Afternoon News Update for Thursday, 7/17/14.


Amazon Orders Shawn Ryan-Sony TV Pilot ‘Mad Dogs’ Based On UK Series
has given a pilot order to Mad Dogs, based on the British black comedy/thriller series. The original show’s creator, Cris Cole, wrote the adaptation and is executive producing with The Shield creator Shawn Ryan for Sony Pictures TV, where Ryan is under an overall deal. The project was originally set up at FX as a potential limited series last year. The U.S. version follows the reunion of four fortysomething guys who head to Belize to visit their old school friend, when things take an unexpected and dark turn.

Jim Gaffigan Eyes Move To TV Land, ‘Clementine’, ‘The Pro’, ‘Cabot College’, ‘Sober Companion’ & Jerrod Carmichael: What Broadcast Pilots Are Still Alive
Two months after the upfronts, where the broadcast networks introduced the pilots they had chosen to join their 2014-2015 schedule, there is still hope for a handful that didn’t make the cut. ABC Studios extended the options on the cast of ABC drama pilot Clementine a month ago. I hear the studio and ABC are exploring the possibility to do Clementine as a summer series. Three comedy pilots, all from outside studios, are awaiting for the new regime at Fox to weigh in: The Pro, from ABC Studios, Cabot College, from Universal TV, and Sober Companion from CBS TV Studios.

(q&a) Marvel’s Agent Carter Will show Peggy’s Road to SHIELD
Showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters on Agent Carter’s Post-Captain America life.

(review) THR: ‘Married’ and ‘You’re the Worst’
The two FX comedies are frat-boy level fun, except not funny.

(sched) ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Sets Final Season Premiere Date, Launches Aftershow
The motorcycle drama from creator Kurt Sutter will premiere its seventh season on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 10 p.m. ET/PT with a supersized episode. "Anarchy Afterword" live post-show will air on FX for the first time following the premiere and the series finale.

(sched) Adult Swim to premiere ‘Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories’ on Sept. 18
Adult Swim
will debut Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories on Thursday night, Sept. 18 at 12:15 am. The half-hour anthology series will unspool a chilling and perverse comic tale in each episode and feature an eclectic assortment of guests.


‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Adds New Regular, Plans More Crossovers
Rob Kerkovich
joins the spinoff as new colleague for CCH Pounder’s character, while producers are already planning for EP Harmon, Michael Weatherly and Pauley Perrette to head to the rookie drama.

CBS Exec Says New Craig Ferguson Replacement Might Not Be a Talk Show
Nina Tassler
, in a Q&A with TV critics today said that the network’s new 12:35am program might not even be a talk show. Tassler explained that the network is looking "through a very different lens" for the 12:35 replacement adding that the host could possibly be a non-comedy person from the political world. "But who knows?" she continued. "It might not [be a talk show], but it also might be.”

THR: CBS Is Not No. 1 and Someone Will Suffer — At Another Network
Being No. 1 in overall viewers but No. 3 in the demo (ouch) makes CBS hungrier and more focused than ever — but getting football calms the nerves.

Hitfix: Press Tour: July 2014 CBS Executive Session Live-Blog
Good thing news broke on Wednesday that the cast of "The Big Bang Theory" is still negotiating with CBS and WBTV, because without that, there wouldn’t have been much excitement to be expected from Thursday morning’s Television Critics Association press tour panel with CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler.


Jim Norton Is Getting a Late Night Show on
announced today that they’re giving a late night web show to comedian Jim Norton. The Jim Norton Show will debut on on Wednesday, July 23rd. The program will have a loose, unstructured feel and it will feature a monologue, in-depth interviews, and standup performances, all shot in front of a live audience.


Echo Lake Bolsters TV Unit With VP Hire
Former A&E Networks executive Chris Davis has been named VP Television at Echo Lake Entertainment, which has made its name in feature films, financing and management. Davis will work alongside Echo Lake VP Film & Television Ilda Diffley to grow the company’s TV development slate, which has development projects set up at HBO, Showtime and ABC Studios among others.

Jay Bienstock to Serve as CEO of Talpa Media USA
Talpa Media Group
has hired Jay Bienstock as the CEO of Talpa Media USA. As Talpa Media USA’s new CEO, Bienstock will oversee Talpa’s current slate of programming (including NBC’s “The Voice” and Fox’s upcoming “Utopia”), focus on new development, and will be responsible for growing the company by implementing creative strategies to help generate new revenue streams.

Tom Dolby Forms Production Co., Options John Cheever Story and James Dean Script
Novelist Tom Dolby, whose Patricia Clarkson-starring film “Last Weekend” is being released by Sundance Selects, has formed Water’s End Productions and optioned several scripts and stories already. Those projects include an adaptation of the famed John Cheever short story, “Goodbye, My Brother,” which will be scripted by “Mad Men” and “Hannibal” writer Jason Grote. Water’s End has also commissioned screenwriter Abdi Nazemian (“The Quiet”) to draft a dramatic film based on director Nicolas Ray and his relationship with his “Rebel Without a Cause” stars James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo.

(feature) Brian Grazer Is Hustling to Keep Imagine Entertainment Relevant in Ever-Changing Hollywood
Brian Grazer
prides himself on deciphering what makes a person tick. He’s spent the past three decades peppering industry titans, entrepreneurs, rappers, scientists, Nobel laureates and just about anyone else he finds fascinating with a steady barrage of questions to quench his fanatical curiosity, and provide creative fodder for his entertainment endeavors. The producer is working on a book for Simon & Schuster with writer Charles Fishman on curiosity, and how it has impacted his life and work, which is tentatively scheduled to be published in April 2015.