Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Friday, November 7, 2014:
Paul Ruehl Sells Parenting Comedy to Fox
Fox has handed out a script commitment to comedy Like Father, Like Son, from Paul Ruehl, Taking place in the present and the past, single-camera comedy Like Father, Like Son centers on a father and husband’s epic quest to make sure his own son is less screwed up than he is — without anything guiding him but the crazy roadmap of his own childhood. The comedy, which Ruehl will write and exec produce, takes place in the past and the present and hails from 20th Century Fox Television.
Buddy Comedy Spec Produced By Tad Quill Set Up At CBS
The shortage of available experienced comedy writers this season has opened the door for a lot of newcomers — sometimes based on specs they had written – who often get paired with seasoned showrunners to supervise them. Such is the case with UCB New York’s Justin Noble, an up-and-coming writer with just a couple of staff writing stints under his belt. He wrote on spec Justin And Abby And Oh Yea Zack Too, a single-camera comedy, which has been sold to CBS with comedy veteran Tad Quill executive producing. CBS Studios, where Quill has an overall deal, is producing with studio-based the Tannenbaum Co. The ensemble comedy centers on platonic best friends Justin and Abby — and Abby’s boyfriend, who feels like a third wheel.
Amazon Eyes ‘The Last Tycoon’ Drama
Amazon Studios is in negotiations for The Last Tycoon, a drama project based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel. The streaming service is close to buying the script, written by Billy Ray, with an eye toward a possible pilot order. The project, from Sony Pictures TV, was originally set up at HBO last fall after garnering interest from multiple outlets. Inspired by the life of film mogul Irving Thalberg, The Last Tycoon centers on Monroe Stahr, Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930s as he climbs to the height of power pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio Pat Brady, a character based on Louis B. Mayer. Ray executive produces alongside Chris Keyser, who serves as showrunner, as well as Perri Kipperman, Josh Maurer, David Stern and Alix Witlin.
NBC Eyes Live Staging of Aaron Sorkin’s ‘A Few Good Men’
In its pursuit of audience-grabbing event programming, NBC is said to be eyeing a live staging of Aaron Sorkin’s play “A Few Good Men.” The Peacock is in the early stages of working out an agreement with Sorkin to mount a live telecast of the play that put him on the map as a writer when it hit Broadway in 1989.
AwesomenessTV Sets December Premiere for Comedy Film ‘Expelled’
AwesomenessTV is bringing digital media stars to the big screen. The YouTube multichannel network has announced that comedy film Expelled, which stars Viner Cameron Dallas, will make its theatrical debut in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago on Dec. 12. It will then become available on demand at ExpelledMovie.com and through iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Target Ticket and Walmart on Dec. 16. The film releases wide on video-on demand on Dec. 30. Dallas, who boasts 6.1 million Vine followers and 2.8 million YouTube subscribers, stars in the film as Felix, a prankster who charms his way out of trouble.
Sharon Osbourne reveals The Osbournes reality show is being revived: ‘It’s kind of a catch-up’
Sharon Osbourne has revealed she and husband Ozzy are to star in a brand new series of their reality show The Osbournes – nearly a decade after it originally ended. The former X Factor judge announced the news on Loose Women today, saying Ozzy wants to document their lives now that he’s sober following battles with alcohol and drug abuse.
Second Season for BBC Four Comedy Detectorists
The BBC comedy Detectorists, which just finished its first run on BBC Four, has been renewed for a second season. The show follows the relationship between two friends who share a passion for metal detecting and dream of finding a priceless Saxon hoard that will cement their place in detecting history. Mackenzie Crook writes, directs and stars in the title, with Toby Jones co-starring.
David Tutera Inks First-Look Deal With Pilgrim Studios
David Tutera, celebrity wedding planner and star of WEtv’s David Tutera’s CELEBrations,has signed a first-look deal with the company behind the reality series, Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios. Under the pact, Tutera will develop and produce both unscripted and scripted series.
Exec Shuffle for 11/7/14: Content Media Backed Campfire Launches, Kevin Reilly to TNT & TBS, Stacey Snider Joins Fox & More
Stacey Snider has joined 20th Century Fox as co-chairman of the studio.
Warner Bros. has tapped Universal marketing exec JP Richards to fill its digital marketing post.
Fox Broadcasting hired journalist Maggie Furlong as the new VP of digital and social content.
Kevin Reilly has been named president of TNT and TBS and chief creative officer of Turner Entertainment.
Debbie Reichig has been named to the newly created role of Senior Vice President, Media Sales Research & Insights, Twentieth Television, staring November 10.
Bill Bost has been promoted to director of development for Skydance Television.
(stage) ‘Hunger Games’ Stage Show Set for Summer 2016
The Hunger Games is coming to the stage. A theatrical experience based on the popular young-adult novels and Lionsgate film franchise will launch in summer 2016 in a new purpose-built theater next to Wembley Stadium in London. The company is partnering with Dutch media company Imagine Nation and U.S.-based Triangular Entertainment, who will use innovative and immersive staging techniques to bring the dystopian story to the stage.
Atlantic: Is Pixar’s Run of Greatness Over?
Another Toy Story feature was perhaps as inevitable as a reboot of Spider-Man or Star Wars. For a decade and a half, Pixar seemed to float above such “franchise” concerns, a lucky collective of independent yet overlapping talents (albeit one that happened to make a tremendous amount of money). But economic gravity is strong, and all indications are that it has finally pulled Pixar back down to Earth.
(video) Adult Swim’s Amazing 11-Minute Credits Sequence Will Warp You Permanently
Adult Swim lifer and writer Casper Kelly has really outdone himself with this one: Too Many Cooks, an 11-minute credits sequence for the show Infomercials, runs the gamut from sitcom to space opera to Twin Peaks-style surreal thriller and back again. It’s hard to know what to say about it, except that it’s incredibly well done and slyly pays homage to about 50 nostalgic television shows such as Too Close for Comfort, Manimal and Roseanne. It manages not to be too overt while still pleasing those of us who wonk out on this kind of thing.
FiveThirtyEight: More Employers Are Hiring But They Aren’t Raising Pay
Employers added 214,000 jobs in October, and they added 31,000 more jobs in August and September than initially believed. Job growth has now topped 200,000 for nine straight months for the first time since the Clinton administration. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent, the labor force grew and pretty much every major sector showed significant job growth. Given all that, it might seem surprising that Americans are still so dour about the economy. 7 in 10 Americans said in exit polls that the economy is in bad shape, and only 28 percent said their financial situation had improved in the past two years. There’s one number in Friday’s jobs report that might help explain that frustration: The average worker earned $24.57 an hour in October, up 2 percent from a year earlier. Even as hiring has picked up and unemployment has fallen, wages growth has remained decidedly anemic.