Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/16/14

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by munchman

  • Bess Wohl (newbie actress-writer) is writing the pilot ABC’s BROAD SQUAD, a police procedural about “the graduating class of Boston’s first female patrol officers.” (This one’s set in 1978, presumably so that we can look at the indignities to which the women are subjected and congratulate ourselves for having outgrown such crap. Oh, wait….)
  • Blake McCormick & Bill Lawrence (COUGAR TOWN) are adapting yet another old film into a TV series. This time it’s RUSH HOUR, which Warner’s is hoping to sell to, well, somebody, I imagine cuz otherwise – point? (Sorry, gang, but Jackie Chan won’t be in the TV version, and since the film was created to make full use of his unique comedy and action figure talents, yer munching buddy here is having a tough time grasping what it is that Warner’s is going to sell here.)
  • Matt Lopez (THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE) is writing an NBC legal drama called, strangely enough, JUSTICE, based on a real-life “brilliant and ruthless prosecutor who takes on crime while harboring some deep, dark secrets. (Is it too early to say that this is the perfect comeback vehicle for one Steven Collins? Yeah, I thought so.)
  • K.J. Steinberg (MISTRESSES) has sold C.H.A.O.S. – DOWNTOWN DIVISION to feed ABC’s insatiable appetite for cop shows. (The show is about a couple of cops who are implementing “the newest trend in…oversight sweeping the country: the body cam.” To which I can only take a big swallow and say, “Whose body?” Sorry, kids. Guess I’m munching along on a bad day.)

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 10/9/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Reed Agnew & Eli Jorne (WILFRED) are writing MAN/CHILD, a comedy about two single dads trying to balance their lives, for Fox. (It’s a Damon Wayans, Jr. vehicle, so who knows? It might turn out really good.
  • Pending a last-minute disaster in the deal, Carlton Cuse (BATES MOTEL) will be adapting the French zombie drama, THE RETURNED for A&E. (Whoa, two in a row that we find ourselves looking forward to. We must be in way too good a mood.)
  • Blake McCormick (COUGAR TOWN) is also writing the pilot for CHASING SKIPS, an “adventure comedy,” for Fox. Oops, there goes our good mood. Another series about bounty hunters? We can hardly wait…to stop yawning.)
  • Don Todd (SAMANTHA WHO?) writing the pilot for the ABC drama, BEVERLY KILLS, about – wait for it – a hit woman who tries to clean up the corruption et al in Beverly Hills. (And, yeppers, we find this a very attractive idea cuz we aint’ never seen an unattractive hit woman on TV yet. Starting to feel a little better about TV life again.)
  • Chris Romano (BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE) has sold TORCHED, a comedy project, to Fox. (With Johnny Depp as one of the producers. We love Depp’s overall creative sensibility although not his recent specific choices. But, now that we’re being all positive again, we’re allowing ourselves to have high hopes for this one.)
  • Matthew Sand (NINJA ASSASSIN) is writing the pilot for CLANDESTINE, a female CIA agent series,  for ABC. (The good news is female CIA agent series, a concept right up there with hit women. The bad news is that does a network that has MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD have room for another kickass lady spy. You’re watching Ming Na on SHIELD, right? Of course you are.)
  • Rina Mimoun (DAWSON’S CREEK) is writing the ABC pilot, SISTERLAND, based on Curtis Sittenfeld‘s novel about twin sister with psychic powers. (Hey, it’s better than twin sister bounty hunters, no? Way better. Look, Ma, we’re beaming!)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/07/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Phil Lord & Chris Miller (21 JUMP STREET) have signed an overall  production and development deal at 20th Century Fox TV. (And we’ll all be happy to hear that the pact has been described by Fox P.R. as “lucrative.” Oh, wait, that probably means it isn’t. Uh-oh…)
  • Rod Lurie is writing a mini-series based on the life of none other than T.E. Lawrence, i.e., “Lawrence of Arabia,” for producer-director Roland Emmerich. (No network has been announced yet, though, so, lovers of the classic David Lean film version, you can relax a little…for now.)
  • David Kajganich (a newbie from the University of Iowa) is writing THE TERROR, based on the novel by Dan Simmons, for AMC. (Just what we need, another Dan Simmons project to take our minds off anything real.)
  • Stephen Levinson (ENTOURAGE) is writing a half-hour dramedy about retired athletes living in Miami for HBO. (Wait! Maybe it won’t be as bad as it sounds – Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg are producing, with Dwayne, AKA the Rock, set to star.)
  • Blake McCormick (a writer-producer on COUGAR TOWN) is the new showrunner of that very same series. (Proving that every once in awhile good sense prevails and writers get promoted from within.)
  • Speaking of being promoted, over on REVENGE, writer Suni Nayar is now the new showrunner, replacing Mike Kelley. (Just between us, the show sucks and will always suck, so it’s likely that nobody will ever notice the change.)