Afternoon News Update for Friday, September 5, 2014.

Hi all! Heres your afternoon news update for Friday, 9/5/14. Have a great weekend!


Showtime Developing Series Based On Mary Karrs Memoirs With Mary-Louise Parker Circling To Star
is expanding its relationship with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly with another hourlong period project based on a person’s real-life story. The pay cable network has put in development a series based on the memoirs of poet/essayist Mary Karr. One of Showtime’s signature stars, WeedsMary-Louise Parker, is eyeing the lead in the project for a return to the network. CBS TV Studios is the studio.

‘Walking Dead’ Companion Series Nabs Pilot Order
announced it has ordered a pilot episode of the project from Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and producers Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert. As previously announced, Dave Erickson, who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, will serve as exec producer and showrunner. The pilot will begin production in late 2014, with few details about the location and casting released just yet. In a release, AMC touted that the premise kept closely under wraps would focus on what’s going on in the zombie apocalypse in other parts of the world.

Justin Lin in Talks to Direct ‘True Detective’
The "Fast & Furious" helmer is poised to tackle two episodes of the HBO series.

TV Land Orders Twelve Additional Episodes of ‘The Exes’
TV Land
is picking up an additional 12 episodes of its hit original sitcom The Exes.

Wrap: 11 Breakout Stars of Fall TV Season 2014
TV still has the power to make superstars. And one of the names below could be the next one. Is it Hudson Yang, the child of a Wall Street Journal reporter chosen to star in Fresh Off the Boat? The lead character in Jane the Virgin, Gina Rodriguez? Alfred Enoch, who plays a law student willing to do almost anything on How to Get Away With Murder? We don’t know. It could be none of them. Or all of them. Here are 11 actors to watch this fall season.

Revenge Season 4: Emily and Victoria Play a Game of Thorns In New Poster
Step aside, Emily Thorne; theres a new Revenge-r in town. ABC on Friday unveiled the key art for Revenges upcoming fourth season, which finds the soaps reigning queens turning the Hamptons into their own personal battleground.


Rebecca Mader lands Blue Bloods role
Rebecca Mader has landed a guest-starring role on Blue Bloods.

Alexander Dreymon Lands Lead In BBC America Series The Last Kingdom
Historical drama The Last Kingdom has found its lead. Alexander Dreymon has been tapped for the role of Uhtred in the eight-hour Game Of Thrones-esque epic series for BBC America and BBC2. From Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films, ninth century-set The Last Kingdom is based on Bernard Cornwell’s book series The Saxon Stories. It combines real historical figures and events with fictional characters during the reign of Alfred the Great, who as King of the-last-kingdom fought off a Viking invasion.

Law & Order: SVU: Peter Gallagher Cops Recurring Role in Season 16
Peter Gallagher
is joining Law & Order: SVUs upcoming 16th season in a recurring role.

‘Nikita’s’ Lyndsy Fonseca to Co-Star in Amazon Comedy
She’ll play a yoga teacher in ‘Down Dog’

‘Once Upon a Time’ Finds Belle’s Mother
Frances O’Connor joins season four.

Scandal Recasts First Daughter With Body of Proof’s Mary Mouser
Madeline Carroll, who played Karen Grant on Season 3, has been replaced by Body of Proof alum Mary Mouser. Carroll was unable to continue in the role due to scheduling conflicts.


(ratings) NFL Kickoff Game on NBC Draws 26.9 Million Viewers Up 7% From Last Year
In updated national estimates from Nielsen on Friday afternoon, the NFL kickoff opener on NBC averaged 26.9 million viewers up 7% from last years 25.1 million for Baltimore-Denver.

(feature) Medium: The Reality Show That Wants to Save the World (But Probably Wont)
Utopia, Jon Kroll tells me, comes down to this: How should we live? He asks, Are we a democracy, do we vote on everything, should we eat meat in our community, what should our next construction project be? These are the same battles I grew up with. The question ultimately becomes, well, what do we do now? And lately, its reached a certain chilling urgency.


YouTube May Be Worth More Than Netflix, Wall Street Analyst Says
Googles YouTube
will generate $5.9 billion in revenue in 2014 an increase of about 50% over last year implying a valuation of up to $40 billion, which would exceed the current market cap of Netflix.

Heavy Twitter Focus Can Be a "Waste" for TV Industry, Study Finds
Only ‎18 percent of people with Internet access follow TV shows on Twitter while they watch them, according to a study from research and forecasting firm Strategy Analytics. The biggest group of TV watchers, according to the report, are still traditional ones. The study dubs them "couch potatoes." They account for 33 percent of viewers. With 26 percent, the next biggest group are "OTTers," a name derived from "over-the-top" or online TV services. This group is most likely to go 24 hours without watching TV in traditional ways, preferring to watch shows via online services.


(sched) New Disney XD Series Kirby Buckets Due Out in October
Disney XD has set the premiere date for its latest comedy series Kirby Buckets, a live-action and animation hybrid premiering October 20. The show centers on the titular 13-year-old character, who dreams of becoming a famous animator. His two best friends join him in adventures around his eccentric town, along with animated characters only Kirby and the viewers can see.

ESPN Thinks Millennials Will Graduate From Cheap Web TV to Expensive Cable
is the cable network that commands the highest subscriber fees in the U.S., so it has every reason to want to maintain the traditional cable package model. But when cheap Internet TV packages start popping up, ESPN wants to be included. One big reason: It thinks the millennials attracted to them will eventually graduate to more expensive cable packages. We suspect they will trade up, ESPN President John Skipper explained.

AdWeek: Why Disney and Others Are Wary of Canada’s Plan to Unbundle Cable TV Subscriptions
U.S. content providers are warily eyeing efforts by Canadian regulators to unbundle Canadas cable TV industry, a move that could eat into the profits of companies like Disney and Comcast that service the Canadian market. In Ottawa next week, Disney will be alongside Canadas largest cable operators to lobby against a proposal by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) that would essentially give consumers the ultimate power to decide what they want to view and pay for on cable.


Bravo Media Promotes Shari Levine to Executive Vice President of Current Production
Bravo Media
executive Shari Levine has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Current Production. She was previously Senior Vice President of Current Production.

ABC News Ups Robin Sproul & Jonathan Greenberger To VP Posts
Washington, DC Bureau Chief Robin Sproul has been promoted to VP Public Affairs for ABC News, taking charge of the news division’s external relations in Washington, and Jonathan Greenberger has been upped to VP and Washington Bureau Chief, replacing Sproul.

Josh Greenstein Joins Sony as President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution
He assumes the role held by Jeff Blake.

Exec Shuffle For 9/5/14: The Current Co., Paramount Pictures, Relativity Media, The Picture Company, Calamity Jane
Shifting Gears Entertainment: Patrick Dempsey
has launched a new production shingle with producing partner and manager Joannie Burstein. The company has signed an overall television deal with ABC Studios and has brought executive Ben Tierney on board as Senior Vice President, Production. Under the deal, Shifting Gears will develop and produce scripted programming for ABC Studios.
Debmar-Mercury & Gannett Broadcasting: Stephanie Eno
has joined as Vice President, Development.
Relativity Media: Carol Genis has joined as Managing Director.
TLC: Wendy Douglas
has been named Vice President, East Coast Production. Marisa Levy has been named Vice President, Development. Alon Orstein has been named Senior Vice President, Production & Development.
Entertainment One Television: Mackenzie Lush
has been named Director, Creative Affairs.
Monsterfoot Productions: Coral Wright has been promoted to Creative Executive.
Uber Content: Lenny Beckerman
has joined as Executive Vice President, Film & Television.
A. Smith & Co. Productions: Joe Weinstock has been named Senior Vice President, Development.
Calamity Jane: Laura Holstein has joined as Head, Development.
Fusion: Jonathan Stern has been named Vice President & Head, Business Development.
Mike Tollin Productions: Laura Gleeson has joined as Director, Development.
Nutopia: Allyson Mandelbaum has joined as Director, US Development.
Revolt: Inga Dyer has been named Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs.
Different Drummer: Andy Peterson has joined as President. Chris Youngblood has joined as Head, Social & Digital Media Strategies.
HBO Documentary Films: Sara Bernstein
has been promoted to Senior Vice President. Jacqueline Glover has been promoted to Senior Vice President.


Variety: Read Our First Review of Joan Rivers in 1965
Attractive femme with a head of long blonde hair which is continually being pushed aside, Joan Rivers is one of the funniest standup comediennes to come along since Phyllis Diller. If she can just restrain a tendency to let her hands fly in all directions while shes yakking, shes a natural for bigger spots.

HBR: The Best Leaders Are Insatiable Learners
It takes a real sense of personal commitment, especially after youve arrived at a position of power and responsibility, to push yourself to grow and challenge conventional wisdom. Which is why two of the most important questions leaders face are as simple as they are profound: Are you learning, as an organization and as an individual, as fast as the world is changing? Are you as determined to stay interested as to be interesting? Remember, its what you learn after you know it all that counts.