Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Monday, 8/11/14:
Howard Gordon, Richard Price to Adapt ‘Inside Men’
Richard Price and Howard Gordon have inked a deal with Fox 21 to collaborate on a drama based on Tony Basgallop’s format for the BBC limited series from BBC Worldwide Productions. The project, which will be shopped to premium networks and top-tier basic cable ones by the year’s end, will count Price and Basgallop as writers and executive producers, with Gordon producing through his Teakwood Lane banner. Like the original, the project will feature a multiple points-of-view look at a robbery, though the case as well as the scope will differ.
‘American Horror Story’ Adds Patti LaBelle to ‘Freak Show’ Ranks
She’ll appear in four episodes of the FX anthology.
Ed Harris Set as Key Villain in HBO’s ‘Westworld’
The pilot from EPs J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and writer Jonathan Nolan continues to add to its already impressive cast.
ABC’s ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Adds ‘Orange’ Alum
Alysia Reiner will recur on the freshman drama from showrunner Pete Nowalk and exec producer Shonda Rhimes.
(ratings) ‘Outlander’ Premieres and 3.7 Million Viewers Peek Under the Kilt
The first episode finally bowed on Saturday night, and the inaugural telecast averaged 720,000 viewers for the pay cable network. Combining multiple weekend plays and an aggressive online and on-demand sampling period from last week, Outlander’s first episode brought in an estimated 3.7 million viewers.
(ratings) Cinemax and HBO Share ‘The Knick’s’ Premiere Weekend Ratings
All told, the series premiere has thus far taken in 1.7 million viewers in its first few days. That includes the live-plus-same day showing for its inaugural telecast (354,000 viewers), three encores over the course of the night (303,000 viewers) and an even bigger sampling on HBO on Saturday. A 10 p.m. airing, meant to drive attention to the Cinemax series, earned 533,000 viewers on HBO.
(sched) ‘Homeland’ Gets Two-Hour Return, ‘The Affair’ Premiering Early
Showtime’s flagship drama will air back-to-back episodes on Oct. 5.
‘White Queen’ Creator to Adapt ‘The Finisher’ for Columbia
Emma Frost has been tapped to adapt The Finisher, Columbia Pictures’ adaptation of the YA book by David Baldacci. Matt Tolmach is producing the adaptation, which centers on a regimented community named Wormwood that is surrounded by a forest filled with mysterious and dangerous beasts. When the 14-year old protagonist spies her mentor running into that forest, it sets the girl on a mystical adventure to find the truth about her town.
(video) New reality show leaves online couples on deserted island
The show is A&E’s upcoming Love Prison, where cyber-couples get an extreme dose of offline romance, stripped of their electronic devices and living alone together in an island house. After the week, the couples will decide whether to stay together or call it quits. Here’s the trailer for the show which debuts the first of its seven hour-long episodes on Sept. 8 at 10 p.m.
How The Approval Matrix Went From The Back Page Of "New York" To TV
Neal Brennan hosts a new Sundance TV show based on the magazine feature famous for judging all things pop culture. If you read New York magazine, chances are you flip to The Approval Matrix first to see whether the latest developments in pop culture–ranging from highbrow to lowbrow–rank as despicable, brilliant, or somewhere in between.
DisneyToon Studios Hit By More Layoffs
About 17 of the 60 full-time employees at the primarily direct-to-video animation group have been laid off, with some occurring last week and the rest to leave during the next month. A unit of Walt Disney Animation Studios, the John Lasseter- and Ed Catmull-run DisneyToon called a meeting August 6 to make the layoffs announcement to staff.
Why Marvel wants the X-Men to fail
From a completely cynical and business perspective: it’s in Marvel’s best interest for Sony and Fox to lose their rights to their big characters, because it would mean that Marvel would reclaim those popular, money-making franchises. But there’s also another layer to this: Marvel is also a comic book company. It’s in control of the source material that Sony and Fox use, and it has say when it comes to cartoons, toys, and licensing. And this makes some X-Men and Fantastic Four fans nervous because Marvel could, if it wanted to, downplay their favorite characters by limiting the merchandise.
Singular Talent Robin Williams Commits Suicide At Age 63
In an absolutely heartbreaking development, Robin Williams has committed suicide. One of the great screen and stand up comedians, Williams was 63. His death has been confirmed by his press reps who issued this statement: ““Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
Sonar Entertainment Hires Jenna Glazier As SVP TV Series
Sonar Entertainment is making its first major hires under new CEO Gene Stein. He has brought in his former BermanBraun colleague Jenna Glazier as SVP Television Series. Peter Keramidas, with whom Stein also has worked in the past, has been named EVP Planning, Strategy and Administration.
Will Allegra Promoted at Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Production’s Company
Following the success of “22 Jump Street” and “The Lego Movie,” Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have upped longtime assistant Will Allegra into the director of development position at their Lord Miller production banner.
El Rey Network Names Skip Chaisson Senior Vice President
El Rey Network has announced that Skip Chaisson has been appointed senior vice president, creative and on-air promotion.
Where Have All the Upfront Dollars Gone?
It’s obvious by now that something has gone wrong in the television advertising world—upfront dollar volume fell by 6.1 percent to $18.125 billion, including a 4.7 percent hit for cable, which dipped for the first time in four years to $9.675 billion. So, where are those dollars going? Jason Krebs at Maker Studios suggested that the shift may not be from a TV budget to a digital budget, but rather toward an overall video spend that includes everything on the market, given that many of the ads are the same on TV as online.
(gaming) Microsoft Reports $400 Million Loss on Xbox One
Microsoft‘s earnings report for the last fiscal year shows it spent $400 million more than it earned trying to get gamers interested in the Xbox One. While Xbox console sales increased from 9.8 million units in 2013 to 11.7 million units in 2014, manufacturing and distributing costs went up to $2.1 billion while platform revenue only reached $1.7 billion.
Redheads Are More Common in Commercials Than in Real Life
A recent analysis found that 11 percent of the actors who appeared in primetime TV ads were redheads. The most common estimate is that one to two percent of the world’s population has red hair, which means redheads are far more common to see on TV than on the street. Why might this be the case? Upstream suggested two possible explanations for redheads’ overrepresentation. One is that advertisers showcase redheads because of the color red’s association with sexual attraction; the other is that redheads’ rarity sparks reward-seeking in our brains, which are finely-tuned to sense novelty.