Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/21/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Matt Greenberg (1408 ) is writing a version of some old manuscript called BEOWULF for Syfy. (And all we can do is…hmm, come to think of it, there’s absolutely nothing we can do, or even say. This idea doesn’t even rouse us enough to shrug. How about you?)
  • Christopher Hampton (DANGEROUS LIASONS) is turning his Oscar winning screenplay for said project into a TV series at the BBC. (Which hopes to get it onto U.S. TV cuz…$$$. (Are we looking forward to a series about an evil couple who spend all their time corrupting/debauching innocents? Should we be? Gotta admit that our answer to one of those questions is, “Yeppers!” Can you guess which one?)
  • Bob Brush (THE WONDER YEARS) is writing STAR CRAZY, a drama abut a young Latina singer as she rises from poverty to fame and fortune for The CW. (Does this mean that Selina Gomez has conquered the world and become a mythic character all by her lonesome? Without the Bieb? Ain’t life grand?)
  • The brotherly writing team of Roberto Benabib & Kim Benabib are writing the pilot for THE BRINK an HBO comedy about dirty politics and stuff like that. (HOUSE OF CARDS with episodes that only take half as long to watch? If so, our hat is off to Netflix for starting what could be an interesting trend? Or is this doomed to end up just another same-old, same-old? Whatcha think?)
  • Katie Ford & Jane Ford’s Canadian series, WORKING THE ENGELS, is coming to the U.S. via NBC in what’s billed as “the first sitcom collaboration between a U.S. and Canadian broadcaster.” (Our experience with comedy is Canada urges us to label this an impending disaster, but we’re happy to be corrected by anyone out there with a good sense of humor. Canadians, of course, need not apply cuz…comedy, y’know? Are we gonna get in trouble for this?)