Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/2/14

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

  • Steven Cragg & Brian Bradley (MAD TV) are writing the pilot for a television version of yet another old favorite: UNCLE BUCK. (Although by the time you read this the groundswell of fan disapproval may already have swept this project into the trash. An outcome yer friendly neighborhood munchitis definitely is hoping for…cuz some things are just plain too beautiful or too clever or too fucking funny to mess with, y’know?)
  • Neal Cross (LUTHER) is preparing to assault us once again with a new BBC series called BAY OF PLENTY, about a police officer in New Zealand. (And when I say “assault us” I mean deliver the kind of blows to our solar plexii that powerful drama does. Glad to have you back, Neal baby!)
  • Greg Malins & Barry Schwartz (the upcoming series YOUR FAMILY OR MINE) are writing the pilot for TAKE IT FROM US, an NBC comedy series about “a couple in their 50s who tell their son and his new fiancee all the mistakes they made in life in hopes the new couple can avoid making the same mistakes.” (And if that sounds like a recently retired comedy where a certain father tells his kids how he met their mother, well, whaddaya know?)
  • Christopher Hampton (ATONEMENT) is adapting the ancient Edith Wharton novel The Custom of the Country into a miniseries for some cable channel or other. (In other words, “to be announced.” But this being Hollywood, even though there’s no place to show the thing, there’s already a star – Scarlet Johannson. To which yer totally smitten munchburger here can say only one thing, “Huzzah!” Which translates into TVWriter™ese as, “Hmm, now that Scarlet’s a Very Big Deal this sucker might actually get made. Too bad the very late Ms. Wharton won’t get to see our favorite superheroine in action. But we will. Hehehe.)

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 10/31/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Aaron Buchsbaum & Teddy Riley (newbs!) are developing a CBS comedy called ON THE FENCE about “the shifting dynamic  of friends as they navigate their late twenties.” (At last, our life brought to the wee screen Oh, wait, although we definitely are part of a shifting dynamic and are in our late twenties, we don’t – sob – have any friends. Why does this series have to mock us? Why?)
  • Ryan Shiraki (AWKWARD) is writing a Fox comedy about a working class family in Bakersfield. (This show is billed as “based on Shiraki’s real-life upbringing in Hawaii….” Of course. Bakersfield-Hawaii. Everybody knows they’re practically the same.)
  • Greg Malins (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER) has sold ODD COUPLE FAMILIES, a comedy about people who have to spend way too much time with their kids’ friends, to Fox. (Where, evidently, none of the D-Peeps has kids cuz let’s get real here. How much time does any parent ever spend with the parents of their kids’ pals? Nada, right? Unless – oh God – my parents weren’t like everybody else?)
  • Chris Fedak (CHUCK) is writing an untitled NBC drama pilot about people who get a new chance at normal lives because of an anonymous organ donor. (This better be a horror project about the donor being a strangler/mass murderer cuz otherwise we’re heading to Netflix whenever this show is on.)
  • Keenan Ivory Wayans (if you don’t know who he is, fuhgeddaboudit) is writing the pilot for a comedy series about “what happens when the whitest guy in  America marries into a…close-knit African-American family.” (What happens? What happens? Why, hilarity happens, of course. Cruel, mocking derisive Wayans humor…which we just happen to luv.)
  • Rebecca Sinclair (90210) is developing a surfer drama set in 1961 for The CW. (Cuz all us kids born after 1985 have a great big bone on for Malibu life back when our mommies and daddies were toddlers. Wow, talk about can’t miss!)