Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/23/14

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

  • Joe Robert Cole (movie guy who wrote a script for a film based on Marvel’s THE INHUMANS so yer friendly State Farm Insurance Agent munchman’s gotta love him) is writing the pilot for a CBS cop show about a black L.A. cop who’s a Republican. (Well, hey now, kids, that’s what it sez here, and if that’s enough to sell a series to CBS, well, we’d all better get over there and pitch before their D-peeps take the needles out of their arms.)
  • Paul Downs Colaizzo (a genuine New York playwright!) is writing a CBS pilot about “New York City’s wildest and most brilliant doctors as they start their second year of residency in the city’s most prestigious hospital.” (Wow, did you hear all those buzzwords? This show has everything TV shows are supposed to have – and absolutely nothing to do with reality. Looks like CBS has another hit coming. Did I say “wow” already? Cuz…wow!)
  • Mark Heyman (BLACK SWAN) is writing an adaptation of George Pendle‘s book, Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life Of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside  for AMC. (Speaking of “wow,” do you suppose they’re going to stick with the book’s title? Cuz if they do…”Wow!” Oh, no wait, I mean, “Woe.” Ouch. Hey, they can’t all be winners. Time to move on to:)
  • Scott Silveri & Shana Goldberg-Meehan (FRIENDS) have a new comedy in development at NBC about “an uptight family man and his boomer parents who are attacking their golden years like it’s spring break.” (No letter pleeze, asking who the hell loves this junk enough to pay most people’s yearly salary for just one script on the subject. If I knew that answer I’d be one of them…so maybe it’s just as well that I don’t?)

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 9/19/14

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

  • Whit Brayton & Zack Rice (ZORRO?) are developing NBC’s MANHUNT, a show that “will dramatize the mounting tension of any entire city on the hunt for a fugitive roaming the streets….” (In other words, it’s an attempt to do a homegrown version of BROADSTREET. The munchberger can get behind that, but only if it stars David Tennant. How ’bout you?)
  • Scott Silveri (GO ON) is writing the pilot for a Fox comedy with a clever logline: “The project centers on a family that’s good at handling the challenges it faces, and excellent at creating new ones.” (Jake Kasdan is also part of this deal, so if you’re a NEW GIRL fan this unnamed baby could become your very special pal.)
  • Max Borenstein (GODZILLA) is writing a TV series sequel to MINORITY REPORT in which the lead Precog will be a woman. (Probably a young woman cuz hey, it’s TV. Could be good. Or, it could be another disappointment, like – you know – Max’s version of Godzilla, which had the monster onscreen for, what? Less than 20 minutes?)
  • This just in: Mariah Carey’s womanizing toy boy, Nick Cannon is now officially a writer, having made a deal for a book of children’s poetry called Neon Aliens Ate My Homework And Other Poems. (Hey, Nick, we’re rooting for ya cuz…cuz…damnit, man, I’m sorry, but I really can’t think of one reason why this would be a good idea other than TVWriter™’s commitment to newbies. Go forth and conquer, pal. Redemption may be at hand…not to mention a viable escape route from the Missus. Kids’ poetry pays a shitload of $$$, right?)

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 7/15/14

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

  • Joe Weisbert & Joel Fields (THE AMERICANS) have new overall deals with FX Productions. (Deals that could have gone to writers who are just as good if not better but aren’t running a major hit. That’s right, they’re discriminating against us noobs again. Aargh!)
  • Marti Noxon (GLEE) has yet another new development deal, this one to adapt Gillian Flynn‘s novel Sharp Objects into a series for EOne. (A deal that also could have gone to a writer who is just as good if not better but hasn’t run any major hits. So…again the discrimination against the inexperienced/unsuccessful thing. Damn.)
  • Scott Silveri (GO ON) has a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV in spite of the fact that he hasn’t had a success since FRIENDS, which has been off the air, like, forever, chumps. (But it’s cool, it’s cool. Scott’s a good peep. Everybody says so. And you and me, we’re good people too, no? So it’s just a matter of time until all the good people with credits – even ancient ones – are used up and then, oh, dood, are we gonna clean up, or what?)
  • Linda Woolverton (MALEFICENT) is developing a TV series adaptation of Jean M. Auel‘s Clan of the Cave Bear series of books for Lifetime TV. (Which isn’t an overall deal and Ms. Linda’s new when it comes to TV so yer munchie buddy here has decided this deal is cool even though newer and less recognized noobs like you and me have been aced out yet again on account of how TV peeps just don’t understand that creativity can strike anybody at any time and so they’re really missing a couple of great bets by not funneling money into our pockets to adapt the hell out of this caveman crap they want to believe is literature and oh, hell I dunno if I can take this rejection much more!!!)