Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Friday, 9/19/14. Have a great weekend!
TNT Makes ‘One Giant Leap’ Into Miniseries With Neil Armstrong Project
Miniseries have enjoyed a comeback in the past couple of years. TNT is joining the trend with One Giant Leap, a four-hour event miniseries about the life of NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong who became the first man to walk on the moon. The project, now in development, is based on Leon Wagener’s book. The mini will be written by Al Reinert.
‘Simpsons’ Duo Adapting Spanish Blended Family Comedy ‘Los Serrano’ For Fox
Fox has put in development another adaptation of a successful Spanish series, comedy Los Serrano. The multi-camera comedy will be written by The Simpsons veteran Mike Scully and his wife, former Simpsons writer-producer Julie Scully. Echoing The Brady Bunch, it is about a widower with three sons who reconnects and marries his high school sweetheart, a divorced mother of two girls. The series, which already has been adapted in nine other countries, chronicles the exploits of the blended family, with its seven members adjusting to living under the same roof.
HBO Developing ‘The Commissar’s Report’ Russian Spy Series From Martyn Burke
HBO has put in development The Commissar’s Report, a comedic drama thriller based on author-writer-director Martyn Burke’s 1984 Cold War satire. Burke will adapt his novel, writing the pilot script. Writer/director Jerry Zucker and his wife, producer Janet Zucker, are producing through their Zucker Prods. The Commissar’s Report follows Dimitri, a young spy in post-war Stalinist Russia who rises so quickly through the ranks of Soviet espionage that he is sent to New York as a spy to help bring down America. But his life is quickly in mortal danger when he finds himself not only in love with America, but through a fluke of fate, becoming what he is pledged to destroy —a major capitalist.
Greg Berlanti’s ‘Supergirl’ Lands at CBS With Series Commitment
CBS has landed the high-profile DC Comics adaptation, handing out a hefty series commitment. The hourlong drama, taken out last week, centers on Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin, who was born on the planet Krypton and escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she has been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler will pen the script and executive produce the drama via Berlanti Productions’ Warner Bros. Television-based banner.
Jim Sheridan To Adapt His Movie ‘In America’ As HBO Drama Series With FtvS
Two decades ago, Jim Sheridan took on his most personal project, teaming with his then-teenage daughters Naomi and Kirsten to write a movie based on their family’s experience as struggling Irish immigrants living in a shabby Hell’s Kitchen apartment building occupied by artists and junkies. That movie became the 2002 In America, directed by Jim Sheridan, which earned him and his daughters a writing Oscar nomination. Now the trio has signed on to develop a drama series for HBO inspired by the movie, which no doubt will reflect more of their memories from their early years in New York. Fox TV Studios is producing.
Eva Longoria To Produce Texas Political Drama For ABC With Conde Nast
A Latino family drama landed at ABC with penalty. The project is loosely inspired by a 2003 Vogue article that profiled Democratic rising-star twins Julián Castro, mayor of San Antonio, and Joaquin, then-newly elected U.S. congressman. Created and written by Meredith Lavender & Marcie Ulin, Pair Of Aces, described as an operatic family drama, revolves around brothers Chris and Alex Reyes, Latino golden boys who are both best friends and rivals. They are rising stars in Texas politics whose destiny is engineered by their manipulative mother Maria. Universal TV, where UnbeliEVAable Entertainment has a first-look deal, is producing, with UnveliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector executive producing alongside Conde Nast’s Dawn Ostroff and Gina Marcheschi.
‘Homeland’s’ Howard Gordon Inks Rich New Deal at 20th TV
The ’24’ and ‘Tyrant’ showrunner will continue to produce at his studio home of more than 20 years
FALL PREMIERE NEWS:
Adweek: NBC’s New Fall Shows, From Best to Worst
Even with its No. 1 slot, though, the network had some retooling to do, and the result is the least consistent slate of new shows this season. It’s not that the shows are uniformly bad; they’re not uniformly anything. There are funny comedies and unfunny comedies, pulpy dramas and Very Serious Dramas. It feels as if it was developed by at least two different teams, and the process yields shows that will probably appeal (or not) to very different audiences.
Salon: Fall TV’s rom-com boom: Why it’s so hard to translate this genre to the small screen
The romantic comedy has, historically, only really worked on TV when it’s not actually a romantic comedy at all. That’s because dating isn’t, in and of itself, interesting, except to the people in the couple. The sort of complications that make the process of getting to know a potential romantic partner worth watching fit perfectly into the length of a movie comedy, but strike false notes when drawn out over the course of the series. Three new romantic comedies starting this fall attempt to do the impossible — get us invested in a romance that’s, inevitably, going to face an astonishing number of hurdles.
TV Guide: Find Out Why Black-ish Is the New Cosby Show We All Need
It’s been 30 years since The Cosby Show premiered and though sitcoms featuring primarily black characters have since found homes on BET, TBS or OWN, Black-ish will finally bring a black family back to a major network — and it’s about time.
‘Red Band Society’ Ads Calling Octavia Spencer "Scary Bitch" Pulled After Outcry
L.A. Metro buses will no longer display the ads.
Sam Elliott and Garret Dillahunt Join ‘Justified’
The FX series enters its final season
Daniel Sauli Joins HBO Miniseries ‘Show Me A Hero’; Daren Kagasoff in Fox’s ‘Red Band Society’
Daniel Sauli has joined the cast of HBO’s miniseries Show Me A Hero from The Wire co-creator David Simon. Daren Kagasoff has been tapped for a recurring role on Fox’s coming-of age-drama series Red Band Society, from ABC Studios and Amblin TV.
Grey’s Anatomy: April’s Mom Is Coming to Town
At long last, the Kepner family tree is complete. Or at least it will be this fall when Grey’s Anatomy formally introduces April’s mother. Connie Ray has been cast as the Kepner clan’s matriarch, Karen.
Michael Eisner’s Tornante Developing Olympic Village Comedy
Michael Eisner’s Tornante Co. is making a splash in the feature film business, developing an Olympic Village comedy. Tornante has hired the comedy writing team Jim and Brian Kehoe to pen an untitled internal comedy idea. The logline is being kept under wraps, but centers around the Olympic Village.
David Ayer Eyeing Warner Bros.’ ‘Suicide Squad’
David Ayer is circling Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment project Suicide Squad. The Suicide Squad team, also known as Task Force X, was created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru. It centers on the characters Deadshot, King Shark, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn.
New Line Nabs Crime Thriller Spec ‘North of Reno’ For ‘San Andreas’ Producer Beau Flynn
New Line Cinema purchased the spec North Of Reno from the writing team of Banipal and Benhur Ablakhad for producer Beau Flynn. The original story is said to be a “twisty, crime thriller centered around the pursuit of a hidden fortune.”
The NFL’s domestic violence controversy has become so significant that the three major networks broke into their regular programming to air Roger Goodell’s 3 pm ET press conference live.
truTV teams with Tumblr for TV show
truTV is working with Tumblr on Hack My Life, a series that will focus on life hacks that will show viewers how to make life easier through various shortcuts and tricks. Hosts Kevin Pereira and Brooke Van Poppelen will test the efficiency of various life hacks on the weekly series, judging them on whether they save or waste time. In an interactive component to the show, viewers are invited to share their own hacks on the show’s Tumblr.
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
The problem with Netflix persists: it’s a candy store with limited selection, that promises you a magical world of sugar but then only offers swedish fish, stale gummy bears, white chocolate Hershey’s kisses and some Maltesers — and you never quite know what’s going to be on offer when you get there, but it will be some combination of the above, with the one you’re craving likely out of stock. Just mysteriously unavailable. The proprietor may even take it away as they see you coming to the door, mocking you.
Alibaba’s massive IPO will give a major boost to its plans to expand into the film business, with the Chinese e-commerce giant expected to focus on a move into Hollywood as part of its growth strategy. Analysts say once the company has finished the work of launching the world’s biggest stock market listing, the industry can expect a major push into movies. Company founder Jack Ma has made it clear he sees a future for Alibaba in entertainment.
Shonda Rhimes isn’t an angry black woman and neither are her characters
AThe New York Times published a careless and obtuse piece about ABC’s new show How to Get Away with Murder.The article, "Wrought in Their Creator’s Image" is chief television critic Alessandra Stanley musing, bluntly and clumsily, about how hyper-successful television showrunner Shonda Rhimes produces characters that Stanley feels are built atop racial stereotypes. It calls Rhimes, one of the most powerful producers in the television industry, an angry black woman in its first sentence — and somehow it goes downhill from there.
Exec Shuffle For 9/19/14: FOX TV, Viacom, eOne, HBO, Shine America, Endemol & More
Fire Engine 13: Producer Robert Curran has launched a new television production shingle, Fire Engine 13.
Indigenous Media: Jon Avnet, Jake Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia have launched a new digital production company, Indigenous Media. Indigenous Media will produce original and branded content for digital and emerging platforms worldwide.
20th Century Fox Television: Grant Gish has been promoted to Vice President, Animation.
CBS Television Distribution: Becky Brooks has joined as Vice President, Current Programming. Joe Ferullo has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Current Programming.
Sony Pictures Television: Kim Rozenfeld has been named Executive Vice President, US Scripted Programming.
Imperative Entertainment: Jasmine Daghighian has been named Coordinator.
Whalerock Industries: John-Eric Capps has been named Creative Executive. Kate Lewis has been named Coordinator, Film & Television.
E!: Ricky Nachbar has been named Manager, Casting & Talent Development.
Fusion: Wade Beckett has joined as Chief Programming Officer.
HBO Entertainment: Christine Kim has been promoted to Coordinator.
Endemol Beyond USA: Rico Martinez has joined as Chief Programming Officer.
Machinima: Daniel Tibbits has joined as Chief Content Officer.
Portal A: Evan Bregman has joined as Head, Original Content.
Variety: Nevada Offers a Jackpot of Production Incentives
Nevada’s incentives include a 15% transferable tax credit for qualified spending; 19% maximum tax credit with bonuses; 12% credit on nonresident above-the-line wages and benefits; 12% credit on nonresident below-the-line wages and benefits through 2015, reduced to 10% in 2016 and 8% in 2017; a $6 million project cap with a $20 million annual cap with remaining credits that can be carried over to following years; a $750,000 maximum compensation cap per individual; and a sunset date of Dec. 31, 2017.
IO9: 10 Webcomics That Would Make Incredible TV Shows
There are tons and tons of webcomics on the Internet, but it’s extremely rare that one gets adapted into a television show or a movie. We delve into the rich world of long-form webcomics and pick out a few we’d love to see on our TV screens.