Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Tuesday, 9/23/14:
Nastaran Dibai & Aaron Kaplan Re-Team For ABC Romantic Comedy
Aaron Kaplan and Nastaran Dibai are back developing together with another comedy sale at ABC. The single-camera Follow Your Heart hails from Warner Bros TV and Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. It centers on a widow and single mother who, after having given up on love, finds herself drawn to the new guy in her building. That’s because, unbeknownst to her, he was the recipient of her husband’s heart.
CBS Buys Comedy From Andrew Reich, Ted Cohen & Gail Berman
Gail Berman has teamed with Friends alums Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen for a multi-camera comedy that has sold to CBS in a competitive situation. It has been laid off at sibling CBS TV Studios, which will produce in association with the Jackal Group. Written by Reich and Cohen, the untitled project is described as a big, multi-generational family comedy. Reich and Cohen executive produce with Berman.
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(review) Hitfix: ABC’s ‘Black-ish’ a sharp comedy about race, class and family
If a sitcom has something to say and a distinct way of saying it, then that’s a sturdier foundation for humor than a half-hour that’s not really about anything but has a bunch of good jokes crammed into it. That’s why ABC’s "Black-ish" is the new network comedy I’m most enthusiastic about. "Black-ish" arrives as a comedy that knows what it’s about, and how it wants to be about it in a very smart way.
Riley Keough To Topline Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ On Starz
Riley Keough has signed on as the female lead for The Girlfriend Experience, a 13-part anthology series inspired by Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 Magnolia Pictures film. Soderbergh and Philip Fleishman executive produce the half-hour series, from Transactional Pictures, which explores the relationships of the most exclusive courtesans who provide their clients with far more than just sex.
Zach Gilford, Jonathan Cake join USA’s ‘Stanistan’
Gilford will be playing Phillip Guthrey, an Infrastructure Manager for USAID and Marcie’s closest friend (though he’d like it to be more). Meanwhile, Cake will play Greg Weir, “a suave a fearless on-air foreign correspondent who is entangled in a complicated affair with Marcie, but his quest to uncover the real story in war-torn Stanistan will put him and his relationship in danger.”
‘NCIS’ Drafts MTV’s ‘Awkward’ Star Nikki DeLoach
Nikki DeLoach will guest star as Army Lieutenant Colonel J. Leland in a November episode of CBS’s “NCIS.”
New Line Ramping Up ‘No Baggage,’ Based on ‘Craziest OkCupid Date Ever’
New Line is moving ahead with a movie version of “The Craziest OkCupid Date Ever,” hiring Adam Brooks to adapt Clara Bensen’s tale of a three-week date. “Jeff and I traveled to eight countries in 21 days without changing clothes,” Bensen wrote in her article for Salon.com. “It sure beat meeting for coffee.”
Scott Foley’s Directorial Debut Acquired by Tribeca, Well Go USA
“Scandal” star Scott Foley‘s directorial debut, “Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife,” has been co-acquired by Tribeca Film and Well Go USA Entertainment. The dark comedy, which Foley also wrote, co-produced and starred in, will hit VOD platforms in December and then get a theatrical release in January. The synopsis: “Everyone hates Ward’s wife and wants her dead, Ward most of all. But when his friends’ murderous fantasies turn into an (accidental) reality, they have to deal with a whole new set of problems.”
TNT escapes with Red Arrow show
TNT has picked up a social experiment show from German producer-distributor Red Arrow International. Escape Your Life comes from Red Arrow’s Kinetic Content, the producer behind A+E Networks’ factual entertainment dating format Married at First Sight. The format offers couples the opportunity to escape their old lives and start again in a new location, if they can find jobs and a place to live in six weeks.
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Disney’s Maker Studios Pacts with MiTú to Produce Latino YouTube Content
Maker Studios, the YouTube multichannel network owned by Disney, reached an exclusive deal with Latino-focused MCN MiTú to develop original and branded content aimed at the fast-growing U.S. Hispanic market. Under the pact, Maker will work with MiTú’s base of Hispanic talent to produce “culturally relevant” short-form content, in both Spanish and English.
TV Guide: As the Fall Season Begins, Will 4 Remain TV’s Magic Number?
What’s the "Rule of 4"? Quite simply, in the past few decades, years that ended in "4" have turned out to be game-changing seasons in network TV. In 1984, The Cosby Show premiered and immediately revived a moribund NBC, as well as the entire sitcom genre. By 1994, NBC was struggling once again — until Friends and ER came along and made the Peacock Network an unstoppable force for the rest of the decade. By 2004, it was ABC on the ropes, until Lost and Desperate Housewives debuted and turned that network around.