Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 1/7/14


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

  • Howard Gordon (HOMELAND) has sold HUMAN RESOURCES, a comedy “in the vein of 24 meets DIE HARD,” to NBC. (Just between us, yer friendly neighborhood muncharooney has no idea how this new show could ever be funnier than HOMELAND, so I’m looking forward to the lesson its hilarious debut will teach.)
  • Gwendolyn Parker (WITHOUT A TRACE) has sold a spec script, HIGH PROFILE, to ABC as the pilot for an FBI drama about “a nationwide unit dedicated to investigating “crimes of the century.” (So if my knowledge of what a century is, is right, this’ll be one episode and out? Cuz you can’t have more than one “crime of the century,” can you? Or am I being too…you know, smart here?)
  • Sharon Horgan (writer of several unsuccessful Fox pilots but who wants to dwell on that?) is writing HBO’s DIVORCE, a comedy about, yeppers, you’ve got it, one of the funniest things that can happen to any married couple – the agony of divorce.  (Kee-rist, I’m sitting here laughing fit to bust just typing this. Ha ha ha, divorce! Ha, ha, ha divorce! I’m gonna have to get married and then booted out just so I can fully appreciate all the fine points of this brilliant idea.)

That’s it for now, munchaladas. Don’t forget to write in and tell yers truly what you’ve sold when you sell it. Cuz TVWriter™ can’t wait to brag to all your friends. (And, more importantly, enemies. Hehehe….)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/1/14

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

  • Jim Sheridan, Naomi Sheridan & Kirsten Sheridan (IN AMERICA) are adapting their Best Screenplay nominated feature film (that would be, you know, IN AMERICA) into an HBO series to be called – oh, you guessed – IN AMERICA. (Hey, it’s drama! It’s indie! It’s got art cred! And a tale of the struggle of a family of 21st century Irish immigrants to adapt, survive, maybe even thrive in the good ole USA is contemporary storytelling at its– Oh, wait, did munchero say “contemporary?” Gulp.)
  • Howard Gordon (24) just agreed to accept another ton of $$$ to stay at 20th Telly for a few more years. (Dude is so damn successful I keep waiting for him to buy an ABA team. But if he did, would there still be one left for me to shell out for when my ship comes in? Damn you, Howard Gordon, you’ve stolen my career and my basketball franchise and, and…oh, who the hell cares?)
  • Brian Balasco (DirecTV’s upcoming series KINGDOM) has a new overall deal with Endemol Studio. (Cuz you never know, DirecTV shows may turn out to be hot. And if not, well overalls are absolutely the most security you can expect in this biz. 2 years of guaranteed income…sad as it sounds, that’s genuinely huge. Congrats, Brian!)
  • Rick Eid (DARK BLUE) is writing the pilot for CBS’s ACQUITTAL, based on the nonfiction book, Acquittal: An Insider Reveals The Stories and Strategies Behind Today’s Most Infamous Verdicts by Richard Gabriel. (And if there’s anything I want to see every week more than a dastardly criminal getting off be cause of some despicable defense strategy or strange behind-the-scenes stuff going down, I dunno what that would be.)

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….)

HOMELAND Creators Take Their Show Very Seriously

As if you didn’t already know:

‘Homeland’: Brody Helps Nazir Kill Someone; Producers Talk Shocking Exit And What’s Next – by Maureen Ryan

As Season 2 of “Homeland” enters its home stretch, the pace is amping up, and Sunday’s episode may have been one of the Showtime drama’s most shocking hours yet.

After Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) was abducted, Congressman Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) helped terrorist Abu Nazir (Navid Neghaban) kill Vice President William Walden (Jamey Sheridan). By assassinating Walden, both Nazir and Brody may feel like they’ve finally avenged the death of Nazir’s son Issa — but does helping hack Walden’s pacemaker mean that Brody has turned for good? Will Carrie protect Brody or turn him in? And just how many more twists can be packed into the tangled, obsessive story of Carrie, Brody and the CIA?

You may also be wondering if pacemakers can really be hacked, what Walden’s death means for Brody and for Walden’s CIA protege David Estes (Dorian Harewood), who is himself in conflict with a suspicious Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin).

Find out what Sheridan had to say about the death of Walden here, and below, executive producers Howard Gordon and Henry Bromell (who wrote my favorite Season 2 episode, “Q&A,”) talk in depth about Sunday’s episode, titled “Broken Hearts.”

They discuss not just the nuts and bolts of the pacemaker plot and the CIA’s internal conflicts, but how they’ve approached the character arcs in “Homeland’s” second season, and some questions, both big and small: Will F. Murray Abraham be back as shady espionage fixer Dar Adul? Could Brody or Carrie die before the season is over?

Gordon, in particular, addressed whether “Homeland’s” latest twists have tested the boundaries of plausibility, and Bromell, who’s first up, discussed his pacemaker research and what it was like to write the Carrie-Nazir confrontation that was two seasons in the making.

Read the interviews

Brody, Brody, Brody – what’s with that guy? If only there were somebody we could ask…

Today’s TV Writing Deals Dept: 10/8/12



Insert unappreciated writer joke here and move on to:

  • Krista Vernoff (GREY’S ANATOMY) is writing and producing a musical dramedy about a top songwriter specializing in love songs even though she’s unlucky in love for NBC. (Cuz the network knows we all want to watch shows about people doing better than we are. Or about people doing worse. Talk about covering all the bases.)
  • Kate Walsh (PRIVATE PRACTICE) & Chris Case (RETIRED AT 35) are co-writing what’s described as a “semi-autobiographical comedy for NBC…even though neither of them is a recently divorced father who falls in love with a cop who has little experience with kids. (Isn’t it fun watching TV destroy the value of language!?)
  • Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon (HOMELAND)have a deal for ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE, an FBI series, at CBS. (Based on a neurological study by Adrian Raine which, according to Amazon.Com, has nothing in common with the series except for the title…and attitude. (Time now to ponder what purpose words can possibly have after they lose all meaning.)
  • Hilary Winston (MY NAME IS EARL) is writing the pilot for BAD TEACHER, a sitcom adaptation of the not-so-successful feature that starred Cameron Diaz for CBS. (Figuring what? that without Cameron Diaz it might succeed?)
  • Nancy Miller (SAVING GRACE) is adapting the hit Mexican telenovela TERESA for ABC. (Because we all know anything original might be risky. (EDITED TO ADD: …even though SAVING GRACE was one of the best risks any network ever took.)

(ALSO EDITED TO ADD: Um, no, we didn’t mean that the joke wouldn’t be unappreciated but that it should be about writers who are unappreciated. Sheesh!)

The TV Academy Gave Out Some Emmys The Other Night

…but we just couldn’t work up enough interest to watch. No, wait, we don’t mean that. We mean that we’re against the idea of artists being regarded as competing for things like awards. Competing for jobs, sure, but awards?  That’s soo uncreative. Anyway here are all the winners. The ones we care about, that is:

Hmm, this dude isn’t writing so he must be singing

Writing for a Comedy Series
Louis C.K.: LOUIE: Pregnant

Writing for a Variety Special
Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theatre, Louis C.K.

Writing for a Drama Series
Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon & Gideon Raff: HOMELAND

Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special?
Danny Strong: GAME CHANGE

Our congratulations all these fine writers. You’ve earned our praise, our support, and our envy!