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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 12/10/2010

Obits on TV: 'Circling the Drain'

By Adam Bernstein
Adam Bernstein

Prosecco and caviar? Or champagne and foie gras? The Bugatti or the Aston Martin? Do we keep our rendezvous with Anna Chapman at Abe Lincoln's nose on Mount Rushmore?

Yes, the sex, romance and intrigue of life on the obit desk is about to get its due. Timothy Smith, a contributor to The Post's obits page, informed us via an article in the London Guardian that a new TV show is in the works. Called -- for now -- "Circling the Drain," the show may do for obits what "All the President's Men" did for investigative reporting. Or not.

At any rate, it stars limpid Alessandra Torresani, who has had roles in "JAG," "Arrested Development" and "Bones." "Circling the Drain" will follow a young American female reporter (Torresani) who leaves the paper's style section for obits.

Michael Eisner, the show's producer and the former Disney chieftain, reportedly said he "loved the idea of a young girl who is starting out life writing about death against the backdrop of an industry that may also be circling the drain."

Can't help but wonder if the show will be DOA. But please, oh, please send us your thoughts on plot developments, etc.

By Adam Bernstein  | December 10, 2010; 12:01 PM ET
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Adam, catch up on your pop culture references! Torresani has most recently and prominently portrayed one of the central characters in "Caprica," the now doomed (needs an obit) prequel to the "reimagined" Battlestar Galactica" that wrapped in 2009.

Posted by: aabbey1 | December 13, 2010 3:25 AM | Report abuse

I think the WaPo obit writers are fantastic. They tell the story of someone's life in a very short space and it's always interesting. First thing I read in the paper - no kidding. I have heard that Obits is where they send young reporters to hone their skills - I hope that's true (although I haven't seen much evidence of it in the "mainstream" reporters such as well...maybe he should remain nameless but he seems to have sprung from the "School of Snark" and hates Glenn Beck). Anyway, keep it up - great writing.

Posted by: ikins | December 13, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

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