Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/31/14

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

  • Patricia Cornwell (the mystery fiction biggie) is writing an untitled CBS pilot about “a brilliant, unorthodox detective who works for San Diego’s Major Crimes Unit where demons from her past come back to haunt her.” (“Unorthodox,” yeah, right. What would be unorthodox would be if she actually did things by the book and led a normal life. On TV, that’s edgy.)
  • The selfsame Martin Gero (L.A. COMPLEX) is developing a new CW series called THE PHOENIX PROJECT, about young, hip, sexy, and beautiful vigilantes saving their neighborhood. (I added the “young, hip, sexy, and beautiful” part cuz I knows me my CW. And I’m thinking it’s gonna take genuine beauty to save this baby from its home on the D.C. Comics Network. Well, that’s pretty much what The CW has become, no?)
  • Rene Balcer (he used to be a big deal showrunner back in the day when LAW & ORDER ruled TV) is writing the pilot for a CBS series based on the James Patterson novel, The Thomas Berryman Number. Now this is what muncharito calls a perfect match: An ancient writer adapts an ancient book by another ancient writer for a network known to be watched only by folks the age of my ancient parents. Hi, Mom! Hi, Dad! Yer gonna love this one!)
  • Hear the one about JUDGE DREDD coming to TV? It’s going to be a mini-series on el interwebs. (Um, see, that was the punchline, that “interwebs” sentence. But I have to add that nobody knows who’s writing the series or starring in it or where on the web it’s going to be. So this could be a new form of vaporware designed to get people talking so the series can genuinely come to be. Which means I’d love it if your writerly self would tell your people to talk to producer Adi Shankar’s people and let us know if you get the gig. Or if there even was one for you. Thanks!)

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 9/5/14

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

  • Seamus Kevin Fahey (THE FOLLOWING) is adapting the Australian crime series JACK IRISH for Fox, with Anna Fricke (BEING HUMAN) as showrunner. (Here’s hoping this show does better than the last Australian series that Fox re-made for the USA. Anybody remember RAKE? Yeah, I thought not.)
  • Phil Lord, Rodney Rothman & Chris Miller (21 JUMP STREET movie) are rebooting the old superhero series THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO for Fox. (And if they do it exactly the way it was done before it’ll be an even bigger hit than the first time around. But will they? Can’t help wondering what amazing and probably unnecessary spin is going to be stirred into what once was el munchero’s favorite show.)
  • Jennifer Johnson (THE FOLLOWING) is leaving her gig as showrunner of the Fox drama and will be replaced by current staffers Brett Mahoney and Alex Hawley, and original showrunner/creator Kevin Williamson. (Who, it’s rumored, left the show because he had problems with a cast member. Wonder if it’s the same one Ms. Johnson had problems with. Ooh, this sounds like a cool blind gossip item, doesn’t it? But, probably, it isn’t.)
  • Martin Gero (STARGATE SG-1) is writing the pilot for NBC’s BLINDSPOT, a drama about an FBI agent who’s drawn into a conspiracy when a naked woman amnesiac is found in Times Square, covered in fresh tattoos. (I’m figuring she’s dead when she’s discovered cuz otherwise who in Times Square is even going to look at a naked, tattooed woman twice?)

Write in and tell me what you’ve sold today. TVWriter™ can’t wait to brag to all your friends. (And, more importantly, enemies. Hehehe….)