Morning News Update for Monday, 7/21/14.

Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Monday, 7/21/14:


NBC Universal Signs Jason Blum to 10-Year Multi-Platform Deal
NBC Universal
has signed Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions to an unprecedented new 10-year first-look producing deal, extending its current movie deal. Blumhouse is also forming new partnerships that span across NBC Universal’s business including its Universal Television and Universal Cable Productions.

‘Fargo’ Gets Second Season on FX
Has FX given a second season order to Noah Hawley’sFargo” miniseries? You betcha. Similar to HBO’s “True Detective,” this new story will feature different characters, a new time period and a differnet “true crime” story that will unfold over the course of 10 episodes.

‘Louie’ Renewed for Season 5
has renewed “Louie” for season five, the network announced Monday at their Television Critics Assn. The Emmy-nominated comedy’s next cycle will only run for seven episodes.

(ratings) (from Fri) Soft Start For USA Dramas ‘Rush’ & ‘Satisfaction’
USA Network premiered two new dramas, Rush and Satisfaction, both of which which opened with 1.7 million viewers. That is low by USA standards, with the network’s two most recent original dramas, Common Law andGraceland, debuting with 2.5 million and 3.3 million, respectively.

(ratings) (from Fri) FX Tweaks Ratings Model by Delaying ‘The Strain’ Numbers
FX drama “The Strain” has delivered impressive ratings since its Sunday night premiere, emerging as the biggest new cable drama in young adults this summer and perhaps the biggest ever for the network. But a bigger story is that it took FX this long to tout its performance. In a first for a TV industry grappling to get an accurate handle on audience measurement in the DVR era, the network waited until Nielsen issued its “Live + 3″ numbers on Friday to release any ratings data to the press.


Hitfix: Press Tour: July 2014 FX Executive Session Live-Blog
And just last week, FX announced that it would no longer be providing L+SD ratings for reporters, preferring the fuller picture of Live+3 and Live+7 numbers. So let’s just say that FX President John Landgraf will have plenty to talk about on Monday morning at the Television Critics Association press tour.

TCA Awards 2014: Good Wife, OITNB, True Detective, Veep, Breaking Bad, RuPaul Among Winners
The Good Wife
won the best drama series prize at Sunday’s 2014 Television Critics Association Awards, besting Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Americans and House of Cards. True Detective scored two wins, for best movie/miniseries and Individual Achievement in Drama for leading man Matthew McConaughey. Veep also walked off with two trophies, for best comedy (tying with Louie) and best individual performance in a comedy for Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Fox’s Peter Rice Reassures Creative Community About Network/Studio Consolidation
Fox Networks Group
Chairman-CEO Peter Rice was pressed into TV Critics Assn. tour service on Sunday, what with Kevin Reilly having been let go as entertainment chief and his replacements, Dana Walden and Gary Newman, have been in the job about 15 minutes. Yet the exec spent the morning leaving doors open — on another day of “24,” or “Bones,” for example — while trying to reassure Hollywood’s creative community about the studio’s new vertically integrated network/studio alignment.

Pediatric Hospital Drama ‘Red Band Society’ Is ‘Not a Show with a Body Count’
While the premise of Fox’s “Red Band Society” might seem depressing on the surface — the Octavia Spencer dramedy is set in the pediatric ward of a hospital — the show’s producers are aiming for a show that will make you laugh just as much as it makes you cry, treating the hospital as “high school, boarding school and summer camp rolled into one.”


(from Fri) Marvel Sets Dates for 5 Films Through 2019
The studio continues to fill out its calendar with these mystery movies. The titles have not been revealed, but the dates posted on Friday are for July 28 and Nov. 3, 2017; July 6 and Nov. 2, 2018; and May 3, 2019.

(from Fri) Sandra Bullock Tupperware Movie Acquired by Sony Pictures
"The Help" director Tate Taylor is attached to helm the project about the rise and fall of Tupperware marketing exec Brownie Wise. Tupperware was originally developed by Earl Silas Tupper but took off in the 1950s when sales exec Wise came up with the idea of having Tupperware parties. Soon those gatherings were sweeping the nation, and Wise became as popular as the product she was selling. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films and Television packaged the project and are producing.

Outfest: ‘Drunktown’s Finest’ and ‘The Circle’ Awarded Top Jury Prizes
The audience award winners included the dramatic feature "The Way He Looks," directed by Daniel Ribeiro, and the documentary "Back on Board: Greg Louganis," directed by Cheryl Furjanic. Sydney Freeland’s Drunktown’s Finest claimed the jury award for best dramatic feature.


Yahoo to release Weinstein Co.’s ‘One Chance’ ahead of theatrical debut
has struck a deal with the Weinstein Co. to release the film company’s "One Chance" ahead of its theatrical debut this fall. The pact, which was finalized July 17, is the latest in a series of moves by Yahoo that illustrate its intentions to be a major player in the digital video space. "One Chance" will appear on Yahoo’s on-demand video streaming service, Yahoo Screen, for 10 days before opening in theaters.

Netflix Tests Privacy Feature to Help Hide Your Embarrassing Viewing Habits
is giving some of you permission to have a one-night stand with your favorite bad movie. The company is testing a "private viewing" feature that allows users to hide a movie or show from their viewing history and recommendations.


Wapa TV takes drugs drama
A broadcaster in Puerto Rico has acquired a Latin American crime drama about infamous female drug lord Griselda Blanco, who built an empire worth US$1bn and employed more than 1,500 drug dealers. Wapa TV will air The Dark Widow (80×60′), a coproduction between Televisa in Mexico and Colombia’s Caracol TV Internacional, which also distributes the series. Based on a book by José Guarnizo, the show was filmed in Colombia, Mexico and the US.

New Comedy Venture Formed in the U.K.
British comedy personalities Miranda Hart and David Walliams are teaming with producer Jo Sargent to form a new company, King Bert Productions. The new venture aims to develop new mainstream comedy and comedy entertainment content for broadcasters, whilst also looking to foster new talent. BBC Worldwide is providing development funding and will rep the company’s output worldwide. Already in the works is an adaptation of Walliams’ book The Boy In The Dress, as well as an entertainment format and two new sitcoms for Channel 4, among other projects.


(opinion) Baltimore Sun: This year’s summer TV: Lots of big names, lots of mediocrity

As David Zurawik notes, "Big names alone do not make for golden TV. In fact, sometimes the big names are only using TV to pass off inferior work that couldn’t get big-screen funding. Some actors and actresses choose to do TV because it fits their lifestyle at the moment — keeping them near home and on a fixed schedule rather than on a far-flung location making a film, for example.”,0,6350473.story

Atlantic: Why So Many TV Shows Peak in Season 3
Once shows get beyond that point in their run, even if the ratings remain robust, much of the critical acclaim and attention starts to diminish, and the inevitable blacklash begins to set in for even the most celebrated series, like The Sopranos. That’s the reality that Modern Family, the toast of TV for years, is grappling with as it enters its sixth season.

Quartz: Charts: How we watch TV now
Americans are watching more television than ever. They’re just doing it on their own schedule. “We’re in a new era of television,” said David Poltrack, chief research officer for CBS, noting that weekly TV viewing has increased 2% over the last three years, from 35 hours and 36 minutes to 37 hours and 50 minutes. “This is a golden era of television content, and the public is embracing television and engaging with television in a way that they never did before, because it is so much good programming.”