Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/22/13

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  • Carter Bays & Craig Thomas (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER ) and Emily Spivey UP ALL NIGHT) are writing the pilot for CBS’s comedy, HOW I MET YOUR FATHER. (And, yeppers, it’s the same show only…different. The perfect network TV pilot – that is, unless viewers rebel.)
  • Paul Scheuring (PRISON BREAK) is writing an “event” series about RASPUTIN, the Russian Imperial family’s favorite healer/sex fiend, for FX. (Politics! Sex! Violence! Sex! Intrigue! Sex! OMG, This baby even has HOW I MET OUR FATHER beat.)
  • Dan Lagana (ZACH STONE IS GONNA BE FAMOUS) is writing the pilot for the NBC comedy STAND-UP GUY, about a stand-up comedian who also juggles his husband-and-fatherly duties. (A showbiz guy who spends time with his family? No way. This calls for way too much suspension of belief.)
  • Margaret Nagle (BOARDWALK EMPIRE) is adapting the Spanish series POLSERES VERMELLES into THE RED BAND SOCIETY, a dramedy about a group of teenagers “living in a hospital” who become friends. (Why do we think that the “living in a hospital” thing is a mistranslation? Now we’re wondering what other confusion awaits us in the final conversion.)
  • Sign of the times: A Chinese company is planning to develop and shoot a Chinese language TV drama series in Seattle. No writer is mentioned so if you know something about the country this could be your lucky break. (Just be sure that you also know how to keep your scenes in as many interiors as possible cuz…Seattle? Outdoors? Lotsaluck!)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/28/12


“Write to tell a story, not to sell a story” (Gerald Sanford of BARNABY JONES, KNIGHTRIDER, etc. writing fame)
  • Margaret Nagle (SENSE & SENSIBILITY) is writing the pilot for the Fox sitcom PARADISE FALLS, about a documentary maker investigating a “Memphis Three” type story. (Everyplace else on the web talks about the producer of this project like he’s kind of a big deal. So we’ll leave him nameless here.)
  • David Hubbard (something called NOEL) is writing THE RETURN OF DANIEL SHEPHERD for HBO. (Everyplace else on the web neglects to tell what this project actually is – a pilot or a TV movie or what. We aren’t telling either. Not our fault, honest – the inept press release doesn’t say.)
  • Terry George (HOTEL RWANDA) is writing THE CLAN for ABC. (Um, nope we don’t have info on whether this is a pilot because the same inept P.R. team as above hasn’t said. But to atone for that, this time around we’ll tell you who the featured player in this deal talked about on all the other sites is: Charlize Theron, who’s producing. No comment on her value in that, erm, position.)
  • Thomas Bradshaw (playwright whose work includes THE BEREAVED) is writing a drama pilot for HBO about a black college president. (The Big Gun here is Oprah Winfrey, who’s company is producing. Ask not why her own network isn’t presenting this. The answer, we’re sure, would be, “$$$$,” as in “too much.”)