Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/19/14


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

  • Ingrid Escajeda (JUSTIFIED) is writing an unnamed Fox series pilot about a Texas prosecutor. (Except that in yer munchman’s humble opinion, somebody’s got this all wrong cuz the press release is saying that the aforementioned prosecutor is the good guy? Does nobody in TV keep up with the news?)
  • Glenn Gordon Caron (MEDIUM) is developing DAMN!, a drama about “a reprobate con man who meets his untimely death but gets another chance at life as an angel.” (Did I say “drama?” How can this be anything but funny? And as long as I’m questioning (TV exec) authority, what’s with this sudden run on con men? Are the suits all afraid they’re going to lose their cushy TV jobs so they’re trying to make what they’ve been doing for a living – you know, conning – more socially acceptable to prospective employers? Hmm.)
  • Justin Noble (DADS, but the network is trying to position him as a newbie) has sold his spec comedy, JUSTIN AND ABBY AND OH YEA ZACK TOO, to CBS. (I like the premise, though: “The ensemble comedy centers on platonic best friends Justin and Abby — and Abby’s boyfriend, who feels like a third wheel.” Maybe cuz I’ve – uh-oh – been there.)
  • Paul Ruehl (yer muncher is tired of citing credits from shows he never heard of so I’m leaving this space blank, well, sorta) is writing the pilot for the Fox family comedy LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON, about a dad who’s trying to keep his son from being as screwed up as he is. (Hey, I’m liking that premise too, even though my experience as a Typical Millennial tells me it’ll be impossible for the daddy to succeed.)

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 9/14/14

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

  • Malcolm Gladwell (numerous New Yorker pieces) & Glenn Gordon Caron (MEDIUM) are writing the pilot for the Fox medical drama, THE CURE, about “a young, impulsive, African-American neurologist who takes the law into her own hands in the cause of tackling a deadly disease.” (Here’s hoping the series is better written than the blurb. A genuine munchprize awaits the first reader to name all the problems in that silly partial sentence. For reals. I’ll send ya something. Promise.)
  • Alex Sulkin & Julius Sharpe (DADS) are also writing a Fox pilot. This one’s a comedy called ALL TOGETHER NOW about a group of friends in their late 20s who vow to hang together as real people, sans their mobile electronics. (To which yer munchie one scoffs, “It’ll never work.” And by “it” I mean both the premise and the show. Cuz let’s face it, the only people who want to see a series that craps on our current interweb culture are folks so out of it that they don’t watch TV anyway…and certainly don’t buy the products that the sponsors are trying to sell.)
  • DJ Nash (GROWING UP FISHER) is developing the NBC sitcom THE CATCH, about a single dood who “for the first time in his life…[is]…sharing an apartment with a woman he’s not sleeping with. (What’s that? You caught me yawning at this? Um, erm, oh hell – damn straight you did. Funny how little interest I can muster for, like, the ’80s sensibility. How ’bout y’all?)
  • Speaking of ancient sensibilities, Claudia Lonow (HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE) is adapting Bob Morris’s book of the same name about “two half siblings who take care of their father.” (Cuz anybody over 40 is obviously an incontinent idiot no longer capable of running his/her own life. Just ask the development apes who commissioned this out of their needs to avenge themselves on parents who, yer muncho supposes, just didn’t wuv their babies 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 8/12/14

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

  • Glenn Gordon Caron (MEDIUM) has a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV for the usual development stuff. (But Ye Munchie One is secretly hoping that what he develops isn’t usual at all. Whaddaya think? Can Glenny Boy go outre? We’ll find out.)
  • Hilary Winston (BAD TEACHER) has sold a comedy that sounds a lot like THE OFFICE to NBC, based on a Playboy column she originally wrote, called “When Your Boss Has a Vagina.” (Wanna bet that isn’t what NBC ends up calling it? Any takers? Huh?)
  • Hunter Covington (IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA) & Stacy Traub (GLEE) are developing a comedy about a successful businesswoman who can’t seem to succeed at life for ABC. (What’s that you say? You’ve heard this particular premise before? A thousand times before? Geeze, gang, lighten up. Not everything on TV can be as new and different as…as…well, dang it, I just can’t come up with a name for a current show like that right now.)
  • David Klass (LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT), Perri Klass (RUNAWAY VIRUS), and Arthur L Caplan (the guy this new series will be about) are writing the pilot for CBS’ AUSTEN’S RAZOR, about “a brilliant bioethicist who is called in at crisis moments to solve the most complicated, dynamic and confounding medical issues imaginable.” (Zzzz…oops, sorry, I fell asleep there just copying the description. Which pretty well sums up how well I think a show like this one will do.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/22/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

And the deals we didn’t get keep pouring in! Check out how your friends – and enemies – are doing:

  • Neil LaBute (THE SHAPE OF THINGS) is writing an NBC pilot for HARMONY HOUSE, a comedy about a mental institution. (We ask only one thing of this project – that it be as horrifying as it is funny. Cuz – and we aren’t saying how we know – that would make it, ahem, real.)
  • Kay Canon (PITCH PERFECT) is writing THE RUNT, a CBS sitcom pilot about a, um, late bloomer and the effect her success has on family dynamics. (Cuz the ancient demographic that is the CBS audience is probably the only age group left that, you know, actually remembers what family is, let alone cares.)
  • Glenn Gordon Caron (MEDIUM) will write the pilot for THE MIDDLEMAN, a Fox crime drama set in the ’60s. (Cuz God knows nobody wants to see anything taking place in the treacherous here and now we all live in. What? You think we’re exaggerating? Let us tell you a few things about life in 2013, mister…)
  • Aseem Batra (ANIMAL PRACTICE) is writing the pilot for an unnamed NBC sitcom based on his life. (Cuz, hey, the life of a guy who wrote ANIMAL PRACTICE must be chock full of laughs, don’tcha know?)
  • Craig Gerard & Matthew Zinman (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER) are writing SEASON TICKETS, another NBC comedy pilot about, um, a guy who has season tickets to the Kansas City Royals games. (Wow, this has “winner” written all over it, no? So what if 98.5% of the population of, well, Kansas City for one place, doesn’t even know what sport the Royals play.)