Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Friday, December 5, 2014. Have a great weekend!
Jerry Bruckheimer, Alloy Adapting Amazon Digital Novel ‘Imitation’ for NBC
NBC has handed out a script commitment to Imitation, an adaptation of Heather Hildenbrand’s digital novel. Published by Alloy Entertainment as part of its digital-first imprint with Amazon Publishing, the drama takes place in a world where human clones exist and the privileged elite use them to maintain their status. This secret and illegal operation thrives until a 24-year-old clone replaces her imperiled human and threatens to bring down everything her creators have built. Ian Sobel and Matt Morgan are on board to pen the adaptation for Alloy Entertainment, Bruckheimer and Warner Bros. Television.
(sched) CBS’ ‘Two and a Half Men’ To End Run, ‘The Odd Couple’ to Premiere on Feb. 19
CBS is closing one comedy door and opening another on Feb. 19, announcing on Friday an hourlong series finale for “Two and a Half Men” and the series premiere of “The Odd Couple.” As part of the comedy tweaks on the night, the net will also be shifting “Mom” to a new 9:30 p.m. time.
(review) THR: ‘One Child’
An adopted Chinese girl, all grown up and in college in England, is lured back to China to help the brother she didn’t know she had. Sundance TV misses the mark with plodding "One Child," a story about bad decisions.
CBS Pulls Programming From Dish Network
CBS has pulled its programming from Dish Network. Dish and CBS have been engaged in tense negotiations, which saw CBS extend its deadline three times, allowing Dish rights to content from CBS-owned TV stations, the CBS Sports Network and Showtime. On Thursday, the two companies came to terms on another extension that prevented Dish Network from potentially losing access to several CBS channels.
Peri Gilpin Replaces Jean Smart in NBC’s ‘Mr. Robinson’
Smart exited after the pilot was changed from single- to multicam.
Aaron Jakubenko Joins MTV’s ‘Shannara’; Summer Bishil In Syfy Pilot ‘The Magicians’
Aussie actor Aaron Jakubenko has joined the cast of Shannara, MTV’s 10-episode straight-to-series drama based on Terry Brooks’ massive fantasy book series.
Summer Bishil (Lucky 7) has landed a series regular role in Syfy pilot The Magicians, an adaptation of Lev Grossman’s bestselling fantasy book trilogy.
Castle Books Annie Wersching for a Season 7 Encore
The doctor is back in. Annie Wersching is set to reprise her Castle role, as ice queen Dr. Kelly Nieman, later this season.
‘The Office’ Alum Nabs ‘Melissa & Joey’ Role
Brian Baumgartner will play a campaign investor.
Roberto Orci Beaming Off ‘Star Trek’ As Director
Roberto Orci is beaming off the bridge of the Starship Enterprise on Star Trek3. Rampant rumors are swirling and there is fire behind the smoke that he won’t be directing. Edgar Wright and others are on a short list to take the job. Orci stays on the project as producer
Candy Crowley Leaving CNN After Nearly 30 Years
Longtime CNN anchor Candy Crowley is leaving the network after 27 years.
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
Twitter to Media Companies: We Come in Peace
Twitter poses a catch-22 for many media companies. They need the service to broadcast their content to a wide audience, but sharing info for free on Twitter may mean that fewer people actually visit their site. Why bother turning to ESPN to watch the World Cup when all the highlights and scores have already been tweeted directly into your stream? Unraveling that dilemma is the job of Katie Jacobs Stanton, a four-year Twitter veteran and current VP of global media. Stanton’s task is to convince media companies around the world that sharing on Twitter is good for business — and that, ultimately, Twitter isn’t the competition.
(video) Disney shows how it plans to end the ‘uncanny valley’
Video games and CGI movies have long suffered from dead-eyed animated characters, also known as the "uncanny valley." While body movement and facial expressions are captured with increasingly convincing details, the eye continues to seem faked and unsatisfactory. This technical video from Disney Research shows how animated entertainments can feature more convincingly captured eye models in future. "Even though the human eye is one of the central features of individual appearance, its shape has so far been mostly approximated with gross simplifications," states Disney Research, which has published a paper detailing a new capture system.
Producer Alex Garcia to Launch AG Networks
L.A.-based Mexican producer Alex Garcia of AG Studios is launching multiplatform service AG Networks next year. Aimed at the U.S. Hispanic and Latin American markets, AG Networks will first launch fantasy/horror-themed Morbido TV in late 2015, with other themed channels planned for the future. Morbido TV 24-hour programming will comprise acquired films, festival pics, TV series and classic archival material from around the world, said Caso, adding, “We intend to air them in their original language, with subtitles in Spanish, English and Portuguese.”
END OF THE YEAR NEWS:
Tumblr’s most popular celebrities of 2014
As part of its 2014 year in review, Tumblr announced the community’s most reblogged actors and actresses of the year.
1. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jennifer Lawrence
2. Tom Hiddleston and Emma Watson
3. Jensen Ackles and Shailene Woodley
4. Dylan O’Brien and Lupita Nyong’o
5. Misha Collins and Angelina Jolie
6. Jared Padalecki and Emma Stone
7. Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson
8. Martin Freeman and Holland Roden
9. Sebastian Stan and Jenna Coleman
10. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jessica Lange
Sony Hack Reveals Top-Secret Profitability of 2013 Movies
A new document reveals figures for ‘This Is the End,’ ‘Grown Ups 2,’ ‘Captain Phillips’ and ‘American Hustle,’ among others.
J.K. Rowling giving you a Draco Malfoy story for Christmas
Fans of Harry Potternemesis Draco Malfoy are getting a very special Christmas gift from J.K. Rowling this year: a new short story that will delve deeper into the troubled mind of Harry Potter’s sort-of-evil-but-not-really Hogwarts rival.
Yo, bitch: Aaron Paul launches a very Jesse Pinkman-esque app
Aaron Paul, the actor responsible for our beloved and beleaguered Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad, launched his own messenging app on Friday in the vein of his meth-cook role on AMC. The app, called Yo, B*tch (it’s shortened to YB in the App Store), is a not-so-subtle nod to the originally single-use app Yo.