Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Election Day, Tuesday, November 4, 2014:
ABC, Mark Gordon Adapting Family Legal Drama ‘Fina Ludlow’
ABC is teaming with prolific producer Mark Gordon and Clifton Campbell to adapt Ingrid Thoft’s Fina Ludlow book series. Inspired by Thoft’s book series, the untitled drama is described as a sophisticated and emotionally complex family drama set in the Ludlow family business: a high-powered law firm in Chicago, Ill. The story is told through the black sheep of the family, 31-year-old Fina Ludlow, the brash, intelligent, hot-mess daughter of Carl and Elaine Ludlow, who left Harvard Law School and found her "voice" as the firm’s brash and controversial legal investigator. Campbell will pen the script and exec produce.
‘Phantom of the Opera’ Series From Tony Krantz, Jean-Pierre Jeunet in the Works at Endemol
Endemol’s take on the tale will be based on Gaston Leroux’s novel, which inspired Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s blockbuster musical, and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, with Tony Krantz writing the project. It’s set in 1919 against the backdrop of the Paris Peace Conference, and follows a British World War I fighter pilot — with burns covering half of his body — who finds himself at the center of a string of murders that threatens to embroil the city’s gathered world leaders.
‘The Soul Man’ Taps New Showrunners for Season Four, Sherri Shepherd to Recur
TV Land has tapped Bill Martin and Mike Schiff to serve as co-show runners for the fourth season of comedy The Soul Man. The duo take over from Yvette Lee Bowser, who departed the series at the end of season three. Additionally past guest Sherri Shepherd will recur in lengthy arc.
(review) Variety: BBC America’s ‘The Game’
“The Game” uses a familiar rulebook, which isn’t to say this BBC America period spy drama isn’t worth playing. Low-key to the point of sleepy, the three previewed chapters of the six-episode series pursue a cat-and-mouse battle of wits between British and Russian intelligence in 1972, with the Brits seeking to ferret out details on what they fear is a game-changing plot known only as Operation Glass. Alas, the story is far from transparent, dribbling out clues and dollops of backstory, with Tom Hughes as the haunted young agent at the forefront, and Brian Cox as his secretive boss.
‘Suits’: Gabriel Macht’s Father to Return for Season 4 Arc
Gabriel Macht will be reunited with his real-life father, Stephen Macht, in the fourth season of USA Network’s legal drama. Stephen will be reprising his role as Harvard Law professor Gerard, notorious for his high standards and rigid ways, in two of the final six episodes of the season when Suits returns in early 2015.
EW: Let’s overanalyze an absurd new ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ cast photo
The contestants are: Shawn Johnson, Leeza Gibbons, Lorenzo Lamas, Kevin Jonas, Jamie Anderson, Johnny Damon, Vivica A. Fox, Geraldo Rivera, Kate Gosselin, Ian Ziering, Terrell Owens, Gilbert Gottfried, Sig Hansen, Brandi Glanville, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Kenya Moore.
ITV’s Paul Buccieri Set as New A&E, History President
ITV U.S. Group chairman Paul Buccieri is leaving the company to serve as president of A&E and History Channel. Buccieri will report to A+E Networks president and CEO Nancy Dubuc and will oversee all content creation, programming, brand development and marketing for A&E and History and their affiliated brands. A&E and History General Managers David McKillop and Dirk Hoogstra will stay on, but will now report to Buccieri.
UCLA Announces 2014 Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award Winners
Han-Yee Ling (Spaghetti Bridges) won first prize at the 59th annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards held at UCLA on Nov. 3. Kevin Human (Hell is Other Cowboys) and Gaia Violo (Absentia) tied for second, Teresa Sullivan and A.J. Marchisello (Doubleblind) took third, and Dan Patrick (The Village of Sweet Dreams) earned honorable mention.
Tom Hanks To Publish Typewriter-Inspired Short Story Collection
Tom Hanks has pacted with publisher Knopf Doubleday on a collection of stories inspired by his personal collection of typewriters, and the imagined tales spun by the writers who owned them. The project was preemptively acquired by Knopf from ICM for its Alfred A. Knopf imprint, covering all world English rights.
Atlantic: Agents of SHIELD Got Good by Forgetting About Superheroes
A handful of episodes into its second season, Agents of SHIELDis a good TV show. Maybe even a very good TV show. The truth of the matter is that Agents of SHIELD has been better for some time now. It’s been that way since at least the home stretch of season one. It’s taken a few more months before I was ready to say it in public, but I’m coming out of the closet: Agents of SHIELD is probably among my four or five most anticipated shows in a given week. And, contrary to this well-argued Salon piece about the superiority of DC’s crop of TV shows, it’s the best superhero series on television.
Variety: Who Are the Winners and Losers in Pay TV’s Unbundled Future?
The pay-TV bundle is a gigantic iceberg that’s slowly melting. As Internet-video options proliferate, consumers will have a growing list of reasons to stop paying $90 or more per month for multichannel television. And the jockeying is now under way among programmers and distributors to prep the life rafts if viewers decide to jump en masse.
Amazon Begins Extending Prime-Member Perks to Other Shopping Sites
Can Amazon Prime become the VIP pass for the rest of the web? — For the first time since launching its Prime membership program in 2005, Amazon is extending some of the club’s perks to its members as they shop on other big shopping sites around the Web. Amazon announced its first such deal Tuesday with the mid-size British fashion retailer AllSaints, which has started offering Amazon Prime members free, next-day shipping on purchases they make on AllSaints.com.