munchman: The Best Batman Image Evah!

Can’t help myself. I love this gif:


Dunno what anybody else thinks it’s about. Or what the artist intended, but to me this is Bats as God, both caring and vengeful. I mean, I think that’s a tiny smile there at the corners of his Bat Mouth – but I can’t be sure.

The ambiguity is okay, though. Cuz when you’re searching for God you aren’t really supposed to understand what you find. Just ask Camus. Or Sartre. Or David Bowie. Or the doods that produced LOST.

While we’re at it, if anybody out there can tell us who created this masterpiece, let us know. You never know: You just might get a prize. (You definitely will get one. For reals.)

And now, back to the usual fare at TVWriter™!

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/1/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
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  • Jordan Belfort (the “inspiration” for THE WOLF OF WALL STREET) is developing a series described as “a MAN MEN-style TV show about the excess of WALL STREET in the 1980s for Brett Ratner’s company. (Cuz if there’s one thing TV needs in the 21st Century teens it’s a show projecting the values of an infamous drug consumer and convicted con artist. Nice to have such a bright light to help us get through these difficult times, eh?)
  • Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker (SURVIVING JACK) have sold a comedy based on a memoir by Col. Chris Hadfield, the well-known astronaut/internet video sensation. (Yeppers, it’s all about how much harder normal life on the ground is than being an outer space celeb. My enthusiasm is, um, well, how’s “nil” sound?)
  • Amy Holden Jones (BLACK BOX) is writing the drama pilot 10 BEACON HILL for ABC, described as “a medical procedural…about a brilliant team of doctors who take on the most difficult cases. (How does this differ from HOUSE? Dig it – the head of the team is an ultra-caring medical genius instead of a dick. Hmm, munchikins thinks that could be a welcome change.)
  • Andy Stern (newbie?) is writing a pilot for ABC about a female police psychologist who used to be a “real” cop herself. (And if that makes you wonder why your slightly more original ideas – whatever they are – keep getting turned down to the networks, keep this in mind: The producer of this series, and, I’m thinking, it’s intended star, is Ellen Pompeo, the star of GREY’S ANATOMY. Why aren’t I best buds with somebody who can get such a great vanity deal?)

Write in and tell me 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 8/30/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
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  • Matt Venne (BAG OF BONES) is writing the pilot for a TV version of the 1997 film THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE for NBC. (And you betcha I’ll munch on this. I couldn’t find anything to complain about when I saw the Keanu Reeves-Al Pacino film except the casting, and neither one of those guys is going to be in the series, right? Right? God, I hope so.)
  • Paul Webb (SELMA) is adapting No Ordinary Time, Doris Kearns Goodwin‘s Pulitzer Prize winning book about Franklin D. Roosevelt (he was a U.S. president back when presidents had, you know, status) into a mini-series for Fox TV. (And, nopers, I probably won’t watch this cuz…10 #$@! hours? And no hobbits or dragons in sight? Sorry, history buffs, but this ain’t for me.)
  • Peter Knight (BIG WOLF ON CAMPUS) is writing the comedy pilot THE SOUND OF THE SUMNERS for Fox. (The plan is for this to be a “musical family comedy,” which means that it’ll never make it to anybody’s schedule and even if it does – don’t set your DVR for more than 6 episodes. Would the munchman steer you wrong?)
  • Ashley Pharoah & Matthew Graham (LIFE ON MARS) are writing a new BBC America series called THE LIVING AND THE DEAD, about the conflict between ways of life in late 1880s England. (I’m thrilled about this because not only did Ashley and Matt create the sensational UK version of LIFE ON MARS – not the crap U.S. go-round – they’re the only writers in today’s report whose credits include something I’ve heard of or, for that matter, that sounds even vaguely real. BAG OF BONES? BIG WOLF ON CAMPUS? WTF?)

Write in and tell me 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 8/28/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
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  • Dana Goodman & Julia Wolov (FAKING IT) are developing an untitled comedy project for MTV. (According to the P.R., said comedy project is “autobiographical.” The same press release also emphasizes how young Dana and Julia are. So of course the munchie one is just all a’tingle at the prospect of learning all about their undoubtedly riveting and meaningful lives.)
  • Pamela Gray (CONVICTION) is adapting Liane Moriarty‘s novel The Husband’s Secret for CBS. (Personally, I’d rather not have this dangerous precedent of nosing around the secrets of married men hanging over my head as I draw closer to – OMG! – potential matrimony meself.)
  • Noah Oppenheim (THE MAZE RUNNER) & Chris Bremner (newbie) are developing an Amazon Studio series called PROMISED LAND, about Moses doing his thing while getting his fellow runaway slaves hopelessly lost in the desert. (Yeppers, I admit it. I’m praying for this to be a comedy cuz…how do you take Moses seriously? And the Golden Calf business? C’mon! That’s Louis C.K. material for sure.)
  • Speaking of OMG!,  Barry Eisler‘s book series, Rain, is being developed into a TV series for international production, produced by and, coincidentally starring some dude name of Keanu Reeves. (El munchero is tempted to riff on what this tells us about the state of po’ l’il Keanu’s film career, but instead I’d like to point out that no writer has yet been named for the show. So this is your chance to get in on the ground floor of the plummetting Keanu Reeves’ elevator and make yourself a few $$$. Call yer agent and get this great gig!

Write in and tell me 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 8/26/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
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  • Stu Zilcherman (SIX DEGREES) is developing an unnamed “dating comedy” for Showtime. (And try as Yer Friendly Neighborhood Munchman may to look at the bright side of this deal for anybody other than those being paid for it, hey, I just can’t. Unless, yeppers, I’ve got it: “Dating” is a Showtime euphemism for “fucking.” It’s got to be. Ooh, in that case, this announcement has made my perverted day.)
  • Julius Sharpe (FAMILY GUY) has a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. (In which, it seems to me he will, basically, continue his work as Seth MacFarlane’s head flunky go-to writer. Good networking, Julius!)
  • Dan Sterling (THE OFFICE) is writing the pilot for an untitled CBS comedy about “a well-meaning and all too compliant man” who forms a “friendship and partnership with a powerful, embattled woman.” (In other words, looks like the Moonves network is into some heavy SMBD stuff guaranteed to make its geriatric audience’s collective heart go…well, maybe just keeping that ancient heart going will be a good thing.)
  • Connor Hines (the web series LOCAL ATTRACTION) has a deal at ABC to write, star in, and executive produce a half-hour project. (Giving further proof to TVWriter™’s contention that a successful web series is now the best way to get yourself started in TV’s major league.)

C’mon, write in and tell me what you’ve sold today. TVWriter™ can’t wait to brag to all your friends (and, more importantly, enemies. Hehehe….)

TV Writing Deals: WGN America Wants Us to Watch a Couple of New Series

The upcoming TITANS series probably isn't about this team, but, hey, who knows?

The upcoming TITANS series probably isn’t about this team, but, hey, who knows?

by munchman

Which means that they’ve greenlit one for 13 episodes and have commissioned a pilot script for the other.

The greenlit (-lighted?) series is called TITANS, created by Peter Mattei, who the last el munchero heard, was a writer for CLARISSA EXPLAINS IT ALL, a ’90s Nickelodeon series that, well, was in fact my favorite show of that era. Ah, Melissa Joan Hart, who suspected you’d grow up to become not only a teenage witch but also an adult bitch the most politically right wing actor since Charlton Heston?

But munchy digresses. TITANS is about some yutzes in Appalachia who, according to the Hollywood Reporter, seem to be the vilest set of heroes since the hillbillies in DELIVERANCE. (What? The hillbillies weren’t the heroes? They were when I saw it at a midnight show in West Virginia in the backroom of a dingy pool hall.)

WGN’s other attempt to cajole us away from the interwebs is a would-be series called UNDERGROUND,  created by Misha Green (SONS OF ANARCHY) and Joe Pokaski (HEROES), and it’s about all those well-meanin’ white folks who helped all those desperate, um, non-white folks get outta the South and live the lives of free men. FWIW, I’d much rather see a series with real heroes doing really heroic deeds than one with off-the-grid ignoramuses who think they’re really the Illuminati, but, hey, UNDERGROUND just didn’t have the pull on the execs’ minds/hearts/souls/wallets? that TITANS did.

But be that as it may, for us starving TV writers, here’s the important thing: These shows are gonna need writers, for either on-air eps or backup scripts, so start dialing your agents’ phone numbers now!

While you’re waiting for an answer, why not settle back and watch this classic film, where the underground railroad types were the $#@!ing bad guys, believe it or not:

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