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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Best News Of The Day: Aisha Tyler's Bestselling Book, "Self-Inflicted Wounds," Is Being Adapted For TV

It's just the early afternoon and we don't even have all the details yet, but I can already say that Aisha Tyler's bestselling book, Self-Inflicted Wounds, becoming a TV sitcom is the best news I will hear today, and maybe even this week.

You may know Tyler, who I consider my best friend in my head, as the voice of Lana Kane on the hilarious animated FX show Archer, or as one of the talking heads on The Talk or perhaps from her hugely popular podcast, Girl on Guy. As much as I love her as the now preggers spy diva on Archer, I developed an even bigger obsession crush on her after reading Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation. Do you ever get one of those feelings as you're reading a book that you're reading about yourself? That was me, as I flipped through each page of Tyler's book. Wounds is a compilation of lighthearted horror stories from various stages of Tyler's life, some of which--according to Tyler's disclaimer early in the book--could be pure fiction or just slight elaborations, that ultimately serve as hilarious anecdotes that allow readers to embrace their failures yet learn from them at the same time. An even more empowering lesson from the book is that teaches readers how to be able to laugh at themselves, which is something Tyler has never had a problem doing. After all, laughter is the best remedy.

This should all inspire plenty of comedic moments for the forthcoming small screen adaptation, which according to The Hollywood Reporter does not yet have a writer or a network attached. At the very least it will offer audiences an all too overlooked image of a 6-foot tall African-American feminist nerd young woman in a lead role who's never taken no for answer, and has never hidden her love of Star Wars, video games and Tolkien from the cool kids who once judged her for being "different." If done right, the show has the potential to become a similar success as Issa Rae's The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl YouTube series sensation (at least I hope).

I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that they get great writers on board who can understand the complexities of this kind of character and an actress who can bring her to life (unless Tyler decides to be the star of the show, which would be awesome). Tyler and her management company, ROAR, will reportedly executive produce the show. Off the top of my head, I can't think of another known actress who's 6 feet tall and can embody this kind of role, but I am always up for an open casting call.

Can you think of any name talent (writers or actors) for this project? Please share in the comment box. As for now, I am SUPER psyched about this. What about you?


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