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 11/21/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Matt Greenberg (1408 ) is writing a version of some old manuscript called BEOWULF for Syfy. (And all we can do is…hmm, come to think of it, there’s absolutely nothing we can do, or even say. This idea doesn’t even rouse us enough to shrug. How about you?)
  • Christopher Hampton (DANGEROUS LIASONS) is turning his Oscar winning screenplay for said project into a TV series at the BBC. (Which hopes to get it onto U.S. TV cuz…$$$. (Are we looking forward to a series about an evil couple who spend all their time corrupting/debauching innocents? Should we be? Gotta admit that our answer to one of those questions is, “Yeppers!” Can you guess which one?)
  • Bob Brush (THE WONDER YEARS) is writing STAR CRAZY, a drama abut a young Latina singer as she rises from poverty to fame and fortune for The CW. (Does this mean that Selina Gomez has conquered the world and become a mythic character all by her lonesome? Without the Bieb? Ain’t life grand?)
  • The brotherly writing team of Roberto Benabib & Kim Benabib are writing the pilot for THE BRINK an HBO comedy about dirty politics and stuff like that. (HOUSE OF CARDS with episodes that only take half as long to watch? If so, our hat is off to Netflix for starting what could be an interesting trend? Or is this doomed to end up just another same-old, same-old? Whatcha think?)
  • Katie Ford & Jane Ford’s Canadian series, WORKING THE ENGELS, is coming to the U.S. via NBC in what’s billed as “the first sitcom collaboration between a U.S. and Canadian broadcaster.” (Our experience with comedy is Canada urges us to label this an impending disaster, but we’re happy to be corrected by anyone out there with a good sense of humor. Canadians, of course, need not apply cuz…comedy, y’know? Are we gonna get in trouble for this?)