Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 8/15/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Sylvia Day’s romance novel series Crossfire has been optioned by Lionsgate for a TV series. So if that’s your kind of thing, time to have your agent get to working for you. (And don’t forget to tell us when you get the development gig so we can go viral by breaking the news.)
  • Chris Alberghini & Mike Chessler (90210 reboot) are the new showrunners of MTV’s AWKWARD, which was renewed last week. (Hmm, if we’d posted this news then would we have been a viral sensation? Guess that would depend on whether anybody cares about MTV anymore.)
  • Speaking of AWKWARD, creator and ex-showrunner Lauren Iumgerich has made a deal with Warner Brothers TV to develop a new comedy series for the studio. (Nothing is set up at a network yet, but from what we’ve heard about Lauren’s relationship with MTV we’re pretty darn sure that she’s happy as a clam to be in a new home.)
  • Karl Gajdusek & Shawn Ryan (LAST RESORT) are developing FREEDOM, an ABC drama pilot about a group of genius rebels out to save the U.S. (This sounds so ’70s to us that we don’t know whether to look forward to the show or just…cringe.)
  • Kevin Wade (BLUEBLOODS) has a new overall deal with CBS TV Studios, where he’ll continue to run BLUEBLOODS and develop new primetime drama. (We’ve been sitting for half an hour trying to think of something funny to say about this deal but we ain’t got nuthin’. Damn BLUEBLOODS is just too dull to even make fun of.)
  • Dana Calvo (MADE IN JERSEY) is writing an untitled ABC drama pilot about an eccentric detective and his “methodical female Partner” who work cases in Miami. (Actually, the announcement notes that “they solve cases that only seem to happen in the neon wilds of  one of America’s most eclectic and vibrant cities,” which made us think, “Oh, MIAMI VICE.” Which in turn pushed that ’70s button again so excuse us while we slip into cringe mode early, just to be safe.)