Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Tuesday, 10/14/14:
Producer Will Packer Sells Autobiographical Comedy To NBC
Will Packer is turning to his own experiences for a comedy project, this time in TV. NBC has put in development Like Father, Like Son, a half-hour comedy from Will Packer Productions and Universal TV, where the company has a first-look deal. Written by Michael Pennie, who is under an overall deal at Uni TV, Like Father, Like Son centers on a recently divorced man in his early thirties who is just starting to enjoy the benefits of being young, successful and single when he learns he has a fifteen-year-old son from a one-night-stand he had in college.
NBC Nabs Comedy Starring Monica Potter & Produced By Ellen DeGeneres With Pilot Production Commitment
NBC is looking to keep Monica Potter in the fold with a new project. A half-hour comedy, toplined by Potter and executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, has received a pilot production commitment from the network. Written by Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer, the untitled multi-camera comedy hails from Warner Bros TV and DeGeneres’ studio-based company A Very Good Production. Details about the premise are not being revealed, but hearing the series is loosely based on Potter’s life.
‘Pretty Little Liars’ Boss Teams With CW for Reboot of ITV’s ‘The Town’
The CW is looking to reboot ITV’s The Town. Oliver Goldstick will pen the drama about a young man who begins investigating his parents’ suicide. When he suspects murder, the entire town is culpable.
‘Monster-In-Law’ Comedy Series Based On Movie In Works At Fox
Monster-In-Law, the 2005 feature comedy starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda, is heading to television as a multi-camera project written by Amy B. Harris and John Riggi. Warner Bros. TV is behind the potential series, with the movie’s producers Chris Bender and J.C. Spink executive producing alongside Harris and Riggi. The show explores the fraught world of a happy couple about to learn the joys and horrors of parenthood while managing the most challenging relationship of all — the one between a wife and her husband’s mother.
WGN America’s ‘Manhattan’ Renewed for Second Season
WGN America has renewed its atomic bomb drama Manhattan for a second season.
TVBTN: NBC Predictions: ‘Bad Judge’ Is Likely To Be Canceled
Rookie sitcom Bad Judge ratings started badly, and while they didn’t get any worse in its second episode, that’s not enough to move it away from the Cancellation Bear predicting it as likely to be canceled. The observant will notice that A to Z is now certain to be canceled. The bear will give The Mysteries Of Laura at least another week of ratings before deciding whether to move it down to likely to be canceled.
TVBTN: ABC Predictions: ‘Selfie’ Is Likely To Be Canceled
Rookie Selfie ratings haven’t been quite as dreadful as those for Manhattan Love Story, but they’ve been bad enough to mark it as likely to be canceled. Rookie drama Forever ratings have fallen to the point where it is now likely to be canceled. The premiere ratings for Cristela weren’t terrible for a Friday show, but they weren’t good either. For now, the bear will make it a "toss up" to be renewed or canceled. The dive in Resurrection ratings has caused the bear to move it down to "likely to be renewed".
Splitsider: The TV Networks’ Comedy Depth Charts
What’s going on with the rise of the romantic sitcom? Who’s doubling down on family fare? Where should you look for your favorite canceled shows? We’ve examined the comedies the networks and cable have to offer this 2014-2015 TV season to see which network offers the most in quantity, which offers the most in quality, and who’s taking the biggest risks.
Nick Cannon to Recur on ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’
Nick Cannon will be guest-starring on a December episode of Fox comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” a role that will recur. The multi-hyphenate entertainer will play Captain Holt’s (Andre Braugher‘s) nephew.
Robert Downey Jr. to Join ‘Captain America 3′
Robert Downey Jr. is on the verge of signing on to “Captain America 3,” with Tony Stark’s Iron Man set to play a key role in bringing the Civil War storyline from Marvel’s comicbooks to the bigscreen and trigger the start of a new phase of movies from Marvel Studios.
Grantland: Explaining ‘Civil War’: How Iron Man’s Going to Show Up in ‘Captain America 3’ and Change the Course of the Marvel Universe
“Civil War” is a Marvel Comics story line written by Mark Millar with art by Steve McNiven. Of the numerous crossover events Marvel Comics has produced since 2000, It’s fair to call “Civil War” the most impactful. The changes wrought by “Civil War” rearranged the Marvel Comics status quo in significant ways and drove narrative developments for several years thereafter.
The story: a Superhero Registration Act is pushed through Congress. The registration act, as you can guess from the title “Civil War,” splits the superhero community. Iron Man, always an old-school, arms-dealing, law-and-order man, becomes the leading figure for the pro-registration side. But Captain America — the onetime rah-rah 1940s Boy Scout who in recent years has questioned his government’s motives more often than not — is fervently anti-registration.
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Adweek: Finally, Some Actual Netflix Statistics
ComScore has been busy: The data measurement company released a report on digital viewership trends gleaned from a survey of 1,159 users, and among the data are some fascinating stats on Netflix, a company whose internal metrics are shrouded in near-total secrecy. Without further ado:
–If you subscribe to a video service, you’re more likely to time-shift.
–Of those surveyed, 32 percent subscribed to Netflix. Among millennials, it was closer to 50 percent.
–Forty-four percent of Netflix users watch through a bridge device like a Chromecast.
–If you have kids, you’re more likely to have a Netflix subscription.
(animated) Emily Osment, Molly Ringwald Voice New ‘Rainbow Brite’ Series
More than 30 years after Hallmark first introduced Rainbow Brite, the beloved ’80s animated series is getting a reboot. From subscription video-on-demand service Feeln, Emily Osment and Molly Ringwald lead the voice cast in the new limited run series, the company announced Tuesday. The series will launch Nov. 6 with three weekly episodes.
(mipcom) Cocaine Trafficking Series ‘ZeroZeroZero’ To Be Made In English By ‘Gomorrah’ Team, Canal+
France’s Canal Plus Création Originale and Italian indie film and TV producer Cattleya have set eight-part drama series ZeroZeroZero based on the book by Roberto Saviano. Saviano is also creator of the new series. To be shot in English, it’s set in the world of international cocaine trafficking. With roots in the fragile network linking Mexican cartels that manage production to the great mafia mobs that deal with global distribution, and the apparently above-suspicion businessmen and banks who control the money, ZeroZeroZero tells what happens when one of the links falls apart as a huge cargo of coke makes its way from Mexico to Europe.
(mipcom) ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ & ‘CSI: Cyber’ Sold In 200+ Overseas Markets
CBS Studios International continues to beef up its NCIS and CSI global franchises, with the latest spinoffs, NCIS: New Orleans and CSI: Cyber being licensed in more than 200 territories.
(mipcom) Anne Sweeney Talks Social Media, WATCH Apps at MIPCOM
In an interview with World Screen’s Anna Carugati on the stage of the Grand Auditorium at MIPCOM today, Disney’s Anne Sweeney discussed the importance of live events, social-media interactions with audiences and the company’s WATCH apps. Looking at growth opportunities, Sweeney said, “There are really two paths to growth for us. One is the creative path…. We have this great collection of people who are searching out new ideas and new formats. So that is a growth engine. We think of ourselves as a content engine. The other path is technology—both technology that we create and technology that we utilize.
(mipcom) Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Talks "Antiquated" Movie Distribution Model
Speaking broadly about the impact Netflix has had on traditional television, Sarandos predicted that broadcast television would soon copy his company’s approach of releasing full seasons of their new shows. “Releasing one episode at a time will increasingly be a thing of the past,” he said. “I think releasing a full season will soon become a common thing. Even as early as next year.”
HBR: Zumba’s Success Arose from Long-Term Trends
Achieving Zumba’s level of cultural impact is the result of anticipating and advancing cultural movements instead of chasing trends. Great brands like Zumba constantly scan the cultural environment for signs of meaningful, long-lasting change that might affect them. They seek to understand the potential — as well as the existing — role of their brand in people’s lives and in broader culture. They keep abreast of new technology, demographic shifts, consumer tastes, laws, resource prices, and competitive behavior. And they identify possible ways to exploit developments in these fields to give their customers more reasons and more opportunities to engage with them.