Afternoon News Update for Wednesday, 7/2/14. e


Jay Baruchel Comedy Lands Series Order at FXX
The younger-skewing FX sibling network has picked up 10 episodes of "Man Seeking Woman," the Lorne Michaels-exec produced comedy from showrunner Simon Rich and based on his book "The Last Girlfriend on Earth." The half-hour comedy is described as a sweet and absurd look at the life-and-death stakes of dating. When his girlfriend dumps him, Josh enters the dating scene — a nightmarish hellscape of untold horror. Despite the agony, Josh continues his search in the hopes of finding someone who will make the misery worth it.

Comedian Lena Waithe Inks Deal With BET to Write Pilot ‘Twenties’
Lena Waithe
, writer and producer known for YouTube series such as “Dear White People,” has signed a deal to write a pilot script for BET based on her YouTube series “Twenties.” The show will be produced by Flavor Unit. “Twenties” focuses on the experiences of a few twentysomething black women trying to find their voice and place in society.

BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ to Return for Fourth Season and One-Off Special
has confirmed that Sherlock is indeed returning for a fourth season, as well as a one-off special episode.

Sara Rue Joins Michael Rosenbaum in TV Land’s Impastor
Comedy vet Sara Rue has landed the female lead opposite Smallville‘s Michael Rosenbaum in the TV Land comedy pilot Impastor.

Stephanie Sigman Joins Netflix Series ‘Narcos’
Stephanie Sigman
has joined the cast of the new Netflix drama “Narcos.”

(comic-con) Warner Bros. Television Group Studio Brings 15 Series to Comic-Con Including ‘Arrow’, ‘Gotham’ & More
Studio Brings 15 Series to Comic-Con from Top Producers Including Greg Berlanti, Bruno Heller, Greg Plageman, Julie Plec, Rob Thomas & Diane Ruggiero-Wright, Kevin Williamson.

(video) Watch the trailer for Lifetime conspiracy thriller “The Lottery”
Set in 2025, “The Lottery” is set in a world where women stop bearing children.


Disney Developing Witch Pic With Tina Fey
is in early development with Tina Fey on a supernatural-themed feature, but a knowledgeable source tells me it’s not the Hocus Pocus sequel that’s being wrongly buzzed about all over town. The film, currently known as Untitled Witch Project, will be produced by Fey and Cinderella producer Allison Shearmur in what’s described as falling in the vein of Ghostbusters, with Fey also attached to star.

Disney Casts ‘Enchanted 2′ Spell With ‘Smurfs’ Scribes
Seven years after Disney‘s live-action princess adventure Enchanted scored Golden Globe and Oscar noms and a $340M worldwide box office, the Mouse House is moving again on a sequel. J. David Stem and David N. Weiss have been hired to write Enchanted 2.


(ratings) USA-Belgium: Second Most-Viewed Men’s Soccer Telecast Ever in U.S.
telecast of the United States’ 2-1 loss to Belgium in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 on Tuesday, July 1, averaged 16,491,000 viewers and a 9.8 US HH rating, making it the second most-viewed men’s soccer match in the United States ever, across all networks (behind the 18,220,000 viewers and 9.6 US HH rating ESPN earned for USA vs. Portugal on June 22).

(rumor) Is Mario Cantone Joining The View?
The New York Post’s Page Six reports that frequent guest host and comedian Mario Cantone has been offered a deal to join the ABC show. This would be the first time a man has been offered a full-time spot on The View.

(ratings) Reality Shows Still Dominating the Summer Program Rankings
There are a record number of scripted programs on television this summer, but young adults by and large are choosing their reality-show favorites instead.

How John Oliver and HBO Shattered TV’s Comedy-News Format
Brevity, so it has been said, is the soul of wit. John Oliver seems to believe the opposite is equally true. The comedian has been letting loose on his new HBO program “Last Week Tonight,” unveiling segments that can last anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes and often pack as much research as a front-page story.

People Prefer ‘The Bachelor’ to ‘The Bachelorette.’ Why? It’s Science.
One ABC reality series is dipping in the ratings while the other has stayed pat, and the reasons may surprise you.


Maria Bamford’s new web series wants to put you in The Program
Maria Bamford’s
comedy often contrasts, to great effect, the darker aspects of the American experience—anxiety, mental illness—with her chipper tone and tendency toward silly voices. That same sensibility is on display in The Program, a new Funny Or Die web series about compulsive debtors, co-written by Bamford and comedian Melinda Hill. The series is about a 12-step program for people who take out too many student loans, put $50,000 on credit cards, or, in the case of Mike, played by George Basil, “owe a lot of money to Red Lobster.”

AMC’s WE to Use Digital Shows to ‘Bridge’ Gaps Between Cycles for TV Series
WE tv
, the AMC Networks cable outlet that depends largely on reality series, is about to help viewers answer a long-burning TV question: What happens to the people in an unscripted program when it’s off the air? The network said Wednesday it would start an online-based series in an effort to fill the gap between seasons of the network’s unscripted shows. The effort will commence with “SWV Reunited,” which launched earlier this year and returns for a second cycle on Aug. 14.


Sky orders more Alan Partridge comedy
Sky Atlantic
has commissioned a new series of Alan Partridge’s Mid Morning Matters and a one-off special featuring Steve Coogan’s comic character. Alan Partridge’s Mid Morning Matters 2 will run to six half-hour episodes and be produced by UK indie Baby Cow Productions.


Michael Strahan Fan Charged in Attempted Assault Case
Andre Johnson, the homeless man who was arrested for allegedly trying to gain entry to ABC Studios in New York, has been charged with multiple counts. Johnson, 25, is charged with attempted assault, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon after he allegedly pulled out a knife and attempted to stab an ABC security guard who denied him entry to the studio Tuesday in Manhattan.


Fox Taps Two for Writers Intensive Fellowship Program
Fox Broadcasting
and 20th Century Fox TV have set a development pact with writing partners Ed Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft after tapping the pair as its Fox Writers Intensive fellows for 2014. As part of the fellowship, Gonzalez and Haft have joined the writing staff of the upcoming Fox/20th TV drama series “Empire,” from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong.

‘Nashville’ Star Charles Esten Plans Summer Tour
Before ABC’s Nashville begins filming its upcoming third season Charles Esten who plays singer-songwriter Deacon Claybourne on the musical drama will headline his own summer tour. The actor-musician has appearances scheduled in Texas Wisconsin Ohio Indiana and Utah with his Nashville co-star Clare Bowen.

Katherine Heigl: My Acting Career "Turned on Me," I Felt Betrayed
It all went downhill after Dr. Izzie Stevens left Seattle Grace Hospital. After a scathing Hollywood Reporter story last year, in which insiders called her "difficult" to work with, Katherine Heigl reveals that she felt her acting career "betrayed" her and admits what mistakes she may have made along the way.–201427


Why Ira Glass is taking ‘This American Life’ independent
After 17 years, This American Life, hosted by Ira Glass, has severed ties to its distributor, Public Radio International. Instead, the show will strike out on its own, going independent of distributors entirely. The strategy is the radio equivalent of a business model other high-wattage stars — Louis CK and Radiohead among them — have already tried: ditching distributors to bring a product directly to consumers, no middlemen required.

Asymco: Competing effectively against your most potent competitor
Consider how ad dollars are getting spent. Mobile is creating new consumption of ad spending. If the forecast is correct, it suggests that if Mobile was not an option, ad spending would probably remain flat. Mobile is capturing all the growth but it’s also the creator of this growth. Nielsen data backs this up by also citing that user “app time” on devices increased from 18 hours and 18 minutes per month in late 2011 to 30 hours and 15 minutes in late 2013.

(video) Iran Shoots Modern Family Scenes Almost Frame for Frame
It turns out that the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting TV channel has been ripping off the show scene-for-scene minus gay dads Mitch and Cam.