Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Tuesday, October 21, 2014:
Julie Anne Robinson Sells Drama With Shondaland, ‘No Angels’ Comedy Adaptation With Amblin To ABC
Julie Anne Robinson has set up two projects at ABC through her pod deal with ABC Studios — dramaThe Long Game, for which Robinson’s Canny Lads Productions has teamed with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ ABC Studios-based Shondaland; and a single-camera comedy adaptation of the praised British dramedy No Angels, on which Robinson has partnered with Amblin TV. Robinson is directing and executive producing.
CBS Developing Venice Medical Drama From ‘Under the Dome’ Team
CBS has made a script deal for a medical drama project from Alexandra McNally and Neal Baer. Windward Clinic, from CBS Television Studios, is an unflinching look at the deeply personal and raw stories on the dedicated health care workers who come together at a clinic in Venice, Calif., that serves as a crossroads for the haves and have-nots. McNally will write the project, with Baer executive producing.
‘The Flash,’ ‘Jane the Virgin’ Get Full-Season Orders at CW
The Flash has been picked up for an additional 10 episodes, bringing its first season count to 23 episodes, while Jane the Virgin has been picked up for a back-nine, bringing it to 22.
Syfy Renews Zombie Drama ‘Z Nation’
Syfy is staying put in Z Nation. The cable network has announced a second season of the zombie drama, set for a 2015 return. The news comes just halfway through the series’ freshman season.
MTV’s ‘Faking It’ Gets 10-Episode Pickup
MTV is reinvesting in Faking It. The network is doubling down on the second-year comedy from showrunner Carter Covington. The series’ currently airing 10-episode sophomore run will now expand to 20 episodes after the Viacom-owned cable network ordered what it’s calling season 2B.
FX Cancels ‘The Bridge’ After Two Seasons
Producers Shine America will try to place the series elsewhere.
‘Walking Dead’ Actor Boards ‘Law & Order: SVU’ for Guest Gig
Chad Coleman and Meagan Good play a couple in an abusive relationship.
Sleepy Hollow’s Founding Mother Is… Buffy Vet Michelle Trachtenberg
Michelle Trachtenberg has been cast as founding mother Abigail Adams.
Revolution Alum Joins Bates Motel
Tracy Spiridakos is joining the A&E thriller’s upcoming third season in the recurring role
‘Army Wives’ Adam Boyer, Newcomer Mickey Cole Jr. Join PlayStation’s ‘Powers’ PlayStation’s original drama series, “Powers,” has recruited two new potential villains played by “Army Wives” actor Adam Boyer and newcomer Mickey Cole Jr.
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
Warner Bros New Digital Unit Unveils Name & Slate: Mortal Kombat & Static Shock Series; Akiva Goldsman Project
Warner Bros’ recently launched digital series production unit, which encompasses short-form content from all divisions of the company, has unveiled its inaugural slate. Named Blue Ribbon Content, the unit, headed up by Sam Register, is charged with developing and producing primarily live-action series for digital platforms. Its first projects include a new live-action Mortal Kombat series, which has been greenlighted, as well as a live-action Static Shock series in development, produced by Reginald Hudlin and a project from Akiva Goldsman
You Can Now Watch All 552 Episodes of ‘The Simpsons’ on Your iPad
All 552 episodes of The Simpsons are now available to stream online and on smartphones and tablets.
THR: How Three Playwrights Are Making the Jump to Film and TV
The Hollywood Reporter shines the spotlight on the new class of playwrights who are making their names known in film and TV: Rob Askins, Penelope Skinner, Jordan Harrison.
(stage) Tatiana Maslany of ‘Orphan Black’ to Star Off Broadway in Neil LaBute Premiere
Tatiana Maslany will make her New York stage debut this spring in the world premiere of Neil LaBute’s “The Way We Get By,” starting performances in May at Second Stage Theater. She’ll topline the two-hander with Thomas Sadoski. In “The Way We Get By,” Maslany will play Beth opposite Sadosky’s Doug, two sexual predators who hook up at a wedding and wake to an awkward morning-after encounter.
Adweek: TV’s 10 Worst Time Slots
If a TV series is placed in a terrible time slot and no one is around to watch it, does it make a noise in the ratings? Of course not, which is the conundrum of network TV scheduling: every show, no matter how good or bad, is ultimately at the mercy of its time slot, especially when it’s put one of the spots that routinely repels audiences. Here are the 10 worst timeslots on broadcast television. Abandon hope, all ye who are scheduled here:
Sundays, 10 p.m., ABC
Mondays, 8:30 p.m., CBS
Mondays, 10 p.m., CBS
Tuesdays, 8 p.m., Fox
Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m., ABC
Tuesday, 10 p.m., ABC
Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m., ABC
Thursdays, 9 p.m., Fox
Thursdays, 9:30 p.m., NBC
Fridays, 9 p.m., Fox
TV Production in Los Angeles Posts Third Quarter Increase
Film L.A., which oversees permitting for on-location filming in the Greater Los Angeles area, said that TV production, amounting to 5,363 production days, increased 31.1 percent in the third quarter over the same period in 2013. Nearly all TV subcategories posted increases over 2013’s third quarter: TV dramas were up 43.2 percent; reality TV shoots rose 49.2 percent; Web-based TV was up 12.3 percent; and TV pilot production rose 40.8 percent. The TV sitcom category was the exception; making a small portion of TV filming days, just 367 days, it declined 29 percent.
Atlantic: The Grisly, All-American Appeal Of Serial Killers
What made serial killers this way? Why did they kill, and why did they do it so gruesomely? How are they different from us? (Please let them be different from us.) These are complicated, compelling questions. But here, at the outer boundaries of the human condition, are realities that resist our understanding.