Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 8/18/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Barry Schindel (LAW & ORDER) is the new showrunner of CBS midseason drama series INTELLIGENCE. To which we feel duty bound to say – ready? sure? – “Smart move!” (Hey, look, dunno when you’re reading this,but we wrote it pretty damn early in the a.m.)
  • Ken Marino & Erica Oyama (he’s a star of CHILDRENS HOSPITAL; she’s his, um, wife) have sold a sitcom about a new twist on the American dream to Fox. (And why not? Ken and Erica are living it, right? Cuz that hitch your wagon to a star thing, isn’t that the real American dream?)
  • Mickey Fisher (noob!) has sold a science fiction drama, ECTANT, to CBS with a straight-to-series order. (Interestingly, this wasn’t a case of the writer pitching to the network but rather of the networks pitching to the writer. Every place in H’wood wanted this show…or, um, its producer, some old guy named Steven Spielberg. Must be the Hitch Your Wagon Syndrome we’ve been hearing about.)
  • Alexandra Rushfield (PARKS & RECREATION) has written STUCK, a sitcom pilot for Fox. (Because, in line with today’s theme, it too has hitched up with a mighty fine wagon – Rashida Jones, formerly a co-star of the very same PARKS & RECREATION, will be the producer. Anybody want to bet that she’ll also end up the star?)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 2/11/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  •  Moira Walley-Beckett (BREAKING BAD) is writing an unnamed Starz drama pilot about the gritty, dark side of…ballet? (C’mon, ya gotta love the switch. Ya gotta…unless, of course, you don’t.)
  • Neal Purvis & Robert Wade (both of SKYFALL) are writing the pilot and, we suppose, more for BARBARELLA, currently being readied for international syndication. (Yeppers, it’s that BARBARELLA. Yippee!)
  • Bryan Cranston (actor – BREAKING BAD) has a first-look deal with Sony to develop and produce new series…and then star in them. (Once upon a time this kind of thing was reserved for writers. But, well, we’re all writers now…right?)
  • Rashida Jones & Will McCormack (CELESTE & JESSE FOREVER) have a deal with Warner Brothers Television to develop, write, and produce their own TV projects there. (Yes, she’s the actress from PARKS AND RECREATION. We toldja everybody’s a writer now.)