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*HBO has put in development “These Things Happen,” a half-hour comedy to be produced by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Prods under the company’s deal with the pay cable network.

“These Things Happen” is set in present day Manhattan and focuses on two couples – one gay, one straight. They share a 15-year-old son, who lives on the upper East Side with his mother and doctor stepfather. Trying to get to know his impressive, distant father better, he moves in for a semester with him and his long-time partner who forms an instant friendship with the boy.

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The project is based on the first novel by TV writer-producer Richard Kramer (“Thirtysomething,” “My So-Called Life”), which was published last fall.

Kramer will write the script and executive produce.