10 Steamy Books That Would Make Excellent Television Soap Operas
No. 8: Right Side of the Wrong Bed by Frederick Smith
Television execs are becoming much more comfortable green lighting stories about the LGBT community. Of course for every Will & Grace or Modern Family, there's a The New Normal. HBO's upcoming San Franciso dramedy, Looking, once again offers hope there will be room for sudsy, well-written stories about the gay experience.
If Hollywood is looking for a writer skilled in telling such stories, they need look no further than Frederick Smith. The educator has turned spinning sultry tales of love and lust in SoCal into quite the impressive side hustle.
Smith's upcoming work, Play It Forward, dives into the world of black gay Hollywood, but it was Right Side of The Wrong Bed, his 2007 story of interracial love between a buttoned up Los Angeles buppie (black Yuppie) and a thuggish East L.A. Latino, that had me racing to the final chapter.
By adapting Right Side of the Wrong Bed for television, LOGO might finally make me forgive them for ending Sordid Lives so abruptly. I said they might.
Wishful Casting: Noah's Arc's Darryl Stephens as Kenny Kane and Guiding Light and Revenge's EJ Bonilla as Jeremy Lopez.
Also check out Down For Whatever by Frederick Smith.