Afternoon News Update for Friday, December 12, 2014.

Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Friday, December 12, 2014. Have a great weekend!


Donald Glover Comedy Pilot ‘Atlanta’ Ordered By FX
FX Networks
has given a pilot order to comedy Atlanta, created by and starring Donald Glover. The comedy, originally set up at FX more than a year ago, is set against the backdrop of the Atlanta rap scene. Atlanta revolves around two cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene whose opposing views on art versus commerce, success and race will make their quest anything but easy. Glover serves as executive producer, along with Paul Simms, and Dianne McGunigle of Schiff Co. FX Productions is the studio.

USA Buys ‘The Terrestrial’ Alien Drama From ‘Annabelle’ Writer
continues to explore the alien-drama space with The Terrestrial, a project in development from feature horror/thriller writer Gary Dauberman. It hails from Fox21 TV Studios and studio-based Fabrik. In The Terrestrial, after his estranged teenage daughter goes missing, a schizophrenic man is forced to confront his troubled past as he begins to believe his daughter’s kidnappers are the same as the ones that abducted him 10 years prior: aliens. Dauberman is executive producing with Fabrik’s Mikkel Bondesen, Henrik Bastin and Kristen Campo.

Starz Developing Fracking Drama ‘Black Gold’
is developing a fracking-themed project called Black Gold, created by author Benjamin Percy. The project, produced by FremantleMedia North America, is described as a modern-day Western set in a Dakotas boomtown that revolves around oil drilling and fracking. Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt will helm the pilot.

(sched) NBC Sets All-Drama Thursday, Tuesday Multi-Camera Comedy Block In Midseason
Must See TV Thursday comedy block is officially gone. NBC has set its midseason schedule, which will feature three drama series on Thursday going head-to-head with ABC’s all-drama Shondaland lineup, which has been dominating the night this fall. Here are NBC’s Midseason Premiere Dates, followed by descriptions of its new series:

· “The Blacklist,” Sunday, Feb. 1 following the Super Bowl. Moves to Thursday, Feb. 5 at 9 p.m.

· “Allegiance,” Thursday, Feb. 5 at 10 p.m.

· “The Slap,” Thursday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.

· “The Night Shift,” Monday, Feb. 23 at 10 p.m.

· “Undateable,” Tuesday, March 17 at 9 p.m.

· “One Big Happy,” Tuesday, March 17 at 9:30 p.m.

· “A.D.,” Sunday, April 5 at 9 p.m.

· “Odyssey,” Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m.


The Goldbergs Pits Trophy Wife’s Michaela Watkins Against Beverly
Michaela Watkins is returning to ABC with a guest spot on The Goldbergs, where she’ll play Adam’s Spanish teacher.

Eddie Cibrian lands multi-episode arc on ‘Baby Daddy’
Eddie Cibrian
has landed a multi-episode arc on ABC Family’s Baby Daddy.

ABC’s ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Books Scottie Pippen, Judah Friedlander for Guest Roles
Former NBA star Scottie Pippen and “30 Rock” alum Judah Friedlander have been booked to guest-star on an episode of the ABC comedy.

Simon Kassianides Joins TNT Pilot ‘Lumen’; Aleks Paunovic In The CW’s ‘iZombie’;
Simon Kassianides
is set as a series regular on TNT drama pilotLumen, written by Chris Black and directed by Joe Johnson. Aleks Paunovic has booked a heavily recurring role on the upcoming mid-season CW drama series iZombie from Warner Bros TV.


Chris and Paul Weitz to Remake Japan’s ‘Birthright’ with ANEW
Chris and Paul Weitz have come aboard a remake of Japanese horror “Birthright.” Released in Japan in 2011, the movie revolves around a young woman, invited to stay with a suburban family, who maybe the abandoned daughter of the mother. When the visitor’s secrets are revealed all hell breaks loose. ANEW is partnering with Naoki Hashimoto’s Wilco production house and L.A.-based Depth of Field, the shingle of the Weitz brothers and Andrew Miano, to develop the picture for the English-language market.


‘Late Late Show With James Corden’ Adds Staff for March Debut
The new CBS show will have Reggie Watts as its band leader, and is hiring producers from other late-night shows. The show is also adding Ron Crabbe, who has been a supervising producer for Mr. Fallon’s “Tonight” show on NBC, as an executive producer. Sheila Rogers, who has been a top talent executive for Mr. Letterman on his CBS show, will join as a supervising producer. The head writer will be be Mike Gibbons, the co-creator and executive producer of the hit Comedy Central show “Tosh-O.”

Margaret Cho Among Hosts of TLC Late-Night Talk Show ‘All About Sex’
has ordered to series weekly late-night talk show All About Sex. Margaret Cho, Heather McDonald, Marissa Jaret Winokur and sex and relationship expert Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry will host the series. From Relativity Television and Ellen Rakieten Entertainment, the network has picked up six half-hour episodes of the series, which will air on Saturdays at 11 p.m. following Sex Sent Me to the ER. The series will premiere on Jan. 10 at 11 p.m.


Canada’s CraveTV Picks Up Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Bell Media
has signed a licensing agreement with the Disney/ABC Television Group to make its new streaming service CraveTV the exclusive SVOD home in Canada for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


Exec Shuffle For 12/12/14: IM Global Ventures into Music, Fox 21, WB, DreamWorks Animation Expands into Asia, Blumhouse & More
Warner Bros.: Warner Bros. 20 year veteran Ed Romano has been promoted to the newly created post of Vice Chairman. He will work closely with CEO and Chairman Kevin Tsujihara and focus on what Tsujihara calls, “growth strategies for the Studio, including international expansion, digital transition and resource reallocation from mature businesses to high opportunity, content-creating divisions.” Kim Williams will be stepping in as the new CFO, making the leap to the WB after two years as the CFO at CORE Media Group.

Blumhouse Productions: Ryan Turek is the New Director of Development at Blumhouse, formerly an editor at Shock Till You Drop.

Story Mining and Supply: Luke Parker Bowles has been named the head of production at Story and was previously the Executive Vice President, Production at Open Road Integrated Media.

Mandeville Films: Noah Weinstein is the new Director of Development at Mandeville Films, previously held the same title at Schorr Pictures.

Pivot: Kelsey Balance is now the manager of original programming at Pivot.

WEtv: Suzanne Gladstone Murch is the new Vice President, Original Programming, Angela Molloy is the new Vice President of Development and David Stefanou is the new Vice President of Development in the New York offices.


The most underappreciated films of 2014, according to data
It’s not rare for great movies to tank at the box office. And it’s really not rare for offbeat, often cheaply made films to rake in little to nothing despite being fantastic. In the spirit of highlighting some of those, here are 11 films from 2014 that critics loved but have made under $1 million in the US so far.


FastCo: These 2015 Trends Will Impact All Businesses, According To Ford
The influence of Gen Z is on the rise, consumers are interested in traveling lighter, and the definition of family is expanding. These are some of the findings in the Looking Further with Ford 2015 trend report. "What we put in this book is what I call micro trends. You can also call them emerging trends," says Sheryl Connelly, the futurist at Ford Motor Co. "These are things that are going to be relevant for the next 24, 36 months, and I like to say that some of them may grow up to be big, strong megatrends someday, but only time will tell."

TV Guide: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: An Oral History of "Hush"
In honor of the 15th anniversary of "Hush," spoke to some of the cast and the episode’s composer about what goes into making a silent episode, creating the series’ most frightening monsters and why Buffy never managed to get that Emmy.