Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/1/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Tom Szentgyorgyi (THE MENTALIST) is writing the pilot for REDS, a science fiction Western, for The CW. (In other words, brace yourself for another FIREFLY imitator that, when push comes to shove, is prettymuch guaranteed to disappoint.)
  • Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing (SPARTACUS) are developing GRINGO, a drama based on Hipolito Acosta’s book The Shadow Catcher, about a U.S. agent who infiltrates a Mexican crime cartel. (No punchline here. Cuz our reaction to this one will depend entirely on how well it’s realized on paper and onscreen.)
  • Clifton Campbell (THE GLADES) has a pilot commitment at Fox for his family drama, BILLY RAY. (Robert Zemeckis is set to direct, so we’re, you know, hopeful that it’ll look better than GLADES did. Seems pretty cincy, actually.)
  • EMILY MORTIMER & DOLLY WELLS (both actress but we love ’em anyway) have created DOLL & EM, a comedy for HBO about…actresses. (So of course we’re confident that hilarity will follow.)
  • Nick Kreiss (PUNK’D) has a deal for HOW TO BE AN ADULT, a “semi-autobiographical comedy for ABC. (Which means it’s about a realilty producer who gets a scripted show deal? We are not amused. Being a reality producer is, as everybody knows, absolutely unforgiveable! Think we’ll catch flak for saying that?)