Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/3/14

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  • Sam Chalsen (SLEEPY HOLLOW) & Nelson Greaves (CYBERNATURAL) are writing the pilot for POTUS, a Fox drama about – what else? – a fictional Prez of the U.S. who lets his power go to his head and starts doing what’s “right” regardless of the laws of the land. (And when Fox says “right,” that’s what they mean – cuz it’s the braintrust behind 24 that’ll be running this baby.)
  • Stephen Nathan & Joe Collier (BONES) have their own new series brewing at Fox. ZOOBIQUITY is a medical drama based on a nonfiction book by Barbara Turner & Kathryn Bowers. (Which tells munchito here that it might be good cuz,yeah, I admit it, I loves me my BONES.)
  • Dan Kopelman (MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE) is developing a CBS comedy about “four best friends from college who are still living together as bachelors 10 years after graduation. (Sounds like a tragedy to me. Or maybe the tragedy is mine. Have I really aged out of the TV sitcom target demo at 31? Yikes!)
  • Jason Reitman (yeppers, the feature dude) & Zander Lehmann (newbie!) are developing an NBC comedy called CASUAL, about, it sez here, “the perils of dating, online and off.” (Don’tcha love the timelessness of the concept? Even this munching fool of an alte cocker novel can relate.)

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 11/2/14

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  • Steven Cragg & Brian Bradley (MAD TV) are writing the pilot for a television version of yet another old favorite: UNCLE BUCK. (Although by the time you read this the groundswell of fan disapproval may already have swept this project into the trash. An outcome yer friendly neighborhood munchitis definitely is hoping for…cuz some things are just plain too beautiful or too clever or too fucking funny to mess with, y’know?)
  • Neal Cross (LUTHER) is preparing to assault us once again with a new BBC series called BAY OF PLENTY, about a police officer in New Zealand. (And when I say “assault us” I mean deliver the kind of blows to our solar plexii that powerful drama does. Glad to have you back, Neal baby!)
  • Greg Malins & Barry Schwartz (the upcoming series YOUR FAMILY OR MINE) are writing the pilot for TAKE IT FROM US, an NBC comedy series about “a couple in their 50s who tell their son and his new fiancee all the mistakes they made in life in hopes the new couple can avoid making the same mistakes.” (And if that sounds like a recently retired comedy where a certain father tells his kids how he met their mother, well, whaddaya know?)
  • Christopher Hampton (ATONEMENT) is adapting the ancient Edith Wharton novel The Custom of the Country into a miniseries for some cable channel or other. (In other words, “to be announced.” But this being Hollywood, even though there’s no place to show the thing, there’s already a star – Scarlet Johannson. To which yer totally smitten munchburger here can say only one thing, “Huzzah!” Which translates into TVWriter™ese as, “Hmm, now that Scarlet’s a Very Big Deal this sucker might actually get made. Too bad the very late Ms. Wharton won’t get to see our favorite superheroine in action. But we will. Hehehe.)

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….)

Will LUTHER’S “Alice Morgan” Get Her Own Show?

God, we hope so. She’s such a beautiful monster, what’s not to love?

‘Luther’ Creator Considering an Alice Morgan Spin-off Miniseries – by Allison Willmore

Fans of “Luther,” the British crime series starring Idris Elba as a moodily brilliant police detective working in what’s actually called the Serious Crime Unit, will know Ruth Wilson’s charismatic and creepy Alice Morgan character just as well as Elba’s John Luther.

Alice, another genius whose tendencies are significantly darker, is a psychopath who starts off as Luther’s antagonist (one who kills her own parents) but who develops a strange sort of friendship with the man. While circumstances and scheduling conflicts led the character to be written off the show, Variety reports that “Luther” creator and exec producer Neil Cross is in talks with the BBC to make a miniseries centered on Alice:

“We’re kind of thinking very loosely of a mix between ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ and ‘The Last Seduction,’…I’d love to move between the London of ‘Luther’ and America.”

Wilson’s been busy with the upcoming “Anna Karenina” and “The Lone Ranger,” and Variety reports that she’s yet to have any major talks with Cross about the series, but Cross says that “Even if I didn’t sell this thing, I would still end up writing the miniseries… I’ve got storylines going around in my head like trains.”

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At least one of us here at TVWriter™ has been thinking about potential spinoff situations for Alice Morgan, much to her politically correct chagrin, so we’re happy to see that Alice’s creator is in the same boat. And that certain someone will probably sleep well tonight, dreaming of an ever-expanding Alice body count.

Waitaminnit! Isn’t the last name of DEXTER’s eponymously named hero also “Morgan?” We know Alice’s and Dexter’s parents are dead, but that wouldn’t keep them from being related. Crossover! Crossover! We want a DEXTER-ALICE crossover!

Mmm, delicious…