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Jayson Blair is everywhere

November 12, 2003|From Newsday

Watch out, Amy Fisher. Jayson Blair is threatening to break your record.

The "Long Island Lolita's" attack on her lover's wife provided fodder for three TV movies in 1993. Blair, the reporter who scandalized the New York Times in the spring when it got out that he had faked or plagiarized some three dozen stories, already has been the inspiration this fall for episodes of "Law & Order" and its spin-off, "Criminal Intent." Now, Showtime has "The Jayson Blair Project" on its movie-development list, with a targeted premiere date of late next year or early 2005.

Word is that it's going to be a "dark comedy" in the vein of HBO's reality-based satire "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom" (1993) rather than a conventional TV movie.

Of course, that's still a possibility, because Blair has a deal with New Millennium Press to write a book, "Burning Down My Master's House: My Life at the New York Times," movie rights to which most certainly will be peddled.

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