Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/15/14

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

  • Rod Lurie (LINE OF FIRE) is developing a Fox “event series” about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. (Proving conclusively to His Munchiness, AKA, me, that the Rodster has absolutely no judgment. In other words, I admit that I find this disgustingly cynical and just plain grubby.)
  • Andy Parker (newbie?) is writing the pilot for STANISTAN a one-hour drama for USA. (With, obviously a terrible title. Hope Andy can fix that. Rooting for ya, dude!)
  • Carlton Cuse (LOST in case you don’t remember) is developing COLONY, a show about aliens, for USA. (To which munchman can only say that I hope he has an ending in mind this time around…and actually goes to it over the life of the series.)
  • Dan Goor (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE) has a new overall deal with Universal TV, during which he’ll continue as Exec Prod of BROOKLYN and develop some stuff (that I hope is better than the show that’s gotten him this gig.Am I the only one who thinks BROOKLYN NINE-NINE is shallow, amateurish, and just plain goofy? Oh, wait. Of course it is. But those are plusses to network TV execs. I almost forgot.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 6/17/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Lauren Graham (PARENTHOOD star – yeah, an actress) is developing a drama series from her novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe at Warner Bros. TV. (Because they’re trying to make her happy so she’ll do some acting for her in the future. How do we know? Well, do you see a network that’s actually thinking of running this series named in this announcement?)
  • Rod Lurie (COMMANDER IN CHIEF) is writing MONSTERS OF GOD, a Western drama for Starz. (Because he’s partnered with Brad Pitt now and everybody’s hoping the Bradman will act. You know, just like Lauren Graham.)
  • CMT has announced its first animated comedy series, BOUNTY HUNTERS, starring and produced by Jeff Foxworthy. No writer has been mentioned in the announcement. (Which either means the gig’s open so go for it…or CMT hasn’t yet figured out that shows like this need to be written. Yeppers, the truth is anybody’s call.)
  • Neal H. Moritz (THE BIG C) has a brand new 2-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios through which he and Vivian Cannon (also from THE BIG C) will develop and produce comedy and drama projects. (Because these two are hot, boys and girls, in the eyes of the networks, which is much more important than them meaning anything to any audience. Another TV reality lesson from TVWriter™, not to be confused with reality TV from us because that’s not an area we dare to tread.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/07/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Phil Lord & Chris Miller (21 JUMP STREET) have signed an overall  production and development deal at 20th Century Fox TV. (And we’ll all be happy to hear that the pact has been described by Fox P.R. as “lucrative.” Oh, wait, that probably means it isn’t. Uh-oh…)
  • Rod Lurie is writing a mini-series based on the life of none other than T.E. Lawrence, i.e., “Lawrence of Arabia,” for producer-director Roland Emmerich. (No network has been announced yet, though, so, lovers of the classic David Lean film version, you can relax a little…for now.)
  • David Kajganich (a newbie from the University of Iowa) is writing THE TERROR, based on the novel by Dan Simmons, for AMC. (Just what we need, another Dan Simmons project to take our minds off anything real.)
  • Stephen Levinson (ENTOURAGE) is writing a half-hour dramedy about retired athletes living in Miami for HBO. (Wait! Maybe it won’t be as bad as it sounds – Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg are producing, with Dwayne, AKA the Rock, set to star.)
  • Blake McCormick (a writer-producer on COUGAR TOWN) is the new showrunner of that very same series. (Proving that every once in awhile good sense prevails and writers get promoted from within.)
  • Speaking of being promoted, over on REVENGE, writer Suni Nayar is now the new showrunner, replacing Mike Kelley. (Just between us, the show sucks and will always suck, so it’s likely that nobody will ever notice the change.)