Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/5/14

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

  • Justin Spitzer (THE OFFICE) is developing a comedy called THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER TOLD for NBC. (Incurable romantic that yer munchero is, I have to admit that what I really like about this news item is the fact that at least we have a project with a title! Nice going, Justin. Knew we could count on you to spice up the news day.)
  • Meredith Lavender & Marcie Ulin (NASHVILLE) are writing PAIR OF ACES, which ABC describes as “an operatic family drama…who are…rising stars in Texas politics….” (Actually, the official logline goes on and on and on, which tells me one thing: Nobody writing press releases for ABC has ever read what Our Beloved Leader, LB, has written about keeping loglines short. Which explains why they’re writing press releases instead of being on the staffs of shows.)
  • Martin Burke is turning his novel, The Commissar’s Report, into a “comedic drama” for HBO. (The novel, btw, was written in 1984, which means that Mary’s had 30 years to think about it and work out what undoubtedly is a brilliant plan for the series. Watch this space for further reports about how many pieces HBO’s crack Development Creeps Peeps break his heart into over the course of this show’s development. And, yeppers, I guarantee they will. Not cuz they’re evil. Just cuz, you know, they can.)
  • Just when you thought it was safe to turn on your DVR, Universal Cable Prods has decided to develop Catherine Linka‘s Young Adult novel, A Girl Called Fearless, and its upcoming sequel into a series “set in an alternate future America where a synthetic beef hormone has wiped out millions of women and turned teenage girls into a valuable commodity to be ‘protected & contracted.’” (The books may be brilliant, but there’s something vaguely repellant about that premise, don’t you think? Not that I’d turn down the writing gig, oh beloved execs at Universal Cable. In fact, you just might be able to talk me into selling out every single one of my principals for a crack at it. That’s right, I’ll let you totally dominate my better judgment and destroy me for a mere cable pilot minimum writing fee. What’s that wet sound I hear? Could it be you guys salivating at the thought of turning me into a miserable – but rich – pawn? Comment down below, Oh Perverse Execs, and we’ll talk $$$ but not art. Never, ever will we talk art.)

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….)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/15/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Diablo Cody (UNITED STATES OF TERRA) is writing a Fox teen drama pilot called PRODIGY, about a home-schooled teenage genius who enters public high school, upon which, well, all hell breaks loose. (We aren’t Diablo Cody fans, but she does seem to know how to write high school kids – JUNO, remember – so here’s hoping.)
  • Shana Goldberg-Meehan & Scott Silvari (FRIENDS) & David Mandel (SEINFELD) are writing an NBC comedy pilot about a couple with grown children. (Yeppers, really, that’s the logline. So the next time somebody tells you TV only goes for “high concept” you can tell them to…heh, you know.)
  • Justin Spitzer (THE OFFICE) is adapting the ancient comedy film THE MONEY PIT into an NBC sitcom. (Proving that NBC has deftly targeted the geriatric demo. This definitely will give my grandparents something to live for.)
  • Jon Sherman (FRASIER) is writing an untitled TVLand comedy about “a 30-something woman as she navigates the executive ranks among her old-school male counterparts while her 20-something male assistant tries to make it amid his female-dominated peers. (Cuz…oops, sorry, turns out we can’t think of one single reason, real/fake/serious/funny for going with a premise like this. Maybe Jon’s related to somebody important?)
  • Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan (COMMUNITY) are writing the pilot for an ABC project to star comedian Kevin Hart. (Well, not actually to star him. He’s just the producer but says that if the network really, really, really wants him he might be willing to play a recurring role. Don’tcha love it when stars you’ve never heard of have so much leverage?)

  • Ehren Kruger (TRANSFORMERS) is writing the NBC pilot TIN MAN, about a fugitive robot accused of murder and the young woman public defender forced to fight for his cause. (LB’s praying for the success of this one cuz he’s already counting the money from a plagiarism suit based on the fact that one of his first published short stories was about a robot accused of murder too. We, frankly, are dubious about both possibilities.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/6/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Justin Spitzer (THE OFFICE) is writing an NBC pilot for a sitcom about events at a Detroit auto company. (Detroit? The American car biz? Funny? If Justin can pull off he’ll prove what a genius he is!)
  • Jonathan Nolan (PERSON OF INTEREST) is set to adapt Michael Crichton‘s old film WESTWORLD into a series for HBO. (No Yul Brynner scary robot gunslinger stuff here. We hear that the show will dig into what already is PERSON OF INTEREST territory – the beginning of consciousness for artificial intelligence. One trick pony time? We hope not.)
  • Brian Gallivan (THE McCARTHYS) is writing an unnamed sitcom about a guy who takes a long vacation with his family in New Hampshire…(Eh? What? Sorry, we fell asleep just typing that. Sheesh.)
  • Brandon Schwartz (newbie) has written the pilot for an untitled Fox sitcom. (Although Brandon has written a couple of scripts at Nickelodeon, this is his first official network sale. Kudos, dude!)
  • Chris Black has the gig to redevelop SAGA an ABC drama pilot written by Andrew Miller that the network rejected last year. (These are always tough jobs cuz everybody’s expecting the new writer to “save” a project that didn’t come from that writer’s gut.) Good luck, dood.)