Why CBS Will Never Cancel Stephen King’s UNDER THE DOME

Um, 200 international licensing agreements for the series, that’s why. Even if the series, which is produced by Amblin Television (AKA Steven Spielberg) tanks – and we aren’t saying we think it will cuz it is produced by Amblin and Stevie, after all – all that overseas revenue is way too much to throw away.

Here are the specifics, brought to you in that wonderful, old-fashioned Hollywood way: Via a Press release from CBS. Thank you for sending this out and making our writing lives so much easier than usual, doods. We owe ya one. Anyway:

Under-The-Domeby Team TVWriter™ Press Service

CBS Studios International announced today agreements for the broadcast rights of “Under the Dome” with prominent broadcasters from around the world. The U.S. drama, which is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and is based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name, will be licensed in 200 international markets, with some starting to run the series this summer. read article

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/02/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Matt McKenna (AMERICAN DAD) is writing BIGFOOT, an animated adaptation of Graham Roumieu’s fictitious autobiographies, as an animated pilot for FX. (It’s a natural, and Matt’s perfect for it, but we keep thinking the real reason it’s being made is because Seth Rogen’s company is producing.)
  • ABC family is looking for a writer for the pilot of the Tori Spelling vehicle MYSTERY GIRLS, a comedy about two actresses who played detectives who decide to become real-life dicks. (Not to be confused with all the failed versions of this idea that starred various actors who became real-life dicks.
  • Will Gluck (CONAN O’BRIEN’s writer) is writing the pilot for Comedy Central’s animated comedy MOONBEAM CITY, a satirical cop show that mocks everything our Leader, LB, wrote in the ’80s. (Which also sounds like a good idea cuz, you know, satire, Comedy Central…)
  • Bad Robot Productions has optioned Stephen King’s novel, 11/22/63 with the intention of developing it for cable. (Considering that Bad Robot is J.J. Abrams’ company, can the dread hot writing team of Orci and Kurtzman be far behind?)
  • Spike TV is developing 5 new scripted mini-series with such writers as Chris Collins, Bobby Moresco, Brant Englestein, and more. (But they all sound like crap to us this is the “network” that gave us THE HATFIELDS AND THE MCCOYS and  THE BIBLE s so we’re not saying anymore.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 12/2/12

Latest News About Writers Doing Better Than We Are

  • Chad St. John (RONIN) is writing the pilot for Cinemax’s KINGPIN, a drama about a drug dealer being manipulated by a dirty DEA agent who’s really a dirty CIA agent who…but you get the idea.
  • Lisa Loomer (GIRL, INTERRUPTED) is writing the English language pilot adaptation of the telenovela RUBI for Fox. It’s about a beautiful but poor woman who will do anything to become rich, even give up the man she loves…but you get that idea too, right?
  • Dave Holstein (WEEDS) is writing the pilot SLATY FORK for 20th TV, a comedy about a young woman cop and her father the former police chief plus other police and firefighters and…yeah, right, you’ve got that idea too now, eh?
  • Neal Baer (A GIFTED MAN) is developing/writing/producing UNDER THE DOME, based on a book by some dood named Stephen King for CBS, which already has ordered 13 episodes produced. The book is about a small New England town that’s suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome and how its inhabitants survive without the internets…or something like that.

How SYFY made a show based on a Stephen King story and didn’t tell anyone.

by Robin Reed

Well, they didn’t tell me. I am the target audience for any show with a science fiction, fantasy, or horror premise. I will watch anything in those genres. And Stephen King – I have two shelves devoted to his books. I haven’t caught up with “The Colorado Kid” yet, a short novel of Mr. King’s from a few years ago, but if I had heard a hint of a TV show being made that was based on it, I would have been there to check it out. read article

15 Writers to Hate

…Eh, excuse us, we should’ve said “authors.” That’s what Forbes calls these wordsmiths, who are making way too much dinero to care what they’re called, other than, maybe, “Sir:”

James Patterson made HOW much last year? 94 million bucks? And we’ve never read one word of his? Wow.

Forbes’ 15 Highest Earning Authors List – by Zoe Triska

Yesterday, Forbes released their annual list of the world’s highest earning authors. read article