Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 11/15/12

“Of course I write for the love of it. If I wanted money I’d be a #$%! lawyer!” (Anonymous Award-Winning TV Writer Person)

  • Nastaran Dibai (RETIRED AT 35, ACCORDING TO JIM) has taken over as showrunner/head writer of MALIBU COUNTRY, replacing Kevin Abbott, who’s moved on to rehab.
  • It ain’t television, but this is too important to too many TV viewers for us to ignore it: Michael Arndt (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, TOY STORY 3) is writing the screenplay for Disney’s upcoming STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. Not bad for a guy who started his career as an assistant.
  • This ain’t television either, strictly speaking, but we find it profoundly significant that writer Dan Davison (People’s Pilot 2010 1st Runner-Up with partner Anil Sthankiya) is now followed on Twitter by none other than Mark Cuban ($$$), who quite properly respects Dan’s financial acumen.
  • Henry Colman (THE LOVE BOAT) died November 7th at 89. Our condolences to his family and friends.
  • John Quaintance (WHITNEY) & David Feeney (2 BROKE GIRLS) have been elevated to co-showrunners of BEN AND KATE, replacing Garrett Donovan & Neil Goldman who have left because of “creative differences.” We assume that the entity they differ with is Fox Network, since BEN AND KATE is the lowest-rated of Fox’s Tuesday night comedies.