Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 2/24/14

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

  • Cole Haddon (DRACULA) is developing NOTTINGHAM, a BBC America project about how the Sheriff of Nottingham (you remember him) becomes this foresty thief – yeppers, Robin Hood – to atone for the bad stuff he has to do in his day job. (And guess what? The munchy one absolutely loves that idea cuz…Zorro in tights seems very, very cool.)
  • Jonathan Groff (HAPPY ENDINGS) is the new showrunner for NBC’s new FIFTH WHEEL, created by interweb series writers Heidi Niedermeyer & Elena Crevello (SHIT PEOPLE SAY IN L.A.). (Criminy, gang, if ever there was a fifth wheel it’s Groff with his TV network sensibility. And yours truly was so looking forward to seeing two of our own – Heidi and Elena – kick broadcast television butt.)
  • Brian Larsen (not any of the Brian Larsens on IMDB) is suing all kinds of folks involved with Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN, claiming that the network stole his concept and various details. However, he isn’t suing Ann Biderman, who is credited as the creator of the show. (Cuz he figures she was just an innocent dupe who agreed to write up an idea Showtime execs gave her? Well, it wouldn’t be the first time a writer did that. Yer favorite muncher will try to keep up with this one cuz once, just once, I’d like to find out if somebody’s allegations of series stealing are, you know, actually founded in some kind of reality. Preferably real reality, but this is TV so who knows?)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/25/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Timothy J. Sexton (CHILDREN OF MEN) has written the pilot for Lifetime’s THE LOTTERY, a drama that looks to us to be very similar to his s-f classic feature film. (Except it’s about the children of wimmens, see, cuz this is Lifetime and that’s how they hang roll.)
  • Scott Z. Burns (CONTAGION) is writing another one-word-starting-with-C drama pilot for NBC. It’s called CONSPIRACY and is based on Christopher MacBride’s indie film, THE CONSPIRACY. (Yeppers, they had to delete the “THE” cuz, you know, TV screens are smaller than those for feature films.)
  • Ben Queen (CARS 2) is adapting UNTHINKABLE, based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Sable & Julian Totino Tedesco. (The show’s about an FBI agent and a washed-up screenwriter who join together to, well, to keep America free. Or will the change the writer to a TV writer instead?)
  • Heather Hach (LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL) is developing MY PARENTS ARE TOO FUCKING HAPPY, a sitcom about siblings who’ve been traumatized by their parents’ almost perfect marriage for NBC. (Yes, NBC is heavily into really awkward-sounding sitcoms about families these days, and we gotta tell ya: That’s traumatizing us.)
  • Jonathan Groff (HAPPY ENDINGS) has sold his fourth series of this pilot hustling season to CBS. It’s called THE 40s and is in the vein of Judd Apatow’s big, bad feature film about a married couple in their forties. (Except it has more than one couple and some non-couples. So nobody’s stealing from nobody no matter what it looks like, y’hear?)