Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Wednesday, October 22, 2014:
‘Frankenstein’ Drama From Rand Ravich & Howard Gordon Set At Fox As Put Pilot
Howard Gordon, Rand Ravich, Frankenstein. Fox has nabbed a drama project that links the three recognizable names with a put pilot commitment. Titled Frankenstein, the drama will be written and executive produced by Rand Ravich and executive produced by Howard Gordon. Described as a grounded sci-fi drama and taking inspiration from the basic Mary Shelley mythology of a man brought back to life by scientists playing god, Frankenstein centers on Adam Tremble, a morally corrupt FBI agent, is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. Now younger and stronger, Tremble will have to choose between his old temptations and his new sense of purpose… dealing with threats beyond the FBI’s capabilities.
‘Hitch’ Comedy Series In Works At Fox
Fox has put in development Hitch, a half-hour series inspired by Will Smith’s hit 2005 feature romantic comedy. The single-camera project hails from Will Smith and James Lassiter’s Overbrook Entertainment, which produced the movie with Sony’s Columbia Pictures, and Sony Pictures TV. Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont will write the series adaptation, a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics.
Fortune Feimster Teams With Tina Fey for Semi-Autobiographical Comedy at ABC
Comedian-actress Fortune Feimster is reteaming with 30 Rock’s Tina Fey, Matt Hubbard and Robert Carlock and ABC. The quartet are teaming for a semi-autobiographical comedy based on Feimster’s life. ABC has handed out a script with penalty commitment for the multicamera comedy, which was co-created by Feimster and Hubbard. The untitled entry is set in North Carolina, where Feimster grew up, and is based on her family life and stand-up comedy.
‘Bewitched’ Follow-Up Series Lands At NBC With Pilot Production Commitment
In a very competitive situation, Bewitched, a new take on the classic supernatural sitcom, has landed at NBC with a pilot production commitment. Sony Pictures TV took out the comedy, penned by The Vow writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, last week, garnering interest from multiple networks that created a bidding situation between NBC and ABC, the network that aired the original series from 1964-1972. Coming on the 50th anniversary of Bewitched‘s debut, the new version is a reimagining of the original series two generations later. It centers on Daphne — Samantha’s granddaughter and Tabitha’s daughter — a single twentysomething witch who has always used her magical powers to conjure herself the perfect life. But she soon realizes that the one thing she cannot conjure and control is the one thing she wants most — real love.
Lifetime Returns to ‘Lizzie Borden’ With Six-Hour Limited Series
Lifetime announced Wednesday that it has greenlit a six-hour miniseries called Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles. Christina Ricci will reprise her titular role as the notorious murder suspect she portrayed in TV movie Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, with Clea DuVall also set to return as Lizzie’s sister, Emma. Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles will be a fictionalized account of the actual events and people surrounding Lizzie’s life after her controversial acquittal of the double murder of her father and stepmother in 1892. The mini, from Sony Pictures Television and original producer Judith Verno, will premiere in 2015.
FOX Orders Four More Scripts for ‘Red Band Society’
FOX has gone ahead and ordered four additional scripts for Red Band Society.
‘Jane the Virgin’ Director Inks Overall Deal at CBS TV Studios
Brad Silbering also directed the ‘Reign’ pilot for the studio.
Supernatural May Introduce Retooled Spin-Off Over Multiple Episodes
If The CW takes another stab at a Supernatural spin-off, the new characters may appear in more than one episode of the long-running drama. At the moment, the premise of a potential new series is just in the “thinking” stages, Eric Kripke notes.
‘Black-ish’ Books ‘Devious Maids’ Star as Anthony Anderson’s Enemy
‘Ugly Betty’ vet Ana Ortiz returns to ABC for a guest gig.
Amanda Righetti Joins Carlton Cuse Drama Pilot Colony
Amanda Righetti has been cast in Carlton Cuse’s alien-invasion drama pilot Colony.
Steve Coogan to Replace Philip Seymour Hoffman in Showtime’s ‘Happyish’
The comedy, which was picked up to series, will now go back to the pilot stage. It’s unclear who, if anyone, from the original cast will return.
Quartet Cast In HBO’s ‘Crime’ Miniseries
Michael Kenneth Williams, Amara Karan, Jeannie Berlin and Glenne Headly have joined the cast of HBO’s eight-hour miniseries Crime (formerly Criminal Justice).
(video) First ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer leaks online
Marvel planned to debut the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer during Agents of SHIELDnext Tuesday, but apparently that plan isn’t working out. What appears to be the entire trailer has now leaked online, albeit in fairly poor quality.
ABC Announces ‘Shark Tank’ Companion Series ‘Beyond the Tank’
From the producers of the Emmy-winning reality series, “Shark Tank,” comes the launch of a new companion series for ABC, “Beyond the Tank.” The ten one-hour episodes from Sony Pictures Television and United Artists Media Group will explore the opportunities and challenges that come after striking a deal on “Shark Tank.”
Syfy Renews ‘Face Off’ for Season 8, Tweaks Format
Three former winners will pick teams and coach members to victory.
‘Below Deck’ Renewed for Third Season by Bravo
“The Crew Tells All” Special Airs Tuesday, October 28 At 9pm ET/PT.
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Vulture: The Best TV Shows on Amazon Prime
If the first season of Transparent, Amazon Prime’s trailblazing-in-all-ways dramedy, was your first foray into the online behemoth’s members-only streaming service, congratulations! One show down, about 1,300 to go! To help you navigate Prime’s overabundance of programming, we’ve whittled down all the possibilities, giving you our picks for the best shows from all genres.
HBR: Cable Providers Win Even in an a La Carte World
“Cable has legs left. The hip tech blogger view is that cable is a dinosaur. But if you look at subscriber numbers, there’s not a lot of migration away from cable.” Although, Hazlett concedes, “You’re seeing a lot of it with Millennials, yes.” They are the least likely to subscribe to a cable bundle and most likely to watch programming on different devices. And that means the recent HBO and CBS announcements are less a harbinger and more of a hedge. Or as Hazlett calls it, “a straddle.”