Winsberg will pen the script and exec produce the comedy alongside Sparks and his Warner Bros. Television-based Nicholas Sparks Productions banner. Sparks' president of production Theresa Park will also exec produce. Stacey Levin is attached as a supervising producer.
Should The Next Chapter move forward, it would be Sparks' first scripted comedy and first original series. The best-selling author also had Lifetime drama Deliverance Creek set as a backdoor pilot/TV movie that did not move forward.
The news comes as Sparks' beloved film The Notebook is also in development as a TV reboot at The CW via WBTV with the author on board as an exec producer.
Winsberg's credits include Broadway musical First Date as well as Hearts and Clubs with Christina Aguilera for ABC Family and a John Legend entry for Showtime. He's repped by CAA, Trevor Engelson at Underground and Bloom Hergott.
Sparks — whose books The Longest Ride, The Best of Me, The Lucky One, Dear John and Message in a Bottle, among others — have been adapted for the big-screen, is with UTA.
Divorce has been one of the biggest themes this development season in comedy, with projects from Shonda Rhimes, among others.
Author Nicholas Sparks explains the process of adapting his novel 'Safe Haven' into a screenplay in this 2014 video from THR.