Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Tuesday, 8/19/14:
Astronaut Family Comedy Lands At ABC With Pilot Production Commitment
In a very competitive situation, ABC has landed An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth, a multi-camera comedy from Surviving Jack creators Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker with a pilot production commitment. The project, from Warner Bros TV — where the duo is under an overall deal — and 3 Arts Entertainment, is based on the memoir by Col. Chris Hadfield, a seasoned Canadian astronaut who became an Internet star with his videos from the International Space Station. The TV series is described as a family comedy about an astronaut who is back from space and finds that re-entering domestic life might be the hardest mission he’s ever faced.
ABC Buys Medical Drama From Amy Holden Jones, 20th Century Fox TV
Black Box creator Amy Holden Jones is back at ABC with a new medical drama project. The project, titled10 Beacon Hill, hails from 20th Century Fox TV. In a competitive situation with another network also pursuing, the drama landed at ABC with a script commitment plus penalty. Written by Jones, 10 Beacon Hill is described as a medical procedural/workplace ensemble about a brilliant team of doctors who take on the most difficult cases, led by a deeply compassionate medical genius with poor health habits of his own and his 17-year-old prodigy niece.
Mark Burnett, Roma Downey Developing Guardian Angels Drama for NBC
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s LightWorkers Media banner is shepherding a drama project for NBC and Universal TV about guardian angels. “Unveiled” is a procedural revolving around a group of people who are tasked with intervening to help people in crisis. John Sakmar and Kerry Lenhart penned the script and are exec producing with Burnett and Downey.
Fox Buys Musical Family Comedy From Peter Knight & Jason Winer
20th Century Fox TV has sold to Fox The Sound Of The Sumners, from writer Peter Knight, which has Jason Winer — who directed the Modern Family pilot — attached to executive produce. He also might direct, subject to availability. The single-camera comedy, from 20th TV and Winer’s studio-based Small Dog banner, is described as a truly honest exploration of a contemporary family featuring a unique musical element that involves an irreverent and buzzworthy use of original music and songs. Knight is writing the script and will executive produce with Small Dog’s Winer and Renate Radford. The project has received a script commitment with a significant penalty.
Ellen Pompeo To Produce Cop Drama For ABC
Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is expanding her relationship with ABC on the producing side. The network has put in development a female-led crime drama from Pompeo’s Calamity Jane banner. ABC Studios, where the company has a first-look deal, is producing. Written and executive produced by Andy Stern, the untitled drama centers on Keira Burke, a young, Boston-area cop, gravely wounded in the line of duty. Six years later, she’s returned to the force as a police psychologist and now finds herself embedded in the same precinct she left.
Original ‘Dragon Tattoo’ director to helm USA hacker drama
Niels Arden Oplev has signed on to direct the USA pilot thriller Mr. Robot. The Denmark writer-director, who helped introduce one of the most iconic hackers in pop culture history in Dragon Tattoo, will helm the first episode of the potential series about a young programmer, Elliot, who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them.
Sundance TV Renews ‘Rectify’ For Third Season
Sundance TV is bringing back Rectify for a third season, which is set to premiere in 2015.
FX’s ‘The Strain’ Renewed for Second Season
The vampire drama from Carlton Cuse and Guillermo del Toro will be back in 2015.
MTV’s ‘Finding Carter’ Renewed for Second Season
The Kathryn Prescott starrer is a DVR standout.
(animated) Hulu Renews Seth Meyers’ ‘The Awesomes’ for Third Season
Hulu has renewed animated superhero series “The Awesomes” from Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker for a third season, set to return in 2015.
(sched) CBS’ ‘Mom’ Gets Four-Week Preview on TBS
The CBS comedy will run on the Turner-owned cable network starting Aug. 25 and air its entire freshman run over four weeks, ending Sept. 29.
(review) Variety: ‘Happy Valley’
Netflix brings viewers “Happy Valley,” a terrifically off-kilter British thriller that reunites the “Last Tango in Halifax” team of writer Sally Wainwright and actress Sarah Lancashire.
(ratings) TNT’s ‘Legends’ Climbs to Eight Million Viewers Across Multiple Platforms
Eight million viewers and counting have watched the premiere episode of TNT’s new original series Legends. The drama starring Sean Bean has more than tripled the initial Live + Same Day audience for last Wednesday’s premiere telecast, with viewers catching the show through their DVRs, VOD, digital on-demand and a pair of Saturday encores.
(ratings) FX’s ‘Partners’ Hits New Low, Back Order Unlikely
In its third week, the 10/90 series from Lionsgate TV and Debmar-Mercury drew just 380,000 total viewers for its 9 PM broadcast and 450,000 for its 9:30 PM airing. That’s a drop of 55% among total viewers from last week’s 9 PM show and 36% from the 9:30 PM.
Vox: How Comedy Central became one of TV’s best networks in just under two years
Comedy Central is on one hell of a hot streak. Since it debuted Key & Peele, TV’s best sketch show, in 2012, the network has reeled off must-watch series after must-watch series. One of those shows, Nathan For You, ends its second season tonight, which makes this as good a time as any to note just how strong Comedy Central’s original programming has been for the last couple of years. These nine shows mean the channel always has something worth watching.
‘Agents of SHIELD’ Enlists Adrianne Palicki as Marvel Favorite
Adrianne Palicki has been tapped to guest-star as Marvel superspy Bobbi Morse. Best known to comics fans as Mockingbird, Palicki’s character will appear in the fifth episode of the Marvel procedural with the potential to return.
Scandal Gets Lost, Casts Sonya Walger in Top-Secret Season 4 Role
Sonya Walger — AKA Lost‘s Penny — is joining Scandal in a potentially recurring role.
Bow Wow to Co-Star in ‘CSI: Cyber’
He joins Patricia Arquette in the ‘CSI’ spinoff.
Desperate Housewives Alumna Eva Longoria Joins Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Eva Longoria has booked a three-episode arc as Sophia, a defense attorney who catches the attention of Jake.
Patton Oswalt to return to ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’
Patton Oswalt will reprise his role as Fire Marshall Boone on the Fox cop comedy.
Stephanie Jacobsen joins ‘NCIS’… as a love interest for DiNozzo?
Stephanie Jacobsen has landed a potentially recurring role on NCIS.
Justin Hartley Is Y&R’s New Adam
Justin Hartley is returning to daytime TV, as The Young and the Restless‘ new Adam Newman.
NFL Tries to Get Music Superstars to Pay to Play the Super Bowl Halftime Show
The National Football League has eyed three possible performers for the 2016 Super Bowl Halftime Show: Rihanna, Katy Perry and Coldplay. When notifying respective artists of their candidacy, league representatives also asked at least some of the acts if they would be willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league.
(rumor) TMZ: Julianne Hough — “Dancing with the Stars” judge!?
TMZ reports that an offer has been made to make the former “Dancing” star a judge next season.
A source says of October Gonzalez, wife of former NFL great Tony Gonzalez, “It’s freaking people out that she’s under serious consideration. We’re all for hot. We’re all for diversity. But we’re also for someone with a real shot at not flaming out after one season.”
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
Disney’s Maker Studios Signs YouTube Violinist Lindsey Stirling
Maker Studios has signed top YouTube musician Lindsey Stirling, a classically trained violinist who specializes in electronic dance music, luring her away from rival multichannel network Fullscreen. Under the pact, Maker will manage Stirling’s two YouTube channels — Youtube.com/lindseystomp and Youtube.com/lindseytime — to optimize her content as well as provide production resources primarily through the MCN’s studio facilities in Culver City.
(video) Watch ABC’s Selfie Pilot Put a #2014 Twist on My Fair Lady
Take Eliza Doolittle, give her a serious addiction to all things social media and you’ve got ABC’s Selfie. But why take our word for it? You can now watch the entire pilot of the freshman comedy — which is based on My Fair Lady — below, via Hulu.
(video) Watch: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Parody Pawn Shows in Emmy Promo
The Television Academy released a promo Tuesday for the upcoming Emmy Awards. In it, Julia Louis-Dreyfus tries to pawn one of her Emmys to the clueless owners of the Barely Legal Pawn shop, played by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.
Disney Stock Closes in on $100 After Hitting $90 High
Disney enjoyed a magical day on Wall Street Tuesday with its stock trading at record levels of $90 a share — the highest in more than 16 years. The stock ended the day at $90.09, up 12 cents, a 52-week high. It nearly broke the $90 mark on Monday, closing at $89.97.
THR: Could Fandom Shame Marvel Studios Into Being More Diverse?
The lack of diversity in Marvel Studios’ movies is a subject that’s been getting a lot of attention in online fandom recently, especially following the apparent removal of The Wasp from Ant-Man. New comments from studio president Kevin Feige suggest that the studio has noticed the amount of upset caused.
Wired: 5 Reasons Why Kate McKinnon Will Be Comedy’s Next Superstar
The comedienne crushed it on SNL this year (so much so that she got nominated for an Emmy), and says that while the scripts for The Awesomes were fantastic, “there’s always a little bit of improv.” And that’s where McKinnon shines. Here are a few reasons she’s about to be comedy’s next big superheroine.