Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 7/17/14

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

  • Ronald Zajdlic (EASTENDERS) is writing all 8 episodes of BBC America’s TATAU, a drama about a pair of 20-somethings who discover “paradise” in the Cook Islands. And then discover it isn’t paradise at all. (Actually, that’s yer Friendly Neighborhood Muncher’s take on the press release, which doesn’t sound that interesting at all. So sue me.)
  • Greg Poehler (the Swedish show TODAY and also, um, Amy’s bro) is writer/producer/star of NBC’s summer show WELCOME TO SWEDEN, which already has been a hit in – where else? – Sweden. (I lurve Greg. He’s smart, funny, and he owes me. What more do ya need in a friend? Go get ’em, tiger!)
  • Al Gough & Miles Millar (SMALLVILLE) are writing the pilot for and running the already-guaranteed series of SHANNARA, a fantasy series based on Terry Brooks‘ best selling series of books over at MTV. (In other words, the teenybopper network (does anybody remember that word?) wants its own idiot audience-friendly GAME OF THRONES. And since the books are pretty much about the victory of dumb comedy over anything even remotely related to story, logic, or decent prose writing, and SMALLVILE was, well, about as small in the demonstration of talent as any show could be, I’d say this series will give the execs even more drivel than they ever dreamed of wanting.)
  • Gough & Miller have another series to run as well for AMC. It’s called BADLANDS, and is “a genre-bending martial arts series based on the classic Chinese tale Journey to the West.” (To which I say, “Hey, gotta be better than SHANNARA, you know.” In fact, considering these two projects, who knows? We might be looking at the next Orci & Kurtzman here. Ain’t saying if methinks that’s good or bad though. Hehe.)