Morning News Update for Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Tuesday December 2, 2014:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

(review) AV Club: Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce is Bravo’s beautifully messy introduction to scripted drama
From all outward appearances, Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce is simply another “I don’t know how she does it” show about a woman having to do the absurd act of juggling work and family. And yet, the show is actually good—and not just good for Bravo’s first scripted television show.
http://www.avclub.com/review/girlfriends-guide-divorce-bravos-beautifully-messy-212435

TVBTN: CBS Predictions: ‘The McCarthys’ Is Certain To Be Canceled
Low rated from the start, The McCarthys never looked like a survivor. After the two additional episode order confirmed the show’s eventual demise, the Cancellation Bear has moved his prediction for it to "certain to be canceled".
http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/12/02/cbs-predictions-the-mccarthys-is-certain-to-be-canceled/333550/

CASTING NEWS:

Frank Dillane & Alycia Debnam Carey Cast In ‘The Walking Dead’ Companion Series
Frank Dillane
and Alycia Debnam Carey have been cast in the pilot for The Walking Dead companion series at AMC, created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson. Adam Davidson will direct. The untitled Walking Dead spinoff, aka Cobalt, takes place during the same zombie apocalypse depicted on The Walking Dead but in a different location. It revolves around a male divorced teacher and a female guidance counselor.
http://deadline.com/2014/12/frank-dillane-alicia-debnam-carey-cast-the-walking-dead-companion-series-spinoff-1201305129/

FEATURE NEWS:

Kerry Washington to Star in Warner Bros. Thriller ‘Unforgettable’

Scandal” actress Kerry Washington is in talks to star in the Warner Bros. thriller “Unforgettable,” sources confirm. The deal is still in the early stages but sources say both sides are determined to get a deal worked out. Amma Asante is set to direct the film, which centers on a man whose new wife is menaced by his ex-wife.
http://variety.com/2014/film/news/kerry-washington-to-star-in-warner-bros-thriller-unforgettable-exclusive-1201365539/

Matt Reeves to Direct Bank Heist Thriller at Fox
The film is based on a pitch by Matt Charman, who wrote Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Cold War spy thriller, and will be produced by Tobey Maguire. The storyline is being kept under wraps, but it is described as in the vein of Heat and Dog Day Afternoon. Reeves and Matt Plouffe also would produce.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/matt-reeves-direct-bank-heist-753264

(review) Grantland: ‘Zero Motivation’ Is the Best Comedy of the Year
“In the U.S. they ask if it’s really like this,” the Israeli director Talya Lavie says of the Army comedy Zero Motivation, her gem of a debut film, which won Best Narrative Feature at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and opens in America this week. “In Israel, they recognize it.” The “it” is the mind-numbing tedium of office life that’s been the awkward reality for many Israeli women, including Lavie herself, during their mandatory two-year Army service. Set on a sleepy Army base in the southern tip of the country in the early 2000s, when literal paperwork was still the norm, Zero Motivation tells three interconnected stories of office clerks chafing under, rebelling against, and cracking from the mundanity of their daily lives.
http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/zero-motivation-is-the-best-israeli-army-apolitical-noncombat-black-comedy-of-the-year/

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Kroll Show Is Ending; Nick Kroll Explains Why
Last spring we learned that Kroll Show would be getting another season. What we didn’t know was this third season would also be its last. Comedy Central and Nick Kroll tell Vulture that they’ve decided to end Kroll Show.
http://www.vulture.com/2014/12/kroll-show-is-ending-nick-kroll-explains-why.html

Live from everywhere: ABC News journalists will stream video to your screen
ABC News
is giving its journalists the ability to live stream video to viewers, embracing a popular tool among citizen journalists. The project, called GoStream, will allow any of ABC’s field journalists to fire up an app and begin sending raw video to ABC News, which will then disseminate the streams. Viewers will be able to choose from any number of feeds during major events, which will not air with a delay. The program could be broadened to include civilians that live stream as well.
http://mashable.com/2014/12/02/abc-news-gostream/

‘People Magazine Awards’ to Air on NBC This Month
People magazine
, NBC and Dick Clark Productions are teaming up for “The People Magazine Awards” later this month, celebrating the year in pop culture. The two-hour special will broadcast live on NBC on Thursday, Dec. 18, at 9 p.m. ET/PT from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
http://www.thewrap.com/the-people-magazine-awards-to-air-on-nbc-this-month/

Food Network signs up comic cook
Food Network
has ordered a new culinary series fronted by stand-up comic and blogger Daphne Brogdon. Daphne Dishes, produced by Concentric Entertainment, follows the TV personality as she cooks up meals for a variety of social occasions, including birthdays, girls’ nights in and family dinners.
http://www.c21media.net/food-network-signs-up-comic-cook/

Reality Producer Matt Kunitz Inks Deal With Lionsgate TV
Veteran reality producer Matt Kunitz, creator/executive producer of Wipeoutand executive producer ofFear Factor, has signed an overall TV deal with Lionsgate TV.
http://deadline.com/2014/12/matt-kunitz-deal-lionsgate-tv-1201305436/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos on Why He Picked Up the Tina Fey Show NBC Passed On
“We’ve had this history of rescuing a show. Either a really loved show that’s long-gone, like Arrested Development, or more recently, The Killing and Longmire. And this was a strange opportunity where, usually when shows don’t make it, sometimes it has very little to do with the quality and it has everything to do with the time slot, the lead-in show, the time of year it came out. All those things. And Kimmy was one of those things that both the network and the producers were a little nervous about the time of the year it was coming. They didn’t have a complementary program to launch it with.”

http://www.vulture.com/2014/12/netflix-ted-sarandos-tina-fey-show-unbreakable-kimmy-schmidt.html

Chromecast overtakes Apple TV as second most popular streaming media player
Roku’s
lineup of set-top boxes and streaming sticks was still the most popular so far this year despite a strong dip, securing 29 percent of sales in the first nine months. Google’s Chromecast stick leaped onto the scene, snagging the No. 2 spot with 20 percent share and stealing Apple TV’s previous slot.
http://www.cnet.com/news/more-households-buying-streaming-media-players-roku-still-tops/

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

Variety Announces 10 Directors to Watch for 2015
Variety has chosen its 10 Directors to Watch for 2015. This talented crop of cinematic storytellers hails from corners as far removed as Australia and Argentina, representing a diverse mix of genres and visions.
Sean Baker (“Tangerine”)

Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead (“Spring”)

Ava DuVernay (“Selma”)

Shlomi Elkabetz & Ronit Elkabetz (“Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem”)

Jeremy Garelick (“The Wedding Ringer”)

Dan Gilroy (“Nightcrawler”)

Marielle Heller (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”)

Ruben Ostlund (“Force Majeure”)

Damian Szifron (“Wild Tales”)

Leigh Whannell (“Insidious 3”)
http://variety.com/2014/film/news/variety-announces-10-directors-to-watch-for-2015-1201368297/

Entertainment One Names Margaret O’Brien EVP, Corporate Development
Margaret O’Brien
has been named executive vice president, Corporate Development, for Entertainment One (eOne), where she’ll oversee the company’s merger and acquisition activities.
http://www.thewrap.com/entertainment-one-names-margaret-obrien-evp-corporate-development/

Larry Wilmore Set To Host The Writers Guild Awards New York Ceremony
Daily Show correspondent and Black-ish executive producer Larry Wilmore will be hosting the 67th annual Writers Guild Awards New York Ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at the Edison Ballroom.
http://deadline.com/2014/12/larry-wilmore-writers-guild-awards-host-new-york-daily-show-correspondent-1201306058/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Vulture: Why Female-Centric Sex Is Everywhere on TV Now
One way TV is expanding right now is through female-centric sex scenes; it’s not that they’ve never existed before, but the volume and variety is at an all-time high. The straight and lesbian sex on Transparent, for example, is part of creator Jill Soloway’s depiction of the female gaze: The show sees and approaches bodies and sexuality through women’s eyes in ways that tend not to objectify women. Women are still eroticized, certainly, but it’s for their pleasure. Most important, gaze politics aside, across all these shows, naked female bodies are not the backdrop against which we can see how tortured and sad men are. (Do better, True Detective.) These women are active participants who have sexual agency.
http://www.vulture.com/2014/12/why-female-centric-sex-is-everywhere-on-tv-now.html

AJC: What TV shows are shot in metro Atlanta as of November, 2014?
The last time I did a status check on TV shows shot in metro Atlanta in March, 2014, there were 49 productions that aired recently or were in production. Nine months later, the area has about 46 active productions, about the same. Seven are brand new shows debuting in upcoming months. A few more such as Lifetime’s “Kim of Queens” and Bravo’s “Don’t Be Tardy” could potentially be included but are currently in limbo. The number of non-scripted shows continues to shrink, dipping to 19, a 40% drop from 33 in August, 2013. On the bright side, the number of scripted shows is up to 27 from 19 earlier last year and those are generally higher budget affairs with bigger employment numbers.
http://radiotvtalk.blog.ajc.com/2014/12/01/current-shows-in-production-in-metro-atlanta/

Los Angeles City Council To Take Up Film-Friendly Policy Changes
The Los Angeles City Council will consider Tuesday a series of proposals designed to make the city more film friendly. One measure would extend for five years an existing waiver of fees charged for filming on city-owned or controlled properties, including City Hall, airports, police stations and city libraries. The city has waived $1.8 million of those fees the past five years, or $350,000 a year. The new waivers would run through fiscal year 2019.

http://deadline.com/2014/12/los-angeles-city-council-film-tv-policy-changes-runaway-production-1201305251/

Sony Bosses’ Alleged Salaries Leak Online Amid Hacking Fallout
A spreadsheet listing the alleged salaries of 17 top paid executives of Sony Pictures Entertainment was leaked and portions were published on Monday on the website Fusion, in the latest fallout from a hacking attack last week that is now being investigated by the FBI.
http://variety.com/2014/biz/news/sony-bosses-alleged-salaries-leak-online-amid-hacking-fallout-1201368419/

Atlantic: The Great and Terrible Rise of Screencaps
“Screencaps”—still images or looping GIFs, usually taken from TV shows, and featuring text—are a huge part of the viral ecosystem: During one recent week, according to analytics service Rebloggy, they accounted for six of the 18 most popular posts on Tumblr. Their ubiquity embodies everything great and everything troubling about pop-culture in the Internet age—an age where fan passions and remix culture clash with traditional ideas of intellectual property, authenticity, and linear storytelling.
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/11/screencap-culture/382362/

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