Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 10/5/14

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

  • Justin Spitzer (THE OFFICE) is developing a comedy called THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER TOLD for NBC. (Incurable romantic that yer munchero is, I have to admit that what I really like about this news item is the fact that at least we have a project with a title! Nice going, Justin. Knew we could count on you to spice up the news day.)
  • Meredith Lavender & Marcie Ulin (NASHVILLE) are writing PAIR OF ACES, which ABC describes as “an operatic family drama…who are…rising stars in Texas politics….” (Actually, the official logline goes on and on and on, which tells me one thing: Nobody writing press releases for ABC has ever read what Our Beloved Leader, LB, has written about keeping loglines short. Which explains why they’re writing press releases instead of being on the staffs of shows.)
  • Martin Burke is turning his novel, The Commissar’s Report, into a “comedic drama” for HBO. (The novel, btw, was written in 1984, which means that Mary’s had 30 years to think about it and work out what undoubtedly is a brilliant plan for the series. Watch this space for further reports about how many pieces HBO’s crack Development Creeps Peeps break his heart into over the course of this show’s development. And, yeppers, I guarantee they will. Not cuz they’re evil. Just cuz, you know, they can.)
  • Just when you thought it was safe to turn on your DVR, Universal Cable Prods has decided to develop Catherine Linka‘s Young Adult novel, A Girl Called Fearless, and its upcoming sequel into a series “set in an alternate future America where a synthetic beef hormone has wiped out millions of women and turned teenage girls into a valuable commodity to be ‘protected & contracted.’” (The books may be brilliant, but there’s something vaguely repellant about that premise, don’t you think? Not that I’d turn down the writing gig, oh beloved execs at Universal Cable. In fact, you just might be able to talk me into selling out every single one of my principals for a crack at it. That’s right, I’ll let you totally dominate my better judgment and destroy me for a mere cable pilot minimum writing fee. What’s that wet sound I hear? Could it be you guys salivating at the thought of turning me into a miserable – but rich – pawn? Comment down below, Oh Perverse Execs, and we’ll talk $$$ but not art. Never, ever will we talk art.)

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….)