Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/13/14

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

  • James Wong (AMERICAN HORROR STORY) is writing a CBS pilot about an angel who teams up with a female police detective to solve crimes.  (Ye olde muncher isn’t too taken with that part of the premise, but wait, it gets cooler: The angel has lost his wings and is stranded on earth, which means that he and the detective spend a lotta time “trying to uncover the mystery” of why he’s been made mortal. C’mon, that really is kinda cool, no?)
  • Matt Wheeler (the upcoming TIN MEN) is writing an NBC drama about a mob family called THE FAMILY BUSINESS. (And if the series is anywhere near as “original” as that title, whoa, baby, NBC’s in big trouble…again)
  • Evan Dougherty (DIVERGENT) is adapting Five Ghosts, an Image Comic book by Frank J. Barbiere & Chris Mooneyham into a series pilot for Syfy. (The comic is about a 1930s treasure hunter possessed by Merlin, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Musashi, and Dracula, which means that come hell, high water, or incarceration by the Sheriff of Nottingham, el munchero will watch every episode of this awesomeness…even if the TV version turns out not so awesome. And, yeppers, I think you should too.)
  • Gillian Flynn (GONE GIRL) has been signed to write every episode of HBO’s new thriller series, UTOPIA. (Which means that you and I every writer we know – unless you know Gillian, is plumb out of lock for working on that damn series. So while I’m happy for Ms. F, I’m just a tad put out at all the lost $$$. I mean credit. I mean…experience. Yeah, that’s it, experience, that I kinda sorta wanted to get. Guess we’ll have to file this deal in the Life Ain’t Fair Department, yes?)

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 7/15/14

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

  • Joe Weisbert & Joel Fields (THE AMERICANS) have new overall deals with FX Productions. (Deals that could have gone to writers who are just as good if not better but aren’t running a major hit. That’s right, they’re discriminating against us noobs again. Aargh!)
  • Marti Noxon (GLEE) has yet another new development deal, this one to adapt Gillian Flynn‘s novel Sharp Objects into a series for EOne. (A deal that also could have gone to a writer who is just as good if not better but hasn’t run any major hits. So…again the discrimination against the inexperienced/unsuccessful thing. Damn.)
  • Scott Silveri (GO ON) has a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV in spite of the fact that he hasn’t had a success since FRIENDS, which has been off the air, like, forever, chumps. (But it’s cool, it’s cool. Scott’s a good peep. Everybody says so. And you and me, we’re good people too, no? So it’s just a matter of time until all the good people with credits – even ancient ones – are used up and then, oh, dood, are we gonna clean up, or what?)
  • Linda Woolverton (MALEFICENT) is developing a TV series adaptation of Jean M. Auel‘s Clan of the Cave Bear series of books for Lifetime TV. (Which isn’t an overall deal and Ms. Linda’s new when it comes to TV so yer munchie buddy here has decided this deal is cool even though newer and less recognized noobs like you and me have been aced out yet again on account of how TV peeps just don’t understand that creativity can strike anybody at any time and so they’re really missing a couple of great bets by not funneling money into our pockets to adapt the hell out of this caveman crap they want to believe is literature and oh, hell I dunno if I can take this rejection much more!!!)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 2/20/14

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

  • Jessie Eisenberg (THE REVISIONIST – a play) has sold a short story collection,  Bream Gives Me Hiccups: And Other Stories to Grove Atlantic. (And you thought the Jessman was just another nerdy pretty face, no? Hey, baby, take it from the muncher – star power sells.)
  • Gillian Flynn (GONE GIRL) is adapting the British thriller drama series UTOPIA for HBO. (Cuz she has a hot indie film and a deal already in place at HBO which makes her the perfect choice. Especially that last bit – the deal already in place. Hey, peeps were asking why I’ve been so positive lately so I’ve gotta squash that, you know? Wouldn’t wanna ruin me rep.)
  • Sarah Schecter (Warner Brothers production exec) is the new head person at Berlanti Productions. (Which means that if you know her, use her! Cuz that, friends and neighbors is the heart and soul of that wonderful little thang called showbiz!)
  • Frank DeJohn & David Alton Hedges (2013 Nicholl Fellowship Winners) are writing a Lifetime movie about “Jesus’ early life and formative years.” (And you betcha ole’ muncher can talk trash about this one. But won’t. Except to point out that this is another wonderful example of showbiz in action. Hire award-winning, high-style writers to churn out some “Young Jesus” or “Jesus: The Lost Years” trash. Welcome to TV, Frank and David!)