British-Indian Novelist Salman Rushdie to Pen U.S. TV Series

Salman Rushdie

Make room for another British Invader on U.S. TV. Indian-born, British-based novelist Sir Salman Rushdie will try his hand at scripting and executive producing a TV drama for Showtime. It’s called Next People, and as Deadline reports, the series “dissects different aspects of contemporary American life.” (Hmmm, could that be more vague?) Rushdie reportedly loves U.S. culture and divides his time between New York and London.

Apparently, the project came together within a few months, with the respected novelist wishing to make a move into TV, and Showtime president David Nevins “wooing” him. Rushdie reportedly was so taken with Nevins’s enthusiasm that he didn’t shop the project elsewhere.

Given that Rushdie’s ex-wife Padma Lakshmi is the host of the U.S. series Top Chef, I smell an awkward Emmy red carpet moment in the works…

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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