Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/30/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Roberto Benabib (WEEDS) is writing a comedy pilot for HBO called THE BRINK, which reports call “Epic dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three…men.” (Personally, we’d find it funnier if someone just had the balls to say it was a political satire and eschew the rest of the verbiage. Let’s hope that logline – which is much longer than what’s here – was the network’s and not the writer’s.)
  • Ben Queen (CARS 2) has an NBC pilot deal for A TO Z, a comedy about a relationship from meeting to breakup. (It ends on a breakup? And this is comedy? Oh, NBC, NBC, how far hast thou fallen?)
  • John Cabrera (H+ the web series) is writing a monster movie for Syfy, which may be a backdoor pilot. (Syfy-monster movie, who’d a thunk? Of course it’ll be a pilot!)
  • John Hamburg (MEET THE PARENTS & Matt Miller (CHUCK) are developing a CBS comedy called GOOD SESSION about a couple’s first meeting through the rough days of the “present” as told through counseling sessions. (So which came first, gang? This or A TO Z? Interesting, ain’t it, how crap ideas always come in pairs?)
  • Sheri Elwood (Canada’s CALL ME FITZ) is developing BAGEL NATION for ABC. (Like with a name like BAGEL NATION we woulda thought it was a police procedural, right? Still, how bad can a show about a Jewish deli now owned by goyem be? Yeah, right. That bad.)
  • Paul Scheer (some kind of comedian turned writer) is writing an ABC comedy about a couple trying to keep their relationship together while going through the hoops set up by multiple sets of parents, spouses, and children. (Yes, they’re calling this one a “family comedy,” presumably cuz it’s about, you know, a family. Sigh…)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/25/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Timothy J. Sexton (CHILDREN OF MEN) has written the pilot for Lifetime’s THE LOTTERY, a drama that looks to us to be very similar to his s-f classic feature film. (Except it’s about the children of wimmens, see, cuz this is Lifetime and that’s how they hang roll.)
  • Scott Z. Burns (CONTAGION) is writing another one-word-starting-with-C drama pilot for NBC. It’s called CONSPIRACY and is based on Christopher MacBride’s indie film, THE CONSPIRACY. (Yeppers, they had to delete the “THE” cuz, you know, TV screens are smaller than those for feature films.)
  • Ben Queen (CARS 2) is adapting UNTHINKABLE, based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Sable & Julian Totino Tedesco. (The show’s about an FBI agent and a washed-up screenwriter who join together to, well, to keep America free. Or will the change the writer to a TV writer instead?)
  • Heather Hach (LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL) is developing MY PARENTS ARE TOO FUCKING HAPPY, a sitcom about siblings who’ve been traumatized by their parents’ almost perfect marriage for NBC. (Yes, NBC is heavily into really awkward-sounding sitcoms about families these days, and we gotta tell ya: That’s traumatizing us.)
  • Jonathan Groff (HAPPY ENDINGS) has sold his fourth series of this pilot hustling season to CBS. It’s called THE 40s and is in the vein of Judd Apatow’s big, bad feature film about a married couple in their forties. (Except it has more than one couple and some non-couples. So nobody’s stealing from nobody no matter what it looks like, y’hear?)