Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/20/14

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Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
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  • Corinne Brinkerhoff (THE GOOD WIFE) is developing a creepy CBS drama about “a prominent Boston family who…struggles to redefine itself” while under suspicion that one of its members is a murderer. (Wow, the spirit of Shonda Rimes is everywhere, no? Where do they find these clones?)
  • Joe Caren (playwright and TV newbie) is writing a Fox drama series called The SYSTEM, about an ensemble of 20-somethings trying to survive their dealings with the criminal justice system. (Did I ever tell you guys about my close call with the criminal justice system? For reals. I was thisclose to a part as a “funny D.A.’s assistant” on LAW & ORDER back in my even younger youth. But then somebody saw my attempt at stand-up and they knew I was all wrong for the funny part. Sigh….)
  • Ali Wentworth & Jackie Clarke (stand-ups, the both of them) are writing the pilot for a semi-autobiographical comedy series based on Ali (cuz nobody knows Jackie or cares about his life, I reluctantly suppose.)
  • Chris Levinson (LAW & ORDER) has a new overall deal with Fox TV. (Which this particular munchacho figures must be exciting as all hell for her, but man does it bum me out. Cuz Chris hates me, you see, since that time when I…oh, right, TMI. You’ll have to wait for my autobiographical comedy series, gang. Wonder if I can get Jackie Clarke to co-write. I hear he’s hot right now.)

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 11/19/14

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  • Ingrid Escajeda (JUSTIFIED) is writing an unnamed Fox series pilot about a Texas prosecutor. (Except that in yer munchman’s humble opinion, somebody’s got this all wrong cuz the press release is saying that the aforementioned prosecutor is the good guy? Does nobody in TV keep up with the news?)
  • Glenn Gordon Caron (MEDIUM) is developing DAMN!, a drama about “a reprobate con man who meets his untimely death but gets another chance at life as an angel.” (Did I say “drama?” How can this be anything but funny? And as long as I’m questioning (TV exec) authority, what’s with this sudden run on con men? Are the suits all afraid they’re going to lose their cushy TV jobs so they’re trying to make what they’ve been doing for a living – you know, conning – more socially acceptable to prospective employers? Hmm.)
  • Justin Noble (DADS, but the network is trying to position him as a newbie) has sold his spec comedy, JUSTIN AND ABBY AND OH YEA ZACK TOO, to CBS. (I like the premise, though: “The ensemble comedy centers on platonic best friends Justin and Abby — and Abby’s boyfriend, who feels like a third wheel.” Maybe cuz I’ve – uh-oh – been there.)
  • Paul Ruehl (yer muncher is tired of citing credits from shows he never heard of so I’m leaving this space blank, well, sorta) is writing the pilot for the Fox family comedy LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON, about a dad who’s trying to keep his son from being as screwed up as he is. (Hey, I’m liking that premise too, even though my experience as a Typical Millennial tells me it’ll be impossible for the daddy to succeed.)

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….)

2014 Spec Scriptacular Update

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The 20th Spec Scriptacular Competition is closing soon, at 11:59 P.M. December 1, 2014. So if you’re planning on entering your spec episode of a current or recent series or an original script with potential as a TV movie, special, or even pilot, and sharing in the over $10,000 worth of prizes and entry extras (free Feedback from LB and the judges!), it’s time to do the deed.

Yes, we said pilots, which are welcome as entries in the TV Movie/Screenplay/Special category this time around in order to accommodate those who came “thisclose” but weren’t quite ready when last summer’s People’s Pilot closed.

Join TVWriter™ contest Winners, Finalists, and Semi-Finalists on the staffs of CHICAGO PD, CHICAGO FIRE, PERSON OF INTEREST, THE WALKING DEAD, RIZZOLI AND ISLES, GREY’S ANATOMY, ROME, NTSF:SD:SUV, KILLER WOMEN, ANIMAL PRACTICE, THE LEFTOVERS, and FX’s upcoming THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER to name the most recent few.

The cost is $50 per entry, with discounts for InkTip and MovieBytes members.

All the details about the SPEC SCRIPTACULAR are HERE.

Already paid the fee? Enter the 2014 SPEC SCRIPTACULAR HERE.

The Web Series Channel is – sniff – Closing

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The Web Series Channel has been one of the most valuable peer production resources on the interwebs.  With Americ Ngwije and Sandrine Sahakians at the helm as Editors-in-Chief, the site opened 4 years ago and in TVWriter™’s estimation did a great job of fulfilling its purpose of getting the word out about new web series.

The site has helped peer producers/content creators and fans by posting links to series and individual episodes, serving as a kind of one-stop shopping aid for viewers looking for video series created by genuine peer producers, AKA, non Big Media pros. TVWriter™ has found it an invaluable resource in our never-ending search for originality and high quality shows.

Unfortunately, on November 14th, the Channel, via Ms. Sahakians, announced its impending demise:

This is a post we didn’t think we would be writing anytime soon, but unfortunately the day has come….

…The time commitment and cost of running Web Series Channel have reached too high of a level for us to keep it going and we have decided…to cease our operations.

As of this writing, the Channel has stopped accepting new web series submissions but promises that “We will finish reviewing the web series already submitted and still left in queue….” It also intends to “continue accepting new episode submission until the end of the year,” after which it will remain live on the interwebs as an archive site.

TVWriter™ is sorry to see this turn of events and wants everyone at the Channel to know that we’d like to help them avoid their fate. If you need us for anything (short of, you know, extending $$$ cuz, hey, we’re all broke volunteers too), just give us a shout.

In the meantime, our thanks for giving the interwebs so much.

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/18/14

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  • Jonathan Nolan (INTERSTELLAR) is developing Isaac Asimov‘s FOUNDATION series of books into a series for HBO. (And yer munchiness is curious as hell re what Asimov, who was all about the word, would think of whatever script Jonny boy comes up with. Anybody want to venture a guess. Give it a go cuz, after all, nobody will ever be able to prove you wrong.)
  • Bryan Cranston & David Shore (if you need to ask who these dudes are there’s no reason for you to read any further here) are co-writing SNEAKY PETE, a CBS drama about a con man who hides his past by taking the name of his cellmate. (Cuz, I gotta assume, the protagonist’s crimes are much worse than the other guys…but what would Isaac Asimov have defined as “worse” anyway?)
  • David Kohan & Max Mutchnick (WILL & GRACE) are co-writing a Fox comedy series about a single mother, her kids, and her grifter (as in con man?) father when they move from New Jersey to L.A. (Whatcha think, Asimov fans? Would the good doctor have gone for this one? Why? Why not? Huh? Huh?)
  • Andrea Newman (CHICAGO FIRE) is writing the pilot for a “supernatural thriller in a realistic tone” for NBC. (Leading yer favorite munchhausen to turn to the late Mr. Asimov and wonder – aloud – “If they want realism, why use a writer from CHICAGO FIRE? Whaddaya think, Isaac?” Uh-oh, Dr. Asimov is frowning. Guess you’d have to be one of the 4 people in the universe who watched CHICAGO FIRE to know what I’m talking about. Oh well….)

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….)

THE DUDLEYS on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

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This SNL parody is making the interweb rounds – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth watching.

Unfortunately, it isn’t really much of an exaggeration. It’s the way TV works these days. We have that on Very Good Authority – one Acme Mess O’Showrunners Who Don’t Want Us To Use Their Names:

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