Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/16/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • David Marshall Grant (SMASH ) has written the pilot for a new CBS drama series about an ex-GI cop who uses counter-insurgency tactics to try and control gang violence. (Ooh, waterboarding the Crips? Not smart, ex-GI hero dood. Not smart at all.)
  • Peter Murrieta (WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE) is writing the pilot for an unnamed NBC comedy pilot about a stand-up comedian we’ve never heard of. (“About” as in based on his life and act, and starring him. How interested in the lives of stand-up comedians are you, really? We admit that when it comes to that particular subject we’re in the negative zone.)
  • Owen Ellickson (THE OFFICE) is adapting a non-fiction book by Bruce Feiler for a CBS comedy pilot called SECRETS OF HAPPY FAMILIES. (Ooh, isn’t that the clever title? Can’tcha just taste that delicious irony oozing off the printed page and coating our big screen TVs with…you know.)
  • Dan Lagana (ZACH STONE IS GONNA BE FAMOUS) is writing the pilot for another CBS comedy pilot, this one about a newly married couple who are raising both a toddler and a teen. (Simultaneously! Wowza! That’s gonna send the CBS demographic spinning – dizzily, we imagine. )
  • Seth MacFarlane (well-known smug asshat who used to be funny) has sold BORDERTOWN, a new animated series, to Fox. (This one’s supposed to be “a satirical look at America’s cultural shifts through the evolving relationship” between a border patrol agent and his Mexican immigrant neighbor. (Hmm, we’re seriously tempted to start a pool to see who picks the exact date the first irate viewer publicly calls for MacFarlane to be lynched. Any takers?)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/31/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Michael Konyves (THE LAST KNIGHT) is writing PUMP, a Showtime drama about happenings at a Venice Beach gym in the early 1970s. (Because Ahnuld wants to do it and his stories – God, he’s good in the room – will be the basis for the fiction. Anybody out there think this has even the remotest chance of not succeeding – big?)
  • Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild (TED) have made an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV to develop, produce and all that good stuff. (Because they’re Seth MacFarlane’s right hand writers, and if you step back and look at the big picture that’s a damn good reason to be hot.)
  • Brian Gallivan (HAPPY ENDINGS) now has an overall deal with Sony TV. (Because his pilot THE McCARTHYS came thisclose to getting on CBS’s air for next season and Sony wants him to punch up the script and give it another go as well as develop other properties. Anybody out there think this has even the remotest chance of actually succeeding – big or otherwise? )
  • Vali Chandrasekaran (30 ROCK) has a new overall deal at ABC Studios. (Because he freaking deserves it and everyone over there knows it. End of discussion, dammit.)

Now This is a Christmas Card

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If you’re on the Christmas list of 20th Century Fox TV chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman this year, you’re in for a treat. A video Christmas card featuring the cast of THE FAMILY GUY:

We, of course, got two of these, one from each co-chairman because TVWriter™ is, you know, cool.

More Love & Money: Recent TV Writing Deals

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  • Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, and Wellesley Wild (TED, FAMILY GUY) are writing an untitled comedy pilot about a couple of guys whose fathers move in with them for Fox. (Talk about high concept! By which we mean Seth MacFarlane and not necessarily the idea.)
  • Ben Stiller (“Ben Stiller”) and Kevin Napier (THE STATION pilot for Fox) are writing PLEASE KNOCK, a comedy about a star just like, well, Ben Stiller, for ABC. (Hey, we identify with that hero very strongly. But you don’t? Really?)
  • Holly Sorenson (MAKE IT OR BREAK IT) is writing an untitled drama series for ABC about women working in the beauty industry. (Yes, we said “drama.” Proving that development execs have no idea what comedy is.)
  • NBC is developing an unnamed period crime drama centered around Thomas Edison, with an unnamed writer. (Proving that development execs have no idea what anything is.)