Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Tuesday, 8/26/14:
“The Cure,” a new medical thriller from Malcolm Gladwell, has received a put pilot order from Fox. The show follows a young, impulsive African-American neurologist who decides to take the law into her own hands when it comes to tackling a deadly disease. Along with Gladwell, “The Cure” also hails from from Glenn Gordon Caron, Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo, and will be produced by Imagine Television in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television.
Syfy’s Lost Girl Ending After Season 5, Star Anna Silk Announces
Syfy’s Lost Girl is going out “with a bang” — and sooner than anticipated. Star Anna Silk took to Canadian broadcaster Showcase’s YouTube account on Monday to announce that the drama’s upcoming fifth season — consisting of 16 episodes, airing in two parts — will also be its last.
‘2 Broke Girls’ meet one rich girl: Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian tweeted that she will appear in an episode of CBS’ 2 Broke Girls, which is set to air on Monday, Oct. 27.
(review) THR: ‘Houdini’
Adrien Brody’s dynamic performance brings Harry Houdini’s illusions to life in History’s two-night miniseries event
Mary Elizabeth Winstead Set For Bad Robot & Paramount Insurge’s ‘The Cellar’
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is set to star in The Cellar, the JJ Abrams-produced pic from Bad Robot and Paramount Insurge about woman who wakes up underground after a terrible car accident and fears she’s been abducted. Her captor, a doomsday prepper, warns her that a terrible chemical attack has left the outside world uninhabitable but as tensions rise she decides she must escape regardless of the terrors that await outside. Dan Trachtenberg is helming from a script titled Valencia by Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken that was rewritten by Dan Casey.
ABC News Shuffles Executive Ranks
‘GMA’ senior ep Tom Cibrowski becomes James Goldston’s No. 2, while Michael Corn heads to the top-rated morning show.
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(video) Watch ABC’s Forever Pilot Online Now
Following in the footsteps of other new shows like Red Band Society and Selfie, ABC has made the pilot for its freshman drama Forever available online.
Netflix CCO Talks THE DEFENDERS, Jessica Jones Casting, And Gritty/Grounded Tone
Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos talks here about assembling Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist into The Defenders, where they’re at with casting, the grounded costumes and making Daredevil darker than the movie, and whether these shows will cross over with the movies.
Vox: Why Amazon spent $970 million to buy Twitch
On Monday, Amazon announced it will acquire Twitch for $970 million. For many people, the purchase probably poses a bunch of questions. The big one: What the hell is Twitch? Twitch is a startup best known for Twitch.tv, a live streaming platform that lets people stream their favorite video games. So it is, in essence, a service that allows people to watch other people play video games. Although Twitch isn’t very well known outside of gaming communities, it is absolutely enormous among gamers. Twitch in July had more than 55 million unique visitors and over 15 billion minutes of content produced by more than 1 million broadcasters. http://www.vox.com/2014/8/26/6067085/amazon-twitch-tv-video-games-live-streaming-league-of-legends-dota-2
Stratechery: Amazon: Not an E-commerce Company
Let’s start with the premise that Twitch, the video-game watching network, is the next ESPN – you know, the jewel in Disney’s crown that, by itself, is worth $50.8 billion. Like ESPN, Twitch is about live competition, and, like ESPN, Twitch does exceptionally well in the highly desirable young male demographic. Obviously this is the best possible outcome, far-fetched though it may sound. Regardless, the takeaway for me – and what should be the takeaway for all of Amazon’s investors – is that Amazon is not an e-commerce company. No, the company is going for something a whole lot bigger.
Kanal 5 plans ABC’s Murder
Swedish network Kanal 5 has acquired a forthcoming US legal drama from ABC for its fall schedule.
Discovery Ups Eileen O’Neill To New Post: Discovery Studios Global Group President
Discovery Communications has named Eileen O’Neill to the new post of global group president at Discovery Studios. The 25-year Discovery exec will now lead its worldwide production division, overseeing all international facilities and creative talent at Discovery Studios.
NYT: Studio Deals Unlock a Trove of Reruns
Thousands of hours of television programming are becoming available to rerun on digital networks and cable channels after new residual agreements between studios and Hollywood’s three largest guilds. The shows now freed from “residual gridlock” include old broadcast series like “Charlie’s Angels” and “The Flying Nun” and newer made-for-cable programs like “Breaking Bad” and “Sons of Anarchy,” according to John Weiser, president of United States distribution for Sony Pictures Television.
Buzzfeed: 6 Reasons We Keep Watching Shows After They’ve Jumped The Shark
There are plenty of shows I once legitimately enjoyed that saw a serious drop in quality — but canceling my season pass was somehow harder than enduring crappy television on a weekly basis. I know I’m not alone here: Several people I’ve spoken to continued to watch True Blood and other former favorites years after they should have quit. So what gives? Why do we stick with certain series long past their expiration date?