Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/6/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Justin Spitzer (THE OFFICE) is writing an NBC pilot for a sitcom about events at a Detroit auto company. (Detroit? The American car biz? Funny? If Justin can pull off he’ll prove what a genius he is!)
  • Jonathan Nolan (PERSON OF INTEREST) is set to adapt Michael Crichton‘s old film WESTWORLD into a series for HBO. (No Yul Brynner scary robot gunslinger stuff here. We hear that the show will dig into what already is PERSON OF INTEREST territory – the beginning of consciousness for artificial intelligence. One trick pony time? We hope not.)
  • Brian Gallivan (THE McCARTHYS) is writing an unnamed sitcom about a guy who takes a long vacation with his family in New Hampshire…(Eh? What? Sorry, we fell asleep just typing that. Sheesh.)
  • Brandon Schwartz (newbie) has written the pilot for an untitled Fox sitcom. (Although Brandon has written a couple of scripts at Nickelodeon, this is his first official network sale. Kudos, dude!)
  • Chris Black has the gig to redevelop SAGA an ABC drama pilot written by Andrew Miller that the network rejected last year. (These are always tough jobs cuz everybody’s expecting the new writer to “save” a project that didn’t come from that writer’s gut.) Good luck, dood.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/4/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Cody Heller & Brett Konner (WILFRED) have a 10 episode commitment from Hulu for their new series DEADBEAT, a sitcom they created about a medium who helps ghosts finish their unfinished business. (We’ll give this one a try cuz we can’t help it – we’re crazy about ghosts and those they hang with.)
  • Breckin Meyer (MEN AT WORK ) is co-writing a sitcom pilot called THURSDAYS with Jesse Stern (NCIS) for NBC. (What we find interesting about this deal is that not only is Breckin known primarily as an actor (FRANKLIN & BASH) as well as the creator of MEN AT WORK, but Jesse is primarily a procedural writer getting a chance to do comedy. Are genre walls finally starting to tumble?)
  • John Wells & Jack Orman (ER) are developing OUTBREAK, based on the 1995 film, for NBC. (And they already have a pilot production commitment cuz, well, ER, you know?)
  • Brian Koppelman & David Levien (OCEAN’S THIRTEEN) have been set as showrunners of an untitled “rock’n’roll drama” series at HBO created by Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter. (But there’s absolutely no certainty that the series will get picked up, so what are Brian and David really signing on for?
  • John Scott Shepherd (SAVE ME) has sold BROKEN GIRL, a series about “an emotionally damaged” female superhero, to Fox. (Cuz Fox executives love them those hot babes in spandex, no? At least, we hope that isn’t the reason.)