Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Tuesday, 7/29/14:
CBS’ Jim Gaffigan Comedy Moves to TV Land With Series Order
TV Land has handed out a 10-episode series order. Repeat episodes of "The Gaffigan Show" will air on fellow Viacom-owned cabler Comedy Central a week after their debut. The single-camera semi-autobiographical comedy from Sony Pictures Television stars Saturday Night Live alum Gaffigan as a happily married and harried New York father of five — as he is in real life.
Nickelodeon Orders ‘100 Things to Do’ Comedy From ‘Big Time Rush’ Creator
The half-hour single-camera series 100 Things to Do Before High School has received a 26-episode order from the kids’ cable network. 100 Things to Do follows three best friends as they navigate the highs and lows of middle school, with the help of a bucket list of adventures that help them overcome class cliques, terrifying bullies and clueless teachers. Scott Fellows also created and produced Nickelodeon’s hit series Big Time Rush, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide and Johnny Test.
TV Land cancels ‘Kirstie’
TV Land is saying goodbye to Kirstie. The series aired for one season, which ended in February.
The Originals’ Claire Holt Joins NBC Drama Aquarius as Series Regular
Claire Holt has snagged a series regular role on NBC’s upcoming Charles Manson-themed event series Aquarius.
Brad Pitt Role in SyFy’s ’12 Monkeys’ Goes to… a Lady
Emily Hampshire has been cast in SyFy’s “12 Monkeys” in a role previously played by Brad Pitt. Tom Noonan, meanwhile, will play a mysterious villain. Both will appear in recurring roles.
CW’s ‘Flash’ Adds ‘Rake’s’ Kelly Frye as Supervillainess Plastique
CW’s “The Flash”has added Plastique to its ranks. Kelly Frye has been cast in the role of Bette Sans Souci aka Plastique.
(review) Variety: ‘The Honorable Woman’
Representing SundanceTV’s latest stab at a prestige miniseries, “The Honorable Woman” places Maggie Gyllenhaal at the center of what’s otherwise an old-fashioned British political thriller, centered around the combustible quagmire of the Middle East. The first half of this brilliantly cast, rather ploddingly paced, eight-part production is classy but only periodically eventful, an understated affair that can be admired for its ambition and elevated brow, but which fails to create much urgency about hanging around long enough to unlock its mysteries.
Warner Bros’ New Franchise Play: ‘Dragonriders of Pern’ Book Series
Dragonriders Of Pern? On an endless search to find big-scale fantasy books that lend themselves to global franchises, Warner Bros has optioned the Pern book series from the estate of American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey. There is a lot to work with here, with 22 volumes that make it one of the biggest selling sci-fi series ever. The focus is on an elite group of warriors who take to the skies on the backs of giant, fire-breathing dragons with telepathic powers. They try to save the exotic planet of Pern from a terrifying airborne menace — a rain of deadly spores that comes with the orbit of the Red Star.
The CW to Air Awards Show for Dogs
The World Dog Awards will fete canines in all lines of work — from entertainment to health services, the military to … YouTube.
#TBT: ‘Chrisley Knows Best,’ ‘@midnight’ Producers Shop ‘#ThrowbackThursday’ Series
Maverick TV, producer of USA’s breakout docu-comedy Chrisley Knows Best, has teamed with Serious Business, the creators/executive producers of another breakout comedic program, Comedy Central‘s late-night entry @midnight, to develop #ThrowbackThursday, a new panel comedy series that taps into the hugely popular social-media phenomenon of sharing “throwback” photos and videos from the past every Thursday. Funny and nostalgic #TBT pictures and videos will be presented by a host to a panel of top comedians, who will riff and poke fun at the embarrassing things people used to wear, say, and do.
FremantleMedia North America & Jeff Gaspin To Revive ‘To Tell the Truth’
To Tell the Truth is eying a comeback. FremantleMedia North America has teamed with Jeff Gaspin and George Moll on a new version of the classic celebrity panel game show. Eyed for primetime on the broadcast networks, the new To Tell the Truth is described as an update of the familiar format with a surprising new twist that adds action and suspense and raises the stakes. The original format features a panel of four celebrities who are then introduced to three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent. One of them is telling the truth and the other two are lying.
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
Paul Scheer Is Hosting an Interactive Improv Sketch Show for CC:Studios
Comedy Central’s digital wing CC:Studios has greenlit a new improv sketch show that will take audience suggestions via Twitter. Titled CC: Social Scene, the six-episode series is hosted by Paul Scheer and features improv performers from both The Groundlings (Lee Newton, H. Michael Croner) and UCB (Lilan Bowden, Jacob Womack, Jeff Sloniker, Barak Hardley), who improvise scenes based on Twitter suggestions using the hashtag #CCSocialScene.
Grey’s Anatomy Star Sarah Drew Pregnant
Life is once again imitating art on the Grey’s Anatomy set. Sarah Drew is pregnant with her second child with husband Peter Lanfer, People reports.
Lauren Sanchez, Dan Friedkin Form Pursuit Productions
“Good Day LA” host Lauren Sanchez and Dan Friedkin have teamed to form production company Pursuit Productions. The Santa Monica-based company will focus on telling real-life stories, which includes its first documentary feature “Found.”
Runaway Production Has Cost California $2 Billion Since 2010
For the first time, there’s a calculation of just how much coin California is losing as a result of runaway production — and it’s not a pretty picture. According to the California Film Commission, the state has lost $2 billion in production spending since 2010. The report showed that in the most recent fiscal year, the 326 projects that failed to receive the credit went on to spend $211 million in California, and an eyebrow-raising $1.02 billion — or 83% of their total spending — outside the Golden State.
‘Sin City 2′ Ad Rejected by ABC Because Eva Green’s Too Sexy
Eva Green is apparently too hot for ABC. The network has rejected an ad for the upcoming Robert Rodriguez film “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” because of two scenes in which the “Penny Dreadful” actress appears to be naked. ABC has not responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.