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Just another day in Paradise we mean Morganville

Just another day in Paradise Morganville

It’s called MORGANVILLE and is a lot like, well, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER gone wild.

BUFFY the show, that is. Not, specifically, Buffy the character herself.

We’re talking a college town filled with vampires, children. And it’s been online and kicking butt since last Monday.

Based on the internationally best-selling YA novel series by Rachel Caine.

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Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/30/14


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

  • Adam Karp (newbie winner of the 2012 Humanitas Prize New Voices Award) is writing the pilot for UNNATURAL SELECTION, a CW drama about Charles Darwin’s journey through the Amazon. (Explorers! “Controversial” theories! Jungles! C’mon, admit, this is the stuff daydreams are made of. And if the network can deliver what Adam writes…well, munchkin is in, in, and in.)
  • The selfsame Adam Karp also is writing the script for a CBS pilot, MODERN GOTHIC, partnering with David Reed (SUPERNATURAL) on a series about a contemporary doctor (the character is named after Dracula‘s Van Helsing) investigates supernatural mysteries. (And, yeppers, I’m so onboard for that one as well cuz I keep thinking, “Wow, the protagonist in ye olde NIGHTSTALKER series…if he was cool. At least that’s how I’d write it…but what do I know?)
  • Roberto Saviano has turned his book, ZeroSeroZero, a thriller about international cocaine trafficking, into an English language series out of France and Italy. (Yer muncher will say this about that: At least it’s got the potential for action. “Watch the hero’s eyes glaze over. See the villain get all nuts over nothing.” I’m betting that this’ll be a big hit all over the world. But I don’t think I’ll watch it cuz…well, hell, kiddies, I can see that action in the apartment next door.)
  • Carlton Cuse (BATES MOTEL) has a new overall deal at A&E. (Cuz he’s a writing rock star, he is. So if you’re the kinda person who knows how to stay in the good graces of a diva, I respectfully suggest you hitch our wagon to Carlton’s rising star. And remember: We’re all made of stardust. Neil Gaiman told me.)

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 10/29/14


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

  • Neal Baer & Alexandra McNally (UNDER THE DOME) are developing a medical drama series for CBS about “the deeply personal and raw stories of…dedicated health care workers…at a clinic in Venice that serves as a crossroads for the haves and have-nots.” (Gotta say, tho, that yer dearly beloved munchman ain’t sure he trusts storytellers who use “Venice” when they mean “Venice Beach” as though, you know, nothing beyond their precious Los Angeles might even exists. Or maybe I should chalk that one up to some very shortsighted PR peeps?)
  • Jennifer Schuur (HANNIBAL) is writing the script for an ABC pilot called THE LONG GAME, based on a treatment by novelist Kate Atkinson about a “gutsy female forensic accountant who exposes fraud for a living.” (Yeah, that sounds exciting! I mean, nothing against accountants, but the last time I talked to mine I fell asleep just punching in his cell number.)
  • Stacy Traub (GLEE) is writing what seems to be an ABC comedy pilot called NO ANGELS. (I say “seems to be” cuz the logline gives me absolutely zero inkling. What? You don’t believe me? Here it is:  NO ANGELS “is about a group of nurses who work together and live together. Work issues become home issues. Home issues become work issues. And eventually it’s hard to tell which is which.” On second thought, I’m predicting comedy. Cuz the only thing that could make this situation credibly dramatic is if Richard Speck knocks on their door.)
  • Lance Krall (IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA) is writing HOLLYWOOD & VINE, a comedy series based on material from the Vine video platform. (Cuz the web’s time has come, dear children. Hop aboard the bus and rocket to stardom! For reals.)

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….)

Old TV, Interweb TV, and…You (Us?)

We hold this truth to be self-evident. The only thing truly debatable here, it seems to us, is the use in the title below of the word “Soon:”


As Online Viewing Soars, Internet TV Will Soon Be the Only TV

More people are watching TV online than ever—a lot more. Viewers may not be cutting the cable cord altogether, but growth in the number who want to watch TV over a different set of pipes is surging, according to a new report from Adobe. If anyone was still wondering why HBO and CBS plan to offer an online-only option, the trend is clear: the internet is where people want to watch. In more and more homes, online TV isn’t a geeky novelty, a sidelight to the traditional version. It’s just what TV looks like now.

Adobe is in a position to know because its software runs the platform that nearly all US cable customers use to log into the online versions of their subscriptions, according to the company. Researchers tracked 165 online video views and 1.53 billion logins over a year, and they found that total TV viewing over the internet grew by 388 percent in mid-2014 compared to the same time a year earlier—a near-quintupling. And the increase is more than just a few diehards binge-watching: the number of unique viewers well more than doubled, growing 146 percent year-over-year.

According to analyst Tamara Gaffney, three factors are drove this growth: more apps and sites for watching, more content to watch on those apps and sites, and the World Cup. Sports act as as kind of “appetizer” whetting viewers’ appetites for the flexibility and breadth of online TV, Gaffney says. The World Cup was an especially strong lure because the internet was the only way to watch so many games that traditional TV lacked the bandwidth to show. But Gaffney said once viewers came for sports, they stayed for everything else.

“Households generally connect because of sports,” she says. “But then when they start to use online television, they start to branch out.”

According to Adobe, viewers have branched out so much that, for the first time, viewers watched more movies online than sports. The average was 4.5 movies per month, Adobe says, versus two a year ago. Viewing of “episodic television” over the internet also saw a sharp increase. The jump is all the more remarkable since Adobe’s survey doesn’t include the main streaming services: Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. In other words, many people still paying for cable are less interested in watching TV in the cable way and more in the way Netflix has led viewers to come to expect.

“When you want to really binge-view something you didn’t know you wanted to watch until the season was over, you’re going to turn to the online option,” Gaffney says.

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Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/28/14


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

  • Christ on a crutch, NBC wants to do a sequel to the sobbing dog story feature film MARLEY & ME as a TV series where the loving owners of the now dead, dead, dead Marley the golden Lab get themselves another golden lab to torture. Jenny Bicks (SEC IN THE CITY) is writing the pilot script. (And, yeppers, ye olde munchkowski figures that she’s also got a secret last episode tucked away too. You know, the one where, after the show gets cancelled, this dog dies too. Oh, NBC, have you no shame whatsoever?)
  • Chris O’Dowd (MOONE BOY) is re-booting his Irish sitcom MOONE BOY as a series for ABC. (Cuz now that the Australian series, whatever its name was, with the crazy guy and the man in the dog suit is gone, U.S. audiences are dying to watch the adventures of an autistic boy and his sarcastic asshole imaginary best bud. Between this and MARLEY & ME, I’m thinking of moving myself to the dark side of the dogless moon.)
  • Tony Phelan & Joan Rater (GREY’S ANATOMY) are writing the pilot for an untitled legal drama about a supposedly smart 30 year old female defense attorney who falls in love with one of her clients, who’ve being accused of a brutal crime. (Tell me again, pliz, Ms. Development Exec, what the fuck happens in Episode 2?)
  • Danny Boyle (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) has a new overall deal with FX . (And considering that this dood is one of the greatest talents on the planet, all yer friendly neighborhood muncharino can say is, “Hooray!” But I’ll say it a bunch of times so it’s more effective. Hooray Hooray Hooray Hooray Hooray Hooray Hooray Hooray– )

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….)

And Now a Few Words About TVWriter™ University


If you were on our email list, you would’ve gotten this exciting news last week. As things stand, we have some updating to do on it:

  1. As of today, the November Advanced Online Workshop has only 3 spaces left. Its starting date is less than a week and a half away, so hurry!
  2. The Master Class is still wide open. LB is ready if you are.

We return you to our originally intended post, direct from the lips of our Beloved Leader, LB:


The last Advanced Workshop of the year 2014 will start in 2 weeks, on November 6th, and end the last week of the month. After which it will be hiatus time until January.

The Advanced Workshop is for writers who understand the fundamentals of storytelling (plotting, characterization, that kind of thing) and screenplay format. I know you’re out there because this class always fills up. So I’m looking forward to one last full group of 5 students to end the year.

The next Master Class will start November 5th – if there’s demand for it. This is always an on-demand class, so it’s up to you. After that session of 4 ends there won’t be another till the end of January at the earliest.

The Master Class is for professional, or pro level, screen and TV writers. 3 students per session is the absolute top limit, so if you think you qualify, get in touch with me and we’ll talk further.

January of 2015 will also mark the return of the Basic Workshop – on Tuesday, January 20th, to be exact. This one’s for newbies who’ve been thinking, “Gee, I really ought to write a screenplay or TV show, but, dammit, I don’t know how.”

Guess what? After you take this class – which is limited to 5 students and won’t be held for at least another 6 months after January’s 6 week session – you will know how. Guaranteed.

My suggestion? Give yourselves a TVWriter™ Workshop as a Christmas present. Join the other students, who’ve gone on to become part of the Warner Brothers Writers Workshop, best-selling novelists, TV station managers, indie film writers, directors and producers, and staffers on such shows as ONCE UPON A TIME, ONCE UPON A TIME IN NEVERLAND, GREY’S ANATOMY, SMALLVILLE, BIRDS OF PREY, THE WALKING DEAD, THE LEFTOVERS, even HOLLYWOOD DIVAS, DANCING WITH THE STARS, and who knows what else?

You can find a complete overview of TVWriter™ University with links to all its classes, including their prices, HERE

And if you want to talk to me personally about it, that’s totally cool. Just drop me an email HERE and ask.