Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 12/21/14

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  • Paul Sofer (SUPER TROOPERS) is writing the pilot for a TBS comedy called QUALITY TIME, about”four adults who have been friends since college. They’ve managed to maintain their juvenile behaviors and friendships…but are now being pushed into having children….” (Know those times when you read about a new show and think, “I could do that!”? Well, this isn’t one of those times. Not at all. Lotsa luck, TBS.)
  • James Dormer (STRIKE BACK) is developing a 13-part version of BEOWULF for ITV. (Cuz the UK wants its own GAME OF THRONES? Well, why not? Especially cuz yer friendly neighborhood muncher isn’t afraid to say that the source material for this one is a probably gobs better. Although shorter. But that short thing is about to change.)
  • Russell T. Davies (DOCTOR WHO) is developing two new series for Logo TV and the UK’s Channel 4. “CUCUMBER and BANANA are interwoven drama series that explore 21st century gay life through the lens of two disparate generations.” (I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that you don’t have to be gay to watch – and probably love – these shows. You just have to be somebody who cares about people, period. Cuz RTD is, simply, one of the best writers UK TV has ever produced. And when you look at the writers and the shows that have been on the air their over the years, that’s way high praise. Especially from a snarky little munchman like moi, no?)

That’s it for now, munchaladas. Let us know in the comments if you think you’ve figured out who the blind item is about and/or what the TV and film projects are. And don’t forget to write in and tell yers truly what you’ve sold when you sell it. Cuz TVWriter™ can’t wait to brag to all your friends. (And, more importantly, enemies. Hehehe….)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 12/18/14

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  • Erica Messer (CRIMINAL MINDS) is writing the pilot for a CRIMINAL MINDS spinoff about an FBI division that helps people who run into trouble when they’re abroad. (Is this a real thing? Then where were they when yer friendly neighborhood munchman got into that little mix-up in Kralow last year? Who woulda thought that a little oregano in a carry-on could create such a stir?)
  • Peter Tolan (RESCUE ME) is said to be hooking up with George Clooney for a”one-hour dark comedy…[which] will reportedly explore the movie business during the early 1990s.” (Or maybe my source said Peter and George Clooney were just hooking up, period. Who woulda thought that a little oregano could have such a big effect on short term memory? Certainly not moi.)
  • Holy crap! Munchadero here just got a tip from a reliable source (What? You don’t trust a recently fired P.A.?) that the married showrunner of my favorite series currently on the air and scheduled to remain on for the foreseeable future just wrote a drama screenplay that will catapult the equally married co-star of the series to film stardom…and at the same time launch both parties into a public relationship that may do wonders for their careers but definitely will destroy their current relationships. Shades of Nikke Fink! (And, yeppers, all the language I just used is designed to give clues/hints to readers who like that sort of thing. Munchikins, of course, finds blind gossip vile, but, hey, this is showbiz and whoring is part of the gig, am I right?)

That’s it for now, munchaladas. Let us know in the comments if you think you’ve figured out who the blind item is about and/or what the TV and film projects are. And don’t forget to write in and tell yers truly what you’ve sold when you sell it. Cuz TVWriter™ can’t wait to brag to all your friends. (And, more importantly, enemies. Hehehe….)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 12/15/14

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  • Steve McQueen (12 YEARS A SLAVE) is co-writing and directing a new HBO drama series called CODES OF CONDUCT. (Yer friendly neighborhood munchenstein would tell you more about this series, but whomever sent us the press release never bothered to include the name of the aforementioned co-writer. So fuck these people, you know?)
  • Jeff Astrof (GROUND FLOOR) has a new overall deal with Warner Brothers TV. (And I say that any time a former FRIENDS writer gets a deal it’s just like it’s happening to a member of the family. Uh-oh, did I just give something away? Like my age maybe?)
  • J.K. Rowling (you might remember her) just sold her series of pseudonymous books about a private investigator named Cormoran Strike to BBC as the basis for a series. (She wrote the books under the name Robert Galbraith, so if you’re a fan of his, you’re also a fan of hers. Wow, this transgender stuff is everywhere now!)
  • David J. Rosen (I JUST WANT MY PANTS BACK) is developing PROFESSIONALS, a comedy about corporate espionage, for Showtime. (Cuz all these corporate execs understand is what happens in corps like theirs, which may make perfect sense but still doesn’t mean that anybody not in that world gives a golldarn. Oh wait – is there anybody left who isn’t in the corporate world? Hmm….)
  • Hey, did I just write a paragraph about a guy whose most successful and recognizable credit is something called I JUST WANT MY PANTS BACK? Oh, God, I did…I did….Time to end it all – for today anyway.

That’s it for now, munchachos. Don’t forget to write in and tell yers truly what you’ve sold when you sell it. Cuz TVWriter™ can’t wait to brag to all your friends. (And, more importantly, enemies. Hehehe….)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 12/14/14

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  • George C. Wolfe (Tony winning playwright) is developing a Starz series called STORYVILLE, set in the legendary turn-of-the-century New Orleans jazz community of the same name. (Please forgive yer friendly neighborhood munchman for not getting all “Wow! Wow!” over this. I loves me some good jazz…but New Orleans = dixieland, and dixie just don’t cut it. Now if the series was about Birdland….)
  • Ian Sobel & Matt Morgan (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN) are adapting Heather Hildenbrand‘s digital novel, Imitation, into a series for NBC. (Cuz ORPHAN BLACK has a huge cult following and it’s about clones, and somebody’s got to imitate it, so….)
  • The Crow Girl trilogy, a Swedish book series written by Jerker Eriksson & Hakan Sundquist is being developed as a TV series by ITV. (It’s science fiction, it’s complex, it sounds interesting, but munchilito’s got more important things to giggle about. I mean, “Jerker Eriksson?” Jerker!? God, that’s funny. No? No? C’mon, Jerker! Dammit!)
  • Gary Dauberman (ANNABELLE) is writing the pilot for USA’s THE TERRESTRIAL, a science fiction series that features an “estranged teenage daughter…a schizophrenic man…kidnappers…aliens” and more. (Cuz more is always better in TV. But not – hey, I gotta say this no matter who it hurts – not as good Jerker Eriksson. “Bring me the head of Jerker Ericksson!” Oh, God, I gotta write that one!)

That’s it for now, munchachos. Don’t forget to write in and tell yers truly what you’ve sold when you sell it. Cuz TVWriter™ can’t wait to brag to all your friends. (And, more importantly, enemies. Hehehe….)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 12/12/14

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  • Nick Betancourt (NECESSARY ROUGHNESS) is writing a pilot based on the comic book mini-series Boom! created by Gary Phillips & Marc Laming. It’s all about a professional money launderer so at least it’ll be clean. (Sorry about that, gang. Couldn’t resist)
  • Max Mutchnick (Yes, the Max Mutchnick) is developing the series QUICK SHOTS OF FALSE HOPE for HBO, about a ’70s era single mom looking for a husband. (Looks like somebody didn’t get the whole “It’s time to treat women like human beings and not slavish stereotypes” memo. Thumbs down, folks. Yeppers, I can’t resist that either.)
  • Gil Ozeri (HAPPY ENDINGS) is writing the pilot for a Fox comedy about “a family of two-bit criminals who decide to pull off an elaborate Ponzi scheme.” (Sounds to yer friendly neighborhood munchman as tho this show’s gonna be the Ponzi scheme. Jeeze!)
  • Andrew Hinderaker (a playwright, which makes him a TV newbie, hooray!) is writing a GLEE-type pilot for the CW that the network describes as “ENTOURAGE meets 30 FEET FROM STARDOM. (To which the muncher has to ask, “What the hell is 30 FEET FROM STARDOM?)

That’s it for now, munchachos. Don’t forget to write in and tell yers truly what you’ve sold when you sell it. Cuz TVWriter™ can’t wait to brag to all your friends. (And, more importantly, enemies. Hehehe….)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 12/11/14

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Whoa! It’s the second week of December and your little muncher has come back from a holiday in a very secret, very special place (think The South Pole but not) only to find that, lo and behold, there are still a few year-end pilot and other writing deals to report. So:

  • Charles Higson (YOUNG BOND) is writing an ITV pilot for a 10 part drama series based on Robert Louis Stevenson‘s Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. (To which I say, with absolutely no irony cuz you know I never do the irony thing, “Amen!” Looking forward to this one, brothers and sisters!)
  • Ben McMillan & Meredith Philpott (hot writers we never heard of cuz NEWBIES!) are writing the pilot for an NBC comedy series called #WINNING about…well, munchilito can’t really tell what it’s about from the description. (Which only goes to show you how desperate NBC must be. Talk about “blind pilot commitments!”)
  • Catherine Tregenna has become only the fifth woman ever to get a writing assignment on DOCTOR WHO. (Loude sing “Halloo!”)
  • Anna Fricke (BEING HUMAN) is writing a Fox pilot based on Deep State, a comic book created by Justin Jordan & Ariela Kristantina, about an FBI agent and her partner go after a mysterious group that covers up all the big – and real – conspiracies by promoting the idiotic fake ones we see in the news every day. (Sounds interesting, but I haven’t read the comic…yet.)

That’s it for now, munchachos. Don’t forget to write in and tell yers truly what you’ve sold when you sell it. Cuz TVWriter™ can’t wait to brag to all your friends. (And, more importantly, enemies. Hehehe….)