Sexcapades And the City

By Lisa de Moraes
Thursday, March 16, 2006

Look out, all you Washingtonians who ever had sex with Jessica Cutler, proposed having sex with Jessica Cutler, discussed sex with Jessica Cutler, or ever brushed up against Jessica Cutler -- the infamous Senate aide whose sexual antics scandalized/enthralled our fair city a couple of years ago.

HBO is plowing ahead with a sitcom based on "The Washingtonienne," the D.C.-set novel inspired by Cutler's blog of same name in which she discussed her exploits with a boatload of men around town in such glorious detail.

The pay-cable network project is being developed by Sarah Jessica Parker's Pretty Matches production company.

Parker, you'll recall, was the star of HBO's long-running sitcom about a sex-advice columnist in Manhattan, based on Candace Bushnell's columns about single life in New York City and subsequent book of same name. One year ago, Parker's Pretty Matches signed a deal to develop shows for HBO.

The comedy -- unless you're one of Cutler's sex partner-muses -- now has a scriptwriter attached: Vanessa Taylor. She was one of the creators of the WB's short-lived Washingtonesque show "Jack & Bobby," which was emphatically not about the Kennedy brothers, except that they were brothers named Jack and Bobby and one of them became president of the United States, only in this case Bobby.

And Jason Blum, described as a "young, hot, up-and-coming guy" by one of our sources, has been attached as a co-executive producer. He was the executive producer of HBO's flick "Hysterical Blindness," which starred Uma Thurman and Juliette Lewis as single chicks seeking guys in '80s New Jersey.

You'll get a kick out of this: Cutler, who less than two years ago was telling anyone who could use a laptop that she "just took a long lunch with X and made a quick $400," has gone all shy and reticent when we e-mailed her to try to talk to her about the HBO project. She declines to comment, a rep told The TV Column.

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We Watch American Idol So You Don't Have To
After thoroughly messing with our heads and making us think that a guy as pretty as Ace Young might actually get voted out this early in the competition, "American Idol" instead booted Melissa McGhee and the Earth returned to its axis.

McGhee had forgotten the words to a Stevie Wonder song -- not once, but twice -- during the previous night's Sing a Stevie Wonder Song competition, so she clearly needed to go.

But not before Wonder got to plug his new album, performing "My Love Is on Fire," and not before Ace was pronounced a Bottom Three vote-getter, both of which were strangely unsettling.

First, show host Ryan Seacrest made the enormous mistake of asking Wonder, who'd helped the Idolettes choose and rehearse songs from his medley of hits, what he thought of this year's top-12 crop.


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