Evening News Update for Monday, 6/23/14.


AMC Renews ‘Turn’ for a Second Season
The Revolutionary War drama, one of the network’s two scripted launches for 2014, will return with 10 new episodes next year.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Ups Caterina Scorsone to Regular for Season 11
will return to reprise her "Private Practice" role of Dr. Amelia Shepherd, in part filling a hole left by original castmember Sandra Oh’s departure.

PJ Byrne Joins Martin Scorsese’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Pilot At HBO
PJ Byrne
has joined the burgeoning cast of HBO‘s untitled rock n’ roll pilot from director Martin Scorsese.

(ratings) TNT’s ‘Last Ship’ ratings: Cable’s top debut so far this year
TNT’s action-adventure series The Last Ship opened big Sunday night, delivering 5.3 million viewers for its premiere episode. When including encore telecasts, Last Ship totaled 7.4 million and Falling Skies had 4.7 million.


‘X-Men’ Scribe Zak Penn to Rewrite ‘Ready Player One’ for Warner Bros.
Four years after winning a bidding war for Ernie Cline’s acclaimed sci-fi novel “Ready Player One,” Warner Bros. has hired comic book movie scribe Zak Penn to rewrite the script. “Ready Player One” is a futuristic tale that follows teenager Wade Watts, who likes to escape the real world by logging into Oasis, a globally-networked virtual utopia where users lead idyllic alternate lives. When the game‘s eccentric billionaire creator dies, he offers up his fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt.

Remake of Korean Thriller ‘Secret’ Finds Screenwriter
New Line
and CJ Entertainment are moving forward with their remake of CJ’s Korean crime thriller “Secret,” tapping Peter O’Brien to write the script. Guy Stodel is producing the pic along with Jiwon Park of CJ Entertainment. The 2009 film, directed by Yoon Jae-goo, centers on a homicide detective in Seoul who finds incriminating evidence that may implicate his wife at a murder scene, forcing him to unravel the mystery before everyone else.


Gordon Ramsay Says He’s Retiring ‘Kitchen Nightmares’
The chef and TV personality, who isn’t exactly running low on series, writes "I’ve decided to stop making the show."

(ratings) Bigger Than Baseball: U.S.-Portugal World Cup Match Outdoes World Series in Ratings
The World Cup game drew 18.2 million viewers Sunday evening on ESPN, the most viewers for a soccer game — more than the N.B.A. Finals or World Series.


Disney TV Animation Begins Production on ‘Pickle & Peanut’
It’s getting harder and harder to tell the difference between YouTube cartoons dreamt up by teens in their bedrooms and big-budget TV studio productions created by professionally-trained artists. Today, Disney Television Animation announced the beginning of production on "Pickle & Peanut," a "buddy comedy series about two unlikely friends—an emotional pickle and a freewheeling peanut…two underdogs who dream up plans to be anything but ordinary." The hybrid 2D animation/live-action Pickle & Peanut will debut in fall 2015 on Disney XD. Concept was created by Noah Z. Jones and developed by Joel Trussell.


AMC Theatres Hires New President of Programming
John D. Calkins
previously served as an executive at Sony Pictures and Warner Bros.


New Republic: ‘Orphan Black’ Embodies the Female Gaze Better than Anything Else on Television
Filling the show with so many versions of Tatiana Maslany has the curious effect of shunting the straight male characters off to the sidelines, playing helpful sidekicks or inept villains. But “Orphan Black” both takes female characters as its subject and is guided by the female perspective—an even more rare quality for TV.

HBR: Few Consumers Actually Heed Social Media
Just-released research from Gallup’s State of the American Consumerreport suggests that social media are not the powerful and persuasive marketing force many companies assumed they would be. Gallup finds that a full 62% of U.S. adults who use social media say that these sites have absolutely no influence on their purchasing decisions. Of consumers who report liking or following a company, 34% still say that social media have no influence on their purchasing behavior, while 53% say they have only some influence.

Slate: For Millennials, Out-of-Wedlock Childbirth Is the Norm
In a study tracking the first wave of millennials to become parents, a team from Johns Hopkins University recently found that 64 percent of mothers gave birth at least once out of wedlock. Almost one-half had all of their children without ever exchanging vows.

The findings echo a separate study from 2012, which found that, among women under 30, more than one-half of all births happened outside of marriage.