Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/2/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Jana Sinyor (BEING ERICA) & Aaron Martin (THE BEST YEARS) are writing a CBS pilot for a rebooted LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE. (Don’t worry, funny love fans, the only thing related to the original series is the title. This one’s just another sitcom about 4 hopefully adorable couples. Yi-yi-yi-!)
  • John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein (BOSSES) are writing PUNCHING OUT, a sitcom for CBS about a couple of guys who hate their jobs and to do what they always loved best: working at a mall. (Nothing to see here, folks. Click on, click on.)
  • Jay Baruchel & Jesse Chabot (KATH & KIM) are developing an ABC comedy about an actor who moves back east so he can stay real in a house down the street from his mother. (We’re not going to mock this one because we don’t want to hurt the writers’ feelings. See, this is supposed to be “autobiographical.” And of course we believe that. For sure.)
  • Call your agents cuz Lionsgate needs a writer for a drama series to be called SEX, LIES AND HANDWRITING. Have your people get in touch with Lionsgate and its German partner, Tandem Communications. (Good luck! Let us know if you get it.)
  • Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (TERRA NOVA) have sold a pilot based on the cult classic s-f film 12 MONKEYS to Syfy. (And we all know what that means: Has anything on Syfy ever become any kind of classic? Oh, wait, we loved EUREKA once upon a time, and LB’s wife was a big STARGATE: SG-1 fan so maybe this has a chance at actually being good after all. Stay tuned, genre fanboys and girls.)

Today’s TV Writing Deals Dept: 10/6/12

The rich get richer. Ain’t life grand?

  • Baz Luhrmann (MOULIN ROUGE, THE GREAT GATSBY) has signed a 2-year deal with Sony Pictures Television to develop TV projects. (This is a man who began his career as a playwright, then switched to directing Oscar-winning films. Will nothing stop his downward spiral?)
  • Jay Baruchel & Jesse Chabot (GOON) will co-write GOON 2. (We know this is a feature film and not TV. Just trying to raise the TVWriter™ tone a bit.)
  • Noah Haley (BONES, THE UNUSUALS) is writing the pilot for a TV series version of FARGO for the Coen Brothers (everything cool and funny that you’ve ever watched) and FX (which, evidently, wants to be cool and funny, which is, you know, cool in itself.)
  • 30 ROCK will be history soon, but Tina Fey will be hard at work at Universal Television for the next 4 years creating new projects (because, evidently, she really is the greedy bitch Alec Baldwin has claimed…and what’s not to love about that?)