Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Monday, 9/29/14:
Jennifer Garner Sells Parenthood Comedy to Fox
Fox has handed out a script commitment from the actress/producer for a half-hour comedy called Half Full. The single-camera comedy centers on a newlywed couple who is forced to put their dreams of moving to New York City on hold because of the impending doom of (unexpected) parenthood. Instead, they have no choice but to stay at home in "beautiful" Agawam, Mass., keeping themselves within a five-mile radius of the husband’s five bitter, older siblings. Matthew Nicklaw will pen the script and co-executive produce the comedy, which hails from Warner Bros. Television and Garner’s studio-based Vandalia Films banner. Garner will executive produce Half Full, with Vandalia’s Juliana Janes on board to produce.
ABC Developing Family Comedy From Fred Goss
ABC has handed out a put-pilot commitment with a penalty attached for comedy Funhouse from writer Fred Goss. From ABC Studios and Mandeville, Funhouse is based on a true story and centers on Jack Babbit, a father of three who kidnaps his estranged father from a nursing home along with his 24-hour male nurse and brings them to his home. That upsets the already chaotic existence between Jack, his wife, three kids and extended family but ultimately works as a catalyst of self-discovery, and what they all mean to each other.
‘Big Bang Theory’ Star, Husband Sell Wedding Comedy to CBS
Melissa Rauch is teaming with her husband for a comedy set up at CBS. The network has handed out a script commitment to multicamera comedy If We’re Not Married by 30, which Rauch and her husband/writing partner, Winston Rauch, will co-pen. The Warner Bros. Television comedy centers on a guy who comes to collect on a pre-teen promise made by his childhood best friend — whom he hasn’t seen in more than a decade.
ABC Family Orders Procedural ‘Stitchers’ to Series, Renews ‘Young & Hungry’
Stitchers, from writer Jeffrey A. Schechter centers on a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be "stitched" into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave. Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken exec produce alongside Schechter. Drama pilot ‘Recovery Road’ remains alive, while tennis entry ‘Unstrung’ has been passed over.
NBC Plans ‘Law & Order: SVU,’ ‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘Chicago PD’ Three-Way Crossover
NBC announced plans on Monday for a three way cross-over event of “Law & Order: SVU,” “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD.” The storyline will revolve around a child pornography ring that stretches from New York to Chicago.
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TV Guide: Why I’m Giving ABC’s Rom-Com Manhattan Love Story a Second Chance (Despite a Bad First Date)
I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t love the pilot of ABC’s Manhattan Love Story. In fact, you could even say I was disappointed. But months after watching the less-than-stellar pilot, I got an opportunity to watch the show’s third episode, while also voicing my concerns — mostly about the heavy use of voiceover — to the creator Jeff Lowell. I came out of both my conversation and the screening pleasantly surprised.
Shonda Rhimes’ Shows Crowd Top Of Twitter TV Ratings; Jeter Tweeterers Say Long Goodbye
Shonda Rhimes’ Thursday-night trio – Scandal, Grey’s Anatomyand newcomer How To Get Away With Murder –collectivelydominated the first week of fall Twitter TV ratings, coming in at Nos. 1, 4 and 6 respectively on this week’s table for series and specials.
(review) Variety: MTV’s ‘Happyland’
“Happyland” is such a target-rich environment that it’s a shame the series feels so indifferently executed and cast. Built around employees of a massive amusement park — including a few who live in the company-owned town, Dazzle — the show saddles its mix of comedy and soap-like drama with tired, well-telegraphed twists and on-the-nose dialogue.
Showtime’s ‘House of Lies’ Adds Demetri Martin
Demetri Martin has boarded the Showtime comedy for a multiple-episode role.
Jon Hamm’s next show is one of TV’s best: Black Mirror
Jon Hamm be going from one brilliant TV series to another, as he’s confirmed to be one of the three main cast members of the upcoming Black Mirror Christmas special. Black Mirror, created by Charlie Brooker, is one of the best TV shows of recent years, a British anthology series that’s a rough spin on The Twilight Zone, only every episode centers somehow on the technology that’s come to permeate our lives.
Naomi Campbell To Recur On Fox’s ‘Empire’; Tina Casciani Joins CW’s ‘Jane The Virgin’
Naomi Campbell has booked a recurring role on Fox’s midseason drama Empire. Tina Casciani has joined the cast of the CW’s Jane The Virgin.
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Game consoles most widely used video streaming devices in US
Video game consoles have become the leading device category for video streaming app use. Out of those console owners, "roughly three quarters" log into consoles to watch video apps at least once a week, and 40 percent of them watch over 10 hours of content a week.
(review) (animated) Variety: ‘Star Wars Rebels’
“Star Wars Rebels” offers a stylish offshoot — introducing a new lineup of characters very much in the “Clone Wars” tradition — with scads of action, beautiful animation and fidelity to the original’s spirit. Premiering on Disney Channel with a one-hour launch subtitled “Spark of Rebellion” before settling in as a series on boy-oriented Disney XD, the Force is indeed strong with this one.
AMC Networks Closing In on Deal for BBC America Stake
AMC Networks is closing in on a deal to acquire a sizable stake in BBC America for about $200 million. Deal is expected to come together by the end of October. AMC Networks is believed to be grabbing just under 50% of the channel that is the Beeb’s namesake outpost in the U.S.
TV Guide: 13 Times ABC Show Titles Made Us Say WTF
What’s in a name? A lot when it comes to show titles. Naming a show isn’t easy. You want to be brief but convey what the show is about, catchy but not cliché, original but not too out-there, inviting but not alienating. The last one sounds like a no-brainer, but tell that to ABC. For a network nicknamed the Alphabet, it has been the worst title offender in recent years. (But hey, they are into irony.) Here are 13 of ABC’s worst titles.
Facebook’s new worldwide ad network uses all of your personal info
For years, Facebook has been analyzing the information you post to the service to sell targeted ads. Now the company is expanding that practice, unveiling a new ad network that will allow marketers to buy targeted ads will using data gleaned from Facebook users and place them across the Web.