Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/30/14


Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are=&0=& (WHILE YOU WERE HERE) is writing the pilot for an ABC series based on Tre Miller-Rodriguez‘s memoir Splitting the Difference, about a 30something widow who reunites with the daughter she gave up at 18. (But lookee here. Turns out they changed the mother’s age to 36 and made the daughter 17. That’s the kinda difference you can expect from the geniuses who work in TV development, not just in the good ole USA but anywhere in the world. This little muncher can hardly wait to see the exciting and of course perceptive notes they give Kat down the line.) Thania St. John (COVERT AFFAIRS) is also adapting an existing work. This one, COBB: OFF THE LEASH, is based on Beau Smith‘s comic book series about “a top-ranking Secret Service agent whose life gets turned upside down when he is removed from active duty after stumbling onto a deadly conspiracy at the highest global level.” (Wouldn’t you like to just once see a series about a Secret Service agent who isn’t “top ranking.” Or, even better, one who deliberately and efficiently tracks down a big deal conspiracy instead of finding it by accident? Yeppers, kids, me too!)

That’s it. Time now for a little time off from the ordeal that seeing all these others writers have so many more opportunities and make so much more money than moi. Maybe I’ll work on my spec pilot, the one that I’m not being paid one single penny for and which most likely won’t end up on any known network or cable channel. And certainly won’t get my name in the Love & Money column unless I stick it in there myself.

Mmm, that sounds pretty sweet, actually. Keep your eyes open, lovely readers, cuz I’ll give a gift to the first person who comments and tellz me which upcoming listing is mine. for now. And don’t forget to write in and tell munchilito what you’ve sold when you sell it. Cuz TVWriter™ can’t wait to brag to all your friends. (And, more importantly, enemies. Hehehe….)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/9/12

“Of course I write for the love of it. If I wanted money I’d be a #$%! plumbing contractor!” (Anonymous Award-Winning TV Writer Person)

  • Kat Coiro (LIFE HAPPENS) is writing the pilot for an NBC sitcom based on Sally Koslow’s  Slouching Toward Adulthood, about a “messy blended family…where adult children are still living at home. (Note: If you have children of any age you probably see this as a horror show. Nothing to laugh at here, folks. Move on, move on.)
  • Shane Brennan (NCIS, NCIS: L.A.) is writing the pilot for another CBS NCIS spinoff, this one about a team of agents that goes across the country to solve what we assume are otherwise the usual NCIS style crimes. (Note: Yes, LB is still kicking himself for having turned down the chance to be a producer on JAG, the source of all this NCIS fun. Nothing to cry about here, LB. Move on, move on.)
  • Bill Lawrence (COUGAR TOWN) has sold the pilot for cop comedy FEEL THE FORCE to ABC. (Note: Bill already has 3 pilots placed at various networks, so if you want to bitterly blame someone for snatching up your piece of the pilot pie…hey, he’s the guy. If you don’t want to blame him, well, move on, move on.)
  • Janine Sherman Barrois (CRIMINAL MINDS) is writing the pilot for DARKNESS FALLS, an FBI procedural about “the darkest, most twisted single murders” over at CBS. (Note: Janine’s writing the pilot over at CBS. The murders are elsewhere…some would say, unfortunately. We, however, can only say “Move on, move on…” ’cause we’re tired of this game and wish we hadn’t started it. Damn.)