Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/23/14

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

  • Jonathan Ames (BORED TO DEATH) is adapting the Icelandic sorta serious/sorta not series WORLD’S END for Showtime. (And we think that’s perfect casing cuz if anybody was ever a sorta kinda guy – in the best sorta way – it’s Jonathan, who has been one of Yer Friendly Neighborhood Muncher’s idols, like, forevah.)
  • Robert Orci (You name it and if it’s on TV he’s probably written and produced it) is making the switch to feature film director and will be sitting in the control chair for STAR TREK 3. (Considering how much regard this munchy one has for Orci’s writing, I’d call this pretty damn bad news for TREK lovers. OTOH, there’s one – small – bright spot. Now that Ocri’s a director I’ll never have to put his name in boldface again. Cuz that’s how we roll here at TVWriter™.)
  • In keeping with this site’s luv for peer production, I was going to announce the creators of a new web series based on Mary Shelley‘s immortal icon Frankenstein. But although the info I got names the producers, it simply refers to the writers as “a new team of writers,” so the hell with that. If anybody out there knows whose creativity is jamming on the keys, let us know in the Comments, please.)
  • Speaking of newbies, it looks like the folks at the Lancashire Telegraph newspaper website (who proudly proclaim that they were finalists for something called “Online Media Awards 2013 Best Local/Regional News Website”) are far from ready for primetime. Recently they announced that Chris Lunt, creator-writer of the hit UK series PREY has gotten the gig remaking “’60s spy show The Saint.” Normally I’d think this was a wonderful thing for a local/regional news outlet to be doing,) but I do have a teeny prob with the wording of the headline: “East Lancashire TV drama writer asked to fly to Hollywood.” Really? That’s what the the Telegraphs visitors/readers need to know? I’m thinking these bozos have managed to insult both Chris and his neighbors in one very ill-advised line of type. “Carumba!” as people in Lancashire probably don’t say.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 6/25/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Austin Winsberg (GOSSIP GIRL) is writing the pilot for an untitled Showtime comedy about “high-profile music managers, which will be produced by music, um, guy John Legend. (Proving that if you call yourself a legend Showtime will buy into it and make you a big deal. Hey, it’s worth trying.)
  • Bob Boyett & Robert Horn (FULL HOUSE) are writing an as yet untitled FX series set to star Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence. We say that they’re writing the series because FX has already given a go to 10 episodes, with a back end of 80 to come if things work out. (So if you or your agent know Bob and Robert (?), now’s the time for him to talk to them about your future.)
  • Frank Spotnitz (THE X FILES) is developing SAM HUNTER, a spy drama with a female lead, for Cinemax. The series is a spinoff of Cinemax’s HUNTED, a show we’re supposed to know about but don’t. Sorry. (We were very cool with the “female lead” thing till we read this patronizing description of the character as “a gutsy agent…who must work as a freelance spy to find out who wants her dead – and how it connects to the murder of her own mother.” How original. Ugh.)
  • The TV adaptation of Locke & Key, a comic book series written by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez, has been passed on, but it’s no biggie: Universal has picked up the premise as a feature film to be written by its go-to team of Alex Kurtzman & Robert Orci, whose credits we won’t bother mentioning because they’ve already became household names in writerly households. Sigh…