Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Wednesday, 8/13/14:
Rob Reiner & Andrew Lenchewski Sell Spy Drama Set In Yale’s Skull & Bones Society To USA
Rob Reiner is set to direct the untitled thriller drama project, set in the late 1960s. Co-written by Aaron Tracy and Andrew Lenchewski, it centers on a Yale student with aspirations to be among the best and the brightest, who is recruited by the CIA to become a mole in the secret Skull and Bones society. He becomes caught between the two very powerful organizations. Reiner executive produces with his producing partner Alan Greisman, Lenchewski and Charlie Ebersol, with Tracy co-exec producing. Universal Cable Prods, where Lenchewski is under an overall deal, is producing.
Sony TV Lands Early Premium Sales For Matt Tarses, Billy Finnegan Comedies
Sony Pictures TV is once again off to a fast start in a what has been another sluggish early going in the broadcast selling marketplace. The studio has sold two comedy projects with significant penalties – So Where Were We, from writer Matt Tarses and the Sony TV-based company of Tarses’ sister Jamie, Fanfare, to ABC; as well as an untitled half-hour from writer Billy Finnegan and another Sony TV-based production company, Will Gluck’s Olive Bridge, to NBC.
ABC’s So Where Were We is based on an Israeli format distributed by Dori Media. Written by Matt Tarses, the single-camera comedy centers on a husband who just wants to spend the day at home, but whose wife can’t sit still. So they compromise and go out. In a new location every week, the husband’s small acts of rebellion or errors in judgment or bad decisions snowball toward disaster. NBC’s Billy Finnegan project centers on Addie Burns who didn’t think life in New York City could get any worse… then she went through one door and it got a whole lot better.
Starz & BBC Team With Colin Callender For Drama Series Adaptation Of Thriller Novel ‘The Kills’
Richard House’s political conspiracy thriller novel The Kills is headed to television as a drama series for Starz and the BBC produced by Colin Callender’s Playground. The Kills, which was optioned by Playground, centers on the global manhunt for a British mercenary who goes on the run after stealing $50 million from an American reconstruction project in Iraq. Search is underway for a writer to adapt the literarythekills property, which has a rather unusual structure.
Robin Hood, 1970s Music Series Being Prepped at NBC
Boardwalk Entertainment Group has inked a deal with NBC to develop Robin Hood & Marian — as well as a project about the music business in the 1970s — as 10-hour event series. The former is expected to have as many as 60 original songs woven in, while the latter, which will count Adam Levine as a producer through his 222 Productions, will feature contemporary stars re-recording classic ’70s hits.
Robin Hood & Marian, which is being produced through Universal Cable Productions, will be set in England in 1190 and will reveal the history that launched one of the classic adventure heroes. A touring stage show will follow.The 1970s, as the Sony TV project is tentatively titled, will explore the decade through the eyes of the music executives and artists who helped create some of the most influential music of the era.
‘The Leftovers’ Renewed for Second Season at HBO
Damon Lindelof’s drama will be back for a second run next year.
ABC Family Renews ‘Switched at Birth’ for a Fourth Season
The network is ordering more episodes of the scripted drama.
ABC Family Cancels ‘Twisted’ After One Season
The network is not moving forward with the mystery drama.
ABC’s ‘Astronaut Wives Club’ Swaps Lone Scherfig for Nick Cassavetes
Cassavetes’ schedule can no longer accommodate the ABC limited series, which was moved to midseason.
Thandie Newton Boards HBO’s ‘Westworld’
The drama pilot stars Anthony Hopkins and counts J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan and Jerry Weintraub among its producers.
Steven Weber Joins Syfy’s ‘Helix’
Steven Weber (Wings) has joined the second season of Syfy drama Helix in a major recurring role.
Carla Gugino Joins HBO’s ‘The Brink’
Carla Gugino is set for a multi-episode arc opposite Jack Black and Tim Robbins on HBO half-hour comedy series The Brink.
(review) THR: ‘Legends’
New TNT drama currently lacks the heft to be truly riveting. But maybe in the world of complicated fare, a little easy escapism isn’t such a bad thing.
ABC Sets ‘Frozen’ Behind-the-Scenes Special
‘The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic’ will also offer a preview of what’s next with the movie franchise and the characters set to be featured on ‘Once Upon a Time’.
(sched) ABC & ESPN Release 2014-15 NBA Schedule
ABC & ESPN Combine for 90 National Regular-season NBA Telecasts.
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(animated) Nickelodeon Greenlights ‘Cupcakery Of Doom’ After Comic-Con Open Call
Nickelodeon has given the green light to Cupcakery Of Doom from Trevor Reece of Eureka, CA. The project will be developed into an animated short for Nick’s global Animated Shorts Program with the potential to air on the network or possibly developed into a longform animated TV series. Cupcakery is a comedic story about two nefarious friends — a bear and a mouse — with designs on taking over the world. To fund their doomsday device, the pair opens a cupcakery to raise money, only to discover how much they enjoy the daily duties of owning a shop.
Daily Show with Jon Stewart launches podcast
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is coming to iTunes…without Jon Stewart. Comedy Central has launched a new podcast The Daily Show Podcast without Jon Stewart, a bi-monthly behind-the-scenes show. Each 20-30 minute episode features Daily Showwriters, producers and actors gather around to talk about how the show gets made and fun tidbits about certain segments.
Splitsider: The 5 Best New Web Videos/Series You Almost Definitely Haven’t Seen
Splitsider presents: The 5 Best New Web Videos/Series You Almost Definitely Haven’t Seen, Part II. We clicked through pages and pages of Gmails to distill five of the funniest "This Week In Web Videos" submissions and then we grouped them all together here.
Radio Disney to Sell 23 Stations, Lay Off Nearly 200
Radio Disney will be selling 23 of its 24 radio stations across the United States, effective Sept. 26. As part of the changes, 184 positions (about eight per unloaded station) will be eliminated at the local level and in ad sales and operations. The company will be keeping its flagship station and studio, KDIS-AM 1110 in Los Angeles, which will drive its national network programming and provide content to partners moving forward. Its operations will be picked up by the national team.
Disney/ABC Directing Program Names 2014-16 Participants
The ten directors participating in the program are: comedy writer and journalist Tessa Blake, documentary director Benjamin DeJesus; comedy director Angela Barnes Gomes; theater director Eli Gonda; actor Devon Gummersall; script supervisor Paula Hunziker; former News Corporation China producer Xuan Jiang, feature director Amin Matalqa; Co-Chair of the DGA’s Latino Steering Committee David Rodriguez and litePOST post-production house co-owner Kevin Sweeney. The two alternate directors joining the line-up are Editor Ishai Setton and DGA award-winning filmmaker John Paul Su.
(stage) ‘Finding Neverland’ Landing on Broadway in March
The musical adapts the 2004 film that starred Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet.