Noon News Update for Monday, January 12, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Monday, January 12, 2015:


CW Plotting ‘Arrow’ Spinoff ‘Atom’
Superhero series would be based on Brandon Routh’s character.

‘Scorpion,’ ‘Madam Secretary,’ ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Renewed for Second Seasons
The three freshman dramas will be back for second seasons. As for the future of fellow rookie drama Stalker, the critically maligned entry is still in contention for next season, Tassler said.

CW Renews ‘Arrow,’ ‘Flash,’ ‘Jane’ and Five More for 2015-2016 Season
The CW has handed early renewals for the 2015-16 season to all eight of its current scripted series, in a show of confidence and a sign of its improving primetime fortunes. Renewed are “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Reign,” “Supernatural,” “The 100,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals.”

AMC Greenlights Miniseries ‘Making of the Mob: New York’
MC announced today that the network will premiere a special event mini-series “Making of The Mob: New York,” chronicling the historical roots of the original Five Families. The docu-drama is being produced by Stephen David Entertainment and will consist of eight, one-hour episodes premiering in second quarter 2015.

NYT: Aiming to Break Out in a Crowded TV Landscape
Amid declining ratings and ads, and digital competition, television groups are pouring more resources than ever into developing programs to help them stand out. A result of the surging demand for hits is surging costs. Programming expenses at broadcast networks rose 9 percent, to nearly $19 billion, in 2014 from the previous year. At cable networks, programming expenses increased 13 percent over the same period, to $31 billion, according to Michael Nathanson, a media analyst with MoffettNathanson Research.


Hitfix: CBS’ Nina Tassler on the State of the Network – Press tour live-blog
Let’s see what CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler has to say…

Hitfix: The CW’s Mark Pedowitz on the State of the Network – Press tour live-blog
It’s executive session time and The CW’s Mark Pedowitz has a new action hit and a Golden Globe nomination critical favorite to tout for the year’s achievements.

(video) ‘Dovekeepers’ Trailer: First Look At CBS Miniseries
has not announced a premiere date for its return to the miniseries game with The Dovekeepers, but it did unveil its first trailer today at TCA.

MTV Orders New ‘ABDC’ Episodes; Announces ‘Finding Carter’, ‘Catfish’, ‘Broke A$$’ Airdates
announced at TCA that its dance competition series America’s Best Dance Crew will be returning this summer with six new episodes. In addition premiere dates were announced for three returning series Catfish: The TV Show, Finding Carter and the Broke A$$ Game Show.

THR: TCA Journal No. 4: Lost In the Cable Supermarket
How many niche channels are really necessary or sustainable?


3XK returning to ‘Castle’
3XK has booked a return trip to haunt Castle and Beckett. Michael Mosley has signed on to reprise his role as the famed serial killer during Castle‘s big two-part episode in February.

Steven R. McQueen Exiting ‘The Vampire Diaries’ as Series Regular
Steven R. McQueen
is leaving “The Vampire Diaries” this season, showrunner Julie Plec tells Variety.


(sched) Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Gets September Premiere Date
Stephen Colbert has his start date. The Late Show will premiere Tuesday, Sept. 8, CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler announced Monday morning at the Television Critics Associations’ semi-annual press tour.\

CNN Teams Up With the FAA for Reporter Drones
announced Monday that it has entered a deal with the Federal Aviation Administration to integrate drones into its newsgathering and reporting.

Lenny Kravitz to join Katy Perry at the Super Bowl
Katy Perry has picked her special guest for the Super Bowl: Lenny Kravitz.


(video) Marvel is streaming the Japanese Spider-Man series from the ’70s
If you’ve never seen the classic series, not to worry. Marvel has released two episodes online for your enjoyment. Spider-Manwas a late 1970s series developed by Marvel and Japan’s Toei Company. Unlike the American source material, however, it’s much, much weirder.

(video) IFC’s new webseries proves even ‘Faeries’ get the bluesThe leading ladies on IFC Comedy Crib’s new webseries share all your feminist angst, with a magical twist. They’re faeries. The series Faeries debuted on Jan. 6, and the first episode smartly plays up the familiar frustrations of women navigating society’s expectations as they seek happiness. Or, in this case, the special blend of grumpiness and glee that makes faeries content.


Schitt’s Creek Renewed for Season Two
Ahead of its series premiere, the comedy Schitt’s Creek has been renewed for a second season by CBC. The show is co-created by Eugene and Daniel Levy, who also star in the 13-episode series alongside Catherine O’Hara and Annie Murphy, all of whom are set to return next season.

Danish partnership and new original for Netflix
Netflix has teamed up with Denmark’s TV2 to commission a third season of Rita, TV2’s comedy drama about a politically incorrect school teacher.
The third season of the show will be produced by SF Film Production.


Amazon, ‘Transparent’ Make History at Golden Globes
Amazon proved itself a major player in the television field when its original program “Transparent” won the Golden Globe for best TV series, musical or comedy and star Jeffrey Tambor won best actor. Not only was it Amazon’s first-ever Golden Globe award, “Transparent” also became the first online series to ever win a best series award, comedy or drama, at the annual awards show.

Variety: Golden Globes Embrace Changing Face of Television (Analysis)
Golden Globe voters went out of their way to embrace the new diversity in television — both in human and technological terms. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. spread the wealth among upstart digital players, lower-profile shows and actors in roles that embody minority groups and subcultures that face bias and discrimination in mainstream society.


6 Ways TV Networks Are Spinning the Losing Ratings War
In his Consumer Electronics Show keynote speech on Wednesday, CBS President and CEO Les Moonves raged against traditional ratings metrics calling overnight ratings “worthless.” As a result, networks are finding ways to get around overnight ratings and make delayed viewing numbers more palatable to advertisers and audiences.

(comics) Image Comics Announces Diverse Future Slate at 2015 Expo
Image Comics held its fifth annual Image Expo in San Francisco this week, where it unveiled the 18 new titles in its 2015 launch lineup. This year’s highlights include new projects from Brian K. Vaughan (Saga, Y: The Last Man) and Image Comics founder Todd McFarlane (Spawn).

90% of Americans more likely to trust brands that back social causes
Consumers don’t just like when companies incorporate social good into their business models — they’ve come to expect it, whether it’s through corporate social responsibility (CSR), cause marketing or "good" content. In fact, 90% of Americans say they’re more likely to trust and stay loyal to companies that actively try to make a difference.