Cindy Chupack Sells Girlfriends Comedy Inspired By Her Real-Life Experiences To ABC


Winner of three Golden Globes and two Emmy-award winning writer of Sex and the city, Cindy Chupack is busy working on another single-camera comedy which revolves around female friends.

‘Dish’ is based on Chupack’s real-life experiences and is about three Venice, CA based female friends, one a single mother, one married and one single.

They meet once a week at a restaurant called ‘Dish’ and talk about their love life, career and their idea of “having it all.” The three friends do “have it all” among them but not individually.

ABC Studios along with Karey Burke and Todd Holland’s studio-based Dark Toy banner brings to you the tale of three female friends, Dish.

A Sunday night yoga-and-dinner tradition on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice that she had when she first got married to late TV writer Padma Atluri (died of cancer in 2011 at age 39) along with a couple of other friends, is the inspiration behind Dish.

Chupack said, “Once a week you had this oasis of sanity and hilarity to keep you going,” she added, “I miss those dinners, and with this show I wanted to resurrect their spirit, and Padma’s spirit.” Anya, one of the three women in Dish is inspired by Padma, especially how she finds out at 28 that her mother will not be arranging her marriage and she was free to choose her own husband.

As a result, despite of very little dating experience, it was up to her to find love.

Chupack said, “With this show, I want to call bullshit on one thing that seems to be the norm on television for shows about friends,” she continued, “My friends don’t live or work together.

As my friends and I marry and have kids or move up or down in our careers, we increasingly have very separate lives, separate homes, separate jobs …

and that’s created the problem I want to address in this show: Once you get the husband or kid or career – or all three – you don’t have time for friends, but you need them more than ever.

So you have to make time, even if it’s just once a week, because it keeps you sane.” Cindy Chupack recently worked on ABC’s flagship comedy, ‘Modern Family.’

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