Morning News Update for Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Wednesday, January 7, 2015:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

VH1 Orders Backdoor Pilot for Hip-Hop Drama
VH1 has ordered The Breaks, a TV movie based on Dan Charnas’ best-selling book The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop. Production will begin in the spring for a fall premiere this year, with the option to become a series should the TV movie perform. Seith Mann will pen the script, exec produce and direct. Charnas will also exec produce and co-wrote the story for the script. The Breaks (working title) chronicles the journey of Nikki, David and DeeVee, three friends united by their love of hip-hop, as they work to make their big mark in the music industry.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/vh1-orders-backdoor-pilot-hip-761471

Netflix’s ‘Marco Polo’ Renewed for Second Season
The drama, originally developed for Starz, will return for a second round of 10 episodes, with production returning later this year. Netflix on Wednesday also announced premiere dates for new series including Marvel’s Daredevil (April 10), Bloodline (March 20), The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (March 6) as well as Grace and Frankie (May 8).
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/netflixs-marco-polo-renewed-second-761550

Hulu Renews ‘The Hotwives,’ Plans Vegas-Set Second Season
Hulu
is bringing The Hotwives, its satirical take on Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise, back for a second season, set in Las Vegas.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/hulu-renews-hotwives-plans-vegas-761558

USA’s ‘Covert Affairs’ Canceled After Five Seasons
USA Network
has opted to not move forward with the drama starring Piper Perabo and Christopher Gorham.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/covert-affairs-canceled-five-seasons-761446

‘About A Boy’ Season 2 Order Trimmed
NBC has trimmed the second-season order of comedy series About A Boyby two episodes, from 22 to 20.
http://deadline.com/2015/01/about-a-boy-season-2-order-trimmed-nbc-1201342836/

TCA NEWS:

TCA Live Blog: Netflix Presentation
Netflix
kicks off the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena. Follow below for live updates as Netflix’s content chief Ted Sarandos opens the 2015 session.
http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/tca-live-blog-netflix-presentation-1201394428/

FEATURE NEWS:

(video) Ant-Man’ First Full Teaser: “It’s Not About Saving Our World, It’s About Saving Theirs”
We get a full (nearly) two-minute look at Marvel’s next superhero, after it bowed during tonight’s premiere of Marvel’s Agent Carter on ABC.
http://deadline.com/2015/01/ant-man-teaser-paul-rudd-marvel-1201342751/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

YouTube Stars KickThePj, Sawyer Hartman To Launch Vimeo Series On Demand
YouTube stars KickThePj (a.k.a. PJ Liguori) and Sawyer Hartman will each launch an online-video series exclusively on Vimeo On Demand through a deal announced this morning with New Form Digital Studios. Two more series will be developed later this year as part of the New Form-Vimeo deal. Both Liguori and Hartman are well established on YouTube, with a collective subscriber base there of more than 3 million people.
http://deadline.com/2015/01/kickthepj-sawyer-hartman-vimeo-new-form-digital-studios-1201342602/

“They’re perfect, PS I cried”: How teen “cute couple” videos are taking over the Internet
Teenagers are flooding YouTube with clips of cuddling.
http://www.salon.com/2015/01/07/theyre_perfect_ps_i_cried_how_teen_cute_couple_videos_are_taking_over_the_internet/

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

New Fox Chiefs Reveal Reboot Plan: "We’re Not Looking to Do Smaller, Dark Programming"
Newman
and Walden shared a different outlook: Not only could broadcast still produce the biggest hits in the business, but they also could use the platform to maintain their success at the studio. So, shortly after Reilly’s exit was announced in late May, they approached Carey and Fox Network Groups chairman Peter Rice about the position — not, as many assumed, the other way around.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/new-fox-chiefs-reveal-reboot-761341

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