Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Monday, 10/6/14:
‘Say Anything’ Follow-Up Series In The Works At NBC
Say Anything…, the single-camera comedy, from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV, whose film studio sibling produced the 1989 Cameron Crowe movie, has received a script commitment plus penalty from NBC. Justin Adler is writing the project. Set in present day, the Say Anything series picks up ten years later. Lloyd has long since been dumped by Diane and life hasn’t exactly turned out like he thought. But when Diane surprisingly returns home, Lloyd is inspired to “dare to be great” once again, get Diane back and reboot his life.
ABC Buys Comedy ‘Juvie’ From ‘Michael J. Fox Show’s Sam Laybourne
Sam Laybourne has sold comedy project Juvie to ABC. The Cougar Town alum will write the pilot episode of the single-camera comedy about a privileged and naive golden boy, who takes a job at a juvenile hall and discovers he has more to learn than to teach. Sue Naegle is producing for the Naegle Ink shingle.
Fox Nabs Family Dramedy From Krista Vernoff & John Wells As Put Pilot
Studio City, an hourlong project from former Grey’s Anatomy executive producer Krista Vernoff and John Wells, has landed at Fox with a put pilot commitment. Set in present-day Studio City, CA, the family dramedy described as “The O.C. meets Shameless” was inspired by Vernoff’s real-life experience growing up as the daughter of a drug dealer to the stars. John Wells Prods. and Warner Bros. TV, where the company is based, are producing.
Eric Stonestreet To Produce Truck Stop Comedy For ABC
Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet is staying in the family with his first producing effort, a comedy at ABC and 20th TV, the network and studio behind the Emmy-winning series. The project, Big Stop, also is keeping Stonestreet close to his real-life family as it is set in his native Kansas. Written by Jerry Collins, Big Stop is described as a multi-camera comedy with a modern take on family and today’s current issues as seen through the lens of a bustling Kansas truck stop where stories and characters, like big rigs, come rolling in off the highway everyday.
Starz Developing Drama Series ‘The Disappearance’ From Amblin TV
Starz is working with Amblin TV to develop “The Disappearance,” a drama from scribe Nick Antosca. Series follows Alice Grimson, who is overjoyed when her teenage son Josh returns seven years after being kidnapped, but when she begins to connect him to a series of local murders, Alice begins to wonder if her son is keeping secrets.
Will Arnett Sells Parenting Comedy to CBS
Will Arnett has sold his first comedy. The half-hour, titled How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane, sold to sister network, CBS, with a script commitment. Like the Johanna Stein-penned book on which it’s based, the half-hour will center on a pair of unconventional parents who try to raise their child according to their own rules — not the rules imposed upon them by society at large. The book is presented as a collection of autobiographical essays that recount the comedian’s experiences as a first-time mother. Stein will write the pilot alongside Adam Barr, with Arnett, Barr and manager Peter Principato of Principato-Young acting as as executive producers.
Nick Stoller Brother Comedy Sells to Fox
Nick Stoller, Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul have sold half-hour comedy The Grinder to Fox. The single-camera entry, from sister studio 20th Century Fox Television, will center on two brothers. Mogel and Paul will write the pilot as well as executive produce, while Stoller is set to serve as a nonwriting executive producer and, potentially, a director.
Barry Levinson to Direct, Exec Produce NBC’s Jennifer Lopez Drama ‘Shades of Blue’
Barry Levinson will helm the pilot and exec produce the 13-episode drama series. Levinson will have a hands-on role in developing the series. Adi Hasak is attached as the project’s writer and executive producer, alongside Lopez’s American Idol colleague Ryan Seacrest and his Ryan Seacrest Productions exec Nina Wass.
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(review) Vox: Why The Flash is going to be one of the best superhero shows on television
What makes The Flash special is in the bones of its concept. The hero’s bright red suit, lightning bolt ears, yellow boots, and super speed make him a bit different from what DC has been been trotting out for the past few years. There’s something lighter about the hero, and his power — zipping around from mystery to mystery — when compared to his peers.
New Girl Enlists Lisa Bonet
Lisa Bonet will play an education guru in an upcoming episode.
Dolly Wells Joins Starz Comedy ‘Blunt Talk’; Joel De La Fuente & Michael Rispoli Cast In Amazon Pilot ‘The Man In The High Castle’
Dolly Wells has joined the cast of the upcoming Starz comedy Blunt Talk. Joel de la Fuente has been cast as a regular and Michael Rispoli as a recurring in the Amazon Studios pilot The Man In The High Castle.
Makenzie Leigh Books Three TV Roles
Makenzie Leigh has been cast in NBC miniseries The Slap, Fox’s new drama Gotham and the upcoming Amazon series Mozart In The Jungle.
Fox Buys Hot Sci-Fi Book ‘The Dark Side’ for Steve Zaillian to Produce
20th Century Fox has preemptively bought the film rights to hot Frankfurt Book Fair title The Dark Side by Anthony O’Neill for Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch’s Film Rites to produce. The Dark Side is an elevated sci-fi noir story set in a future where the moon is utilized as a penal colony, housing criminals, psychopaths and curious tourists alike. As an anarchic android begins wreaking havoc on the area, and bodies start turning up, an exiled detective arrives to investigate. The project is described as in the vein of Avatar and Blade Runner.
Kerry Washington Will Walk Down the Aisle in Rom-Com ‘Is He The One’
Kerry Washington will play a bride-to-be in the upcoming romantic comedy “Is He The One”. The MGM project begins with Washington’s character dressing for her wedding and ends on her making her way towards the altar where her groom awaits. Who is at the end of the aisle will remain a mystery as the movie flashes back to three separate relationships that the lead character has had. MGM acquired the rights to the project, directed by Malcolm D. Lee. DJ Richardson and Michelle Morgan penned the script.
Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ Adds Martin Donovan
Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly star.
Hitfix: Marvel’s secret plan for their movie universe seems to be driving Hollywood crazy
I think many fans assumed that we’d get to the James Bond moment at some point soon where they have to just start recasting the key roles like Tony Stark or Captain America or Thor, but I think Marvel is reluctant to start down that road. Instead, it seems like they’re focused on cultivating new members of the Marvel family while figuring out the best way to deploy those contractual obligations they’ve still got pending. It only works because they’re doing it as one giant story that is all building to something. It’s the same game-plan I hear Disney is implementing for the "Star Wars" universe. As 21st century mega-studios go, no one’s playing the game the way the various Disney families are.
Channel 4 Nabs French Procedural ‘The Witnesses’
Channel 4 has acquired “The Witnesses,” a buzzed-about French procedural toplining Gallic star Thierry Lhermitte, in the run-up to Mipcom, where the series will have its world premiere. The series – comprising six one-hour episodes — was created by Hervé Hadmar and Marc Herpoux. Hadmar directed the entire season, which was commissioned by pubcaster France 2. Set in the North of France, “The Witnesses” turns on a passionate and resilient female cop, Sandra Winckler, who investigates on a wave of strange murders linked to Paul Maisonneuve, a Crime Squad legend who is now retired but forced to return to duty. It’s the first time in 20 years that a series produced for France Televisions will air the U.K..
Gina Girolamo Joins Working Title As Head Of Television
Working Title has brought in Gina Girolamo as its new EVP Television. Based in Los Angeles, she will be responsible for overseeing the development and production of all new and existing projects for Working Title Television, a joint venture between NBCUniversal International and U.K.-based Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.
Legendary Names Publishing Exec Deborah Kaufmann VP Literary
Deborah Kaufmann, a senior editor at Paris-based Hachette publisher Calmann-Lévy, has joined Legendary Entertainment as VP Literary Affairs. She will be based in NY and evaluate and pursue book adaptation projects for the studio’s film, TV and digital divisions.
Fox Group Promotes Nicole Bernard To EVP Audience Strategy
Nicole Bernard has been promoted to EVP Audience Strategy at The Fox Group, leading the charge at the department within 21st Century Fox tasked with identifying programming and operational opportunities that reflect diverse perspectives across all Fox platforms (film, broadcast and cable TV, and digital media).
Vox: The NBA just scored a huge new TV deal with implications way beyond sports
Even if you’re not a basketball fan — or, indeed, a sports fan at all — it’s worth trying to understand what’s going on, because the implications reach deep throughout the entire American entertainment industry and economy.
Atlantic: How TV’s Sports Addiction Could Destroy Its Business
The problem with inexorably rising costs is that you need somebody to pay for them, and it’s not clear how much longer the typical family can afford the luxury of pay-TV, particularly with so many cheaper options available. Expanded basic cable is 188 percent more expensive than it was in 1995, but the typical U.S. family is about 5 percent richer.
Jeff Berg’s Resolution Agency to Close
Former ICM chairman-CEO Jeff Berg has closed his talent and literary agency Resolution — less than two years after launching. Berg, the chairman of Resolution, told his staff of about 40 on Monday that he was shuttering the agency, promised that he would help them find new jobs and blamed the closure on Chinese investor Bison Capital Holdings.
Kids Love Apple’s iPad More Than Disney, Nickelodeon, YouTube: Survey
Move over, Elsa. Apple’s iPad is the No. 1 brand among children 6-12, beating out Disney, Nickelodeon, YouTube, Netflix, Toys ‘R’ Us, McDonald’s, and multiple snack-food brands, according to a new survey.