Afternoon News Update for Friday, 6/6/14.


J.K. Rowling’s ‘Casual Vacancy’ miniseries announces cast
The BBC and HBO have announced the cast for the upcoming miniseries adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s novel The Casual Vacancy. Leading the cast is Michael Gambon as Howard Mollison, as well as Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan, Julia McKenzie, and newcomer Abigail Lawrie. The story focuses on a local election in Pagford after a sudden death.

Pedro Pascal To Star In Netflix Drama Series ‘Narcos’
Hot off of his role on HBO’s Game Of Thrones, Pedro Pascal has been set to star opposite Wagner Moura on Netflix‘s drama series Narcos.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead To Star In A&E Drama Series ‘The Returned’, 2 Others Cast
One of the most hotly pursued actresses this past pilot season, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, has been tapped as one of the leads in Carlton Cuse’s 10-episode A&E Network drama series The Returned. Also cast in the adaptation of the acclaimed French series are Sandrine Holt and Agnes Bruckner.

(review) THR: ‘Power’
Omari Hardwick
and Naturi Naughton star in the Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson-produced drama about a drug dealer who owns a new nightclub in New York. Power seemingly wants to be a show that tells a big, complicated, meaningful story about, well, the perils and problems of power and how one man deals with them. In fact, no part of Power is particularly intriguing. It feels like a superficial video rather than a real drama.

(rumor) Hayley Atwell Hints That Dominic Cooper Will Be In Agent Carter Series
Whether Dominic Cooper will reprise his role as Howard Stark on the show has been an open-ended question ever since the show was greenlit, but even though we all pretty much assumed and hoped he’d be in it in some capacity, now Atwell seems to confirm this is indeed the case. At a recent fashion event, Daily Telegraph asked Atwell about pranking co-stars, and she replied with how she hopes to deal with Cooper, presumably when they’re doing Agent Cartertogether: He’s incredibly naughty. So I’m going to start the pranks as early as I can. He will come up with some very good ones, too.

VanityFair: Why Are So Many Women on T.V. Going to Prison?
Something strange was in the water of cable drama last year. After Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black was a huge surprise hit over the summer, three long-running shows, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, and Shameless, put their female leads behind bars. This isn’t really a case of imitation or cause and effect. But it does mean that there’s something new in the way television is treating its female characters. And contrary to what you may think, it turns out that putting these T.V. women in cages is not at all about making them weaker. In fact, the opposite is true.


Exec Shuffle For 6/6/14: Netflix, Warner Bros. Pictures, John Wells Productions, AMC TV
20th Century Fox Television: Greg Drebin
has been named Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Television Distribution. Beth Miyares has joined as the Senior Vice President of Drama Development & Programming. Connor Welch has joined as the Vice President of Comedy Development & Programming.
Bristow Global Media: Claire Adams has been named Head of Content.
NuvoTV: Lynette Ramirez
has been named Senior Vice President of Programming and Development.
Shine America: Michael Brooks
has joined as the Senior Vice President of Unscripted Programming.
SiTV Media: Bill Hilary has been named President.
Warner Bros Pictures: Drew Crevello
has joined as the Senior Vice President of Production.
Ian Bryce Productions: Rebecca Rajkowski
has been named the Senior Vice President of Production.
John Wells Productions: Zach Studin
has joined as the Senior Vice President of Features.
Jukin Media: Jessica Samet
has been named Head of Television Production.
Leftfield Pictures: Jason Burinescu has joined as the Head of Development, West Coast. David George has been named President.
Pixeldust Studios: Lori Butterfield
has joined as Senior Vice President, Creative Content and Development.


VanityFair: 40 Years of Improv Comedy: An Oral History of the Groundlings
It’s the theatre where Pee-wee Herman was born; where Saturday Night Live found Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, and many of its stars; and the venue where Melissa McCarthy met her husband and comedy collaborator, Ben Falcone. As the iconic improv theatre turns 40, all hail The Groundlings.

LAMag: Fire in the Belly
TV has been near to bursting with pregnant leads of late. It used to be that almost the only women who appeared pregnant on set were made to look that way. These days, as the clout of certain female stars has grown, producers have perfected all sorts of sophisticated tricks to keep actresses working, at times even using body doubles and computer graphics. Cinematographers frame shots to obscure a protruding abdomen, hiding it behind a counter. Costume designers use not just forgiving wardrobe choices but magician-like misdirection.

North Carolina Senate OKs Deep Cuts In State’s Production Tax Credits
The North Carolina state Senate voted today to approve a sharply diminished form of the state’s film tax incentives, which would slash funding for the program by two-thirds. The Tar Heel State’s current program, which has been beset by allegations of abuse, expires at the end of the year, and a proposed extension was facing an uphill political battle, with Gov. Pat McCrory calling for deep cuts in the program. On Thursday, the state Senate approved a proposal that would turn the incentives program into a grant program and substantially reduce its state funding, with a $20 million annual budget compared with $60 million last year.

GigaOm: Close to half of all U.S. households subscribe to Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu Plus
Forty-seven percent of all U.S. households subscribe to Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime or a combination of these services, and 49 percent of all households have at least one TV connected to the internet, according to a new study from the Leichtman Research Group about emerging video services. Thirty-four percent of the people quizzed for this study said that they watch online video every day, and 61 percent do so every week.

Adweek: Videology Breaks Down How Millennials Consume TV
Today’s millennial viewer spent more time on digital media than watching TV last year, according to a new infographic by programmatic video advertising platform Videology, with 34 percent admitting to tuning into more online video than broadcasted shows.

FiveThirtyEight: The Job Market’s Five-Year Recovery in 10 Charts
Six-and-a-half years after the Great Recession began — and five years after it officially ended— the U.S. has finally surpassed its pre-crisis employment peak. But the job market is far from fully healed. U.S. employers added 217,000 jobs in May, bringing total non-farm employment to 138.5 million – 113,000 more than the 138.4 million jobs that existed in December 2007, the first month of the recession. It took 76 months to regain the nearly 9 million jobs lost in the recession, making this by far the slowest jobs recovery since World War II.