Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Tuesday, 9/30/14:
ABC Nabs 1970s Female Cop Drama From Fake Empire & Kapital Entertainment As Put Pilot
In their first collaboration, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire has teamed with Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment for Broad Squad, a period female cop procedural, which has received a put pilot commitment from ABC. ABC Studios, where Fake Empire is under a deal, is producing. Set in 1978, the series is described as a fictionalized account of the graduating class of Boston’s first female patrol officers. Dubbed “The Broad Squad” by the local press, they arrived at a tumultuous time in Boston’s history, marked by corruption within the police force and a heightened organized crime presence in the city. Bess Wohl will write the script and serve as co-executive producer.
‘Rush Hour’ To Be Remade As Action Series From Bill Lawrence & Brett Ratner
A big series project is about to hit the markeplace — an hourlong action comedy based on the blockbuster movie franchise Rush Hour. I’ve learned that Warner Bros TV has closed deals for the project, which will be co-written/executive produced by one of studio’s top showrunners, Bill Lawrence. The movie franchise’s director Brett Ratner and producer Arthur Sarkissian will serve as executive producers. Written by Cougar Town co-creator Lawrence and the series’ executive producer/showrunner Blake McCormick, Rush Hour is expected to stay close to the premise of the original movie.
NBC Nabs ‘Raven Rock’ Drama From Robert Zemeckis, Bob Cooper, eOne & Paramount TV
Raven Rock, a drama series project based on Garrett Graff’s upcoming nonfiction book, has landed at NBC in a script deal with significant penalty. The project hails from eOne Television and Paramount Television, who will serve as the studios, along with Bob Cooper’s Landscape Entertainment and Robert Zemeckis’ Compari Entertainment. Writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia will adapt Graff’s book. The tome explores the history of our government’s secret efforts to ensure survival if most of America or its leaders are killed in a nuclear attack on the U.S.
‘Hand Of God’ To Go To Series, Two Others Likely As Amazon Studios Starts Making Series Pickup Decisions
It appears to be a decision day at Amazon Studios as options on the casts of the company’s third batch of pilots expire today. I’ve learned that the actors on drama Hand of God have been picked up, with the project fully expected to go to series. Two other pilots — David Gordon Green and Steven Soderbergh’s country club comedy Red Oaks, and Whit Stillman’s expat comedy The Cosmopolitans — are in serious contention. Not going forward are drama Hysteria and comedy Really.
‘You’re the Worst,’ ‘Married’ Renewed for Second Seasons at FXX and FX
FX has renewed critical darling comedy You’re the Worst for a second season on younger-skewing FXX, and Married for a sophomore run on FX. Both will expand their second-year runs from 10 episodes to 13.
Julianna Margulies Inks Production Deal With CBS Studios
Julianna Margulies, the Emmy-winning star of The Good Wife, has formed Toast Prods., which will be based at CBS TV Studios, the studio behind the praised CBS legal drama. Under the pact, Margulies and her Toast Prods. will develop and produce series, limited event series and TV movies for the studio, which will target various platforms and will not necessarily be starring vehicles for Margulies.
Fox’s ‘Gotham’ Tops Piracy of Fall TV Premieres with 1.3 Million Downloads
From Sept. 17 to Sept. 29, the pilot episode of “Gotham” was downloaded via torrent networks worldwide 1.33 million times, with 600,000 of those coming a day after its season premiere last Monday, according to data provided by piracy-tracking firm Excipio.
That was more than five times any of this season’s other freshman U.S. TV series. Of the six top-rated fall premieres from last week, ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” clocked in with 259,432 downloads over the same period. That was followed by CBS’s “Madam Secretary” (195,528), CBS’s “Scorpion” (168,091), NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura” (100,792) and ABC’s “Black-ish” (45,476).
FALL PREMIERE NEWS:
(review) Wrap: ‘Manhattan Love Story’: ABC Romcom Is Not an Instant Attraction
The pilot, which debuts Tuesday is full of antiquated cliches better suited for a romantic comedy from 30 years ago. But if viewers stick around for the second episode, which airs next week, they will grow to like the show and the oddball way this unlikely pair start down the road to romance.
Yvonne Strahovski to Co-Star in ABC’s ‘Astronaut Wives Club’
Yvonne Strahovski has booked a series regular role on the drama from Fake Empire’s Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz.
Strahovski will play Rene Carpenter, who is married to Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter.
ABC’s black-ish Casts Jenifer Lewis as Anthony Anderson’s Mother
You can’t spell “smother” without “mother” — a lesson that will be abundantly clear now that Jenifer Lewis has boarded black-ish in the recurring role of Dre’s (Anthony Anderson) overbearing mom.
Yvette Nicole Brown exits ‘Community’
A sixth season of Community is coming soon, but unfortunately it will be without Shirley. Sony TV confirmed on Monday that Yvette Nicole Brown is leaving the community college-set comedy, which was canceled by NBC in the spring and is being revived by Yahoo. Brown says she is departing so she can tend to her sick father. This doesn’t mean that Brown won’t be seen on TV this season. She has a recurring role on CBS’ reboot of The Odd Couple, which is slated for midseason.
Comedy Central’s ‘Another Period’ Adds Koechner, Wain, Huskey & More
Comedy Central’s 10-episode series Another Period,a send-up of turn-of-the-century Newport, Rhode Island high society, has added a string of comedic castmembers. Joining Another Period is David Koechner, Brian Huskey, David Wain, and Lauren Ash. Chris Parnell will also guest star.
‘Mixology’ Scribes Tapped to Pen ‘Gumball 3000′ Film for WB and Chernin
Warner Bros. and Chernin Entertainment look to have all engines running for “Gumball 3000,” their pic revolving around the famous race. Trey Kollmer and John Blickstead have come on to pen the script for the WB and Chernin co-production, which is a comedic thriller based on the international road rally that covers 3000 miles of public roads.
AMC Joins Opposition To ‘Crouching Tiger 2′; IMAX Chief Urges Theaters To Reconsider
The No. 2 chain, AMC Entertainment, just joined other major exhibitors that say they won’t offer Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend on their IMAX screens next year when it simultaneously debuts on Netflix. “We license just the technology from IMAX,” AMC says. “Only AMC and [its parent company] Wanda decide what programming plays in our respective theatres. No one has approached us to license this made-for-video sequel in the U.S. or China, so one must assume the screens IMAX committed are in science centers and aquariums.”
FYI Greenlights ‘Married At First Sight’ Follow-Up Series Chronicling Year 1 Of Wedded Bliss
Less than two months after FYI renewed its breakout series for a second season, the cabler net has ordered a follow-up to Married At First Sight. Here comes Married At First Sight: The First Year, which follows the two couples who stayed together at the end of the original series’ freshman year. Production is set to begin on eight hourlong episodes of The First Year.
GSN Renews Rebecca Romijn’s ‘Skin Wars’
GSN has ordered a 10-episode second season of “Skin Wars.” Hosted by Rebecca Romijn and featuring judges RuPaul and experts Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina, the series searches for the most-talented body painters in the country through a series of competitive challenges.
ITV Studios America Ups Bruce Robertson
ITV Studios America has promoted Bruce Robertson to executive vice president of creative strategy. Robertson will continue to report to Orly Adelson, president of ITV Studios America, as he oversees the development and creative direction for non-scripted programming.
Dylan Sellers Out as Weinstein Co. Production President
Dylan Sellers is stepping down as the Weinstein Co.’s president of production.
Universal Extends Emerging Writers Program For Second Year
Universal Pictures launched its Emerging Writers Fellowship last year as a way to identify and cultivate new voices. In conjuntion with the film group’s Diversity Council, NBCU’s Corporate Diversity team and the WGA, a second year of the program has been set. Applications will be accepted beginning October 21.
(essay) Salon: The Self-Made Man
When the Pew Economic Mobility Project conducted a survey in 2009, 39 percent of respondents said they believed it was “common” for people born into poverty to become rich, and 71 percent said that personal attributes like hard work and drive, not the circumstances of a person’s birth, are the key determinants of success. Yet Pew’s own research has demonstrated that it is exceedingly rare for Americans to go from rags to riches. In fact, economic mobility is greater in Canada, Denmark, and France than it is in the United States. I wanted to know how the self-made ideal got lodged so firmly in the American mind that even a finding that France—France!—is a better place to move on up has done little to diminish our sturdy belief in our exceptionalism. What I found is a mythology at once resilient and pliable, one that has been adapted by its purveyors again and again to suit the needs of the times.