Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/19/14

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

  • Whit Brayton & Zack Rice (ZORRO?) are developing NBC’s MANHUNT, a show that “will dramatize the mounting tension of any entire city on the hunt for a fugitive roaming the streets….” (In other words, it’s an attempt to do a homegrown version of BROADSTREET. The munchberger can get behind that, but only if it stars David Tennant. How ’bout you?)
  • Scott Silveri (GO ON) is writing the pilot for a Fox comedy with a clever logline: “The project centers on a family that’s good at handling the challenges it faces, and excellent at creating new ones.” (Jake Kasdan is also part of this deal, so if you’re a NEW GIRL fan this unnamed baby could become your very special pal.)
  • Max Borenstein (GODZILLA) is writing a TV series sequel to MINORITY REPORT in which the lead Precog will be a woman. (Probably a young woman cuz hey, it’s TV. Could be good. Or, it could be another disappointment, like – you know – Max’s version of Godzilla, which had the monster onscreen for, what? Less than 20 minutes?)
  • This just in: Mariah Carey’s womanizing toy boy, Nick Cannon is now officially a writer, having made a deal for a book of children’s poetry called Neon Aliens Ate My Homework And Other Poems. (Hey, Nick, we’re rooting for ya cuz…cuz…damnit, man, I’m sorry, but I really can’t think of one reason why this would be a good idea other than TVWriter™’s commitment to newbies. Go forth and conquer, pal. Redemption may be at hand…not to mention a viable escape route from the Missus. Kids’ poetry pays a shitload of $$$, right?)

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 11/2/12


“Love is never making your partner get a day job.” (Anon.)
  • Dan Harmon (COMMUNITY) has a pick-up from Adult Swim for his animated series RICK AND MARTY, about an inventor and his grandson/sidekick. (Proving you can’t go wrong with Mr. Peabody & the Wayback Machine)
  • David DiGilo (Disney Writer Program – awesome) is adapting Debra Driza’s soon-to-be-published novel Mila 2.0 into a sci-fi thriller series for ABC. (Proving that new writers should all make friends as possible with extra-hot writer-producers like Shonda Rhimes, whose company is producing this baby. )
  • Jason Jones (THE DAILY SHOW) is writing the pilot for a Fox sitcom about a single guy acting as guardian for his sister’s kids. (Proving that the concept doesn’t have to be all that high when a hot actor like Steve Carell is producing, as he is here.)
  • Robert Padnick (THE OFFICE) has written a sitcom pilot about four people trying to deal with their relationship problems and sold it to NBC. (Proving that if you partner up with somebody like Greg Daniels, producer of the soon to be late, lamented THE OFFICE, as Robert has, not only do you not need a high concept, no concept will work just fine too.)
  • Lew Morton (FUTURAMA, ROB) has partnered with Jake Kasdan (NEW GIRL, FREAKS & GEEKS, THE ZERO EFFECT) on WENTWORTH HALL, an animated comedy for Fox. (Proving that go-to guys help cinch deals even for writers who don’t really need go-to guys.)

We trust that you’ve all learned today’s important lesson.