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

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  • 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 1/29/14

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  • Irvine Welsh (TRAINSPOTTING, yeah, baby!) is writing the pilot for an HBO comedy series about “the world of electronic music.” (And if you think for one minute that you could get a pilot deal based on a fuzzy generalization like that, well, you’d better think again. This show’s on the agenda cuz of its players – Welsh, Will Smith, UK DJ Calvin Harris and almost a dozen other “producers” HBO really, really, really wants to be in bed with.)
  • The Formerly Funny Hack Comedian Known as Bill Cosby is looking for a writer for a new NBC comedy series he’s going to star in and which is going to resemble his old NBC comedy series as much as possible. (Usually, this is where I tell you to talk to your agent and get a meeting but Bill Cosby? Word is that he’s the toughest/worst boss in TV since Jack Webb. Who was Jack Webb? Holy crap, do I have to tell you everything? Google him, gang, just google him.)
  • David O. Russell (Yeah, that David O. Russell) & Susannah Grant are developing an ABC series described as “upstairs/downstairs at a private country club,” and no, it isn’t a comedy, it’s said to be an out and out soap. (David O. Russell running a soap. I’d pay to see that. Well, maybe not, but I’ll tune in the first episode…if I remember to set my DVR, that is.)
  • Mike Sikowitz (RULES OF ENGAGEMENT) is now the showrunner of CBS’s upcoming comedy series THE McCARTHYS, about “a sports-crazed Irish Catholic clan in Boston and the gay son…whose greatest sin is…his desire to spend less time with his family.” (We’re saying “new series” even though they’re only just now shooting the pilot cuz…why call a guy a showrunner unless you have a show for him to run?)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 1/17/14

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

  • Chevy Chase (Oh, God, Chevy Fucking Chase!) is developing an as yet unnamed ABC comedy pilot set to star Beverly D’Angelo and himself. No details have been given out and no writer has been named yet. (Cuz, like, Chevy Fucking Chase!)
  • Tom Schnauz (BREAKING BAD) has a new writer-producer gig on BETTER CALL SAUL, the BREAKING BAD “prequel” and a 2-year overal deal with Sony Pictures TV. (Cuz, like BREAKING BAD! Maybe it’s time for true believers like us to relax. Looks like BB is never really going away.)
  • Mike Sikowitz (RULES OF ENGAGEMENT) has signed a new overall deal with Sony Pictures TV guaranteeing him seven figures worth of dinero. (Love and kisses to Mike. Our people will be calling your people…soon.)
  • ABC is set to develop a comedy series about the life of rapper Eve and is looking for a writer. (So if you have whatever qualifications it takes to write about a beautiful African-American rap star – whom we’ve never heard of, but then let’s face it, rap is sooo old now – and her “interracial relationships” it’s time to reach for the phone.)