Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Thursday, November 13, 2014:
NBC Plots ‘Frequency’ Reboot With ‘Supernatural’ Boss
NBC has handed out a script-plus-penalty commitment to a reboot of 2000 sci-fi thriller Frequency. Based on the New Line Cinema feature written by Toby Emmerich, Jeremy Carver will pen the new version for Warner Bros. Television, where he is under an overall deal. NBC’s Frequency is described as a character-driven drama in which an NYPD detective connects with his son, 30 years in the future. The two must work together to change the history of tragic events to come, while also getting the chance to heal their complicated relationship.
‘Perception’ Canceled at TNT
TNT has opted to cancel veteran drama Perception after three seasons. The series will air its remaining season three episodes in February.
Grantland: Why ‘Black-ish’ Is the Best New Show of the Fall
Nearly two months into the fall television season, a few things are abundantly clear: Rom-coms are failing, CBS stays CBS-ing, and just the merest hint of teenage Bat-musk is enough to keep fanboys tuning in. To that list, I’d add one more indisputable fact: ABC’s Black-ish is the best new series on broadcast TV, comedy or drama, and it’s not particularly close.
Salon: TV’s curse of the sophomore slump: Why genre shows like “Sleepy Hollow” and “Reign” go off the rails
Todd VanDerWerff wrote earlier this year about what he terms “the second-season curse,” observing that “a chief reason the second season of a TV show is hard is because the series no longer belongs entirely to its creative team.” A second season is when “there are expectations placed on a show from its fan base … Trying to figure out what the audience responded to in season one can be enthralling, but it can also very quickly turn enervating if the production team and audience (and critics) valued different things.”
Vox: How to Get Away with Murder has the hottest gay sex on television. That’s progress.
Television history is littered with failed attempts at "diversity," resulting in token characters who end up being the only minority (racial, gender, sexual) in the room, and, more often than not, too perfect or too earnest to be real human beings. Having a minority character be perfect or saintly is as unrealistic as having no one there. And How to Get Away with Murder knows this better than any show on television.
NBC’s The Blacklist Casts the Villain For Its Super Bowl Episode
Ron Perlman has signed on to play the drama’s next mega criminal when it returns on Feb. 1 behind the Super Bowl.
Poppy Drayton To Star In MTV ‘Shannara’ Series Based On Terry Brooks’ Books
Poppy Drayton has landed the lead in Shannara, MTV’s 10-episode straight-to-series drama based on Terry Brooks’ massive fantasy book series. Written by Al Gough and Miles Millar, Shannara is set in our world, thousands of years after the destruction of our civilization. The story centers on the Shannara family, whose descendants are empowered with ancient magic and whose adventures continuously reshape the future of the world. Drayton will play Amberle – an Elven Princess.
‘Marry Me’ Adds ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s Nia Vardalos as Casey Wilson’s Mom!
Nia Vardalos has been tapped to play Pam, a former friend of the Kevins (Dan Bucatinsky and Tim Meadows) and Annie’s (Wilson) biological mom.
‘Oldboy’ Director Boards Sci-Fi Thriller
Park Chan-Wook (“Oldboy”) will direct and develop the sci-fi thriller “Second Born” for David Lancaster’s Rumble Films. “Second Born,” based on an original screenplay by David Jagernauth, takes place in a futuristic world in which neural microchip implants are used to store one’s consciousness, leading to black market body-swapping.
(sched) ABC Pulls ‘Selfie’, Replaces With ‘Shark Tank’ Encores & Specials
ABC is pulling the Tuesday, November 18 episode of Selfie and replacing it, and the scheduled Modern Family repeat at 8:30PM, with a repeat of Shark Tank. Selfie will also be pre-empted the two subsequent weeks for a Dancing with the Stars clip show, and holiday programming. We are awaiting confirmation that it has been permanently removed from the Tuesday schedule.
VH1 Eyes New ‘Osbournes’ Episodes
VH1 is in talks with the Osbourne clan for a new batch of episodes about the family that kicked off the celebrity reality show craze in 2002 with MTV’s “The Osbournes.”
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(feature) GQ: And The Most Powerful Internet Mogul Of 2014 Is… Will Ferrell
It was one of the most hilarious (and important!) moments of the year: Zach Galifianakis interviewing President Obama about…the Affordable Care Act. And it vaulted Funny or Die—the world’s greatest comedy site, brought to you by Will Ferrell and friends—to such stratospheric heights of viral-video dominance that the site has now hired some Wall Street guys to evaluate potential buyers. Amy Wallace embeds in the company’s Hollywood HQ and learns why FOD may soon be laughing all the way to the, well, you know
‘Peaky Blinders’ Returning To Netflix For Season 3 As Shelby Empire Expands
BBC Two has ordered a third series of the Steven Knight-created crime saga Peaky Blinders, and as with Seasons 1 and 2, Netflix now is confirmed to be on board again. The streaming service will air Season 3 in the U.S. after BBC Two transmits; no date has been set. The period drama is set in Birmingham, England. There, the Shelby family leads the Peaky Blinders – a feared gang named for their practice of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps.
SSN: 10 Up & Coming Drama Writers & Directors For Your Next Project
SSN is here to help with the second installment of our Exec Cheat Sheet series. Yesterday, we gave you a list of comedy writers and directors, and today it’s all about drama. Take a look at our picks of five drama writers and five drama directors who might just be right for your next project.
Writers: Nicole Riegel, Dash Shaw, Sarah Conradt, Moira Buffini, Stefan Jaworski.
Directors: Annie Silverstein, Jeremy Saulnier, Mona Fastvold, Frances Bodomo, Malik Vitthal.
(q&a) WGN America Chief on Ditching Pilots and Spending Big to Launch a Network
Matt Cherniss, who also serves as president and GM of Tribune Studios, also opens up about the network’s marketing challenges and its unscripted plans. He has been aggressive about ordering a growing suite of straight-to-series originals. His goal: four a year, each with a premise as buzzy as his first foray, Salem, and follow-up Manhattan.
Amazon, Hachette Settle Book Feud After E-Tailer Quietly Resolves Disney DVD Spat
Amazon and Hachette Book Group settled their six-month dispute over terms for ebook and print sales, while Amazon also appears to have reached peace with Disney over a less-public disagreement over DVD sales.