Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/8/14

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

  • Scott Gold (Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the L.A.Times) is writing THE LION AND THE LAMB, a Lifetime drama about “a notorious drug cop who busts an All-American college student for pot and “flips” her into becoming a narc.” (Wow. There’s never been anything relevant or even credible about Lifetime, which means that premise will fit right in. C’mon, Scott, you’re a really fine writer, but if you keep doing this kind of thing…well, you might think about holding onto that day job.)
  • John Rogers (LEVERAGE) is writing the pilot for NBC’s ENDGAME, which claims to be “a high-octane thriller about a former intelligence officer who…is wrongly accused of the brutal murder of this wife.” (Oh, crap, John, the only thing new about that sentence is the word “brutal”. Speaking as somebody who genuinely loved the first couple of seasons of LEVERAGE, all I can say is, “Give us a twist, dude. Puh-leeze?)
  • Chris Black (MAD MEN) is writing the pilot for TNT’s fantasy series, LUMEN, which sounds a lot like THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE except better – to moi anyway – cuz it also sounds a bit like one of my favorite fantasy novels, Jonathan Carroll’s THE LAND OF LAUGHS. (In other words, I’m keeping my munching eyes on this one…while hoping that someday soon a broadcast or cable network with some class picks up THE LAND OF LAUGHS and hires somebody a lot like me to adapt it. Well, more than a lot like me. You know what I mean.)
  • Shawn Wines (THE OFFICE) is writing a to-be-titled comedy pilot about “the exotic and lucrative world of NYC garbage collection.” (And all I can say is that I am so in for that. Cuz New York? Garbage? A writer from THE OFFICE? That, boys and girls is my kinda world.)
  • Woohoo, this just in. The abovementioned John Rogers has indeed come up with a twist for ENDGAME. Turns out that the hero ends up saved and bankrolled by some “powerful people” who send him out to stop high stakes crimes – as part of “a hundred-year-old tradition where the rich and powerful bet on the ultimate ‘game’: crime in our world.” Whatcha think, munchkins? Better? Worse? The same?)

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….)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/2/14

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

  • Scott Gold (UNDER THE DOME) is developing DEEP WEB, a drama series about a computer genius who, “with the help of his geeks gone wild posse, evolves into the overlord of the internet’s underworld,” for Spike. (Cuz BREAKING BAD. Nuff said?)
  • Tom Kapinos (CALIFORNICATION) is developing LUCIFER, yet another DC Comics-related series for Fox. (Flying in the face of the common wisdom that TV never does anything new, this time around we have a comic villain nobody’s ever heard of, a network that never does comics related material, and a dramedy creator, all working together on a series that, if it follows the not-very-popular comic book, will be about the devil deciding to abandon hell and open a piano bar in L.A. Hmm, that same old, same old starting to look a little better now?)
  • Scot Armstrong (THE HANGOVER II) is adapting the ancient film, PROBLEM CHILD, into a comedy series for NBC. (Uh-oh, now that yer munchikins reads that, I’m thinking LUCIFER won’t be so bad!)
  • Kevin Sussman (BIG BANG THEORY) has sold a comedy pilot script called WIFE OF CRIME to CBS, about “a straitlaced guy from Staten Island who marries into an Italian family with ties to the mob.” (Hey, I’m laughing already. I mean, what else can I say? Capish?)
  • Jordan Roter (newbie!) is writing the pilot for CBS’s LETTERS TO MY DAUGHTER’S FUTURE THERAPIST, a comedy in which a mother’s voiceover explains her actions to her daughter’s future therapist, confident that said daughter will blame her for everything bad in her life. (Yes, the muncher lurves this one. Especially where I got to write “newbie.” Way to go Jordan Roter!)

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….)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 12/23/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • David Spade (?!) & Dean Lorey (THE CRAZY ONES) are developing a comedy series about a rock and roll music manager struggling to stay at the top for HBO. (There are any number of ways this kind of premise can go south, but the first one says it all: It’s going to star David Spade.)
  • Brian Stelter‘s book Top of the Morning,  a behind-the-scenes about TV morning news shows, is being developed into a movie for Lifetime. (Which means that we don’t need to say anything further about this project except: It’s being developed into a movie for Lifetime.)
  • Scott Gold (UNDER THE DOME) is developing a drama series about the NRA called COLD DEAD HANDS for the Sundance Channel. (Even our new puppy knows all the ways this premise could tank, so let’s just go with the primary one: It’s about the NRA.)
  • Nick Bilton’s book about the development of Twitter, cleverly called Hatching Twitter is being turned into a TV series by Lionsgate, whose press release makes no mention of that crazy little necessity called a buyer for said show. (You may be asking yourself how this idea could possibly go wrong. To which we reply: It’s about Twitter! And the only people in the galaxy who care about Twitter are those who spend all their time tweeting, not watching, you know, TV. Sheesh.)
  • David Koechner (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) is writing a sketch comedy pilot for NBC. (All together now, kids: The reason this one will go wrong, wrong, wrong is…yeppers, you got it – NBC! Anybody out there miss this answer? We didn’t think so.)