Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/18/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Ann Biderman (RAY DONOVAN) is out as showrunner of her own creation, RAY DONOVAN, but will still get a salary as a “creative consultant,” and of course there’s that royalty thing. (Showtime isn’t saying why Ann was dumped, but word is that she let costs get too high and will be replaced by another member of the show’s writing staff, David Hollander. (Budget? Yer friendly neighborhood munchman don’t need no steenkin’ budget! Put me in there, coach. C’mon!)
  • Judah Miller (PLAYING HOUSE) is developing a comedy for ABC about two smart parents who learn the hard way that it takes more than intelligent to be a good parent to their child. (Now that I can relate to cuz…genius, yeah, baby, that’s munchie me! No wait, in real life I was the screwed up kid. Not that you’d be able to tell today. I mean, look how well I’m doing, why don’tcha?)
  • Jermaine Fowler (stand-up comic) is developing a semi-autobiographical comedy for ABC based on his life as a college dropout living with his estranged grandmother, who just happens to be an ex-cop. (Incredulity follows. No, I mean hilarity. No…sadly, I mean incredulity. What the hell, ABC? You ran out of Marvel comics to fill your air time with?)
  • Aaron Blitzstein (FAMILY GUY) is writing the pilot for KIDS IN AMERICA, an NBC comedy about – yes, it’s true – family life seen through the eyes of an aspiring rock star. (This one’s got Adam Levine aboard, instead of the Weezer dude I wrote about a couple of days ago, but still…)

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 9/16/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Mike Lisbe & Nate Reger (HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN) have sold THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, a comedy in the tradition of FRIENDS, to NBC. (So if you always wanted to write for FRIENDS, it’s time now to dust off your old specs and your kneepads to prostrate yourself before the NBC powers that be. I know that I am cuz it’s about time el munchero sold out, don’tcha think?)
  • John Glenn (EAGLE EYE) is developing an NBC drama series called THE POSSESSION OF MAGGIE GILL about, you know, weird shit involving a teenage girl not unlike the one we all remember so fondly from THE EXORCIST. (Hands in the air now. Who thinks this will go to a shot pilot? Who thinks this will make the schedule? Who thinks it’ll last longer than 6 episodes? If you raised your hand for any of the above, I’ve got a bet to make with you cuz gambling is better, ethically, than selling out, don’tcha know?)
  • Greg Mottola (who may or may not be related to Tommy cuz how many Mottolas do you think there are running around LA?) is adapting Conn & Hal Iggulden‘s comic guidebook THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS for a comedy series at, yet again, NBC. (I’d love to have a snark or two about this project, but since I’ve never heard of anybody involved, nor the source material, all I can do is put my head in my hands and mumble, “Why? Why? Why?” Which means that I’d love to hear from anybody who knows more about this project than yer friendly neighborhood, oh, you know.)
  • Ted Gold is the new dude in charge of scripted series programming over at Spike. (And although I don’t know him, I’m going to google up on the guy and then give his office and say I do. A little creative mutual history can go a long way in this town. Who else is up for playing this game?)

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 9/15/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Louis C.K. & Zach Galifianakis & Jonathan Krisel (You know who the first two are. Jonathan  is an Emmy nominee who’s worked on PORTLANDIA, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, etc.) have written the pilot for BASKETS, an FX comedy about a guy doing whatever it takes to achieve his dream – becoming a bonafide clown. (Jeeze, and I thought that all the clowns I know just got that way naturally!)
  • Bill Wrubel (MODERN FAMILY) is writing the pilot for CBS’s THE GOOD LIFE, a comedy about a guy dealing with a huge problem: He’s happy. (Oh great. Another series hero yer friendly neighborhood munchkins can’t relate to. Damn me for being such an alien.)
  • Jason Richman (DETROIT 1-8-7) is adapting Adrian Barnes‘ book NOD into a Fox  drama series about “a world without sleep.” (What? There’s something wrong with that? But look at how productive we’ll all be if can devote 24/7 to, um, you know, whatever it is we devote all our time to. This sounds genuinely interesting to me, and not only because I was one of the handful of people who devoutly watched Jason’s previous show.)
  • Steve Franks (PSYCH) is developing DeTour, a “coming of age story” based on the life of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo into a series for Fox. (Cuz rockers lives are sooo interesting as they develop from a bunch of peeps struggling from motel to motel in old beat-up VW vans to a bunch of peeps jetting from hotel to hotel in private jets. My Big Concern: Are we gonna have to listen to Weezer’s, um, “tunes?” Yikes!)

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 9/14/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Malcolm Gladwell (numerous New Yorker pieces) & Glenn Gordon Caron (MEDIUM) are writing the pilot for the Fox medical drama, THE CURE, about “a young, impulsive, African-American neurologist who takes the law into her own hands in the cause of tackling a deadly disease.” (Here’s hoping the series is better written than the blurb. A genuine munchprize awaits the first reader to name all the problems in that silly partial sentence. For reals. I’ll send ya something. Promise.)
  • Alex Sulkin & Julius Sharpe (DADS) are also writing a Fox pilot. This one’s a comedy called ALL TOGETHER NOW about a group of friends in their late 20s who vow to hang together as real people, sans their mobile electronics. (To which yer munchie one scoffs, “It’ll never work.” And by “it” I mean both the premise and the show. Cuz let’s face it, the only people who want to see a series that craps on our current interweb culture are folks so out of it that they don’t watch TV anyway…and certainly don’t buy the products that the sponsors are trying to sell.)
  • DJ Nash (GROWING UP FISHER) is developing the NBC sitcom THE CATCH, about a single dood who “for the first time in his life…[is]…sharing an apartment with a woman he’s not sleeping with. (What’s that? You caught me yawning at this? Um, erm, oh hell – damn straight you did. Funny how little interest I can muster for, like, the ’80s sensibility. How ’bout y’all?)
  • Speaking of ancient sensibilities, Claudia Lonow (HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE) is adapting Bob Morris’s book of the same name about “two half siblings who take care of their father.” (Cuz anybody over 40 is obviously an incontinent idiot no longer capable of running his/her own life. Just ask the development apes who commissioned this out of their needs to avenge themselves on parents who, yer muncho supposes, just didn’t wuv their babies enough.)

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 9/12/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Jamie Denbo (RONNA & BEVERLY) & Kerri Kenney-Silver (RENO 911) are writing the pilot for IFC’s comedy, RABBIT HOLE, about all the yuks to be had while working in “Nevada’s ‘second most famous’ brother.” (Yer friendly neighborhood munchman loves a good whorehouse show as much as the next degenerate, but I’m a tad worried about how “good” this will be with Chelsea Handler producing. What do you think?)
  • Dennis Lehane (SHUTTER ISLAND) and Tom Bernardo (newbie? let me know) are working with some old dood name of Martin Scorsese developing a weird series for HBO to be called ASHECLIFF, about the life and times of and in the mental hospital setting of the SHUTTER ISLAND feature film. (Which means that I know I’m gonna love this one cuz…fucking shutter fucking island, peeps!)
  • Glen Mazzara (THE WALKING DEAD) is bringing DAMIEN, all about that nasty little devil chile we know so well from the feature film OMEN to Lifetime. (And I’m feeling pretty sanguine about this baby too cuz…no Chelsea Handler, or for that matter, Robert Kirkwood to get in Glen’s way this time around. Hi, Glen! Hire me! Please?)
  • Jennifer Cecil (PRIVATE PRACTICE) is writing a “family dramedy” for NBC to be called A TO Z. (Which worries the munchy one cuz has there ever been a more bland title? Here’s hoping the show has a little more to it. )

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 9/10/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
by munchman

  • Robert and Michelle King (THE GOOD WIFE) have a new overall deal at CBS TV Studios, where they’re also developing the sitcom BRAIN DEAD, which is described as a “horror-comedy.” (And we know how sidesplittingly funny THE GOOD WIFE is, don’t we? Aw, c’mon, of course we do…?)
  • Ruba Nadda (the upcoming feature OCTOBER GALE) is developing a “romantic drama…set in the world of international politics” for HBO. (Cuz OUTLANDER has become a huge hit for a previously “minor” network and the HBO development apparatik just can’t stand being left out.)
  • Brian McGreevy, Lee Shipman & Philipp Meyer (big-deal best-selling novelists for those who don’t read anymore – which, sadly includes yer humble munchman) have formed their own production company and are actively searching for books to develop into TV series. (Cuz these folks have learned the sad truth of the TV biz – producing is all about taste and the ability to make decisions as opposed to involving talent or, for the most part, even much work. So why shouldn’t they jump onto this bus? For that matter, why shouldn’t we all form our own prodcos, do the free option thing, and then sit back and count our dinero as the shows click on the tube? What’s that? Oh, yeah, I forgot about the key element in this equation: A partner who can sell – or maybe blackmail – the right people to get this stuff on the air. Time to look through our contacts lists and maybe compare notes.)
  • Liz Brixius (NURSE JACKIE) has left her gig as showrunner of the new NBC comedy BAD JUDGE, so if you think you could do better, time to get your agents or manager on the phone. (What? You aren’t sure you’re qualified? Look at it this way. BAD JUDGE is supposed to be a comedy…and even the meter maid who gave me a parking ticket near Santa Monica Pier was funnier than anything NURSE JACKIE had to offer.)

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….)