Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 7/20/14

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

  • Ed Bernero (CRIMINAL MINDS) is the showrunner for NBC’s upcoming spy drama STATE OF AFFAIRS. (Which means that if you’re looking for a gig, time to call your ole buddy and let me know how available you are. Unless he isn’t your ole buddy, in which case, have your agent peeps call him instead.)
  • Mike Sikowitz (THE McCarthys) & Mike O’Malley (SHAMELESS) are writing the pilot for Bill Cosby’s new NBC series called HOW BILL COSBY SINGLE-HANDEDLY SAVED NETWORK TV…or not, who the hell knows?(One thing we do know: Cosby has the reputation for being the worst boss in TV, a tyrant who makes Roseanne look like a sweetheart, so lotsa like and long life from the munchman to Mike and Mike!)
  • Maya Ilsoe (no credits in the press release cuz the jerks were too busy talking up the producer) has sold THE LEGACY, a Danish series about – well, it doesn’t really matter what this is about cuz it’s a soap opera) to Universal Cable which hopes to make it an “event series” as though changing the name will change the animal itself. ‘Scuse me while I yawn, my friends.)
  • Steve Esmail (COMET) has sold the drama MR.ROBOT, about a computer hacker who protects people without ever having to deal with them personally, to USA Network. (Yeppers, that’s gonna be a good one: An anti-social hipster sitting at a PC all day. going from house to coffee shop to parking lot…whoa, Yer Friendly Neighborhood Munchman simply cannot wait for this baby!)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/9/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Lauren Iungerich (AWKWARD) has sold DAMAGED GOODS, a sitcom about “sexual politics,” to ABC. (Ah, sexual politics. The buzz phrase of 2013. Who cares if nobody knows what it means? )
  • Mike O’Malley (SHAMELESS) is writing the pilot for Starz’ SURVIVOR’S REMORSE, a sitcom about sports stars and how they adjust to no longer living in, you know, a bad neighborhood. (It stars NBA all-star LeBron James, who should know…but how do you make this funny yet grounded in the real world at the same time?)
  • Jessica Sharzer (AMERICAN HORROR STORY) has the pilot for ABC’s NO WAY BACK, based on the bestselling novel by Andrew Gross. (The book is all about a “web of treachery,” so television definitely should get at least that part right.)
  • Sam Shaw (MASTERS OF SEX) is developing a WGN America drama series called MANHATTAN, about that thing they did in New Mexico that created the atom bomb. (So if you’re hoping for an adaptation of the old Woody Allen film – sorry.)
  • Todd Jones & Earl Richey Jones (JOHNSON FAMILY VACATION) are writing an untitled Fox sitcom about Judge Greg Mathis. (Cuz His Honor’s already famous, don’tchaknow, thanks to his own syndicated series, and since audiences are addicted to fame, well, everybody’s gonna watch, right?)
  • Michael Schur (PARKS & RECREATION) has extended his Universal Television deal through 2016. (And inasmuch as we lurves P&R we’re, um, thrilled not only for him but for ourselves as viewers.)