Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/21/14

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  • Gregg Mettler (BACK IN THE GAME) is writing the pilot for an untitled ABC comedy based on – surprise! – his childhood. (But wait, there’s actually something cool about his childhood. Gregg’s father was an aspiring blues player – okay, so was everybody’s father in my generation, still – and his mother was a “locally famous” puppeteer. And, das munchkind’s gotta level with ya: I %^$! lurve puppets!)
  • Amanda Knox (newbie famous for being convicted, then acquitted, then convicted again of murdering her roommate in Italy – something many of us who’ve spent any time in college in Italy have often wanted to do) has landed a job as “a freelance writer for the West Seattle Herald. (Giving new currency to the old expression, “Who do I have to kill to get hired around here?” Aw, c’mon, that was funny. You know it was.)
  • Marlene King (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) is adapting Sara Shepard‘s new Young Adult book series into an ABC Family murder mystery about…oh, wait, that would give away the mystery, wouldn’t it? (Truth in journalism confession: Hey, it’s ABC Family, right? What the hell do I care about any show on that bottom feeding network? I mean, it’s gonna be awful, right?)
  • Sheldon Turner (Oscar nominated writer of UP IN THE AIR) is writing Fox’s DIRTY DEEDS pilot. The series is based on a GQ article called “Oops, You Just Hired the Wrong Hitman” by Jeanne Marie Laskas, who obviously has a penchant for smart and funny titles that could all by itself give her a huge career. (Actually, the hitman is really an undercover ATF agent and…well, danger and hilarity are sure to ensue.)

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 11/20/14

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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….)

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….)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/17/14

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  • Mark Perez (THE COUNTRY BEARS) is writing the pilot for NBC’s cruise ship comedy, PORT OF MIAMI. (Now there’s a title that pretty much says everything that has to be said about the project. Thanks for the respite from thought, NBC P.R. whizzes.)
  • Jeremy Carver (SUPERNATURAL) is writing the pilot for a TV version of the not so thrilling 2000 “sci-fi thriller” FREQUENCY. (Nothing to see there, folks. Move on, move on.)
  • Mike Daniels (SONS OF ANARCHY) has a new overall deal with Universal TV. (And his first act of contrition for making so much moolah is to join the studio’s new FBI drama, SHADES OF BLUE, starring Jennifer Lopez. Yeah, that’ll be fun. Woohoo!)
  • Jim Mickle & Nick Damici (COLD IN JULY) are writing the pilot for HAP AND LEONARD, a miniseries based on a series of books by Joe Lonsdale about “a pair of best friends and martial arts experts who struggle through misadventure in a bid to stay on the right side of the law in 1980 East Texas. (About which yer munchy buddy can only ask, “Why?” Why try to stay on the right side of the law in a place like East Texas where, plainly, the law ain’t ‘agonna reflect what anybody in the audience with a brain thinks it should? Oh, wait, I said “with a brain.” Sorry, my mistake, amigos.)

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 11/16/14

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SPECIAL EDITION, OOH!

Somehow, yer friendly neighborhood munchcadero has managed to fall behind on this season’s development deals. That’s right, brothers and sisters, even with having gone daily on this subject I still haven’t been keeping up with all the richness of creativity exchanging itself for buckets full of bucks. Oh, those crazy, zany development execs, turning out all those deals so they can justify their jobs.

So today, in an attempt to catch up a bit, I’m going to reel out all the remakes and reboots and re-examinations I haven’t yet reported on. Brace yerselves:

The Ridiculously Unjustified Reboots (in my munching eyes anyway):

  • LOST IN SPACE, which is being developed by Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless of DRACULA UNTOLD. Which, yeppers, sank without a trace at your local theater just a few weeks ago.
  • IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, which is being written and directed yet, by Tate Taylor of THE HELP and GET ON UP, two feature films a couple of people loved.
  • RUSH HOUR, which is being adapted from the film by Bill Lawrence & Blake McCormick of COUGAR TOWN, which of course makes them perfect for an action series.
  • A series called AMERICAN CRIME STORY brought to us by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk of AMERICAN HORROR STORY fame, which while technically brand new in every way, is going to feel like a reboot cuz the first season long crime is going to be an oldie but a goodie in and of itself: The magical tale of O.J. Simpson, who may or may not have killed two people and gotten away with it while thrilling millions of fans all around the world.

The Shows that Just Might Work cuz…Literature:

  • The Lemony Snicket books, which Netflix is bringing to our mini-and-maxi device screens, possibly with original writer Daniel Handler doing the deed.
  • Faust, yeppers, really, to be written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, aka the head writer of Archie Comics.
  • Little Women, to be written by Jordan Roberts, best known for his current big success BIG HERO 6, which of course makes him perfect for a story like this one.
  • The Last Tycoon, being written by Billy Ray of CAPTAIN PHILLIPS fame
  • Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, which is envisioned as an animated series (whew!) written by somebody nobody involved is telling us about.

The Shows Peeps Like Me Might Actually Be Interested In cuz…video games:

  • MORTAL COMBAT, in live-action yet
  • MYST, which, yeppers, the munchalada knows this was like our granddad’s video game, but c’mon, kids, it still looked really cool. Especially to 11 year olds who were still naive enough then to drool on the mysterious pictures.

One for the Road:

  • CBS is planning a new digital channel called “Decades,” described as “a national entertainment programming service for distributions across local television stations’ digital subchannels…[and]…local cable systems….The channel will mine the CBS library to air such series as I LOVE LUCY, STAR TREK, HAPPY DAYS, etc. Hey, wasn’t this what Nick at Night was supposed to be for once upon a time?

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….)