NBC Plans “Valley of the Dolls” TV Series

Forty five years on and still one of the biggest selling books in history, Jacqueline Susann’s dishy classic “Valley of the Dolls” is being turned into a TV series for NBC by “Precious” director Lee Daniels, Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment says Deadline.

The book spans two decades and covers the career highs and ultimate self-destruction of three female best friends: Anne Welles, who works at a Broadway talent agency; Neely O’Hara, a vaudeville star; and Jennifer North, a showgirl.

The title refers to the sleeping pills they all become addicted to. The film was previously adapted into film in 1967, into a TV mini-series in 1981 and a late-night soap in 1994.

Daniels is set to write the adaptation and executive produce with Chernin and Katherine Pope.