Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/1/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Michaela Watkins, Damon Jones & Teddy Riley (SNL, GROUNDLINGS, PARTY DOWN respectively) are creating the USA comedy BENCHED about a female corporate attorney who has a public nervous breakdown that -duh – changes her life. (We dunno what aspect of this is funnier. The attorney having a public nervous breakdown part, the female woman-type person having a public nervous breakdown part, or the life-changing part. But our sides are aching from all the laughter we’re holding in.)
  • Kevin Falls (THE WEST WING) has teamed up with actor Rob Lowe to bring ABC a new drama series called THE POINT, about a single mother and her teenagers who move from Indiana to Malibu in 1976. (Yeppers, it’s supposedly based on Rob’s years growing up in Malibu. But if this baby gets on the air and we decide to watch, it’ll be for one reason only – a certain magical 6-letter word starting with “b” and ending with “i.” And only when our Significant Other isn’t, um, home. You didn’t know we were such a class act, didja?)
  • Stacy Taub (GLEE) is writing what’s described as a “dental comedy” pilot for ABC. (Cuz everybody knows how funny dentists are, especially when they have you in the chair.)
  • Sam Sklaver (BORED TO DEATH) has a deal to write another ABC comedy pilot, this one with a name: THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT. (Cuz everybody also knows that people with dementia are even funnier than dentists. Just ask our poor Uncle Jerome. And don’t worry about hurting his feelings cuz he won’t remember the question anyway.)
  • Alexandra Cunningham (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) is writing the pilot for a rebooted version of MURDER, SHE WROTE, for NBC, about a hospital administrator who self-publishes a mystery novel and, you know, gets hooked on solving crime. (Cuz why concentrate on what made the original show work when you can screw it up a whole new way?)
  • Bill Chais (FRANKLIN & BASH) is adapting Thomas Sniegoski’s series of fantasy novels about an angel who embraces earthly life into a police procedural series for NBC. (Let us all read responsively: “Oh God! Oh God! Oh God!” And don’t be embarrassed if you want to add on the “Why hast thou forsaken me?” bit.)