Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/15/14

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by munchman

  • Jessica Ball (ROYAL PAINS) is adapting Timothy Hallinan‘s comedy crime series of novels about JUNIOR BENDER into a series for NBC. (Of course, you wouldn’t know it from the lede of the Hollywood Reporter’s version of the story, which features producer-star Eddie Izzard in such a way that you’d think he was the writer. And while the Iz-man may be a lot of things, he isn’t the writer of this potentially interesting new show.)
  • Jerry Collins (THE BERNIE MAC SHOW) is writing the pilot for an ABC comedy called BIG STOP, about “today’s current issues as seen through the lens of a bustling Kansas truck stop.” (Man, I sure wish I’d been at the pitch meeting for this one cuz I’ve been having insomnia recently and listening to this concept would’ve put me right out. Think maybe the fact that another star – ABC’s own Eric Stonestreet of MODERN FAMILY – is producing kept the development execs alert?)
  • Dan Frey & Russell Sommer (newbies, yay!) are developing the Fox miniseries ST.PATRICK about…aw, you can figure it out. (Yer friendly neighborhood munchhausen is thinking that this one’s being made cuz historical minis are hot as well as cuz there’s another big name attached to the project. No, not an acting star but a writing-producing star, Len Wiseman, showrunner of Fox’s very own SLEEPY HOLLOW. Good luck, Dan and Russell!)
  • Jenni Ross (nope, sorry, nobody’s saying exactly which Jenni Ross, but yer munchiness is hoping it’s the comedian) is developing FIRST LADY, a U.S. version of a hit Chilean series, for the CW about, it sez her, “one woman’s rags-to-riches journey from illegal immigrant to the White House. where she battles injustice and her own sordid past….” (God, I love people with sordid pasts. In fact, some of my best friends have notably sordid pasts. And my GF, well…kidding, sweetie, really. Of course the readers understand I just went for a cheap laugh. Of course I’m sorry. Wait, honey, come back–)

Well, that’s definitely 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….)

Big Writer Deals!

TVWriter™ reads the trades so you won’t have to:

  • Mark Rizzo (THE MAN DATE, ZIP) is developing the film HEATHERS as a sitcom for Bravo.
  • Bret Easton Ellis (AMERICAN PSYCHO) is developing COPELAND PREP, a drama about teens at an overly competitive boarding school for (what else?) the CW.
  • Jessica Queller (GOSSIP GIRL, GILMORE GIRLS, FELICITY) is developing THE APARTMENT as a sitcom for Bravo.
  • Bill Daly (MIKE & MOLLY) has written the pilot for CONTINUING FRED, a sitcom about a slacker who finds her purpose in life as a teacher, for ABC Family.
  • Stu Zicherman (LIGHTS OUT, SIX DEGREES) is developing the drama THE DARLINGS for Bravo.
  • David H. Steinberg (AMERICAN PIE 2) is developing PHYS ED, a sitcom about a jock teaching at his old high school, for ABC Family.
  • Jenni Ross (hot on the showbiz writing “Black List”) is developing ALL AMERICAN GIRL as a drama for Bravo. (It’s about three women working at a women’s lifestyle mag, which spells “for chicks only” to us.)
  • Susana Fogel & Joni Lefkowitz (LIFE PARTNERS) have written the pilot for TERMINALES, a drama about a young woman’s life after she’s diagnosed with terminal illness, for ABC Family. (Talk about “for chicks only!”)
  • Krista Vernoff (SHAMELESS, GREY’S ANATOMY, PRIVATE PRACTICE) is developing RITA (based on a Danish TV series) for Bravo.
  • The CW has ordered a pilot script for EMBRACE, a BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER-type series to be written by Bill Laurin and Glenn Davis, based on a book by Jessica Shirvington.