Afternoon News Update for Wednesday, 6/25/14.


Blake Lee Inks Talent Deal With ABC Television Studios
Blake Lee, who starred in ABC’s Mixology and appeared in NBC’s Parks And Recreation, has signed a talent holding deal with ABC Studios.

(sched) The CW Announces Fall Premiere Dates; ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Returns October 2,’The Flash’ & ‘Supernatural’ Premiere October 7
The CW
Network will strategically roll-out its Fall 2014 launch this October. Thursday, October 2, all-new seasons of bloody, sexy drama return with the season premiere of The Vampire Diaries (8:00-9:00pm ET) followed by Mary, Queen of Scots continuing her Reign (9:00-10:00pm ET). The Flash, premieres Tuesday, October 7 (8:00-9:00pm ET), followed by the return of the Winchester brothers in the tenth season premiere of Supernatural (9:00-10:00pm ET).

(review) THR: ‘The Leftovers’
This ambitious, intriguing new drama could get viewers talking; HBO hopes they’ll be talking about the content, not the meta conversation about history and how it all ends.


Sarah Polley to Adapt John Green’s ‘Looking for Alaska’
Mark Waters
and Jessica Tuchinsky are producing the adaptation that once had "The O.C." creator Josh Schwartz on board to direct. Inspired by Green’s own school experiences, the book tells of a boy who enters a boarding school in which social classes engage in pranks on one another. Alaska is a female student who all the boys find beguiling but is also dangerously reckless.


Lifetime Orders Fourteen Episodes of Docuseries ‘Raising Asia’; Show Set to Premiere Tuesday, July 29
Child prodigy Asia Monet Ray is no stranger to the spotlight and her loyal fan base eagerly follows her every career move. This summer Lifetime premieres the all-new docuseries Raising Asia featuring the child sensation and her mother Kristie, who won’t let anything get in her daughter’s way.

TLC Orders Alaska Series With A Twist
Escaping Alaska
is a six-episode order about young eskimos who “plot their escape” to San Diego. The new series is the first from Discovery Networks International’s production unit, making it’s U.S. premiere on TLC ahead of its worldwide rollout. The series chronicles the dramatic and emotional journey of Mary, Frank, Tamara, Qituvituag (also known as “Q”) and Nuala, as they embark on their high-stakes “escape” from Alaska to explore the world outside their villages and small towns.

Jillian Michaels Exiting NBC’s ‘Biggest Loser’ Again
The celebrity personal trainer will not be returning for the upcoming 16th season of the weight loss show.

(review) THR: ‘NY Med’
Terence Wrong’s
intimate production continues to feature Dr. Oz and New York-Presbyterian but has also expanded to Newark’s University Hospital trauma bay. The engrossing series has made a few good course corrections since its first season and remains as addicting as ever.


Disney Interactive Launches Web Series ‘Citizen Kid’
Disney Interactive has launched the web series “Citizen Kid” that revolves around extraordinary things children can accomplish when they embrace their interests and talents. Disney plans to produce 18 episodes of the show, with exclusive sponsor Milk, and show how kids set up a lemonade stand or play chess to better the world around them. The first three episodes launched Wednesday, starting with Hailey, a nine-year-old ice skater and Olympic hopeful who gathers skates and hockey equipment to help host lessons for underprivileged kids.


Starz Ups Ken Segna To VP Original Programming
Ken Segna
joined Starz four years ago as an executive assistant. Now he has been promoted to VP Original Programming based in the company’s Beverly Hills office.

Comedy Central Promotes Jim Sharp to Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development
Comedy Central
promoted Jim Sharp to executive vice president of original programming and development on the West Coast. Sharp will now manage all digital development at CC: Studios while continuing to head up production and development of West Coast-based original series and pilots.


Fox Is Done With 2014-15 Upfront Sales
is essentially done with its upfront sales, according to a source, gaining pricing increases of 2.5-3.5 percent but losing volume after a rough 2013-14 season in which ratings for American Idol, in particular, hastened the decline that had been all but certain for years. Fox sold some 75-80 percent of its projected volume for the coming season, though, writing much of its business on C7 guarantees across more than one agency. That volume is down after this past season, though the 75-80 percent number is a typical portion.

Atlantic: Why Kids Care More About Achievement Than Helping Others
In the study, “The Children We Mean to Raise: The Real Messages Adults are Sending About Values,” the authors point to a “rhetoric/reality gap,” an incongruity between what adults tell children they should value and the messages we grown-ups actually send through our behavior. While 96 percent of parents say they want to raise ethical, caring children, and cite the development of moral character as “very important, if not essential,” 80 percent of the youths surveyed reported that their parents “are more concerned about achievement or happiness than caring for others.”