Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Wednesday, 9/10/14:
CBS Buys Real-Time Action Drama From Nikki Toscano
CBS is reuniting with writer Nikki Toscano and Universal TV for another drama project. Last Hour (working title) has received a script commitment with penalty from the network. Written by Toscano, the action-packed, high-stakes, real-time drama is in the vein of 24 with a female twist. It follows a female FBI agent in the last hour of an operation as she infiltrates the most dangerous criminal organizations in the world. Toscano is executive producing with John Glenn through Universal TV, where both are under deals.
‘New Girl’s’ Jake Johnson, Max Winkler Sell Crime Comedy to Fox
Jake Johnson and Max Winkler are expanding their relationship with Fox. The network has handed out a script-plus-penalty commitment to comedy 100 Grand. The single-camera project is described as an adrenaline-packed action comedy that centers on two guys who learn how to grow up in the most unexpected way: paying off a debt for a local crime boss. Nick Thomas is on board to write the script and exec produce alongside Winkler and actor-producer Johnson via the duo’s 20th Century Fox Television-based Walcott Co. banner. 3 Arts’ Dave Becky, Oly Obst and Jonathan Berry also will executive produce.
‘Nurse Jackie’ to End After Season 7
The Edie Falco starrer will end its run in 2015.
(ratings) ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Still Smashing FX Ratings Records
The network may be downplaying same-day numbers — but that doesn’t mean they aren’t great. The seventh and final season of Kurt Sutter’s biker gang opera fetched a whopping 6.2 million viewers last night during its inaugural telecast on Tuesday evening. That’s up from the previous live-plus-same-day record of 5.9 million viewers that tuned in for the 2013 premiere.
TVLine: Fall TV’s Breakout Stars: A Virgin, a Penguin, a Rom-Com Duo, a Teenage Dreamboat and More!
Meet your new favorite TV actors. The Fall TV season is just days away, and with it comes a bevy of fresh faces who will make you laugh, cry, gasp and swoon.
Analeigh Tipton – Manhattan Love Story, ABC
Cristela Alonzo – Cristela, ABC
Charlie Rowe – Red Band Society, Fox
Jack Falahee – How to Get Away With Murder, ABC
Zoe Levin – Red Band Society, Fox
(review) HuffPo: ‘You’re The Worst’: A Sarcastic, Secretly Romantic Comedy That Is Just The Best
Looking for a comedy that’s actually funny? Want one with precisely calibrated yet organically complex characters? Want to watch a well-constructed story full of wit that is equal parts scathing, smart and silly? I wish I could tell you the new fall season is packed with new half-hour offerings that offer some or all of the above, but alas, the pickings are pretty slim. ABC’s "Black-ish," and, to a milder degree, NBC’s "A to Z" and "Marry Me," are relatively promising broadcast-network comedies, but the rest of the "fresh" half-hour offerings on the big networks fall somewhere between "Well, I didn’t totally hate it" and "Please, make the pain stop." If you want to do more than merely tolerate a comedy — in other words, if you want to fall in love with one — try binging on FX’s "You’re the Worst."
Leslie Bibb To Topline Amazon Pilot ‘Salem Rogers’
Leslie Bibb has been tapped for the title role in Amazon Studios’ comedy pilot Salem Rogers: Model Of The Year 1998. Written by Lindsey Stoddart, the project centers on Salem Rogers (Bibb), a self-centered, arrogant former supermodel who is forced to leave rehab after 10 years and reunites with her long-suffering former assistant, now a self-help writer using her years with Salem as an inspiration.
New Line Options Inspirational Memoir ‘Napkin Notes’
In a preemptive deal, New Line Cinema has optioned the film rights for the upcoming inspirational memoir Napkin Notes. Garth Callaghan began writing short notes on napkins and putting them in his daughter’s lunch when she was in kindergarten. Since then, he’s been diagnosed with cancer four times and been given an 8 percent chance to live long enough to watch Emma graduate from high school. He’s determined to write a total of 826 notes, which will give his now-teenage daughter one note for each day through high school — no matter what happens.
Variety: How Marvel’s Success Will Help ‘Star Wars’
Disney just felt it could do even better, and the mantra at the company concerning “Star Wars” is: “do everything, but do it faster because we already know the route, and take it through the same channels” that worked so well for Marvel, said chief financial officer Jay Rasulo, who spoke Wednesday at Goldman Sachs’ Communacopia Conference in New York. There are similarities and differences between Lucasfilm and Marvel and their properties, “but the similarities are far greater.”
CBS’ Les Moonves: "Overnight Ratings Are Virtually Irrelevant Now"
Speaking at the Goldman Sachs 23rd Annual Communacopia Conference in New York, the head of the CBS television network lobbied for the Nielsen rating service to create "C-Infinity," whereby a show’s viewership is counted months and years beyond its original air date, as opposed to three or seven days, as is the case now.
(q&a) Wrap: Fox TV Bosses Dana Walden and Gary Newman Are Looking for One ‘Bona Fide Hit’
Wrap: How would you characterize your fall offerings? Would you change anything?
GN: It’s never just one person’s programs. There’s a considerable staff there aligned with Kevin. He has given great building blocks. “Gotham,” for example, is promising. Awareness is high with “Gotham.” We love “Red Band Society.” It’s a soulful drama that we hope we can break out. “Mulaney” is a fresh comedy. And “Gracepoint” is a beautiful drama.
Despite NFL Objections, Sports Blackouts May Soon Be Thing of the Past
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said the so-called “sports blackout” rule is obsolete and needs to go, in a USA Today editorial Tuesday. The rules “are a bad hangover from the days when barely 40 percent of games sold out and gate receipts were the league’s principal source of revenue,” Wheeler wrote. Now, the NFL makes the majority of its revenue from selling broadcast rights to games. “The bottom line is the NFL no longer needs the government’s help to remain viable.
(rumor) (gaming) Microsoft said to be buying the maker of ‘Minecraft’ for $2 billion
Microsoft is nearing a deal to buy Mojang AB, makers of the Minecraft video game franchise, according to a new report. According to the Wall Street Journal, the deal would value Mojang at more than $2 billion and could be signed as soon as this week.
HBR: The Reason Your Team Won’t Take Risks
When several hundred professionals were asked what would happen if they developed and tried “new and untested ideas,” only 17% said that such behavior would be rewarded or approved – 47% said that the reaction from their superiors would be “unpredictable.” In other words, the reality in many organizations today is that despite the public emphasis on innovation, the underlying culture may be strongly risk-averse. As one senior manager in a large financial institution said to one of us (only partially tongue-in-cheek), “The key to success here is to never make the same mistake once.”