Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 4/21/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are


  • Steven S. DeKnight (SPARTACUS, SMALLVILLE) is developing INCURSION for Starz, about a future military force fighting aliens on a different planet each week. (STAR TREK goes all STARSHIP TROOPERS? Cool. )
  • David Feeney (BEN AND KATE) will be writing like mad at 20th TV for the next couple of years thanks to an overall deal to develop new projects and become a writer-producer on NEW GIRL. (Um, wasn’t BEN AND KATE a failure creatively and ratingswise? And isn’t NEW GIRL considered a success? So, um, why…?)
  • Ben Epstein (TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU) is writing a 1-hour drama for MTV about stuff happening in a theme park. (“Details are still being fleshed out.” Translation: “Wow! A theme park, how could we resist the high concept?” Oy!)
  • Neil LaBute (IN THE COMPANY OF MEN feature film) is writing FULL CIRCLE for DirectTV. (Where, evidently, they’ve decided to get into the series biz without having to hire people who might actually want to, you know, get paid.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/15/12

“Of course I write for the love of it. If I wanted money I’d be a #$%! lawyer!” (Anonymous Award-Winning TV Writer Person)

  • Nastaran Dibai (RETIRED AT 35, ACCORDING TO JIM) has taken over as showrunner/head writer of MALIBU COUNTRY, replacing Kevin Abbott, who’s moved on to rehab.
  • It ain’t television, but this is too important to too many TV viewers for us to ignore it: Michael Arndt (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, TOY STORY 3) is writing the screenplay for Disney’s upcoming STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. Not bad for a guy who started his career as an assistant.
  • This ain’t television either, strictly speaking, but we find it profoundly significant that writer Dan Davison (People’s Pilot 2010 1st Runner-Up with partner Anil Sthankiya) is now followed on Twitter by none other than Mark Cuban ($$$), who quite properly respects Dan’s financial acumen.
  • Henry Colman (THE LOVE BOAT) died November 7th at 89. Our condolences to his family and friends.
  • John Quaintance (WHITNEY) & David Feeney (2 BROKE GIRLS) have been elevated to co-showrunners of BEN AND KATE, replacing Garrett Donovan & Neil Goldman who have left because of “creative differences.” We assume that the entity they differ with is Fox Network, since BEN AND KATE is the lowest-rated of Fox’s Tuesday night comedies.