Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 7/10/14

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

  • Simon Rich is adapting his book, The Last Girlfriend on Earth, Man Seeking Woman, into a comedy series for FXX. (The show is described as being about a man who “enters the dating scene, a nightmarish hellscape of untold horror.” Hey, they got that right. Now we’ve just got to hope for a few laughs.)
  • Dan Harmon (where have we heard that name before?) is prepping a 6th season of COMMUNITY for Yahoo, of all places, now that the show has been axed once again by NBC. (Which could mean that we’ll have to take Yahoo seriously when it comes to laughter. Um, anybody see what Yer Friendly Neighborhood Munchman did there? Anybody care?)
  • Jeff Pinkner (FRINGE), Josh Appelbaum (LIFE ON MARS), Andre Nemec (STAR-CROSSED) and Scott Rosenberg (LIFE ON MARS) are co-writing the pilot for the new CBS drama series, ZOO, based on the novel of the same name by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge. (Which means a big payday for all the writers involved, you can bet your muncher on that – and also big aggravation for the WGAW credits department, which is not known for its love of 4-person writing teams. As in they’re generally, you know, denied.)
  • Bryan Fuller (HANNIBAL) & Michael Green (THE RIVER HEROES, whatever that is) are co-writing a pilot for a Starz series adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s, um, masterpiece actually, American God. (Which my munchiness would greet with unmitigated pleasure if I hadn’t wanted that gig so #@!$ing much. But this is still the best TV development news I’ve heard since I started writing this department! Fucking AMERICAN fucking GODS!)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/19/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD) has sold OUTCAST, an exorcism drama based on his upcoming comic book of the same name, to Cinemax. (Cuz you really can’t put all our eggs in one zombie. And everybody knows that exorcists are gonna be the Next Big Thing. What? You didn’t? Oh well…)
  • Jeffrey Lieber (NECESSARY ROUGHNESS) is writing and showrunning a Fox “event series” called EVEREST about, you know, mountain climbing. (He’s putting the finishing touches on his writers room even as we, um speak, so getcher agent on the phone. Pronto!)
  • Salim Akil (THE GAME) is creating, writing, directing, starring and, of course, showrunning MR. DIRECTOR, an HBO comedy that’s reputedly just like CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM only – aw, you guessed it – about “Black Hollywood.” (Silly us. We thought all of Hollywood was black. Black-hearted anyway. And no, we do not mean “Black at heart.” That would be considerably different. And hipper.)
  • Akiva Goldman (A BEAUTIFUL MIND) & Jeff Pinkner (FRINGE) are co-writing a pilot based on the 1990 hit GHOST, about – maybe – this dead guy who’s trying to protect his beautiful wife but… (Yeppers, we love the film. But how’re they gonna do it without Patrick Swayze? Unless…oh, wait, he’s already a ghost, no? So…)
  • Drew Goddard (LOST) will be writing and showrunning DAREDEVIL in its new direct-to-Netflix web/TV adventures. (Which we find genuinely exciting cuz…Daredevil done by the man who directed THE CABIN IN THE WOODS just screams with awesome.)