Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/22/14

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by munchman

  • Mike & Julie Scully (THE SIMPSONS) have sold their spec sitcom, RAISING ADULTS to ABC. (And guess what? This one has a terrific logline about “a married couple hwo, over the course of 20 years of parenting three children, have gone from saying, “They grow up so fast” to “Will they ever grow up?” Stay-at-home kids have been done before, yes, but this time it’s actually about the parents, making this show if not “new and different” at least, “different,” and in TV these days I think that’s close enough.)
  • Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan (THE IT CROWD) are re-booting the English hit series THE IT CROWD for the U.S., on NBC, no less. (Yes, my children, if you’re thinking, “Didn’t NBC already try this in the U.S. a few years ago?” you’re absolutely right. But creative bankruptcy is its own currency, which, evidently, Neil and Garrett are happy to take, so here the puke-cock network goes again. Sigh.)
  • David Israel (ABOUT A BOY) is writing a comedy about the sex life of bad actor Armie Hammer of THE LONE RANGER infamy for NBC. (Cuz Armie turns out to be really funny in bed, yer friendly neighborhood munchkin supposes. Or maybe it’s cuz he’s the great grandson of rich old dood Armand Hammer and Armand refused to pay the blackmail money. Who the &!%$ knows?)
  • Peter Huyck & Alex Gregory (FRASIER) are an NBC comedy pilot about “a worldly, adventurous, and newly sober narcissist…back in his hometown making amends to his kids, his ex-wife, her second ex-husband and their younger son,” none of whom is too crazy about the idea. (Sounds to moi like this should’ve been written for my man Charlie Sheen, but it’s got Rob Lowe attached. Oh well, close enough!)

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 10/15/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Diablo Cody (UNITED STATES OF TERRA) is writing a Fox teen drama pilot called PRODIGY, about a home-schooled teenage genius who enters public high school, upon which, well, all hell breaks loose. (We aren’t Diablo Cody fans, but she does seem to know how to write high school kids – JUNO, remember – so here’s hoping.)
  • Shana Goldberg-Meehan & Scott Silvari (FRIENDS) & David Mandel (SEINFELD) are writing an NBC comedy pilot about a couple with grown children. (Yeppers, really, that’s the logline. So the next time somebody tells you TV only goes for “high concept” you can tell them to…heh, you know.)
  • Justin Spitzer (THE OFFICE) is adapting the ancient comedy film THE MONEY PIT into an NBC sitcom. (Proving that NBC has deftly targeted the geriatric demo. This definitely will give my grandparents something to live for.)
  • Jon Sherman (FRASIER) is writing an untitled TVLand comedy about “a 30-something woman as she navigates the executive ranks among her old-school male counterparts while her 20-something male assistant tries to make it amid his female-dominated peers. (Cuz…oops, sorry, turns out we can’t think of one single reason, real/fake/serious/funny for going with a premise like this. Maybe Jon’s related to somebody important?)
  • Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan (COMMUNITY) are writing the pilot for an ABC project to star comedian Kevin Hart. (Well, not actually to star him. He’s just the producer but says that if the network really, really, really wants him he might be willing to play a recurring role. Don’tcha love it when stars you’ve never heard of have so much leverage?)

  • Ehren Kruger (TRANSFORMERS) is writing the NBC pilot TIN MAN, about a fugitive robot accused of murder and the young woman public defender forced to fight for his cause. (LB’s praying for the success of this one cuz he’s already counting the money from a plagiarism suit based on the fact that one of his first published short stories was about a robot accused of murder too. We, frankly, are dubious about both possibilities.)