Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/24/14

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  • Not one, not two, but three failed movies intended to be long-running franchises are moving to TV even as we speak: RESIDENT EVIL, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, and PERFUME. (No writers are attached, so if you want to write some crap that will get you into the WGA and maybe even make you some royalties, it’s time to call your agents, fast. Tell ‘em Timothy J. Muncher sez to get him – as in moi – a gig too. There, I just cut you for a big career move. Whatcha gonna do fer me?)
  • David & Alex Pastor (THE LAST DAYS) are writing a Syfy pilot called INCORPORATED about the bad shit multi-nationals do. (Sounds like a winner to me. Well, except for that Syfy connection. Now if this was going to AMC…)
  • Josh Safran (once a big honcho at HBO) is writing a U.S. version of a Swedish legal thriller which is scheduled to emerge as the crowd-drawing CBS jewel called BLACK WIDOWS. (Why is a suit writing it instead of a writer? C’mon, y’all know the answer to that. Cuz every suit reaches the point where s/he is abso-fucking-lutely certain s/he can write better than any of the writers s/he’s worked with, and it’s my munching guess that’s what happened here. Dood’s wrong, of course. They always are. Contact your agent for the rewrite gig – ASAP.)
  • Oliver Goldstick (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) is writing the pilot for a drama to be called THE TOWN over at The CW. This one’s based on a UK series created by Mike Barnett where a guy looking into his parents’ death discovers that their whole town was, as the press release says, “culpable.” (But if we know that going in, why do we want to watch the show? Huh, The CW? Nuh? Huh?)

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….)

Herbie J Pilato: New “Bewitched” Will Twitch On NBC!

EDITOR’S UPDATE: More to come on this from other voices of TVWriter™, we’re sure.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This just in from Contributing Editor/Classic TV Fanatic Herbie J Pilato (AKA Our Man at the Front Lines:

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Congratulations to NBC for landing Sony’s new take on Bewitched!bewitched-reboot

According to Variety, the network has granted the green light for a pilot production commitment to sequel to the original classic series that featured the iconic Elizabeth Montgomery as the lovable “house-witch” Samantha Stephens who married advertising mortal man Darrin Stephens (co-played by Dick York and Dick Sargent).

The new series will center around Samantha and Darrin’s granddaughter, an idea conceived by writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, and overseen by the talented team of Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher, who head Red Wagon Entertainment.

The “granddaughter” approach is a fresh start!

A WONDERFUL idea!

CBS & HBO’s Standalone Streaming Websites – New TV Paradigm or…?

Yesterday we posted an assessment of CBS and HBO’s announced forays into interweb subscription streaming and thought that was the last word. But lo and behold – just when we think we have Deadline.Com pegged as a voice of conservative H’wood, along comes a big breaking curveball. Namely, this wonderfully cynical analysis of the recent announcements that CBS and HBO are going to offer paid streaming on the web:

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by David Lieberman

Do you think that Big Media companies are about to blow up one of the greatest rackets in American business – one that accounts for the vast majority of their profits? The New York Times apparently does based on its geewhiz front page storythis morning (in sync with a lot of trendy commentary this week) pegged to new initiatives by CBS and Time Warner’s HBO to offer some of their programming online to people who pay them monthly subscription fees.

The announcements indicate that a “new era of à la carte television arrived in earnest this week – seemingly all at once and more quickly than many industry executives and television fans had expected,” the Times says. “And with it, the virtual monopoly that cable, satellite and telecommunications companies have had over TV programming is dissipating.” It adds that the “moves signal a watershed moment for web-delivered television….Rapidly fading are the days in which people pay an average of $90 a month for a bundle of networks from a traditional provider.”

The slippery wording keeps it from being technically inaccurate. But the main thrust of these observations represent a fantasy. HBO and CBS want to strengthen the status quo, not help to tear it down.

The companies — and other powers including Comcast, Disney, Fox, Discovery, and Viacom — thrive because they act as an oligopoly. They help themselves, and each other, by insisting that distributors only offer channels in bundles. Consumers justifiably hate having to pay for channels they don’t watch. They grudgingly pay the ever-rising monthly bills because that’s the most efficient way to keep up with news, sports, and the latest entertainment.

Execs don’t want to mess with that: If consumers had the freedom to choose, about half of the revenue in the TV ecosystem, about $70B, “would evaporate and fewer than 20 channels would survive,”  Needham Co analyst Laura Martin concluded in a widely read analysis last year.

Read it all

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/23/14

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  • Joe Robert Cole (movie guy who wrote a script for a film based on Marvel’s THE INHUMANS so yer friendly State Farm Insurance Agent munchman’s gotta love him) is writing the pilot for a CBS cop show about a black L.A. cop who’s a Republican. (Well, hey now, kids, that’s what it sez here, and if that’s enough to sell a series to CBS, well, we’d all better get over there and pitch before their D-peeps take the needles out of their arms.)
  • Paul Downs Colaizzo (a genuine New York playwright!) is writing a CBS pilot about “New York City’s wildest and most brilliant doctors as they start their second year of residency in the city’s most prestigious hospital.” (Wow, did you hear all those buzzwords? This show has everything TV shows are supposed to have – and absolutely nothing to do with reality. Looks like CBS has another hit coming. Did I say “wow” already? Cuz…wow!)
  • Mark Heyman (BLACK SWAN) is writing an adaptation of George Pendle‘s book, Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life Of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside  for AMC. (Speaking of “wow,” do you suppose they’re going to stick with the book’s title? Cuz if they do…”Wow!” Oh, no wait, I mean, “Woe.” Ouch. Hey, they can’t all be winners. Time to move on to:)
  • Scott Silveri & Shana Goldberg-Meehan (FRIENDS) have a new comedy in development at NBC about “an uptight family man and his boomer parents who are attacking their golden years like it’s spring break.” (No letter pleeze, asking who the hell loves this junk enough to pay most people’s yearly salary for just one script on the subject. If I knew that answer I’d be one of them…so maybe it’s just as well that I don’t?)

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 10/22/14

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  • Mike & Julie Scully (THE SIMPSONS) have sold their spec sitcom, RAISING ADULTS to ABC. (And guess what? This one has a terrific logline about “a married couple hwo, over the course of 20 years of parenting three children, have gone from saying, “They grow up so fast” to “Will they ever grow up?” Stay-at-home kids have been done before, yes, but this time it’s actually about the parents, making this show if not “new and different” at least, “different,” and in TV these days I think that’s close enough.)
  • Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan (THE IT CROWD) are re-booting the English hit series THE IT CROWD for the U.S., on NBC, no less. (Yes, my children, if you’re thinking, “Didn’t NBC already try this in the U.S. a few years ago?” you’re absolutely right. But creative bankruptcy is its own currency, which, evidently, Neil and Garrett are happy to take, so here the puke-cock network goes again. Sigh.)
  • David Israel (ABOUT A BOY) is writing a comedy about the sex life of bad actor Armie Hammer of THE LONE RANGER infamy for NBC. (Cuz Armie turns out to be really funny in bed, yer friendly neighborhood munchkin supposes. Or maybe it’s cuz he’s the great grandson of rich old dood Armand Hammer and Armand refused to pay the blackmail money. Who the &!%$ knows?)
  • Peter Huyck & Alex Gregory (FRASIER) are an NBC comedy pilot about “a worldly, adventurous, and newly sober narcissist…back in his hometown making amends to his kids, his ex-wife, her second ex-husband and their younger son,” none of whom is too crazy about the idea. (Sounds to moi like this should’ve been written for my man Charlie Sheen, but it’s got Rob Lowe attached. Oh well, close 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 10/21/14

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  • Now hear this: Richard Preston ‘s ’90s era best-seller about ebola, THE HOT ZONE, is being rebooted (it was also a ’90s feature film) into a Fox TV series to be directed by Ridley Scott, who, it seems to der munchen has finally gone completely over the edge on his march to showbiz whoredom. (Fortunately for members of the Writers Guild of America everywhere, no writer has been named, so the Riddler gets to take all the flak from this bullshit move alone.)
  • David S. Goyer (writer-producer of every superhero film you’ve hated) is adapting Peter Straub‘s book SHADOWLAND as what NBC describes as an “event series.” (Yeppers, it’ll be an event, all right. The biggest thud of the season. And when it happens, remember, you heard it ra-cheer on TVWriter™ from yer friendly neighborhood munch dood.)
  • Casey Sherman (THE FINEST HOURS) is developing LIFE IN THE SHADOWS, some whacked-out FBI-witness protection abomination that the production company, Landscape Entertainment, hopes to sell to some network somewhere, some time. (Sorry, sorry, this really is no news at all. In my defense, all I can say is Landscape’s PR person made me cover this. Promised me a big scoop on their next big project, so how could a mere muncher resist?)
  • The Dawson Brothers (Hey, they’re a big deal writing trio at the BBC) are writing the pilot for NBC’s THE SPENCER TAPES, a comedy about “a…college professor who rediscovers his old camcorder tapes and realizes that life hasn’t turned out the way he’d hoped.” (And if that doesn’t sound funny enough, consider this: The professor’s all of 30 years old, so, yeah, of course his life and chances are already over cuz…30, y’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….)