Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Wednesday, 10/15/14:
NBC Nabs Comedy From Scott Silveri & Shana Goldberg-Meehan As Put Pilot
Scott Silveri and Shana Goldberg-Meehan — are back at NBC with a new multi-camera comedy. The untitled project, from 20th Century Fox TV where Silveri is under an overall deal, has received a put pilot commitment from the network. The comedy is about an uptight family man and his boomer parents who are attacking their golden years like it’s spring break. Veteran multi-camera helmer Andy Ackerman is attached to direct.
‘Skeleton Twins’ Scribe Mark Heyman To Write ‘Strange Angel’ For Scott Free, AMC
Screenwriter Mark Heyman is set to write Strange Angel, a drama project for AMC produced by Scott Free under the company’s first-look deal with the network. Based on George Pendle’s book, the drama tells the story of Jack Parsons, a brilliant rocket scientist and co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. While a pioneer in research that had only recently been dreamed up in science fiction, his bright future gave way to ruin as Parsons headed down another, darker path into the occult community of mid-century Los Angeles.
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Alums Set Up Legal Thriller at CBS
CBS has handed out a hefty put-pilot commitment to an untitled romantic legal thriller from the writing duo and real-life couple. The untitled drama centers on a smart and passionate defense attorney who finds herself powerfully attracted to her client, a man accused of a decades-old murder. As she struggles to defend him, she finds herself and her prestigious firm caught in the middle of a high-profile case that could either make her reputation or destroy her career. Tony Phelan and Joan Rater will pen the script and executive produce the CBS Television Studios drama alongside Timberman-Beverly Productions’ Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.
ABC Adapting ‘Moone Boy’ With Chris O’Dowd
Chris O’Dowd is bringing his critically acclaimed comedy Moone Boy to ABC. The network has handed out a hefty put-pilot commitment to the semi-autobiographical comedy. O’Dowd created, writes and stars in the International Emmy-winning comedy, which is described as a quirky show about 12-year-old Martin Moone and the sarcastic, imaginary friend who helps him navigate the challenges of his eccentric childhood. O’Dowd will pen the script and executive produce ABC’s single-camera adaptation. Unlike the original series, O’Dowd is not currently expected to have any on-screen role. The comedy hails from Sony Pictures Television, 3 Arts Entertainment as well as original producers Sprout Pictures Limited, Baby Cow Productions and Hot Cod Productions.
‘Bewitched’ Remake Eyed By Networks
On the 50th anniversary of its debut, classic TV sitcom Bewitched is eyeing a comeback. I’ve learned that Sony Pictures TV is shopping a new version of the supernatural comedy, which ran on ABC from 1964 to 1972. I hear there is already interest from multiple networks in the modern-day take, which is being penned by The Vow writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein.
Mila Kunis Signs First-Look Production Deal With ABC Studios
Mila Kunis is in the television production business with ABC Studios. Along with Susan Curtis, Cami Curtis and Lisa Sterbakov, the That 70s show actress has launched the production company, Orchard Farm Productions. The company has a first-look deal with ABC Studios, where the company is based. Under the agreement, the team will develop and produce TV projects for broadcast and cable.
‘The Good Wife’s’ Archie Panjabi to Exit for 20th TV Talent Deal
CBS’ The Good Wife will say farewell to Archie Panjabi this season. The Emmy-winning actress, whose contract expires at the end of season six, has signed a development/holding deal with 20th Century Fox Television. 20th’s plan calls for the actress behind Kalinda Sharma to star in a drama pilot for the studio in the spring.
Grantland: Lessons of the Fall: The Three Things We’ve Learned From the New TV Season
Network TV, at its best, is a highly socialized, deeply emotional experience. The relative subtlety of cable is almost always more satisfying, but it’s rarely as impactful. What makes Shonda Rhimes the most successful producer in the game today is the way she so effortlessly gives people exactly what they want — Stallone-worth cliff-hangers, Dove-worthy suds — without ever making it feel safe or predictable. A Rhimes show demands community: a shoulder to cry on, a hand to squeeze, an RT to fav. Like Las Vegas, one doesn’t visit Shondaland alone. Social media is the glue that binds all three of her shows, and by linking them into a 180-minute orgy of vertiginous hashtaggery, ABC has transformed an ordinary night of broadcasting into a nationwide party.
‘Walking Dead’ Enlists Alexandra Breckenridge for Season 5
Specific details about her character are being under wraps.
Seth Rogen to Guest Star on HBO’s ‘The Comeback’
Seth Rogen is set for a comeback. The actor has booked a two-episode guest-starring stint on HBO’s “The Comeback,” joining Lisa Kudrow‘s attention-seeking Valerie Chase. He will play a fictional version of himself. The showwill premiere Sunday, Nov. 9.
House of Cards Adds Kim Dickens to Season 3 Deck
Kim Dickens has landed a recurring role in House of Cards‘ upcoming third season (debuting in early 2015).
What’s Driving Sony’s Script Shopping Spree
Sony is looking to make movies the old-fashioned way: by developing original scripts. Other than Spider-Man, the studio is lacking in strong built-in franchises, so it has turned to the spec market, spending by some accounts more than $4 million in the past month on written material.
Six Years of Marvel and DC’s Superhero Movies, Explained
All you need to know about Warner and Disney’s big superpowered slugfests from 2015 through 2020.
Women, Blacks, Gays: Warner Bros. Catapults DC Ahead of Marvel in Superhero Diversity Race
While all eyes have looked to Marvel to produce a female-led superhero film, Warner Bros. and DC Comics catapulted ahead in the race on Wednesday with the announcement of a solo “Wonder Woman” film, starring Gal Gadot. Diversity in superhero films has been a hot-button issue in the film community.
CNN Quietly Cancels ‘Crossfire’ and Three Other Shows
‘Sanjay Gupta MD,’ ‘CNN Money’ and ‘Unguarded With Rachel Nichols’ also exit amid Turner layoffs.
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Netflix Blames Missed Sub-Growth Targets on Price Increase, as Stock Gets Hammered
Netflix added 3.02 million overall streaming customers during the third quarter of 2014 — well under its previous projection of 3.69 million for the period, as both U.S. and international growth failed to meet its forecasts. In after-hours trading, Netflix’s stock plunged more than 25%, falling as much as $115.16 per share to $333.43.
(tech) Google Launches First Android TV Set-Top: Nexus Player
Google has entered another pony in the Internet set-top derby. The tech giant announced the $99 Nexus Player, a device based on its Android TV platform for watching movies and TV shows from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Google Play and other services, streaming YouTube videos and music, and playing videogames.
BBC partners on Christie drama
BBC1 has ordered a crime drama series adapted from novels by Agatha Christie and starring David Walliams. The six-part series Partners in Crime, from Acorn Productions and Endor Productions, also stars Jessica Raine who plays alongside Walliams as an amateur detective couple. RLJ Entertainment-owned Acorn has taken US broadcast, digital and home video rights, as well as DVD rights in the UK and Australia. Partners in Crime is directed by Edward Hall and produced by Georgina Lowe.
Beta preps Spanish, German drama
Under Suspicion (10×70′) is a thriller from Bambú Producciones, with Germany’s Beta Film attached for distribution. Created by Ramon Campos, Teresa Fernandez Valdés and Gema Rodriguez Neira, the show stars Yon González, Blanca Romero and Lluís Homar. Under Suspicion follows the disappearance of a seven-year-old girl through the eyes of two cops who must pretend to be a married couple to infiltrate the small village in which it happened.
Neil Patrick Harris to Host the 2015 Oscars
The actor has hosted the Emmy Awards twice and the Tony Awards four times.
(video) Watch Shonda Rhimes’s Cameo on Last Night’s The Mindy Project
Just when you thought the Mindy Project cameos couldn’t get any better, in sways the Queen of Dark and Twisty and reigning Dartmouth beer-pong champ, Shonda Rhimes.
(stage) Hollywood Studios Now Scrambling to Replicate ‘Lion King’s’ $6 Billion Worldwide Gross
Major players are placing bigger bets on theater as the Disney adaptation hits a milestone: "When’s the last time a movie made that?"
Atlantic: 25 Is the New 21
In his recently published book, The Age of Opportunity, Temple University psychologist Laurence Steinberg reports that today’s 25-year-olds are 50 percent more likely to be receiving financial assistance from mom and dad than the 25-year-olds of their parents’ generation. For twentysomethings, this is just one part of a larger phenomenon that is also marked by a growing propensity to stay in school and remain unmarried for much longer than prior generations. Adolescence, according to Steinberg, now stretches over a 15-year span, beginning at age 10 and ending around 25; that’s more than twice as long as during the 1950s.