Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Tuesday, November 11, 2014:
USA Renews ‘Graceland’ for Third Season
Jeff Eastin’s one-hour drama gets 13 more episodes.
TNT Cancels Legal Dramedy ‘Franklin and Bash’
The series will end after its recently wrapped fourth season.
(sched) ‘Mulaney’ Moves To 7:30 PM, Swaps Slots With ‘Bob’s Burgers’ On Sunday
Fox’s low-rated new sitcom Mulaney is getting an expected time period downgrade. The live-action Sunday comedy is moving to the 7:30 PM slot, occupied by Bob’s Burgers, effective immediately. Fox’s 7:30 PM half-hour is preempted for NFL double header this Sunday, so Mulaney’s first airing in the new berth will be on Nov. 23. Starting this Sunday, animated comedy Bob’s Burgers will take over Mulaney’s 9:30 PM time period.
James Wolk to Star in CBS’ ‘Zoo’
‘The Crazy Ones’ alum is staying at the network. Zoo is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet. Wolk will play Jackson Oz, a young, renegade American zoologist who spends his days running safaris in the wilds of Africa when he begins noticing the strange behavior of the animals.
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Netflix Sets Streaming Date for ‘Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD’ Season 1
Netflix will add ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” season one to its streaming queue on Nov. 20 for U.S. subscribers.
Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die Exploring Potential Sale
Funny or Die hired a financial adviser to explore a possible sale. The video site founded by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy is working with investment bank Moelis & Co. to contact potential buyers, according to a report from Bloomberg News.
Variety: Has Netflix’s Originals ‘Novelty Factor’ Worn Off?
Netflix’s subscriber growth for 2013 may have received a one-time lift from high-profile original series and the pace of net additions has now returned to lower levels now that the “PR bloom” has faded, according to chief financial officer David Wells. But none of that is to suggest Netflix is abandoning its originals strategy. Netflix’s pipeline of large original projects for 2015 will more than double, Wells said.
Yahoo Pays $640M For Video Ad Company BrightRoll
Yahoo says that BrightRoll’s revenues should exceed $100 million this year and will “dramatically strengthen Yahoo’s video advertising platform, making it the largest in the U.S.” BrightRoll specializes in programmatic ads, which uses computers to match ad buyers and sellers. That might be helpful to Yahoo as it looks for sponsors for its expanding array of online videos.
(review) Buzzfeed: The Most Poignant Pot Comedy On The Internet
Guy (Ben Sinclair) spends most of his time dipping in and out of the lives and living situations of his varied customers. That’s the basic conceit of High Maintenance, a web series created by Sinclair and his wife Katja Blichfeld, which has just debuted three of its first-ever pay episodes on Vimeo On Demand. It’s the streaming site’s first venture into original programming. The Guy stops by a different household each episode to drop off some pot and, sometimes, to hang out. It sounds like a wacky stoner sketch comedy, but High Maintenance is much, much more than that. It’s a show that’s filled with dead-on microdetails about the particular slice of New York life each installment zeroes in on.
Television Academy Adds 11 to Board of Governors
The new members and their branches are:
Ted Biaselli — children’s programming.
Jill Daniels — animation
Peter Golden, CSA — casting
Tammy Golihew — public relations
Beatriz Gomez — Los Angeles area
Terry Ann Gordon — costume design and supervision
Norman Leavitt — makeup artists/hairstylists
Sam Linsky — executives
Janet Carol Norton — professional representatives
Philip Segal — reality programming
Terence Winter — writers
Top Showbiz Dealmakers Exiting O’Melveny & Myers for Rival
Latham & Watkins has lured entertainment Power Lawyers Joe Calabrese and Christopher Brearton from their longtime firm. The pair of O’Melveny partners are bringing the following attorneys to Latham: Robert Haymer, Nancy Bruington and Kenneth Deutsch in Los Angeles, and Lisbeth Savill in London. In their place, O’Melveny is naming longtime dealmakers Stephen Scharf, Matthew Erramouspe, and Bruce Tobey as the new transactional co-heads of the firm’s entertainment, sports and media practice.
LAT: Madeleine Stowe reveals father’s battle with MS; campaigns for others
Madeleine Stowe, known for her role as the wicked matriarch Victoria Grayson on the ABC drama “Revenge,” is maximizing her fame for a kind of revenge of her own against the disease that helped shaped her life. She’s partnered with the biotech company Genzyme, a developer of MS medicines, to launch Lights, Camera, Take Action on MS, an initiative designed to educate and empower the MS community to help manage the disease.
‘Supernatural’ at 200: The Road So Far, An Oral History
After 200 episodes, “Supernatural,” which bowed in 2005, has been to hell and back (several times), with a few sojourns to heaven, purgatory, Oz, the past, the post-apocalyptic future and even our world along the way. The show weathered the conversion from The WB to The CW, survived the 2007-08 writers’ strike, and transitioned through several showrunners — and there’s no end in sight. Here, the stars and creative team chart the unlikely journey of the “little show that could.”