Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/6/14

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

  • Salim & Mara Brock Akil (THE GAME) have signed a new overall deal to continue developing scripted material for BET. (Hope scripted pays better than the BET reality shows used to back in the day cuz Salim and Mara have, when you get down to it, saved the network’s butt. In fact, you might say that they’re the only reason BET still exists.)
  • Nastaran Dibai (FUNNY IN FARSI) is writing the pilot for FOLLOW YOUR HEART, an ABC comedy about love and a heart transplant. (What? You think luvable little munchikins could make something like that up?)
  • Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen (FRIENDS) are writing a CBS comedy pilot about “a big, multi-generational family.” (So if el munchero refers to this one as “generic” you won’t email your usual ton of complaints, right? Because this baby’s so fucking generic even its logline is a house brand label. Sheesh, CBS, if you’re giving up on sitcoms why not just come right out and say it?!)
  • Natalie Chaidez (HEROES) is adapting Whitley Strieber’s novel Alien Hunters into a series for SyFy. (I’d tell you more about the premise, but this is Syfy, where concept, story, characterization and just about everything else involved in the film-making process has proven itself to be absolutely irrelevant. And yet, yeppers, it’s true, the hits keep on coming. Why, oh Lord, why?)

That’s it for now. Write in and tell munchilito what you’ve sold today. TVWriter™ can’t wait to brag to all your friends. (And, more importantly, enemies. Hehehe….)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 6/22/14

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

  • Kourtney Kang (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER) has a new overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV, and her first task is to become co-exec of a new comedy series called FRESH OFF THE BOAT. (So if you know Kourtney and figure that you’re fresh enough to work on a show like that – bug the hell out of her about it. After all, a contact you can’t use isn’t really a contact…and who needs friends anyway?)
  • Doug Jung (BANSHEE) is adapting the “Indian reservation-noir” comic book Scalped for WGN America. (So if you know Doug or anything about life on any of the modern-day Lakota reservations in South Dakota, bug the hell out of everyone involved. They’re gonna need ya. No, sorry, not you,LB. Yer muncher’s talking to, heh, younger folk.)
  • Aasif Mandvi (THE DAILY SHOW) is now writing and producing HBO’s new comedy series, THE BRINK, as well as co-starring in it. (So if you’re one of those people who hangs with actors but not writers, but you want to write on a series, this could be a chance to worm your way in. Hey, that’s what Aasif is doing. Look out, creators Roberto Benabib & Kim Benabib, looks to el muncho like Aasif is eyeing your showrunning gig.)
  • Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen (FRIENDS) are writing and producing the web series ROBIN BANKS AND THE BANK ROBBERS. (Proving that what goes up must indeed eventually come down. Not that doing a web series is by definition “down,” oh no, munchman would never say that. But…this is supposed to be a comedy, and the title clearly is supposed to be funny. And it ain’t, guys. Sorry, but…blech. Hmm, could the fact that Warner Brothers is one of the prodcos have something to do with the loss of the funny? Whatcha all think?)