Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/20/14

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  • Aisha Muharrar (PARKS & RECREATION) is developing an NBC comedy series about a “young, agnostic woman who inherits a church” after which, presumably, hilarity ensues. (Silly muncher, I had no idea that churches were private property to be passed on through families. Gonna have to re-read all the “begats” now….)
  • Allison Kiessling (newbie!) has sold a comedy series pilot called THE MIGHTY CAMILLA to ABC about another young woman (dunno if she’s agnostic) who “gets recruited by a handsome man from the future as the unlikely savior of humanity.” (At least I’m assuming the protagonist is a woman cuz if she’s a man you know that the PR peeps would be making a whole big deal about, well, certain aspects of sexual attraction, right?)
  • Teddy Tenenbaum (HELLRAISER) is developing NBS’s THE ZONE, a sci-fi-esque drama with a premise so convoluted that all I can come up with is that with luck it’ll be like ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK but with an ass-kicking babe as the lead. (Which means yer munchilito will watch even if there’s no hilarity at all. I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not the babe part that interests me, no, no, no. It’s the ass-kicking. So, see, I’m still that politically correct dude y’all love.)
  • Mark Levin & Jennifer Flackett (NIM’S ISLAND) are writing a reboot of – OMG! OMG! the ancient Bill Bixby vehicle THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE’S FATHER for Fox. (Cuz…cuz…c’mon, kids, help me out. Why the fuck would they even think of doing this? No, never mind. I don’t even want to know.)

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 10/19/14

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  • Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker (SURVIVING JACK) are adapting astronaut Chris Hadfield‘s memoir, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, into a comedy for ABC. (Cuz, hey, they did great with their last astronaut comedy, didn’t they? You know…a little thing called I DREAM OF JEANNIE. No, Jeannie wasn’t the astronaut, dammit. That was Tony, her, you know, “master.” And, no, yer friendly neighborhood munchboy isn’t going into it any further cuz that’d be like marooning myself so I was Lost In Space….)
  • Wilson Bethel (HART OF DIXIE) has a deal to write an as-yet-unknown drama pilot at The CW. (Nope, not cuz he’s done such a great job of writing on HART cuz he hasn’t. He stars in that show…but, hey, this Hollywood, remember?)
  • Frank Spotnitz (TRANSPORTER) is developing RANSOM, a series about a hostage negotiator set for international exploitation presentation.  (Ooh, a series where week after week the hero talks to crazy and dangerous people and somehow he and the hostages all manage to survive. Oh, well, seeing the titles will probably be great for insomnia. Wonder if the FDA will approve it.)
  • Mark Cherry (DEVIOUS MAIDS) and Neal Baer (UNDER THE DOME) have partnered to create a series for The CW called CHEERLEADER DEATH SQUAD. (Honest. I swear to whatever god it is who cares that we swear. That’s the name. And no, I don’t have any more info than that although it may be available elsewhere cuz the name was enough for me to expectorate a little and call my mommy to ask if it’s okay if I move back into her womb. Sorry death squad and cheerleader fans.)

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 10/18/14

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  • Robin Thede (THE QUEEN LATIFAH SHOW) has been named head writer of THE MINORITY REPORT WITH LARRY WILMORE, which is succeeding THE COLBERT REPORT now that Stephen Colbert is moving to David Letterman’s desk. (Which means that right now Robin’s gonna be one of the most popular women in L.A. And for all the wrong reasons cuz she’s really a wonderful human as well as a top, archly funny writer. Congrats, Robin!)
  • Paul Weitz (IN GOOD COMPANY) & Josh Brycel & Jon Fener (HAPPY ENDINGS) are co-writing a CBS comedy adaptation of Weitz’s feature film, IN GOOD COMPANY. (To which yer munchmallow has to ask the question: How come you’re making a film I never heard of into a TV series. Isn’t the big-to-small-screen transition based on the big screen version being, you know, a hit?)
  • DJ Nash (GROWING UP FISHER) is writing the pilot for #PEOPLEARETALKING, an NBC comedy about God knows what. (Cuz it’s time for NBC to join the hashtag sweepstakes apparently, even though the fact that they’re using it shows that the execs are clueless about what # now means. Being that out of it means what? That they’re over 16? Shitcan the lot of those old farts, NBC. Now!)
  • Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie (STARGATE) are turning the DARK MATTER graphic novels into a series for Syfy. (Which muncherboy here thinks is a wonderful development on account of the fact that Syfy’s not exactly been known for, um, sci-fi recently. Makes ya kinda wonder though – how many sharknadoes will be guest starring?)

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 10/17/14

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  • Kevin Falls (FRANKLIN & BASH) has a new overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV. (So if you know him and the two of you go to lunch, make sure Kevin pays.)
  • Speaking of Kevin Falls, he’s already developing a drama project about an alum who becomes president of his university for Fox. So while you’re eating you might tell him all about when you were a university president and how, uh, dramatic it was so you can get on the staff when things reach that point. (And then you can thank der munchhausen by getting me the one lousy freelance assignment the show will have in the back 9, okay?)
  • Jim Serpico (basically he’s an exec but ya gotta forgive him) and Tom Sellitti (MARON) are writing UNCLE CHUBBY’S, a comedy about an intramural hockey team, for IFC. (Am I missing something here? I think I’m missing something.)
  • Sheri Elwood (she’s big in Canada) has sold BONE HOUSE, “an offbeat comedic family drama/mystery that centers on an estranged group of siblings who own and operate a private autopsy company, to The CW. (And, yeppers, meine freunden, I’m definitely gonna try out anything with a premise like that. Everybody knows that private autopsy companies are the new rock bands, am I right?)

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 10/16/14

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  • Bess Wohl (newbie actress-writer) is writing the pilot ABC’s BROAD SQUAD, a police procedural about “the graduating class of Boston’s first female patrol officers.” (This one’s set in 1978, presumably so that we can look at the indignities to which the women are subjected and congratulate ourselves for having outgrown such crap. Oh, wait….)
  • Blake McCormick & Bill Lawrence (COUGAR TOWN) are adapting yet another old film into a TV series. This time it’s RUSH HOUR, which Warner’s is hoping to sell to, well, somebody, I imagine cuz otherwise – point? (Sorry, gang, but Jackie Chan won’t be in the TV version, and since the film was created to make full use of his unique comedy and action figure talents, yer munching buddy here is having a tough time grasping what it is that Warner’s is going to sell here.)
  • Matt Lopez (THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE) is writing an NBC legal drama called, strangely enough, JUSTICE, based on a real-life “brilliant and ruthless prosecutor who takes on crime while harboring some deep, dark secrets. (Is it too early to say that this is the perfect comeback vehicle for one Steven Collins? Yeah, I thought so.)
  • K.J. Steinberg (MISTRESSES) has sold C.H.A.O.S. – DOWNTOWN DIVISION to feed ABC’s insatiable appetite for cop shows. (The show is about a couple of cops who are implementing “the newest trend in…oversight sweeping the country: the body cam.” To which I can only take a big swallow and say, “Whose body?” Sorry, kids. Guess I’m munching along on a bad day.)

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 10/15/14

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  • Jessica Ball (ROYAL PAINS) is adapting Timothy Hallinan‘s comedy crime series of novels about JUNIOR BENDER into a series for NBC. (Of course, you wouldn’t know it from the lede of the Hollywood Reporter’s version of the story, which features producer-star Eddie Izzard in such a way that you’d think he was the writer. And while the Iz-man may be a lot of things, he isn’t the writer of this potentially interesting new show.)
  • Jerry Collins (THE BERNIE MAC SHOW) is writing the pilot for an ABC comedy called BIG STOP, about “today’s current issues as seen through the lens of a bustling Kansas truck stop.” (Man, I sure wish I’d been at the pitch meeting for this one cuz I’ve been having insomnia recently and listening to this concept would’ve put me right out. Think maybe the fact that another star – ABC’s own Eric Stonestreet of MODERN FAMILY – is producing kept the development execs alert?)
  • Dan Frey & Russell Sommer (newbies, yay!) are developing the Fox miniseries ST.PATRICK about…aw, you can figure it out. (Yer friendly neighborhood munchhausen is thinking that this one’s being made cuz historical minis are hot as well as cuz there’s another big name attached to the project. No, not an acting star but a writing-producing star, Len Wiseman, showrunner of Fox’s very own SLEEPY HOLLOW. Good luck, Dan and Russell!)
  • Jenni Ross (nope, sorry, nobody’s saying exactly which Jenni Ross, but yer munchiness is hoping it’s the comedian) is developing FIRST LADY, a U.S. version of a hit Chilean series, for the CW about, it sez her, “one woman’s rags-to-riches journey from illegal immigrant to the White House. where she battles injustice and her own sordid past….” (God, I love people with sordid pasts. In fact, some of my best friends have notably sordid pasts. And my GF, well…kidding, sweetie, really. Of course the readers understand I just went for a cheap laugh. Of course I’m sorry. Wait, honey, come back–)

Well, that’s definitely 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….)