Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Friday, November 21, 2014. Have a great weekend!
‘Jump Start’ Comic Strip To Be Adapted As Family Comedy For Fox
Black-ish‘s The Johnsons may be joined by another Black family in primetime next season. Fox is developing JumpStart, a single-camera comedy based on Robb Armstrong’s long-running comic strip. Co-written by Armstrong and Andrew Orenstein, the project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, follows a Philadelphia cop who finds it harder to “serve and protect” at home than on the streets.
Tina Fey’s New Show Moves From NBC to Netflix
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will now move from NBC to Netflix, where the Ellie Kemper series has preemptively been renewed for a second season. The comedy will debut in March 2015. From Universal Television and exec producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, NBC picked up the comedy about a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York straight to series following a multiple-network bidding war. NBC picked up 13 episodes and announced the comedy would premiere in the fall. The series, however, was left off the network’s fall slate and never received a time slot.
‘Marry Me’ Promotes Dan Bucatinsky to Series Regular
Dan Bucatinsky has been promoted from recurring player to series regular on NBC’s freshman comedy Marry Me.
Adam Pally to Exit ‘The Mindy Project’
Adam Pally will exit the third-year Fox comedy. Pally has the option of guest starring when and if his schedule permits. His contract was set to expire with episode 13.
Showtime’s ‘Happyish’ Adds Ellen Barkin
Ellen Barkin has boarded the comedy starring Steve Coogan. Happyish is a dark examination of the pursuit of happiness. Coogan stars as Thom Payne, whose new bosses are half his age. Bradley Whitford plays Jonathan, Thom’s mentor and boss who is an advertising legend whose success is due in equal parts to his creative genius and his moral cravenness. Kathryn Hahn returns to star as Thom’s wife. Barkin will guest-star in the pilot as Dani Kirschenbloom, a headhunter who works closely with Thom.
Comedian Cheech Marin to guest star on CW’s ‘Jane The Virgin’
Cheech Marin will guest star as abuelita Alba’s love interest.
Channing Tatum to Direct YA Drama ‘Leonard Peacock’
Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin are attached to co-direct and produce an adaptation of Matthew Quick’s YA book Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock for The Weinstein Co. Tatum would also possibly star in the film. Leonard Peacock centers on a troubled high schooler who plans to kill his best friend and then himself. The search is on for a writer. If everything aligns, the in-demand star would play a heroic teacher who intervenes.
‘Queen Latifah Show’ Canceled
The syndicated daytime talker will cease originals after March.
Disney saw record viewership on its ‘Cinderella’ trailer
In its first 24 hours, the trailer for Cinderella was viewed 4.2 million times on YouTube and 33 million times on Facebook, the biggest showing in history for a Disney movie, excluding Marvel releases, and a fairy-tale start for any film.
Sony Pictures PR Chief Exits
Charles Sipkins, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s head of corporate communications, is stepping down from his position, which he has held for just over a year.
LAT: How TV’s age of exploration took off in a huge way
Television, once the definition of popular entertainment, has subdivided like the bestsellers lists into literary and mainstream, into genre and targeted demographics. These smaller audiences demand new revenue models from both the broadcast and cable sides, and once again many executives are in a panic, alarmed by the threat of saturation or a world of dim sum TV, in which viewers choose only what they want. It’s a rare moment in any industry when the creative developments outrun the financial constructs — a headache for those tasked with the bottom line but a joy for those of us who are not. In this moment, television feels more like "ours" than "theirs."