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….)
…And then there was the young actress who was so dumb (how dumb was she?) she screwed a writer.
- Jon Robin Baitz (BROTHERS & SISTERS) is writing a limited run drama series based on the Australian series THE SLAP for NBC. (Although we doubt it’ll get on the air – no cops, no perps, no life or death; how can U.S. TV handle that?)
- Neil Cross (LUTHER) is adapting The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard into a 10 episode series for NBC. (Sorry but we can’t think of anything snarky to say about the guy who created LUTHER. Well, except that we thought his novel based on the show was, um, badly written. Guess TVWriter™ will have to run a review of it sometime.)
- Chris McKenna (COMMUNITY, THE MINDY PROJECT) is writing a sitcom about a family of orphans being raised by their oldest brother, the black sheep, for NBC. (Can’t snark about this either because…orphans? black sheep brother? who even cares…?)
- Michael Questa (HOMELAND) and Gerald Questa (his brother) are writing SECOND SIGHT an adaptation of a British series about a detective who goes blind, for CBS. (So much room for snark on this easy target that we’re just not going to go there. We need a challenge, you know?)
- Chris Fedak (CHUCK) is adapting Scott Westerfeld’s Midnighters book trilogy for Fox (Hey, we liked CHUCK, so we’re happy to congratulate Chris on finally getting another gig. That isn’t snarky at all, right?)
Because it’s been way too long since another bunch of tools murderized this classic (and by being a classic it’s in the public domain and free, free, free for BigMedia to plunder!):
Contemporary Cyrano De Bergerac-Themed Political Romantic Comedy Lands At NBC – by Nellie Andreeva
NBC has bought an hourlong romantic comedy from writer Michael Oates Palmer, Prospect Park TV and Universal TV. Tentatively titled Cyrano, the contemporary project, which has received a script commitment with penalty, recasts Edmond Rostand’s classic tale of the eloquent but looks-challenged Cyrano de Bergerac against the high-stakes world of campaign politics and government. It centers on a less-than-attractive but genius campaign strategist who returns to save the floundering gubernatorial campaign of the handsome but inarticulate Mayor whose career he helped launch. With the candidate being the photogenic, charismatic mouthpiece for the strategist’s ideas and rhetoric, the sky’s the limit — until both men fall for the same woman, a journalist covering the campaign. Palmer, who is writing the project as part of an overall deal with Universal TV he signed in April, will executive produce Cyrano with Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry.
Cyrano marks Palmer’s return to the political series arena since starting his TV writing career as a staff writer on the fourth season of NBC’s Emmy-winning The West Wing. Under his deal at Universal TV, he also serves as a co-executive producer on Crossbones, NBC’s midseason pirate drama created by Neil Cross.
Deadline.Com scores again, demonstrating their love of writers not only by running this piece about WGAw Board of Directors candidate Palmer but also by remembering to name the creator of CROSSBONES, Neil Cross. But now we have to ask. Did Mr. Cross name that show after himself?