Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/24/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Barry Schindel (UNFORGETTABLE) is writing the CBS pilot, BLACKWOOD, a drama about a lawyer whose wife is killed, changing his life much the way Richard Kimble’s life was changed in THE FUGITIVE. Except that he isn’t a fugitive.
  • Sheldon Turner (UP IN THE AIR) & KEN NOLAN (BLACK HAWK DOWN) are writing the Fox drama pilot ATLANTIS about two brothers who are, you know, searching for Atlantis. And discovering oceanic mysteries along the way, of course.
  • Nick Santora (BREAKOUT KINGS) is writing BOOTS, a military drama for The CW about recruits who “must overcome their pasts and in so doing build their futures.” And maybe they’ll get in on a little action too?
  • Jared Bush (ZOOTOPIA) & Sam Levine (WRECK-IT RALPH) are developing PENN ZERO: PART TIME HERO, an animated series for Disney XD about a kid who fights the superest of super villains every day after school.
  • Nick Osborne (credits, credits, who knows Nick’s credits?) is wrting DAMASCUS, a CBS drama series about a crusading nun whose “beliefs are tested” when she partners up with an “elitist corporate lawyer” to help those in need of justice. (Oh, God, oh, God, we’re dying to say something snarky here, but we promised, we promised. Maybe if we dig our fingernails into our palms deeply enough…)
  • Stephanie Savage (GOSSIP GIRL) is writing a limited drama series called THE ASTRONAUTS WIVES CLUB about the, um wives of astronauts in the early ’60s, when being an astronaut was way cool. Ms. Savage being the absolutely coolest writer we’ve ever met, we’re firmly on track with making nice about this one.

And thus endeth Day Three of TVWriter™’s new snarkless writing deal announcements. Big thanks to those who wrote to say that they miss the ‘tude. Big “oh, really?” to those who’ve said they like this column better without it. And a Really Big “Shhshh…” to those who’ve pointed out that we’re still being kinda asshatish, just in a different way.

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 8/18/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Barry Schindel (LAW & ORDER) is the new showrunner of CBS midseason drama series INTELLIGENCE. To which we feel duty bound to say – ready? sure? – “Smart move!” (Hey, look, dunno when you’re reading this,but we wrote it pretty damn early in the a.m.)
  • Ken Marino & Erica Oyama (he’s a star of CHILDRENS HOSPITAL; she’s his, um, wife) have sold a sitcom about a new twist on the American dream to Fox. (And why not? Ken and Erica are living it, right? Cuz that hitch your wagon to a star thing, isn’t that the real American dream?)
  • Mickey Fisher (noob!) has sold a science fiction drama, ECTANT, to CBS with a straight-to-series order. (Interestingly, this wasn’t a case of the writer pitching to the network but rather of the networks pitching to the writer. Every place in H’wood wanted this show…or, um, its producer, some old guy named Steven Spielberg. Must be the Hitch Your Wagon Syndrome we’ve been hearing about.)
  • Alexandra Rushfield (PARKS & RECREATION) has written STUCK, a sitcom pilot for Fox. (Because, in line with today’s theme, it too has hitched up with a mighty fine wagon – Rashida Jones, formerly a co-star of the very same PARKS & RECREATION, will be the producer. Anybody want to bet that she’ll also end up the star?)