Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Monday, November 17, 2014:
Rob Riggle-Starring Adaptation Of Austrian Series ‘Braunschlag’ Gets Fox Put Pilot Commitment
Fox has nabbed a single-camera comedy starring Rob Riggle as a put pilot. Based on the Austrian comedy series Braunschlag, the untitled comedy hails from 20th Century Fox TV and Principato-Young Entertainment. The American version will be developed by Steve Hely. It follows the quirky inhabitants of a small struggling town whose mayor (Riggle) is prepared to do anything to save his community. Seriously. Anything. Hely and Riggle executive produce with Intrigue’s Tariq Jalil and PYE’s Peter Principato and Paul Young.
‘From Hell’ Drama Based On Jack The Ripper Graphic Novel In Works At FX
FX is developing From Hell, a drama series based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, which was adapted into the 2001 20th Century Fox feature. Don Murphy, who produced the film, is executive producing. David Arata will write the adaptation. From Hell tells the tale of Jack the Ripper with the killer himself as the main character.
HBO Orders Film Adaptation ‘Westworld’ to Series
HBO is moving forward with “Westworld,” an adaptation of Michael Crichton’s 1973 film about an amusement park gone mad. Anthony Hopkins will star in his first television series regular role. HBO announced the order on Monday via a Vine teaser, which stated the series will debut in 2015. The network obtusely describes the series as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”
Jeff Eastin Renews Fox Overall Deal
He’ll develop new projects for broadcast and cable with his new pact with 20th TV and Fox Television Studios.
(sched) ‘Mike & Molly’ To Replace Cancelled ‘The Millers’ On Monday
As expected, CBS has summoned veteran Mike & Molly to fill the hole left by the Friday cancellation of sophomore comedy The Millers. Somewhat surprisingly, Mike & Molly will premiere its fifth season in just three weeks, on Dec. 8, leaving little time for a meaningful promotional campaign and launching the comedy just as most series are going on a holiday hiatus.
TV Land Cancels ‘Hot in Cleveland’
The current sixth season will be its last.
(review) Huffpo: What ‘State Of Affairs’ Has In Common With ‘Gotham’
Well, now we know what it would look like if "Homeland" Mad Libs came to life on our television screens. "State of Affairs," which wants desperately to be a mainstream, broadly appealing version of the Showtime program, is just the latest high-profile offering to lay bare the problems that afflict so many broadcast network dramas. In trying so hard to do a lot and display a great deal of energy, these shows frequently come off as exhausting and silly, in part because the people caught up in these wan but hyperactive stories are usually one-dimensional at best and faintly ridiculous at worst.
Katey Sagal Joins Kurt Sutter’s New FX Drama The Bastard Executioner
Sons of Anarchy power couple Kurt Sutter and Katey Sagal are looking to make lightning strike twice. The real-life husband and wife team will reunite on Sutter’s in-the-works FX follow-up, The Bastard Executioner. Sagal confirmed that she will appear in the period drama during a conference call with reporters.
John August To Pen ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’ For CBS Films
CBS Films has tapped a new scribe to spin its Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. John August will adapt the iconic book series by Alvin Schwartz that had children of the ’80s and ’90s hearing bumps in the night, penning a new script based on the best-selling spooky story collection.
Fox’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Renewed for 12th Season
With a "stage vs. street" format for summer 2015.
CW Renews ‘Top Model’ and Two Others
The CW is reupping three of its unscripted series: America’s Next Top Model, Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Masters of Illusion. All three will return to the network in 2015.
(sched) New VH1 Series ‘Bye Felicia!’ Helps Women Their Lives Around
Series Premiere Tuesday, December 9 at 9PM ET/ PT. This 8-episode, hour long series follows Atlanta-based life coaches Deborah Hawkes and Missy Young as they set out to help white girls across the Los Angeles area. Each closed-ended episode aims to empower two different women who could use a dose of honesty in order to turn their lives around. Hoping to impart their unique experience and wisdom through motherly tough love, Deb and Missy teach these women to say hello to their better selves and goodbye to Felicia.
Jamie Horowitz Out at ‘Today’ and NBC News
The former ESPN exec only joined the network’s morning flagship in September.
Legendary Inks TV, Digital Pact With Mosaic Media
Legendary Entertainment has inked a first-look TV and digital production pact with Jimmy Miller’s Mosaic Media Group. The companies will look to develop series programming to be distributed via traditional network and cable platforms as well as over-the-top opportunities and other online platforms.
US pay TV losses rise in third quarter
The 13 top US pay TV operators lost 150,000 TV subscribers in the third quarter, compared with a loss of only 25,000 for the same period in 2013, according to research by Leichtman Research Group.
How Matt Haag became a video game star making nearly $1M a year
Matt Haag, a professional video game player, makes close to a million dollars a year sitting in a soft chair smashing buttons. Mr. Haag has 1.5 million YouTube subscribers along with a lucrative contract to live-stream his daily game sessions online. Known as Nadeshot (shorthand for “grenade shot”), he travels the world playing tournaments as spectators pack arenas to see him.
(video) Atlantic: Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.
The music industry has learned how to use data from apps like Spotify and Shazam to predict new hits. However, just a glimpse at the Billboard charts will tell you that today’s pop music is more homogenous that it has been in decades. Why? Because we like to hear the same songs, over and over again.