Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Tuesday, November 18, 2014:
FX Picks Up Drama Series ‘Taboo’ From Tom Hardy, Steven Knight & Ridley Scott
FX has picked up Taboo, the upcoming high-profile BBC period drama series from Ridley Scott, Steven Knight and Tom Hardy who is set to star. Filming on the eight-episode first season, produced by Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker for BBC One and FX Prods./FX Networks, is slated to begin in mid- to late 2015 in the UK. Set in 1813, Taboo, was created by Knight based on an original story by Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy. The project centers on James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a very dangerous game.
Billy Eichner Comedy From Amy Poehler Ordered Straight to Series at Hulu
Billy Eichner is going from USA Network to Hulu. After filming pilot presentation Difficult People for USA Network, streaming service Hulu has picked up the comedy with a straight-to-series order. In Difficult People — which Billy Eichner and head writer Julie Klausner created — the duo star as best friends living in New York City with the series centering on their typical, irreverent behavior that lands them in some very awkward situations. Klausner wrote the pilot and exec produces alongside Amy Poehler and 3 Arts’ Dave Becky. The comedy hails from Universal Cable Productions and marks the cable-focused studio’s first series order at Hulu.
‘Luther’ Gets Fox Remake With Neil Cross Writing & Idris Elba Producing
One of the most acclaimed British series of the last decade, BBC crime dramaLuther, is getting a U.S. remake. Fox has given a rich put pilot commitment with a seven-figure penalty to the adaptation, which will be written/executive produced by the original series’ creator Neil Cross. The British series’ star, Idris Elba, is on board as executive producer. The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV, studio-based Chernin Entertainment and BBC Worldwide Prods.
Nickelodeon Renews ‘Henry Danger,’ ‘Nicky’; Adds Pair of Pilots
Nickelodeon has renewed two live-action series and ordered two pilots. Coming back for second seasons are Henry Danger as well as Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, with fellow live-action pilots The Dunes Club and Future Shock receiving the pilot green light. The Dunes Club is set in a high-end beach club, where an unlikely friendship forms between a sheltered, privileged boy and a street-smart local girl who takes a job for the summer to earn extra cash. The pilot is created by Heather Flanders. Future Shock is created by Mitchel Katlin and Nat Bernstein, and is about two brothers get the shock of their lives when a girl from the future accidentally transports them with their mom to the year 2070.
Salon: NBC under pressure to cancel upcoming Bill Cosby sitcom amid new rape allegations
Reports say the network is expected to make a "judgment call" on the comedian’s scheduled project.
TVBTN: NBC Predictions: ‘About A Boy’ Is Likely To Be Canceled
Both of NBC’s Tuesday sitcoms have now fallen to ratings levels that suggest likely cancellation, Marry Me was in the headline last week, and this week is About A Boy’s turn.
(ratings) Cable Top 25: ‘The Walking Dead’ Tops Cable Viewership for the Week Ending November 16, 2014
The week’s most-watched cable shows.
Yusuf Gatewood promoted to series regular on ‘The Originals’
Yusuf Gatewood, the man behind The Originals‘ “Finncent,” has been promoted to a series regular.
AMC offers unlimited viewings of ‘Interstellar’ for $19.99 or more
Have you seen Interstellar? Do you want to see Christopher Nolan’s three-hour space epic again before it leaves the theater? And then again a third time? Then you’ll want to head to one of AMC’s 330 movie theaters across the US that are offering special tickets that allow unlimited Interstellar viewings. You’ll need to be a member of the $12-a-year AMC Stubs program in order to get the tickets, which vary in price between $19.99 and $34.99.
Taylor Swift to Perform on CBS’ ‘Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’
Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande are also on the bill.
Misty Copeland Docuseries Among Oxygen Development Slate
Oxygen has put four shows into development as part of its push for young, multicultural women. Starting with a docuseries following renowned ballerina Misty Copeland and continuing with young Americans teaching English abroad as well as gossiping over cocktails, the four new series come after Oxygen’s recent rebranding in a bid to cater to women ages 18-34.
GSN Developing Horror-Themed Show with ‘Paranormal Activity’ Producer
The Game Show Network has ordered a second season of original series “Idiotest”, and has ordered numerous new projects, including horror-themed game show “Hellevator” from Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Prods. “Hellevator” features contestants entering a warehouse via an ominous-looking elevator, where they compete in a series of scary, suspenseful and emotionally taxing challenges.
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DramaFever Launches Short-Form Programming
Online video destination DramaFever has launched DramaFever Minis, a series of short-form scripted shows premiering throughout the week. The platform’s first debut is Love Cells, streaming exclusively throughout the Americas. The series is about an introverted young man trying to break through his shyness with the help of his magical feline friend, Navi, so that he can finally capture the attention of his pop-star crush. Other DramaFever Minis are Doll House, a horror tale about a young woman living in a haunted house, and the upcoming After School: Lucky or Not Season 2, which follows K-pop group 5urprise’s adventures during the school year.
HBO Go’s release on Xbox One appears imminent
It appears that HBO Go is about to be released on Xbox One, according to a tile on the Xbox 360 dashboard.
Disney Junior Renews ‘Sheriff Callie’s Wild West’ For Second Season
Disney Junior has ordered a second season of its breakout series Sheriff Callie’s Wild West. The series starring Mandy Moore as the voice of Sheriff Callie was the first Disney/ABC Television Group show to launch on the company’s Watch mobile platform. It amassed more than 23 million views in its launch window.
Marty Adelstein’s Tomorrow Studios Hires Matthew Weinberg As EVP
Tomorrow Studios, Marty Adelstein’s recently launched partnership with ITV Studios, has brought in Matthew Weinberg as EVP working on development and helping with managing productions. Based at the company’s offices in Los Angeles, Weinberg will report to Tomorrow Studios CEO Adelstein and president Becky Clements.
Wrap: TV Sweeps’ Dirty Little Secret: They’re Not Nearly as Important as They Used to Be
In a changing television landscape, sweeps periods aren’t as high stakes as they used to be. But, you wouldn’t know that by, well, watching TV. Even the most casual TV viewer is aware of when a television sweeps period is underway, even if they don’t realize it. Suddenly, prominent guest stars start popping up on their favorite TV shows. Series break out jaw-dropping storylines. Maybe a trio of Dick Wolf shows get the mash-up treatment. Yet, even among savvier observers of the small screen, the plain truth of TV sweeps isn’t apparent: They’ve become largely irrelevant, and grow more so every year.
‘Serial’ breaks iTunes record for fastest podcast to reach 5 million downloads and streams
Serial, the ongoing true crime podcast that you should absolutely be listening to, has become a veritable phenomenon. According to Apple, the series has become the fastest podcast to reach 5 million downloads in iTunes history. That number is sure to climb on the strength of healthy promotion and word of mouth, even in spite of a rising tide of criticism concerning how the show represents its core characters.
‘Vape’ named word of the year ahead of ‘bae’ and ‘normcore’
Vape is officially Oxford Dictionaries’ international Word of the Year, beating contenders like bae, slacktivism, indyref, contacless, and normcore. According to the recent announcement, usage of the word has more than doubled since 2013 in tandem with the growing prevalence of vaporizers, which many believe to be a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes.
TVGuide: Supernatural Has a Queerbaiting Problem That Needs to Stop
Although last Tuesday’s 200th episode of Supernatural was an enjoyable 44 minutes, it also put the final nail in the coffin of the great queerbaiting debate. For those unfamiliar with the term, queerbaiting is when a show’s producers tease a queer relationship with no intention of ever following through. This is often done to get the benefits of featuring queer relationship — namely, to gain support of the LGBTQ community and profit off their viewership — without having to worry about alienating viewers who would find such relationships objectionable.