Afternoon News Update for Monday, December 15, 2014.

Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Monday, December 15, 2014:


Galavant Enlists Gilmore Girls Vet to Rock Musical’s Soundtrack
Skid Row lead singer Sebastian Bach will lend his rock ‘n’ roll cred to ABC’s upcoming musical comedy. Bach’s song will be heard in Episode 2, which airs in the second half-hour of the series’ premiere on Jan. 4.

(video) And now a hilarious song from ABC’s ‘Men in Tights’-esque comedy ‘Galavant’
is playing it anything but safe with their newest comedy GalavantIt’s a musical, it’s ridiculous, and it’s a show that’s going to appeal a very specific audience. That audience being people with an amazing sense of humor, of course Need proof? Get a taste of the musical offerings in store by watching a lyric video above.

(video) Victoria Justice Hunts Cyber Killer in MTV’s First ‘Eye Candy’ Trailer
Victoria Justice
will make her TV return next year as a savvy tech genius on the hunt for a dangerous cyber stalker. MTV released the trailer for “Eye Candy,” starring Justice, based on the best-selling novel from R.L. Stine.

Fox is remastering Buffy in HD — and now there are crew members in shots
20th Century Fox
is ruining the seminal TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. There’s no other way to put it. The studio is putting out a widescreen edition of the show, but it has bungled the job so badly that one scene even shows a crew member standing around on the side of the screen. The remastered episodes have been airing since August, but a compilation of particularly egregious changes to the show began making the rounds.


Arielle Kebbel Boards HBO’s ‘Ballers’
She’ll recur on the Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson comedy

‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Enlists Cicely Tyson
Oscar nominee will appear in one episode of ABC’s hit freshman drama.

‘The Fosters’ Books Patrick Duffy, Two More
Patrick Duffy
has booked a key guest role on the drama series. Duffy will be joined by fellow Dallas alum Marlene Forte and Ugly Betty’s Tony Plana, who have also booked gigs on the series.


Joel McHale to Host Friars Club ESPN Roast of Sports Legend Terry Bradshaw
The Friars Club announced today that comedian and actor Joel McHale will serve as the host of the Friars Club ESPN Sports Roast of Hall of Famer, NFL quarterback and FOX NFL SUNDAY commentator, Terry Bradshaw.

Nat Geo Wild to Broadcast Six Disneynature Films as Part of Its Sunday Night ‘Destination Wild’ Franchise
Nat Geo WILD
to Present Popular Disneynature Films.


Chris Rock Doing 30 Minutes on ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter’ Tuesday
The writer-director-star of “Top Five” may be doing “SportsCenter’s” “Top 10,” as Chris Rock will be appearing for 30 minutes on Tuesday’s ESPN flagship news show with Stephen A. Smith at 1 p.m. ET. Rock’s spot will include an interview, and he may also lend his voice to highlights, according to ESPN.

Disney wants more Indiana Jones, has to get through this Star Wars thing first
has decided they would like another film in the Indiana Jonesseries, but not until after they have all of this “new Star Wars” business squared away. Disney chairman Bob Iger has also addressed the possibility of pumping new life into the Indiana Jones franchise, according to Variety’s Marc Graser.


Bloomberg: ‘Stephen Colbert Is Dead. Long Live Stephen Colbert.’
Nice piece by Will Leitch on the end of The Colbert Report, and along with it, Colbert’s blowhard politico persona. Part of what makes his upcoming role as the new host of The Late Show — as himself rather than the character — so intriguing is that we don’t really know what we’re going to get yet.


Variety: The 10 Best TV Dramas of 2014
The Affair
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Jane the Virgin
Masters of Sex
The Missing
True Detective

Mashable: The 10 Best YA Books of 2014
1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
2. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
3. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
4. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
5. Some Boys by Patty Blount
6. The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
7. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
8. Girls Like Us by Gail Giles
9. Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King

10. 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith


NPR: Even If Torture Doesn’t Work In The Real World, TV Has Us Convinced It Does
As the CIA and Senate Intelligence Committee clash over whether so-called enhanced interrogation techniques are considered torture, another question arises: Have depictions of torture on TV and film helped convince us that it works? Consider this warning that recently greeted viewers of ABC’s political soap opera, Scandal: "The following drama contains adult content. Viewer discretion is advised." That label was slapped on the episode because of scenes like the moment when trained torturer Huck prepared to ply his trade on colleague (and soon-to-be girlfriend) Quinn Perkins. Scenes like that have become a regular part of some popular TV shows and movies. People may disagree in real life, but in Hollywood, torture works.

Film & TV Musicians’ Earnings Plunge, Report Says
Earnings by Los Angeles musicians from the scoring of films and TV shows have plummeted 68% over the last 15 years because of runaway post-production, according to a report released today by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE). “Employment is in sharp decline,” the report found. “Session wages have dropped from nearly $50 million in 1998 to $15.5 million in 2013.”

Slate: Top 10 Things to Love About Letterman’s Top Ten Lists
In May, when Letterman steps down and hand the reigns of the Late Show to Stephen Colbert, the Top Ten List will likely retire with him. Before Letterman counts down for the last time, I wanted to commemorate one of the longest running comedy routines in late-night history by trying to learn more about its inner workings: how it’s crafted, how it comments on our culture and politics, and how it’s evolved since the mid-1980s. How do Letterman’s writers start a list, and how do they end one? What kind of jokes work best in the Top Ten format? What kind of jokes don’t work at all? Which political figures have found their way onto the list most often? And what’s with all the Regis references?

Atlantic: The Mysterious Rise of the Non-Working Man
In each decade since the 1970s, the inactivity rate for 25-54-year-old men—the share of guys neither working nor actively seeking a job—has gone up. Each decade, not working becomes more and more a part of what we’re doing all day. This is a structural shift, rather than a short-term adjustment. Why is work for men disappearing?

Hollywood Can’t Do Much To Prevent Future Cyber Attacks, Security Firm Says
As the cyber attack against Sony Pictures continues to unfold, every company in town is wondering if they are adequately protected from a similar security breach. The answer is: Probably not; no one really is. “There is no such thing as perfect security,” says Mandiant, the cyber security firm that was brought in to investigate the Sony break-in.

Merriam-Webster names ‘culture’ word of the year
A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster’s 2014 word of the year: culture. The word joins Oxford Dictionaries’ "vape," a darling of the e-cigarette movement, and "exposure," declared the year’s winner at during a time of tragedy and fear due to Ebola.

NYMag: Who Killed Cat Fancy?
Extensive interviews with writers and executives there have suggested an answer: Cat lovers killed Cat Fancy. In their defense, they had no idea they were doing it. But in recent years, the nature of cat adoration (and I must offer full disclosure here: I am the parent of two cats) has changed radically. Though Cat Fancy tried to adapt, it never totally broke free from its origins in a different era of cat enthusiasm.