Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/20/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Shane Dawson (Newb Who’s a Big Deal on Youtube, bitches! ) has sold a comedy series, LOSIN’ IT, to NBC, and Darlene Hunt will write the pilot based on their story. (The show is a workplace comedy about a weight loss center, which to us means that it’ll get a huge tune-in for the first episode. But will its viewers then be able to keep to their LOSIN’ IT diet? Or will NBC screw it up?)
  • Ricky Blitt (THE FAMILY GUY) is developing a comedy called HERE’S YOUR DAMN FAMILY for Fox. (And we don’t care what its about or how well – or badly – it’s executed, we’ll watch the series out of absolute, unconditional love for the title.)
  • Melissa Rosenberg (DEXTER) is writing JESSICA JONES for ABC, based on the Marvel Comics 2nd – maybe even 3rd – tier character. (But the important thing here is that it’s a superhero adventure series centered on a woman, and that’s huge in both the TV and comics industries, where discrimination has always been solidly entrenched. Fingers so crossed for this one.)
  • Joe Hill (LOCKE & KEY comic book) is writing a reboot of TALES OF THE DARKSIDE. (Which is good news even to re-boot hating TVWriter™, mainly cuz we’d thought Team Mediocrity AKA Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, were going to have that gig. Yeah, we know, calling those guys mediocre is actually giving them the benefit of the doubt. But that’s us…kind to a fault!)
  • Tim Kring (HEROES) & Gideon Raff (HOMELAND) are writing DIG, a 6 episode action series for USA about an FBI agent in Jerusalem who discovers a 2000 year conspiracy that’s about to come to fruition. (You know the rest, world-shaking danger ensues…with each episode becoming more tedious than the one that preceeded it until, at the end, only about 1/5 of the original audience is there to see how it ends. Cuz…HEROES and HOMELAND, you know?)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 7/25/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • David Schulner (THE EVENT) is developing the drama series CLONE for Universal Television, from the comic of the same name by Robert Kirkman. (No network is involved yet, but if Kirkman’s THE WALKING DEAD continues its ratings dominance that won’t be a problem.)
  • KJ Steinberg (MISTRESSES) is writing the legal drama LAWLESS for ABC. (No problem withthis one getting on the air. It’s being done with Shonda Rhimes, and we all know how ABC feels about her. Hint: It’s a 4 letter word starting with “L” and it has a “V” in it too.)
  • Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (TERRA NOVA) are writing the TV movie/backdoor pilot for 12 MONKEYS for Syfy. (Yeppers, we’re talking about that 12 MONKEYS, the Bruce Willis-starring feature film by Terry Gilliam. And those Syfy motherfuckers better not screw this up, y’hear?)
  • Speaking of the Evil Minions of Syfy, that network is looking for a writer for a miniseries to be called WARRIORS OF OZ, an action-adventure version of, oh, you guessed it, THE WIZARD OF OZ. (Nopoint in worrying about Syfy turning this into a steaming pile. Just from the concept we know that without one word written they already have.)
  • On a more positive note, Shane Dawson, a comedian with almost 9 million subscribers to his YouTube channels, just launched a podcast called SHANE AND FRIENDS which became #1 on iTunes within 24 hours. (In other words, the do-it-yourself showbiz model works, laddies and lassies. Write your own material, perform it, present it to the world, and you’ll never have to worry about Syfy’s execrable taste again!)