Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/5/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Spike Ferenstein (SEINFELD) is writing WIFE NANNY, a comedy for Fox about a guy is really scrwing up his marriage. (Don’t believe us? Here’s the logline: “a sports executive secretly hires a gay best friend for his wife in a misguided attempt to improve his marriage.” We rest our case.)
  • Pam Veasey (CSI:NY) is proving that TV writers can succeed by going from comedy to drama and back with a deal for an NBC comedy pilot called THE BASS PLAYER, HIS NEIGHBOR, THEIR LANDLORD & THEIR LOVERS. (And if that isn’t absolutely the coolest series title of the current century, tell us what is. C’mon, we’re waiting…)
  • Kal Likkel & John Hoberg (MY NAME IS EARL) are writing an ABC version of the UK dramedy NO ANGELS. (As, however, a half-hour sitcom. Cuz why stick with what works when you can screw it up?)
  • Joe Webb is writing the Fox drama pilot TAKE DOWN, about a small town that houses the perps of a very big fraud. (No, we don’t know anything about Mr. Webb other than he’s working with ITV Studios, the U.S. arm of the UK’s ITV Television – and that that’s a very good place for an unknown writer to be. Congrats, dood.)
  • Ryan Tavlin is writing LOVE IS for ABC, a drama about, um love. (Don’t know much about him either, but his deal is also via ITV Studios, as is another ABC drama he’s doing called COUNTING BACKWARDS. Hmm…)
  • Speaking of ITV Studios, Richard Murphy is also unknown to us and working with them on an untitled NBC comedy pilot about retirement aged men and women still dreaming the dream in the uberhip L.A. area of Silverlake. (Hmm…hmm…)
  • Micah Barnett, another newbie, is yet another writer with an ITV Studios deal, this one an NBC thriller about a pro hitman who becomes a forced guinea pig for an NSA espionage program. (Know what all these ITV Studios deals say to us? They say it’s time to get our people, and yours, to talking to their people. And if you don’t have your own people, call ITV yourselves. )

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/5/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Kate Gersten (newbie) has made a deal to write an untitled sitcom pilot for Fox. (Kate’s a playwrighting student at Juilliard and the sitcom will be an adaptation of a play she’s written, so this should be good, dontcha know?)
  • Rob Thomas (VERONICA MARS) is developing a contemporary version of Les Miserables for Fox. (Ooh, based on a hit film/play/book, so this should be good…maybe?)
  • Liz Vassey (actress-writer on CSI once upon a time) is writing a sitcom pilot about, um, bowling for NBC. (Ooh, kinda reminds us of big hit THE BIG LEBOWSKY, so this should be awesome…huh?)
  • Matt Dearborn (EVEN STEVENS) & Racelle Rosett (BLOSSOM) are writing a CBS sitcom pilot called RAISED BY WOLVES about a guy whose buddies help him raise his young daughter. (Hey, remember THREE MEN AND A BABY? It was kinda like this, so of course – gonna be huge…yeah?)
  • Nikki Toscano (BATES MOTEL) is writing a “terrorist drama” pilot for CBS about a CIA agent who investigates terrorist training right here at home in the U.S.A. (And if this HOMELAND sound-alike doesn’t make it big, we’ll eat our…um…poison pill. Yeppers, that’s what we’ll do.)
  • Pam Veasey (CSI: NY) is writing the pilot for a Fox series based on Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware mystery series about a psychologist who solves crimes with his partner, a secretly gay LAPD detective. (Gayness! LAPD! Already a best-selling series of books…oh, and produced by the man who brought us the whole darn CSI family. Couldja ask for more? Huh?)

And there ya have it for today. Who says we can’t be positive about the future of TV?