Afternoon News Update for Tuesday, 4/15/14.

SCRIPTED NEWS:

TV Land Gives Cast-Contingent Pilot Order To Comedy About Con Man Pretending To Be Gay Pastor
TV Land
is adding another single-camera project to its pilot slate. The cable network has given a cast-contingent pilot order to Impastor, from veteran comedy writer Christopher Vane. It centers on a low-life on the run from his debts who hides away in a small town by conning them into thinking he’s their newly hired gay pastor. Vane wrote the script and is executive producing alongside Eric and Kim Tannenbaum who exec produce through their CBS TV Studios-based Tannenbaum Co.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/tv-land-cast-contingent-pilot-comedy-about-con-man-pretending-to-be-gay-pastor/

Brad Paisley to Guest on Two and a Half Men Season Finale
Country star Brad Paisley has signed on to guest star opposite his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, in the Season 11 finale of CBS’ Two and a Half Men.
http://www.tvguide.com/News/Two-Half-Men-Brad-Paisley-1080511.aspx

(ratings) ‘True Detective’ Now Most Watched HBO Freshman Series Ever
With delayed viewers factored in, the gross audience for HBO‘s buzzy new drama series True Detective starring Matthew McConaughy and Woody Harrelson has risen to 11.9 million viewers per episode, making it the most-watched first-year series in HBO’s history.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/true-detective-now-most-watched-hbo-freshman-series-ever/

(review) Hitfix: FX’s ‘Fargo’ reinvents the Coen brothers movie
At best, you might come off as a competent imitator of two of the best, most idiosyncratic filmmakers of our age. Yet somehow, Noah Hawley and company (including Adam Bernstein, who directed the pilot) do much better than that. Over the course of the first four episodes (and hopefully over the remaining six), the TV "Fargo" establishes itself as its own wonderful thing that is connected to the movie without being a recreation of it, and that doesn’t seem unworthy of the name.

http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/review-fxs-fargo-reinvents-the-coen-brothers-movie-as-something-new-and-wonderful

(review) THR: Orphan Black Season 2
With star Tatiana Maslany’s exceptional talent now widely recognized, the promising growth of the second season may lead to recognition for others and bigger numbers for this superb series.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/tv-review-orphan-black-second-696246

Ricky Gervais: BBC, Netflix Interested in ‘The Office’ Spinoff
Ricky Gervais said his comic creation David Brent, who bossed breakthrough BBC sitcom The Office, is the subject of interest from both the BBC and Netflix for a return to the small screen. Gervais told the U.K.’s Radio Times magazine that both the public broadcaster and the online subscription giant have expressed a desire to work out a spinoff.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/ricky-gervais-bbc-netflix-interested-696189

FEATURE NEWS:

Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly Re-Team With Adam McKay On Sony’s ‘Border Guards’
Sony Pictures
is back in business with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and John C. Reilly. The studio has closed a deal with a deal with Jesse Armstrong to write Border Guards. It’s a comedy that McKay is eyeing to direct, with Ferrell and Reilly playing two hapless but earnest friends who decide to give purpose to their lives by protecting America’s borders from illegal immigrants. In the process they find themselves accidentally stranded in Mexico without identification and must sneak back into the USA.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/will-ferrell-john-c-reilly-adam-mckay-border-guards/

‘Hanna’ Writer Tapped to Pen ‘Who Is Jake Ellis?’ for Chernin and David Yates
Hanna” scribe Seth Lochhead has been set to write the adaptation of the Image comicbook “Who Is Jake Ellis?” for 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment. David Yates is attached to direct, with Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping producing. Ford Lytle Gilmore is exec producing. Based on the original comicbook series written by Nathan Edmondson and drawn by Tonci Zonjic, the story revolves around a former spy on the run who is kept safe by a mysterious man known as Jake Ellis.
http://variety.com/2014/film/news/hanna-who-is-jake-ellis-for-chernin-and-david-yates-1201157185/

Buzzfeed: 16 Movies To Be Excited About At The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival
Robert De Niro’s annual festival begins on April 16, and though BuzzFeed has only begun to see the offerings, here are the feature films we’re most looking forward to.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/jaimieetkin/16-movies-to-be-excited-about-at-the-2014-tribeca-film-festi

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

(sched) Maya Rudolph’s variety show: Guest list and air date revealed
The network has slated her variety show special, titled The Maya Rudolph Show, to air on May 19 at 10 p.m., and the Saturday Night Live vet will be joined by Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes, and Chris Parnell. The one-hour special, which also could double as the pilot for an ongoing series, is being executive produced by SNL overlord Lorne Michaels.
http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/04/15/maya-rudolph-variety-show-andy-samberg-kristen-bell/

Behind the scenes of “Scandal”
ABC
will be celebrating the finale with a special episode of the Jimmy Kimmel show titled “Behind the Scandalabra.” But perhaps the most interesting “Scandal” supplement is an episode of SundanceTV’s “The Writers’ Room,” which airs this Friday. The episode features show creator Shonda Rhimes, star Kerry Washington and a handful of producers dishing on the salacious, highly successful series. The show runners are asked to defend “Scandal’s” most outlandish moments, and do so by affecting a devil-may-care attitude toward plotting.
http://www.salon.com/2014/04/14/behind_the_scenes_of_scandal/

Salon: ABC News’ rightward lurch
Within the last few months, ABC’s hired Bill Kristol, Laura Ingraham and Ray Kelly. Why? Perhaps ABC News is repositioning itself as more conservative. NBC’s “Meet the Press” is struggling. It’s easy to imagine a television professional thinking that NBC’s problem is that viewers think it is too liberal, and that therefore the best way to beat it is to become more conservative.
http://www.salon.com/2014/04/15/abc_news_rightward_lurch/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

‘Heroes Reborn: Digital Series’ launching in conjunction with reboot
Heroes Reborn: Digital Series
, an online prequel in conjunction with the previously announced Heroes miniseries from executive producer Tim Kring, will be among the first series to debut on NBC.com as part of the network’s new original online video initiative announced Tuesday.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/04/15/heroes-digital-series-nbc/

Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim and Jason Woliner launch ‘Food Club’
Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim
(half of the beloved Tim & Eric duo), and Jason Woliner (Parks & Recreation and Human Giant director) are traversing Los Angeles’ diverse culinary scene to see who is worthy of their high praise in their new show Food Club. The three comedians have launched a new show where sample dishes across the City of Angels. Food Club is part of the JASH YouTube Network, a comedy channel populated by Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Reggie Watts, and Tim & Eric.
http://www.laughspin.com/2014/04/15/watch-aziz-ansari-eric-wareheim-and-jason-woliner-launch-food-club/

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

Film Execs Talk Shifting the Focus to TV
Alcon Entertainment’s Scott Parish, E2B Capital’s Cassian Elwes, Weinstein CFO, Andy Kim and EP Financial Solutions John Hadity talked money flow, casting, the reliability of the Monte Carlo Method and shifting the focus to television at Tuesday’s Film Finance Forum East. “While it’s riskier than reality television, it’s a model where if you can get into the second, third, fourth seasons it’s another revenue potential. It’s certainly less volatile than the film business (model).”
http://variety.com/2014/film/news/film-execs-talk-shifting-the-focus-to-tv-1201157616/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Manhattan Beach Studios Evacuated Due to Bomb Threat
Manhattan Beach Studios
has been evacuated due to a bomb threat, according to local reports. The MBS Media Campus, a sprawling facility formerly known as Raleigh Studios, is located at 1600 Rosecrans Avenue in Manhattan Beach. The local police reportedly have set up a perimeter around the block to investigate, with a command post located at 33rd and Aviation.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/manhattan-beach-studios-evacuated-due-696296

Alcon Partners With Sleeping Giant Media To Form Movie & TV Music Services Company
Alcon Entertainment
and Sleeping Giant Media, LLC have formed ASG Music Group, a joint venture designed to integrate the combined companies’ music enterprises into a new music model for the modern business of film, television and commercial media production. In addition to financing and producing original music and third party content for Alcon’s motion picture and television properties, ASG will partner with other film, television and commercial media companies to provide value added music and label services.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/alcon-partners-with-sleeping-giant-media-to-form-movie-tv-music-services-company/

This Is Us: Portrait of a Changing America
Pew Research’s
new report, The Next America, provides a portrait of these demographic and cultural shifts. It’s filled with fascinating details about who Americans are, what we believe, and how both of those things have changed over the last several decades.
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/04/this-is-us-portrait-of-a-changing-america/360631/

(video) Salon: These adorable kids have absolutely no clue what a Walkman is

Get ready to feel old: In the latest episode of "Kids React," kids discover cassette tapes, and 1970s technology
http://www.salon.com/2014/04/15/must_see_video_these_adorable_kids_have_absolutely_no_clue_what_a_walkman_is/

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