Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/23/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Jonathan Ames (BORED TO DEATH) is adapting the Icelandic sorta serious/sorta not series WORLD’S END for Showtime. (And we think that’s perfect casing cuz if anybody was ever a sorta kinda guy – in the best sorta way – it’s Jonathan, who has been one of Yer Friendly Neighborhood Muncher’s idols, like, forevah.)
  • Robert Orci (You name it and if it’s on TV he’s probably written and produced it) is making the switch to feature film director and will be sitting in the control chair for STAR TREK 3. (Considering how much regard this munchy one has for Orci’s writing, I’d call this pretty damn bad news for TREK lovers. OTOH, there’s one – small – bright spot. Now that Ocri’s a director I’ll never have to put his name in boldface again. Cuz that’s how we roll here at TVWriter™.)
  • In keeping with this site’s luv for peer production, I was going to announce the creators of a new web series based on Mary Shelley‘s immortal icon Frankenstein. But although the info I got names the producers, it simply refers to the writers as “a new team of writers,” so the hell with that. If anybody out there knows whose creativity is jamming on the keys, let us know in the Comments, please.)
  • Speaking of newbies, it looks like the folks at the Lancashire Telegraph newspaper website (who proudly proclaim that they were finalists for something called “Online Media Awards 2013 Best Local/Regional News Website”) are far from ready for primetime. Recently they announced that Chris Lunt, creator-writer of the hit UK series PREY has gotten the gig remaking “’60s spy show The Saint.” Normally I’d think this was a wonderful thing for a local/regional news outlet to be doing,) but I do have a teeny prob with the wording of the headline: “East Lancashire TV drama writer asked to fly to Hollywood.” Really? That’s what the the Telegraphs visitors/readers need to know? I’m thinking these bozos have managed to insult both Chris and his neighbors in one very ill-advised line of type. “Carumba!” as people in Lancashire probably don’t say.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/23/12


“Anyway you wa-ah-ah-ah-ant me, that’s how I will be-e-e-e…” (Aaron Schroeder & Cliff Owens w/some interpretation by a kid named Elvis)
  •  Dean Koontz’s series of Frankenstein novels (Prodigal Son, City of Night, Dead and Alive, Lost Souls, Dead town) are being made into a series for TNT. (No writer is set so, you know, jump on this…now!)
  • Frank Darabont (THE WALKING DEAD) has sold an as yet untitled series based on John Buntin’s book to TL.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City to TNT. (And we think any series called SEDUCTIVE CITY would have to be a hit.)
  • Manny Coto (DEXTER) is writing the pilot for an ABC cop series, THE DEFECTIVES, about a female internal affairs investigator who won’t be played by Mary McDonnell. (Um, that means there’s not much reason to watch it, but maybe that’s just because we have this thing about Mary M.)
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt’s  book, THE DAY I SHOT CUPID, is being developed as a series called FINDING LOVE for Lifetime by Matt Hastings (ALPHAS). (Just between us, THE DAY I SHOT CUPID is a much more inviting title although definitely not in the Lifetime style – which is yet another plus but we won’t go there right now.)
  • Speaking of stars, Andie McDowell is starring in Hallmark Channel’s first scripted series, CEDAR COVE, based on the book by Debbie Macomber. Bruce Graham (ANASTASIA, ROSEANNE) wrote the TV movie that served as the pilot. (How many TVWriter™ ers will be watching for this one? Sorry, can’t see your hands…oh…right…)