Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Friday, October 17, 2014:
‘Courtship Of Eddie’s Father’ Remake Co-Starring Willie Garson Set At Fox From Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett & Conaco
The classic father-son tale of The Courtship Of Eddie’s Father is making a return to television as a single-camera comedy co-starring and produced by Willie Garson and written/executive produced by Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett. The project, which has landed at Fox with penalty, hails from Warner Bros. TV, which has the rights to the title, and Conan O’Brien’s studio-based Conaco. The new Courtship Of Eddie’s Father will be based on the 1969 series. Married duo Levin and Flackett teamed for the re-imagining with their longtime friend Garson as the redo also is inspired by Garson’s own experience as an adoptive single father and his “best friends” approach to raising his adopted son.
NBC Nabs Family/Workplace Comedy From Le Train Train & UK’s Dawson Bros.
In their first foray into American television, prolific British comedy writer-creators the Dawson Bros have teamed with Rashida Jones and Will McCormack’s Le Train Train for The Spencer Tapes, a single-camera comedy project which has sold to NBC. It hails from Warner Bros TV where Le Train Train is based. The Dawson Bros. — a moniker used by brothers Steve Dawson, Andrew Dawson and their childhood friend Tim Inman — will write The Spencer Tapes, which centers on a 30-year-old college professor who rediscovers his old camcorder tapes and realizes that life hasn’t turned out the way he’d hoped.
‘The Simpsons’ Duo Set Up Family Comedy at ABC
ABC is looking to Mike and Julie Scully for its next family comedy. The network has picked up a script from the married couple called Raising Adults. The multicamera comedy, based on a spec script that the duo wrote, centers on a married couple who, over the course of 20 years of parenting three children, have gone from saying, "They grow up so fast," to wondering, "Will they ever grow up?" It’s loosely based on the Scullys’ experiences guiding their five adult kids toward independence, "a job with no current end in sight."
Ben Whishaw Recruited for BBC America Miniseries ‘London Spy’
BBC America will launch new five-part miniseries, “London Spy,” created by best-selling author Tom Rob Smith and co-produced by BBC Two and Working Title Television. The thriller will star Ben Whishaw as Danny — an innocent, young romantic drawn into a dangerous world of espionage. He is joined by Jim Broadbent. Jakob Verbruggen, whose credits include “The Fall” and the US version of “The Bridge,” is attached to direct.
(ratings) ‘The Walking Dead’ Premiere Climbs Past 22 Million Viewers With DVR
Live-plus-three day ratings also have the episode jumping 32 percent in the key demo.
Quantum Leap Reunion on NCIS: New Orleans as Dean Stockwell Guest Stars
NCIS: New Orleans is going back to the future in November, so to speak, casting Dean Stockwell as a retired cop opposite his former Quantum Leap co-star Scott Bakula.
Dondre Whitfield Joins ‘Real Husbands Of Hollywood’ On BET
Dondre Whitfield has joined BET’s Real Of Husbands Of Hollywood as a regular for Season 4.
MTV Pilot ‘Self Promotion’ Casts 3; Jeremy Shamos Joins ‘Nurse Jackie’
Brian Jordan Alvarez, Ben Bledsoe and Derek Goh have joined the cast of Self Promotion, MTV’s dark comedy pilot that will be directed by Zach Braff.
‘Duck Dynasty’ Season 7 to Premiere November 19 on A&E
A&E Network catches back up with its number one original series, “Duck Dynasty,” as the Robertsons embark on a family trip to Scotland in the season 7 premiere on Wednesday, November 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Cable Networks Undergo Extreme Makeovers With New Logos, Slates
Makeovers don’t just make for good TV — they make for good business, too. Given ever-increasing competition to draw eyeballs in the crowded cable landscape, a number of nets have been shaking up their slates, reimagining their lineups as well as their logos. Here’s a look at a few that changed everything but their names.
Well-Attended Mipcom Has Lots Of Drama, Lack Of Non-Scripted Breakouts
On the drama side, prestige projects continue coming together. One U.S. executive told me they had great meetings over a busy market and that there’s a lot of quality out there with no signs of slowing, save only for the shrinking pool of talent that’s available to star and showrun. Scandinavia and the UK are still hot while Europe in general is increasingly active. One of the biggest trends to emerge at Mipcom was the preponderance of co-productions, sometimes in local language, sometimes in English.
Exec Shuffle for 10/17/14: Oddlot Promotes Stacy Keppler, Leslie Sloan Launches Vision PR & More
The Qyou: Television executives Scott Ehrlich, Curt Marvis, Les Garland and G. Scott Patterson have launched a new pay television channel, The Qyou, which will offer 24 hour, commercial free programming that highlights web-based content. Producer Kyle Sonia has joined as Vice President, Production.
Discovery Networks: Sarah Burns has been named Vice President, Programming, Investigation Discovery and American Heroes Channel. Sara Helman has been named Vice President, Development & Production, Destination America. Caroline Perez has been named Vice President, Production & Development, Destination America.
NBCUniversal: Ellen Shallman was promoted to Senior Vice President, Business Affairs.
Oddlot Entertainment: Stacy Keppler has been promoted to VP of Development.
Melissa Rucker has been promoted to Creative Executive.
Lionsgate: Jim Packer has been named President, Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution and co-Head Worldwide Home Entertainment Operations.Ron Schwartz has been named President, Home Entertainment and co-Head Worldwide Home Entertainment Operations.
Studio 8: Chris Goldberg has joined as Executive.
Unnamed Robert Simonds Studio: Philip Goore has joined as Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs.
Wonderland Sound and Vision: Steven Bello has been promoted to Director of Development.
Dynamic Television: Jan Bennemann has joined as Vice President, co-Productions & Acquisitions.
Karga Seven Pictures: Paul Croce has joined as Vice President, Development. Derek Owen has been promoted to Creative Director. Suzane Rauscher has been named Vice President, Current Programming.
Lionsgate: Ashley Rounsaville has been named Vice President, TV Business Affairs.
October Films: Adam Bullmore has been named Managing Director. Denman Rooke has been named Executive Chairman.
Peacock Productions: Melody Shafir has joined as Vice President, Development.
FX Networks: Jaclyn Danielak has been promoted to Coordinator, Development & Original Series.
Logo: Chris McCarthy has been named General Manager.
VHI: Trevor Rose has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Talent & Series Development.
Vanity Fair: Is How to Get Away With Murder the Most Progressive Show on Television?
Obviously, it is a rather large milestone that the show’s star is Viola Davis. But it is not content to just do one thing boldly, to defy one creaky, ugly cultural norm. Brazenly, it keeps going. There are two other actors of color playing leads on the show, which already makes the series one of the more diverse on the Big Four networks. But wait, there’s more! There’s also a gay character, and Jack Falahee’s ambitious, underhanded Connor Walsh is, like Davis’s character, allowed to be both good and bad, saint and sinner.
Jezebel: An Appreciation for the Black Music in Black-ish
These musical markers are important to how Black-ish creator/writer Kenya Barris tells his version of the Black experience. I don’t often get to hear Black music weaved into a television plot line in an organic way (Scandal is another series that does a great job of this), so this is one aspect of Black-ish that I highly appreciate. It’s the only show on primetime TV that seems to be actively and instinctively incorporating the music we make and consume. The music of Black-ish is basically an acknowledgement that it sees us. It’s not always that deep, but it’s welcome.