Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Wednesday, November 5, 2014:
Adam Brody to Star in Neil LaBute Stepsibling Romance Drama for DirecTV
DirecTV is extending its relationship with Neil LaBute. The satellite provider has ordered to series a drama starring Adam Brody and Lisa Joyce as stepsiblings who fall in love. Called Billy & Billie, the 10-episode drama will be written, directed and produced by LaBute.
‘Royal Pains’ Renewed for Seasons 7 and 8 by USA
USA Network has given a two-season renewal to long-running medical drama Royal Pains, bringing the series to an eighth-season and the 100th-episode milestone. Seasons seven and eight will be shortened, consisting of eight episodes each. Royal Pains wrapped its sixth season on Sept. 2, averaging 3.36 million viewers. It was a top 10 series on Tuesdays evenings.
(sched) Victoria Justice Thriller Eye Candy Gets January 2015 Premiere Date on MTV
MTV’s latest action-drama Eye Candy has finally been given a premiere date. Debuting Monday, Jan. 12, at 10/9c, the 10-episode series follows a New York City computer genius named Lindy (Victoria Justice) who discovers that one of her online suitors might be a wanted murderer.
(review) Hitfix: HBO’s ‘The Comeback’ is as mortifying as ever 9 years later
There are TV shows I race through because I can’t wait to see what happens next, and TV shows I pause frequently, either because I want to savor the experience or because I would really rather be doing anything else. And then there is "The Comeback," whose episodes take me twice as long to watch as anything else, good or bad, because I have to stop the action every few minutes just so I can clear my head, take a walk in nature, call my wife and do other feel-good activities in the hopes that when I press play, the latest mortification facing Lisa Kudrow’s Valerie Cherish will have magically gone away. The mortification never goes away. Ever.
(video) ‘Agent Carter’ Sneak Peak: Meet the Original Jarvis
Marvel unveiled its longest look yet at the ABC drama by showcasing familiar faces Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) — plus a look at Jarvis. The series is slated to premiere on ABC in January. ABC recently previewed a sizzle reel showing off the show.
(video) Watch the trailer for TNT’s “The Librarians”
Noah Wyle is joined by Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane and John Laroquette in the TV series
THR: Fisting, Anal Sex, Penis Pictures: Broadcast TV’s Ratings Grab Gets Raunchy
The Big 5 networks push shocking new boundaries amid cable envy and a climate with few, if any, fines from the FCC
NCIS Scoop: Jeri Ryan to Play Gibbs’ ‘Missing’ Second Ex-Wife
Jeri Ryan will fill the plum NCIS role of Leroy Jethro Gibbs’ never-before-seen second ex-wife, Rebecca, who will be introduced in a January 2015 episode of the long-running CBS drama.
NYT: 3 Million ‘Frozen’ Princess Dresses Sold, Disney Says
Disney Consumer Products released sales figures for the dresses on Tuesday, an unusual step for the company and a reflection of the movie’s $1.3 billion in global box office sales.
Peter Chernin Nears Renewal of Fox Film Pact; TV Deal to Be Shopped
Fresh from his ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ success (and with ‘Exodus’ on the way), the executive-turned-producer could take his struggling TV operation elsewhere. Multiple sources suggest Chernin is quietly shopping his TV deal elsewhere and likely will leave Fox. Options range from other studio suitors, including Universal — Chernin is said to maintain a friendship with NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke and studio chairman Jeff Shell — to the independent route a la Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV.
‘Skyfall’ Director Sam Mendes Puts Production Company Up for Sale
Neal Street Prods., the production company part-owned by “Skyfall” director Sam Mendes, has been put up for sale, a source close to the company has confirmed. Neal Street, which produces “Penny Dreadful,” is on the market for around £40 million ($63.8 million).
Amanda Palmer: why fans choose to pay artists they love
I just completed a crowdfunding campaign that raised over a million dollars in capital so I could put out a record without a major label, and people are scratching their heads. Why would this happen? How did she do it? The newspapers, the journalists, the bloggeratti are all weighing in. Is this the future of music? This is the lesson I learned, as a rock star and as a street performer in my wedding dress:
· Keep the content authentic,
· Keep the exchange honest,
· Keep the message spreading by any means necessary,
· And people will come.
· Once they come, if you make it easy for them, many will pay.
WaPo: Battle for the Senate: How the GOP did it
This account of the battle for the Senate is based on four dozen extensive interviews with candidates, campaign operatives, party leaders and super PAC strategists on both sides, as well as current and former White House advisers. Several officials were granted anonymity to speak candidly in advance of Election Day. From the outset of the campaign, Republicans had a simple plan: Don’t make mistakes, and make it all about Obama, Obama, Obama. Every new White House crisis would bring a new Republican ad. And every Democratic incumbent would be attacked relentlessly for voting with the president 97 or 98 or 99 percent of the time.
BBC: Life as a serial killer’s daughter
When I returned to the booth I felt calm again and I found to my relief that my dad was willing to just drop the conversation. But I go back to that incident so often and I think: "If he had told me, what would have happened next? If he had told me about his seven murders — it was very soon to be eight — would I have gone to the police? Having revealed his secrets, would he have given me the chance?" Could my father have killed me? That has been a huge question mark in my life.