Afternoon News Update for Wednesday, 6/11/14.


Starz Renews 50 Cent Drama ‘Power’ for Second Season
From executive producer Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, the drama will return for a larger run of 10 episodes in 2015.

Pamela Fryman Joins CBS Comedy Series ‘The McCarthys’ As Exec Producer/Director
After nine seasons as director/executive producer on How I Met Your Mother, Pamela Fryman is joining a new multi-camera CBS comedy series in the same capacity,The McCarthys. Fryman will direct eight episodes of the show’s initial 12-episode order.

Carol Mendelsohn Steps Down as CSI Co-Showrunner
The “CSI” crew is losing a long-standing member. Series co-showrunner Carol Mendelsohn, who was with the series from its beginnings 14 years ago, is stepping down as day-to-day co-showrunner of the series, leaving Don McGill as the show’s sole showrunner.

‘Homeland’ Adds ‘Smash’ Star, ‘Roseanne’ Alum for Season 4
Following the additions of Laila Robins and Corey Stoll, the Showtime drama continues to fill out the cast for its upcoming return with actors Raza Jaffrey and Michael O’Keefe.

(animated) ‘Sanjay and Craig’ Renewed for Twenty Episode Season Three by Nickelodeon
has renewed animated series Sanjay and Craig for a twenty episode season three.

Time: Breaking Good: How Fargo Changed Cable’s Antihero Game
The antihero was, among other things, a way of solving a storytelling problem: how do you break from the tired formula of good guys against bad guys while building a narrative around a protagonist people will want to keep watching for years? Those stories have been responsible for some great TV, but over time they threatened to became their own kind of formula: 50 shades of morally gray. Fargo has managed to do something different. It’s telling a story of actual good people and actual bad people, one in which we have clear rooting interests, without moralizing or dumbing down its worldview.

Grantland: Summer TV Preview!
Once the dumping ground for series that were unwatched, unwanted, or otherwise Canadian, the summer is now prime time for serious television. The next two months will bring a deluge of debuts and season premieres of shows ranging from the terribly interesting to the interestingly terrible.


Kristen Wiig to Make Directorial Debut on Buddy Comedy
Kristen Wiig
will star in and direct her first movie, a comedy she’s co-writing with “Bridesmaids” partner Annie Mumolo, for Tom Rothman’s TriStar Prods. Details of the project are being kept under wraps beyond that Wiig and Mumolo will play best friends who find themselves in over their heads and out of their depth.


Deadline: What TV Series Do Rich And Smart People Watch? You Might Be Surprised
In the TV season just concluded, the highest indexing primetime broadcast series (non-sports) among demo viewers, in homes earning $150K+ per year, was ABC’s The Bachelor. Surprising to some, six of the TV season’s highest indexing non-sports broadcast shows with demo viewers in 150K+homes are reality series, also including ABC’s The Bachelorette and Shark Tank, NBC’s American Dream Builders, ABC’s Dancing With The Stars and Amazing Race.

Esquire Greenlights Spike Feresten-Hosted ‘Car Matchmaker’
Spike Feresten
will host Car Matchmaker, a 13-episode series from Relativity TV division Ellen Rakieten Entertainment. Esquire Network has ordered 13 episodes for a fall premiere. The half-hour show centers on Feresten finding a guy in need of a car, getting to know him, then drawing upon his two decades of expertise and instinct to find three different cars perfectly suited to the buyer. At the end of each episode, a car is chosen.

Chilli, Harry Shum Jr. & Michael Curry to Serve as Judges on truTV’s ‘Fake Off’, Hosted by Robert Hoffman
Actor and dancer Robert Hoffman will host truTV’s new series Fake Off, which will feature ten teams from around the country competing against each other in the captivating art of Faking, a mix of theater, acrobatics, black light and illusion.


Paula Deen Launching Her Own Online Network
After the disintegration of her business empire last year, Paula Deen is launching her own subscription-based online network, she announced on her website.

Netflix to reboot ‘The Magic School Bus’
will premiere 26 episodes of the revamped series to be produced by Scholastic Media, which will feature new CG animation and a more hi-tech school bus.

(video) “SNL’s” Vanessa Bayer gives Drake social media advice in a new Lorne Michaels-produced web series

Check out "Sound Advice ft. Drake” from Michaels’ Above Average YouTube channel.


‘NCIS’ Is the Most-Watched Drama in the World
The CBS drama was named the most-watched drama in the world on Wednesday at the 54th Monte-Carlo Television Festival, where it was given the International Television Audience Award for a Drama TV Series.


Disney’s Food-Focused ‘Feast’ Short Gets Stomping Ovation at Annecy
A 6-minute short with the understated titled of “Feast” made its world premiere at the Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival on Tuesday. “Feast” is the first project to result from a new in-house program in which employees of Walt Disney Animation Studios are invited to pitch short-film ideas to John Lasseter and the “Idea Trust.” If selected, the director can then put together a small team and step away from whatever project they were working on to develop and execute the short — in Osborne’s case, co-head of animation on the upcoming fall feature “Big Hero 6.”

Disney Slammed In Discrimination Suit By 26-Year Veteran Exec
Kevin Brady
says he was pink slipped under false pretenses by Disney last June after nearly 26 seemingly successful years with the company. “While the Disney defendants claimed that Plaintiff’s position was eliminated, Plaintiff was actually replaced by an individual in her late 20s or early 30s,” says the 11-page complaint filed Tuesday (read it here).


(video) Watch Shonda Rhimes’s Wonderfully Candid Dartmouth Commencement Speech
Shonda Rhimes
gave Dartmouth’s commencement address on Sunday, noting to the sea of students that she was worried that she might "pass out or die or poop my pants" midway. But! She made it — imparting much general wisdom and some added tips on being someone whom many people assume effortlessly "does it all." (The secret? "You don’t.")


Variety: TV Shows Hit the Road With Flurry of Live Events
Today’s live events are an inexact science that nets are finessing not just to sell their products, but also to boost their off-screen relationships with their fans. Some music-based shows, both scripted (“Nashville”) and unscripted (“American Idol”), are staging live concert tours to showcase talent and wrangle viewers; toon nets such as Adult Swim and Cartoon Network are building living, breathing worlds to service multiple-age demos; and shows with cult followings, such as “Game of Thrones,” are turning live events into social opportunities a la Comic-Con.

Fox TV Stations to Get Local Market Ratings From Rentrak
and Fox Television Stations entered into a long-term agreement, providing local market TV ratings services to all Fox-owned television stations. The deal represents 28 stations across 18 markets, and puts pressure on Nielsen, which many local stations have complained does not factor online, on demand and mobile viewers into their audience size.

Salon: Amazon makes a mess with Lego
At the New York Times, David Streitfeld reports that since mid-May Amazon has been blocking pre-orders for Warner DVDs — including “The Lego Movie.” At issue is the same underlying dynamic at work in Amazon’s fight with the Hachette publishing conglomerate: Amazon is meeting unprecedented resistance as it pressures its suppliers to lower their prices.

Amazon Said to Be Close to Unveiling Music Streaming Service
The feature will give Amazon Prime subscribers access to thousands of songs but omit most new releases, people briefed on the company’s plans said.