Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 7/15/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Theresa Rebeck (SMASH) is writing the pilot for Bravo’s drama series FORTUNE, an adaptation of Charles Dickens‘ Bleak House. (Fortunately for the budget – and just possibly for viewer interest as well – it’s going to be set here and now so we can better appreciate it as some spoiled rich people fight over an inheritance. Yeppers, spoiled rich people as protagonists. We don’t think we’d be out of line in saying that somebody is not paying attention to the temper of the times.)
  • Bruce Lee (yeppers, that Bruce Lee) has written something that’s being interpreted as the basis for a new TV series and CAA, which represents the production company, PERFECT STORM ENTERTAINMENT, is looking for a showrunner. (The time to get your people on this with CAA’s people is now. Cuz you’ve always wanted to work, um, with the world’s coolest martial artist, right? “WATAAAAW!”)
  • Looks like another showrunner gig is up for grabs. Rene Echevarria has stepped down as showrunner of the upcoming CBS series INTELLIGENCE, leaving a gap for some enterprising TVWriter™ reader to exploit. (Of course, this being Hollywood, the major qualification for the gig is that the writer neither want nor need it, which really makes the executives salivate. So if you don’t really care about running INTELLIGENCE – insert joke here – then have your agent call CBS and tell them they can’t have you and you’ll get it for sure. Um, WTF did we just say?)