Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/21/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Dylan Moran (Big Name Irish comic) has a deal to write an ABC sitcom. (That’s it. All the info we have. But this dude starred in and co-wrote one of the craziest Britcoms we’ve ever seen, BLACK’S BOOKS, so we’re looking forward to whatever emerges.)
  • Hank Nelken (SAVING SILVERMAN) is writing a CBS sitcom pilot called SISTER WHIPPED. (About, we assume, a nerd with sisters who’ve kept him from knowing what a, you know, guy should really be like. Anybody know if we’re in the ballpark here?)
  • Jim Agnew & Sean Keller (upcoming feature TOKAREV) are writing a pilot for THE THIRTEEN, which is described as “a contemporary drama [that] takes place in a world in which the colonies lost their bid for independence and [are] still fighting…for freedom.” (Whoa, a 250 year war? Those are some inept freedom fighters, no? Or are we going to see a bunch of Afghanistan metaphors?)
  • Greg Poirier (NATIONAL TREASURE 2) is writing the pilot for NBC’s WOLFE, a sort-of-a-spy-spoof about a fake CIA hero and the baddie who knows he’s a fraud. (We hope this gets on the air cuz we lurve, lurve, lurve to watch executive miscalculations that lead to new series that appear for 6 episodes and then vanish forever. Yeah, sure we do.)
  • Ken Biller (PERCEPTION) has a new overall deal with ABC Studios, under which he’ll continue as showrunner of PERCEPTION and also create tons of similar hits. (Or maybe not so similar, which to us chaos-loving types could be way better.)

TNT Renews PERCEPTION for a 2nd Season

…Making our boss very happy because, well, maybe we shouldn’t say this, but because he identifies with all the psycho series leads. Bobby Goren. Gregory House. Monk. And now Eric McCormack’s Daniel Pierce.

(EDITED BY LB TO ADD: FTR, I’ve never identified with Monk, munchman. With me, it’s all about the hard cases.)

In addition to McCormack as the nutjob “neuroscience professor” as the show calls his profession (it also calls his condition “paranoid schizophrenia,” which we’re sure is authentic and, as presented here, way cool), PERCEPTION also gives us Rachel Leigh Cook as the professor’s eye-popping (hey, she looks great) FBI agent handler and LeVar Burton as his pop-eyed (really, they bug out all over the place as though he forgot how to use them by playing that dood on NEXT GEN for so long) university boss.

There are other actors too, but the important guy here is creator/executive producer Ken Biller, who evidently is succeeding in making a lot of viewers, some key network executives, and at least one paranoid schizophrenic wannabe we know very happy.

Ken Biller