Afternoon News Update for Monday, December 22, 2014.

Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Monday, December 22, 2014:


Female Navy SEALs Drama Set At Fox With Basil Iwanyk Producing
Fox has put in development an action drama from Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Television and Warner Bros. Written byArrow co-executive producer Wendy Mericle, the untitled project is set on Coronado Island and revolves around the first group of female U.S. soldiers vying to earn a spot in the world’s toughest boy’s club: the Navy SEALs.

CW Developing Music Drama Produced by Scooter Braun

The CW is teaming with uber-producer Scooter Braun and Tony nominee Todd Graff to develop a music drama. The untitled entry, which has received a script commitment, is set in the ever-evolving world of music, entertainment and social media. It chronicles the rise of Gary Graham, a brilliant young manager with the talent and ambition to shake up the industry. The drama will feature original songs and cameos from some of pop culture’s biggest names.

(from Fri) ABC Buys FBI Drama Produced By Jordan Kerner
ABC and ABC Studios have made a late drama buy, taking in a spec script written by Gwendolyn Parker and executive produced by Jordan Kerner. This marks feature producer Kerner’s return to ABC where he was a drama development executive in the 1980s. Tentatively titledHigh Profile, the project tells the story of Shauna McDaniel, the survivor of a high-profile crime as a child, who is now a tough but tormented FBI agent heading up a nationwide unit dedicated to investigating “crimes of the century”.

(from Fri) Sarah Jessica Parker Nears HBO Return With New Comedy
HBO and actress Sarah Jessica Parker are nearing a deal for a starring role on a new comedy called “Divorce”. The series would focus on a middle-aged woman, who’s teetering on the idea of divorce from her husband and is being nudged by her two single friends to do it. But, she doesn’t go through with it. That changes, though, when her husband learns of her affair and calls off the marriage. Parker is slated to star and executive produce the comedy alongside Aaron Kaplan, Paul Simms, Alison Benson.

(from Fri) ‘Homeland’s’ Howard Gordon Sells Action Comedy to NBC
NBC has handed out a script plus penalty commitment to Human Resources, a single-camera comedy from the Homeland executive producer. The half-hour entry is an action workplace comedy described as being in the vein of 24 meets Die Hard that follows an unlikely group of heroes who come together to save their co-workers, their jobs and, ultimately, themselves. Tom Gormican will pen the script and executive produce alongside Howard Gordon and his Teakwood Lane head of TV Hugh Fitzpatrick. 3 Arts’ Oly Obst will also exec produce. The comedy hails from 20th Century Fox Television.

(from Fri) The Lucas Brothers To Topline & Co-Write Autobiographical Comedy For Fox
and Kenny Lucas set to star in A Better Bushwick, a single camera comedy project for Fox. Written and co-executive produced by Christian Lander, Keith Lucas and Kenny Lucas, A Better Bushwick will mirror the real-life story of identical twin brothers Keith and Kenny dropping out of their third year at Duke and NYU law schools, respectively, in order to pursue their dreams. A Better Bushwick is executive produced by Marcus Wiley as well as Michael Rotenberg and Avi Gilbert of 3 Arts Entertainment. 20th Century Fox Television is the studio.


Mike Colter Set as Luke Cage for Marvel, Netflix
He’ll co-star in ‘Jessica Jones’ and its eventual ‘Luke Cage’ spinoff.

(from Fri) Veronica Osorio Inks Talent Deal With Fox
In a competitive situation, Fox Broadcasting Co. and 20th Century Fox TV have signed a talent holding deal with Veronica Osorio of Upright Citizen’s Brigade New York to be cast in a comedy pilot for the network and studio this development season.

(from Fri) David Schwimmer to Play Robert Kardashian in FX’s ‘American Crime: People v. O.J. Simpson’
He’ll go head-to-head with Sarah Paulson.


Syfy Acquires Unscripted Series ‘Troy: Street Magic,’ Schedules Tuesday, January 13 Premiere
today announced that it has acquired the unscripted series Troy: Street Magic, featuring one of England’s hottest young magicians. This stylish 10-part series showcases 25-year-old magician Troy Von Scheibner as he hits the streets of London to astound unsuspecting locals, tourists and hipsters alike with his distinctive blend of close-up magic and spectacular stunts.

Washingtonian: How David Gregory Lost His Job
Last summer, Gregory was let go from his gig as host of “Meet the Press.” Here’s an inside look at his fall from the top — and what it says about the state of TV news.


Once Upon A Time Graphic Novel Gets A Sequel – The Darkest Past
Marvel have released one Once Upon A Time original graphic novel based on the popular TV show broadcast by Disney’s ABC, and have now gone for a double dip for April 2015. ONCE UPON A TIME: The Shadow of the Queen is plotted by series writer and co-executive producer, Kalinda Vazquez, and co-written by returning author Corinna Bechko, the release will tie into official show continuity and dive in to four never-before-told stories of fan favorite characters!


THR: How to Get a Job in Shondaland
Plus the ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Scandal’ and ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ stars share their thoughts about working for Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.

Exec Shuffle for 12/19/2014: Endemol Shine Group Launched, Campbell McInnes Joins Aspire Ent, Ian Friedman Upped at Comedy Central & More
Aspire Entertainment announced that Campbell McInnes will be joining as the Senior Vice President of Feature Production and Development.

announced that Chris Regina, one of the key players behind the network’s acquisitions strategy has been promoted to Senior VP Program Strategy, Syfy and Chiller.

WE tv continues to grow its original programming team following recent promotions of Lauren Gellert to the newly created position of EVP development and original programming. Suzanne Gladstone Murchhas been upped from executive producer to the newly created role of VP original programming, overseeing all unscripted production. David Stefanou joins WEtv as VP development, overseeing the network’s ongoing search for fresh, new unscripted series. WE tv has appointed Angela Molloy as VP development.

AMC has brought on veteran business affairs executive Rick Olshansky as head of business affairs. He will report to AMC president Charlie Collier. Olshansky succeeds Marci Wiseman, who earlier this year moved to a new role of executive-in-charge of owned content distribution and strategy for AMC Networks.


AdWeek: Which Networks Made the Naughty and Nice Lists This Year?
Nice: ABC is still very much a work in progress, but its top three scripted series are higher rated in 18-49 than any broadcast series except The Big Bang Theory (Modern Family, 3.41; Scandal, 3.16; freshman hit How to Get Away with Murder, 3.04). This fall, it shored up Thursdays with its powerhouse Shonda Rhimes-produced #TGIT lineup, and after six years, finally discovered a suitable time slot partner for Modern Family (the terrific Black-ish).

Variety: The 10 Best TV Surprises of 2014
2014 produced a number of pleasant surprises, in part from existing programs that received a creative makeover, as well as projects or providers that proved more appealing than anticipated.
Almost Royal.
The Americans.
CNN Documentary Films.
The Flash/Gotham.
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.
Once Upon a Time.
Survivor’s Remorse.

Wrap: 10 Most Culturally Relevant TV Shows of 2014
The cultural analysts at TruthCo. continually monitor and analyze the shifting cultural trends in TV and have compiled a list of the “Top 10 Most Cultural Relevant Shows of 2014″:
1.) “True Detective,” HBO
2.) “The Profit,” CNBC
3.) “Fargo,” FX
4.) “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” Fox
5.) FIFA World Cup 2014, ESPN and Univision
6.) “Married at First Sight,” FYI
7.) “Extreme Guide to Parenting,” Bravo
8.) “Black-Ish,” ABC
9.) “Jane the Virgin,” The CW

10.) “The Comeback,” HBO

Vulture: The 10 Best TV Opening Credits of 2014
1. The Affair
2. True Detective
3. The Leftovers
4. Manhattan
5. Halt and Catch Fire
6. Black Sails
7. Cosmos
8. Penny Dreadful
9. Marco Polo
10. Outlander

Salon: From “I Want to Marry Harry” to the entire Lifetime network: The worst TV of 2014
Oh, sure, best-of lists are great. But here’s the television that amazed us with just how bad it was:
1. “Stalker,” CBS
2. “Tyrant,” FX
3. Lifetime
4.“I Wanna Marry ‘Harry’,” Fox
5. “How I Met Your Mother”: “Last Forever,” CBS
6. A surprising amount of HBO
7. “Saturday Night Live”: “Chris Rock/Prince,” NBC
8. “Peter Pan Live!,” NBC
9. “Family Guy”: “The Simpsons Guy,” Fox


Amazon and Netflix Run Full-Page NYT Ads to Push Their Big-Money Web TV Shows
The new-media kings are turning to old media. On Saturday, Amazon and Netflix both took out full-page ads in the New York Times for blockbuster Web TV series that they are each betting big on.

Rolling Stone: An Oral History Of ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’
From freak snowstorms to the comedic cyclone that is Chevy Chase, the cast and creators reveal the secrets behind this beloved holiday-movies classic.

The Happiest Companies to Work For, According to CareerBliss Reviews
While workplace happiness partially depends on you , some companies have the right mix of culture and benefits to make them superior places to work. A recent survey ranks the best places to work in the US.
6 Last year: 21 Google
18 — DirecTV
30 — NBCUniversal
33 Last year:15 Walt Disney Company
36 — Yahoo