Afternoon News Update for Friday, 5/2/14.


Ray Romano Boards HBO’s Scorsese-Jagger Rock Drama
He joins a cast that includes Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde in the pilot set to film in the summer.

(review) THR: 24: Live Another Day
The action-packed but still mostly brainless thriller is back, and as long as the series has no pretension to greatness, it’s a lot of fun.

(video) New ‘Power’ trailer: Starz series from 50 Cent shows dark world of clubs and drugs
Omari Hardwick
(The A-Team) stars as Ghost, a wealthy NYC nightclub owner living a double life as one of the most lucrative drug dealers in the city. As the show begins, he’s trying to leave his life of crime behind to improve his business and the lives of his family.

(video) Starz’s New Outlander Trailer Showcases Time Travel, Scotland and 50 Percent More Jamie
The series follows the story of Claire Randall (played by Irish actress Caitriona Balfe), a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser (newcomer Sam Heughan), a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

(opinion) THR: 10 TV Pilots Likely to Score Series Pickups
Spinoffs, family comedies and more of the hottest pilots likely to land on the 2014-15 schedule.


LeBron James High School Tale A Jump Ball With Four Studios Courting
A feature based on the high school years of Miami Heat star LeBron James is in play, and I’m hearing there are two offers on the table, with at least two more expected. The project is based on a pitch by Frank E. Flowers, with Terence Winter and Rachel Winter attached to produce with James and his manager Maverick Carter.

Screen Gems Sets Stefan Ruzowitsky For Zombie Tale ‘Patient Zero’
Screen Gems
has set Stefan Ruzowitzky to direct Patient Zero, a Mike Le-scripted thriller that puts a new spin on the zombie film. In Patient Zero, an unprecedented global pandemic has resulted in the evolution of a new species. An aggressive form of rabies turns the infected into predators, addicted to violence. An inexplicably gifted human survivor with the ability to speak their new language spearheads a hunt for Patient Zero in order to find a cure to save his infected wife and humanity.


Lifetime and MENSA Partner for Reality Show
"Child Genius,"
a spin on a UK format, pits intelligent kids against one another in an eight-part competition.


ITV orders drama at Eleventh Hour
UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned a four-part thriller from local indie Eleventh Hour Films (EHF). The order for Safe House (4×60′) marks the first drama commission for EHF, which was established by Jill Green. Based on a true story, the show tells the story of a couple who turn their remote B&B into a safe house. Created and written by Michael Crompton, it has been designed to be a returnable series.


Casey Affleck Launching Production Company
Casey Affleck is pairing up with producer John Powers Middleton to launch a production company focused on creating films and TV series. The duo has not yet finalized details on the rumored — and unnamed — joint venture, which has not been officially announced. Speculation has emerged that a production chief will be selected later this month.

Kerry Washington welcomes a daughter
The “Scandal” star and her husband, former NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, gave birth to Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha on April 21, just four days after the season finale.

R.J. Cutler Inks Deal With CBS TV Studios
Director-producer R. J. Cutler has signed a first-look development deal with CBS Television Studios for scripted projects. The deal formalizes Cutler’s relationship with the studio where he has worked on several projects, including directing last season’s drama pilot The Ordained.

Exec Shuffle For 5/1/14: Elzer & Associates, Harpo Films, Resolution, A&E Networks
FOX Broadcasting Company: Kristen Schwarz
has been promoted to Coordinator, Comedy Programming & Development.
Lionsgate: Peter Levin has joined as President of Interactive Ventures and Games.
Universal Television: Stacey Silverman
is joining as Vice President, Drama Development, as of June 1st, 2014.
Harpo Films: Carla Gardini
has joined as Executive Vice President, Production & Development.
Paramount Insurge & Paramount Television: Sasha Silver
is joining as Creative Executive, as of May 12th, 2014.

Dick Clark Productions: Mark Bracco has joined as Executive Vice President, Programming and Development.

The Hurwitz Company: Max Broude has joined as Manager, Comedy Development.

Wilshire Studios: Benny Reuven has joined as Vice President, Development & Programming.
WV Enterprises: Burrad Marsh has been promoted to Vice President, Television Development.

A+E Networks: David Granville Smith has joined as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

The Africa Channel: Narendra Reddy has joined as Senior Vice President, Programming & Production.
AMC Networks: Kristin Jones has joined as International Scripted Consultant.

National Geographic Channels: Clara Kim has joined as Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs for National Geographic Channels and National Geographic Channels International.
Nickelodeon: Jenna Hymanson has been promoted to Manager, Current Series.
Nickelodeon: Erin Ochi has been promoted to Coordinator, Current Series.
Nickelodeon: Kristina Rodriguez has been promoted to Manager, Music & Talent.

TLC: Jack Tarantino has joined as Vice President, Production, West Coast.
TLC: Elvia Van Es Oliva has joined as Vice President, Development, West Coast.
TLC & Animal Planet: Victoria Lowell has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Marketing.


(video) (gaming) ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ with Kevin Spacey Gets First Trailer
has offered up the first trailer for this year’s installment of its blockbuster “Call of Duty” videogame franchise, entitled “Advanced Warfare.” Kevin Spacey stars as the villain in the new game.

538: The 11 Defining Features of the Summer Blockbuster
As we enter this year’s blockbuster season, I decided it was worth trying to quantify some of these tropes to see how their prevalence in blockbuster movies has changed over time.

GQ: The Horrible Bosses of Hollywood
It sounds so glamorous, working in Hollywood. Doesn’t it? Sure, if you’re a studio chief or an actor with your own trailer. But if you’re a powerless minion, it’s a special kind of hell. Long before he was the boss of this magazine, Jim Nelson endured the worst humiliation that town can offer: life as a Hollywood assistant