Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/18/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Kenya Barris (THE GAME) is writing the pilot for ABC’s BLACKISH, a comedy about “an upper-middle-class black man who struggles to raise his children with some sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions and obstacles” from the rest of the family. It’s based, of course on Kenya’s life. (At last! Something all African-American viewers can relate to!)
  • Janine Sherman Barrois (CRIMINAL MINDS) is writing the CBS pilot JIGSAW, a procedural about a unit that invesitgates San Francisco’s “most scandalous crimes” in decades. (In case anybody had stopped believing that SF is the most stereotypically decadent city in the good ole U.S.A.)
  • Evan Katz (24) is writing the pilot for Fox’s legal pilot, TRIAL OF THE CENTURY, about “a unique high-profile case.” (But is it set in San Francisco? That’s the question, right?)
  • Larry Dorf (OMG, isn’t he a fucking actor?!) is writing a Fox comedy about two “mismatched guys” who become stepbrothers when their parents get married,” presumably to each other. (Another “family comedy” that just doesn’t strike us as funny. When do we start getting more ARCHER type shows instead?)
  • Nicholas Wootton (GOLDEN BOY) has sold PRESIDENT X, a drama about “a former U.S. President who wakes up from a year-long coma and, now out of power, must hunt down the individual who tried to assassinate him. (Cuz everybody knows what man-of-action types our presidents have always been. Oh, wait…)

More Deals!!!

Cuz no writer ever gets tired of writing meetings money! Wait, if you’re doing it for the money there are better businesses with better incomes. Like plumbing contracting, or banking. So it’s not the money either? Hmm. Must be…love!?

  • Paul Redford (THE WEST WING, DIRTY SEXY MONEY) is rewriting HAMLET, by an old guy named Shakespeare (KING LEAR et al) with a family/political drama called AMERICA’S SON for Fox Network. (Yeah, that’s gonna work as well as that show based on King David’s problems awhile ago. You know, where they rewrote, um, an even older dood named God (THE BIBLE)?)
  • Ben Falcone (HAPPY ENDINGS, UP ALL NIGHT, husband of MIKE & MOLLY star Melissa McCarthy, who is producing this project) and Larry Dorf (THE LOONEY TUNES SHOW) are writing a comedy for CBS about a group of friends who find their lives changed by death at an earlier age than they expected. (Nowthat’s funny, right?)
  • Guillermo del Toro’s best selling vampire book trilogy, The Strain, is being turned into a series for FX, directed by del Toro and co-written by him and his co-writer of the books, Chuck Hogan (PRINCE OF THIEVES). (Well, we need more vampire shows, don’t we? Why so negative? Sheesh!
  • Peter Berg (HANCOCK, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) will write and direct a spy pilot, M.I.C.E, for NBC. (We can’t think of a single negative thing to say about Berg except that as an actor he looks kinda snarky. Damn.)
  • David Shore (HOUSE) is writing an untitled legal drama for Fox, featuring an ex-cop lawyer with personal demons who’s trying to get back with his ex-wife. (Hmm, Shore loves that House-Cuddy stalker dynamic, doesn’t he?)
  • Guillermo del Toro (see above) is adapting another book, NUTSHELL STUDIES by Corinne May Botz, for an HBO series, this time co-writing with novelist Sara Gran (SOUTHLAND). (Well, he needs another writer to, you know, actually type in the words, right?)

So the secret to getting into TV is to write a book Guillermo del Toro likes, huh? ‘Scuse us while we throw ourselves into Chapter 1…