Evening News Update for Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Wednesday, December 17, 2014:


FXX Launches New Late Night Animation Block
will launch its new late-night animation block at midnight on January 22nd featuring all-new episodes of Lucas Bros. Moving Co. and Stone Quackers,

Hallmark Channel Announces Two-Hour Premiere of ‘Good Witch’ Original Series on February 28th
Starring Catherine Bell, Bailee Madison and James Denton.

HBO Becomes Latest Network to Turn Its Back on Same-Day Ratings
The pay cable net will now hold off until live-plus-seven day, on-demand and HBO Go data is available before sharing.

(review) Variety: Amazon’s ‘Mozart in the Jungle’
Buoyed by superb casting and an organic setting for flamboyant, larger-than-life characters, “Mozart in the Jungle” may not qualify as a masterpiece, but it falls squarely into the pleasant-addition-to-the-neighborhood category in Amazon’s impressive package of original series.


Revenge Welcomes Suits’ Gina Torres as a Shady Socialite in Season 4
Gina Torres
has been tapped to recur in the second half of Revenge‘s fourth season playing an aspiring socialite named Natalie Walsh.

The Goldbergs Enlists Charlie Sheen to Reprise His Ferris Bueller Role
Charlie Sheen will pay homage to his Ferris Bueller’s Day Off character during The Goldbergs‘ upcoming tribute episode to the 1986 film.

Julian McMahon and Daisy Betts Join Cast of Syfy’s ‘Childhood’s End’
Childhood’s End
will premiere on Syfy in 2015.

JoAnna Garcia Swisher to Return to ‘Once Upon a Time’ as Ariel
JoAnna Garcia Swisher is taking a dip back into “Once Upon A Time.” Swisher will reprise her role in the second half of season four.

Ana Gasteyer, Anthony Edwards Guesting on HBO’s ‘Girls’ Season Premiere
Ana Gasteyer
and Anthony Edwards are set to play Shoshanna’s (Zosia Mamet) parents on the fourth season premiere of Lena Dunham‘s HBO comedy.

Priyanka Chopra Signs Development Deal With ABC TV
Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra has signed a one-year TV development deal with ABC Television Studios. Chopra, known to Bollywood fans all over the world for Hindi blockbusters such as “Krrish” and “Don,” is to topline an ABC series developed for her or star in an existing project targeted for next fall.


Viola Davis Bags Amanda Waller Role In ‘Suicide Squad’
According to sources, the lovely Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder)has bagged the role of major DC Comics villain and Prison Warden Amanda Waller in David Ayer’s upcoming Suicide Squad.

(review) Variety: ‘Into the Woods’
Rob Marshall
, um, marshals Sondheim’s cavalcade of fairy-tale all-stars on to the screen in a faithful, never particularly inspired, but supremely respectable version. Strong reviews and family appeal should earn Disney much more than a bunch of magic beans at the holiday box office, with a long shelf life to follow.

MoviePass lands deal with AMC theaters for subscription movie service
has finally signed on a big partner for its unique subscription service, which lets moviegoers see one film every day for a flat monthly total. AMC, the second-largest movie theater chain in North America, will pilot a partnership with MoviePass in two cities. Beginning in January, select theaters in Boston and Denver will offer MoviePass subscriptions priced between $35 and $45. http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/17/7411351/moviepass-signs-deal-with-amc-for-subscription-movie-theater-service

Sony Has ‘No Further Release Plans’ for ‘The Interview’
has decided against releasing “The Interview” in any form — including VOD or DVD. “Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film,” a spokesman said Wednesday.

Steve Carell’s North Korea Thriller Dropped After Sony Hack
Gore Verbinski
was attached to direct.


Hulu in volume deal with Disney
Hulu has picked up exclusive rights to Disney-distributed ABC series
ResurrectionandMistressesandDevious Maids, which was on cable net Lifetime. The deal gives Hulu exclusive SVOD rights to the ABC Studios scripted series, which it has launched on its premium Hulu Plus service.

The Walking Dead the most social TV show on Twitter
The Walking Deadgenerated more Tweets and had a larger audience on Twitter than any other show in the US in 2014, according to Nielsen. The research firm said that an average of 4.9 million people saw at least one Tweet about each new episode of the program, and that people sent an average of 576,000 Tweets about each episode of the AMC show.

Dish Cuts Deal with Netflix to Bring Service to Set-Tops
Dish Network
is the first major U.S. pay-TV provider to integrate Netflix into its set-top box — giving the No. 2 satcaster’s customers direct access to the streaming video provider’s service.

(video) Funny Or Die Makes a Compelling Argument For How "Serial" Will End
As the final episode of runaway hit podcast Serial nears, Funny or Die offers a concrete theory about who killed Hae Min Lee.


How Marvel’s writers’ retreat became the secret meeting everyone wants to be invited to
Last week, Marvel held its writers’ retreat. The retreat is a convergence of the company’s biggest stars, a hotbed of ideas, and the birthplace of stories that have shaped — and will shape — the Marvel Universe. The retreat could also be where the characters and story arcs for some future blockbuster movies are hatched. And with great power comes great speculation. Comic book fans and journalists are always eager to see who is and who isn’t at the retreat, then read the tea leaves, trying to determine what this means for their favorite characters.

(rumor) Original, Unaltered Cut Of Star Wars Trilogy To Be Released On Blu-ray By Disney
For a long time Star Wars fans have been clamoring for Disney/Lucasfilm to re-release the original, unaltered cut of the first Star Wars trilogy, and Comicbook.com has now confirmed with two independent reliable sources that just such a plan is under way.


Shonda Rhimes Selected for Writers Guild’s Paddy Chayefsky Award
Shonda Rhimes
has been selected by the Writers Guild of America West for its Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement. The trophy will presented at the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Brad Siegel Named TV One President
Brad Siegel has been named president of TV One network, and will lead all business and creative aspects with chairman and CEO Alfred C. Liggins III, to whom he will report.

Hollywood Reporter Reveals 2014 Producers of the Year
Michael Bay, Andrew Form
and Brad Fuller’s company Platinum Dunes produced three films grossing $660 million worldwide this year alone, including ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’; the trio open up to THR about dealing with "cagey" directors, their toughest decisions and what to do when an actress quits over a nude scene mid-shoot.

Business Insider: A rare, in depth Jeff Bezos interview
“The most important thing to observe is that books don’t just compete against books. Books compete against people reading blogs and news articles and playing video games and watching TV and going to see movies. Books are the competitive set for leisure time. It takes many hours to read a book. It’s a big commitment. If you narrow your field of view and only think about books competing against books, you make really bad decisions. What we really have to do, if we want a healthy culture of long-form reading, is to make books more accessible.”


THR: The Best Television of 2014
1. Fargo. FX.
2. The Americans. FX.
3. True Detective. HBO.
4. Mad Men. AMC.
5. The Honorable Woman. Sundance TV.
6. Louie. FX.
7. Orange Is the New Black. Netflix.
8. Transparent. Amazon Studios.
9. Game of Thrones. HBO.
10 .The Walking Dead. AMC.

Grantland: The 10 Best TV Shows of 2014
Too Many Cooks(Adult Swim)
9. Banshee(Cinemax)
7. Game of Thrones (HBO)
6.The Bridge(FX)
5. The Knick(Cinemax)
4.The Honourable Woman(SundanceTV)
3. Transparent (Amazon)
2.You’re the Worst (FX)
1. The Americans(FX)

TVGuide: Matt Roush’s 10 Best TV Shows of the Year
2. The Good Wife
3. Jane the Virgin
4. Game of Thrones
5. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
6. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
7. The Americans
8. Transparent
9. The Normal Heart and Olive Kitteridge
10. The Affair

AdWeek: 5 Ways Television Changed Dramatically in 2014
Here are a few ways the industry is changing, and what it means for 2015.
1. Ratings went crazy.

2. Reality TV lost its mojo.
3. Data brokers came out of the shadows.
4. We saw the first crop of streaming shows as good as premium cable.
5. TV learned to love programmatic.


NYT: U.S. Links North Korea to Sony Hacking
American intelligence officials have concluded that the government of Kim Jong-un was “centrally involved” in the attacks on the film company’s computers.

Deadline: Sony Hack Deepens Rift Between Film & Television Group
Despite television’s increasing importance and status as a cash cow, SPE is run by film executives, Lynton and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal, with major decisions that impact the television part of the company sometimes made unilaterally, without conferring with TV executives. There had been rumblings about friction between the film and TV leadership.

Turner Orders Staff to Change Computer Passwords In Wake of Sony Hack: Read Internal Memo
In response to the Sony hacking cyberattack, Turner Broadcasting is making its employees to change their computer passwords for precautionary purposes

Redditor finds woman with ex-girlfriend’s name to travel the world
A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Right. Jordan Axani, 28, and his then girlfriend, named Elizabeth Gallagher, booked heavily discounted round-the-world air tickets in May, but their relationship ended and he didn’t want her ticket to go to waste. The ticket had a strict no-transfer policy, but since passport information was not required when booking, it can be used by any Canadian named Elizabeth Gallagher.