Several years after she got unceremoniously dumped from “The View,” Star Jones will get her chance to help cast a fictional version of the TV talkfest with the making of her novel “Satan’s Sisters” into first a TV movie and then a series.
Wendy Williams announced last week that she was teaming with Suzanne de Passe to form a production company that would create entertainment vehicles for movies and television, starting with Star’s book that was inspired by her time on “The View.”
While Jones has always said the novel was not directly based on the ladies on “The View,” she said the characters in the novel were all compilations of people she either worked with or knew over the years. The book’s plot was a case of art imitating life, as a woman who was cast off the fictional daytime talk show gets revenge by writing a tell-all book about her time on the show and her co-stars. Part of the fun of the novel was reading through it and trying to figure out which of the stories really happened in real life and who they happened to.
One of the most entrancing casting decisions will be who plays the part of the show’s grande dame, who is clearly based on Barbara Walters—Jones’ nemesis. While the character in the book has many of the same career triumphs as Walters, there is one major difference: The book character is black. So she is more of a combination of Barbara Walters and Oprah Winfrey.
The VH1 made-for-tv movie will produced under the “Wendy Williams Presents” banner.
Star also made news with comments she made about Anderson Cooper announcing that he’s gay.
“He’s a daytime talk show host and when the rating slip in daytime, the hosts tend to tell you lots of things about them.’
She added, “I remember Oprah said she smoked crack, Oprah said she was pregnant at 14 and considered suicide. There [are] times when you generate information for ratings.”