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November 24, 2011  | by: Dania McDermott
Valley of the Dolls (1967)

Valley of the Dolls (1967)

NBC is once again trying its hand at historical fiction, this time with a little help from Jacqueline Susann. Though its premiere date remains unknown, Valley of the Dolls, the series, will indeed hit boob tubes at some point in the not-too-distant future.

It’s not clear whether the series adaptation will be based on the 1967 film treatment or the original novel, but NBC execs aren’t leaving anything to chance having elected an A-lister to helm the project.

Lee Daniels Presents Valley of the Dolls

Lee Daniels Presents Valley of the Dolls

Serving as the series’ writer and director, Oscar-nominee Lee Daniels is faced with the task of re-imagining a story that instantly resonated with its audience in 1966 and remains a source of campy, unapologetic humor today.

Chronicling the highs and lows (pun intended) of three young women seeking success in “the biz,” Valley… isn’t exactly novel in its inspiration. But it is supremely entertaining.

And it may just have nearly as many lives as a cat: Within a year of the book being published, the film was released. Commercially successful but panned by critics, most would assume that Valley… had run its course.

It hadn’t. In 1981, the long winded mini-series, Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls, marked its first TV appearance. Its second, the 1994 night time soap, Valley of the Dolls, was apparently racy enough to warrant a disclaimer, but unimpressive enough to be canceled after one season.

Which of course leaves us wondering what awful modernistic undertones will permeate the latest series, no matter how hard the set designers strive to create a semblance of mid-60′s swag . The fact that it’s on a network whose recent attempt at establishing a series set in 1961 proved a predictable failure doesn’t bode well, either.  We may have to pop some dolls to stomach this one.

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