Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Monday, December 1, 2014:
Lauren Graham To Topline & Co-Write Female Late-Night Host Comedy From Ellen DeGeneres & NBC
NBC is developing a new starring vehicle for Lauren Graham, this time on the half-hour side. The project, Kate On Later, touches on the recent changeover in late-night that again failed to produce a female host of a network late-night show. Co-written by Graham and Liz Tuccillo, Kate On Later is executive produced by daytime talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres. The single-camera comedy, which has a script commitment, hails from Warner Bros. TV and DeGeneres’ studio-based A Very Good Production. It centers on Kate (Graham) who thought her day job was all her life would amount to when an opportunity arises that’s bigger than she ever dreamed possible. But that opportunity means she’s going to have to break one of the last remaining glass ceilings — the world of late-night network television talk shows.
ABC Developing Female-Led FBI Drama
ABC has handed out a script order to drama Ascension. From writer and exec producer Kevin O’Hare, the drama centers on brilliant but impulsive FBI agent Alexa Reyes who discovers that a staggering amount of the country’s most brutal and violent offenders can be traced back to Ascension, Fla. When she tries to uncover the origin of the evil in the resort town she’s confronted by her own haunted past, and forces far greater than she ever expected. Brillstein Entertainment will exec produce alongside Underground’s Trevor Engelson.
(sched) Netflix Unveils ‘House of Cards’ Season 3 Release Date
Frank Underwood will return on Feb. 27.
‘Matador’ Canceled by El Rey Network After One Season
El Rey has canceled drama Matador after one season.
(review) Variety: Bravo’s ‘Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce’
With Lisa Edelstein at its center and a solid supporting cast that includes Paul Adelstein and Janeane Garofalo, the network has impressively found a way to credibly join the drama-producing ranks with an unreal housewife.
January Jones, Kristen Schaal Join Fox’s Will Forte Comedy Last Man on Earth
The Last Man on Earth is getting some company. January Jones and Kristen Schaal have landed significant roles in Fox’s forthcoming comedy, which stars Will Forte as humanity’s last hope. Also joining the cast of the single-camera comedy are Mel Rodriguez and Aussie actress Cleopatra Coleman.
Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 to Remake Hong Kong Surveillance Thriller ‘Overheard’
Written and directed by Alan Mak and Felix Chong, two of the three writers behind the international hit Infernal Affairs — which was remade as The Departed — Overheard is a tense drama that follows Hong Kong’s white collar crime task force as they investigate stock market manipulation. The resultant wiretaps uncover a huge conspiracy involving murder and police corruption.
(awards) New York Film Critics Give ‘Boyhood’ Best Picture, Director & Supporting Actress
IFC Films came away the big winner today at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Its much-buzzed-about award title Boyhood collected best picture, best director for Richard Linklater and best supporting actress Patricia Arquette, while its horror-drama The Babadook from genre label IFC Midnight took Best First Film for Jennifer Kent.
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
Steven DeKnight Tweets About Daredevil And Possible Second Season
Daredevil showrunner Steven DeKnight will also be directing the series finale. He took to twitter to tease the upcoming show and to answer some fan questions. But the biggest tease here is that there may be more than one season of Daredevil.
BBC launches online football drama
The BBC is launching an interactive football drama as part of its First World War season. Footballers United, produced by UK indie Somethin’ Else, launches this week online and across multiple mobile devices. The 5×15’ drama tells the story of the Heart of Midlothian football team and two young men and two young women between 1914 and 1919 in Scotland. The narrative is accompanied by archives of images, text and video.
Israeli Crime Drama The Arbitrator to Be Adapted in Vietnam
Vietnam Television (VTV) has licensed four seasons of the crime drama The Arbitrator from Armoza Formats, with a local version to be produced by the Vietnam Television Film Center (VFC). The four seasons will have 45 episodes, airing under the local title Đối mặt trong bóng đêm (Facing the Darkness). The drama follows a social worker in his mid-20s who discover that he is the lost son of one of the most powerful men in the underworld: The Arbitrator. He finds himself drawn into his father’s dark world.
NBC drama gets Chinese remake
Sony Pictures Television is working on a Chinese remake of NBC’s Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning comedy drama Mad About You.
Discovery orders The Idris Elba Project
Discovery Networks UK has ordered The Idris Elba Project(WT), a four-part series in which the actor will race vehicles on land, water and in the air. In the show, the star will immerse himself in rally driving, street racing, aerobatics and power boating and look at the science and engineering behind each discipline.
(q&a) Vulture: What’s Killing Comedy. What’s Saving America
Chris Rock on Cosby, Ferguson, and what “racial progress” really means.
Longtime TV Writer Bill Carter to Leave New York Times in Buyout
David Letterman was still at NBC when Bill Carter began covering television for the New York Times. On Monday, Carter disclosed that he will be leaving the Times after 25 years now that he has accepted one of the employee buyouts that the newspaper is offering in an effort to eliminate 100 staff positions. Carter told the Huffington Post he was working on a new book about latenight and also looking for a new job.
END OF THE YEAR NEWS:
Salon: The year in TV: These two new shows overhauled the idea of the “modern family”
“Black-ish” and “Transparent” are clearly very different, but they both offer trailblazing takes on family TV.
Salon: The best graphic novels of 2014
Discover visual storytelling at its most scary, sexy, charming and futuristic in these standouts from the past year.
Sony Pictures Hack: Operations Slowly Resuming Monday
Sony Pictures Entertainment is slowly digging itself out after a computer hack brought the studio’s corporate network to its knees last week. The company is still reeling from the disruption, but progress has been made. Certain critical business systems are back up and running and email is expected to return on Monday.
Atlantic: The One Where I Counted the Jokes in Popular Sitcoms
I took a dozen U.S. comedies—chosen to reflect some variety, but otherwise an arbitrary selection—and calculated the average jokes per minute of three episodes of each. The traditional multi-camera sitcom, based around a group of family or friends—in this sample, Friends and The Big Bang Theory—sits right in the middle in terms of the joke count. You could call these shows the Baby Bear of comedy: The pacing is not too fast and not too slow. But TV comedy of late has evolved to a more film-evocative, single-camera system, without a laughing track, and the shows in this category produced a very high joke count, from the zany 30 Rock in first place to the budding Brooklyn Nine-Nine in fifth.