Afternoon News Update for Tuesday, 5/27/14.


HBO Developing 1960s Gay-Rights Drama From Adam Shankman
Feature writer David Kajganich will pen the script for "Open City," which comes as HBO has found critical success with its adaptation of "The Normal Heart." Open City is set in the vibrant, turbulent John Lindsay-era New York of the late 1960s and explores characters from disparate corners of Manhattan as they navigate the cultural revolution and political turmoil of the era. The drama will also examine the unlikely alliance between the Mafia and the city’s gay community in the opening of a West Village nightclub.

Paramount TV Signs Deal with ‘True Detective’ Producer Anonymous Content
Paramount Television
has signed a three-year production deal with Anonymous Content, the management and production company responsible for “True Detective.” Their first series together will be a drama based on the best-selling novel “The Alienist.” Paramount will get first dibs on any scripted TV developed by Anonymous

NBC Restructures Scripted, Tal Rabinowitz Out
The move combines development and current, elevating Pearlena Igbokwe and Vernon Sanders, as the comedy development exec exits after several troubled years on the sitcom front.

Charlie Cox to Star in ‘Daredevil’ TV Series for Marvel and Netflix
British actor Charlie Cox has secured the titular role of “Daredevil” in Marvel/Netflix’s upcoming live-action series.

(awards) ‘Good Wife,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘True Detective’ Lead TCA Award Nominees
“The Good Wife,” “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones” and “True Detective” are among the series landing multiple nominations in this year’s Television Critics Assn. Awards derby. Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” joins that trio in the org’s program of the year category, which didn’t leave room for any half-hour comedies.

(review) THR: ‘Halt and Catch Fire’
This could be AMC’s next great drama, or it could be just as mediocre as the last two it launched. It’s a bright idea, well acted and well written, but with only the pilot to judge, all positives come with a huge caveat.


Nicolas Cage Starrer ‘The Runner’ Adds ‘Revenge’s Madeleine Stowe
Madeleine Stowe
has signed up to Austin Stark‘s political drama The Runner alongside Nicolas Cage. Stowe will play Deborah Price, the steely spouse of Cage’s congressman. Bound together by ambition, the two are stuck in a virtually dead marriage that sees Stowe’s character turning the other way regarding her husband’s publicly revealed infidelities.

Buzzfeed: The 7 Best Movies From The 2014 Cannes Film Festival
The festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or, went to the Turkish drama Winter Sleep, but there were plenty of other excellent movies to be seen this year. Clouds of Sils Maria; Mr. Turner; Mommy; Wild Tales; Foxcatcher; It Follows; Two Days, One Night.


A+E Unveils FYI Rebrand Art and Video, Sets Seven Originals for July Launch
The lifestyle cable network, formerly Bio, readies for its July 8 launch date with first looks at series "Married at First Sight," "The Feed," "Tiny House Nation" and more.


ESPN’s Bodenheimer to exit sports giant after 33 years
George Bodenheimer
, who joined ESPN in 1981 as a driver in the mailroom and rose to the top of the cable sports giant, is exiting the company at the end of the month. Executive chairman of ESPN’s board, Bodenheimer told staff Tuesday that this would be his final week.


Jonathan Gordon Joins Annapurna Pictures as President of Production
Having served as one of the producers of "American Hustle," he will now oversee development and production for Megan Ellison’s company.

Nickelodeon SVP Development Brian Wright Exits
SVP of live-action development Brian Wright has left the network effective today. Wright’s departure comes four months after Nickelodeon upped head of casting Sarah Noonan to SVP Live Action Content, overseeing live-action development and production.

Maury McIntyre Named TV Academy President & COO
Maury McIntyre
has been promoted to the post, filling the void left by the April passing of former president Lucy Hood. McIntyre, who joined the TV Academy in March of 2013 as VP of Digital, has overseen the introduction of the Academy’s new website and content distribution partnership with Yahoo.


NYT: Faking cultural literacy
It’s never been so easy to pretend to know so much without actually knowing anything. We pick topical, relevant bits from Facebook, Twitter or emailed news alerts, and then regurgitate them. Instead of watching “Mad Men” or the Super Bowl or the Oscars or a presidential debate, you can simply scroll through someone else’s live-tweeting of it, or read the recaps the next day. Our cultural canon is becoming determined by whatever gets the most clicks.

(video) Kottke: How to do visual comedy
Using Edgar Wright as a positive example, Tony Zhou laments the lack of good visual comedy in American comedies and provides examples from Wright’s films (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, etc.) to show how it’s done properly.

PolicyMic: While Writing for ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ I Realized I Am Gay
Five months after my wedding, I flew to New York to start production on my first episode of Orange, and from that moment on my life fell into a parallel rhythm with Piper’s story in a way that went from interesting to terrifying in a matter of months.