Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/18/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Kenya Barris (THE GAME) is writing the pilot for ABC’s BLACKISH, a comedy about “an upper-middle-class black man who struggles to raise his children with some sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions and obstacles” from the rest of the family. It’s based, of course on Kenya’s life. (At last! Something all African-American viewers can relate to!)
  • Janine Sherman Barrois (CRIMINAL MINDS) is writing the CBS pilot JIGSAW, a procedural about a unit that invesitgates San Francisco’s “most scandalous crimes” in decades. (In case anybody had stopped believing that SF is the most stereotypically decadent city in the good ole U.S.A.)
  • Evan Katz (24) is writing the pilot for Fox’s legal pilot, TRIAL OF THE CENTURY, about “a unique high-profile case.” (But is it set in San Francisco? That’s the question, right?)
  • Larry Dorf (OMG, isn’t he a fucking actor?!) is writing a Fox comedy about two “mismatched guys” who become stepbrothers when their parents get married,” presumably to each other. (Another “family comedy” that just doesn’t strike us as funny. When do we start getting more ARCHER type shows instead?)
  • Nicholas Wootton (GOLDEN BOY) has sold PRESIDENT X, a drama about “a former U.S. President who wakes up from a year-long coma and, now out of power, must hunt down the individual who tried to assassinate him. (Cuz everybody knows what man-of-action types our presidents have always been. Oh, wait…)