Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
Grant Dekernion (newbie!) has sold a new animatged comedy to FXX, a new spinoff network from FX. The show is about a gay white rapper recently released from prison and searching for redemption. (Newbie sells series about gay rapper? Why didn’t we think of that ourselves? D-d-d-dang.)
Roberto Orci (STAR TREK reboot and more) has written the pilot for a drama described as “a Latino James Bond” for the El Rey network, also a new spinoff, this one from parent company Univision. The series is about a soccer star/playboy who doubles as a spy and has already been green-lighted for production. (This one’s live action…although we’re sensing a certain animation type vibe.)
Amy Holden Jones (MYSTIC PIZZA) has sold THE BLACK BOX to ABC with an initial order of 13 episodes. The drama series follows a famed neuroscientist who struggles with mental illness. (How does she struggle? Does she know karate? Kung fu? Sorry, we’re just crazy, zany verb fetishists at heart.)
John Eisendrath (the upcoming series THE BLACKLIST) will be showrunner of THE BLACK BOX when it goes into production. (Cuz he’s really good in the room, we suppose. Although we have to admit to being impressed by his credit on FELICITY, which often seemed to be about mental illness, didn’t it?)
Tony Tost (LONGMIRE) is writing HEARTLAND TRUCKING, a drama pilot for Showtime about, you know truckers. Oh, and mobsters too. (Tost is very hot now due to the almost-success of LONGMIRE. We just hope that HEARTLAND TRUCKING will have a hero under 60…because LONGMIRE doesn’t, see, and…never mind.)
This Year’s Last News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
Bryan Singer (HOUSE, X-MEN) is developing yet another version of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, this one for CBS TV Studios. (Not to be confused with CBS Network because, who knows, Leslie Moonves might turn it down and ya gotta keep your options open, right?)
Kristen Schall (THE DAILY SHOW), Garry Trudeau (DOONESBURY comic strip), and the team of Kevin Sussman & John Ross Bowie (THE BIG BANG THEORY) are among the writers working on pilots for Amazon Studios. (Not to be confused with all the new writers Amazon originally reached out to because newbies might not be, you know, predictable enough, right?)
Paul Attanasio (HOUSE, DONNIE BRASCO) has written the pilot for Showtime’s THE VATICAN, a thriller cashing in on THE DAVINCI CODE which will be directed by Ridley Scott. (Because, God knows, TV isn’t exactly embarrassed by jumping on a bandwagon, no matter how too little, too late the TV effort may be.
A writer to be named shortly will be writing a pilot for a CW series about a medieval noblewoman who enlist Robin Hood’s aid in rescuing her serf boyfriend from the Normans. (Because the Gerards and the Roberts and the Jonathans et al aren’t nearly as exciting to teens – OK, just think about that awhile, c’mon.)
Speaking of new writers, Grant Dekernion (former writers’ assistant on EASTBOUND & DOWN) has written the pilot for CHOSEN, an animated comedy about a rapper who wants to redeem himself while also dominating the world. (Yay! Not only do we finally get to report on a new writer getting a chance, it turns out that his series idea is actually realistic – well, except maybe for that “redeem himself” part. We’ll see.)
Ah, what better way to close out the year than with a report about writers who have made/are making it? They were once beginners also, so never forget: YOU CAN DO IT TOO!