Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/2/14

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by munchman

  • Steven Cragg & Brian Bradley (MAD TV) are writing the pilot for a television version of yet another old favorite: UNCLE BUCK. (Although by the time you read this the groundswell of fan disapproval may already have swept this project into the trash. An outcome yer friendly neighborhood munchitis definitely is hoping for…cuz some things are just plain too beautiful or too clever or too fucking funny to mess with, y’know?)
  • Neal Cross (LUTHER) is preparing to assault us once again with a new BBC series called BAY OF PLENTY, about a police officer in New Zealand. (And when I say “assault us” I mean deliver the kind of blows to our solar plexii that powerful drama does. Glad to have you back, Neal baby!)
  • Greg Malins & Barry Schwartz (the upcoming series YOUR FAMILY OR MINE) are writing the pilot for TAKE IT FROM US, an NBC comedy series about “a couple in their 50s who tell their son and his new fiancee all the mistakes they made in life in hopes the new couple can avoid making the same mistakes.” (And if that sounds like a recently retired comedy where a certain father tells his kids how he met their mother, well, whaddaya know?)
  • Christopher Hampton (ATONEMENT) is adapting the ancient Edith Wharton novel The Custom of the Country into a miniseries for some cable channel or other. (In other words, “to be announced.” But this being Hollywood, even though there’s no place to show the thing, there’s already a star – Scarlet Johannson. To which yer totally smitten munchburger here can say only one thing, “Huzzah!” Which translates into TVWriter™ese as, “Hmm, now that Scarlet’s a Very Big Deal this sucker might actually get made. Too bad the very late Ms. Wharton won’t get to see our favorite superheroine in action. But we will. Hehehe.)

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 10/14/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Aaron Stockard (GONE, BABY, GONE) is writing the ABC drama pilot CONVICTION, about a woman convicted of murder who, it appears, refuses to accept that and, um, “sees no alternative but to take matters into her own hands.” (And if that slim description doesn’t capture the tone of the U.S. today – for better or for worse – we don’t know what does.)
  • Paul Downs Colaizzo (TV/film newbie) is writing the drama pilot JUST REWARDS, about a bankrupt divorcee and her millennial neighbors who make ends meet by solving crimes and collecting the rewards, for ABC. (Sounds cool, but we gotta warn you: It comes from Shonda Rimes’ company, which could mean – soap! So we suggest lowering the ole expectations a tad.)
  • Roman Coppola (THE DARJEELING LIMITED) & Jason Schwartzman (MOONRISE KINGDOM) & Alex Timbers (PETER AND THE STARCATCHER) have sold the comedy MOZART IN THE JUNGLE to Amazon Studios. (Is this a good thing or a bad one? Discuss.)
  • Jeremy Garelick (THE BREAKUP) & Jon Weinbach (sorry, we don’t know which of the many famous Jon Weinbachs this is) have also sold a comedy to Amazon, the not-so-originally titled, THE OUTLAWS. (Good thing? Bad? We really want to hear from you on where you think Amazon will take, you know, TV.)
  • Brad Garrett (yeppers, that Brad Garrett) & Chuck Tatham (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT) are adapting Brad’s upcoming bestseller, When The Balls Drop into an ABC comedy series about surviving middle age. (It would’ve been about surviving old age, of course, but Brad’s still insisting he’s 35.)

  • Brian Bradley & Steven Cragg (HAPPY ENDINGS) are writing the pilot for WINNERS, a comedy about three “overly ambitious” siblings who crater their lives, for Fox. (We’d like to point out that the announcement emphasizes that the sibs are “millennials” – as does the JUST REWARDS announcement above – cuz, hey, being under 30 is, you know, hot. Um, we millennials are under 30 still, right? Please?)
  • The self-same duo of Bradley & Cragg is also writing an NBC comedy. It’s called THE BRIGHT SIDE is about a man whose wife leaves him with their young son and a business that was her dream, not his. (So the lead here definitely isn’t a millennial cuz everybody knows that our generation’s distinctive trait is our utter selfishness and sense of entitlement, and the guy here is sorely lacking. C’mon, NBC, give us a hero we can all related to, willya?)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 3/29/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Brian Bradley & Steven Cragg (HAPPY ENDINGS, SCRUBS) have made an overall deal with Universal Studios. (Which, as SCRUBS fans, gives us something to smile about.)
  • John Glenn (EAGLE EYE feature film) has created FIX IT MEN, a time travel drama for ABC Studios that has no network involvement yet. (But it does have Mark Gordon as producer, which could be even better in terms of it being a successful, money-making show in the future.)
  • J. Michael Straczynski is parterning with the Wachowskis on SENSE8, a science fiction drama for Netflix that already has been greenlighted for at least 10 episodes. (Anybody for a pool about how long Joe stays with the project?)
  • Dick Wolf, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, & Matt Olmstead (CHICAGO FIRE) are working on an as yet untitled CF spinoff about the Chicago Police Department. (Wonder which of that team will be the first to “mysteriously disappear” or lost a limb or receive some other kind of gangland-style “correction” after the new show gets rolling.)