Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/31/14

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by munchman

  • Patricia Cornwell (the mystery fiction biggie) is writing an untitled CBS pilot about “a brilliant, unorthodox detective who works for San Diego’s Major Crimes Unit where demons from her past come back to haunt her.” (“Unorthodox,” yeah, right. What would be unorthodox would be if she actually did things by the book and led a normal life. On TV, that’s edgy.)
  • The selfsame Martin Gero (L.A. COMPLEX) is developing a new CW series called THE PHOENIX PROJECT, about young, hip, sexy, and beautiful vigilantes saving their neighborhood. (I added the “young, hip, sexy, and beautiful” part cuz I knows me my CW. And I’m thinking it’s gonna take genuine beauty to save this baby from its home on the D.C. Comics Network. Well, that’s pretty much what The CW has become, no?)
  • Rene Balcer (he used to be a big deal showrunner back in the day when LAW & ORDER ruled TV) is writing the pilot for a CBS series based on the James Patterson novel, The Thomas Berryman Number. Now this is what muncharito calls a perfect match: An ancient writer adapts an ancient book by another ancient writer for a network known to be watched only by folks the age of my ancient parents. Hi, Mom! Hi, Dad! Yer gonna love this one!)
  • Hear the one about JUDGE DREDD coming to TV? It’s going to be a mini-series on el interwebs. (Um, see, that was the punchline, that “interwebs” sentence. But I have to add that nobody knows who’s writing the series or starring in it or where on the web it’s going to be. So this could be a new form of vaporware designed to get people talking so the series can genuinely come to be. Which means I’d love it if your writerly self would tell your people to talk to producer Adi Shankar’s people and let us know if you get the gig. Or if there even was one for you. Thanks!)

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 10/30/14

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  • Adam Karp (newbie winner of the 2012 Humanitas Prize New Voices Award) is writing the pilot for UNNATURAL SELECTION, a CW drama about Charles Darwin’s journey through the Amazon. (Explorers! “Controversial” theories! Jungles! C’mon, admit, this is the stuff daydreams are made of. And if the network can deliver what Adam writes…well, munchkin is in, in, and in.)
  • The selfsame Adam Karp also is writing the script for a CBS pilot, MODERN GOTHIC, partnering with David Reed (SUPERNATURAL) on a series about a contemporary doctor (the character is named after Dracula‘s Van Helsing) investigates supernatural mysteries. (And, yeppers, I’m so onboard for that one as well cuz I keep thinking, “Wow, the protagonist in ye olde NIGHTSTALKER series…if he was cool. At least that’s how I’d write it…but what do I know?)
  • Roberto Saviano has turned his book, ZeroSeroZero, a thriller about international cocaine trafficking, into an English language series out of France and Italy. (Yer muncher will say this about that: At least it’s got the potential for action. “Watch the hero’s eyes glaze over. See the villain get all nuts over nothing.” I’m betting that this’ll be a big hit all over the world. But I don’t think I’ll watch it cuz…well, hell, kiddies, I can see that action in the apartment next door.)
  • Carlton Cuse (BATES MOTEL) has a new overall deal at A&E. (Cuz he’s a writing rock star, he is. So if you’re the kinda person who knows how to stay in the good graces of a diva, I respectfully suggest you hitch our wagon to Carlton’s rising star. And remember: We’re all made of stardust. Neil Gaiman told me.)

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 10/29/14

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  • Neal Baer & Alexandra McNally (UNDER THE DOME) are developing a medical drama series for CBS about “the deeply personal and raw stories of…dedicated health care workers…at a clinic in Venice that serves as a crossroads for the haves and have-nots.” (Gotta say, tho, that yer dearly beloved munchman ain’t sure he trusts storytellers who use “Venice” when they mean “Venice Beach” as though, you know, nothing beyond their precious Los Angeles might even exists. Or maybe I should chalk that one up to some very shortsighted PR peeps?)
  • Jennifer Schuur (HANNIBAL) is writing the script for an ABC pilot called THE LONG GAME, based on a treatment by novelist Kate Atkinson about a “gutsy female forensic accountant who exposes fraud for a living.” (Yeah, that sounds exciting! I mean, nothing against accountants, but the last time I talked to mine I fell asleep just punching in his cell number.)
  • Stacy Traub (GLEE) is writing what seems to be an ABC comedy pilot called NO ANGELS. (I say “seems to be” cuz the logline gives me absolutely zero inkling. What? You don’t believe me? Here it is:  NO ANGELS “is about a group of nurses who work together and live together. Work issues become home issues. Home issues become work issues. And eventually it’s hard to tell which is which.” On second thought, I’m predicting comedy. Cuz the only thing that could make this situation credibly dramatic is if Richard Speck knocks on their door.)
  • Lance Krall (IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA) is writing HOLLYWOOD & VINE, a comedy series based on material from the Vine video platform. (Cuz the web’s time has come, dear children. Hop aboard the bus and rocket to stardom! For reals.)

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 10/28/14

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by munchman

  • Christ on a crutch, NBC wants to do a sequel to the sobbing dog story feature film MARLEY & ME as a TV series where the loving owners of the now dead, dead, dead Marley the golden Lab get themselves another golden lab to torture. Jenny Bicks (SEC IN THE CITY) is writing the pilot script. (And, yeppers, ye olde munchkowski figures that she’s also got a secret last episode tucked away too. You know, the one where, after the show gets cancelled, this dog dies too. Oh, NBC, have you no shame whatsoever?)
  • Chris O’Dowd (MOONE BOY) is re-booting his Irish sitcom MOONE BOY as a series for ABC. (Cuz now that the Australian series, whatever its name was, with the crazy guy and the man in the dog suit is gone, U.S. audiences are dying to watch the adventures of an autistic boy and his sarcastic asshole imaginary best bud. Between this and MARLEY & ME, I’m thinking of moving myself to the dark side of the dogless moon.)
  • Tony Phelan & Joan Rater (GREY’S ANATOMY) are writing the pilot for an untitled legal drama about a supposedly smart 30 year old female defense attorney who falls in love with one of her clients, who’ve being accused of a brutal crime. (Tell me again, pliz, Ms. Development Exec, what the fuck happens in Episode 2?)
  • Danny Boyle (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) has a new overall deal with FX . (And considering that this dood is one of the greatest talents on the planet, all yer friendly neighborhood muncharino can say is, “Hooray!” But I’ll say it a bunch of times so it’s more effective. Hooray Hooray Hooray Hooray Hooray Hooray Hooray Hooray– )

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 10/27/14

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by munchman

  • Sally Robinson (STEEL MAGNOLIAS) is adapting Dalma Heyn‘s 1992 book, The Erotic Silence of the American Wife, into a drama for ABC. (Presumably cuz the title is impossible to resist. Ah, the wonders of 21st Century marketing!)
  • Ed Decter (UNFORGETTABLE) just got a gig as showrunner of an as-yet-unsold-to-a-network TV version of MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, which was sort of a hit as a film, um, “franchise.” (Yeppers, they’re using the “F” word even though there’s only been one film. See what Little Timmy Muncher here means about marketing?)
  • Patti Carr & Lara Olsen (90210) are writing an ABC comedy pilot called BOOKCLUB, about “four female friends who escape the pressures and responsibilities of adult life by pretending to be a book club.” (What I want to know is why anybody would pretend to be something that nobody in today’s culture has ever heard of. Book club? Book club? WTF? Oy oy oy!)
  • Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Kreamer (I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTERS) are writing the pilot for NBC’s untitled comedy centered on absolutely nothing that anybody involved will reveal. (Think that could be cuz they don’t &#%! know? All together now, what’s the word for today? “MARKETING,” kids, 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 10/26/14

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  • Craig Zadan (ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE) is writing the pilot for ABC’s MEN IN SHORTS, a comedy about the first openly gay man to compete in a major North American sports league. (Assuming that we want to consider a soccer league in this country major, that is. Can’t help but wonder how the real person this is based on, Robbie Rogers, feels about the more than a teeny bit patronizing title for the series. Can ABC’s execs really think that’s funny?)
  • The ever-edgy CW network is re-booting the film THE ILLUSIONIST as a period drama, and so far there’s no word on who’s writing it. (Or to put it another way, there’s no word on who even wants to write it. This film died many deaths at the box office, so why would The CW’s core audience of adolescents who wish they were superheroes living in Beverly Hills and boffing their next door neighbors ever want to watch?)
  • Mike Arnold (ARCHER) is writing a live-action CBS comedy that takes so many words to describe that yer absolutely best pal der muncher can’t stand the thought of typing the logline let alone watching the show. (No, munchy haters, that does not mean the idea is a good one. Wah.)
  • Michael Penny (RAISING HOPE) is writing a comedy for NBC based on the life of some guy who produced several films yer muncher has never heard of much less seen. (But sure, by all means do a whole series about the dood. It’ll give me even more ammo to cancel my DirecTV subscription and live my entire life on iTunes.)

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….)