Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Tuesday, 9/9/14:
Drama From Carol Mendelsohn & David Hudgins Based On Turkish Format Gets NBC Production Commitment
In a competitive situation, NBC has landed Game of Silence, a drama project from CSI maven Carol Mendelsohn, Parenthood executive producer David Hudgins and Sony TV, with a pilot production commitment. The deal, which I hear has series penalty attached to it, marks the first major sale for Mendelsohn and Hudgins, both in the first year of their overall deals at Sony TV. Based on the Turkish series of the same name, Game of Silence centers on a rising attorney on the brink of spectacular success who could lose his perfect life when his long lost childhood friends threaten to expose a dark secret from their violent past.
NBC Developing Magical Latino Family Drama From Silvio Horta
Ugly Betty creator Silvio Horta is tapping his Latin roots for another hourlong project. The Curse Of The Fuentes Women, from Horta’s Silent H Prods. and Warner Bros TV, has received a script commitment with penalty from NBC. Written/executive produced by Horta, The Curse Of The Fuentes Women is in the Latin American tradition of magical realism and explores the power of memory and mythology in shaping our destinies. When a young man washes up on Miami Beach claiming to be a long-lost family member from Cuba, he breathes new energy into the lives of grandmother Esperanza Fuentes, daughter Lola and granddaughter Soledad.
Halle Berry & Katie Jacobs To Produce CBS Medical Drama
Halle Berry’s 606 Films has sold the first project under its first-look deal at CBS TV Studios, teaming with House executive producer Katie Jacobs for another medical drama with a unorthodox protagonist. The untitled project, written by Larry Kaplow, centers on an enigmatic surgeon who imprisons himself in a state-of-the-art private hospital on the grounds of a prison.
Roland Emmerich and Keanu Reeves Executive Producing New TV Series ‘New Angeles’
Roland Emmerich and Keanu Reeves are executive producing the new TV series “New Angeles” about a young man who escapes the mundane reality of his life by entering a virtual reality world called New Angeles. Centroplis’ Emmerich will direct the pilot and remain involved as an executive producer. Stephen Hamel and Reeves of Company Films brought the project to Centropolis and will executive produce alongside Emmerich. Kirstin Winkler and Aaron Boyd of Centropolis will serve as co-executive producers, and Gregg Hurwitz will write and executive produce. Slingshot Global Media will produce and distribute the series.
‘Gotham’ Named Fall’s Most Promising Show by Television Critics Association
The Television Critics Association compiled its list of fall’s most promising shows and “Gotham” nabbed several top spots. The Fox show took top honors in the Most Promising New Show and Most Promising New Drama categories. The TCA named Gina Rodriquez of The CW’s “Jane the Virgin” most likely to become a breakout star. ABC’s “Black-ish,” a coming-of-age family sitcom starring Anthony Anderson, was voted the season’s Most Promising New Comedy.
HBO’s ‘The Newsroom,’ ‘The Comeback’ and ‘Getting On’ Will Return Nov. 9
HBO announced premiere dates for three returning shows on Tuesday. “The Newsroom,” “The Comeback” and “Getting On” each will begin their new seasons on Nov. 9.
‘Orange Is the New Black’ Actress Joins Amazon’s Yoga-Themed Comedy
Alysia Reiner boards the Paget Brewster-led project ‘Down Dog’
Steve Zahn, Romany Malco to Star in Amazon’s Shawn Ryan Drama
Ben Chaplin also will be one of the streaming service’s ‘Mad Dogs’.
CBS Making Unprecedented Push For ‘Thursday Night Football’
Having spent $275 million to buy the rights to “Thursday Night Football,” CBS is putting the full might of the company behind it to make sure all of America will be watching. “There hasn’t been an initiative at the CBS corporation in decades as large and all-encompassing as this one,” says CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus of the network’s bet on “TNF”
David Gelb’s Docu-Series ‘Chef’s Table’ to Premiere Exclusively on Netflix in 2015
Netflix, the world’s leading internet television network, is expanding its original documentary initiative with its first original docu-series, David Gelb’s “Chef’s Table.” The six-part series, from the lauded filmmaker of “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” will premiere in 2015. “Chef’s Table” features six of the world’s most renowned international chefs, and offers viewers the opportunity to go inside the lives and kitchens of these culinary talents.
OWN Orders Food Truck Docuseries ‘2 Fat 2 Fly’
Oprah Winfrey Network has ordered eight episodes of one-hour docuseries 2 Fat 2 Flyfor premiere in early 2015. It follows best friends Ramone Dickerson and Corey Simmons as they navigate their small-town food truck business of the same name, selling a twist on a culinary classic: stuffed chicken wings.
E! Greenlights New Original Docu Series ‘Christina Milian Turned Up’
E! announced the greenlight of “Christina Milian Turned Up” which will begin airing on E! in Q1. The docu soap follows singer and actress Christina Milian’s career, love life, and her relationship with her Cuban-American family: her overprotective mother/manager Carmen, her two feisty and outspoken sisters Danielle and Liz, and her adorable daughter Violet.
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
Adobe: Five New TV Shows Getting Most Online Buzz; It’s Crickets For The Rest
Only five new shows (Constantine, Gotham, How To Get Away With Murder, The Flash, NCIS: New Orleans) are attracting notable positive social-media interest through late summer, even though fall TV season debuts are just days or weeks away, says a new Adobe study. For most newcomers, in fact, the social universe is barely talking about them even as time ticks down to their first episodes. “Over 75 percent of TV shows are getting less than 100 mentions (on social-media sites) a day,” said Tamara Gaffney.
ESPN Films, FiveThirtyEight to Launch 2 Short Documentary Series
ESPN Films and Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight stats-based journalism blog this fall will roll out a pair of documentary-short series keying off the analytical approach cultivated by FiveThirtyEight, as the sports cabler looks to expand digital-first properties. In the “Signals” docuseries, filmmakers will use data analytics to explore stories across political, economic, science, lifestyle and sports domains. The second series, “The Collectors,” tells the stories of professional statisticians — like the official scorer at a baseball game, a U.S. Census taker or meteorologist. FiveThirtyEight staff will aggregate and analyze data relating to the topics of the shorts for companion web posts.
Lionsgate Touts Benefits of Digital Diversification
The mini-studio told shareholders it’s exploiting new media platforms to expand away from the volatile theatrical movie business. Jon Feltheimer added that Lionsgate is creating content for the next wave of premiere content distributors in an expanding streaming and subscription pay universe.
ABC Gets Away with Murder in UK
Universal Networks International has acquired rights to an ABC Studios legal drama for its flagship channel in the UK. How to Get Way With Murder, distributed globally by Disney Media Distribution, will air on UNI’s Universal Channel from October.
(tech) iPhone 6 release date September 19th, prices start at $199 for 4.7-inch, $299 for 5.5-inch
You’ll be able to buy Apple’s iPhone 6 starting next Friday, September 19th. The 4.7-inch model will start at $199 on-contract for 16GB, with 64GB and 128GB versions available for $299 and $399, respectively. The larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is priced slightly higher at $299. It too is available in 64GB and 128GB options for $399 and $499.
(tech) Apple Watch announced
We can finally lay months of rumors and speculation to rest. The iWatch is real and it’s called the Apple Watch. Tim Cook describes it as the next chapter in Apple’s history. It’s a "comprehensive health and fitness device," says Cook, much as it was expected, but it’s also "an extremely precise and customizable timepiece."
Atlantic: The 100 Books Facebook Users Love
The data science team analyzed more than 130,000 statuses, stripped them of their identifying information and looked for common strings—that is, shared snippets of text and title—and ranked them by popularity. The final list is an interesting, somewhat intuitive list of of titles. There’s some fantasy on it, some contemporary fiction, some classics.
- The Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling (appeared in 21.08 percent of all statuses)
- To Kill a Mockingbird,Harper Lee (14.48 percent)
- The Lord of the Rings series, J.R.R. Tolkien (13.86 percent)
- The Hobbit,J.R.R. Tolkien (7.48 percent)
- Pride and Prejudice,Jane Austen (7.28 percent)
- The Holy Bible (7.21 percent)
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,Douglas Adams (5.97 percent)
- The Hunger Games Trilogy, Suzanne Collins (5.82 percent)
- Catcher in the Rye,J.D. Salinger (5.70 percent)
- The Great Gatsby,F. Scott Fitzgerald (5.61 percent)
Of the hundred-thousand English-speaking users sampled, women outnumbered men more than three to one. Sixty-three percent of the participants live in the United States, 9.3 percent live in India, and 6.3 percent live in the United Kingdom. And the average age of participants was 37.