Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Friday, 10/10/14:
Carlton Cuse Inks Overall Deal With A+E Studios
A three-year pact for the man behind A&E’s ‘Bates Motel’ and ‘The Returned’.
Animal Planet developing scripted zombie animal drama
Animal Planet is developing a scripted live-action zombie animal saga based on the graphic novel The Other Dead. From IDW publishing, the graphic novel is set in Louisiana during the “next Hurricane Katrina,” and tells the story of an eclectic cast of characters thrown together into a nightmarish world of undead animals and unrelenting storms. The graphic novel hails from Joshua Ortega and Digger Mesch, who will both be involved in some capacity. No executive producers or writers are attached yet.
Nielsen Admits Glitch Inflated Fall Premiere Ratings
The company issued a statement Friday, noting that recent ratings irregularities have been prompted by a glitch introduced on Mar. 2 — and only uncovered on Oct. 6. The tipping point came with what Nielsen calls "high viewing levels associated with fall season premiere week." That means that much of the good news for the Big Four might not have been quite so good after all. This error has only affected broadcast nets and syndicated series — cable and local TV ratings are clean. Not all networks and syndicators were affected, and all ratings released today, Friday Oct. 10, are sound now that a software fix was introduced on Oct. 9.
THR: TV’s New ‘It’ Monster: Demons
Projects from Robert Kirkman and former ‘Walking Dead’ showrunner Glen Mazzara are among several in the works. The push comes after a wave of exorcism-themed films including The Grudge, The Last Exorcism, The Exorcism of Emily Rose and The Rite Exorcist: The Beginning cashed in at the box office.
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5 Reasons Why ‘Black-Ish’ Is a Hit Hollywood Should Have Seen Coming
ABC put in a full season order for “Black-ish” on Thursday after airing only three episodes of the family-centered comedy, but that should come as much of a surprise. The show has a talented cast of stars and a favorable timeslot, but those aren’t the only reasons why it has taken off. Here’s why TheWrap thinks “Black-ish” couldn’t have missed.
‘The Daily Show’ Adds Comedians Hasan Minhaj and Trevor Noah
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” is adding two new faces to its stable of on-air personalities. Hasan Minhaj will join the team as a correspondent in November while Trevor Noah will sign on as a contributor in December.
Alexandra Krosney To Topline MTV Pilot ‘Self Promotion’, Nichole Bloom To Co-Star
Alexandra Krosney has been cast as the lead in Self Promotion, MTV’s dark comedy pilot that will be directed by Zach Braff. Also cast in the project is Nichole Bloom.
Charisma Carpenter Books ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Role
Charisma Carpenter has landed a guest role in an episode of “Sons of Anarchy’s” final season. Carpenter, a vet of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” will play Carol, a conservative administrative director at a medical facility. Further details on her character are being kept secret.
(sched) Marvel Comics to Celebrate 75 Years With Hour-Long ABC Special in November
A new documentary looking back at the company behind the biggest film franchise of all time is coming to ABC. Airing Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 9 p.m. ET, “Marvel: From Pulp to Pop” will explore 75 years of Marvel Comics, from its genesis in 1939 through to its explosive box office clout today. “Revenge” star Emily VanCamp, who also portrayed Sharon Carter in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” will offer exclusive interviews through the decades with the talents that brought to life some of the world’s most recognizable characters.
AMC Abandons Unscripted Fare, Cancels Most Current Reality
With the shift, only Walking Dead companion series Talking Dead and Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Menwill remain on AMC’s schedule. Gone are all other current reality shows: recently renewed Game of Arms, Small Town Security and Freak Show. All other unscripted programming that was in development are now dead. Producers will now have the option to find other homes for the projects, with AMC’s full cooperation.
(ratings) ‘The View’ Is Up in Total Viewers, Down in Demos So Far This Season
“The View” is currently up by 5 percent in total viewers thus far in the short fall season to-date, averaging 3.103 million viewers per show versus its 2.963 million at this point last year. However, the ABC talker is down slightly in advertiser-sought demographics, including women 18-49, where it is averaging 524,000 viewers in comparison to 2013’s 558,000.
Katy Perry to Perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show
Katy Perry is set to perform at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, Page Six reports.
Businessweek: Utopia: Fox’s Big-Budget Reality TV Disaster
Part of the appeal of reality TV, from a network’s perspective, is that it’s typically cheap to make and, if it fails, cheap to abandon. A recent Jefferies report found that, on average, reality TV costs $10,000 per minute to produce, vs. $50,000 per minute for scripted programming. The format of Utopia, however, required producers not only to build an entire sustainable community outfitted with reams of state-of-the-art surveillance equipment but also to keep the whole shebang going for a year on TV and on the Web. Various press reports have pegged the initial price tag of the series at about $50 million.
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
Cartoon Network Debuts Micro-Network
Cartoon Network has become the first TV brand to debut a micro-network designed specifically for the small screen with Cartoon Network Anything. The micro-network features content created exclusively for portable mobile platforms. The content includes games, activities, trivia and video, each averaging around 10 to 15 seconds. After each bite-sized piece of content, viewers can move onto the next by swiping their screens. The stream is updated constantly with new entertainment offerings.
Gaumont TV France Set To Produce William Boyd’s ‘Spy City’ With Pascal Chaumeil Set To Direct
Gaumont TV France, the television division of the Paris-based major, is set to produced “Spy City,” a 10 one-hour English-language series that will be showrun by William Boyd and directed by Pascal Chaumeil. Created and written by Boyd, the series takes pace in the early 1960’s, in Berlin. It sheds light on the personal lives of spies and focuses on a group of men and women of different nationalities and backgrounds who are in the “hornet’s nest” of divided Berlin.
FremantleMedia Adds to Scripted Format Slate with Buy This!
FremantleMedia has aligned with the global ad agency TBWA for the original comedy format Buy This!, which is based around the world of professional advertising and sees brands involved actively in the story line. The sitcom sees a fictional ad agency working on briefs from real-life clients, including car manufacturer Nissan, home-appliance reseller chain Gigantti and confectionary brand Fazer. Brands will be integrated into the plot in a way that will enable them to communicate with real audiences.
‘Downton Abbey’ Producer Carnival Films Developing Photo Agency Drama
Carnival Films has teamed with Magnum Photos for Magnum, a drama series that would chronicle the story of the famous photographic cooperative. Magnum will tell the human stories of love, honour, laughter, betrayal and heartbreak that existed at the agency’s Paris HQ, whilst capturing the action and danger the photographers experienced traveling the world’s hotspots in the second half of the 20th Century. It will be executive produced by Carnival’s Richard Fell.
Louisiana Lets the Good Times Roll With Production Incentives
Louisiana hosted 18 feature films in 2013, making the state’s incentive the world’s most utilized, per FilmLA’s 2013 Feature Film Production Report. Louisiana’s program is also responsible for creating more production jobs than any other U.S. jurisdiction; internationally it ranks second to Canada. The success rests on its 30%-35% tax credit program, a low required minimum spend of $300,000, and the credit’s refundability: It can be sold back to the state for 85% of face value, or to other buyers for 85¢ or more to the dollar.
Atlantic: Why Experts Reject Creativity
What if the innovator’s dilemma is part of something bigger—a creator’s dilemma, an innate bias against novelty? Indeed, it turns out that our aversion to new ideas touches more than technology companies. It affects entertainment executives deciding between new projects, managers choosing between potential projects or employees, and teachers assessing conformist versus non-conformist children. It is a bias against the new. The brain is hardwired to distrust creativity.
Houston Radio Station Switches to All-Beyoncé Format
The sad news is that Houston’s News92 is shutting down and laying off staffers because, in its own words, "the market hasn’t shown a sustainable appetite for news radio." The happy news is, until the station finds a new format, it’s playing a continuous stream of Beyoncé songs.