Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Tuesday, December 16, 2014. Happy Festival of Lights all!
TBS Orders Fatherhood Comedy Pilot From Broken Lizard Quartet
TBS has ordered Quality Time, a half-hour comedy pilot written, executive-produced by and starring Paul Soter, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme and Erik Stolhanske, members of the Broken Lizard comedy filmmaking group. Quality Time centers on four college friends who kept their sophomoric ways in suspended animation throughout their 20s and are now succumbing to reproduction. It’s an "untraditional" fatherhood comedy about the constant push and pull between the dudes they used to be and the men they are attempting to be.
ABC Family Gives Series Order to Addiction Drama ‘Recovery Road’
ABC Family has given a series pickup to the addiction drama “Recovery Road.” The series, based on Blake Nelson’s 2011 young adult novel of the same name, follows Maddie, a high school party girl dealing with addiction who is forced to choose between being expelled or going to rehab, and ultimately enters a rehabilitation facility. Bert V. Royal and Karen DiConcetto will serve as exec producers, along with Craig Piligian, Beth Miller and Danielle VonZerneck (“Left to Die”). Royal wrote the pilot.
Logo TV To Premiere Two New Series On Gay Life From Russell T Davies
Logo TV is co-producing, with Channel 4 in UK, two new series from Russell T Davies to air in early 2015. Cucumber and Banana are interwoven drama series that explore 21st century gay life through the lens of two disparate generations. The hourlong Cucumber focuses on the lives and misadventures of Henry Best and his long-suffering boyfriend of nine years, Lance Sullivan. The half-hour Banana will follow the individual lives of younger characters orbiting around Henry’s world, telling stories of modern love – the romantic, the obsessed, the hopeful, the lonely, the lost, and the lucky – in an urban Manchester, England, setting.
Wet Hot American Summer Sequel Series Moving Forward at Netflix
The cult-hit film starring Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd and other notable stars is slated to get a miniseries that will begin production in January, sources reveal to E! News. So far, none of the original cast has been confirmed to appear. David Wain, Michael Showalter, Jonathan Stern, Peter Principato and Howard Bernstein are on board as executive producers, according to sources.
‘The Missing’ Renewed For Second Installment By Starz & BBC
Starz has ordered a sequel to the limited series The Missing. The second installment again will be done in conjunction with BBC One, which also has renewed the series. Brothers Harry and Jack Williams, who wrote the eight-episode original series, will return to write the eight-part second installment, which again will unfold over two time frames but will follow a new case, new characters and new location.
AMC’s ‘Walking Dead’ Prequel: All the Details (So Far)
While the drama — currently in the pilot stage — has been referred to by the network as a "companion" series, sources tell that it is indeed a prequel. The project, also known as Cobalt, takes place in Los Angeles at the dawn of the zombie apocalypse. For non-comics readers, Robert Kirkman’s graphic novels have never explored the origins of the zombie apocalypse. Sources tell that an early script features one character who briefly appeared during a key season one episode.
Bounce TV Acquires First Off-Network Series Including ‘The Hughleys’, ‘A Different World’ & More
In its first foray into off-network series acquisition, Bounce TV has landed the television rights to four shows in individual, multi-year licensing agreements announced today. Roc (72 episodes) and The Parent ‘Hood (90 episodes) from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD), A Different World (144 episodes) from Carsey-Werner Distribution and The Hughleys (89 episodes) from Twentieth Television.
Neil Jackson Joins TNT Pilot ‘Lumen’; Giacomo Gianniotti In Lifetime Mini ‘Marilyn’
British actor Neil Jackson (Sleepy Hollow) has joined the cast of TNT drama pilot, Lumen, written by Chris Black and directed by Joe Johnson. Giacomo Gianniotti has landed a role in Marilyn, Lifetime’s upcoming four-hour miniseries about tragic Hollywood icon, Marilyn Monroe.
‘Scorpion’ Recruits David James Elliott
David James Elliott is returning to CBS. The JAG alum has booked a guest role on the network’s freshman hit Scorpion.
‘Parenthood’s’ Dax Shepard Sets Second ‘About a Boy’ Cameo
Crosby Braverman will resurface in January episode.
‘The Flash’ Casts ‘The Tomorrow People’ Alum Peyton List
“The Tomorrow People” alum Peyton List has joined the cast of “The Flash”.
Taryn Manning, Pam Grier, Joe Morton & Samantha Droke Round Out ‘Cleveland Abduction’ Cast
Orange Is The New Black‘s Taryn Manning, Pam Grier (Jackie Brown), Joe Morton (Scandal) and Samantha Droke (Eastwick) have rounded out the cast of Lifetime original movie Cleveland Abduction,about the ordeal of the 21-year-old Ohio single mom who becomes the first victim of kidnapper Ariel Castro.
Esquire Is First Network To Debut Entire Series On Demand With ‘The Short Game’
Taking a page from binge viewing-promoting streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, which debut entire seasons of their series at once, on December 22, the first season of Esquire’s The Short Game will be released on the network’s mobile app Esquire TV NOW, online at esquiretv.com/NOW, and on multiple partners, including Comcast, Charter, Time Warner, DirectTV, Verizon and Cablevision. (Fittingly, the series about elementary school-aged golfers is based on the 2013 documentary of the same name acquired and distributed by Netflix.) After being available on demand for a month, The Short Game will begin running on Esquire on January 20. This will mark the first time a network has premiered an entire series On Demand before a single episode had aired on TV and may provide a glimpse at how shows on traditional TV may be distributed in the future.
(sched) Dick Wolf Docu-series ‘Nightwatch’ to Premiere On A&E In January 2015
Dick Wolf’s latest project, “Nightwatch,” will premiere Jan. 22 on A&E. The hour-long docu-series from executive producers Wolf, Tom Thayer and 44 Blue Productions’ Rasha Drachkovitch will follow emergency teams working the intense and life-threatening overnight shift in New Orleans, Louisiana.
‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s’ Terry Crews Tapped as Host of Fox’s ‘World’s Funniest Fails’
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Terry Crews has been selected to host Fox’s reality show “World’s Funniest Fails,” which debuts next month.
(sched) Britain’s Most Powerful Food Critic Crosses the Pond for BBC America’s ‘Million Dollar Critic’ Premiering January 22
BBC AMERICA’s new restaurant series, Million Dollar Critic, introduces Giles Coren the bitingly funny and controversial restaurant critic of The London Times to North America. It’s said that a positive review from the vigorous writer is worth a million dollars and that his words can change the fates and fortunes of the restaurants he visits. The six-part hour-long culinary journey, Million Dollar Critic, premieres Thursday, January 22, 10:00pm ET.
(video) ‘The Nightly Show’ Promo Touts Larry Wilmore’s Extra “Nightly-ness’
Comedy Central unveiled its first promo video for Colbert’s replacement. Larry Wilmore’s late-night successor – now called The Nightly Show – premieres at 11:30 PM, Jan 19. following Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show.
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
NBC is launching a live stream of its shows
NBC is launching a live stream of its network shows for audiences anywhere they go. According to The Wall Street Journal, the network will allow viewers to stream its broadcast programming online and on mobile. However, unlike CBS’ recently-launched CBS All Access offering and HBO’s upcoming standalone service, viewers will need to verify that they are paying TV subscribers in order to access NBC’s content.
Comcast to stop blocking HBO Go and Showtime on Roku streaming devices
Comcast has agreed to let its customers stream HBO and Showtime on Roku devices. It wasn’t clear why Comcast blocked the HBO and Showtime apps on Roku boxes while allowing them on other hardware, such as the Apple TV. Roku complained about the situation to the Federal Communications Commission and was recently able to wring an agreement out of Comcast.
Channel 4 welcomes ABC’s Goldbergs
UK broadcaster Channel 4 has bought The Goldbergs, which is one of the rare successful network comedies of recent years. Channel 4’s youth-skewed channel E4 will run season one of the show early next year following the deal with distributor Sony Pictures Television.
Comedy Central Ups Ian Friedman To VP Original Programming
Comedy Central vet Ian Friedman has been promoted to VP Original Programming and Development. He will continue to be based in the network’s Santa Monica office, reporting to EVP Jim Sharp.
Sonar Entertainment Taps Longform Veteran Tom Patricia As SVP
Sonar Entertainment CEO Gene Stein has made a move in the longform area by bringing Tom Patricia as SVP Limited Series, Miniseries and Movies.
BET Networks Names Stephen Hill President of Programming
BET Networks has named Stephen Hill as its President of Programming, a newly created position. Hill was most recently the group’s chief of Music Programming & Specials, and he now adds Original Programming to his docket.
(opinion) Variety: Is the Clock Ticking on Amy Pascal?
For now, Tokyo-based Sony Corp. CEO Kaz Hirai and the company’s board may hold off on any decision, so it does not appear as though they are yielding to pressure from the hacker group. “She’s at the center of the storm,” said media analyst Hal Vogel. “It has nothing to do with her performance as an executive. People should be sympathetic to her, but the reality is that’s probably not the way that’s going to turn out.”
‘The Interview’s’ Kim Jong Un actor, Randall Park, knew it was ‘insane’
In the original script he was sent, Randall Park said, the role was not specifically Kim but "a vague North Korean dictator." Still, he was well aware that the film would push some serious buttons with the regime in Pyongyang.
END OF THE YEAR NEWS:
Variety: The 10 Best TV Comedies of 2014
Variety staff picks for the 10 best TV comedies of 2014:
The Big Bang Theory/Mom
Orange Is the New Black
Parks & Recreation
You’re the Worst
Salon: The year in TV: How the shows of 2014 remade “masculinity” on television
From "True Detective" to "Looking" to "Mad Men," TV took the trope of the antihero and picked it apart.
Vulture: The 15 Best Music Videos of 2014
1. Perfume Genius, "Queen"
2. FKA Twigs, "Video Girl"
3. Sia, "Chandelier"
4. Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar, "Never Catch Me"
5. Hozier, "Take Me to Church"
6. Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX, "Fancy"
7. Jennifer Lopez and French Montana, "I Luh Ya Papi"
8. Vic Mensa, "Down on My Luck"
9. Frankie Cosmos, "Art School"
10. Orange Caramel, "My Copycat"
11. Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda"
12. Weird Al Yankovic, "Foil"
13. Röyksopp and Robyn, "Monument (The Inevitable End Version)"
14. The National, "I Need My Girl"
15. Blake Shelton, "Doin’ What She Likes"
Verge: The best video games of 2014
It turns out 2014 was an absolutely amazing year for new video games. Picking just one, definitive game of the year is an impossible task: after all, how do you compare something minimal and refined like Threes to a sprawling epic like Dragon Age? Instead, The Verge staff picked our own personal favorites.
Empire: The best movie posters of 2014
2014 has been a great year for great movies and it’s also been a great year for great movie posters. Though the medium is evolving, the key requirement of creating eye-catching art for a feature film is not going anywhere. Feast your eyes on these 50.
(stage) Elizabethan musical comedy ‘Something Rotten!’ headed to Broadway
A new show is set to take Side Show‘s place in Broadway’s St. James Theatre: Something Rotten! a musical comedy about musical comedy in the time of Shakespeare is set to begin previews in March, the show’s producer announced today. Something Rotten!, a world premiere set to be directed by The Book of Mormon director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw, tells the story of struggling playwright brothers in the 1590s. Per the announcement: “When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL!” The show features music and lyrics from brothers Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and author John O’Farrell.
Sony hit with lawsuit by former employees over email leaks
The first legal salvo has been leveled against Sony Pictures Entertainment since the massive computer breach that exposed the personal information of thousands of current and former employees.
(video) Mom calls C-SPAN to scold her sons on live TV
Brothers and opposing political pundits Brad and Dallas Woodhouse were on C-SPAN when a call came in from their dear ol’ mum. Joy, from North Carolina, was just phoning in to check on her little boys, and also scold them on national TV for fighting all the damn time. (Host Steve Scully clarified that it was not planned and Joy had called on the normal line for guests to phone in.) "I’m hoping you’ll have some of this out of your system when you come here for Christmas," Joy said. "I would really like a peaceful Christmas."