Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/12/14

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  • Justin Shipley & Jordan Shipley (newbies) are writing the pilot for TMC’s WRECKED, a comedy described as “LOST meets IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA. (And as a lifelong fan of Mad yer munchero extraordinaro is thrilled to see this kind of parody tone coming to the Big Time. Um, if you consider TMC the Big Time, that is.)
  • Kyle Killen (LONE STAR) has a new deal with Paramount TV for the usual development kind of stuff. (What’s that? You wanted a Paramount deal? Don’t despair, bunky, just head over to 20th, where Kyle used to be. If your people can negotiate fast enough with their people, maybe Kyle’s chair will still be warm enough for your wintery, um, cheeks.)
  • Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner (playwrights new to TV) are writing the pilot for a new version of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA for ABC. (This one could go either way, depending on how much input Mark Cherry, who may or may not have been the genius behind DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES has – and whether he’s as good as ABC seems to think. Cuz let’s face it: A serious version of this old brokedown tale probably isn’t gonna cut it these days.)
  • Oops, almost forgot the deal of the month:  Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (GLEE) is writing the pilot for RIVERDALE, a TV adaptation of – I swear on my sainted grandmother’s plastic choppers – fucking Archie fucking comics. (When I was 11 years old, I fantasized about playing Archie on TV. For reals I did. So scuze me while I had for a consult with my local plastic surgeon to see just what it would take to make me look anywhere near young and callow enough for the part now. Well, maybe just young enough. I’ve got the callow thing down, I’m afraid.)

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 3/18/13

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  • Rene Balcer (LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT) will be showrunner of the new CBS drama, THE ORDAINED, working with Lisa Cullen, the show’s creator. (So if you’re an old writer bud, now’s the time to start bugging your pal for a new gig!)
  • Andy Briggs (TARZAN ) is writing THE DRAKE EQUATION, a drama pilot about a Space Intelligence Agency. (And the showrunner will be Tim Kring. But don’t worry about getting on staff just yet. The notion is still homeless for now. )
  • Aaron Guzikowski (PRISONERS) has gotten the Sundance Channel to greenlight his drama series THE DESCENDANTS straight to series. Of course, he had to make them the owners of the show, but, hey, we do what we gotta do. (And now what you’ve got to do is find out who you know who’s BFF with Aaron and use that to make your writing staff dreams come true. We know you’ve already got the talent, right?
  • Curtis Gwinn (NTSF:SD:SVU, DEATH VALLEY), Channing Powell (WHITE COLLAR), and Matt Negrete (also WHITE COLLAR) have joined the writing staff of THE WALKING DEAD, with Curtis as Supervising Producer. (So call ’em! Now!)
  • Kyle Killen (AWAKE) has written INFLUENCE, a drama pilot for ABC that will star Christian Slater as a slick ex-con who solves people’s problems by, um, manipulating the folks who’re giving them trouble. (We love these truelife adventures!)

Survival of the Fittest Dept – TV Production Deals for 2/1/13

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  •  Hannah Shakespeare (Sofia Vergara’s friend) is developing KILLER WOMEN, a “soapy procedural” about a female Texas Ranger for ABC. (Yes, MODERN FAMILY star Vergara is the producer and ABC wants to keep her happy.  ‘Tis how it goes, kids.)
  • Kyle Killen (AWAKE) is in charge of another ABC drama pilot called INFLUENCE, about an agency that solves problems by using “the science of human motivation and manipulation.” (What? This makes the heroes seem kinda sleazy and unethical to you? Grow up!)
  • David Shore (HOUSE) has a go for a third ABC pilot, DOUBT, about an ex-cop turned attorney who occasional takes time off from fighting with his ex-wife to help a client. (Wow, this sounds so familiar that it’s almost welcome. Don’tcha love TV?)
  • Kass Morgan’s (RAISING HOPE) THE HUNDRED, about a spaceship containing the last remnants of humanity – 100 juvenile delinquents – is a go to pilot at the CW.  (Um…where else? Huh?)
  • Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain (both of 666 PARK AVENUE and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES) are supplying The CW with SELECTION, about a romance 300 years in the future. (A future where teens play HUNGER GAMES type, um, games to see who becomes – wait for it – queen. Yikes!)
  • Sera Gamble (SUPERNATURAL) scored with a Navy drama called COMPANY TOWN, which will also be made for the CW. (We’re having a tough time picturing teenage admirals, but maybe that’s just us?)

Kyle Killen Gets Another Chance

Well, hey, it’s a track record thing. LONE STAR and AWAKE are the dood’s big credits.  LONE STAR was cancelled after two episodes, and AWAKE bought it after, what, half a season? So of course Kyle gets into the game again. Because intelligence is a much rarer commodity, isn’t it, than your teachers ever led you to believe? Anyway:

Kyle Killen Drama Lands at NBC as Put Pilot – by Nellie Andreeva (Deadline.Com)

EXCLUSIVEInfluence, a drama project from Lone Star and Awakecreator Kyle Killen, has received a put pilot commitment by ABC in a competitive situation involving multiple networks. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV where Killen is under a deal, is described as a provocative workplace ensemble centered on the complicated relationship between two brothers — a bipolar genius in human psychology and a slick ex-con — who head a unique agency designed to solve their clients’ problems using the real science of human motivation and manipulation. In addition to helping their clients, the agency’s staff sometime turn their powers to pull strings on one another. Killen is the writer/executive producer. Influence marks a departure from Killen’s previous two series projects, Fox’s Lone Star and NBC’s Awake, which both had very complex, non-linear narratives as they centered on protagonists living dual lives. Still, Killen kept a duality element in his new show too, making one of the main characters bipolar. On the feature side, Killen wrote the Black List script The Beaver, which was directed by Jodie Foster.

Must be the “departure from Killen’s previous two series projects” thing that got this deal made, right? Oh, and for those of you who don’t know what a “put pilot” is, it’s one where the network guarantees to “put up” the money to shoot a pilot. Of course, they don’t always do that even though they said they would, but it looks good on the deal memo and, well, remember what we said about intelligence above. (We need a really good smilie to put in here. Anybody got one we can use?)