- 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!)
- Ed Bernero (CRIMINAL MINDS) is the showrunner for NBC’s upcoming spy drama STATE OF AFFAIRS. (Which means that if you’re looking for a gig, time to call your ole buddy and let me know how available you are. Unless he isn’t your ole buddy, in which case, have your agent peeps call him instead.)
- Mike Sikowitz (THE McCarthys) & Mike O’Malley (SHAMELESS) are writing the pilot for Bill Cosby’s new NBC series called HOW BILL COSBY SINGLE-HANDEDLY SAVED NETWORK TV…or not, who the hell knows?(One thing we do know: Cosby has the reputation for being the worst boss in TV, a tyrant who makes Roseanne look like a sweetheart, so lotsa like and long life from the munchman to Mike and Mike!)
- Maya Ilsoe (no credits in the press release cuz the jerks were too busy talking up the producer) has sold THE LEGACY, a Danish series about – well, it doesn’t really matter what this is about cuz it’s a soap opera) to Universal Cable which hopes to make it an “event series” as though changing the name will change the animal itself. ‘Scuse me while I yawn, my friends.)
- Steve Esmail (COMET) has sold the drama MR.ROBOT, about a computer hacker who protects people without ever having to deal with them personally, to USA Network. (Yeppers, that’s gonna be a good one: An anti-social hipster sitting at a PC all day. going from house to coffee shop to parking lot…whoa, Yer Friendly Neighborhood Munchman simply cannot wait for this baby!)
- Ronald Zajdlic (EASTENDERS) is writing all 8 episodes of BBC America’s TATAU, a drama about a pair of 20-somethings who discover “paradise” in the Cook Islands. And then discover it isn’t paradise at all. (Actually, that’s yer Friendly Neighborhood Muncher’s take on the press release, which doesn’t sound that interesting at all. So sue me.)
- Greg Poehler (the Swedish show TODAY and also, um, Amy’s bro) is writer/producer/star of NBC’s summer show WELCOME TO SWEDEN, which already has been a hit in – where else? – Sweden. (I lurve Greg. He’s smart, funny, and he owes me. What more do ya need in a friend? Go get ‘em, tiger!)
- Al Gough & Miles Millar (SMALLVILLE) are writing the pilot for and running the already-guaranteed series of SHANNARA, a fantasy series based on Terry Brooks‘ best selling series of books over at MTV. (In other words, the teenybopper network (does anybody remember that word?) wants its own idiot audience-friendly GAME OF THRONES. And since the books are pretty much about the victory of dumb comedy over anything even remotely related to story, logic, or decent prose writing, and SMALLVILE was, well, about as small in the demonstration of talent as any show could be, I’d say this series will give the execs even more drivel than they ever dreamed of wanting.)
- Gough & Miller have another series to run as well for AMC. It’s called BADLANDS, and is “a genre-bending martial arts series based on the classic Chinese tale Journey to the West.” (To which I say, “Hey, gotta be better than SHANNARA, you know.” In fact, considering these two projects, who knows? We might be looking at the next Orci & Kurtzman here. Ain’t saying if methinks that’s good or bad though. Hehe.)
- It features a whole universe full of Ricks and Mortys, AKA DOCTOR WHO’s Doctor and whomever is his current companion, AKA BACK TO THE FUTURE’s Doc Brown and Marty.
- It’s totally irreverent. Rick is a genius and master of travel through time, space, and dimension. He’s also a miserable and physically disgusting old drunk who is using Morty – his grandson – as a shield to escape detection from all the enemies he makes in his travels.
- It turns every show in the super scientist hero genre completely upside down. Nobody is good. Nobody is evil. Everybody just – is. Including the alien villains – and allies.
- It’s funny as hell. Even your grandmother will laugh after she finishes complaining about the swearing and shit.
- It has a plan. A worldview. A philosophy of life. A grand arc into which every damn thing that happens fits. Everything.
- It proves that RICK AND MORTY co-creator Dan Harmon really is the genius COMMUNITY cultists have been claiming…even if the true sign of his genius is that he partnered up with series co-creator Justin Roiland.
- The Big Zero.
And then give thanks to whatever deity you worship, especially if it happens to be Dan Harmon, that this masterpiece has been picked up for a second season, in spite of Deity Dan Harmon’s reputation/personality/inability to play well with others. (Think about that one.)
In other words:
MUNCHMAN LOVES THIS SHOW
Ooh, ooh, ooh – it’s the !$#@ pilot!
- Joe Weisbert & Joel Fields (THE AMERICANS) have new overall deals with FX Productions. (Deals that could have gone to writers who are just as good if not better but aren’t running a major hit. That’s right, they’re discriminating against us noobs again. Aargh!)
- Marti Noxon (GLEE) has yet another new development deal, this one to adapt Gillian Flynn‘s novel Sharp Objects into a series for EOne. (A deal that also could have gone to a writer who is just as good if not better but hasn’t run any major hits. So…again the discrimination against the inexperienced/unsuccessful thing. Damn.)
- Scott Silveri (GO ON) has a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV in spite of the fact that he hasn’t had a success since FRIENDS, which has been off the air, like, forever, chumps. (But it’s cool, it’s cool. Scott’s a good peep. Everybody says so. And you and me, we’re good people too, no? So it’s just a matter of time until all the good people with credits – even ancient ones – are used up and then, oh, dood, are we gonna clean up, or what?)
- Linda Woolverton (MALEFICENT) is developing a TV series adaptation of Jean M. Auel‘s Clan of the Cave Bear series of books for Lifetime TV. (Which isn’t an overall deal and Ms. Linda’s new when it comes to TV so yer munchie buddy here has decided this deal is cool even though newer and less recognized noobs like you and me have been aced out yet again on account of how TV peeps just don’t understand that creativity can strike anybody at any time and so they’re really missing a couple of great bets by not funneling money into our pockets to adapt the hell out of this caveman crap they want to believe is literature and oh, hell I dunno if I can take this rejection much more!!!)
- Simon Rich is adapting his book, The Last Girlfriend on Earth, Man Seeking Woman, into a comedy series for FXX. (The show is described as being about a man who “enters the dating scene, a nightmarish hellscape of untold horror.” Hey, they got that right. Now we’ve just got to hope for a few laughs.)
- Dan Harmon (where have we heard that name before?) is prepping a 6th season of COMMUNITY for Yahoo, of all places, now that the show has been axed once again by NBC. (Which could mean that we’ll have to take Yahoo seriously when it comes to laughter. Um, anybody see what Yer Friendly Neighborhood Munchman did there? Anybody care?)
- Jeff Pinkner (FRINGE), Josh Appelbaum (LIFE ON MARS), Andre Nemec (STAR-CROSSED) and Scott Rosenberg (LIFE ON MARS) are co-writing the pilot for the new CBS drama series, ZOO, based on the novel of the same name by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge. (Which means a big payday for all the writers involved, you can bet your muncher on that – and also big aggravation for the WGAW credits department, which is not known for its love of 4-person writing teams. As in they’re generally, you know, denied.)
- Bryan Fuller (HANNIBAL) & Michael Green (THE RIVER HEROES, whatever that is) are co-writing a pilot for a Starz series adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s, um, masterpiece actually, American God. (Which my munchiness would greet with unmitigated pleasure if I hadn’t wanted that gig so #@!$ing much. But this is still the best TV development news I’ve heard since I started writing this department! Fucking AMERICAN fucking GODS!)