Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/9/14


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by munchman

  • Josh Siegal & Dylan Morgan (30 ROCK) are writing an untitled NBC comedy about “a middleaged ad executive who unexpectedly loses his job and cobbles together a ragtag team to launch his own grassroots agency from his garage.” (Is yer friendly neighborhood munchmanchero thinking correctly when he – that’s me – says that this is the first series he – still me – knows of that’s about a garage-style startup? Cuz to be honest here, I luv this idea.)
  • Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia (HUMAN TARGET) are adapting Garrett Graff‘s upcoming nonfiction book Raven Rock into an NBC drama about, well, here’s the complete title of the book, which kinda gives it away:  Raven Rock: The Inside Story Of The U.S. Government’s Secret Plan To Save Itself – While The Rest Of Us Die. (Hmm, wonder who we’re supposed to root for when we watch the show. Wonder how NBC’s gonna deflect the inevitable, you know, flak.)
  • Kevin Biegel & Mike Royce (ENLISTED) are writing a Fox pilot based on the 1989 film BIG. (And, yeppers, I know I gave Big Media hell for bringing back REAL GENIUS, another ’80s film just a few days ago, but, hey, this is BIG we’re talking about. I must’ve seen that film 150 times during the course of my life. Damn right I’ll turn on the series. Especially when it’s being done by cult geniuses like Kevin and Mike.)
  • Mark Bianculli (THE WAITING) is writing the pilot for MTV’s SELF PROMOTION,  called a “dark comedy” by The Hollywood Reporter. (And as somebody who can never get enough dark comedy, especially the kind that centers around an assistant who’s suspected of kidnapping or killing her “dragon lady” boss, I’m all gung ho on this one too. Mother of Mercy, can munalito be getting soft?)

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 10/8/14


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 8/29/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

The TV development season is in full bloom. TVWriter™ is being inundated with deals.

Now if only a few of them were – sigh – ours…

  • DL Hughley (THE HUGHLEYS) is teaming up with Sivert Glarum & Michael Jamin (BRICKLEBERRY) to create and write an untitled new FX series about, well, all about Hughley and his family, or so it seems. (Why untitled? We’re guessing it’s cuz somebody else owns the rights that go with the name THE HUGHLYS. Remember, kids, never sell the use of your own name to nobody nohow!)
  • Kara Taylor (author of Prep School Confidential) is writing the pilot for a CW series called THE REVENGERS, about two friends who plot revenge when they find out they’re both dating the same guy. (And after the pilot, what? Do they keep making the same mistake every week? Warning bad/sexist joke coming: Are they both blond?)
  • Shawn Wines (UPSTAIRS) is writing a Fox sitcom called FIVES, about a group of “excruciatingly average” people trying to survive in L.A. (But that’s so easy. Just have them move to, oh, Pomona, like we did. Cuz otherwise there was nothing funny about the pain.)
  • Matt Witten (HOUSE) is writing CW pilot that sounds remarkably like FAME set in L.A. (And, yeppers, it even has Debbie Allen attached. Too young to know what FAME was or who Ms. Allen is? In that case, all we can say is, #@%!)
  • Aron Eli Coleite (AMAZON) is writing a soap opera-thriller pilot called HOME for Fox. (We don’t have anything else to say here cuz it’s a Jerry Bruckheimer project and we’re kinda boycutting those until he does something, oh, “intelligent,” I guess you could say. Sorry Brucky fans)
  • Trent O’Donnell & Phil Lloyd (the Aussie series A MOODY CHRISTMAS) are adapting their series for Fox. (For those of you who are trying to learn how to write a good logline, here’s theirs: “The story of a young man who was smart enough to leave his family behind and dumb enough to come back again.” Learn the art of saying nothing but being as clever as possible about it and the world – or at least Australia and Fox Network – will be thine!)

Peer Production: New Filmmaker Gets Fox Deal After His Video Goes Viral

This is either the most heartening story of the month, or the most depressing, depending on whether you’re the type who is inspired by the success of others who are just like you, or the kind who hates, hates, hates on those @#$!ing unworthy motherfuckers!

(You’ll never guess which of those descriptions applies to us.)

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Recent College Graduate With a Viral Video Under His Belt — Lands a Show in Development at Fox – by Team TVWriter News Service)

Fox has tapped a recent Columbia University graduate and aspiring filmmaker to develop a show based on his viral video, reports.

Shawn Wines, along with producer Aaron Kaplan, will develop “Upstairs,” based on Wines’ video by the same name, which has drawn more than 2 million online views, the piece reports.

The single-camera comedy project is described as a male version of “New Girl” and centers on an average guy and his trust-fund roommate who live across the hall from a beautiful woman. The show will feature aspects of daily life in New York, the piece adds.

“This marks the first sale for Wines, whose graduate thesis short at Columbia, ‘High Maintenance,’ won a Silver medal at last year’s Student Academy Awards; landed on the Viewfinder, a Black List for aspiring filmmakers; and made the festival circuit,” the story reports. “Ironically, it was not ‘High Maintenance’ that opened the door for Wines but ‘Upstairs,’ which he wrote and directed as a side project. Kaplan’s mom actually spotted the racy video online and made him watch it. That led to the TV project, which Kaplan developed with Wines.”

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