Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
Erica Rivinoja(UP ALL NIGHT) has made an overall deal with Sony Pictures Television for the usual writing and developing stuff. (UP ALL NIGHT, you’ll remember was such a huge failure on NBC that the star quit. Doesn’t it warm you heart to know that even today we can still fail up?)
Ricky Gervais (THE OFFICE, etc.) is bringing back David Brent on his new YouTube channel. (Further proof, if anybody needed it, that web series are the new Skynet, destined to take over the world.)
Casey Johnson & David Windsor (DON’T TRUST THE B—- IN APARTMENT 23) are now developing projects for ABC Studios. (Doesn’t it warm your heart to know that even today we can still fail up? Oh, wait–)
Jane Espenson (we think of her as the Dowager Queen of TV sci-fi) and Zack Estrin (ZERO HOUR) are set as writers-producers on the upcoming ABC project WONDERLAND, a spinoff from ONCE UPON A TIME. (Now there’s a switch. Jane’s actually worked on shows – like ONCE UPON A TIME – that succeeded. Good thing Zack’s here to keep proving the failure rule. God, we love Hollywood!)
They’re everywhere! With everybody! (Okay, almost everybody. We don’t see our names below…dammit.)
Ricky Gervais’s new series, DEREK, will be a Netflix production, and we think it’s safe to predict that it will be much better/more successful than Netflix’s opening salvo in its attempts to become a kind of faux network, LILLYHAMMER. (Unless it’s set in, you know, Iceland.)
Ron Moore (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) is adapting A KNIGHT’S TALE for ABC on the theory that jousting is cool. Well, maybe it is. (And maybe not.)
Esteemed feature director Alfonso Cuaron (HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN)will be directing a J.J. Abrams-Mark Friedman script for an unnamed spiritual world type pilot about a girl who is developing super powers and the tough guy who’s released from prison to protect her.Whatever.
Garry Marshall (HAPPY DAYS, LAVERNE & SHIRLEY, et al) is co-writing GOLDEN GUYS, a sitcom about a down on his luck rich guy with his son, Scott Marshall (um, son of the writer/producer of HAPPY DAYS, LAVERNE & SHIRLEY, et al). Does this mean ole Gar’s down on his (feature film) luck now too?
Ilene Chaiken (THE L WORD) is writing a crime drama pilot, SOLVE FOR X, for CBS, about a game developer who consults with the San Franciso PD. Cuz, you know, San Francisco is so hip the cops actually think gaming is, um, for smart people. Or something like that. Oh, the edginess of it all!
…And he wants us to pay. Ah well, we all love him aspire to become him anyway:
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I also finished editing the pilot episode of our new internet project. It will be called “Learn English with Ricky Gervais” and it’s turned out great.
We hope to have it subtitled into as many languages as possible.
I’m going to put out the first one free as a taster then work out the best way to distribute. Might charge a small fee or get it sponsored. Unlike the audio podcasts this actually costs quite a bit to make, but even if we charge it will still only be a couple of quid.
I’m thinking of making a clean version of the pilot available for download so people can put their own subtitles on it and repost it. You can do a Klingon version if you want. Interactive…so…