Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/8/14

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

  • Ali Adler (NO ORDINARY FAMILY) is developing a TV adaptation of none other than DC Comics Supergirl at Warner Bros TV. No title yet, or even word on what the specific take on the character will be. (No network in sight yet either, but the smart money is that this will end up on CW with the other DC heroes. Or possibly even at NBC. )
  • Dave Erickson (THE WALKING DEAD) is developing a “companion show” to the way-too-successful-for-its-own-good AMC zombie piece, with Robert Kirkman at his side. (And , hope nobody’s giving away anything to do with the concept or plot of this series either. My munchified take on this is that secrecy has become the new black in TV. Which is okay cuz TV secrecy really just means – “we’ll leak it next week.” So keep your eyes on the interwebs, kids, and all will be revealed.)
  • Ildy Modrovich (NECESSARY ROUGHNESS) is writing a 6-hour mini series based on the hit Carrie Underwood song, Two Black Cadillacs about, you know, a “murderous love triangle in the modern South. (Whoa, haven’t seen a country song turned into a TV thingie since Kenny Rogers‘ THE GAMBLER. And, since I know you’re asking, I realize I’ve bolded Carrie and Kenny’s names and it’s cuz we’re talking about them as writers now, and TVWriter™ believes in emphasizing everything, um, writer. I mean writerly. Whatever.)
  • Chris Moynihan (MAN UP) is writing the pilot for NBC’s upcoming experiment in presenting live series production. The comedy will be called HOSPITALITY and is about stuff that happens in a Manhattan hotel. (Live laughter will, of course, ensue. Unless it doesn’t, in which case be ready for the disconcerting experience of live performers playing to canned laughers who they probably won’t be able to hear. Hmm, that in itself could be amusing. Seems very SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, no?)

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Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 7/28/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
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  • Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi & Bruce Campbell (if you don’t know at least 2 our of these 3 names you shouldn’t be reading this anyway) are writing-developing a TV series based on the EVIL DEAD series of films. (And if that isn’t the most interesting thing the San Diego Comic Con has to offer so far, then what is? Huh? Huh? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Ha!)
  • Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD) is adapting his comic book Outcast for a Cinemax series. (And if that isn’t good news for exorcism lovers everywhere, then what is? Huh? Huh?)
  • Nick McDonell & John Dempsey (yer friendly neighborhood munchaddict never heard of ’em but the press releases says Nick’s a journalist and John’s a “politico”) have written an AMC pilot called WHITE CITY about the crap going down in Kabul, which is set to start shooting any second now. (And if that ain’t the best news in the world for right wing extremist war junkie fruitcakes, then what is?)
  • Big deal best-selling novelist James Patterson is adapting his thriller, Zoo, into a series for CBS. No pilot necessary on this one. It’s going straight to series. (And if that isn’t the the most exciting news any novelist with a few notches on his belt ever heard, than…well, you know the drill. As the munchman’s dear old daddy used to say, “Success brings success, kid, so keep on sucking!” Yeah, he was clever that way, he is.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/19/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD) has sold OUTCAST, an exorcism drama based on his upcoming comic book of the same name, to Cinemax. (Cuz you really can’t put all our eggs in one zombie. And everybody knows that exorcists are gonna be the Next Big Thing. What? You didn’t? Oh well…)
  • Jeffrey Lieber (NECESSARY ROUGHNESS) is writing and showrunning a Fox “event series” called EVEREST about, you know, mountain climbing. (He’s putting the finishing touches on his writers room even as we, um speak, so getcher agent on the phone. Pronto!)
  • Salim Akil (THE GAME) is creating, writing, directing, starring and, of course, showrunning MR. DIRECTOR, an HBO comedy that’s reputedly just like CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM only – aw, you guessed it – about “Black Hollywood.” (Silly us. We thought all of Hollywood was black. Black-hearted anyway. And no, we do not mean “Black at heart.” That would be considerably different. And hipper.)
  • Akiva Goldman (A BEAUTIFUL MIND) & Jeff Pinkner (FRINGE) are co-writing a pilot based on the 1990 hit GHOST, about – maybe – this dead guy who’s trying to protect his beautiful wife but… (Yeppers, we love the film. But how’re they gonna do it without Patrick Swayze? Unless…oh, wait, he’s already a ghost, no? So…)
  • Drew Goddard (LOST) will be writing and showrunning DAREDEVIL in its new direct-to-Netflix web/TV adventures. (Which we find genuinely exciting cuz…Daredevil done by the man who directed THE CABIN IN THE WOODS just screams with awesome.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 7/25/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • David Schulner (THE EVENT) is developing the drama series CLONE for Universal Television, from the comic of the same name by Robert Kirkman. (No network is involved yet, but if Kirkman’s THE WALKING DEAD continues its ratings dominance that won’t be a problem.)
  • KJ Steinberg (MISTRESSES) is writing the legal drama LAWLESS for ABC. (No problem withthis one getting on the air. It’s being done with Shonda Rhimes, and we all know how ABC feels about her. Hint: It’s a 4 letter word starting with “L” and it has a “V” in it too.)
  • Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (TERRA NOVA) are writing the TV movie/backdoor pilot for 12 MONKEYS for Syfy. (Yeppers, we’re talking about that 12 MONKEYS, the Bruce Willis-starring feature film by Terry Gilliam. And those Syfy motherfuckers better not screw this up, y’hear?)
  • Speaking of the Evil Minions of Syfy, that network is looking for a writer for a miniseries to be called WARRIORS OF OZ, an action-adventure version of, oh, you guessed it, THE WIZARD OF OZ. (Nopoint in worrying about Syfy turning this into a steaming pile. Just from the concept we know that without one word written they already have.)
  • On a more positive note, Shane Dawson, a comedian with almost 9 million subscribers to his YouTube channels, just launched a podcast called SHANE AND FRIENDS which became #1 on iTunes within 24 hours. (In other words, the do-it-yourself showbiz model works, laddies and lassies. Write your own material, perform it, present it to the world, and you’ll never have to worry about Syfy’s execrable taste again!)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 3/9/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Roy Lee (BATES MOTEL) & John Middleton (Also BATES MOTEL) have made a first-look deal with Fox 21. (And, since Fox 21 emphasizes cable shows like HOMELAND and SONS OF ANARCHY, can more work for A&E at al be far behind?)
  • Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD comic creator ) has sold his latest comic as a series to FOX International Channels. (And if you had any doubt about who the real showrunner of WALKING DEAD is they sure as hell should be as good as the previous official showrunners now.)
  • Greg Garcia (creator of RAISING HOPE) has left the series to concentrate on his two CBS pilots. (And, no, the HOPE gig isn’t open, sorry. It goes to Mike Mariano, who’s already an EP of the show.)
  • Sara Gran (author of the Claire DeWitt detective novels) will write the pilot for a TNT drama based on her books. (And, yes, we think that means we all should be publishing our own detective series now because, hell, the networks are buying the damn things. The future of television is…self-publishing? Cool!)