Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Tuesday, 9/30/14:
‘Big’ Remake From ‘Enlisted’ Duo Set at Fox
Fox is going Big with Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce. The duo are adapting Tom Hanks’ 1988 movie Big for the network. The comedy, which has received a script plus penalty commitment from Fox, is described as an event series based on the movie that explores what it means to be an adult and what it means to be a kid — and how in today’s world, those two things are more confused than ever. Biegel and Royce will pen the script and executive produce the half-hour comedy, which is envisioned as an ongoing series with a cable model episode count. The comedy hails from 20th Century Fox Television.
Cindy Chupack Sells Girlfriends Comedy To ABC
Cindy Chupack is working on another single-camera comedy about female friends. Inspired by Chupack’s real-life experiences, Dish revolves around three female friends in Venice, CA – one single, one married, one a single mother – who meet once a week at a restaurant called Dish to dish about life, love, career, and the myth of “having it all.” Dish comes from ABC Studios and Karey Burke and Todd Holland’s studio-based Dark Toy banner. Chupack is writing and will executive produce with Burke and Holland.
MTV Orders Dark Comedy Pilot ‘Self Promotion,’ Zach Braff to Direct
MTV has handed out a pilot order to dark comedy Self Promotion. Self Promotion revolves around overworked assistant Katie Preston, who discovers that her dragon-lady boss is missing (or worse). Things get messy fast and, believing she will be the prime suspect, Katie covers up the crime scene, starts calling the shots in her boss’ "absence" and goes full CSI to find out what actually happened to exonerate herself. Mark Bianculli will pen the original script, with Awkward’s Steve Yockey on board to executive produce. Zach Braff will direct the pilot.
ABC’s ‘Mistresses’ Renewed for Third Season
The summer soap will be back for another run of 13 episodes.
David Fincher Will Direct The Entire First Season Of HBO’s ‘Utopia’ In 2015
Fincher revealed that he will be behind the camera for every episode of HBO’s remake of the U.K. series "Utopia." The project, which has been brewing for a while, was given a series order by the network earlier this year, with "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn also on board to produce. The show follows a group of people who get their hands on a cult graphic novel called "The Utopia Experiments," which seems to have predicted no shortage of disasters. An organization known only as The Network hunts them down as the group tries to prevent the next disaster predicted in the pages of the manuscript from happening.
BET’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’ officially cancelled
BET’s “Let’s Stay Together,” which was shot in Atlanta, won’t be together anymore after four seasons and 65 episodes.
(ratings) ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Breaks DVR Records
The ABC drama adds a 6 million viewers with three days of time-shifting.
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(review) Wrap: ‘Selfie’: Despite Its Awful Name, This Romantic Comedy Shows Surprising Promise
ABC definitely nailed its modern take on “My Fair Lady” by creating a social media-obsessed version of Eliza Doolittle — assuming the goal was to make her immediately unlikable both to her fellow actors and to the audience at large. Saddling “Selfie” with an equally terrible name ensures it will have an uphill battle to even get people to tune in, much less stick around. Here’s the rub, though. By the end of its premiere, “Selfie” became a watchable show with actual potential. I’m just not sure most people will be able to hang in there that long to see it unfold.
(review) Variety: ‘Stalker’
Produced by Kevin Williamson the series has a particularly nihilistic bent, one that can hardly be redeemed by its tidy procedural aspects.
(review) Hitfix: ‘Manhattan Love Story’ & ‘A to Z’
Each illustrates different challenges of telling serialized romantic stories in sitcom form.
Agent Carter Adds Captain America’s Dominic Cooper, as Howard Stark
As anticipated — yet still worth noting — Dominic Cooper is set to reprise his Captain America film role as Tony Stark’s father on ABC’s Marvel’s Agent Carter.
‘Crouching Tiger’ Sequel to Hit Netflix and Imax Simultaneously in Groundbreaking Deal
In a dramatic rebuke of the traditional theatrical release, Netflix and The Weinstein Co. have signed a deal to release the sequel to Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon simultaneously on Netflix and in select Imax theaters around the world. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend will make its debut Aug. 28, 2015. Netflix said Crouching Tiger 2 will be the first of several major films to be given a day-and-date release on Netflix and in some Imax theaters.
TBS Greenlights Reality Series Starring Former NBA Pro Kenny Smith and His Family
‘The Smiths’ is set to debut in the spring.
Feds Unanimously Kill Sports Blackout Rules
Federal officials killed the nearly 40-year-old rules Tuesday that kept some football fans from watching local teams on TV when stadiums don’t sell out.
(ratings) Fox News Nabs Historic Cable Ratings Victory
FNC celebrates a quarter with the most-watched primetime across the cable dial, while MSNBC slides below CNN in the demo. he last three months have been so big, Fox News Channel just clocked its first quarter with the most-watched primetime across all of cable in more than a decade — even besting USA and ESPN.
E! President Suzanne Kolb Exits
Suzanne Kolb is leaving E! after a two-year stint as president. Kolb just announced her departure in an internal memo to her staff.
Elisabeth Murdoch to Exit 21st Century Fox After Endemol-Core Merger Complete
There will be one less Murdoch in the 21st Century Fox fold after the company completes its joint venture with Apollo Global Management to combine Shine Group with Apollo’s Endemol and Core Media Group. Sources confirm that Murdoch will step down after the rollup is complete.
Sofia Vergara, Eugenio Derbez Top Variety’s Power of Latinos List
There’s never been a better time to be Latino in Hollywood. Just ask Sofia Vergara, who is laughing all the way to the bank as the highest paid actress on television — and the one with the most enviable, not to mention, bilingual, endorsement portfolio.
WaPo: Republicans advertise on ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ Democrats buy ads on ‘Big Brother.’
The Federal Communications Commission posted online reports from local TV stations about campaign advertising buys.