Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/9/14

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

  • Josh Siegal & Dylan Morgan (30 ROCK) are writing an untitled NBC comedy about “a middleaged ad executive who unexpectedly loses his job and cobbles together a ragtag team to launch his own grassroots agency from his garage.” (Is yer friendly neighborhood munchmanchero thinking correctly when he – that’s me – says that this is the first series he – still me – knows of that’s about a garage-style startup? Cuz to be honest here, I luv this idea.)
  • Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia (HUMAN TARGET) are adapting Garrett Graff‘s upcoming nonfiction book Raven Rock into an NBC drama about, well, here’s the complete title of the book, which kinda gives it away:  Raven Rock: The Inside Story Of The U.S. Government’s Secret Plan To Save Itself – While The Rest Of Us Die. (Hmm, wonder who we’re supposed to root for when we watch the show. Wonder how NBC’s gonna deflect the inevitable, you know, flak.)
  • Kevin Biegel & Mike Royce (ENLISTED) are writing a Fox pilot based on the 1989 film BIG. (And, yeppers, I know I gave Big Media hell for bringing back REAL GENIUS, another ’80s film just a few days ago, but, hey, this is BIG we’re talking about. I must’ve seen that film 150 times during the course of my life. Damn right I’ll turn on the series. Especially when it’s being done by cult geniuses like Kevin and Mike.)
  • Mark Bianculli (THE WAITING) is writing the pilot for MTV’s SELF PROMOTION,  called a “dark comedy” by The Hollywood Reporter. (And as somebody who can never get enough dark comedy, especially the kind that centers around an assistant who’s suspected of kidnapping or killing her “dragon lady” boss, I’m all gung ho on this one too. Mother of Mercy, can munalito be getting soft?)

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 3/20/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Glen Mazzara (THE WALKING DEAD) is recovering from being tossed off that show via an overall deal with Fox Television Studios to develop cable projects. (Which has got to be better than staying on DEAD and having to answer to a, you know, comic book guy. Read between the lines of his departure, kiddies.)
  • Amy Poehler’s (PARKS & RECREATION) web series BROAD CITY is moving to the bigger small screen via Comedy Central, with Amy writing a new pilot for the TV version. (Because web-to-TV is very, very in, hip and trendy now…especially if you’re already a, erm, star.)
  • HBO is looking for writers for a TV movie based on Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s graphic novel, Cancer Visen: A True Story. (Because the project already just happens to have a producer/star named Cate Blanchett, and working with Oscar winning stars will always be as in, hip and trendy as can be.)
  • Inspired by the Kickstarter success of  the new VERONICA MARS movie, which, if you’ve been hiding inside a vacuum cleaner, raised $2 mil in about 24 hours and as a result has been greenlighted by WB), Bryan Fuller, Shawn Ryan, and Mike Royce (writer-creators of PUSHING DAISIES, TERRIERS, and MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE respectively) are talking about getting their own piece of rabid fan action to resurrect their cult shows’ beloved corpses. (As huge Kickstarter boosters as TVWriter™ is, we can’t help but get a little testy, however, at the idea of fans bankrolling major studio productions without getting anything but some T-shirts or other souvenirs in return. Hmm, do we smell a new business model developing?)
  • Brian Buckner (TRUE BLOOD) is moving up to showrunner of TRUE BLOOD, replacing Mark Hudis, who replaced Alan Ball. (Which tells us that this isn’t an easy show to take charge of. But at least there’s no Robert Kirkman prob.)

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