- Billy Eichner (BILLY ON THE STREET) has a deal to write an untitled “comedic take on Hollywood and pop culture…as a book for Hachette Book Group. (Hachette, you may recall, is the publishing house that Amazon’s been slugging it out with. Congratulations, Billy, on getting your big writing op with a book that nobody will be able to buy from the world’s largest bookseller. Oh, dear, that didn’t come out quite right, did it?)
- Dustin Lance Black (MILK) is adapting A. Scott Berg‘s Pulitzer Prize winning bio, Lindberg, into a limited TV series to be produced by Paramount TV. (Cuz Nazi sympathizing one-shot wonder manly man flyers are the kind of thing the TV audience just loves to eat up. My munched-up self can’t help but think that this ain’t gonna be the hit somebody’s thinking it will. But what do I know?)
- Cris Cole (UK’s MAD DOGS) has written the pilot for a U.S. version of the series for Amazon Studios. (Cuz why make crappy $$$ writing for the best TV system in the world when you can make slightly less crappy $$$ writing for what yer friendly neighborhood munchman would bet his soul on – if I had one – will end up the worst?)
- Lesley Livingston‘s young adult Wondrous Strange trilogy has been sold to Shaftesbury Films to be adapted into a TV series, so probably they’re looking for, heh, a writer to develop the project further. (Cuz as a Shaftesbury spokesperson said, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bitten and Orphan Black have shown us that television audiences are hungry for genre series featuring strong female protagonists who are dealing with extraordinary circumstances in the real world.” Yeppers, kids, yesterday’s edgy has already become today’s tried and true. And you know what that means for the future…. )
- John Ridley (12 YEARS A SLAVE) has a new overall deal with ABC Studios (cuz the fact that he has one of the biggest “hard-to-get-along-with reps in Hollywood doesn’t scare those fearless execs. Nossiree, baby. Wonder if this means that the era of the spineless “Organization Man” TV writer is coming to a close?)
- Aaron McGruder (BOONDOCKS) has a new Adult Swim deal. (And is creating/producing a live-action series called HOOLIGAN SQUAD there. I’d want to write for that one just cuz of the name alone. Hey, anybody know Aaron’s private number?)
- David Franzoni (GLADIATOR) and Michael Finch (PREDATORS) are writing THE CRUSADERS, a mini-series for Spike TV. (Cuz Spike is more macho than any gladiator or predator or crusader, for that matter. Just ask his mama.)
Maybe we’re just evil (We are minions, after all), but this made us laugh out loud:
This is just one of several episodes in the series. Peer production on a shoestring still tastes delish.
Kudos to Matt Eams, James Sorrels, Rick Stoeckel and the rest of the gang.
by Team TVWriter™ Press Service
Sad news about a name familiar to TV viewers of the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
Jerry McNeely, Emmy-nominated television writer and creator of series including “Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law,” died last week in Tarzana, California at 86. He had suffered from Parkinson’s Disease for several years.
Jerry was one of TV’s busiest writers in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, writing multiple episodes of “Dr. Kildare,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Ironside,” “The Name of the Game,” “Owen Marshall,” “Trauma Center,” “Our House,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Mr. Novak,” “The Virginian,” “The Streets of San Francisco,” and “McMillan and Wife.” “Lucas Tanner,” “Three for the Road.” and “Marcus Welby, M.D.” He also created “Owen Marshall,” “Lucas Tanner” and “Three for the Road.”
Jerry wrote his first teleplay, “The Staring Match,” for “Studio One” in 1957, and won a contest with his script “The Joke and the Valley,” which “Hallmark Hall of Fame” produced in 1961. His later longform scripts included “The Critical List,” “Fighting Back,” “Tomorrow’s Child,” “Sin of Innocence” and “When You Remember Me.”
Survivors include his wife Ellen Shenker McNeely; four children, Melissa, Betsy, Joel and Ian McNeely; and two grandchildren.
You can find a fuller bio and celebration of Jerry McNeely’s life HERE.
- David Hollander (HEARTLAND) is adapting Nicholson Baker‘s novel, The Fermata into a series for Paramount Television. (The book, written way back in 1994 is about a guy who can stop time and uses this ability to embark on a series of sexual
assaultsadventures. So it could be fun – or something quite the opposite of fun after it’s been televisionized.)
- Craig Zadan & Neil Meron (BONNIE AND CLYDE) are developing a Universal TV comedy series about pro soccer player Robbie Rogers “the first opening gay man to compete in a top North American sports league.” (Cuz homosexualilty=funny. Yeah, Right. You can hear me laughing already.)
- Teena Booth, Inon Shampanier, Natalie Shampanier and Stephen Kay are supposedly writing the script for the Lifetime Television Movie BEAUTIFUL AND TWISTED, a story of murder and the usual accompanying badassedness in Miami Beach. (Marvelous munchie says “supposedly” cuz 4 writers seems way too many for the WGA’s rules to allow. Not to mention for the terrible result that’s sure to follow, especially considering how little money is going to be divided all those ways. Sigh….)
- Rene Echevarria (TERRA NOVA) has a development deal with Legendary TV. (This is what’s called a “blind deal” cuz the execs who hired him don’t see so well. No, wait, just kidding. It’s a blind deal because although Legendary has committed to 2 scripts no one’s decided what they’ll be yet. This means Legendary trusts Rene, and el muncho definitely thinks that’s the right attitude. Dood shepherded DEEP SPACE NINE and TEEN WOLF to ultrasonic success, right? Congrats to the smart buyers. Oh, right, you too, Rene bro!)