Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 1/13/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Shawn Ryan (THE SHIELD) has re-upped at Sony Pictures TV for another 3 years. (Remember when Shawn was relevant? In the days before LAST RESORT and the never-to-be-seen BEVERLY HILLS COP pilot? Sigh…)
  • Jeff Lowell (TWO AND A HALF MEN) is writing an untitled ABC comedy pilot that “exposes the unfiltered internal monologues of a young couple embarking on a new relationship. (Which sounds pretty cool until you realize that TV networks think that the only way to “expose…internal monologues” is to do those stultifying “interview” scenes ala THE OFFICE and MODERN FAMILY and a zillion others shows. Sigh…)
  • DENIS LEARY (RESCUE ME) is writing and ultimately starring in SEX&DRUGS&ROCK&ROLL, a comedy pilot for FX. (And I’m grinning from ear to ear here kids, just from the title – and, yeppers, Mr. Leary. Nothing to sigh about with this one!)
  • LaKendra Tookes (newbie) has joined the writing staff of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. (She’s black, she’s a woman, she’s a writer…oh, Lord, it’s a Whole New World at last! And no, I’m not being sarcastic. I think this is great.)
  • Leslie Jones (newbie) has also joined the SNL writing team and is also an African-American woman. (And I’m lovin’ on this as well. Big thanks to old pal Lorne Michaels. Yeah, that’s right, I’m tight with the Lornester. You didn’t know your friendly neighborhood munchman was so well-connected, didja?)