Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/31/13

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  • Michael Konyves (THE LAST KNIGHT) is writing PUMP, a Showtime drama about happenings at a Venice Beach gym in the early 1970s. (Because Ahnuld wants to do it and his stories – God, he’s good in the room – will be the basis for the fiction. Anybody out there think this has even the remotest chance of not succeeding – big?)
  • Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild (TED) have made an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV to develop, produce and all that good stuff. (Because they’re Seth MacFarlane’s right hand writers, and if you step back and look at the big picture that’s a damn good reason to be hot.)
  • Brian Gallivan (HAPPY ENDINGS) now has an overall deal with Sony TV. (Because his pilot THE McCARTHYS came thisclose to getting on CBS’s air for next season and Sony wants him to punch up the script and give it another go as well as develop other properties. Anybody out there think this has even the remotest chance of actually succeeding – big or otherwise? )
  • Vali Chandrasekaran (30 ROCK) has a new overall deal at ABC Studios. (Because he freaking deserves it and everyone over there knows it. End of discussion, dammit.)

More Love & Money: Recent TV Writing Deals

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  • Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, and Wellesley Wild (TED, FAMILY GUY) are writing an untitled comedy pilot about a couple of guys whose fathers move in with them for Fox. (Talk about high concept! By which we mean Seth MacFarlane and not necessarily the idea.)
  • Ben Stiller (“Ben Stiller”) and Kevin Napier (THE STATION pilot for Fox) are writing PLEASE KNOCK, a comedy about a star just like, well, Ben Stiller, for ABC. (Hey, we identify with that hero very strongly. But you don’t? Really?)
  • Holly Sorenson (MAKE IT OR BREAK IT) is writing an untitled drama series for ABC about women working in the beauty industry. (Yes, we said “drama.” Proving that development execs have no idea what comedy is.)
  • NBC is developing an unnamed period crime drama centered around Thomas Edison, with an unnamed writer. (Proving that development execs have no idea what anything is.)