Happy Veterans Day all! Here’s your first news update for Tuesday, November 11, 2014:
Amazon Announces Full Lineup for First 2015 Pilot Season
Amazon Studios has announced its full lineup for its first 2015 pilot season. The seven shows include Amazon’s first docu-series pilot, The New Yorker Presents, produced in cooperation with the award-winning magazine. The pilot season includes four comedies, two of which are half-hour shows, two dramas and the New Yorker docu-series. Shows include Carlton Cuse’s Civil War drama Point of Honor and the Ridley Scott-executive produced drama The Man in the High Castle, based on the 1962 Philip K. Dick book, about what would have happened if the Allied Powers lost World War II, which was written by X-Files showrunner Frank Spotnitz, who also serves as an executive producer.
The comedy pilots include Cocked, created by Lie to Me’s Sam Baum, starring True Blood’s Sam Trammell, Jason Lee, Brian Dennehy and Dreama Walker; Down Dog, written by Robin Schiff, featuring Kris Kristofferson, Lyndsy Fonseca, Paget Brewster and Alysia Reiner; the Shawn Ryan-executive produced Mad Dogs, starring Steve Zahn, Billy Zane, Michael Imperioli and Romany Malco; and the Leslie Bibb-starrer Salem Rogers, directed by Mark Waters, written by newcomer Lindsey Stoddart.
TVBTN: NBC Predictions: ‘Marry Me’ Is Likely To Be Canceled
When a Fall premiere rookie show gets fewer than the full "back 9" episode order to make a complete season of 22 episodes, it’s not "still alive", it’s dead and just filling space. Marry Me received an order for just 5 extra episodes. It’s likely to be canceled. The observant will note that About A Boy is also now likely to be canceled. The Mysteries of Laura received a full "back 9" episode order. It’s still hanging on, just barely, in the "toss up" range.
Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Finds Its Queen In Claire Foy
British actress Claire Foy has been offered the plum role of Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s forthcoming $100 million series The Crown, written by Peter Morgan. If the deal closes, Foy would likely play the younger Queen in Morgan’s ambitious drama, which charts the monarch’s reign from the moment she heard of her father George VI’s death in 1952 through to present day. Stephen Daldry is directing the high-profile 20-part drama, which represents Netflix’s first original UK-based production.
Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg Land Reality Series With A&E
Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy will star in a reality series, “Donnie Loves Jenny,” as part of an unscripted development and production deal with A&E. The series, which has received a 10-episode order, will premiere next year with a special one-hour wedding episode.
MTV2 Renews ‘Wild ‘N Out,’ Greenlights ‘Joking Off’
MTV2 has renewed “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out,’” for a seventh season premiering next year. MTV2 has also ordered a fifth season of “Guy Code.” On the new series front, the network has given the go-ahead to “MTV2’s Joking Off,” a game show that fuses social media and improv comedy. The offering will feature teams of rising young comedians and deliver “laugh-out-loud reactions to the most ridiculous tweets, Instagram images, videos and write-ups ever posted.”
(animated) Disney Dates Lucasfilm’s Animated ‘Strange Magic’ for January 2015
Disney will release Lucasfilm’s animated feature “Strange Magic” on Jan. 23, 2015. The toon, based on a story by George Lucas, was in production. It will be released through the Touchstone Pictures banner, used by Disney to distribute DreamWorks Pictures’ films. Directed by Gary Rydstrom, “Strange Magic” is described as a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” with popular songs from the past six decades used to help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.
Comedy Central Taps Amazon Development Exec as VP Originals
Sarah Babineau will begin as VP of original programming and development east coast in December.
Amy Poehler Taps Comedy Central Exec as Production Company Partner
Brooke Posch is making her next move. The Comedy Central SVP is joining Amy Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions as a partner.
Adweek: Why No One Comes Back to See Your Great Second Season
Very few TV series emerge fully-formed. Most shows take at least a season to figure themselves and their characters out, or to course-correct after a rocky beginning. Often by Season 2, a series—like FX’s The Bridge or ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.—can finally complete its necessary adjustments and become the outstanding show it was always meant to be. Except that audiences no longer have the patience to stick around for such extended fine-tuning.
The problem, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf tells Adweek, is that viewers simply have too many other options to be patient. Because of that programming glut, "the threshold for must-see TV is so unbelievably high," said Landgraf, who notes that because of streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and HBO Go, "we’re not only competing with everything currently airing, effectively we’re still competing against The Shield, The Wire, The Sopranos, Nip/Tuck. Breaking Bad will be watched for many years to come. So will every great television show ever made."