Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Monday, January 12, 2015:
Syfy Developing Futuristic Prison Society Drama From ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Writer
Syfy is developing 51st State, a one-hour drama series about a futuristic prison society, penned by Oscar-nominatedDallas Buyers Club co-writer Craig Borten. The project hails from Fox 21 TV Studios and Chernin Entertainment. As51st State unfolds, the United States, confronting a prison population stretched to the limit, purchases Greenland and converts it into a frontier prison colony with male and female convicts incarcerated together. Promised conditional freedom, the inmates are driven to the edge of their humanity when that promise is broken, along with others.
Happy Madison Inks New Overall Deal With Sony TV, Sets 8 Comedy Projects
Adam Sandler and Doug Robinson’s Happy Madison is extending its relationship with Sony Pictures TV, signing a new three-year overall deal. Under the most recent pact, the company has set up 8 comedy projects at the broadcast networks, including What Up Wahlbergs,inspired by the Wahlberg brothers as kids growing up, with Danny Wahlberg producing. The project, written by Ian Edelman, is set up at ABC.
Showtime Renews ‘Shameless,’ Orders ‘Happyish’ to Series
The William H. Macy dramedy will be back and redeveloped comedy ‘Happyish’ will get its second series pickup.
(review) THR: ‘Man Seeking Woman’
In the new FXX series, a young man breaks up with his girlfriend and finds that dating is very difficult (in absurd and silly ways). Created by Simon Rich and based on his story collection, Man Seeking Woman is a wonderfully absurdist and often ridiculously silly take on one man’s attempt both to find a woman after getting dumped and to understand any woman. I watched the three episodes that FXX provided and laughed throughout, taken in by the often simple but absurd comedy at hand and how effortlessly it was being doled out.
Hitfix: Showtime’s David Nevins on the State of the Network – Press tour live-blog
I’m not immediately sure what news might come out of Monday’s Television Critics Association press tour executive session with Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins, but Nevins is usually good for a frank glimpse into what’s happening at the network.
Kyle MacLachlan Confirmed for ‘Twin Peaks’ Reboot
The actor made a surprise appearance at Showtime’s TCA panel.
Machine Gun Kelly; Joins Showtime Pilot ‘Roadies’, Allen Maldonado In ‘Black-Ish’
Rapper and actor Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly) is rounding out the cast of Showtime comedy pilot Roadies. Allen Maldonado has landed a recurring role in ABC’s breakout comedy Black-ish.
Eric Roberts Returning to CSI as Brother Larson in Season Finale
Eric Roberts will reprise the role of Brother Daniel Larson in the CBS procedural’s season finale.
Stan Lee Sets ‘Agent Carter’ Cameo
Stan Lee has booked his next appearance in the Marvel-verse. The comic-book icon will make a cameo in “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” in the series’ Jan. 27 episode.
(animated) Billy Dee Williams reprises ‘Star Wars’ role in ‘Rebels’ preview
Lando’s back: We can confirm that Billy Dee Williams is indeed reprising his iconic Star Wars role in Disney XD’s animated series Star Wars Rebels.
Sony Picks Up Comedy Project ‘Psych’
Sony has picked up Psych, a comedy pitch from Aaron Buchsbaum and Teddy Riley. Mosaic is attached to produce. Psych is described as a two-hander involving a young psychiatrist whose life is turned upside down after he tries some unorthodox therapy on his institutionalized patient.
Mary Murphy Exits Fox’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’
The judge’s option for the 12th season was not renewed.
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
Ricky Gervais Returning to Netflix With New ‘Derek’ Special
Ricky Gervais will be slipping into the patterned sweaters of “Derek” yet again, as the comedy series returns to Netflix this April with an hour-long special. Gervais announced the April 3 return date on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
SSN: The Up & Up: The 10 YouTube Stars Primed for Crossover into Film & TV
With 100 hours of content uploaded every minute, and four billion video views each day, YouTube is today’s online content heavyweight. According to Nielsen, the site reaches more U.S. adults between the ages of 18 and 34 than any single cable network. With over 500 million channels to choose from, identifying up-and-coming YouTube talent gets more difficult every day. Luckily, SSN Insider has picked the best and brightest talent to call up for deals in film and television.
(video) Watch the Full First Episode of ‘Togetherness’ From HBO and the Duplass Brothers
The series premiered last night, but HBO has made the first episode available in full online.
Amy Winter Joins UP TV As EVP & General Manager
Longtime TLC exec Amy Winter has been tapped for the newly created position of EVP and General Manager at UP TV. In her new role, she will oversee and guide development and production of scripted and nonscripted series and movies as well as scheduling and acquisitions, marketing and public relations and digital and social media properties.
Slate: Should You Cut the Cord?
With the announcement of Sling TV at the Consumer Electronics Show last week, it’s become clear: The era of cord cutting is here to stay. Sling TV will expand the universe of à la carte digital-media consumption beyond Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. But how many of these services can you subscribe to before you’re paying more than you would with cable? To answer that question, Slate this calculator.
Ars Technica: The importance of deleting old stuff—another lesson from the Sony attack
Thousands of articles have called the December attack against Sony Pictures a wake-up call to industry. The attack showed how vulnerable a large organization can be and how devastating the publication of its private correspondence, proprietary data, and intellectual property can be. But while companies are supposed to learn that they need to improve their security against attack, there’s another equally important but much less discussed lesson here: companies should have an aggressive deletion policy.
Simon & Schuster to Sell Online Courses Taught by Popular Authors
Three prominent health, finance and self-help authors will teach the first courses, which will cost $25 to $85. With the online courses, Simon & Schuster aims to tackle two looming problems facing authors and publishers: finding new business opportunities in a sluggish book market and grabbing the attention of readers who are increasingly distracted by social media and free online content.