Afternoon News Update for Tuesday, 5/13/14.


TV Upfronts: THR Live-Blogs ABC’s Presentation
Get minute-to-minute updates from our staff inside Lincoln Center as network honcho Paul Lee sells his new schedule to advertisers.

ABC Schedule Analysis: Puzzle Pieces Are Coming Together
ABC has lined up what looks to be one of its strongest schedules in years, making key moves midweek, but largely keeping Friday, Sunday and Monday intact. For a second straight year, the Alphabet is making big changes on Tuesday.

(video) ABC’s New Series Trailers: ‘American Crime’, ‘Selfie’, ‘How To Get Away With Murder’, ‘Black-Ish’, More
Check out the first look at ABC‘s new comedies and dramas as part of the 2014-2015 series orders. The network has made full trailers of everything available now that its upfront presentation is underway. The sole holdout: Midseason drama Marvel’s Agent Carter. Stay tuned for that one.


SundanceTV Developing Modern Rip Van Winkle Drama
"Crack in the Sky"
centers on a Don Draper-type who falls asleep in 1962 and wakes up in 2012. The drama hails from E. Max Frye, who will pen the script and exec produce alongside Deborah Spera and Maria Grasso. The Sony Pictures Television drama will be produced by Marshall Persinger via Spera and Grasso’s Sony Pictures Television-based One-Two Punch Productions.

Drama Scripts Vie For Series Orders At AMC’s Annual Pilot Script Showcase
I hear at least five drama scripts are being spotlighted. That includes the Scott Free-produced World War II drama Raiders, which also made the cut for the script showcase last year, three projects from AMC’s March 2013 development slate: Ashland, White City and the Dahvi Waller Project, as well as one drama from the network’s recent March 2014 development slate, The Sparrow.

Nu Image, Active to Make Four SyFy Movies
Avi Lerner’s Nu Image Films has pacted with Active Entertainment to make four pics for Syfy, with budgets of $3 million apiece. Series follows previous titles including “Creature,” “Lava” and “The Snake King.” Boaz Davidson will head the project for Nu Image with Ken Badish of Active.


(video) ‘The Quest’ full trailer: Fantasy meets reality in ABC competition series
This summer, ABC is taking viewers on the ultimate geek fantasy in a combination of reality TV and Middle-earth. The Quest, a new fantasy competition series that puts 12 unlikely heroes against ogres and dragons in an imaginative and mythical realm filled with state-of-the-art-projections, animatronics, prosthetics, real-time motion capture, and art direction.


Netflix Exec Jenny Wall Joins Hulu as Marketing SVP
Former Netflix executive Jenny Wall has joined Hulu as senior vice president, Marketing, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins announced in an internal memo on Tuesday.


(opinion) Hitfix: A Note to ABC: Stop thinking audiences like ironic and reclaimed comedy titles
Titles are tough. I don’t have a magic answer for what titles are good and what titles are bad. I have, however, gotten a handy rule of thumb in recent years: If the ABC Comedy Development Department thinks a title is good, it probably isn’t.

240 Showrunners, Creators Urge FCC: Don’t Neuter Net Neutrality
More than 240 show runners and creators of TV and Internet programs on Tuesday sent a strong message to the head of the Federal Communications Commission: Back off on any changes that would weaken Net Neutrality. The signees of the letter — all members of the the Writers Guild of America, West — stressed to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler the importance of an open Internet to free speech and competitive markets.

(feature) Atlantic: The Racial Tensions Lurking Under the Surface of American Society
Even as they quickly condemn the likes of Donald Sterling, surveys reveal whites have serious misgivings about a more diverse nation. For civil-rights activists, the challenge is that the open racism of the past may transmute into what Ta-Nehisi Coates describes as an “elegant racism” that is less visible and that “disguises itself in the national vocabulary, avoids epithets and didacticism,” For researchers, journalists, and policymakers, the new challenge is that this positive social norm may make the public less willing to speak openly and candidly about race, a problem social scientists call “social-desirability bias.”