Morning News Update for Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Wednesday, 9/17/14:


Fox Developing Drama About Airline Crew Moonlighting As Robbers
The Ultimate Getaway, executive produced by Sheldon Turner, Seth Gordon and Jennifer Klein, is written/executive produced by Kevin Costello. The project centers on a commercial airline crew who, to escape the drudgery of their everyday lives, use their layovers to commit robberies in different cities across the country. The drama is produced by Sony TV where Turner and Klein’s Vendeta Prods. as well as Gordon’s Exibit A have deals.

Betsy Thomas Set As New ‘Bad Judge’ Showrunner
Betsy Thomas
has closed a deal to join new NBC comedy series Bad Judge as executive producer/showrunner. Thomas was immediately approached for the job when Liz Brixius exited the Universal TV-produced show 10 days ago. Thomas, who is under an overall deal at Uni TV, ran NBC/Uni TV’s Whitney in its first season.

CBS Annnounces New Live + 7 Day Rating Reporting System for the Upcoming Season
today announced that effective with the start of the 2014-2015 television season (Sept. 22), the Network will supplement its daily Nielsen preliminary fast affiliate ratings with Live + 7-Day rating projections, marking a further shift toward a metric that better reflects the total audience and monetization value of its programming.

In the Wake of Longmire’s Cancellation, What’s Next for A&E?
It’s duck and cover time at A&E. Since reality megahit Duck Dynasty lost more than half its audience over the past year, the cable network has been dodging bullets. Most recently, A&E executives canceled Longmire after three seasons, surprising the show’s producers and angering fans. Along with Longmire, other recent cancellations include The Glades; and the Chloe Sevigny-led Those Who Kill, which was dumped after two episodes in May. Up next, A&E has high hopes for The Returned, a remake of the French drama about a small town where the dead start reappearing.

Variety: Why Martial Arts Might Be the Next Big TV Trend
The key for television trends is in their ability to morph into the next big thing. This time, the emerging genre may be martial arts, since intense fight sequences are already a major part of many comicbook shows. Al Gough, who co-created and is showrunning “Badlands” with partner Miles Millar, said martial arts speaks to the visual and visceral components of television, plus “it’s something that’s not on TV right now … also, it’s something you can actually do week-to-week. It’s something that looks great and is highly visual.”

FX "Probably" Won’t Continue 10/90 Show Strategy, CEO Says
FX Networks and Productions CEO John Landgraf told an investor conference Wednesday that "we have really now achieved a scale that allows us to truly compete with Netflix and HBO," predicting further ratings and financial upside for his group that is part of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. He also said the company will likely stop acquiring shows under so-called 10/90 deals, such as Anger Management with Charlie Sheen.


(review) Vox: Red Band Society is an edgy show about childhood cancer
Red Band Society tells the story of a group of teenagers who live in a hospital. Riffs on all of the classic teenage character tropes are here, but they all get smushed together because the characters all have life-threatening conditions. That makes Red Band Society one part teen drama and one part edgy medical drama. The former contributes vivid characters; the latter offers a refusal to be sappy. Here are four reasons the show is one of the best new shows this fall.

(review) Wrap: ‘Red Band Society’ Review: Prognosis Is Good, Though It Could Take More Risks
Fox’s “Red Band Society”is special. I’m sure many of you find the idea of spending an hour watching kids with terminal illnesses morbid. Think about the last time you experienced a blackout and you were searching for a candle, a flashlight, or the circuit breakers. Had you ever wanted light back in your life any more than in that moment? That’s the appeal of watching “Red Band Society.” These terminally ill kids are searching for life harder than anyone in good health.

(review) Variety: ‘Gotham’
The title and promotional campaign do “Gotham” no favors, fostering expectations about a stronger link to the “Batman” franchise than can possibly exist — at least, considering the setting, not for another 20 years or so. Taken strictly on its own terms, the Fox series is a handsome, gritty crime drama, with Ben McKenzie as the idealistic young cop and Donal Logue as his grizzled, ethically compromised partner. Yet if the show is supposed to work for its peripheral connection to the Dark Knight and his colorful menagerie of villains before they became such … well, that bat simply won’t fly.

(review) THR: ‘The Mysteries of Laura’
Debra Messing
is a cop and a mom. She’s supposed to be good at the former, but it’s hard to tell. She’s lousy at the latter and has terrible kids. Also, the show is just a mess.

THR: Selling Fall TV: The Most Important Shows to the Networks
Like diplomatic parents, TV execs profess to love their shows equally. But some new series — spurred by critical buzz, internal favor or a combination — end up with a bigger slice of the marketing budget. One network that previously employed the eggs-in-one-basket approach (see last year’s Agents of SHIELD campaign) is ABC. But 2014 finds the Disney-owned net tweaking that strategy to focus on its entire Thursday block from mega-producer Shonda Rhimes. While Murder is the centerpiece, ABC’s push is about the night as a whole.

Vox: 7 new fall TV shows to watch — and 3 to avoid at all costs
This is a solid fall, much better than the last couple of years. Here are my seven shows to watch (The Affair, Transparent, Black-ish, Red Band Society, Jane the Virgin, Gotham, The Flash) and three to avoid at all costs (Stalker, Mysteries of Laura, MLS).

AdWeek: The New Shows on Fox, Rated From Best to Worst
Continuing our week-long rundown of broadcast TV’s latest and greatest offerings, we now look to Fox. And Fox is in some trouble. It’s worth noting my analysis is based on each series’ pilot, and shows often change in their later episodes. For our purposes, though, as a publication covering the ad industry, it’s important for marketers to know how the shows they’ve invested in are going to strike an informed viewer at first because frequently that first chance is the only chance a new show gets.

Mashable: This Fall’s New TV Shows: The Winners and Losers on Social Media
Here’s what one social media data cruncher, ViralHeat, predicts will happen. The company narrowed down the field of winners and losers to six shows, with CW’s The Flash, Fox’s Gotham and NBC’s Constantine among the former group and CBS’s Scorpion joining ABC comedies Black-ish and Manhattan Love Story in the group of not-so-positive chatter. ViralHeat’s predictions were based on several factors, including Twitter conversation and the number of Facebook likes on the show’s official page.


‘Ground Floor’ quashes ‘Scrubs’ reunion, recasts Christa Miller
Sorry, Scrubs fans: Ground Floor will not be reuniting Christa Miller and John C. McGinley. Miller was slated to play the wife of McGinley’s Mr. Mansfield, but she had to back out because of production demands on the final season of TBS’ Cougar Town. In her stead, Emily Rutherfurd will take on the role of the brassy and artistic Allie Mansfield, who is the only person able to control her husband.


Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ Heading to U.K.’s Pinewood Studios
‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ and sequels to ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ ‘The Avengers,’ ‘Thor’ and ‘Captain America all filmed there.


Bravo hunts Best Restaurant
will premiere a new culinary competition series produced by celebrity UK chef Gordon Ramsay’s prodco in January next year. Best New Restaurant is being produced by One Potato Two Potato and will be fronted by chef and restaurateur Tom Colicchio. The show pits 16 US restaurants against each other in a series of challenges to be judged by a team of experts whose aim is to find the best top-to-bottom dining experience in the country.

Project Runway Producers Spin-Off Teen/Tween Series
The producers of Project Runway are launching a new competition series, Project Runway: Threads, which features teen and tween fashion designers.


ITV axes Rising Star
UK commercial broadcaster ITV has scrapped its version of talent format Rising Star, amidst fears over its potential ratings.


TNT Scores Rights to Five Upcoming Marvel Studios Films
has entered into a licensing agreement with Marvel for the next five theatrical releases from Marvel Studios.


Former WB Exec Robert Brassel Joining Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8
Former Warner Bros EVP Production Robert Brassel is joining Jeff Robinov’s newly formed Studio 8, in one of Robinov’s first major hires under the new entity. Jon Silk, who worked as EVP Production at Mythology Entertainment, also will join the company as the former Warner Bros Motion Picture Group President shores up his production ranks.

(feature) The Dissolve: How Julia Roberts Became An Icon Playing The Girl Next Door
Over the course of a career spanning 25 years and more than 35 films, Roberts has rarely strayed far from the onscreen persona that made her one of the biggest movie stars in history — that of a simple girl of limited means and unlimited heart, pulling herself up by her bootstraps. In all her years in Hollywood, Roberts has only made a handful of action movies, and exactly one sequel. In a cruelly ironic twist, Julia Roberts—or at least, “Julia Roberts”—is now a fish out of water in modern Hollywood.


(tech) Apple’s iOS 8 is now available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
has released iOS 8, the latest version of its mobile operating system, for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Users can download the new software by navigating to the "general" tab in their device’s settings menu and selecting "software update."

Sony Stock Falls 6% After Projections of $2 Billion Loss
Shares of Sony fell sharply Wednesday morning after the Japanese electronics company said it will likely lose $2.15 billion for the fiscal year. It had initially forecast $488 million in losses through through March of 2015, but had to revise those projections due to problems in its mobile phones division.

Majority of Americans Are Single Now, a Major Shift From the ’70s
According to a report by economist Edward Yardeni, a majority of Americans are now single, says Bloomberg Businessweek. And economists predict the rising single population will effect the economy, with singles less likely to spend money on children and homes. Just 37 percent of Americans 16 and older were single in 1976, but more than half are unmarried today, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.