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Other Desert Cities Scribe Jon Robin Baitz to Slap His Way Back to TV

Other Desert Cities Scribe Jon Robin Baitz to Slap His Way Back to TV
Jon Robin Baitz
Jon Robin Baitz will adapt 'The Slap' for American TV.

Jon Robin Baitz, author of last season's Tony-nominated drama Other Desert Cities and creator of the ABC series Brothers & Sisters, will return to TV with NBC's The Slap, according to The mini-series will air eight episodes. No pilot director, casting or air-dates have been announced at this time. 

Based on a popular 2011 Australian series and the 2008 best-selling novel, The Slap explores what happens when an adult man slaps a child, who he is not related to, in the middle of a suburban barbecue. The Australian series won five Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards  including Best Telefilm, Mini-Series or Short-Run Series. The Slap also received a BAFTA nomination for Best International Program.

Baitz was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist and received a Tony nomination for his first Broadway outing, Other Desert Cities. His other plays include The Substance of Fire, Three Hotels, Ten Unknowns and A Fair Country. His TV work as a writer includes Brothers & Sisters, The West Wing, Fallen Angels and Alias.

Check out a trailer for the Australian version of The Slap below.

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