Evening News Update for Monday, 4/28/14.


Yahoo Preps Pair Of Original 30-Minute Comedy Series For Web
The company is launching its first longform projects, ordering eight episodes each of the comedies Other Space and Sin City Saints. The news hurls Yahoo into the original-content streaming business. Paul Feig is behind Other Space, a galactic adventure set in the early 22nd century about spaceship on a routine collection mission stumbles into the greatest discovery in history: an alternate universe, far stranger and way more dangerous than ours. Sin City Saints, from EP Mike Tollin and director Bryan Gordon is an off-beat comedy set in the front office of a fictional pro basketball expansion team.

Fox Orders ‘Grease Live’ Broadcast for 2015
The three-hour event from Paramount TV will feature a young ensemble cast and air live next year.

‘Red Road’ Renewed for Second Season at Sundance TV
The Jason Momoa starrer will return for another round of six episodes in 2015.

Looks Like The Comeback Really Is Coming Back
According to E!, the six-episode revival will go into production May 19, with Malin Akerman and Kellan Lutz onboard to return. No word yet on the exact story lines.

Sarah Silverman Boards ‘Masters of Sex’
The comedian will recur on the second season of the Showtime drama.

(video) Clive Owen Plays a Bloody Surgeon in Teaser for Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Knick’
Steven Soderbergh is returning to the small screen with a medical drama that promises to be bloody good. “The Knick,” which stars Clive Owen, chronicles the lives of the employees of New York’s Knickerbocker General Hospital, including Dr. John Thackery (Owen). T


Craig Ferguson to leave ‘Late Late Show’
Ferguson told his studio audience Monday that he will step down in December. Ferguson’s contract, like Colbert’s with Comedy Central, expires in 2015.

Bravo’s Unscripted Slate Includes Female CEOs, NY Trainers, And North Dakota
Bravo Media
today unveiled five new unscripted series in development. Fempire follows female CEOs dominating their field, The Fit Club, tackles New York City’s hottest trainers, Why Not Minot? looks at the wealthy area of Minot, ND, Last Chance gives couples one last opportunity to salvage their relationship by putting them on television, and Crowd Control, in which social media decides participants’ life decisions, from what job they take to the food they eat.

Gloria Estefan musical to debut in 2015, reality show to feature casting
‘On Your Feet,’
a bilingual stage show, will have an accompanying reality show, which will follow the Latin superstar as she auditions women around the globe to play her as a teenager and a twentysomething. The musical tell Estefan’s story from her early years in Miami through her near-fatal accident in 1990.

E! Signs EJ Johnson To Overall Deal, Includes Second Season of ‘#RichKids of Beverly Hills’
EJ Johnson
has signed a new overall deal with E! to return to the network’s series #RichKids Of Beverly Hills for its second season. The series documents the lives of social-media-savvy socialites in the 90210, including billionaire offspring Dorothy Wang and lifestyle blogger Morgan Stewart; EJ, who was a secondary cast member in the first season, is expected to play a larger role in Season 2. Johnson, son of Magic and Cookie Johnson, also will make appearances on a variety of the network’s programs to showcase his fashion expertise.


Netflix Agrees to Pay Verizon for Direct Connections
has — reluctantly — inked a deal with Verizon Communications, under which the streaming-video service will pay the telco for high-speed interconnections. Deal comes after Netflix reached a similar agreement with Comcast in February.


Disney to Invest Another $800 Million In Shanghai Resort
Adding to one of its largest foreign investments to date, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the company will pour an extra $800 million into Shanghai Disney Resort, expanding the park’s overall cost by over 10%. The additional $800 million will be used primarily for additional attractions, entertainment and other offerings to increase capacity at the theme park, which is scheduled to open in December 2015.

Disney Tried to Acquire BuzzFeed
Fortune reports that the Walt Disney Co. was in negotiations earlier this year to acquire the media outlet famous for providing all of those lists about things you never knew you cared about, as well as serious, in-depth journalism. The finance publication cites the popular website’s $1 billion price tag as the main reason talks fell through.


Jeffrey Katzenberg Predicts 3-Week Theatrical Window in Future
“I think the model will change and you won’t pay for the window of availability. A movie will come out and you will have 17 days, that’s exactly three weekends, which is 95% of the revenue for 98% of movies. On the 18th day, these movies will be available everywhere ubiquitously and you will pay for the size. A movie screen will be $15. A 75” TV will be $4.00. A smartphone will be $1.99. That enterprise that will exist thought the world, when that happens, and it will happen, it will reinvent the enterprise of movies,” he told the crowd.

LinkedIn: Lauren Zalaznick: How Project Runway "Flopped"
Instead of pulling Project Runway repeats from the schedule over the next two weeks for shows we knew could pull a rating, we doubled down on Runway. We tripled down. We infinitied down. We decided to air the first three episodes as much as we possibly could. In the days before “binging,” cable had invented “marathoning.” So, in prime time, in daytime, on weekends, in late night, in early morning, we aired those episodes back-to-back-to-back. Rinse. Repeat. We would promote Runway in every commercial break, sometimes twice, to the exclusion of almost every other show on the channel.


(books) (review) Hypercritical: Creativity, Inc.
Ed Catmull’s dream was to create the first fully computer-animated feature film. As a child, I also dreamed of such a thing; Catmull and the rest of the people at Pixar actually made it happen. Similarly, as an adult, I’ve clung to the notion that critical thinking can be both useful and powerful. Creativity, Inc. explains just how powerful it can be when practiced by a handful of the most brilliant technical and creative people alive today.

Meet Jacqueline Toboni, ‘Grimm’s’ newest Grimm
While "Grimm" co-creator Jim Kouf was doing a speaking engagement at the University of Michigan, which his daughter attends, he witnessed Jacqueline Toboni do a table read of one of his scripts and realized he might have found the show’s newest Grimm. Toboni’s unintended audition earned her a trip to Los Angeles, and it didn’t take long for her to get the "Grimm" casting team’s approval.


NYT: Netflix vs Amazon, and the new economics of television
To make sense of the changing tides of media (and especially television) economics, remember this simple idea: To be successful in the evolving world of media, a company needs to control either the content, or the pipes. If it has neither, it’s a mere middleman, consigned to low or no profitability.

Pennsylvania: Fontana Calls for Strengthening State’s Film Tax Credit program
State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) has introduced legislation that would make more money available to the state’s film production tax credit program by recapturing unused credits from the previous year. If such a law were currently in place, nearly $22 million more in credits would be available to attract film and television productions to Pennsylvania this year.

HBR: Why a Quarter of Americans Don’t Trust Their Employers
Q: When it comes to how employees feel about their employers, the big theme in this year’s study is trust — or a lack of it. What’s going on here?

Although almost two-thirds of employees feel like their company treats them fairly, other aspects don’t look so good. More than half feel like their employer isn’t open and upfront, a third feel that their organization isn’t always honest and truthful. One in four say they don’t trust their employer at all, and that’s a big deal.

538: Both Republicans And Democrats Have an Age Problem
The trend in recent years has been toward an older Congress. It’s gotten no better — and maybe a bit worse — under Obama. We collected data from a variety of sources, including GovTrack.us, the Sunlight Foundation and The New York Times’ Congress API, on members of Congress since 1947. (We’ve posted our data compilation here.) The people who represent us are considerably older than the population as a whole.