Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/26/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Jason Micallef (BUTTER) is writing the pilot for THE WHOLE SHEBANG, a Fox drama pilot about Jennifer Garner. (Well, there may be more to the premise than that, but we here at TVWriter™ don’t care cuz…Jennifer Garner!!! y’all.)
  • Shane Brennan (NCIS) is developing a musical drama with Tiesto, who is described as “a superstar DJ and record producer.(And we’re sure you’re all thrilled about this because so what if nobody outside a very small circle has ever heard of Tiesto, he’s a fucking superstar…y’all.)
  • Matt Venne (A BAG OF BONES) is developing an untitled drama based on Linwood Barclay’s  novel Never Look Away for NBC. (Where of course they’d never think to actually use the title of the book. Cuz that might make “readers” tune in. As in people who read once in awhile. As in, “Oh, you think you’re so damn smart,” y’know?)
  • Jeff Dixon (sorry but we have no idea who he is) has sold a spec pilot to ABC Family called THE FINAL GIRLS  and is some kind of a horror project. (And we use the word “horror” in its fullest sense cuz look out world, Jamie Lee Curtis is set to star in this thing. And, yeppers, we find her horrifying indeedy.)
  • Jamie Abrams & DJ Lubel (WOMEN OF LA) have sold a showbiz comedy, LAST NIGHT, to Fox. (This particular sale is a Big Deal cuz Jamie and DJ are newbies who got one Acme Ton O’Attention when their WOMEN OF LA video went bigtime viral. We can do it, kids. Really we can! Congrats, guys, you’re an inspiration.)

Writing Deals and More Than Just Writing Deals – Whoa!

More writers to get to know…or be very, very nice to if you already know ’em:

  • Bill Lawrence, co-creator of COUGAR TOWN is adapting the book by Justin Halpern (of $#*! MY DAD SAYS fame), I Suck at Girls as a sitcom for Fox.
  • Jason Micallef, the relatively “unknown” writer of the feature film BUTTER, starring Hugh Jackman and Olivia Wilde, is writing the pilot of BASTARDS, another sitcom for Fox.
  • The far from unknown J.J.Abrams has extended his deal with Warner Brothers Television through 2015.
  • SONS OF ANARCHY creator Kurt Sutter has a deal at FX to write DIVA. CLOWN. KILLER,” a comedy to star his wife, Katey Sagal.
  • James Wong, an old TV hand from 21 JUMP STREET, THE X-FILES, and more, is set to write and produce OCCULT, a cop show that sounds a lot like X-FILES (but with Michael Bay producing so you know it won’t feel like X-FILES at all).
  • NUMB3RS co-creators Cheryl Heuton and Nicolas Falacci are writing and producing a pilot based on Elmore Leonard’s short story When the WOmen Come Out to Dance for USA.
  • Shaun Cassidy of INVASION and BLUE BLOODS is writing an unnamed spy pilot for Fox and will produce the show alongside HOMELAND’s Howard Gordon.