Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/22/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

And the deals we didn’t get keep pouring in! Check out how your friends – and enemies – are doing:

  • Neil LaBute (THE SHAPE OF THINGS) is writing an NBC pilot for HARMONY HOUSE, a comedy about a mental institution. (We ask only one thing of this project – that it be as horrifying as it is funny. Cuz – and we aren’t saying how we know – that would make it, ahem, real.)
  • Kay Canon (PITCH PERFECT) is writing THE RUNT, a CBS sitcom pilot about a, um, late bloomer and the effect her success has on family dynamics. (Cuz the ancient demographic that is the CBS audience is probably the only age group left that, you know, actually remembers what family is, let alone cares.)
  • Glenn Gordon Caron (MEDIUM) will write the pilot for THE MIDDLEMAN, a Fox crime drama set in the ’60s. (Cuz God knows nobody wants to see anything taking place in the treacherous here and now we all live in. What? You think we’re exaggerating? Let us tell you a few things about life in 2013, mister…)
  • Aseem Batra (ANIMAL PRACTICE) is writing the pilot for an unnamed NBC sitcom based on his life. (Cuz, hey, the life of a guy who wrote ANIMAL PRACTICE must be chock full of laughs, don’tcha know?)
  • Craig Gerard & Matthew Zinman (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER) are writing SEASON TICKETS, another NBC comedy pilot about, um, a guy who has season tickets to the Kansas City Royals games. (Wow, this has “winner” written all over it, no? So what if 98.5% of the population of, well, Kansas City for one place, doesn’t even know what sport the Royals play.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 4/21/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are


  • Steven S. DeKnight (SPARTACUS, SMALLVILLE) is developing INCURSION for Starz, about a future military force fighting aliens on a different planet each week. (STAR TREK goes all STARSHIP TROOPERS? Cool. )
  • David Feeney (BEN AND KATE) will be writing like mad at 20th TV for the next couple of years thanks to an overall deal to develop new projects and become a writer-producer on NEW GIRL. (Um, wasn’t BEN AND KATE a failure creatively and ratingswise? And isn’t NEW GIRL considered a success? So, um, why…?)
  • Ben Epstein (TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU) is writing a 1-hour drama for MTV about stuff happening in a theme park. (“Details are still being fleshed out.” Translation: “Wow! A theme park, how could we resist the high concept?” Oy!)
  • Neil LaBute (IN THE COMPANY OF MEN feature film) is writing FULL CIRCLE for DirectTV. (Where, evidently, they’ve decided to get into the series biz without having to hire people who might actually want to, you know, get paid.)