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.) =&0=& (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.) =&1=&(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.) =&2=& (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 read more