Morning News Update for Monday, December 15, 2014.

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


Fox Developing Top-Secret Hybrid Comedy From Drawn Together Creators
Meet the Kellers
, written and exec-produced by Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein, is being described as a half-hour family sitcom that is part scripted and part hidden camera. The 20th Century-produced project is said to be in the early development stage, and further details on the premise are being kept under very tight wraps.

‘Gracepoint’ won’t get a second season
No surprise, but here it is: Fox’s Gracepoint isn’t getting a second season. We’re hearing the limited series thriller won’t continue, effectively ending Broadchurch remake.

(review) THR: ‘Ascension’
Ascension, flaws and all, dreams to be a little bigger and more serious than Defiance or Dominion. Right out of the gate, it’s not as well-written or acted as something like Thrones or Walking Dead, but it does have a little whiff of the early, finding-itself days of Battlestar Galactica to it. And that’s something to build on.

Men’s Journal: Farewell to Don Draper and Television’s "Difficult Men"
But in the post-Mad Men future, the landscape looks different — based on the rising stars and major shows that look to define 2015, the difficult men have given way to a far wider and less consensus variety of protagonist and storytelling. "I think on the one hand, the ‘difficult men’ era was uniquely suited to the turn of the century, and particularly the Bush years," Martin told me. "You had a generation of creators who had lived through major tumult in masculinity and what masculinity meant, and in the air were questions of — particularly after 9/11 and the ramping up of the Bush years — what it meant to have male power in the world, and what was good about it, and what was scary about it. That stuff was in the air, and it resonated."


Christina Hendricks Joins Roadies in Cameron Crowe’s Showtime Pilot
Christina Hendricks
is going on the road with Showtime’s Roadies. In the one-hour comedy pilot, which follows the day-to-day workings of a successful rock tour as seen through the eyes of the behind-the-scenes crew members, Hendricks will play Shelli, the band’s production manager — and thus work partner to Luke Wilson’s Bill..


FOX’s ‘American Idol’ Ditching Results Show
According to Ryan Seacrest, American Idol will follow in the footsteps of Dancing With The Stars and eliminate its results show this season.

‘The Real Women Of Telenovelas’ Reality Series In Works At WE TV
WE tv
is developing new unscripted series The Real Women Of Telenovelas which will focus on the lives of up-and-coming actresses and actors in the uber-competitive world of telenovelas. Set in Miami and produced by Matador, the series features the real-life drama behind the short-run Spanish language soap operas.


MSNBC Expanding Online With Original Programming, Streaming Video
is making a major push into the online market with “Shift by MSNBC,” a bold new initiative that will see the 24-hour news network launching 14 original shows exclusively online.


Beowulf story set for ITV
has commissioned a 13-part drama re-imagining of the mythical fantasy story Beowulf. ITV Studios is working up the series, with filming beginning in April next year ahead of an unspecified date. ITV is billing the show as “a western set in the Dark Ages of Britain’s mythic past”. Writer James Dormer and ITVS pair Tim Haines and Katie Newman created the show.


Lost 1927 Disney Cartoon Discovered in Norway
A 1927 Disney Christmas cartoon thought to be lost was discovered in Norway, Agence France reports. "Empty Socks," Disney’s first Christmas, was found during an inventory of one of the facilities of Norway’s National Library. The film starred Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a precursor to Mickey Mouse. The newly discovered film once belonged to a private individual. Norway’s National Library has digitized a copy to send to Disney.

Membership Perks Slashed at Disneyland’s Club 33
For access to what is billed as "the most exclusive address in all of Disneyland" — Club 33 — many members pay $11,000 a year. Now some of those fans are piqued over what they say is a roll-back of their platinum-plated perks. Some are even contemplating canceling a membership so coveted that the waiting list is closed.


Tara Flynn Upped To VP At Fox 21 TV Studios
In his first executive move since the merger of Fox 21 and Fox TV Studios, the combined entity’s president Bert Salke has promoted Tara Flynn to VP Creative Affairs. She will work on the development of comedy and drama cable projects and will assist in the oversight of the company’s current series.

Hayden Panettiere Welcomes Baby Girl
Hayden Panettiere
gave birth to a baby girl on Tuesday, Us Weekly reports.

Vulture: The Year in Shonda Rhimes
Her success comes from two intertwined factors. The first is her ­tendency to see scripted TV as an endlessly malleable dream space, vast enough to embrace characters that, during prime time’s first 60 years, were relegated to clown duty or refused admittance entirely. The second factor is craft. Rhimes’s shows are compulsively watchable and routinely take risks that we don’t think of as risks because we’re having too much fun watching the characters scheme, brood, screw, and kill. They balance provocation and familiarity, reality and fantasy, political daring and masochistic, three-hanky melodrama.


AdWeek: The 10 Best New TV Shows of the Year
Outlander (Starz)
You’re the Worst (FX)
The Flash (The CW)
Last Week Tonight (HBO)
Black Mirror (Netflix)
BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
Transparent (Amazon)
Review (Comedy Central)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Penny Dreadful (Showtime)

Vanity Fair: The 15 Best New TV Characters of 2014
15. Ensemble –– Silicon Valley
14. Diane Johnson –– Black-ish
13. Young Nucky Thompson –– Boardwalk Empire
12. Dr. Bigelow –– Louie
11. Dandy Mott –– American Horror Story: Freak Show
10. The Mother –– How I Met Your Mother
9. Vanessa Ives –– Penny Dreadful
8. Yvonne ‘Vee’ Parker –– Orange Is the New Black
7. Henry Higgs –– Selfie
6. Rogelio De La Vega –– Jane the Virgin
4.-5. Rust Cohle and Marty Hart –– True Detective
3. Ensemble –– You’re the Worst
2. Molly Solverson –– Fargo
1. Oberyn Martell –– Game of Thrones

S.F. Critics Name ‘Boyhood’ Best Film of 2014
Boyhood” continued its awards season hot streak on Sunday as the San Francisco Film Critics Circle named it the best film of 2014. Richard Linklater’s 12-year drama, which recently topped the New York and Los Angeles critics’ awards, took home four trophies in San Francisco, including best director (Linklater) and supporting actress for Patricia Arquette.

Atlantic: The Best Television Episodes of 2014
The Atlantic’seditors and writers pick their favorite moments from Game of Thrones, The Good Wife,Looking, and more from 2014.

NYT: TV Shows That Failed in 2014, by the Month
More than 70 shows were canceled during the year, according to websites that track such things. If nothing else, this collection of corpses proves that television viewers are a fickle lot. Sure, there are plenty of bad shows and lousy actors in 2014’s dustbin, but there are good ones, too. So what can we learn from the carnage? Here are some lessons from the 2014 Cancellation Calendar.


The Black List 2014 Winners Announced – Live Blog
The 2014 Black List winners are being announced, one every minute beginning at 10 am PT, and Deadline is covering the process live here, with links to announcement videos and more. Each of the 70 screenplays on this 10th annual list was chosen by a group of 250 development executives, agents and other Hollywood insiders as among the year’s best un-produced scripts in a process overseen by Franklin Leonard.

NYT : Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai Toned Down Assassination of Kim Jong-Un in ‘The Interview’
The New York Times said Monday that Sony’s CEO Kazuo Hirai himself intervened to tone down elements of “The Interview,” and erased much doubt that North Korea has played a role in the paralyzing hack attack on the Hollywood studio.

LAT: Fallout from Sony hack may alter how Hollywood conducts business
The internal emails leaked in a massive computer hack at Sony Pictures have captivated an entertainment industry that’s all ears for scandalous revelations. Beyond the dirty laundry, however, the release of inside information is expected to force significant changes in the way freewheeling Hollywood does business. "It will push a lot of communications ‘underground’ … vastly less text messages and emails and much more face-to-face conversations," said consultant Peter Sealey, a former president of marketing and distribution for Columbia Pictures. "Hollywood will look a lot like the protocols of people in the witness protection system. This will modify behavior."\

Vox: The median wealth for whites in the US is nearly $142,000. For blacks, it’s $11,000.
Everyone knows inequality is growing in the US, but a new Pew report shows how stark that divide is by race and ethnicity: the median household headed by a white person has a net worth 13 times greater than the median black-headed household. And for whites and Hispanics, the gap is tenfold. In both cases, those gaps are growing.