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….)

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….)

Writing TV is Far More Dangerous Than You Might Have Thought

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David Letterman’s Cue-Card Guy Fired After Argument, Assault
by David Bloom

Tony Mendez, long an on-air fixture handling the cue cards for David Lettermanon The Late Showtook the wrong cue this week, assaulting staff writer Bill Scheft, a 15-time Emmy nominee, and getting himself fired, the New York Post reported.

Mendez, 69, who had been with Letterman for 21 years, got into a verbal altercation with Scheft and Letterman over changes in cue cards, went home overnight and stewed about perceived slights from Scheft over a long period. When Mendez came back the next day, he grabbed Scheft by his shirt and pushed him against a wall, the Post reported.

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What do you think, TVWriter™ers? Was Mendez fired for assaulting Bill Scheft? Or could maybe – just maybe – yelling at David Letterman His Big Boss Self have had something to do with it?

Either way, it’s a tough world out there on the set, gang. Be vigilant!

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….)