Aisha Tyler’s ‘Self-Inflicted Wounds’ Headed for TV
CBS Television Studios has optioned the book, with a search underway for writers to adapt the project as a comedy series. Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation is a series of comic essays about times in Tyler’s life that she found herself in the middle of humiliating incidents and the lessons that she’s learned about embracing failure on the road to success. A search is underway for writers to adapt the book as a potential half-hour comedy series. No network is currently attached
SundanceTV Picks Up 4-Hour Miniseries ‘One Child’, Will Co-Produce BBC Project
SundanceTV has set its next scripted project, signing a deal with BBC Worldwide to board four-hour miniseries One Child as co-producer. Penned by BAFTA-winning writer Guy Hibbert, One Child, a BBC Drama production for BBC Two, stars Harry Potter franchise alumna Katie Leung as Mei, a first-born Chinese girl adopted by English parents, who gets called back to Guangzhou when her birth mother desperately seeks her assistance in saving her son. How far will Mei go to help the woman who gave her away and the brother she’s never met?
NBC Greenlights 13 Episodes of ‘Aquarius’, Starring David Duchovny as a Cop Tracking Charles Manson
NBC has greenlit 13 episodes of drama Aquarius, which will star David Duchovny as a detective on the trail of Charles Manson. The series bypassed the typical development process and was ordered straight to series. John McNamara wrote the script, in which Duchovny will play a Los Angeles police sergeant in the 1960s who begins tracking a criminal who has a knack for enthralling young women. John McNamara will executive produce with Duchovny, Marty Adelstein and Melanie Greene.
BBC America Picks Up Second Season Of Drama ‘The Musketeers’ Ahead Of US Debut
BBC America today set a June 22 premiere date for The Musketeers and a second season pickup for the series, which it co-produces with BBC Worldwide. The Musketeers, a BBC Drama production for BBC One, already was renewed by the flagship BBC network last month. A contemporary take on the classic Alexandre Dumas characters, The Musketeers, created by Adrian Hodges, is set on the streets of seventeenth century Paris, where law and order is an idea more than a reality.
Nashville Cast to Hit the Road for Three-City Tour
The stars of Nashville are getting out of the country music capital and hitting the road for the ABC drama’s first-ever concert tour.
Stars Charles Esten (Deacon), Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Jonathan Jackson (Avery), Sam Palladio (Gunnar) and Chris Carmack (Will) will take the stage in Chicago, Washington D.C. and New York City. Will Chase, who plays Luke Wheeler, will join the cast at the NYC stop.
(video) FX Is Winning, But How Do the Other Cable Networks’ Promos Stack Up?
FX might be king of the "artful TV promo" game, but where do all the other big networks stand? These days, if you have a show you’re positioning for Emmy contention, you need to throw down the marker early and get people excited with some stark memorable imagery.
Michael Socha set to join ‘Once Upon a Time’ as series regular
The Knave of Hearts is headed to Storybrooke. Actor Michael Socha is expected to join Once Upon a Time as a series regular next This is not yet a done deal because Once Upon has not been officially renewed.
Netflix, Gaumont Sets ‘Elite Squad’ Star Wagner Moura For Pablo Escobar In ‘Narcos’
Gaumont International Television and Netflix have found an intriguing actor to play Pablo Escobar, the villain in their new series Narcos. Director Jose Padilha has set Wagner Moura to play the Medellin Cartel leader. The series will chronicle the life and death of Escobar, the ruthless cartel boss and known terrorist who also was a congressman, a family man and revered by the poor as a new Robin Hood. Padilha, on whose idea the project is based, is slated to oversee and direct the 13-episode first season. Doug Miro & Carlo Bernard are writing. Eric Newman will executive produce.
Fox’s ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Ups Joel McKinnon Miller, Dirk Blocker To Regular
After recurring on Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s freshman season, Joel McKinnon Miller and Dirk Blocker have been upped to regular for Season 2 on the Fox comedy series, from Universal TV.
Scandal’s Josh Malina to Guest-Star on Halle Berry Series Extant
Josh Malina will guest-star on CBS’ new summer series Extant, E! News reports. Malina will scrub in as Dr. Scott Beck, the lead doctor in an emergency room of the near-future. Known for his blunt bedside manner, Dr. Beck has to deliver some chilling news to Berry’s character, Molly Woods.
Hollywood ‘spec script’ is making a comeback
Million-dollar screenplay sales in recent months by independent producer Lawrence Grey for ‘Section 6’ and ‘Winter’s Knight’ show the market is improving after several years in decline.
A&E Network Greenlights New Docuseries ‘The Herbert Brothers’
A&E Network has ordered the new nonfiction series “The Herbert Brothers” (working title) from Zig Zag Production. Down in Batesville, Indiana, there’s a family that runs the number one ad agency in town. Sure, the population is only 6,508, but the Herbert brothers made advertising history when their homemade commercial won the "Doritos Crash the Super Bowl" contest and ranked #1 on the USA Today ad meter. The Herbert Brothers took their $1,000,000 winnings, established an advertising agency and continued developing commercials for major companies like Pepsi, Go Daddy and Shasta, to name a few.
Esquire’s ‘Friday Night Tykes’ Renewed For Season 2
Esquire Network has ordered a second season of Friday Night Tykes, the docu-series that looks at how kids and adults handle (or more to the point don’t handle) the pressures baked into the competitive world of youth football.
Chelsea Handler Protégé Ross Mathews Signs New Two-Year Deal With E!
Ross Mathews, who hosts the weekly late night talk show “Hello Ross!” and serves as a contributor during E!’s red carpet coverage and other programs, has just closed a new two-year deal with the cable network.
Bunim/Murray adds Israeli format
Reality TV specialist Bunim/Murray Productions in the US has picked up a format developed in Israel called King of the Island. The adventure-reality competition format offers a “brand new game mechanism” in the castaway genre, claimed its Tel Aviv-based developer Vivalet Media.
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Amazon Nabs ‘24’ Exclusive Streaming Rights, Including ‘24: Live Another Day’
Amazon.com’s Prime Instant Video is now the exclusive streaming service for all eight seasons of Fox’s “24″ and will also be the only SVOD service to offer event series “24: Live Another Day” later this year.
AOL to Adapt Israeli Reality TV Show ‘Connected’ as Its First Long-Form Series
AOL has commissioned its first TV-length video series, “Connected,” an adaptation of an Israeli reality show that will be set in New York City. In “Connected,” five cast members record their lives using personal handheld cameras. Show was originally created and launched in Israel in 2009 and season 5 currently airs in the country.
TV2 orders crime drama from Those Who Kill prodco
TV2 in Norway has put a character-driven crime series from Those Who Kill writer Siv Rajendram Eliassen into production. Acquitted comes from the Norwegian wing of FremantleMedia-owned Miso Film and follows a businessman who returns to his native town 20 years after being acquitted of killing his high school sweetheart to find the locals bare long-held grudges. Nicolai Cleve Broch has been cast in the lead role.
Dish Launches ESPN, ABC and Disney Internet-Video Services
Dish Network is now officially on the Mouse House’s TV Everywhere list. The development could help encourage the satcaster’s. subscribers to stick with the pay-TV service, instead of switching an over-the-top option — including the OTT package Dish itself is in the process of assembling.
DGA Names Assistant Executive Director of Diversity
Frank Bennett Gonzalez will be the Directors Guild of America’s assistant executive director of diversity, the guild said Monday. Gonzalez will be responsible for coordinating diversity strategy and managing new and existing diversity programs, according to the DGA’s national executive director Jay D. Roth. He’ll also lead the guild’s efforts to implement the diversity programs at the major TV studios that were agreed upon in the guild’s recently concluded talkswith the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
Larrikin Entertainment, Dan Angel & Tom Mazza Team To Launch EveryWhere Studios
The new company plans to produce and deliver family-friendly content across multiple platforms. Larrikin Entertainment, the production entity founded last year by Greg Coote and David Calvert-Jones, has joined with Dan Angel and Tom Mazza on the venture. Angel is set as Chief Content Officer and Mazza as CEO of the LA-based EveryWhere Studios, whose management ranks also include VP Development Lori Nelson. Larrikin’s David Putt and Robert Lundberg also will be involved. EveryWhere is working on its first production and distribution deal, which is due to be announced in the coming weeks.
Machinima Hires TV Executive Chad Gutstein as CEO
Machinima raised new funding earlier this month. Now it has a new CEO as well. The giant YouTube network has hired Chad Gutstein, the former chief operating officer of niche cable network Ovation. Gutstein will replace Machinima co-founder Allen DeBevoise, who will stay on as chairman at the company, which caters to young men who like playing video games and watching other people play video games.
Forget the Past: Binge-Watchers Want Current TV Episodes
According to a recent online survey by Harris Poll on behalf of Comcast, over half of binge-watchers would rather watch current season episodes (55%). The survey also revealed that 82% of U.S. adults say they watch two or more TV episodes in one sitting.
Esquire: The First Person to Talk to Millennials Like Human Beings Will Run the World
This is not about how life for young people should be more like iPhones and Netflix. This is about an older generation that only thinks about iPhones and Netflix. And it’s about their effort to define a generation through the stuff it values more than the people they’ve made no effort to understand.