Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Wednesday, October 29, 2014:
Drama Inspired By Lindsay Lohan Lawyer Shawn Holley Set At NBC & Working Title
Shawn Holley, the Los Angeles trial attorney best known for representing Lindsay Lohan during her recent legal troubles, serves as inspiration for an hourlong drama project at NBC from Universal TV and Working Title. Written by Lauren Schmidt, the untitled project delves into the life of a larger-than-life lawyer who possesses the unique ability to look beyond the first impressions and social biases against her clients and fight for their innocence even if the court of social opinion has already condemned them.
ABC Adapting French PI Drama ‘Risk’
ABC is teaming with Jack Kenny and producing duo Ian Sander and Kim Moses to adapt French drama Risk. Risk explores what happens when the unruly Roche Agency — a family-run private investigation firm with looming financial problems — is forced to team up with Nikki Castaneda, a former national security agent who now owns a successful corporate investigation firm. Kenny will pen the script and exec produce for 20th Century Fox Television, with studio-based Sander and Moses on board to exec produce.
Geoff Stults to Write, Star in Hero Bachelor Comedy for CBS
CBS is back in business with Geoff Stults. The network is teaming with the actor-producer to develop a comedy about a hero bachelor. Stults and writing partner Dave Whatley will pen the script and exec produce the untitled comedy, a co-production from Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Studios. Stults is also eyeing the comedy as a starring vehicle for himself. The half-hour centers on Martin "Marty" Booker, a firefighter, average Joe, ladies’ man and three-time firehouse beer pong Olympics champion who had no real ambition in life. After a news crew films him saving two kids from a burning building and the clip goes viral, Marty is thrust into the limelight and becomes a national hero and winds up being elected mayor.
Kyra Sedgwick To Topline & Produce Kari Lizer Comedy For HBO
Kari Lizer has teamed with Kyra Sedgwick for a half-hour single-camera comedy project set up at HBO. Sedgwick is set to star and Lizer will write the untitled comedy, which the two will executive produce for Warner Bros. TV and Lizer’s studio-based Kari’s Logo Here banner. It centers on Kate (Sedgwick) who was a nun in the order of the Sisters of Mercy, San Mateo Chapter, but disillusioned by a lifetime of service to the church and a marriage she no longer believes in, she has walked out on everything she’s known since the age of 17. No longer “Sister Katherine,” she’s turned her back on her old life and now finds herself coming of age, trying to figure out who she is without her vows and what it means to be an ordinary woman.
Jerry Bruckheimer Adapting ‘American Gigolo’ for Paramount TV
Paramount TV is adapting 1980’s American Gigolo. Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton starrer, will executive produce the new take. Paul Schrader, who directed and wrote the original, is on board as an exec consultant. Jerry Bruckheimer Television’s Jonathan Littman will exec produce, with the company’s KristieAnne Reed on board as a co-EP; Michael Azzolino will produce.
Mike White’s ‘Mamma Dallas’ Pilot Script Moving Forward At HBO
Mike White is back in business with HBO. The payweb has picked up the pilot script Mamma Dallas, which White wrote and will direct. The plan is to shoot first quarter of next year, and no cast is yet attached.
Netflix Orders ‘Richie Rich’ Series From AwesomenessTV
Netflix has picked up 21 episodes of a live-action Richie Rich remake from DreamWorks Animation’s AwesomenessTV. The half-hour comedy stars Jake Brennan in the title role. Joshua Carlon, Jenna Ortega, Lauren Taylor, Kiff VandenHeuvel and Brooke Wexler also star. The series is executive produced by AwesomenessTV CEO Brian Robbins, Tim Pollock and Jeff Hodsden. Pollock and Hodsden will serve as showrunners. AwesomenessTV’s Shauna Phelan and Joe Davola are also executive producing.
(ratings) Tuesday Cable Ratings
BENCHED USA 10:31 PM 877,000 Viewers (Live+SD) 0.4 (A18-49, Live+SD)
Lily Rabe to appear on ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show,’ reprise ‘Asylum’ role
The American Horror Story installments of Asylum and Freak Show just became even more connected: Lily Rabe will be appearing on Freak Show and reprising her Asylum role as nun Sister Mary Eunice.
Atlantic: The Collective Conscience of Reality Television
In a format without a code of conduct, viewers drive the limits of the exploitation and privacy invasions allowed onscreen. Most reality shows in the vein of Real Housewives just feature dinner parties gone wrong and screaming matches, which viewers avidly consume. Networks are willing to show almost everything, regardless of the impact on its cast members, until their viewers get upset, lash out on social media, or threaten to stop watching entirely. What viewers will or won’t watch matters immensely to networks; in fact, they seem function as the networks’ sole “conscience.”
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
Christopher Meloni to Star in Digital Series ‘Beef’ with Michael Cera, Lizzy Caplan, and More
Christopher Meloni has teamed up with Paramount for a new digital series set in a butcher shop called Beef. The mock reality show will follow Meloni’s character Lou as he "acts as judge and jury for anyone in the neighborhood who has ‘beef’ with someone." The series is set to include a ton of comedy guests like Lizzy Caplan, Joe Lo Truglio, Thomas Lennon, Riki Lindhome, and Michael Ian Black and will premiere on November 11th on VOD via iTunes, Vudu, and more.
ESPN2 Sets ‘Star Wars’ Special for Halloween
In a galaxy not so far away, ESPN2 has set a Star Wars-themed special on SportsNation — just in time for Halloween. The half-hour episode, airing Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m., will feature the majority of the main characters from the Star Wars franchise.
Skydance Television Promotes Development Exec
Bill Bost has been promoted to director of development for Skydance Television, the banner behind WGN America’s “Manhattan” and the upcoming Netflix comedy “Grace and Frankie.”
Nancy Tellem, Jordan Levin Leave Xbox Entertainment Studios Amid Mass Microsoft Layoffs
Xbox Entertainment Studios is officially no more. The last staffers of the production entity headed by Nancy Tellem were let go Wednesday as part of the broader layoffs of 3,000 people at the software giant. Tellem and her top lieutenant Jordan Levin had been trying to salvage some of the projects that they’d been developing under the Xbox Studios banner by bringing them to a new studio. But the pair had initially expected to stay through year’s end at Microsoft, which would have given them more time to sort through the thicket of rights issues involved in relocating the scripted and nonscripted projects. Now, rights in some cases are reverting back to the creators, and Tellem and Levin are officially free agents.