TV Writing Deals

Looks like we’re going to have to rename these posts “Daily TV Writing Deals” cuz there’s a lot going on:

  • Paul Redford (WEST WING, DIRTY SEXY MONEY) is writing the pilot for AMERICA’S SON, an update of none other than Hamlet for Fox. (Word around town is that Shakespeare’s freaking out because he thought Seth MacFarlane should’ve done it.)
  • Christopher Guest (FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION, SPINAL TAP: THE FINAL TOUR) is bringing Fred Willard, Michael McKean and Ed Begley Jr. on board for FAMILY TREE, a comedy series for HBO. (And we hear that Shakespeare thinks it’ll be a hoot.)
  • Patrick Harbinson (24, PERSON OF INTEREST) is writing the pilot for THE 11th COMMANDMENT, a spy series based on the Jeffrey Archer novel of the same name, for NBC. (Rumor has it that Shakespeare is going to sue because he’s absolutely certain that it’s based on one of his sonnets.)
  • Issa Rae (YouTube’s THE MISADVENTURES OF AWKWARD BLACK GIRL) is writing the pilot for I HATE LA DUDES, a sitcom for ABC. (We talked to Shakespeare about this and he says he’s waiting to see a script before expressing any opinion.)
  • NBC has bought THEN CAME ELVIS, a sitcom about a family adapting to divorce. (No writer has been mentioned, but Shakespeare’s agent is on the phone about this one right now.)