Afternoon News Update for Friday, 4/4/14.


’12 Monkeys’ Adaptation Lands Series Order at Syfy
announced that its adaptation of the feature film has been picked up to series with a 13-episode order for a January 2015 premiere. Nikita’s Aaron Stanford and Suits’ Amanda Schull star in the drama based on Universal Pictures’ Terry Gilliam film. In Plain Sight’s Natalie Chaidez serves as showrunner on the drama about a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.

(sched) ABC Tweaks Summer Schedule, Slots ‘Sing Your Face Off’ On Saturday
ABC is reshuffling its summer schedule, which was to feature AWC in the Thursday 9 PM slot starting July 24. Rookie Blue, originally slated to premiere on July 17 and air in the Thursday 10 PM slot, paired with AWC, will now slide to 9 PM and start its season a month earlier, on June 19. New alternative series The Quest will keep its Thursday 8 PM slot but its premiere is being pushed back by two weeks, from July 19 to July 31, with Wife Swap airing in the 8 PM hour on July 19 and 26. Additionally, ABC has finally scheduled reality series Sing Your Face Off in what appears to be a burn-off run of two back-to-back episodes on Saturday night.

(sched) Fox trims ‘Glee’ order for first time as ratings spiral
For the first time, Fox will air less Glee. The network has trimmed its season order of the musical comedy from 22 to 20 episodes, the network confirmed.

‘How I Met Your Mother’ Fans To Get Their Happy Ending? Series’ DVD Set To Include Alternate Ending To Series Finale
Carter Bays and Craig Thomas also contemplated an alternate ending, which will be included in HIMYM‘s upcoming DVD set. I hear the alternate ending does not involve additional footage but rather a different editing of the episode. HIMYM producers and studio 20th Century Fox TV would not comment on any specifics of the alternate closing, but a source described it as a “happy ending.”


Will Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele reboot ‘Police Academy’ franchise?
Police Academy will reportedly get a reboot produced by recent Peabody Award winners Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Talks of a relaunch of the 1980s comedy franchise began four years ago and the smash success of the pair’s Comedy Central sketch show Key & Peele surely played a factor in tapping the comedy duo.

‘Captain America’ Racing to $100 Million in U.S. Debut
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is marching toward a record for the top April opening with a U.S. opening that could reach $100 million this weekend. Friday forecasts showed an opening day launch in the $36 to $39 million range, including $10.2 million from late Thursday shows — leading to projections of $95 million.


Stephen Colbert Front-runner to Replace David Letterman
Stephen Colbert is CBS’ top choice to replace the retiring David Letterman, and has indicated that he’s willing to take over the Late Show when the time comes, people familiar with both sides of the discussions tell Mashable. Colbert has not had any formal contract discussions with CBS, and no agreement is in place. Individuals with knowledge of the situation say Colbert is currently the front-and-center candidate.


JB Smoove’s Converge Media Inks First-Look Deal With Storyville
Converge Media Group
, the management, production and branded entertainment company founded last year by actor/writer/comedian JB Smoove, Rick Dorfman, Conan Smith and Adam Benowitz, has signed a first-look reality TV deal with newly launched Storyville Entertainment. This is the first co-production deal for both companies and will give Storyville access to develop and produce unscripted and branded opportunities for Converge’s comedic clientele.


(feature) Slate: The Humor Code
In the course of researching our book, we met with humorists all over the world—and in most cases, those humorists were male. In Los Angeles, the vast majority of the stand-up comedians we spoke to were men. When we got a behind-the-scenes look at the New Yorker cartoon process in Manhattan, nearly all the cartoonists were men. And when we visited a comedy training school in Tokyo, which is essentially mandatory for would-be Japanese comedians, there were a total of two women in both 60-student classes we sat in on.

(video) Michael Arndt on setting a story in motion
In this animated lesson, Michael Arndt explains some of the things he learned while working on the screenplay for Toy Story 3. I’m aware the model I set up here applies imperfectly to TS3 itself. The broader point is that the emotional fuel for your first act break is largely set up in your inciting incident — and that is something that does apply to TS3.

New Yorker: “Cahiers du Buffy”: TV Criticism VS. Film Criticism
This false hierarchy has continued to be a problem: shows that look fantastic, like “House of Cards,” get unearned prestige, even when they’re empty suits. Shows made on a budget, or collaboratively, or on off-brand channels, or on channels for teen-agers, get the side eye. Far too often, people conflate looks with class.

Twitter preparing up to 15 new types of ads, says Wall Street Journal
plans to roll out up to 15 new types of timeline advertisements over the next six months, The Wall Street Journal reports. The first batch of new ad styles will reportedly debut "in a few weeks." One of those — a type of ad that allows users to quickly download smartphone apps with a tap — is already being beta tested by the company.