Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Monday, December 8, 2014:
‘Krypton’ Series In Works At Syfy From David Goyer & Ian Goldberg
Syfy and Warner Horizon Television have teamed for Krypton, a one-hour drama about Superman’s grandfather set at the fictional planet. Years before the Superman became a superhero, the House of El was shamed and ostracized. This series follows The Man of Steel’s grandfather as he brings hope and equality to Krypton, turning a planet in disarray into one worthy of giving birth to the greatest Super Hero ever known. Krypton, now in development, is being executive produced by David S. Goyer and Ian Goldberg. Goldberg is writing the pilot teleplay based on a story conceived by Goyer & Goldberg.
Amy Schumer To Produce Comedy Central Pilot Starring Rachel Feinstein
Comedian Rachel Feinstein, who has appeared in several episodes of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, is getting a shot at her own Comedy Central series executive produced by Amy Schumer. The network has given a pilot order to the untitled project, a field-driven sketch show that focuses on Feinstein out on the street using her social experiments and character-based comedy to explore and skewer gender, class and stereotypical issues in sketch and character-driven pieces. Schumer and Feinstein are executive producing the pilot with Kim Caramele and Honest Engine’s Nick McKinney and Meghan O’Hara.
Fox Buys Telenovela Adaptation ‘Gemini’ From Ben Silverman, CBS Studios
Fox has bought Krystal Houghton Ziv’s drama pitch “Gemini” from CBS Television Studios, Ben Silverman‘s Electus and Cisneros. “Gemini” is inspired by Cisneros’ successful Venezuelan telenovela “Lucia’s Secrets,” which aired on Venevisión earlier this year. Ziv is currently writing the script. Silverman will executive produce along with Venevision’s Miguel E. Somoza and Ziv. Sean Canino will serve as co-executive producer. “Gemini” is described as a character-driven drama rooted in some of the most recent advancements in neuroscience. Lucy, a Los Angeles based scientist, agrees to have her body inhabited and remotely controlled by Rose, a wounded FBI agent who is the key to stopping a deadly terrorist attack.
‘The League’ Renewed by FXX for 13-Episode Seventh & Final Season
FXX’s hit comedy series The League will return for its seventh and final season with 13 episodes in the fall of 2015.
(ratings) TNT’s ‘The Librarians’ Series Off to Good Ratings Start
TNT’s “The Librarians,” based on the network’s successful “Librarian” movie franchise, opened to good numbers as a series Sunday night, becoming cable’s top-rated premiere of the year. The 8-10 p.m. launch of “The Librarians” averaged a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and about 5.4 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen.
20th Century Fox Teams With Vice Media to Produce Low-Budget Movies
Vice Films, born from discussions that started over the summer between Vice executives and Jim Gianopulos, Fox’s chairman, will produce at least two films annually, the partners said. The budgets for these films, released either theatrically or on digital platforms or a mix of the two, will be tiny, at least by Fox standards, at about $2 million each. Fox will pay the production costs.
Former NBC Exec Nick Bernstein Tapped as CBS Late-Night VP
Nick Bernstein, formerly vice president, late night and primetime series for NBC Entertainment, has been tapped for CBS’s newly created position of vice president, late night programming.In the role, Bernstein, who’ll report to CBS Television Studios president David Stapf, will work with incoming “The Late Late Show” host James Corden and the show’s executive producer Ben Winston, developing and overseeing the new franchise.
Lifestyle Reality Series ‘Celebrity Sweat’ to Premiere Saturday, January 10 on AXS TV
Saturday’s on AXS TV get a fresh start in 2015 as the network premieres the celebrity-oriented fitness and nutrition series CELEBRITY SWEAT. The 10-episode acquired season of CELEBRITY SWEAT features a wide variety of guests, ranging from film and TV stars, to professional athletes, and entertainers. Celebrities already slated for the first season include Boxing Legend Evander Holyfield, UFC Fighter Anderson Silva, American professional boxer, WBC Welterweight Champion and actor Victor Ortiz, a combination of the LA KISS Football team players with Paul Stanley from the band KISS, Tae Bo creator Billy Blanks and Hollywood actor/UFC Fighter Cung Le.
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
truTV Teams Up with Funny Or Die for ‘Friends of the People’ Sneak Peek
truTV and Funny Or Die are joining forces to showcase truTV’s first-ever sketch-comedy series Friends of the People on Funny Or Die. Starting Wednesday, December 10, Funny Or Die will promote select sketches from the Dec. 16 episode of Friends of the People on www.funnyordie.com, while also directing users to a sneak peek of the full episode on the show’s page on the site at http://www.funnyordie.com/fotp.
These 30 webseries pilots will compete to win a full season
Telus, a Canadian telecommunications provider, is the guiding force behind Storyhive, an incubator project that acts as an accelerator for video creators in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. This latest effort is a competition for webseries authors to pitch their ideas, with 30 winners (15 from each province) getting $10,000 apiece to create pilots with a March 2015 deadline. Finalists were chosen Monday, and two winners will be selected from that group to receive $50,000 and deliver a full webseries.
YouTube offers some of its stars bonuses to post exclusively to the service for a limited time before posting to rivals
Google Inc.’s YouTube unit is racing to lock up its top stars as rival online video services court them aggressively. Facebook Inc. and video startup Vessel, among others, have tried to lure YouTube creators to their services in recent months, according to people familiar with the discussions. In response, Google is offering some of its top video makers bonuses to sign multiyear deals in which they agree to post content exclusively on YouTube for a time before putting it on a rival service. The bonuses can be tied to how well videos perform, but YouTube is making a wide range of offers to counter rivals, according to people involved in the discussions.
Charles Roven Adds Management Shingle; Dave Fleming Will Head Atlas Artists
The prolific producer Charles Roven has expanded his Atlas Entertainment to include a management shingle. Atlas Artists will be run by veteran manager Dave Fleming, as a subsidiary to Atlas Entertainment.
TV Ratings Have Hurt Creative Side of Television, Says Netflix Content Boss Sarandos
The reliance of TV networks on ratings to gauge the success or failure of their shows has been bad for creators of high-quality television programming, according to Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. The reason Netflix doesn’t provide ratings figures is “not because we’re trying to frustrate the press” or “squeeze suppliers,” the exec said, but because the company is not an ad-supported service and “I honestly believe it works against quality television.” He noted that “Seinfeld” on NBC didn’t become a hit show until after four years on the air.
END OF THE YEAR NEWS:
AFI List of Top Ten Films Expands to Include 11 Movies
The films ranged alphabetically from American Sniper to Whiplash. The list also includes Birdman, Boyhood, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, Interstellar, Into the Woods, Nightcrawler, Selma and Unbroken. The AFI Awards also announced its choices today for the ten outstanding TV programs of 2014. The AFI TV programs of the year consist of The Americans, Fargo, Game of Thrones, How to Get Away with Murder, Jane the Virgin, The Knick, Mad Men, Orange is the New Black, Silicon Valley and Transparent.
Slate: The Top 10 TV Shows of 2014
1. Broad City
2. True Detective
5. The Good Wife
6. You’re the Worst
7. High Maintenance
8. Orange Is the New Black
9. The Americans
HuffPo: The Best New TV Shows of 2014
"The Affair," Showtime.
"Death Comes to Pemberley," PBS.
"The Flash," CW.
"The Game," BBC America.
"Happy Valley," Netflix/BBC.
"The Honorable Woman," Sundance Channel.
"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," HBO.
"The Knick," Cinemax.
"Jane the Virgin," CW.
"The Missing," Starz.
"Olive Kitteridge," HBO.
"Penny Dreadful," Showtime.
"Review," Comedy Central.
"Too Many Cooks," Adult Swim.
"True Detective," HBO.
"You’re the Worst," FX.
"The 100," CW.
Re/Code: Five Stumbling Blocks to Mass Adoption of Internet TV
Given that millions of consumers are ready for Internet TV and that the technology is largely already in place, why hasn’t it happened yet? It may be because there are still major stumbling blocks, including these five:
1. If most pay TV content is going to stream from separate websites or services, does that spell the death of bundled TV subscriptions?
2. Can sports fans feed their appetite for live sports on the Internet alone?
3. In an OTT world, how will viewers get local news, and more broadly, what happens to the network affiliates model?
4. Why aren’t Google and YouTube already dominating this market?
5. And finally: Do emerging OTT powers and video incumbents actually know what consumers want?