Check Out Our New Look

EMMYS: Nominated Writers Talk About Craft

By | Tuesday September 13, 2011 @ 11:29pm PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

When a comedy writer moderates a WGA panel of his peers, the audience is bound to get more jokes than straight answers. That’s what happened tonight at this year’s ‘Primetime Sublime’ panel featuring Emmy-nominated writers moderated by The Simpsons’ Mike Scully. Joking “Let’s start on a light note – The Killing!”, Scully turned to the AMC mystery’s showrunner, Veena Sud, who was nominated for the pilot. “So you were looking for something dark, coming off Cold Case? I like that [your] scenes don’t end with David Caruso tipping his sunglasses and saying: ‘This seems like a case of sour rapes.’”

Next, Scully moved on to Peter Gould, writer of the HBO movie Too Big to Fail, based on the non-fiction book of the same title by Andrew Ross Sorkin which dissects that 2008 financial meltdown. “It’s about banks closing, businesses going under: how do you make that shit up, man?” Scully asked Gould. As Gould attempted to explain the difficulties of writing about controversial real-life characters, Scully jumped in to inform the audience that as a writer Gould also had to contend with HBO pressuring him to “add a vampire … or have Turtle from Entourage drop by with some crazy financial scheme.” Scully also cracked wise that if the script had been based on a book by Aaron Sorkin, and not Andrew Ross Sorkin, the film “would have won an Academy Award, not an Emmy.”… Read More »

Comments (7)

James Gandolfini To Produce & Possibly Star In HBO Antarctica Comedic Drama

By | Thursday September 1, 2011 @ 6:34pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: HBO has teamed with James Gandolfini for Big Dead Place, a drama based on Nicholas Johnson’s memoir about his stint working for the U.S. Antarctic Program. Gandolfini is executive producing the project, which is being developed as a starring vehicle for him. Breaking Bad writer-producer Peter Gould has been tapped to write the series adaptation, a tragicomic eye view of the fear and loathing, arrogance and insanity of the people living and working the last untamed frontier on the planet — the research base at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Gandolfini and Gould are executive producing with Mosaic’s Jimmy Miller, Gandolfini’s managers  Nancy Sanders & Mark Armstrong and actor-writer Brian Swibel, with Sam Hansen serving as co-executive producer. HBO, where Gandolfini has had a production deal for his Attaboy banner since 2006, has been looking to find a new series vehicle for Gandolfini, a followup to his iconic role on the network’s mob drama The Sopranos. He has flirted with a number of projects, including an U.S. version of the hit French Canadian single-camera comedy series Taxi-22, but none so far has gone past the development stage. On the producing side, Gandolfini is executive producing HBO’s upcoming biopic Hemingway & Gellhorn starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman. Gould recently did another book adaptation for HBO, this time on the movie side. He wrote the … Read More »

Comments 20