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A TV Adaptation of Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s Newest Book Is Coming

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“Fleishman Is In Trouble” author Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s sophomore novel is coming out this July — and a TV adaptation of the yet-to-be-released book is already in the works.

Long Island Compromise,” which is coming out in novel form on July 9, will stream on Apple TV+, after Apple won a “multiple-platform bidding war,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Brodesser-Akner will be adapting the novel for TV and will be on as executive producer, teaming up again with “Fleishman” collaborators Susannah Grant and Sarah Timberman. Former HBO chief Richard Plepler of Eden Productions is also signed on as executive producer.

The show is currently in the development stage. While the premise of “Long Island Compromise,” a family saga about the repercussions of the patriarch’s 1980 kidnapping from the family’s driveway almost four decades later, is very different from the story of the newly divorced Toby Fleishman and his disappearing wife, it promises to be at least as Jewish — if not more. The story takes place in a heavily Jewish Long Island suburb and explores themes like Jewish tradition, the horrors of history, the Jewish American dream, old wives’ tales, the evil eye, dybbuks and perhaps most importantly, Mandy Patinkin. We sincerely hope he signs up to play himself in the series. It’s only right.

The story also features orgies and pyramid schemes, promising to be darker and seedier than Brodesser-Akner’s first output. Still, it’s safe to say that this show about a family finding itself will have difficult-to-watch scenes too, a la Claire’s birth and primal scream in “Fleishman.”

“Fleishman” was such an excellent and heart-wrenching show, one that depicted a casual sense of Judaism so well. Here’s hoping “Long Island Compromise” is just as good, if not better, pu pu pu.

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