Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/14/14


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

  • Austen Earl (THE MILLERS) is writing an untitled NBC comedy about a newly married dude “as he attempts to stay true to his blue-collar roots while adjusting to a world full of people he finds increasingly offensive.” (Only problem here is that every blue-collar rooted person das munchkind has ever known has made it their life’s purpose to get as far away as possible from those very roots. So who’s kidding whom, huh?)
  • Kevin Hynes & Alexandra Cunningham (PRIME SUSPECT) are writing the pilot for Fox’s EXPERT WITNESS drama series about – aw, you peeked – an expert witness, um expert. (And if this baby is anywhere near as good as the U.S. version of PRIME SUSPECT was, even if it gets on the air it’ll be off in 6 weeks. Mark my munching word, kids.)
  • Jon Lovett (former Obama speechwriter) is writing the pilot for Showtime’s ANTHEM, a drama that “chronicles…what happens when our political system collapses under the weight of mistrust and partisan division.” (I dunno, gang. Sounds like a reality series to me. I sincerely apologize for making such an easy joke. But I think it’s our current crop of pols who should apologize to all of us for making it possible.)
  • Nick Stoller & Jerrod Carmichael (two hot properties in CAA’s collection of such) are developing an NBC comedy based on Jerrod’s “irreverent stand up comedy.” (Lovin’ the use of the word “irreverent,” NBC, but in an era when every single new standup comic is described as “irreverent” shouldn’t that whole category simply be “irrelevant” instead?)

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….)

The Hudsonian Sees 1600 PENN


Presidential Shenanigans at 1600 PENN

by Josh Hudson

NBC Thursdays has a new address: 1600 Penn.

The new comedy from Josh Gad, Jon Lovett, and Jason Winer is a cross between New Girl, Modern Family, and the Obamas. You know, if they were white and had a reality show or something.

Josh Gad stars as Skip, the eldest son to President Dale Gilcrhist, played by Bill Pullman. Skip is a quack. He’s clumsy, not all there, and is in his seventh year of college. Very Van Wilder-esque, yes, but Skip doesn’t resemble any of those suave characteristics outside of tenure post-high school.

Jenna Elfman stars as Emily Nash-Gilchrist, the first lady. She’s very chic, well mannered, and could easily be on one of those World War II posters campaigning for woman’s rights. She’s also the “evil” stepmother to the four children. Yes, Mr. President was a busy bunny pre trophy wife.

Becca, Marigold, and Xander are the other children. Becca is in her late teens. The good one of the bunch. Diligent, hard working, and always on her toes; some might call her a suck up or a brownnoser. That reputation goes down the crapper when she finds out she’s pregnant. Guess she’s a real kid after all.

Marigold and Xander are the youngest. Marigold is hitting puberty, while Zander is a few years younger. They don’t actually say in the show, but it’s a reasonable guess. Later, we find out they have a crush on the same person. Have fun with that one.

Much of the episode centers on Skip’s attempts at getting daddy’s attention. But he’s too busy with trying to close a national trade with some Latin American countries. Skip inadvertently intervenes, and for it to be comedic, he would have to blow things up rather awesomely. Or get drunk on tequila. That’s not stereotypical or anything.

Emily works on trying to connect with her stepchildren, first with Becca, and then with Marigold and Zander. Like most stepparents with their stepchildren, it doesn’t always go as planned.

I have to say; I was pleasantly surprised by this show. I didn’t really know what to expect, honestly. Pullman has been president before (Independence Day with Will Smith) but wasn’t really comedic. Elfman is a hilarious woman, but her shows don’t always hit, unfortunately. Gad is someone I’d never heard of until recently, and yet, he somehow got his own show on a national network. Clearly, we’re all doing something wrong, and he’s doing something right. The writing is quirky enough to entertain; childish enough to be delightful, and still sophisticated enough for the parental units to enjoy and have something to talk with their kids about.

Putting it on Thursdays is a bold statement by NBC. I’ll be watching. And hopefully others will follow.