Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Monday, November 10, 2014:
‘Sneaky Pete’ Drama From Bryan Cranston & David Shore Gets Big CBS Commitment
CBS has given a production commitment to Sneaky Pete, a drama written and executive produced by Bryan Cranston and David Shore. The project hails from Sony Pictures TV, where Cranston has a first-look deal and Shore is under an overall pact. Sneaky Pete centers on a thirty-something con man who, upon leaving prison, takes cover from his darker past by assuming the identity of a cellmate. “Sneaky Pete” hides out from the mob while working for the cellmate family’s bail bond business, taking down criminals worse than himself. Over time, he discovers a family life he’s never had, and possibly true love with a woman who sees through his BS.
‘Interstellar’s’ Jonah Nolan Developing ‘Foundation’ Series for HBO, WBTV
HBO and Warner Bros. TV are teaming to produce a series based on Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” trilogy that will be written and produced by Jonathan Nolan. Nolan has been quietly developing the project for the last several months. “Foundation” follows mathematician Hari Seldon, who has dedicated his life to developing psychohistory, a concept that uses the laws of mass action to predict the future on a large scale. When he foresees the imminent fall of the Galactic Empire and a dark age that will last 30,000 years, he sets out to create a foundation of talented artisans and engineers to preserve and expand on humanity’s collective knowledge with the hope of establishing a new empire.
Starz Orders ‘Evil Dead’ TV Series
Starz has greenlighted an original series, entitled Ash vs. Evil Dead, that will serve as a follow-up to the horror comedy film franchise. Sam Raimi, producer Rob Tapert and star Bruce Campbell will return for the 10-episode half-hour series, slated for a 2015 premiere. Campbell reprises his role as the title character Ash, a stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last three decades avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons — personal and literal. Raimi will direct the pilot, which he will co-write with his brother, Ivan Raimi, and Tom Spezialy. Sam Raimi will executive produce, along with Tapert and Campbell. Ivan Raimi will co-executive produce, while Aaron Lam will produce.
Sundance TV Orders Drama Series ‘Hap and Leonard’
Sundance TV has greenlit drama series Hap and Leonard, based on the book series by Joe Lansdale. The six-episode series centers on a pair of best friends and martial arts experts who struggle through misadventure in a bid to stay on the right side of the law in 1980 East Texas. The drama hails from Jim Mickle and Nick Damici. Mickle will direct, with Nick Schumaker and Jeremy Platt exec producing. Lansdale will co-exec produce with Lowell Northrop; Linda Moran will consult. The drama centers on Hap Collins, a white working-class laborer who spent time in federal prison for refusing to be drafted into the military and serve in the Vietnam War. His colleague and lifelong best friend is Leonard Pine, a six-foot-five, gay, black Vietnam vet with anger issues.
Showtime Renews ‘Homeland’ and ‘The Affair’
The Sunday dramas get picked up for a respective fifth and second season.
Roseanne Barr heads to ABC’s ‘Cristela’
Roseanne Barr is returning to ABC. The comedian has landed a guest-starring role on the network’s new comedy Cristela.
‘Chicago Fire’: Richard Roundtree cast as Boden’s dad
Richard Roundtree has landed a multi-episode arc on Chicago Fire.
The Good Wife: Chris Elliott to Play ‘Faux Frank Prady’
Actor-writer-funnyman Chris Elliott will guest-star on The Good Wife as an English professor who is brought in to help wannabe State’s Attorney Alicia prepare for her looming debate against opponent Frank Prady (David Hyde Pierce).
VH1 Orders Competition Series For Identical Twins
VH1 is putting the bond between identical twins to the test with Twinning (working title), a new 10-episode hourlong competition reality series set to premiere next summer. The project, created and produced by Lighthearted Entertainment, will feature 12 sets of twins who go through challenges that will test their twin connection.
Jose Antonio Vargas To Helm Race-Themed Docu For MTV
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker and undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas has been tapped to direct a new documentary project for MTV’s “Look Different” campaign, which will examine what it means to be young and white in America. The Untitled Whiteness Project is slated to air on the network in 2015. Punched in the Head Productions will produce the project in partnership with Define American, Vargas’ media and culture group.
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(animated) Netflix orders ‘Justin Time’ spin-off
Netflix announced a new original spin-off series based on Justin Time, the hit Canadian animated series for pre-school aged kids. Netflix ordered 13 half-hour episodes of Justin Time: The New Adventures from Guru Studios, which will be released for streaming in early 2016. The spin-off will follow Justin and best friends Olive and Squidgy on more fantastical adventures around the globe.
Endemol Beyond USA Signs Comedian Andy Milonakis to TV, Digital Deal
Endemol Beyond USA, the digital division of Endemol North America, signed an overall TV and digital development deal with comedian Andy Milonakis.
(video) ‘Bosch’ – Teaser Trailer For Amazon’s Cop Drama
Here’s a first look at Amazon’s upcoming original drama series Bosch, based on Michael Connelly’s novels. Titus Welliver stars as Harry Bosch, a veteran police homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. Annie Wersching and Jamie Hector co-star.
(review) (stage) Variety: Disney’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’
Victor Hugo’s deformed outcast has swung from many rafters in his day, though rarely as poignantly or as lavishly as in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” Peter Parnell, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz’s U.S.-premiere tuner which worked out growing pains in a 1996 Disney animated feature and 1999 Berlin engagement. At the La Jolla Playhouse it’s something of an odd duck: dark and medieval-moody, yet with exuberant Broadway roots plainly showing. Intensely emotional and sparked by three stellar performances, “Hunchback” is an intriguing bet as a long-term prospect, but it certainly sets its audience to cheering at the finale.
(q&a) Billboard: ABC’s Music Chief Dawn Soler on ‘Nashville,’ the Songs Behind ‘Scandal,’ and Making the Move From Movies to TV
Q: Mark Isham [Once Upon a Time] is among the many recording artists who moved from making records to doing film and then TV. How often do the rookies work out?
Dawn Soler: I think it’s probably 50-50. It’s tricky and scary for me because I’m putting my reputation on the line. In film, you have time to develop and work on it. In television, it’s today. I try to surround them with great support, make sure they have the right orchestrator, the right music editor. [ABC Entertainment Group president] Paul Lee is always saying "be bold," so we always try to push the limit. "What’s a new sound? How do we do something different from last season?" I spend a lot of time talking to composers about that.
WE TV Promotes Lauren Gellert to EVP Development, Original Programming
WE tv has promoted Lauren Gellert to the newly created position of executive vice president of development and original programming from her current post as SVP of original production and development.
(books) Amazon Names Its Top Twenty Comics And Graphic Novels Of 2014
Amazon has chosen its top twenty comics and graphic novels of the year.
(gaming) Kim Kardashian’s mobile game has raked in $43 million so far
Kim Kardashian’s mobile game has made $43 million so far since launching in late June, proving once again that life is not fair.
NYT: The end of the TV viewing party
In the era of laptops and Hulu, millennials viewing habits may signal the end of the communal living-room screen.
(tech) Vox: 9 questions about network neutrality you were too embarrassed to ask
President Barack Obama’s comments will raise the profile of what was already the most contentious policy debate in the technology world. If you’re just tuning in now, it can seem a little overwhelming. What is network neutrality? What’s "reclassification?" And why have people been arguing so angrily for so long? Here’s an explanation that starts from the very beginning.
Daily Dot: Comedy doesn’t belong to the a**holes anymore
Comedian Artie Lange’s racist, sexist Twitter rant left us with a silver lining.