Morning News Update for Monday, 6/30/14.


Denis Leary Comedy ‘Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’ Gets Series Order From FX
Denis Leary’s new comedy, “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” has received a 10-episode order from the cable network. The series, which was created by Leary, will star the actor-comedian as Johnny Rock, a middle-aged would-be rock star whose path to stardom as the frontman for The Heathens was blocked by substance abuse and a penchant for sleeping with his bandmates’ women. Now, at 50, he’s trying to get the band back together and take another crack at a music career. John Corbett co-stars as Heathens lead guitarist Flash. Elizabeth Gillies, Elaine Hendrix and Bobby Kelly also star in the series, which is executive produced by Leary, his company Apostle and partner Jim Serpico.

(from Fri) E! Buys Pitch For Scripted Drama Based On Deborah Schoeneman’s NYT Article About Guy-Rating Lulu App
Deborah Schoeneman and Offspring Entertainment have sold a pitch to E! through Warner Horizon Television, about a young woman who has created a wildly successful (and controversial) app to rate/review men. The idea for the one-hour drama was inspired by Schoeneman’s New York Times article, “What’s He Really Like? Check the Lulu App,” which tells the story about the social networking app, which has over 1 billion profile views of men – and its founders, Alexandra Chong and Alison Schwartz.

Steven Brand Joins AMC Drama Pilot ‘Galyntine’, Dan Fogler Added To ABC’s ‘Secrets & Lies’
Steven Brand
has been tapped for a new series regular role on AMC’s pilot Galyntine. Dan Foglerhas replaced Clifton Collins Jr in ABC’s new midseason drama series Secrets & Lies.


Sony, Mark Gordon Plot WWII Pic ‘Indestructible’
Sony has nabbed the film rights to the upcoming WWII nonfiction book Indestructible: How a Pilot’s Quest to Rescue His Family Changed the Course of the Pacific War. Mark Gordon will produce the project for Sony. The book, written by John Bruning, follows the story of U.S. Air Force legend Paul "Pappy" Gunn, an airline pilot whose family was imprisoned by the Japanese in the Philippines at the infamous Santo Tomas Internment Camp.


Cosplay Reality TV Show Coming
Myx TV
is set to debut their Cosplay reality competition series Call to Cosplay on June 30 at 8PM and has unveiled a advance look at the series. Hosted by anime expert Keith Kawamura, the six-episode series will feature two copslayers in competition for a cash prize. Each contestant will be provided with a theme, budget, and "mystery element" with which to create both a character and costume in eight-hours or less.

(rumor) Rosie O’Donnell to return to ‘The View,’ source says
executives are in the process of bringing Rosie O’Donnell back to co-host “The View,” a well-placed insider tells FOX411.

It would be the second time around on the show for the controversial comedian, who left in 2007 after just one season. “The network executives really wanted Rosie back,” the insider said. “They’re confident she has what it takes to add some controversy and drive the ratings up. It is a smart fit.”


MarVista Entertainment Launches New Digital Division
MarVista Entertainment
has launched a new digital entertainment division to expand the company’s distribution capabilities and license original and acquired content to digital platforms throughout North America.

Programmers Are Frustrated by a Lack of Netflix Metrics
Frustration with Netflix has set in as programmers renegotiate contract renewals (to the tune of more than $7 billion, according to some estimates). “The biggest concerns are about getting sufficient metrics about how their product is being consumed,” said Bruce Lazarus, CEO of Media Audits International (MAI). “When you want to sell your content to the platforms, what’s the proper pricing model?” “We get a little information about which of our products are being watched on Netflix, but we get no data about who exactly is watching our shows,” noted John Kampfe, CFO of Turner Broadcasting System.


Slate: The Best TV Show of 2014 Is From 2008
If I were making a list of my favorite TV shows of 2014 right now, sitting at No. 1 would be a junky-looking, subtitled light drama from 2008 about the love lives of single Modern Orthodox Jews living in Jerusalem. It is called Srugim, it is now available on Hulu and Amazon, and you should go watch it immediately. It begins with its characters going on a familiar series of bad dates—the blind date, the speed date, the date that devolves into a fight about salaries—clichés that, as with everything about Srugim, are lightly reinvigorated by religion.

Atlantique, Keshet UK Developing ‘Crater Lake’ From ‘Gordin Cell’s Ron Leshem
Atlantique Productions
partnering with Keshet UK to develop eight-part drama series Crater Lake. Billed as a life-affirming, character-driven show about death, it was created by Ron Leshem.


(ratings) Disney’s ‘Zapped’ Draws 5.7 Million; ‘Girl Meets World’ Premieres to 5.2 Million
The highly-anticipated premiere of the comedy series "Girl Meets World" (9:45 p.m.) delivered 5.2 million Total Viewers and ranked as the #1 series launch of 2014 among major youth demographics: Kids 2-11 (2.3 million/5.7 rating), Kids 6-11 (1.8 million/7.7 rating) and Tweens 9-14 (1.7 million/6.9 rating).

New Yorker: How “Frozen” Took Over the World
While responses were predictably varied, one theme seemed to resonate: everyone could identify with Elsa. She was flawed—actually flawed, in a way that resulted in real mistakes and real consequences. Everyone could interpret her in a unique way and find that the arc of her story applied directly to them. “The character identification is the driving force,” says Wells, whose own research focusses on perception and the visual appeal of film. “It’s why people tend to identify with that medium always—it allows them to be put in those roles and experiment through that.


How Veteran TV Exec Dawn Ostroff Is Taking Condé Nast Beyond Print
Condé Nast Entertainment
was formed with the ambitious mission of becoming a creative force behind feature films, TV programs and digital video content. Only Condé’s venture, unlike others, has managed to get a whole constellation of projects up and running. And that accomplishment is due, by all accounts, to Dawn Ostroff.

Atlantic: House of Cards and the Era of Graphic Dramas About Antiheroes
This is a highly condensed exchange from a panel between Michael Eisner and Beau Willimon, the screenwriter behind House of Cards. They discussed how writers and directors can get away with graphic content and villainous characters that would’ve been unimaginable a generation ago. They briefly reference Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos.


Atlantic: Dads on Sitcoms
On the small screen, dads are dolts, dads are idiots. And while it may seem harmless to get a few cheap laughs at dads’ expense, these characters, and their hilarious incompetence, form the culture backdrop for our society’s larger discussion about the roles fathers play in families. The idiot dad stereotype structures both the expectations mothers have of the fathers of their children, and how men see their own role within the family.

Salon: TV’s female spy problem
Sex appeal, instincts, singularity of mission: the necessary traits of a female spy on TV. And another characteristic unites these shows: They are male-generated worlds populated by women conceived of by men. The male-drawn women of TV spyland seem to point toward a singular, blunt perspective on the debates dominating American feminism today. No, they say, you can’t have “it all.” Yes, they say, you will be forever swapping hats, though by occasionally dipping into the “simpler” pleasures of domestic life, you may find relief. Yes, you will be expected to be beautiful.

Adweek: With Broadcast Volume Down, TV Inventory Is Going to Get Expensive
Brian Wieser, analyst at Pivotal Research, said he’s predicting volume decreases on the order of between 5 percent and 10 percent across what was a $9.25 billion upfront bazaar last year (where networks saw strong interest in upfront commitments), which was followed by a weak season. That puts the upfront haul comfortably south of the $9 billion mark. But it also means more of the real buying will get done after the season’s hits are established, and at a hefty markup.

Atlantic: News of America’s Demographic Revolution Came in a Cheerios Ad
"Each of them surely knew, because they focus-group these things to death, and they market-research these things to death, that if you have images of parents who are opposite race and same sex, and if you have ‘America the Beautiful’ being sung in six or seven different languages, you are going to offend some portion of your customer base." Clearly, the calculation at Coca-Cola, General Mills, and General Motors was that those outraged customers would be in the minority.

Mashable: Anger Builds Over Facebook’s Emotion-Manipulation Study
A recently published study that manipulated Facebook News Feeds has sparked outrage among users who are criticizing the ethics behind the experiment. Researchers tweaked the feeds of 689,003 users to show a disproportionate number of positive or negative statuses for one week in January 2012. They found that the emotions of others on your News Feed can affect your mood. However, the researchers did not inform users that they were manipulating News Feeds, and many questioned the study’s ethics