Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 9/19/14

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

  • Whit Brayton & Zack Rice (ZORRO?) are developing NBC’s MANHUNT, a show that “will dramatize the mounting tension of any entire city on the hunt for a fugitive roaming the streets….” (In other words, it’s an attempt to do a homegrown version of BROADSTREET. The munchberger can get behind that, but only if it stars David Tennant. How ’bout you?)
  • Scott Silveri (GO ON) is writing the pilot for a Fox comedy with a clever logline: “The project centers on a family that’s good at handling the challenges it faces, and excellent at creating new ones.” (Jake Kasdan is also part of this deal, so if you’re a NEW GIRL fan this unnamed baby could become your very special pal.)
  • Max Borenstein (GODZILLA) is writing a TV series sequel to MINORITY REPORT in which the lead Precog will be a woman. (Probably a young woman cuz hey, it’s TV. Could be good. Or, it could be another disappointment, like – you know – Max’s version of Godzilla, which had the monster onscreen for, what? Less than 20 minutes?)
  • This just in: Mariah Carey’s womanizing toy boy, Nick Cannon is now officially a writer, having made a deal for a book of children’s poetry called Neon Aliens Ate My Homework And Other Poems. (Hey, Nick, we’re rooting for ya cuz…cuz…damnit, man, I’m sorry, but I really can’t think of one reason why this would be a good idea other than TVWriter™’s commitment to newbies. Go forth and conquer, pal. Redemption may be at hand…not to mention a viable escape route from the Missus. Kids’ poetry pays a shitload of $$$, 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….)

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….)

Viacom Agrees To Breakthrough Deal To Provide Channels To Sony’s Online Pay TV Service

Another death blow to the trad TV paradigm. How long can the mortally injured giant keep tottering before it falls? (Oh, c’mon, you don’t really hate that metaphor, do you? Do you?) Give a big hello to Internet Pay TV!

sony_logogridby David Lieberman

This is a big advance for Sony’s plan to offer pay TV channels via the Internet by the end of this year, which it announced in January. Viacom’s agreement to offer its 22 channels outside of cable and satellite is its “first-ever agreement to provide its networks for an Internet-based live TV and video on demand service,” it says this morning. In addition to popular services including BET, Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon — all in HD — Sony will be able to offer customers access to Viacom’s TV Everywhere websites and apps as well as its full VOD package. The companies didn’t disclose financial terms, although I suspect Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman will face some questions about this later today when he appears at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference in NYC.

“Viacom always strives to create transformational opportunities that combine consumer value and technological innovation,” Dauman says. “Given our young, tech-savvy audiences, our networks are essential for any new distribution platform, and we’re excited to be among the many programmers that will help power Sony’s new service and advance a new era for television.”

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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….)