Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 8/22/13

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are

  • Colleen McGuiness, Tina Fey & Robert Carlock  (um, 30 ROCK, of course) are developing another workplace sitcom for NBC. Colleen’s the writer-producer. The others are producers, but since they’re also kinda writers we thought we’d mention them here. (Wonder how much it’ll resemble ROCK. Any guesses?)
  • Melissa Carter (JANE BY DESIGN) is writing a 2-hour TV movie/backdoor pilot for Lifetime called DELIVERANCE CREEK, about post-Civil War stuff. (Think GONE WITH THE WIND with Scarlet O’Hara kicking butt. And then ask yourself, “But…why…?”)
  • Wendy & Lizzy Molyneux  (BOB’S BURGERTS) have a new deal to develop and produce projects for 20th Century Fox TV. (Jeeze,just because they’re writing for one of the funniest shows ever they get a big new deal? Hardly fair! Kidding, kidding…)
  • Seth Grahame-Smith (ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER) has sold PARADISE a science fiction prison drama, to NBC. (The studio funding this project is Warner Brothers TV, making it hot, hot, hot in TV these days so be nice to WB prez Peter Roth. We’re betting that LB must wish he’d been a little toadier when he worked with Roth on THE FALL GUY back in the day.)
  • Casey Wilson (HAPPY ENDINGS) has a deal with ABC to develop a new sitcom for her pal/partner June Diane Raphael to star in on the network. (Cuz, as ABC puts it, “They are incredibly talented superstars” even if we’ve never heard of them.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/3/12


“All’s fair in love and showbiz.” (Anon.)
  • Greg Malin (FRIENDS) is writing the pilot for the ABC sitcom TRIBES, adapted from the Israeli series, YOUR FAMILY OR MINE. (Proving that HOMELAND definitely has started an Israeli trend.)
  • Jordan Nardino (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) is writing the pilot for an untitled Fox comedy based on LifestyleLemonade.Com, a blog by Nikki Joel about her marriage to a WME agent who will go unnamed here because we like to pretend agents aren’t real/don’t actually exist. (Proving that even showbiz reality is a dreamworld.)
  • Nicholas Sparks (THE NOTEBOOK, DEAR JOHN) has TV deals for not one, not two, but three of his novels. Brandon Camp (LOVE HAPPENS) is adapting A BEND IN THE ROAD for TNT, John Norris (ONE TREE HILL) & Sparks are adapting THE FALLS for ABC Family, and Melissa Carter (JANE BY DESIGN)is writing DELIVERANCE CREEK for Lifetime. (Proving that if you have something that’s been done before, somewhere, TV will buy it…so get your Kindle books cracking!)
  • Michael Tolkin (DEEP IMPACT, THE PLAYER) is writing HOLLYWOOD & VINES, a series about a Hollywood family and its reaction to a star’s death, for ABC. (The fact that it was bought because “ABC is looking for its next REVENGE,” according to the H’wood Reporter proving again that, in TV, the concept that “If we can’t buy something that’s already succeeded we can at least copy it” still rules.)