Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Thursday, 10/2/14:
‘Rush Hour’ TV Remake Lands at CBS
CBS has booked Rush Hour. The network has handed out a pilot-production commitment to the hourlong action comedy adaptation of the blockbuster movie franchise. From Bill Lawrence, the TV remake is in similar tone to the New Line Cinema films and follows a by-the-book Hong Kong police officer who is assigned to a case in L.A., where he’s forced to work with a cocky black LAPD officer who has no interest in a partner. Lawrence and Blake McCormick will co-write and executive produce the project, which hails from Warner Bros. Television.
Nicholas D’Agosto Joins ‘Gotham’ As Harvey Dent/Two-Face
Another Batman nemesis is heading to Fox’s Gotham. Nicholas D’Agosto has joined the cast of the freshman Fox drama as Harvey Dent. He will be recurring this season with an option to become a regular in Season 2.
Adweek: Primetime Broadcast Ratings Tumble, Even During Premiere Week
ABC lost 1/10 of a ratings point year-over-year, but it has a stronger slate of new shows by quite a bit than it did this time in 2013. The network stands a chance now of having what a colleague calls a "reliable utility player" (Forever) in a competitive slot. As for Black-ish and the struggling comedies, well, we’ll see. The only thing that really appears to be can’t-miss at the moment is the Shonda Rhimes triple-play. Why is no one talking about how well ABC does with shows for people of color? Seriously, am I on crazy pills? I’ve read nothing about this. The lesson the company seems to have drawn from Scandal is that black audiences in particular are underserved, and so they’re responding, and it’s paying off for them.
Slate: The Rise of Bummer TV
Bummer TV describes dramas that want to make pain, grief, and hurt a major part of the viewing experience. As prestige-seeking television has gotten increasingly grisly and lurid, it has also become ever more dedicated to exploring the painful psychological ramifications of all that grisliness. This has led to a new and simple equation: The greater the grief-to-gore ratio, the more “serious” the show. Lower the grief-to-gore ratio, and you get a network procedural.
Reality Series to Document ‘Brady Bunch’ Star’s New 1970s Variety Show
Barry Williams, who played the eldest Brady son for five seasons on the ABC comedy, will star in Great American Country network’s original series A Very Barry Branson. The six-episode half-hour series will focus on Williams as he trades Hollywood for America’s heartland — Branson, Missouri — to launch his own ’70s-era musical variety show.
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Variety: What Netflix’s Sandler Stunner Means for Movies
Sandler’s comedy niche is just one of the genres that are being challenged by the studios’ increasingly singleminded focus on tentpole franchises. Netflix isn’t so much challenging the movie business as it is reconstituting the layers that are falling away from the studios as they concentrate on a less diversified portfolio. There are plenty more genres left for dead that Netflix can scoop up and potentially revive because the bigscreen experience isn’t essential: romantic comedies, adult thrillers, etc.
Wrap: Why Bob Iger Reconsidered His Retirement From The Walt Disney Co.
The 63-year-old Iger looked around and decided there was nothing he would rather do, according to individuals with knowledge of his thinking. Over the past year Iger has tried on for size a host of post-Disney career possibilities, including — according to one knowledgeable insider — a run for president. (His team strenuously denied this was the case.) Other options he’s explored included a bid to become Major League Baseball Commissioner or to purchase the L.A. Clippers. Neither felt right, or challenging enough. (He was dissuaded from pursuing the political path, according to the insider.)
TVLine: Mistresses: 22 Actresses Who Could Fill Alyssa Milano’s Louboutins
A source confirms to TVLine that the role of Savi will not be recast — but that the show will introduce a new mistress to fill the void. And to that end, we’ve come up with a list of 21 actresses we think would be able to nail the show’s mix of sexy intrigue, witty zingers and “yes, more please!” fashion.
SSN: The List of the Open Lead Roles Currently Casting on Network TV Shows
SSN has complied the TV Grid list of the lead roles that are currently open on shows slated for the networks along with the directors in charge of casting.
Ex-WB Exec Lynn Harris Launches Weimaraner With Husband Matti Leshem
Lynn Harris has partnered with her husband Matti Leshem in Weimaraner Republic Pictures, a company that will generate content in film, TV and digital.
Ellen Pompeo Welcomes Baby Daughter Sienna May via Surrogate!
Ellen Pompeo and her husband Chris Ivery have just welcomed a newborn baby girl named Sienna May Ivery. “Sienna was born via surrogate & I would like to thank my whole @ShondalandTV family for helping us enjoy these first few weeks privately ❤️U” Ellen tweeted.
FastCo: Inside The World Of A Professional TV Spoiler
Steve Carbone, a pugnacious, acid tongued 39-year old, is a professional spoiler. According to Carbone, his website averages about 1 million unique visitors when the show is on the air, and he has over 81,000 people following him on Twitter. Reality Steve doesn’t rest between seasons, either: He’s already posting spoilers revealing the cast members for the newest Bachelor season starring farmer Chris Soules. The show doesn’t air until January.
JPMorgan Chase Says 76 Million Households Had Info Stolen in Breach
JPMorgan Chase & Co. says that a recent cyberattack compromised customer information for about 76 million households and 7 million small businesses. The New York-based bank said Thursday that customer information including names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses were stolen in the cyberattack. However, JPMorgan says there’s no evidence that the data breach included customers’ account numbers, passwords, Social Security numbers or dates of birth. The lender says it has not seen any unusual customer fraud related to this data breach.