, Jake, Simone and Howard soon.”
Danler wrote the adaptation of her novel and will serve as an executive producer alongside Stu Zicherman and Plan B Entertainment. Donna Bloom will serve as producer on the six-episode freshman season.
This marks the second half-hour drama series Starz is picking up, following Vida a few weeks back, and furthering investing a format they pioneered with The Girlfriend Experience last year.
Linda Ge | TV Editor