Evening News Update for Thursday, 4/3/14.


(sched) HBO Confirms June Premiere Dates for ‘The Leftovers’ and ‘True Blood’
has scheduled the June debuts for THE LEFTOVERS and TRUE BLOOD. THE LEFTOVERS begins its ten-episode season SUNDAY, JUNE 15 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), immediately following the season finale of “Game of Thrones.” True Blood begins its ten-episode, seventh and final season SUNDAY, JUNE 22 at 9:00 p.m.

(review) The Verge: ‘Silicon Valley’
It’s a great mix — a little bit insider, a little bit broad appeal, all filtered through the kind of workplace dynamics and relationships that people from all walks of life can relate to. With such a broad setup there are plenty of places the show can go from here, but in many ways Silicon Valley has already passed the most important threshold of all. It’s the first show about the startup scene that’s actually good.

HBO’s Michael Lombardo On The Decision To Enter ‘True Detective’ As Drama
had not commented on its Emmy category choice for True Detective until now. Here is what the network’s programming president Michael Lombardo had to say about it. “This project was pitched to us, it was produced by us and marketed by us as a series. Nic never thought of this as a miniseries, and we always treated him as a creator of a series. In our minds this is a series, and the only reason to enter it as a miniseries was a cynical reason that didn’t feel like the right thing to do.”


Mandy Moore To Star In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Good Session’
Mandy Moore
is set as the female lead opposite James Roday in CBS’ single-camera comedy pilot Good Session. http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/mandy-moore-to-star-in-cbs-comedy-pilot-good-session/

Enrique Murciano & Katie Finneran Join Netflix Series From ‘Damages’ Creators
Enrique Murciano
and Katie Finneran have been cast in recurring roles on Netflix‘s untitled psychological thriller drama from Sony Pictures TV.



Judy Greer Joins ‘Jurassic World’
Katie McGrath
and Lauren Lapkus also have been added to the project, which will be directed by Colin Trevorrow.

Busy With ‘Stonewall’ And ‘Independence Day 2′, Roland Emmerich Buys Arctic Dive Spec
His Centropolis Entertainment has acquired rights to an untitled action thriller scripted by actor-writers Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods. Centropolis executive Marco Shepherd, who brought the project to the company, will produce. The film is set on a diving ship in the Arctic. This is a script that Emmerich will likely eye as a potential directing assignment, but that hasn’t been determined.


David Letterman to Retire in 2015
His departure will be the latest shakeup in a late-night lineup that has undergone a facelift over the last few years.

Vulture: Letterman’s Retirement Reveals the New Truth About Late Night — Everyone’s a Winner And a Loser
In the race for younger viewers, Late Show now regularly finishes behind NBC, ABC, Adult Swim, and often Comedy Central. What’s more, even if CBS lands a blockbuster name as Dave’s replacement, it doesn’t necessarily mean the other hosts will suffer. As one TV industry insider told Vulture this afternoon, “Late night is no longer a zero-sum game. More than one show can be successful at a time.” That doesn’t mean one show won’t end up more successful than the others, however.

A&E Networks Greenlights 10 Episodes of Reality Series ‘Married at First Sight’
A&E Networks
has ordered 10 episodes of a new reality series Married at First Sight. Based on a Danish format, the show will, as the title suggests, feature three couples who get legally married the first time they meet then have their lives as a brand new couple filmed.


Brownstone Entertainment Taps Nick Gilhool As SVP Development
Nick Gilhool
moves to Brownstone Entertainment as SVP Development after serving as SVP Casting for Magical Elves.


Salon: Amazon wants to save TV — but might help kill it in the process
What is likely to be the most significant change in this brave new world of television was outlined in an essay from the CEO of Netflix himself, Reed Hastings, in which he argues that apps will replace traditional TV channels. So in the future, there would be no more NBC, just the NBC app.

(video) TED: Jennifer Golbeck: The curly fry conundrum: Why social media “likes” say more than you might think
Much can be done with online data. But did you know that computer wonks once determined that liking a Facebook page about curly fries means you’re also intelligent? Really. Computer scientist Jennifer Golbeck explains how this came about, how some applications of the technology are not so benign — and why she thinks we should return the control of information to its rightful owners.

Study: Cigarette Sales Decline Linked to TV Smoking
As smoking rates decline in the U.S., so does the visibility of tobacco products in primetime television. In what they’re claiming is the largest-ever study linking tobacco use to TV, researchers at Annenberg Public Policy Center found that tobacco use on broadcast television dropped from a high of 4.96 instances per hour of programming in 1961 to 0.29 instances per hour in 2010. Researchers found that smoking on TV and actual smoking were linked, where the smoking decline on TV could predict the prevalence of smoking year-to-year in society.

NY Mag: I Was a Hollywood Personal Assistant
I broke up with a very prominent actor boyfriend of hers. She said, "Oh, we’re done making a movie together; it’s not really going to work; I’m sort of seeing somebody else. Could you just tell him to back off and leave me alone?" And she said this over the phone, over Christmas. She told me, "Accept the date on my behalf. Take the date. Go instead of me." So, that’s what I did. You would think sending a text is the worst — no. Sending your assistant to break up with him is the worst. That breakup was two weeks into the job. That was my initiation — Oh my God, this is what I’m doing?