Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 4/1/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Evan Endicott & Josh Stoddard (pretty much newbs) are developing a sitcom called BETAS for Amazon Studios, about a group of nerds on a quest for nerd fame by cracking the ultimate code. (This series is greenlighted, possibly thanks to the participation of Ed Begley Jr. and several other old pros. Congrats to the newbs!)
  • Charlie Kaufman (your favorite weird feature writer, right?) is developing an FX sitcom called HOW AND WHY about a genius who is clueless about life. (We’re hoping like crazy that this one gets on the air, not just because it’s Kaufman – although that’s reason enough – but because it, heh, obviously seems to be about us.)
  • Bob Boyett & Robert Horn (both of FAMILY MATTERS, FULL HOUSE, etc.) will be writing and running an unnamed and unattached new comedy starring Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence based on their concept that only Grammer, Lawrence, and the money men have heard. (Don’t get all envious. They will, after all, be working with 2 famous, well, madmen, you know?)
  • The Guardian U.K. recently pointed out that no woman has written for DOCTOR WHO since 2008. This means that the show is under some pressure to come up with a hot femme writer. And this in turn means that if you’re a woman and are up to the gig now is definitely the time to get your people on it. (Just some friendly insider advice from TVWriter™, aka The House of Weird Networking.)
  • Speaking of writers who aren’t writing but should be, a study commissioned by the Writers Guild of America reports that during the 2011-12 season only 30.5% of working TV writers were women and only 15.6% were minorities of either sex. The study also discovered that almost 1/3 of all shows had no writers over 50 years old. (And this was a statistical improvement. For the life of us, we can’t figure out if that’s a good sign or a bad one. Oy…)