Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 3/13/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Peter Lenkov (HAWAII Five-0) has made a 2-year deal to develop new series at CBS Studios. (Cuz…HAWAII FIVE-0. Waitaminnit, what? HAWAII FIVE-0 has been the epitome of the in-danger, borderline show since it debuted. Which brings us to the real question: WTF?!)
  • Max Brooks (World War Z) just sold his upcoming graphic novel, The Harlem Hellfighters, to Sony pictures. Which is a major victory for literature cuz your favorite munchman has seen this baby and it’s, like, real in every way. So real that mm is glad to forgive Max for the fact that it’s going to be a movie and not a TV series. C’mon, Maxie, give us TV addicts a little something too, willya?)
  • Alec Berg (the upcoming SILICON VALLEY) has made an overall deal with HBO. (Which makes more sense than Petey Lenkov’s cuz the dood was writer-director-executive producer of a little show called CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM for 4 years and therefore probably knows a little something that audiences will like. Whereas anybody associated with FIVE-0…well, you get it.)
  • Petter Skavlan (KON-TIKI) is devloping the Norwegian TV series THE INSTITUTION, which is a fictional look at the inner workings of a contemporary European royal family. (And which must be headed for U.S. TV because otherwise why would whatever mysterious institution that’s running this show be announcing it here? munchie is munchin’ at the bit for this one. Honest.)

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

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Matt Wheeler (newbie!) is writing the pilot for CBS’ SALVATION, a drama series about an earthwide catastrophe and its aftermath. Which seems fitting inasmuch as the concept was originated by, and will be produced by, those masters of disaster Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci & Peter Lenkov of HAWAII FIVE-) reboot, um, fame.)
  • Adam Armus & Nora Kay Foster (XENA) are adapting Danielle Paige’s young adult novel Dorothy Must Die into a series for the CW. (Uh-0h, this is yet another Wizard of Oz-based project. Frank Baum’s lilterary estate must be the masters of high-fives by now.)
  • Vijal Patel (TROPHY WIFE) is writing a Fox sitcom pilot about “tiger parents” who regret giving their kids too much confidence. (Maybe somebody can explain what the hell a tiger parent is and why too much self-confidence can be bad? Wonder if the Fox execs even know….)
  • Sarah Thorp (THE BOUNTY HUNTER) is writing an as yet untitled drama series about a family that’s being mysteriously stalked for ABC. (No, ABC didn’t put the stalker up to it…or did they?)
  • Matt Nix (BURN NOTICE) is thisclose to a pilot order from USA for COMPLICATIONS, his medical drama about a proactive doctor. (Wait, don’t despair. This one could be pretty cool. The doc gets involved in the environmental conditions that cause his patients’ problems. Like, you know, companies that dump dangerous chemicals, gang violence, that kind of thing. This could kick butt – provided the doctor kicks a little butt himself now and then.)
  • David Hudgins (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) just sold an untitled drama about a maverick judge to CBS. (Cuz if there’s one thing CBS adores it’s mavericks. Right, Les M.?)