ABC To Remake Argentine Series ‘Los Roldán’ With Michael McDonald, Develop Black Widow Drama With Barry Jossen
ABC is taking on another Latin American format with Los Roldán, an hourlong dramedy based on the 2004 Argentine telenovela/comedy series. It hails from former ABC Studios SVP drama Michael McDonald. The Los Roldán adaptation, written by Sarah Hooper, will be set in Miami and feature a predominantly Latin cast. It is expected to stay true to the Upstairs/Downstairs-themed original, in which the patriarch of the family, an average blue collar worker talks a woman out of jumping off a ledge. For saving her life, she offers him a big job in her company that changes his fortune.
Meanwhile former ABC Studios EVP Barry Jossen has sold his second project, ABC drama Sins. Written by Philip Levens, Sins is described as a dark, twisted, sexy soap about a modern day black widow who seduces a wealthy man while struggling to stay one step ahead of his District Attorney sister and the ghosts of her past.
Castle Creator Developing Philip Marlowe Detective Series for ABC
Castle creator Andrew Marlowe is expanding his detective empire. Marlowe and wife/Castle writer and consulting producer Terri Edda Miller, along with Michael De Luca (Mob City), are working on an hour-long drama featuring Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe character for ABC. Described as “sexy” and “stylish,” the new project follows the wisecracking, private eye in modern-day Los Angeles, “where true love can be more difficult to find than justice.”
BBC America Greenlights Glen Morgan-Produced Series ‘Intruders’
BBC America said it greenlit a thriller series, “Intruders,” based on the Michael Marshall Smith novel. Glen Morgan, a producer and writer whose work dates back to “The X-Files” will write and executive produce. BBC America has ordered eight hour-long episodes of the series. The series is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Scores Touchdown, Snags Full-Season Pick-Up and Post-Super Bowl Berth
BrooklynNine-Ninereceived a double dose of good news Friday. Not only did Fox pick up the Andy Samberg-fronted police satire for a full season, but the network announced that the rookie series will join New Girl in a “special one-hour comedy event” after Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.
NBC Cancels ‘Welcome To The Family’ & ‘Ironside’, Gives ‘Sean Saves The World’ Script Order, Sets Premiere Dates For ‘Community’ & ‘Chicago PD’
NBC‘s other new Thursday comedy awaiting word on its fate, Sean Saves The World, has received an order for 4 additional scripts. While the series posted a 1.1 in adults 18-49 last night it does build on itsWelcome To The Family lead-in (0.9 last night), and NBC brass have been encouraged with the show’s creative direction.
CBS’ Mom, The Millers and The Crazy Ones Get Full-Season Orders
CBS has handed full-season pickups to its comedies Mom,The MillersandThe Crazy Ones. The “back nine” orders will bring each sitcom’s total Season 1 episode number to 22.
Once Upon a Time Enlists Goth Rocker Marilyn Manson to Voice Shadow
Once Upon a Time‘s soul-stealing Shadow is getting a voice: Marilyn Manson. The rocker will give life to the mysterious Neverland character.
(ratings) ‘The Walking Dead’ Hits Another High As Live+3 Results Shatter Cable Record
The Walking Dead’s very good week just got a bit better. With Live+3 numbers now in, the October 13 Season 4 debut of the AMC zombie apocalypse series added another 4.1 million viewers to the 16.1 million result of Live+Same Day. That 20.2 million viewership total gives The Walking Dead premiere the title of the most watched non-sports telecast in cable history.
(review) LAT: ‘Birthday Boys’ are a sketchy bunch, in a good way
Into every generation a sketch comedy (sometimes two or three or more) is born. The latest link in this chain of laffs is "The Birthday Boys," premiering Friday on IFC. Its eponymous stars work out of the L.A. Branch of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. The two episodes I’ve seen are very good — engagingly twisted, more invested in ideas than jokes, often funny, usually admirable.
Will Mike Le’s Zombie Script ‘Patient Z’ Be the Next to Bite Off a Major Sale?
The hot spec that has Hollywood in a frenzy this week is Mike Le’s zombie script “Patient Z.” Set in a post-apocalyptic world, “Patient Z” is a contained action-thriller about a man with the ability to speak the language of the undead who interrogates zombies with the hopes of finding Patient Zero and a cure for his infected wife. “Patient Z” has generated strong response around town, with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way banner taking the script into Fox Searchlight and Syfy Films after getting WB’s blessing.
Hollywood’s Scariest New Villain: Random, Floating Junk
If Gravity and All Is Lost are any indication, the biggest threat to humanity right now … is junk. Something about these films feels post-apocalyptic. These characters are not actually the last people on Earth, but they might as well be; they are lost in vast, uninhabitable environments with no one to rely on for help, and this scenario speaks to deep, collective anxieties about the state of the planet. You can even consider these films as part of a trend at the movies this year, as films like Oblivion and After Earth also pitted their isolated lead characters against a dangerous, post-apocalyptic planet.
Betty White’s ‘Off Their Rockers’ Revived at Lifetime
The hidden-camera series will return for a third season on the female-skewing cable network in 2014.
CW Makes It Official: 21st Cycle Of ‘America’s Next Top Model’
CW made it official: it’s ordered the 21st cycle of America’s Next Top Model. Casting is currently underway for the cycle, which will again feature men and women contestants.
Sean Combs’ Revolt TV Network Puts New Spin on Music
Sean Combs’ music-centric startup cabler Revolt TV bows Oct. 21 with the intent of appealing to millennial auds who have strayed from linear smallscreen viewing but treat their mobile devices like limbs. Revolt plans to leverage digital platforms not only to distribute content, but also to source talent for the channel.
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The New, Old Way to Tell Stories: With Input From the Audience
Watching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries—a YouTube show that uses a video diary to retell a contemporary version of Pride and Prejudice—is like opening a bag of potato chips: You can’t stop at just one. The series purports to be the “real” video diary of Lizzie Bennet. At just three to five minutes long, each vlog teases you into the next, and the next, and the next. Then, once you’ve scarfed down half the episodes and discover all the other delights that accompany the show—the Twitter feeds, the Facebook pages, the fan art, the Instagrams and Tumblrs—it’s a full-blown binge.
SVT preps 90s music period drama
Swedish pubcaster SVT has ordered a new drama miniseries, Viva Hate, which is set in the early 1990s Gothenburg music scene. The 3x60mins series will premiere at the end of next year, with casting already underway. It will follow a nihilistic but ambitious young musician that believes only in the lyrics of Morrissey and his band, which lends its name to the show’s title. Scribe Peter Birro is behind the screenplay and Norway’s Jens Lien is directing.
BBC names first drama to debut on iPlayer
BBC daytime drama Moving On will be the corporation’s first drama series to premiere on the BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service, in its entirety. The BBC said that the fifth season of the show would appear online first as part of the BBC Trust’s approved trial to explore the role of first airing content on the iPlayer across a range of genres and channels. “Over the last year, there has been 43% growth in BBC iPlayer usage across mobile and tablet – with drama programmes driving almost a third of total viewing,” said Victoria Jaye, head of TV content, BBC iPlayer.
(gaming) ‘Disney Infinity’ Reaches 1 Million Global Sales Milestone
Sales of “Disney Infinity” are picking up as it heads into the key holiday sales season, with starter packs for the game having sold 1 million units around the world, according to Disney Interactive. It’s a significant milestone for Disney Interactive, as it attempts to launch a major franchise for the Mouse House.
HBR: How Jeff Bezos Makes Decisions
HBR: In the course of your reporting, what did you observe about Jeff Bezos’s decision-making style?
Two factors come to mind. The first is an observation made by Rick Dalzell, his right hand guy. He says that Jeff does two things better than anyone else. One is that he tries to find the best truth at the time. That may sound obvious, but Rick says that while a lot of people know what the truth is, they don’t engage their thinking about how the truth may change. Second, Rick says that Jeff refuses to accept the conventional wisdom about the way things are typically done. He thinks about reinventing everything—even small things.
Vimeo Announces News Corp. Digital Exec Clayman as Head of On Demand Business
Greg Clayman, head of News Corp.’s digital strategy, is joining Internet video company Vimeo as general manager of audience networks, overseeing its premium on demand business.
Exec Shuffle For 10/18/13: 21st Century Fox, Comedy Central, Eyeworks USA
Fox 2000: Nikki Ramey has been promoted to Creative Executive.
Fox International Channels: Christian Barcellos has been hired as Executive Vice President, Lifestyle and Reality Programming, as of November 2013.
Paramount Insurge: Eric Norsoph has joined as Creative Executive.
Paramount Television: Jennifer Howell has joined as Head of Comedy.
Thinkfactory Media: Adam Freeman has been named Creative Director; Joanne Rubino was promoted to Senior Vice President, Production.
11 Television: Phil Hutchins has joined as Vice President, Production.
Jupiter Entertainment: Harrison Land was promoted to Senior Director, Development, in New York.
Pioneer Productions: Ailsa Orr has joined the London-based company as Creative Director, as of November 2013.
Shed Media Group: Leanne Klein has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of its production subsidiary Wall to Wall.
DirecTV: Emma Brackett joined as Vice President, Content & Programming, in the New York office.
DirecTV: Robert Thun was hired as Senior Vice President, Content & Programming, in Los Angeles.
(stage) ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘Heathers,’ ‘Jawbreaker’ Heading to New York Theater
A cutthroat clique of Hollywood high school tales is moving from the bigscreen to the stage, with “Heathers” in the midst of a short initial run in Los Angeles, “Jawbreaker” coming off a Gotham workshop, and “Mean Girls” recently announced as a brewing legit project.
(comics) Si Spurrier’s ‘Disenchanted’ is the webcomic world where magic goes to die
For many people, faeries, pixies, leprechauns, and other folkloric creatures evoke the image of a light and magical world that may be mischievous, but is ultimately filled with more good than bad. But what would happen if these creatures were alive today, trying to survive in a world that’s forgotten them? That’s what Simon Spurrier will explore in Avatar Press’ newest webcomic, Disenchanted. It’s a story of tradition, disillusionment, and what happens to traditional values (for better or worse) as they are subject to change in urban environments.
(comics) Alyssa Milano’s Hactivist To Launch In January
The plans for actress/producer Alyssa Milano‘s comic Hacktivist appear to have changed, it is coming out as a monthly series from Archaia Black Label/Boom! Studios. Written by Milano, Collin Kelly and Son Of A Pitch‘s Jackson Lanzing, with art from Marcus To and Ian Herring, Hacktivist is a fastpaced cyberthriller about friendship and freedom in a time war.
‘I’ll be there for you’: Bon Jovi delivers on bride’s request
Do you want Jon Bon Jovi to show up at your wedding? Did you consider just asking? Australian native Branka Delic discovered this for herself on Oct. 12. Prior to her nuptials to fiancé Gonzalo Cladera at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Delic created the website BonJoviWalkMeDownTheAisle.com.