More Deals!!!

Cuz no writer ever gets tired of writing meetings money! Wait, if you’re doing it for the money there are better businesses with better incomes. Like plumbing contracting, or banking. So it’s not the money either? Hmm. Must be…love!?

  • Paul Redford (THE WEST WING, DIRTY SEXY MONEY) is rewriting HAMLET, by an old guy named Shakespeare (KING LEAR et al) with a family/political drama called AMERICA’S SON for Fox Network. (Yeah, that’s gonna work as well as that show based on King David’s problems awhile ago. You know, where they rewrote, um, an even older dood named God (THE BIBLE)?)
  • Ben Falcone (HAPPY ENDINGS, UP ALL NIGHT, husband of MIKE & MOLLY star Melissa McCarthy, who is producing this project) and Larry Dorf (THE LOONEY TUNES SHOW) are writing a comedy for CBS about a group of friends who find their lives changed by death at an earlier age than they expected. (Nowthat’s funny, right?)
  • Guillermo del Toro’s best selling vampire book trilogy, The Strain, is being turned into a series for FX, directed by del Toro and co-written by him and his co-writer of the books, Chuck Hogan (PRINCE OF THIEVES). (Well, we need more vampire shows, don’t we? Why so negative? Sheesh!
  • Peter Berg (HANCOCK, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) will write and direct a spy pilot, M.I.C.E, for NBC. (We can’t think of a single negative thing to say about Berg except that as an actor he looks kinda snarky. Damn.)
  • David Shore (HOUSE) is writing an untitled legal drama for Fox, featuring an ex-cop lawyer with personal demons who’s trying to get back with his ex-wife. (Hmm, Shore loves that House-Cuddy stalker dynamic, doesn’t he?)
  • Guillermo del Toro (see above) is adapting another book, NUTSHELL STUDIES by Corinne May Botz, for an HBO series, this time co-writing with novelist Sara Gran (SOUTHLAND). (Well, he needs another writer to, you know, actually type in the words, right?)

So the secret to getting into TV is to write a book Guillermo del Toro likes, huh? ‘Scuse us while we throw ourselves into Chapter 1…

HENCH Comic Book Coming to NBC

So the good news, according to Deadline.Com and various other sources, is that HENCH, the comic by Adam Beechen and Manny Bello about a dood who works as a henchman for various supervillains is being developed for TV.

The not so good news, however, is that it’s being developed for NBC by the same people who completely screwed up the U.S. version of PRIME SUSPECT last season.

To top it off, this isn’t the first time HENCH has attempted to go all filmic on us. About three years ago Warner Brothers tried to set the comic up as a feature film, intended for a release in 2011.

Have you seen that film? Nope, didn’t think so. Neither have we.

Here’s hoping this version turns out more successfully. And that means that not only does it make it to air, but the show is actually good, as in enjoyable enough for an audience of real human beings to want to see.

Yeah, Peter Berg, we’re talking to you. Can you walk your talk? Can you make this show even better than THE VENTURE BROTHERS was its first couple of seasons? Huh? Huh?

Well, you’d better, pal. ‘Cuz we’ve got our eye on you. And we have henchmen too.