Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 6/25/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Austin Winsberg (GOSSIP GIRL) is writing the pilot for an untitled Showtime comedy about “high-profile music managers, which will be produced by music, um, guy John Legend. (Proving that if you call yourself a legend Showtime will buy into it and make you a big deal. Hey, it’s worth trying.)
  • Bob Boyett & Robert Horn (FULL HOUSE) are writing an as yet untitled FX series set to star Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence. We say that they’re writing the series because FX has already given a go to 10 episodes, with a back end of 80 to come if things work out. (So if you or your agent know Bob and Robert (?), now’s the time for him to talk to them about your future.)
  • Frank Spotnitz (THE X FILES) is developing SAM HUNTER, a spy drama with a female lead, for Cinemax. The series is a spinoff of Cinemax’s HUNTED, a show we’re supposed to know about but don’t. Sorry. (We were very cool with the “female lead” thing till we read this patronizing description of the character as “a gutsy agent…who must work as a freelance spy to find out who wants her dead – and how it connects to the murder of her own mother.” How original. Ugh.)
  • The TV adaptation of Locke & Key, a comic book series written by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez, has been passed on, but it’s no biggie: Universal has picked up the premise as a feature film to be written by its go-to team of Alex Kurtzman & Robert Orci, whose credits we won’t bother mentioning because they’ve already became household names in writerly households. Sigh…