Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/25/14

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

  • Rockne S. O’Bannon (DEFIANCE) is developing Warren Ellis‘s comic book GLOBAL FREQUENCY into a Fox drama series about a group that protects the world from covert government actions. (Great premise, don’tcha think? But yer friendly neighborhood muncher can’t really see the show coming out anything like the comic if it’s at Fox. Especially after both the WB and the CW already have failed at getting it off the ground.)
  • Jenny Mollen is adapting her memoir I Like You Just The Way I Am into a comedy series for ABC. (She’ll also star cuz evidently we’re back in the territory of Big Names munchman Never Heard Of Before. Oh, wait, wasn’t a guest on GIRLS this year? Well, that explains it all.)
  • Todd Linden (JENNIFER FALLS) has sold GRANDMA DEAREST, a comedy about “the world’s worst grandmother,” to ABC. (Cuz grumbly old people are funny as all of us who aren’t grumbly and old know.)
  • Amy P. Harris (THE CARRIE DIARIES) is writing the pilot for VAMP, an ABC drama about a wannabe dancer in New York. (But here’s the good part, the bit that got the development peeps drooling. The heroine wants to be a ballerina, but meanwhile we get to watch her dance at “Vamp – New York City’s most decadent and outrageous nightclub. Welcome to ABC’s Wonderful World of Hot D’ Words, my lovelies!)

That’s it for now. Write in and tell munchilito what you’ve sold today. TVWriter™ can’t wait to brag to all your friends. (And, more importantly, enemies. Hehehe….)

The CW’s CULT Is No More

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CULT, Rockne O’Bannon’s series about TV as, oh, the Devil, we suppose, is on its way out at The CW…and may well be history by the time you read this.

The show only managed a 0.3 rating in the 18 to 49 demo in its first two outings, which makes its cancellation justifiable homicide in any TV exec’s book.

Our own take on the show is that it is/was as good as anything else debuting this season. It’s just that it’s about, you know television. And belief systems. And it’s weird – threateningly weird. And there just ain’t no audience for that kinda thing unless it’s done by J.J. Abrams or Joss Whedon.

Especially on the CW, which specializes in superheroic kids young adults at the lower end of that demo age group.

Wonder what they’d charge for the use of their names?

Bye CULT. We hardly knew ye.