Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Tuesday, November 25, 2014:
Viola Davis & Debra Martin Chase Produce Drama Based On Prosecutor Kym Worthy
Viola Davis and her producing partner Julius Tennon have teamed with producer Debra Martin Chase for Conviction, a legal drama inspired by the life of Kym Worthy, the chief prosecutor of Wayne County, MI, known as the toughest woman in Detroit. The script is being written by Jason Wilborn, with Jeff Melvoin on board as showrunner.
David E. Kelley Boards ‘Big Little Lies’ TV Adaptation From Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman
David E. Kelley has joined as the writer and executive producer/showrunner of the television adaptation of novel “Big Little Lies” from stars and executive producers Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. Witherspoon’s production company Pacific Standard, along with Kidman’s Blossom Films production banner had optioned the film and TV rights to the New York Times best-selling novel from Australian author Liane Moriarty a couple months ago. Both are set to star in the project intended to be a limited series. The project is currently being shopped to networks and streaming companies. “Big Little Lies” follows three mothers of kindergartners, whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. Pacific Standard partner Bruna Papandrea and Blossom partner Per Saari will also produce, as well as Moriarty.
‘Selfie’ & ‘Manhattan Love Story’ Unaired Episodes Headed To Hulu
Comedies Selfie and Manhattan Love Story, both recently cancelled by ABC, have a new home on Hulu. Selfie creator and executive producer Emily Kapnek tweeted last night that the un-aired episodes of the cancelled ABC freshman comedy will be available online beginning today. Its Tuesday companion sitcom, fellow rookie Manhattan Love Story, had been axed two weeks earlier. It will be available on Hulu beginning next week.
(sched) ‘Suits’, ‘Sirens’ January Premiere Dates Set On USA
USA Network has announced its flagship drama Suits will return for the remainder of its fourth season on January 28 and the second season of half-hour comedy Sirens premieres on January 27 with two back-to-back episodes as part of the network’s Tuesday night comedy block.
(sched) ‘Hart of Dixie’ Season Premiere to Air Monday, December 15 on the CW; Show Will Air Friday Starting January 9
The CW announced an early holiday gift for HART OF DIXIE fans, with the season premiere to debut Monday, December 15 (8:00-9:00 pm ET), leading into the Fall finale of The CW’s critically acclaimed new comedy, JANE THE VIRGIN (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET).
(review) Variety: ‘Marco Polo’
Handsome to look at, reasonably entertaining and questionable as history, the series luxuriates in a period setting that provides license for all the usual barbaric diversions. Still, having viewed the first six of 10 episodes, if somebody yells, “Marco!” nobody should feel compelled to answer right away.
Regina King To Co-Star In FX Pilot ‘Pariah’; Daisy Betts Joins ‘Childhood’s End’ On Syfy
Regina King (Southland) is set for a starring role opposite Bill Burr in FX comedy pilot Pariah. Daisy Betts has landed a lead role in Syfy’s Childhood’s End, a six-hour miniseries based on Arthur C. Clarke’s classic to premiere in 2015.
Matt Barr Joins TNT’s Drug-Trade Pilot; Katie Sarife In ‘The Michelle Knight Story’
Matt Barr (Parkland) has booked a lead role in in TNT’s Untitled Miami Project executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay. Katie Sarife has signed on for a lead role in Lifetime’s Missing In Cleveland: The Michelle Knight Story, an original movie about the ordeal of the 21-year-old Ohio single mom who becomes the first victim of kidnapper Ariel Castro.
‘90210’s’ Matt Lanter Signs On for ABC’s ‘Astronaut Wives Club’
Matt Lanter is taking off again. The CW’s “90210” and “Star-Crossed” star is joining ABC’s midseason drama, “Astronaut Wives Club,” in a recurring guest role.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan Set as ‘Marilyn’s’ Joe DiMaggio for Lifetime
In the four-hour miniseries starring Kelli Garner.
Parminder Nagra & Jessalyn Gilsig To Co-Star In ‘Evil Men’ USA Pilot
Parminder Nagra andJessalyn Gilsig are set to co-star opposite Dallas Roberts and Clifton Collins Jr. in Evil Men, USA Network’s supernatural drama pilot, from CBS TV Studios and Universal Cable Prods.
Benderspink Plots ‘Drafted’ Sci-Fi Comic Book Movie
Benderspink Productions has locked a long-in-the-making deal to develop Mark Powers’ critically acclaimed comic series Drafted. The sci-fi epic feature project will follow the story of Earth’s first contact with aliens who arrive to warn humanity of an impending intergalactic invasion. Men, women, and children are conscripted into the battle to save both races’ existence, but just as the invaders are defeated, humans learn they may have been helping the wrong side all along.
Independent Spirit Awards: Good News for ‘Birdman,’ ‘Boyhood’ and ‘Selma’
Joining Birdman, Boyhood and Selma in the best feature category are two Sony Pictures Classics pics: Whiplash (director Damien Chazelle, supporting actor J.K. Simmons and film editor Tom Cross are also along for the ride) and Love Is Strange (which also landed noms for lead actor John Lithgow, supporting actor Alfred Molina and screenwriters Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias).
io9: Why James Gunn Is Right About Shared Universes
We’re living in the age of the Shared Universe – more and more studios want a snifter of Marvel’s money, and we’re due for even more Cinematic Universes in our moviegoing future. But over the weekend James Gunn raised an excellent point on Facebook that really highlights the potentially ruinous flaw in this new boom. The crux of Gunn’s eloquent argument is something that it seems many of these new Shared Universes just don’t seem to understand: A great universe has to be built on solid foundations. Foundations that actually leave your audience wanting more from the world and characters they create.
ABC’s George Stephanopulos Secures Interview With Ferguson Cop
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos secured an interview with Officer Darren Wilson, the police officer who was at the center of the spiraling controversy in Ferguson, Missouri, the anchor said in a post on Twitter. ABC said the interview will air Tuesday, November 25 on “World News with David Muir” and “Nightline” and Wednesday, November 26 on “Good Morning America”.
Joel McHale To Produce E! Pilot About Snarky Web Comments
E! The cable network has given a green light to Comments Section, a pilot executive produced by Joel McHale that marks the first project under the The Soup host and executive producer’s new producing deal with E! It will star comedian Michael Kosta and focus on deconstructing the often snarky comments on popular websites.
Syfy Greenlights Reality Series ‘The Bazillion Dollar Club’
Syfy has greenlit The Bazillion Dollar Club, a high-adrenaline, high-stakes docu-series that immerses viewers in the brilliant and cut-throat world of today’s forward thinking innovators. The show follows Dave McClure, a relentless drill sergeant who founded software accelerator 500 Startups, and Brady Forrest, the quirky and creative mind behind the hardware accelerator Highway1. Their companies offer two of the world’s most aggressive accelerator programs that mentor startups leading up to the launch of their billion dollar idea.
MTV to Air Two New Specials ‘True Life Presents: Crazy Young Love’ & ‘Growing Up Greek’ on December 2 & 3
MTV announced today that it will air two new specials that explore the heights and depths of being young and in love as well as what it’s like to grow up Greek in a Florida community.
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
Children watch half as much live TV as adults, says Ofcom
Children aged 11 to 15 watch half the amount of live TV and six times more short online video clips per day compared to adults, according to new research by Ofcom. The UK broadcast regulator found that 11 to 15 year olds watch 1 hour and 32 minutes of live TV per day and 33 minutes of short online video clips, compared to 2 hours and 58 minutes of TV and five minutes of clips for adults. In a clear indication of a generational shift in viewing habits, the Children’s Digital Day research said that 45% of 11-15 year olds watch online video clips on websites every week compared with 20% of adults.
Disney’s Maker Studios Partners with Five Top Toy Review Channels
Maker Studios has partnered with five of the top toy review channels on YouTube just in time for the holidays. The partnerships include DisneyCarToys, HobbyKidsTV, TheEngineeringFamily and AllToyCollector. The five channels rank among the top 40 toy channels globally, with DisneyCarToys ranked as the second largest toy creator with more than 1.1 million subscribers.
TNT Brazil to remake Israel’s Allenby
The Brazilian version of Turner Broadcasting System’s TNT channel has commissioned a local adaptation of Israeli psychological drama Allenby, following a deal with Armoza Formats. Allenby was created by Gadi Taub and is based on his best-selling novel. The drama was set on Allenby Street in the heart of Tel Aviv’s nightlife. The plot revolves around a beautiful stripper who falls victim to an aggressive assault and provides an insight into the gritty, secret underworld of a city’s seedier side.
Barcroft gets Grylls on YouTube
International adventurer Bear Grylls has teamed up with UK production company Bancroft Media to launch a YouTube channel. Bear Grylls Adventure goes live on November 28 and will contain short clips, adventure-themed content and behind-the-scenes footage featuring Grylls.
THR: Hollywood’s 5 Most Powerful Comics Writers
Of course, ‘The Walking Dead’s’ Robert Kirkman made the list. But who else wields strong influence in the entertainment industry?
1. Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead
2. Geoff Johns, Justice League, Superman
3. Brian Michael Bendis, Ultimate Spider-Man
4. Mark Millar, Kick-Ass, Civil War
5. Chris Claremont, Uncanny X-Men
Doctor Who Is Finally Getting Its First Female Writer In 7 Years
Doctor Who’s been bringing in a lot of new writers in the past couple years, with some excellent results. But as Neil Gaiman recently pointed out, the show hasn’t had any female writers since 2008 . Luckily, it looks like Torchwood veteran Catherine Tregenna is writing for season nine.
Atlantic: How Budweiser Lost Millennials
According to the The Wall Street Journal, Budweiser shipped only 16 million barrels in 2013, down from 30 million in 2003. And what’s worse, the number doesn’t figure to get better anytime soon. A stunning 44 percent of people aged 21 to 27 have apparently never sipped an ice cold Bud. For the first time, the craft beer industry shipped more barrels of beer than Budweiser last year.