Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/15/14

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

  • Rod Lurie (LINE OF FIRE) is developing a Fox “event series” about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. (Proving conclusively to His Munchiness, AKA, me, that the Rodster has absolutely no judgment. In other words, I admit that I find this disgustingly cynical and just plain grubby.)
  • Andy Parker (newbie?) is writing the pilot for STANISTAN a one-hour drama for USA. (With, obviously a terrible title. Hope Andy can fix that. Rooting for ya, dude!)
  • Carlton Cuse (LOST in case you don’t remember) is developing COLONY, a show about aliens, for USA. (To which munchman can only say that I hope he has an ending in mind this time around…and actually goes to it over the life of the series.)
  • Dan Goor (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE) has a new overall deal with Universal TV, during which he’ll continue as Exec Prod of BROOKLYN and develop some stuff (that I hope is better than the show that’s gotten him this gig.Am I the only one who thinks BROOKLYN NINE-NINE is shallow, amateurish, and just plain goofy? Oh, wait. Of course it is. But those are plusses to network TV execs. I almost forgot.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/12/14

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

  • Jonathan Hickman‘s graphic novel, Pax Romana has been put into development at Syfy. Special Forces! Time travel! Ancient Rome! World War III! (Whoever writes this is gonna have one hell of a glorious time. Call your agent and make that writer you. Or, if you’re producing this thing, call Yer Friendly Neighborhood Munchman’s agent and make it – hehe – moi.)
  • Sera Gamble & John McNamara (SUPERNATURAL for Sera, IN PLAIN SIGHT for John-boy) are developing THE MAGICIANS, based on a series of books by Lev Grossman, also for Syfy. It’s described as “Harry Potter for grown-ups, so maybe Syfy will be able to get it right. (I know Sera and John can.)
  • Frank Miller‘s comic book RONIN is being developed into a Syfy series also, and it too doesn’t have a writer.(So if you’re the proud possessor of a worldview from somewhere in the early Middle Ages, which is what munchie hears you’ll need to get along with Mr. Miller, it’s agent time again, baby! )
  • Charles Soule‘s comic series Letter 44 is another project going the adaptation route at the Worst Science Fiction Channel in the History of Mankind. (Yeppers, that would be Syfy again.) Jonathan Mostow (TERMINATOR 3) is writing this one. (Which means nothing to me cuz I’ve never been able to make myself watch that flick. Ooh, I said “flick.” What does that mean? Hint: Not a term of endearment, Beloved Readers.)
  • This just in, Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia (WAREHOUSE 13) got the gig adapting PAX ROMANA. There goes our big chance. (Actually, there go 2 big chances: Yours/mine to get that gig and the viewers chance for this series to be anything but stupid Syfy Channel crap.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/8/14

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

  • Eric Amadio (COLUMBUS DAY) & John Singleton (SHAFT) are co-writing SNOWFALL, a Showtime series about L.A., drugs, the ghetto, and everything else ugly about the town. (Which of course means this is on Ye Friendly Neighborhood Munchead’s “Must See” List!)
  • Jonathan Ames (BORED TO DEATH) is developing BLUNT TALK a comedy series about a Brit determined to become the king of U.S. cable news, for Starz. (Yeppers, that’s the worst log line ever. But don’t despair, this baby has Patrick Stewart attached as the star and a two season order. OTOH, it has Seth MacFarlane attached to produce. But, hey, the brilliance of BORED TO DEATH will overcome! Mehopes, mehopes, mehopes….)
  • Kat Likkel & John Hoberg (MY NAME IS EARL) are re-upping their overall development deal with ABC Studios. (Cuz they can, I guess. Let’s face it, MY NAME IS EARL isn’t the best credit on anybody’s list. And their more recent work – THE NEIGHBORS, well….)
  • Michelle Lovretta (LOST GIRL) has sold KILLJOYS, an adventure/drama series about a “multi-planetary class war,” to Syfy. (Whoa, two buzzwords in one blurb. The munchman is cool with anything that says “multi-planetary” and “war,” but the “class” part could prove to be so overdone by the time this series – which already is on the new schedule – debuts. Thing is – this really sounds relevant…unfortunately for, you know, the current state of our little world.)