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 6/27/14

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

  • Beatrice Springborn is the new Head of Originals for Hulu’s new Content Department. (So, theoretically, if you know Ms. Springborn and have an original series idea you should ring her up ASAP. Yer Friendly Neighborhood Munchman’s prob, however, is that I can’t for the life of me figure out what “original” means in this context. Nor, for that matter, am I all that sure I trust any company that hands out titles like “Head” instead of, you know, “Vice President” or “Director.” For now I’ll just chalk this up to Hulu trying to be “original.” Which, actually, makes me more confused than ever.)
  • Dana Vachon (MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS) is adapting Stephen Frey‘s novel The Chairman into drama series for Spike TV. (And el muncho sure wishes I could keep track of the Stephen Freys and Frys and whatever cuz I’d love to find some scandal to report but gotta make sure I’m nailing the right guy. Can somebody help me out here?)
  • Nick Kreiss & Ian Wolterstorph (newbies) have sold EAST OF EXURBIA, a fantasy novel about brothers, debauchery, and a magical portal between worlds to X-Box for development as a series. Gotta admit – they had me at “debauchery.”)
  • Speaking of debauchery – kidding, kidding, I swear!!! – Carol Mendelsohn (CSI) has left that show after 14 fucking years – not really fucking, I swear!!! – for undivulged reasons. (Which means that if you know her, give me a yell and let me know if something wonderful has happened that will affect TV writing and the future of humanity, or if Carol’s just made so much damn money as showrunner that she’s going to take it easy for the rest of her life, or anything in between. Thank you kindly.)
  • Stephen Scaia (HUMAN TARGET) is Kickstarting a new “love letter to Indiana Jones…featuring Indy’s daughter trying to track down her missing father.” (Does Stephen have the rights to do this as a TV or film project? How about Steven Spielberg’s blessing? Or George Lucas’? Hope not cuz that way, when this gets off the ground (it’s already reached its funding goal), the Lords of Legal Hell will go nuts and Chaos will rule. And you know how munchareeno luvs chaos!

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 5/12/14

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

  • Jonathan Hickman‘s graphic novel, Pax Romana has been put into development at Syfy. Special Forces! Time travel! Ancient Rome! World War III! (Whoever writes this is gonna have one hell of a glorious time. Call your agent and make that writer you. Or, if you’re producing this thing, call Yer Friendly Neighborhood Munchman’s agent and make it – hehe – moi.)
  • Sera Gamble & John McNamara (SUPERNATURAL for Sera, IN PLAIN SIGHT for John-boy) are developing THE MAGICIANS, based on a series of books by Lev Grossman, also for Syfy. It’s described as “Harry Potter for grown-ups, so maybe Syfy will be able to get it right. (I know Sera and John can.)
  • Frank Miller‘s comic book RONIN is being developed into a Syfy series also, and it too doesn’t have a writer.(So if you’re the proud possessor of a worldview from somewhere in the early Middle Ages, which is what munchie hears you’ll need to get along with Mr. Miller, it’s agent time again, baby! )
  • Charles Soule‘s comic series Letter 44 is another project going the adaptation route at the Worst Science Fiction Channel in the History of Mankind. (Yeppers, that would be Syfy again.) Jonathan Mostow (TERMINATOR 3) is writing this one. (Which means nothing to me cuz I’ve never been able to make myself watch that flick. Ooh, I said “flick.” What does that mean? Hint: Not a term of endearment, Beloved Readers.)
  • This just in, Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia (WAREHOUSE 13) got the gig adapting PAX ROMANA. There goes our big chance. (Actually, there go 2 big chances: Yours/mine to get that gig and the viewers chance for this series to be anything but stupid Syfy Channel crap.)