Afternoon News Update for Thursday, 7/31/14.

Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Thursday, 7/31/14:


John Stamos Books Guest-Starring Role on ABC’s Galavant
John Stamos will truly be a knight in shining armor this TV season. Stamos has booked a guest-starring role on ABC’s upcoming musical fairy tale series Galavant.

‘Homeland’ Adds Trio to Season 4
Mark Moses, Art Malik and Nimrat Kaur all join the Showtime drama in its return this fall, with two heavily recurring.

Spike Jonze joins the ever-growing cast of Girls
Joining an increasingly-less-elite group of media types that already includes Natasha Lyonne, Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Quinto, Jason Ritter, Marc Maron, and Judd Apatow’s 15-year-old daughter Maude, Spike Jonze has reportedly signed on to guest star on the fourth season of Girls.

(ratings) ‘Sharknado 2′ becomes Syfy’s most watched original movie
Sharknadoes might not be good for humankind, but they’re definitely good for ratings: 3.9 million viewers tuned in to Syfy Wednesday night to watch the premiere of Sharknado 2.

Variety: Why Serials Knocked Procedurals Out of the Emmy Race
It seems obvious to say, yet it’s still a striking thought: A procedural drama, historically a staple of television, is unlikely to ever win another best series Emmy — and, indeed, will probably struggle even to get nominated. That’s reflected in this year’s nominees — all of them serialized — highlighting an appetite for such.

(video) The leading ladies of ShondaLand preview your Thursday night
To preview the big night, the women of ShondaLand created a promo to tease their upcoming seasons. In the video, Rhimes is joined by stars Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington, and Viola Davis, who divulge a total of zero spoilers while talking about their strong female characters—though they do give Davis, their newest addition, a bit of advice: “Buckle up!”

(video) Watch a Full Episode of IFC’s New Show ‘Garfunkel and Oates’
Musical comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates have a new show premiering on IFC August 7th, and the network released a full episode sneak peek today so you can watch Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci "go full mermaid" on a double date a week before they make their TV debut.

(video) Trailer: DirecTV’s ‘Kingdom’
The first trailer has dropped for DirecTV’s 10-episode drama series Kingdom. From creator Byron Balasco and Endemol Studios, Kingdom (previously titled Navy St) takes place in Venice, California, and is set against the backdrop of Mixed Martial Arts.

(video) First Teaser For Syfy’s Answer To The Walking Dead, Z Nation
We’ll see if Syfy’s Z Nation, due out in September, will make any kind of a dent in the ratings juggernaut that is The Walking Dead.

(video) (animated) Netflix’s ‘BoJack Horseman’ Trailer: Will Arnett Stars in Animated Series
The show, also featuring Amy Sedaris and Aaron Paul, will debut on the streaming service Aug. 22.


(video) Watch the ‘Into the Woods’ Teaser Trailer
The star-studded musical features Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick, among others.

Michael Bay Extends First-Look Deal at Paramount
Michael Bay
has extended a first-look deal with Paramount for three additional years, the studio said on Thursday. The agreement includes Platinum Dunes, Bay’s production company, and Bay Films.

(rumor) Yes, The Avengers Guardians of the Galaxy Crossover Is In the Works
In a new interview, Guardians of the Galaxy one and two writer/directorJames Gunn said he knows the plan for the eventual crossover but teased that it might not be a full compliment of team members on either side.


An ABC Veteran Is Named ‘PBS NewsHour’ Executive Producer
Sara Just
, the Washington deputy bureau chief for ABC News, has been named executive producer of “PBS NewsHour,” the first major change to the program since it was acquired by the public broadcaster WETA at the beginning of July.


YouTube to Stage Worldwide Live Improv Comedy Event Hosted by Epic Rap Battles’ Lloyd Ahlquist
will present its first-ever live interactive comedy improv event, “Off the Top,” on Aug. 1 and 2 hosted by Lloyd Ahlquist. The event, produced from YouTube Space LA, will comprise three segments: “Pain-prov,” involving a torture element; improvised rap battles; and improv games with actors in YouTube studios in London and Tokyo. L.A.-based improv groups including Upright Citizens Brigade, Second City and the Westside Comedy Theater are participating in the event.

Showtime Premieres ‘Ray Donovan’ Webisodes ‘Behind the Fix’
will launch three companion webisodes for its hit series RAY DONOVAN, giving viewers an extended storytelling experience surrounding fan favorites Lena and Avi across all digital platforms. Fans will get an inside look on how Ray’s team pulls off their “fixes,” woven directly from the plotlines on screen. The webisodes, titled “Behind The Fix,” will also feature a special appearance by another of the series’ stars, Pooch Hall.


ITV Studios boss pens BBC drama
Kevin Lygo
, the managing director of ITV Studios, has had a drama series picked up by ITV’s chief rival the BBC. Lygo submitted the idea for cop series Walter to the BBC under a pen name, Ruby Solomon. The UK public broadcaster then greenlit a broadcast pilot for flagship channel BBC One without knowing Lygo was behind it. The pilot will go out on BBC One on August 8. Ian McKellen stars in a moving drama about a mentally handicapped man – Walter – at the mercy of society’s unfeeling attitudes.

Kiwi net orders Outrageous prequel
Kiwi net TV3 has ordered a prequel to New Zealand comedy-drama Outrageous Fortune, four years after the original series ended production. Outrageous Fortune is a New Zealand comedy-drama television series, which ran from 12 July 2005 to 9 November 2010 on TV3. The series followed the lives of the career criminal West family after the matriarch, Cheryl, decided the family should go straight and abide by the law.


CBS Television Studios Names Two New Drama Development Execs
CBS Television Studios
is beefing up its drama development resources, naming Meghan Lyvers as senior vice president, drama development and Brianna Bennett as vice president, drama development, CBS Television Studios’ executive vice president, drama development, broadcast and cable Julie McNamara said Thursday.

CBS Execs David Stapf & Armando Nuñez Set for Joint MIPCOM Keynote
David Stapf
, the president of CBS Television Studios, and Armando Nuñez, the president and CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group, are on board to deliver a joint keynote address as part of MIPCOM’s Media Mastermind Keynote series. The joint keynote is set for Tuesday, October 14.

Sony Ups Michael Pavlic to President of Worldwide Creative Advertising
The evp, creative advertising is replacing Tommy Gargotta, who is the latest high-ranking executive to exit the studio.

(video) ‘Resurrection’ Showrunners Challenge Superfan to Trivia Showdown
Tara Butters
and Michele Fazekas take on one of the ABC drama’s biggest fans in the latest episode of THR’s "Superfan Vs. Showrunner" series.


Variety: Why TV Production Has Migrated Overseas
If watching TV’s most prestigious dramas gives you wanderlust, there’s a good reason. More U.S. series than ever before are filming outside of North America, and it’s not simply a case of runaway production. Networks, especially the big guns in basic and premium cable, are embracing the unique value of shooting a show overseas.

Forbes: The False Promise Of TV Everywhere
Greenfield is a tech-savvy consumer with access to lots of different video sources. If he couldn’t work the system to watch the show, what hope is there for the average viewer? That’s a lost opportunity for broadcasters who are hoping to hook viewers to shows that have already been around one or two seasons. Right now, the problem is that networks don’t know the best way to manage shows live, on VOD and streaming to maximize profits. They are experimenting just like everyone else is and some of those experiments might not seem entirely consumer friendly.

AdWeek: Holy Shark, Syfy Builds a Franchise Without Traditional Ads
What about the ads in bus shelters, on the subway or on billboards? Well, there weren’t any. "We didn’t spend any money on formal marketing for it," Howe said. "This was driven by PR and marketing and social media fueling the fire. And then an incredible number of brands got caught up in the fun." There was plenty of product placement in the film. There was a bit of targeted social media and some search placement, but the vast majority of the marketing was word-of-mouth.

THR: These Are the Top 25 Film Schools in the United States
Heavyweights like USC and NYU hold strong, but the other contenders are closer than you think.

Salon: Is marriage becoming obsolete for millennials?
A new Pew poll reveals Gen Y’s deep ambivalence about tying the knot. Researchers asked people of all ages how they felt about marriage and having kids. One question asked if society is better off if people made these goals a priority. For respondents over 65, a strong 61 percent said yes, it’s in society’s best interest to prioritize marriage and kids. An astonishing 69 percent of Millennials said society is just as well off if people have other priorities.