Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 12/6/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Benjamin Brand (BOLLYWOOD HERO) is adapting William Bernhardt’s book, Nemesis: The Final Case Of Eliot Ness, into a miniseries for NBC. (Cuz…Fucking Eliot Fucking Ness, everybody knows him – if they were alive and watching TV back in what, the late ’50s?)
  • David Diamond & David Weissman (THE FAMILY MAN) have sold a drama series concept, THE DOUBLE LIFE OF EMILY REED, to ABC. (Cuz let’s face it, if you’re a TV network d-person with no life of your own, the idea of anybody with two of them sounds positively scintillating, no?)
  • Jonathan Abrams (your guess is as good as ours) has sold a drama called WISDOM to ABC. (Cuz it’s basically a soap about Silicon Valley and the title is what passes for clever irony to people who feel threatened by tech. Trust us on this one.)
  • Daniel Knauf (NBC’s DRACULA) is developing a series based on the 1941 and 2010 feature film(s) THE WOLFMAN. (Cuz…the Fucking Wolfman, dammit. Everybody does know him.)
  • Some dude named Louis C.K. just signed an overall deal with FX to develop and produce new series. (We dunno about you, but we can’t imagine any producer anywhere he could do any idea we’ve ever had or ever will have better than Louis. Time to call our agent…and pray.)

Sitcom Showrunners Expound on the Future

…And they sure as hell know a lot more than most TV execs!

The Future of Sitcoms According to the Creators of ‘Parks and Rec,’ ‘Enlightened,’ ‘Don’t Trust the B—’ and ‘Raising Hope’ – by Alison Willmore

Greg Garcia (the creator and executive producer of Fox’s “Raising Hope”), Nahnatchka Khan (the creator and executive producer of ABC’s “Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23”), Michael Schur (the co-creator of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”) and Mike White (the co-creator, co-star and executive producer of HBO’s “Enlightened”) gathered in Manhattan this past weekend for a New Yorker Festival event entitled “The Future of Sitcoms.” While the panel did not, as jokingly promised by moderator Emily Nussbaum, the magazine’s TV critic, come up with a plan for the next stage of comedy during its 90-minute run, it did cover some very interesting ground about how sitcoms are evolving in a way that may be quieter but is no less significant than what’s happening with dramas. Here are some highlights from the event: read article

LOUIE is Taking a Break to Rest on its Laurels

…and, according to Louis C.K., recharge after the exhaustion of producing-writing-directing all those short little episodes that won LCK all those Emmy noms and the Big Statue itself for Best Comedy Writing.

Looks like LCK’s a little stressed out by his recent success. According to Jon Weisman on Variety.Com: read article

The TV Academy Gave Out Some Emmys The Other Night

…but we just couldn’t work up enough interest to watch. No, wait, we don’t mean that. We mean that we’re against the idea of artists being regarded as competing for things like awards. Competing for jobs, sure, but awards?  That’s soo uncreative. Anyway here are all the winners. The ones we care about, that is:

Hmm, this dude isn’t writing so he must be singing

Writing for a Comedy Series
Louis C.K.: LOUIE: Pregnant

Writing for a Variety Special
Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theatre, Louis C.K. read article

LB Sees LOUIE – LATE SHOW (3-Parter)

The Good:

  • Spot on, as true-to-life as mass entertainment has ever gotten
  • All those inspiring ROCKY allusions
  • This is the greatest argument ever made on television for not going into any business that has to do with showbiz

The Not-So-Good: read article