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Tegan and Sara to turn Calgary-set memoir, High School, into TV series

Sara Quin (on chair) and Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara. Courtesy, Warner Records.
Sara Quin (on chair) and Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara. Courtesy, Warner Records.

Calgary-born singer-songwriters Tegan and Sara Quin will be turning their bestselling memoir about growing up in northeast Calgary into a TV show for IMDb TV, although no decision has been made about where it will be filmed.

Industry publications, including Deadline, reported earlier this week that a half-hour, coming-of-age comedy series based on the Quin sisters’ book, High School, is currently in development by actress-director Clea DuVall, who will write and direct the pilot. Amazon Studios and Plan B Entertainment, Brad Pitt’s production company, are also involved.

The Quin sisters will be executive producers of the series.

High School covers the formative years of the Quin sisters, who have gone onto Grammy-winning superstardom as Tegan & Sara. The book, which was released last year, highlights the twins’ years at Crescent Heights high school, chronicling their early romances, family life, early musical career and coming to terms with their sexuality.

The series has been described as “a transcendent story of first loves and first songs. Through a backdrop of ’90s grunge and rave culture, the series tangles itself in the parallel and discordant memories of two sisters growing up down the hall from one another.”

DuVall is known for roles in 1999’s Girl, Interrupted and 2012 Argo. She has recently been seen in the HBO series Veep and The Handmaid’s Tale. She also co-created the upcoming Fox animated series Housebroken.

When contacted by Postmedia, representatives from Tegan and Sara’s management said the series is still in its early stages and no decision about where it will be filmed has been made.

Tegan and Sara will hold a free online event hosted by author and musician Vivek Shraya for Wordfest to talk about their memoir and celebrate its launch in paperback on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. Visit for more details.

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