Afternoon News Update for Monday, 4/21/14.


‘Veep,’ ‘Silicon Valley’ Renewed at HBO
The comedies will be back for their fourth and second seasons, respectively.

John Turturro To Replace Robert De Niro As James Gandolfini’s Successor In HBO Mini ‘Criminal Justice’
There is a casting change on HBO‘s miniseries Criminal Justice, the passion project of the late James Gandolfini. John Turturro has stepped in to play the role of Jack Stone, originally played by Gandolfini in the pilot. Turturro replaces Robert De Niro who committed to succeeding the beloved Sopranos star last fall but has pulled out because of scheduling reasons.

(ratings) ‘Devious Maids’ Season 2 Premiere Rises From Series Debut in Key Demo
“Devious Maids” cleaned up in the ratings with its Season 2 premiere on Sunday. The Lifetime series from Marc Cherry enjoyed a decent ratings bump in the 18-49 demographic, climbing 15 percent over the series premiere with 951,000 viewers in the demo. In total viewers, the “Maids” premiere drew even with the series premiere, drawing 2 million viewers.

(ratings) ‘Salem’ Premiere Scares Up a 7-Year Ratings High for WGN America
The premiere of WGN America’s first original series “Salem” provided a ratings surge for the network, yielding the network’s best numbers since 2007. The witch series drew 1.5 million total viewers with its 10 p.m. premiere, with 647,000 of them in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic.

(ratings) ‘Orphan Black’ Season 2 Premiere Hits Series Ratings High in Key Demo
The Season 2 premiere of the BBC America series hit a series high Saturday, doubling its Season 1 average in the 18-49 demographic most important to advertisers. The 9 p.m. premiere grabbed 391,000 viewers in the demo, and 620,000 total viewers. On the social media front, the “Orphan Black” season premiere ranked as the top program on Twitter and Tumblr for the day, generating 43,000 tweets and 277,000 Tumblr posts on Saturday.


NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’ Hit With Editors StrikeJust more than a month before its reboot is set to debut, NBC‘s Last Comic Standingtoday has been knocked down by a labor action. About 15 editors and assistant editors walked off the job today in a no-joke strike organized by the Motion Picture Editors Guild, IATSE Local 700, I’ve learned. Hired by NBC Studios on a non-union basis, the editors are seeking a union contract that includes industry-standard health insurance and pension benefits

TLC cancels ‘Women of Homicide,’ which featured APD detective Summer Benton
has chosen, after just two airings, to shelve “Women of Homicide,” which featured Atlanta Police Department homicide detective Summer Benton.


‘House of Cards’ Helps Netflix Add 4 Million New Subscribers in Q1
added four million subscribers in the first fiscal quarter of 2014, besting analysts’ expectations and its own performance from a year ago. Netflix now has more than 46 million paying subscribers, 34.38 million of them in the United States.

Netflix to Raise Prices $1 to $2 per Month for New Subscribers
announced that it expects to increase the cost of its streaming-video service by one or two dollars monthly for new subscribers later in the second quarter of 2014.


Michael Grindon to Head Worldwide TV Distribution Unit for Legendary
Former Sony Pictures TV exec Michael Grindon is heading to Legendary TV to oversee a new worldwide TV distribution unit. Grindon will work with Legendary TV and Digital prexy Bruce Rosenblum in building out the company’s small screen business.


TiVo: Adherence to C3 Is Sucking Millions Out of TV Ad Market
TiVo Research
on Monday revealed that broadcasters beholden to the dated C3 metric are leaving hundreds of millions of dollars in ad sales revenue on the table. According to TiVo’s analysis of its top 10 “Season Pass” broadcast series (a designation reserved for the shows that subscribers most commonly flag for automatic, full-season recording), there is an average lift of 8.2 percent in overall deliveries when four days of playback are added to the C3 data. As that increase is not compensated under the current metric, this translates to an overall loss of $87.8 million in ad sales for those 10 programs.

Salon: “Game of Thrones” glamorizes rape: That was not consent, and rape is not a narrative device
Whatever Alex Graves’ artistic intentions may have been, something went terribly wrong here. What ended up on the screen was sensationalized rape. In the books, Cersei and Jaime do, indeed, have a sexual encounter as Joffrey’s corpse lies in repose, and that scene is rough — but Cersei’s consent is clear. It is curious that the show once again decided to take a consensual sexual encounter, as written in the books, and turn it into rape for the television audience.

World’s Best-Selling Author James Patterson on How to Write an Unputdownable Story
James Patterson’s books account for one out of every 17 hardcover novels purchased in the United States. The wildly prolific author talks to Co.Create about how to tell a story that will hook people in.