Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/10/14

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

  • Robert and Michelle King (THE GOOD WIFE) have a new overall deal at CBS TV Studios, where they’re also developing the sitcom BRAIN DEAD, which is described as a “horror-comedy.” (And we know how sidesplittingly funny THE GOOD WIFE is, don’t we? Aw, c’mon, of course we do…?)
  • Ruba Nadda (the upcoming feature OCTOBER GALE) is developing a “romantic drama…set in the world of international politics” for HBO. (Cuz OUTLANDER has become a huge hit for a previously “minor” network and the HBO development apparatik just can’t stand being left out.)
  • Brian McGreevy, Lee Shipman & Philipp Meyer (big-deal best-selling novelists for those who don’t read anymore – which, sadly includes yer humble munchman) have formed their own production company and are actively searching for books to develop into TV series. (Cuz these folks have learned the sad truth of the TV biz – producing is all about taste and the ability to make decisions as opposed to involving talent or, for the most part, even much work. So why shouldn’t they jump onto this bus? For that matter, why shouldn’t we all form our own prodcos, do the free option thing, and then sit back and count our dinero as the shows click on the tube? What’s that? Oh, yeah, I forgot about the key element in this equation: A partner who can sell – or maybe blackmail – the right people to get this stuff on the air. Time to look through our contacts lists and maybe compare notes.)
  • Liz Brixius (NURSE JACKIE) has left her gig as showrunner of the new NBC comedy BAD JUDGE, so if you think you could do better, time to get your agents or manager on the phone. (What? You aren’t sure you’re qualified? Look at it this way. BAD JUDGE is supposed to be a comedy…and even the meter maid who gave me a parking ticket near Santa Monica Pier was funnier than anything NURSE JACKIE had to offer.)

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 7/22/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Mark Friedman (BELIEVE) has left the upcoming NBC show, which he co-created with Alfonso Cuaron. (We’d tell you to get our agents hustling for you to take over Mark’s showrunner gig, but we have a feeling it isn’t a job anybody should want. No, we can’t say anything more, but it’ll come out soon enough. Sorry.)
  • Jon Bokenkamp THE BLACKLIST creator) has signed an overall deal with Sony TV. He’ll be writing, producing, all those wonderful things you/we want to do. (Damn you, Jon Bokenkamp! We’re sooo jealous.)
  • Manny Coto (DEXTER) will be sequeing over to a showrunner gig 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY as part of a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television (Inasmuch as Manny wrote some of the best episodes of the original 24, this is great news for fans…as well as writers who’ve already made friends with him. Hehehe.)
  • Stephen Falk (WEEDS) has sold YOU’RE THE WORST, a sitcom pilot, to FX. The show is about what happens when two self-destructive people fall in love. (Just between us, this sounds like every relationship ever between people in showbiz, so if it isn’t the most realistic, brilliantly written comedy ever, something will have gone terribly wrong.)
  • This is more about love than money, we thinks, making it big writing news indeed. Humanitas Prize Finalists have been announced,  and the TV writing nominees are:
    90 Minute Category
    Abducted: The Carlina White Story Written by Elizabeth Hunter
    Betty & Coretta Written by Shem Bitterman and Ron Hutchinson
    Firelight Written by Ligiah Villalobos
    60 Minute
    Bones, “The Patriot in Purgatory” Written by Stephen Nathan
    House, “Everybody Dies” Written by David Shore, Eli Attie & Peter Blake
    Monday Mornings, “Truth or Consequences” Written by Karen Struck & David E. Kelley
    30 Minute
    Modern Family, “Party Crasher” Written by Danny Zuker & Christopher Lloyd
    Nurse Jackie, “Disneyland Sucks” Written by Liz Brixius
    The New Normal, “The Godparent Trap” Written by Mike Scully
  • Three Humanitas Winners have also been made public:
    Children’s Live Action
    Let It Shine Written by Eric Daniel & Don D. Scott
    The David & Lynn Angell Fellowship in Comedy Writing
    Jason Romaine
    Fellowship in Dramatic Writing
    Taylor MartinCongrats from TVWriter™!