AMELA REDMOND SATRAN IS
having a celebrity moment, and
she’s neither too self-effacing nor
too old to make the most of it.
“Hopefully, there will be some big
party and Darren Star will invite me,”
Redmond Satran says from a corner table
at Raymond’s, the bustling restaurant in
her adopted hometown of Montclair. The
Star to whom she alludes is the creator of
such TV megahits as Sex & the City,
Melrose Place and Beverly Hills 90210.
The big party, in her imagining,
might take place in Hollywood. It
might include a red carpet, flashbulbs
and dewy starlets in formal wear. It
might involve Redmond Satran herself
shucking the fuzzy gray sweater she is
wearing on this chilly day and donning a
designer gown and stilettos.
“This is the sort of thing that doesn’t
happen every day,” she acknowledges,
laughing about her fantasy between sips
of black coffee. “I am totally leaning into
Younger All the Time
Pamela Redmond Satran’s novel about a middle-
aged Jersey mom with a secret gets the Darren
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this as far as I can.”
Redmond Satran is the
author of the 2005 novel
Younger, which TV wizard
Star has turned into a
comedy series that will
have its premiere—with
any luck, a splashy one—
March 31 on the TV Land network.
Younger, the book and the series, is
about a New Jersey woman named Liza
(Alice in the book) nearing middle age
who is in desperate need of reinvention.
Liza—played in the series by Sutton Foster—dropped out of the workforce when
she was in her 20s to raise her daughter.
Now her daughter is a teenager, her marriage of 20 years has gone belly up, and
her ex-husband has squandered all their
money. Liza is too old and too broke to
take an entry-level job in book publishing, the field she left as an assistant. But
she’s too far removed from the fray to
command an executive’s job and salary.
So she does what any struggling
40ish woman with good genes and a
little cunning might be tempted to do:
She subjects herself to an extreme age-defying regimen and masquerades as a
26-year-old. That’s when things start
looking up professionally and romantically. To re-indoctrinate Liza into
the sometimes befuddling culture of
20-somethings, we have Hilary Duff,
the former teen idol and Lizzie McGuire star, who plays Liza’s coworker
on the show.
“This is a story about life choices,
As for Satran, she’s thrilled with the
which makes it universal and relatable,”
says Larry Jones, TV Land’s president.
“It’s also a story about real time travel,
not fake time travel. And that’s what
Star, the show’s executive producer,
director and co-writer, “fell in love” with
the concept instantly,” says Jones. So
did Patricia Field, the costume designer
for Sex & the City, and a consultant on
Younger. “They have such huge massive
influence,” adds Jones. “That’s when we
knew we wanted to get on board.” The
show also is a perfect fit for TV Land’s key
demographic: 25- to 49-year-old women.
casting of Foster, a two-time Tony-win-
ning Broadway actress best known for
her leading roles in Thoroughly Modern