- Lesley Livingston‘s young adult Wondrous Strange trilogy has been sold to Shaftesbury Films to be adapted into a TV series, so probably they’re looking for, heh, a writer to develop the project further. (Cuz as a Shaftesbury spokesperson said, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bitten and Orphan Black have shown us that television audiences are hungry for genre series featuring strong female protagonists who are dealing with extraordinary circumstances in the real world.” Yeppers, kids, yesterday’s edgy has already become today’s tried and true. And you know what that means for the future…. )
- John Ridley (12 YEARS A SLAVE) has a new overall deal with ABC Studios (cuz the fact that he has one of the biggest “hard-to-get-along-with reps in Hollywood doesn’t scare those fearless execs. Nossiree, baby. Wonder if this means that the era of the spineless “Organization Man” TV writer is coming to a close?)
- Aaron McGruder (BOONDOCKS) has a new Adult Swim deal. (And is creating/producing a live-action series called HOOLIGAN SQUAD there. I’d want to write for that one just cuz of the name alone. Hey, anybody know Aaron’s private number?)
- David Franzoni (GLADIATOR) and Michael Finch (PREDATORS) are writing THE CRUSADERS, a mini-series for Spike TV. (Cuz Spike is more macho than any gladiator or predator or crusader, for that matter. Just ask his mama.)
- David Hollander (HEARTLAND) is adapting Nicholson Baker‘s novel, The Fermata into a series for Paramount Television. (The book, written way back in 1994 is about a guy who can stop time and uses this ability to embark on a series of sexual
assaultsadventures. So it could be fun – or something quite the opposite of fun after it’s been televisionized.)
- Craig Zadan & Neil Meron (BONNIE AND CLYDE) are developing a Universal TV comedy series about pro soccer player Robbie Rogers “the first opening gay man to compete in a top North American sports league.” (Cuz homosexualilty=funny. Yeah, Right. You can hear me laughing already.)
- Teena Booth, Inon Shampanier, Natalie Shampanier and Stephen Kay are supposedly writing the script for the Lifetime Television Movie BEAUTIFUL AND TWISTED, a story of murder and the usual accompanying badassedness in Miami Beach. (Marvelous munchie says “supposedly” cuz 4 writers seems way too many for the WGA’s rules to allow. Not to mention for the terrible result that’s sure to follow, especially considering how little money is going to be divided all those ways. Sigh….)
- Rene Echevarria (TERRA NOVA) has a development deal with Legendary TV. (This is what’s called a “blind deal” cuz the execs who hired him don’t see so well. No, wait, just kidding. It’s a blind deal because although Legendary has committed to 2 scripts no one’s decided what they’ll be yet. This means Legendary trusts Rene, and el muncho definitely thinks that’s the right attitude. Dood shepherded DEEP SPACE NINE and TEEN WOLF to ultrasonic success, right? Congrats to the smart buyers. Oh, right, you too, Rene bro!)
by Team TVWriter™ Press Service
…Cuz we’re sucking up to the Disney Factory:
ABC announced its fall premiere dates for new and returning shows, including “Dancing with the Stars,” “Modern Family,” “Scandal” and Shonda Rhimes’ upcoming series “How to Get Away With Murder.”
The 19th season of “Dancing with the Stars” will debut with a two-hour performance show on September 15 at 8 p.m. ET. “DWTS” will have two special results shows on September 16 and September 23.
Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” premieres September 23 at 9 p.m. ET, and “Modern Family” returns on September 24 at 9 p.m. ET.
“Scandal” will kick off its fourth season on September 25, the same night “How to Get Away With Murder” will bow. The latter stars Viola Davis, who will play a law professor with a questionable moral compass. While promoting the show at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, she compared her new gig to being invited to a “really fabulous party.”
Here’s the complete rundown of ABC’s fall premiere schedule (so far):
Monday, September 15
“Dancing With the Stars”
Monday, September, 22
“Forever” (Special Sneak Preview)
Tuesday, September 23
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Wednesday, September 24
Thursday, September 25
“How to Get Away With Murder”
Friday, September 26
Sunday, September 28
“Once Upon a Time”
Monday, September 29
Tuesday, September 30
“Manhattan Love Story”
Friday, October 3
“Last Man Standing”
Sunday, October 5
“America’s Funniest Home Videos”
Friday, October 10
- Ed Bernero (CRIMINAL MINDS) is the showrunner for NBC’s upcoming spy drama STATE OF AFFAIRS. (Which means that if you’re looking for a gig, time to call your ole buddy and let me know how available you are. Unless he isn’t your ole buddy, in which case, have your agent peeps call him instead.)
- Mike Sikowitz (THE McCarthys) & Mike O’Malley (SHAMELESS) are writing the pilot for Bill Cosby’s new NBC series called HOW BILL COSBY SINGLE-HANDEDLY SAVED NETWORK TV…or not, who the hell knows?(One thing we do know: Cosby has the reputation for being the worst boss in TV, a tyrant who makes Roseanne look like a sweetheart, so lotsa like and long life from the munchman to Mike and Mike!)
- Maya Ilsoe (no credits in the press release cuz the jerks were too busy talking up the producer) has sold THE LEGACY, a Danish series about – well, it doesn’t really matter what this is about cuz it’s a soap opera) to Universal Cable which hopes to make it an “event series” as though changing the name will change the animal itself. ‘Scuse me while I yawn, my friends.)
- Steve Esmail (COMET) has sold the drama MR.ROBOT, about a computer hacker who protects people without ever having to deal with them personally, to USA Network. (Yeppers, that’s gonna be a good one: An anti-social hipster sitting at a PC all day. going from house to coffee shop to parking lot…whoa, Yer Friendly Neighborhood Munchman simply cannot wait for this baby!)
- Ronald Zajdlic (EASTENDERS) is writing all 8 episodes of BBC America’s TATAU, a drama about a pair of 20-somethings who discover “paradise” in the Cook Islands. And then discover it isn’t paradise at all. (Actually, that’s yer Friendly Neighborhood Muncher’s take on the press release, which doesn’t sound that interesting at all. So sue me.)
- Greg Poehler (the Swedish show TODAY and also, um, Amy’s bro) is writer/producer/star of NBC’s summer show WELCOME TO SWEDEN, which already has been a hit in – where else? – Sweden. (I lurve Greg. He’s smart, funny, and he owes me. What more do ya need in a friend? Go get ‘em, tiger!)
- Al Gough & Miles Millar (SMALLVILLE) are writing the pilot for and running the already-guaranteed series of SHANNARA, a fantasy series based on Terry Brooks‘ best selling series of books over at MTV. (In other words, the teenybopper network (does anybody remember that word?) wants its own idiot audience-friendly GAME OF THRONES. And since the books are pretty much about the victory of dumb comedy over anything even remotely related to story, logic, or decent prose writing, and SMALLVILE was, well, about as small in the demonstration of talent as any show could be, I’d say this series will give the execs even more drivel than they ever dreamed of wanting.)
- Gough & Miller have another series to run as well for AMC. It’s called BADLANDS, and is “a genre-bending martial arts series based on the classic Chinese tale Journey to the West.” (To which I say, “Hey, gotta be better than SHANNARA, you know.” In fact, considering these two projects, who knows? We might be looking at the next Orci & Kurtzman here. Ain’t saying if methinks that’s good or bad though. Hehe.)
23rd People’s Pilot Winners
For contest ending June 1, 2014
First Prize–ANGEL RADIO by Keith Davidson
Second Prize–HOW BAZAAR by Lilly Slaydon
Third Prize–SPECIAL AGENT JACKIE FOX by Keith Davidson
1st Runner-Up–BLACK SHEEP by Shaleatha Palmore
2nd Runner-Up–THE PITS by Katie Hennicke
First Prize–JACKSON AND JILL by Theresa Julian
Second Prize–9-1-1ERS by Nadia Madden
Third Prize–BITCHSLAPPED by Jonathan Eid
1st Runner-Up–THE TOP SECRET ADVENTURES OF LOTUS AND BENNY by Michael Bordigioni & Matt Povia
2nd Runner-Up–TOROBLU by Julie Livingston
Put your hands together for the best of the best in this year’s competition. The judges loved these scripts, and so, we’re confident will the audience that’s lucky enough to see the shows that come out of them.
In fact, the judges’ love was so strong that we had to go outside of the original panel for an additional opinion so they’d stop beating each other about the face and head and realize that, no, it wouldn’t be fair to call each category a three, four, or even five-way tie.
That’s how good the writing in the ten shows listed above is.
TVWriter™’s plan now is for all those involved in the decision-making process to take a big breath, recover their strength and composure, and move to the last two responsibilities we need to fulfill: Contacting the winners regarding your prizes and sending out the Feedback so entrants can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of their work and the caliber of the competition. Both these things should start happening within the next week to 10 days.
Oh, and after that a bonus: Early in August LB will post his thoughts on what the results of this year’s People’s Pilot mean to all entrants, the TV industry, and, yes, to him personally.
Again, congratulations to the Winners, whom we believe should be celebrating like crazy (hey, it’s perfectly cool to dance in the streets) and everybody who entered this time around. You’re the best!