Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/6/14

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

  • Salim & Mara Brock Akil (THE GAME) have signed a new overall deal to continue developing scripted material for BET. (Hope scripted pays better than the BET reality shows used to back in the day cuz Salim and Mara have, when you get down to it, saved the network’s butt. In fact, you might say that they’re the only reason BET still exists.)
  • Nastaran Dibai (FUNNY IN FARSI) is writing the pilot for FOLLOW YOUR HEART, an ABC comedy about love and a heart transplant. (What? You think luvable little munchikins could make something like that up?)
  • Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen (FRIENDS) are writing a CBS comedy pilot about “a big, multi-generational family.” (So if el munchero refers to this one as “generic” you won’t email your usual ton of complaints, right? Because this baby’s so fucking generic even its logline is a house brand label. Sheesh, CBS, if you’re giving up on sitcoms why not just come right out and say it?!)
  • Natalie Chaidez (HEROES) is adapting Whitley Strieber’s novel Alien Hunters into a series for SyFy. (I’d tell you more about the premise, but this is Syfy, where concept, story, characterization and just about everything else involved in the film-making process has proven itself to be absolutely irrelevant. And yet, yeppers, it’s true, the hits keep on coming. Why, oh Lord, why?)

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 11/15/12

“Of course I write for the love of it. If I wanted money I’d be a #$%! lawyer!” (Anonymous Award-Winning TV Writer Person)

  • Nastaran Dibai (RETIRED AT 35, ACCORDING TO JIM) has taken over as showrunner/head writer of MALIBU COUNTRY, replacing Kevin Abbott, who’s moved on to rehab.
  • It ain’t television, but this is too important to too many TV viewers for us to ignore it: Michael Arndt (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, TOY STORY 3) is writing the screenplay for Disney’s upcoming STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. Not bad for a guy who started his career as an assistant.
  • This ain’t television either, strictly speaking, but we find it profoundly significant that writer Dan Davison (People’s Pilot 2010 1st Runner-Up with partner Anil Sthankiya) is now followed on Twitter by none other than Mark Cuban ($$$), who quite properly respects Dan’s financial acumen.
  • Henry Colman (THE LOVE BOAT) died November 7th at 89. Our condolences to his family and friends.
  • John Quaintance (WHITNEY) & David Feeney (2 BROKE GIRLS) have been elevated to co-showrunners of BEN AND KATE, replacing Garrett Donovan & Neil Goldman who have left because of “creative differences.” We assume that the entity they differ with is Fox Network, since BEN AND KATE is the lowest-rated of Fox’s Tuesday night comedies.