Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Monday, November 24, 2014:
BOOM! Studios Sells Dramas ‘Deep State’ With Howard Gordon & ‘The Rinse’ To Fox
Comic book and graphic novel publisher BOOM! Studios has sold two drama projects based on properties from its catalog under the company’s first-look deal with 20th Century Fox TV, one of them executive produced by Howard Gordon. Serving as executive producers on both are BOOM! Founder and CEO Ross Richie and President of Development Stephen Christy. Deep State, based on the comic book series created and written by Justin Jordan and drawn by Ariela Kristantina, is a collaboration with Gordon’s 20th TV-based Teakwood Lane. Written by Anna Fricke, the drama centers on curious and driven FBI agent Katherine Branch, who is recruited by a shadowy branch of the government known as Control. There she discovers its role in promoting popular conspiracy theories to distract from fantastical happenings and unexplained events.
The Rinse, based on the BOOM! miniseries created and written by Gary Phillips and drawn by Marc Laming, is being written/executive produced by writer Mick Betancourt. It follows Jeff Sinclair, an underworld money-laundering figure who is unwillingly pulled into a dangerous gig laundering $25 million in stolen casino skim money.
NBC Developing Comedy ‘#Winning’
NBC is looking to put some #Winning into its comedy brand. The network is developing the comedy from longtime friends Ben McMillan, Meredith Philpott and Josh Greenbaum. From Universal Television, the comedy — which received a script commitment — is based on an event from the trio’s real life where their suddenly famous pal broke up with their entire friend group via a form letter, leaving them more determined than ever to "win" at life. McMillan and Philpott developed the pitch and will write the script and exec produce alongside Greenbaum and Working Title. Working Title’s Gina Girolamo and Christine Conley brought the project to the studio.
Comedy Central Developing ‘TripTank’ Spinoff
Comedy Central is developing a spinoff from TripTank and teaming with duo Sean Donnelly and Alessandro Minoli for an animated/live-action hybrid comedy. Jeff & Some Aliens was originally featured in the Viacom-owned network’s TripTank animated series. Jeff, which received a script commitment, follows Jeff and three extraterrestrials who are sent to Earth to study the world’s most average guy to evaluate whether humanity and the planet should be destroyed. TripTank features collections of animated shorts using various styles, a format that allows for Comedy Central to incubate subsequent series from the produced shorts.
Additionally, Donnelly and Minoli are developing animated/live-action comedy The Amazing Danny. The comedy, which also earned a script commitment, puts viewers inside the mind of a lovable schlub in his mid-20s. Donnelly and Minoli will write, direct and exec produce both projects.
David Dobkin to Direct ‘Badlands’ for AMC
AMC announced acclaimed director David Dobkin had joined its martial arts drama “Badlands” (working title) as series director and an executive producer.
‘Constantine’ to End Run With 13 Episodes
NBC is clearing space for its midseason drama inventory. The network has halted production on freshman DC Comics take Constantine after its initial 13-episode run. The series from exec producer David Goyer and Warner Bros. Television remains in contention for a second season. The network will air Constantine’s full run on Fridays at 10 p.m. and likely slot either Hannibal or one of its fellow freshman dramas in the post-Grimm slot.
(from Sun) ABC Scraps John Stamos Dramedy ‘Members Only’
ABC will not move forward with its Susannah Grant drama series Members Only. The cast was informed Saturday that the network did not want to move ahead with the series starring John Stamos and Betsy Brandt.
(sched) Six-Part Scripted Series ‘Babylon’ to Premiere Thursday, January 8 on SundanceTV
SundanceTV announced today its next original scripted series, “Babylon,” a co-production with Nightjack Ltd and Channel 4, will debut on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 10 PM ET/PT. The six-part comedy-drama is a biting workplace satire set inside a modern police force.
THR: TV Comedy’s Sad Decline: ‘A State of Emergency’
The decision to cancel The Miillers four episodes into its second season was no mistake. After being moved out from behind juggernaut The Big Bang Theory, the CBS TV Studios-owned show’s ratings had plummeted 33 percent — and the syndication prospects slid with them. The retreat is as much a commentary on the larger comedy genre, which has failed to produce a monster breakout hit since Modern Family in 2009 and is 10 weeks into a particularly dismal season. Studio and network executives acknowledge that the genre’s current dry spell is keeping them up at night. "It’s a state of emergency," notes one exec, with another top rep adding: "This season is going to go down in history."
Paul Dano To Co-Star In Steve McQueen’s HBO Pilot ‘Codes Of Conduct’
Paul Dano will co-star opposite Devon Terrell in the project — a provocative exploration of a young black man’s experience entering New York high society.
Nora Arnezeder To Co-Star In ‘Zoo’; Christian Campbell Joins ‘True Detective’
French actress Nora Arnezeder is set to co-star opposite James Wolk in CBS’ new summer drama series Zoo. Christian Campbell has been added to the cast of HBO’s True Detective. He will recur on the second season of the crime drama.
Michael Stahl-David to Star in TNT’s Drug Trade Drama
The ‘Cloverfield’ alum joins a cast that also includes Elizabeth Perkins.
HBO Confirms Rachel McAdams & Taylor Kitsch Joining Cast of ‘True Detective’ Season 2
The eight-episode hour-long drama has begun production in California.
Craig Robinson’s NBC Comedy Adds Greek Grad Spencer Grammer and A to Z’s Lenora Crichlow
Spencer Grammer is going to the head of the class as a series regular in Mr. Robinson, NBC’s upcoming Craig Robinson-fronted high-school comedy. Lenora Crichlow is also joining the series as a regular.
George Eads to Exit CSI
George Eads, who has long portrayed the forensic investigator on CSI, will exit the series at the end of the show’s current 15th season.
Matt Reeves Launches New Production Company, Makes Key Hire
Matt Reeves, who directed this summer’s mammoth hit Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is launching a production company and is filling out his executive team. The writer-director-produer, who signed a three-year overall deal with Fox in August, has formed 6th & Idaho and has hired Adam Kassan to serve as executive VP. He also promoted longtime associate Rafi Crohn to director of development.
Michelle MacLaren Set as Director of ‘Wonder Woman’
Michelle MacLaren is set to develop and direct Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman” movie starring Gal Gadot. Charles Roven is producing.
New Reality Series ‘Child Genius to Premiere Tuesday, January 6 on Lifetime
Lifetime’s all-new competition series Child Genius centers on America’s most extraordinary and gifted children and their families.
HBO Prepping Bombshell Scientology Film From Oscar Winner
Based on Lawrence Wright’s controversial book ‘Going Clear,’ the documentary from Alex Gibney is likely to draw an aggressive response from the notoriously litigious church.
New Series ‘The Mistress’ to Premiere Wednesday, January 21 on Discovery Life
One of the world’s most famous Mistresses is on a mission to rescue others in Discovery Life Channel’s THE MISTRESS (working title). Sarah J. Symonds, author and self-proclaimed former mistress of Chef Gordon Ramsay and Lord Jeffrey Archer, dishes out tough love to Mistresses ready to finally escape the trap of extramarital affairs. Each half-hour episode documents Symonds’ intervention with one mistress, drawing from her own personal experiences to prove that there’s rarely a silver lining when you’re the other woman.
Bravo Sets Premiere Date for Social Experiment Series ‘Friends to Lovers?’
Bravo will find out whether best friends can fall in love with their upcoming social experiment docuseries “Friends to Lovers?” The network announced Monday the series will premiere at 10 p.m. on Jan. 12. “Friends to Lovers?” will follow five pairs of friends as they make the leap from friendship to dating, and examine how well that foundation of friendship supports a romantic relationship. The series is produced by World of Wonder.
SVP Alternative Among Several Eliminated Positions At CW As Part Of TW Layoffs
The sweeping Time Warner layoffs have reached the CW. The network’s SVP alternative programming Kristen Connolly Vadas is exiting the network as her position is being eliminated, one of several being cut at the network. I hear none of the others are in programming.
Star, ATV land Endemol Turkey dramas
Two Turkish broadcasters have commissioned primetime scripted series from Endemol Turkey, whose debut drama in the territory launches next month. Star TV has ordered dark comedy-drama Sparrow Palace, while ATV has commissioned Overturn, a modern day family drama. Sparrow Palace (known locally as Serce Sarayi) follows a beautiful, young widow with a dark side. It will launch in early 2015, with director Mesude Eraslan (Falling Leaves) attached. Overturn(Alabora) is expected to launch in a primetime slot next year. It is billed as “a modern day family saga about love and revenge”. Ahead of those shows, Star is prepping Endemol Turkey’s first scripted effort, romantic drama Broken Pieces(Paramparca), ahead of its launch next month.
ITV Commissions Jekyll & Hyde Drama
ITV Studios is set to produce a new ten-part drama for ITV inspired by The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and My Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. The action-adventure series is from an idea conceived by acclaimed novelist Charlie Higson, who will write and executive produce. The series will be set in 1930s London. The central character is Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original doctor, who is on a quest to discover his real identity, his true family history and the nature of his "curse." CGI will play a large part in the main character’s transformation from Jekyll into Hyde, and certain characters will also be created by CGI techniques.
International Emmys: Why the Awards Show Has Become Much More Important to Hollywood
In the age of Netflix, studio remakes and binge viewing, the once-ignored race has become (almost) as high-profile as its U.S. counterpart
‘Star Wars’ Trailer To Debut In Theaters This Weekend
Here’s where you can get your first glimpse of ‘The Force Awakens’. The trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars movie will appear before all movies playing in the following nine theaters from Nov. 28 – 30. Whether or not the trailer will also play at theaters owned by other chains or be released online simultaneously has not yet been revealed. Disney and Lucasfilm have released no information about the trailer to date.
Maclean’s: Oy vey, that’s not funny: What happened to Jewish comedy?
When Norman Lear released his autobiography in the fall, he was upfront about the biggest influence on the classic shows he created, such as All in the Familyand The Jeffersons: “At age nine I learned that people disliked me because of my Jewishness,” he told the Jewish Daily Forward. Lear is 92 now, and as he promotes his book, he’s reinforcing a surprising new feeling a lot of people seem to have: Jewish humour, once dominant in North American comedy, is starting to fade as an influence in the modern world of entertainment.
Sony Pictures paralyzed by massive security compromise
Today, employees across the Sony Pictures offices were greeted with the strange picture as they tried to login to their computers. Since this afternoon, computers at the company have been completely unresponsive, showing a glowering CGI skeleton, a series of URL addresses and a threatening message from a hacker group that identifies itself as #GOP. Dozens of Sony Twitter accounts were also commandeered to tweet out similar messages, although Sony seems to have regained control of those accounts. Early reports from Sony employees suggest the studio has yet to regain computer access.
FastCo: Move Over, Millennials: Generation Z Is Entrepreneurial And Plans On Working Independently
Teenagers today have no illusions of a career in a comfy corporate job. Millennials might make up the majority of the workforce in the next few years, but Generation Z—made up of people born in the mid-’90s or later—isn’t far behind. Generation Z has no illusions about staying in comfy corporate jobs. Over four in ten respondents think they’ll work for themselves in their careers (that is, according to the U.S. Census, more than four times higher than the actual percentage of people who work for themselves). Some 63% of respondents also think that entrepreneurship should be taught in college.
These tech interns are probably making more than you are
If you needed any confirmation that you are probably in the wrong business, then look no further than what tech interns are getting paid these days: Friend made a list of top internship offers pic.twitter.com/faEonGfjwd. If you extrapolate the numbers (originally posted by a woman named Jessica Shu in a Facebook group called Hackathon Hackers), a Quora intern is making over $100,000 a year (though, interns don’t usually work the full year) when you add in the housing stipend.