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The sitcom adaptation of Alameda author Mary Pols' memoir premiers this month.


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Excited as she was that CBS bought the TV rights to her first book, Alameda author Mary Pols was more than a little nervous watching the pilot episode of Accidentally on Purpose. She couldn’t predict what a team of 10 writers would do with her memoir, a story about hooking up with a man she met in a San Francisco bar, getting pregnant, and becoming a single mom to her now five-year-old son, Dolan.

“I was really, really scared of watching it. I felt paranoid. Trepidation. Nervous tension. Anxiety. And yet, I still laughed. And I don’t think it was purely hysterical laughter. I think there’s really funny stuff in there,” says Pols, a former film critic for the Contra Costa Times who writes about movies for Time magazine and Time.com.

The sitcom, starring Jenna Elfman, premieres September 21 in a killer time slot—right between hit sitcoms How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men. Pols hopes the show will give her book a second bounce in sales and—fingers crossed—is a big enough hit to pay for Dolan’s education. “I would love to be able to say to him, You know how you got to go to college? It was because of this TV sitcom.”

Accidentally on Purpose airs Mondays on CBS at 8:30 p.m.

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