Baz Luhrmann (MOULIN ROUGE, THE GREAT GATSBY) has signed a 2-year deal with Sony Pictures Television to develop TV projects. (This is a man who began his career as a playwright, then switched to directing Oscar-winning films. Will nothing stop his downward spiral?)
Jay Baruchel&Jesse Chabot (GOON) will co-write GOON 2. (We know this is a feature film and not TV. Just trying to raise the TVWriter™ tone a bit.)
Noah Haley (BONES, THE UNUSUALS) is writing the pilot for a TV series version of FARGO for the Coen Brothers (everything cool and funny that you’ve ever watched) and FX (which, evidently, wants to be cool and funny, which is, you know, cool in itself.)
30 ROCK will be history soon, but Tina Fey will be hard at work at Universal Television for the next 4 years creating new projects (because, evidently, she really is the greedy bitch Alec Baldwin has claimed…and what’s not to love about that?)
Have you seen the credits on this babe? Amazing. I want ’em, dammit, I want ’em.
Workplace Comedy From Writer Kay Cannon & Chernin Co. Lands At Fox As Put Pilot by Nellie Andreeva
In her first stab at development, hot young comedy writer-producer Kay Cannon (30 Rock) has landed a put pilot commitment at Fox for a female-centered workplace comedy from 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Chernin Entertainment. Described as in the vein of Mary Tyler Moore, the single-camera comedy is set in the offices of an NFL-Sunday-type show and has a strong female lead at the center. In addition to writing, Cannon will executive produce with Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope.
The untitled project stems from the May overall deal 20th TV signed with Cannon had been pursued by multiple studios. Under the pact, Cannon serves as a co-executive producer on the Fox sophomore comedy New Girl, also from 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment. Second City and UCB alumna Cannon spent the last 6 years on NBC’s Emmy-winning comedy series 30 Rock, starting as a staff writer in Season 1 and rising to supervising producer this season. In 2010 she received an Emmy nomination for co-writing with 30 Rock creator/star Tina Fey the Lee Marvin vs. Derek Jeter episode of the show. On the feature side, Cannon’s first script, Pitch Perfect, was produced by Universal, and the movie starring Anna Kendrick will be released in October. Cannon is with WME and Brillstein Entertainment.
Overall deals are the way to go. Being hot enough to get one as good as this is a better way to go. In view of how bad Chernin Entertainment’s drama shows did last season it’ll be interesting to see how these new comedies the company is developing do in the next cycle.
Not that failure will affect Petey Chernin. At one time or another he probably has been the boss of everybody who is anybody in the TV biz. I’m figuring his song will remain the same.