Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/18/14

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

  • Andrew Chambliss (ONCE UPON A TIME) has a new overall deal with ABC studios, where he’ll continue writing-producing ONCE and develop new projects as well. (Congrats, Andrew. Although just between you and the munchy one, your talent is horribly wasted on that show. Hope you get to develop shows with style and substance soon!)
  • Spike Lee (Remember him?) is writing the pilot for a Showtime adaptation of his 1986 feature film classic, SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT. (And this one really intrigues me cuz, well, the Spiker doesn’t seem to at all be the same writer-director now that he was then. A whole different attitude, y’know? So will he recapture the magic? Or continue coming off as kinda dickish? I’m looking forward to finding out.)
  • Rich Blumquist (THE DAILY SHOW) has a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, where he’ll do the usual new project development thing. (Which I think is a shame cuz this guy is so damn funny we should be seeing the results of his crazed brainstem activity every day on a show that’s already on the air, like we used to. C’mon, Rich, entertain us before the powers that be decide you’re no longer hot.)
  • Ian Roberts & Jay Martel (KEY AND PEELE) are the showrunners of TV Land’s new TEACHERS, a comedy about a couple of nutcases who involve their students in various selfish personal shananigans. (In other words, this show has the potential of being the most accurate depiction of  Yer Friendly Neighborhood Munchman’s high school years ever – provided it actually gets on the air. Here’s hopin’.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/15/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Dan Gregor & Doug Mand (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER ) are developing an untitled NBC comedy about a couple of guys who strike it rich after creating a big deal mobile app. (Which reminds us, somehow, about a certain old saying: The devil is in the details. Think this particular detail will actually, um, mean anything?)
  • Peter Murrieta (WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE) is writing the pilot for an unnamed NBC comedy pilot about a stand-up comedian we’ve never heard of. (“About” as in based on his life and act, and starring him. How interested in the lives of stand-up comedians are you, really? We admit that when it comes to that particular subject we’re in the negative zone.)
  • Elle Triedman (REVENGE) is writing the Lifetime pilot, BLACKOUT (which appears to be a nighttime soap about way more bogus tragedy than we have the space – or inclination – to even mention here.)
  • Kristen Schaal & Rich Blomquist (THE DAILY SHOW) are developing the comedy AMERICAN MONSTER for ABC. (And if it’s anywhere near as funny as THE DAILY SHOW we’ll be thrilled…and, yeppers, surprised.)
  • Collette Burson (HUNG) is teaming with somebody named Anne Heche to write an NBC comedy pilot about a couple of funny people doing funny things. (Sorry, but we lost interest when we saw that Heche was now a writer and then went on to delete the e-mail announcement the second time the word “hilariously” appeared in it. Oh those crazy, zany, pushy PR folks.)
  • Rob Thomas & Diane Ruggiero (VERONICA MARS) are writing a drama called iZOMBIE for The CW, based on – oh, you guessed it – yet another DC Comics property. (Cuz the world’s been holding its breath waiting for another zombie series, right? Except the zombies. They don’t hold their breaths cuz they don’t breathe. Or do they? Time to visit our obviously-a-zombie next door neighbor and see if we can both find out…and get outta there alive.)