Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/25/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Billy Ray (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS) is adapting The Last Tycoon, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s highly touted famed novel about showbiz back in the day, into a series for HBO. (Now, we loves us our Billy Ray – wotta fine writer – but a hoary old unfinished novel they kept trying to get us to read in college lit? Sorry, but this concept definitely falls under the category of – who the fuck cares?)
  • Liz W. Garcia & Joshua Harto (HOMELAND) are writing the pilot for an untitled CW series about an undercover FBI agent (young, female, and of course beautiful) who discovers a terrorist cell “hiding in plain sight.”  (Hmm, guess it’s not a ripoff when you hire writers to recycle their previous hit. But it sure as hell is another example of a concept that fills us with that old feeling, AKA – who the fuck cares?)
  • Speaking of recycling, Meredith Stiehm (THE BRIDGE), is leaving THE BRIDGE to take over as showrunner of HOMELAND, which she left a few years ago so she could, you know, create and run THE BRIDGE. (We’re guessing Showtime gave her an offer she couldn’t refuse and amazed to find a writer smart enough to not have burned her bridge behind her when she said good-bye. Here’s hoping she can return HOMELAND to its former grandeur so that when we watch we can stop thinking – all together now – who the fuck cares?)
  • J.R. Orci (THE BLACKLIST) has a new overall deal with Sony TV. (And we’re confident that even though he’s the brother of half of what we here at TVWriter™ affectionately think of as The Absolutely Worst TV Writing Team to Ever Make us “Say Who the Fuck Cares?” we wish him tons of luck cuz…not burning bridges might be a good idea even for us, you know?)
  • Tip to every writer reading this who knows or has worked with Joan Harrison at CBS, TLC, The Travel Channel, or the Gersh Agency: She’s now the Senior Veep of Scripted Programming & Development at Asylum Entertainment. So give her a call. Wine her and dine her. (And, please, pitch something better than everything we’ve written about above.)