Afternoon News Update for Thursday, October 16, 2014.

Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Thursday, October 16, 2014:


‘The Finest Hours’ Author Casey Sherman & Landscape Entertainment Team On Scripted Drama Series
Bob Cooper’s Landscape Entertainment is partnering with bestselling author Casey Sherman to develop a one-hour scripted drama series. Life In Shadows follows the lives of three teenagers and their mother who enter the witness protection program after their mafioso father/husband rats out the mob to the FBI and awaits trial in prison.

Ebola TV Series in the Works From Lynda Obst, Ridley Scott
Producer Lynda Obst and director-producer Ridley Scott are bringing the deadly virus to the small screen with a limited series for Fox TV Studios based on Richard Preston’s 1994 best-seller The Hot Zone. Scott, who would potentially direct at least the first episode, will serve as an executive producer alongside Obst, David Zucker and Jim Hart, who wrote the original feature screenplay Crisis in the Hot Zone. Once the disease’s latest twist is incorporated into the series’ script, Obst and Scott will take it out to networks.

David S. Goyer Adapting ‘Shadowland’ Horror Novel As NBC Event Series
David S. Goyer
has set up another genre project at NBC, an event series based on the 1980 dark fantasy novel Shadowland by Peter Straub. The book centers on two young boys, Tom Flanagan and Del Nightingale. They spend a summer with Del’s uncle Coleman, one of the foremost magicians in the world, who may actually be a sorcerer. Goyer will co-write the adaptation with BAFTA-winning British writer Jack Thorne. Universal TV, where Goyer is under a first-look deal, will produce.

‘The IT Crowd’ Comedy Remake From Bill Lawrence, Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan Gets NBC Put Pilot Commitment
In a competitive situation, a multi-camera U.S. version of Channel 4’s The IT Crowd from Bill Lawrence, Community alums Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan and Warner Bros. TV has landed at NBC with a put pilot commitment. Written by Goldman and Donovan, The IT Crowd is a workplace comedy about two IT nerds stuck in the basement of a major corporation who know nothing about how to interact with people, and their newly installed, ambitious female manager, who knows nothing about computers.

Armie Hammer To Produce Semi-Autobiographical Comedy For NBC
Armie Hammer
is venturing into producing with a TV comedy project at NBC. Written by comedy veteran David Israel, the untitled comedy centers on a guy whose world is rocked when he finds out his parents have been secretly “seeing” his ex-girlfriend for three years since he broke up with her, and the highly unlikely friendship he forms with his ex’s fiancée. The plot is inspired by the true stories of Hammer, his wife, Elizabeth Chambers, and film producer Gordon Gray.

R.J. Cutler Police Drama Set Up At CBS
R.J. Cutler
will direct and executive produce the project, which marks his first sale under the first-look deal at CBS TV Studios he signed in the spring. Written by Joe Robert Cole, the drama centers on a black Republican L.A. homicide detective who has long denied race has any bearing on him or the lives of others. He then gets a long overdue promotion to lead a high profile, racially charged murder investigation precisely because he’s black. Cutler executive produces with David Brownfield and Circle of Confusion’s Ken Freimann and David Alpert.

CBS Buys Medical Drama From Dan Jinks, Playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo
Medical dramas’ hot streak this development season is being extended with another sale. CBS has put in development LFE from The Dan Jinks Company and CBS Television Studios. Written by Paul Downs Colaizzo, LFE follows a group of New York City’s wildest and most brilliant doctors as they start their second year of residency in the city’s most prestigious hospital. The show will not only be about saving lives in the hospital, but also about the young doctors grappling with their own mortalities in the face of the almost superhuman and godly feats they pull off while on the job.

Playwright Josefina Lopez Gets ‘Fabulous’ with ABC, Brings Shakespeare to East L.A.
Prolific playwright Josefina Lopez is trying TV again with a dramedy about four sisters set up at ABC and ABC Studios. Lopez is penning the script and will exec produce with Michael McDonald. The project with the working title “The Fabulous Fernandez Sisters” revolves around four estranged sisters who are forced to pull together to raise their younger brother after their parents die in a car crash in Mexico.

ABC Orders Additional ‘Selfie’, ‘Manhattan Love Story’ and ‘Forever’ Scripts
has ordered three additional scripts for each of its new Tuesday night series, Selfie, Manhattan Love Story and Forever.

(mipcom) ‘Doll & Em’ Renewed For 2nd Season; ‘Top Of The Lake’ Returning
Britcom Doll & Em has been picked up for a second season by the UK’s Sky Living. Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells star in the series they co-created. HBO acquired the first season last year and aired it March. See-Saw Films is increasing its reach in television after the success it had with miniseries Top Of The Lake. Jane Campion and Gerard Lee are currently developing a second season for BBC Two.

CBS Offers Web Service as TV Unbundles Itself
announced a new subscription Internet streaming service on Thursday that allows people to watch its live television programming and thousands of its current and past shows on demand without paying for a traditional TV subscription. The new “CBS All Access” service, costing $5.99 a month, is the first time that a traditional broadcaster will make a near-continuous live feed of its local stations available over the web to non-pay-TV subscribers. At its start, the live stream will be available in 14 markets in the United States.


Frank Langella Joins FX’s ‘The Americans’
He boards the series as an ex-KGB handler.

Victor Garber Cops Blue Bloods Role, Will Clash With the ‘Stache
Victor Garber
is a man in demand, folks. On the heels of landing a juicy midseason role on The CW’s The Flash, TV’s erstwhile spy daddy has booked a guest-starring gig on CBS’ Blue Bloods.

Billy Eichner Heads to ‘New Girl’
He’ll play a beleaguered airline employee during the holidays.

CBS’s ‘Mom’ Books Colin Hanks, Beverly D’Angelo for Guest Roles
has booked “Fargo” actor Colin Hanks and “Vacation” star Beverly D’Angelo for an episode during its upcoming second season, which premieres Oct. 30.


Warner Bros. Taps Shawn Levy for ‘Minecraft’ Movie
Shawn Levy
is in talks to develop Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the “Minecraft” videogame with an eye to direct. The studio acquired the rights to the game in February with Roy Lee producing along with Jill Messick. The concept of the game allows players to create their own avatar, and they are dropped into a world filled with nocturnal monsters.


Marijuana Dispensary Docu Series From Tony Krantz Gets Pilot Order At TruTV
The burgeoning Colorado marijuana industry is heading to reality television. truTV has ordered a pilot for Medicine Man (working title), about the family behind the largest single dispensary in the state where marijuana has been legal since January 1.

Variety: The CNN App That Will Change TV
Think of CNNgo as CNN to the nth power: As the live channel plays in either a Web browser or a tablet app, it is surrounded with additional content options including contextual links that offer CNN-produced video, text, tweets and photos relevant to what is being discussed live. If a given story isn’t of interest, there’s also a menu of different segments from which to choose that aired anywhere from just minutes earlier to days ago.


(sched) Netflix’s ‘Lilyhammer’ Gets Season 3 Premiere Date
The third season of Netflix’s original series Lilyhammer will hit the streaming service on Friday, Nov. 21 at 12:01 a.m. PT.


Disney’s Top Theater Exec on ‘Frozen’ Musical Plans: "I’m Talking to Directors"
Thomas Schumacher
, president and producer at Disney Theatrical Group, opens up about the huge expectations involved in adapting the hit film, the massive success of ‘Lion King,’ and what went wrong with ‘Little Mermaid,’ ‘Tarzan’ and other movie-to-Broadway underachievers.


25 Things You Learn Writing About ‘Scandal’ Creator Shonda Rhimes
The showrunner’s favorite scenes, her daily routine and what she really thinks about the New York Times writer who called her "an angry black woman"

Sarah T. Davies Named VP Production And Development At Discovery Family Channel
Sarah T. Davies has been named vice president, production and development at Discovery Family Channel — formerly The Hub — which debuted October 13.


Atlantic: TV Shows Based on Movies: Often Doomed
After years of hearing talk about how TV is now better than film, the movie industry is finally getting its revenge—by taking over television.

Grantland: The Shonda Rhimes Revolution: Finishing What ‘The Sopranos’ Started
More than anyone else in television, Shonda Rhimes has taken that struggle off the back burner and made it the subject of her work. One thing none of her heroines can say is that they haven’t been told; in fact, they’ve told themselves. Both Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder could be retitled Complicity. They’re shows that explore how much you can know, or tacitly consent to, before you’re part of the disease. In Shondaland, knowledge is sin, and all of her heroines have taken a bite of the apple.

Grantland: ‘Friends’ and Enemies: Netflix and HBO Battle for the Future of TV
Giant media conglomerates like Comcast and Time Warner Cable may be hated, but they’re not stupid. Losing some HBO subscribers is a blow, but many of them will still be profiting from HBO Go and its ilk through their broadband services anyway. And I wouldn’t be surprised if, in order to combat the threat of more networks going rogue, they’ll begin offering more smartly tiered packages in the very near future. Could you soon cherry-pick the 20 channels you want to receive on cable? Or settle for a “basic” bundle of the broadcast networks, the news, sports channels, and HGTV? What will we be watching and what will we be watching it on a decade from now? No spoilers, please. The real drama is about to begin.

Atlantic: First HBO, Then CBS: The Cable Bundle Is Slowly Coming Apart
In less than a day, the most critically acclaimed network (HBO) and the most watched network (CBS) bet on the future of Internet TV. And just like that, the cable bundle has unraveled more in the last 24 hours than in the previous 24 months. HBO and CBS à la carte won’t blow up cable. The vast majority of older households adores pay-TV and spends four to five hours a day glued to the couch. But younger Americans are different. They grew up with that mess of options. They love that mess of options. They actually find a mess of options easier to deal with than a cable box and a Comcast representative.

(video) Who Wins the Scene?
Tony Zhou’s
excellent series on filmmaking, Every Frame a Painting, has become a much-watch for me. Here’s the latest one, a short look at a single scene from Silence of the Lambs in which Zhou asks: Who Wins the Scene?