Morning News Update for Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Wednesday, January 14, 2015:


Comedy Central Renews ‘Broad City’ for Third Season
Abbi Jacobson
and Ilana Glazer’s series, executive produced by Amy Poehler, nabbed another 10 episodes.

(sched) Amazon Sets Premiere Date for Cop Drama ‘Bosch’
Amazon Studios will premiere all 10 episodes of “Bosch,” its first hour-long drama, on Friday, Feb. 13.

(review) Variety: Syfy’s ’12 Monkeys’
Aaron Stanford slides into the Bruce Willis role as James Cole, a man sent back from 2043 to prevent the outbreak of a 2017 plague that decimated the Earth’s population. That gives him a couple years to accomplish his mission — more time than the series might have to find its creative equilibrium.

(from last night) ‘Red Band Society’ Dead After Attempts To Continue It On Fox & Elsewhere Fail
According to people close to the matter, Fox had conversations with ABC Studios over the past weeks about ways to keep the show alive. While the series’s soft ratings performance pretty much rules it out as a in-season player on a major broadcast network, the network offered a summer run, which comes with a reduced license fee. That economic model is very hard to make work on a high-end series that had been developed and budgeted for a standard network airing, so the studio would not go through with that.

Grantland: ‘Togetherness,’ ‘Transparent,’ and TV’s Half-Hour Revolution
While cable dramas suck up all the attention and, recently, the agita, cable comedies have more or less been left to their own devices. Adored but considerably less respected and certainly less covered than their brawnier counterparts these half-hours have been mutating in plain sight for a decade and a half, their tentacles now stretching from the staid dramedies of Showtime to the pomo WTFs of Adult Swim. This diversity has led not to chaos but to possibility. While cable dramas now come larded with a very familiar set of expectations, a cable comedy is allowed — no, is expected — to be anything at all.


Hitfix: ABC’s Paul Lee on the State of the Network – Press tour live-blog
Wednesday (January 14) is ABC’s day and we’re starting off the day with ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee, who’s in pretty good shape after a fall that saw big launches for "How To Get Away With Murder" and, to a less degree, "Black-ish."

Variety: TCA Live Blog: ABC Presentation
Follow below for live updates from the ABC presentation at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, including panels on John Ridley’s “American Crime,” Ryan Phillippe drama “Secrets and Lies,” and Marvel’s “Agent Carter.”

Mistresses: Alyssa Milano’s Savi Won’t Be Recast, Says ABC Boss
Don’t expect a disfiguring accident — followed by drastic reconstructive surgery — for Mistresses‘ Savi Davis. ABC’s summer sudser will not recast Alyssa Milano’s role, ABC president Paul Lee made clear on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

TCA Journal No. 5: Woody Allen, Game-Changer
If I was Netflix or Hulu right now, I’d be selling Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater and Kathryn Bigelow pretty hard on making some television.


ABC Family Recasts Procedural Drama, ‘Stichers’
ABC Family
has recast three lead roles in their first-ever original procedural drama. The hour-long crime drama, which was ordered to series in Sept. 2014 and began production Wednesday in Los Angeles, has added Allison Scagliotti, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Ritesh Rajan. “Stitchers” follows Kirsten, a young woman who is recruited into a secret government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and help solve mysteries, before they go to the grave.


Neal H Moritz Extends First-Look Deal At Columbia Pictures
Original Film’s Neal H Moritz
has renewed his first-look development and production deal with Columbia Pictures until 2019, extending his relationship with the Sony Pictures studio that began in 1997 when he produced I Know What You Did Last Summer.


Ellen DeGeneres to Produce ABC Hidden-Camera Prank Show
Hosted by ‘The Goldbergs’ star Wendi McLendon-Covey and inspired by a bit from the daytime show.Repeat After Me hails from Warner Horizon TelevisionDeGeneres and her A Very Good Production banner is under an overall at WBTV. The series will premiere Tuesday, Feb. 17 and air at 8:30 p.m., where it will be paired with buzzy freshman comedy Fresh Off the Boat.

The series will see McLendon-Covey, via remote earpiece, informing celebrities what to do with everyday people.

ABC returns to Celeb Wife Swap
ABC has commissioned a fourth season of reality format Celebrity Wife Swap. The 13-episode run, to be produced by Zodiak Los Angeles, is a spin-off from the Wife Swap format that was originally created by Stephen Lambert for Channel 4 in the UK and later adapted by ABC.


VH1 Spins Off New Scripted Show ‘Hindsight’ With ‘Planet Sebastian’
VH1 is spinning off its scripted show “Hindsight” with a new web series, “Planet Sebastian.” The new show will feature the cast and characters from the original program.Conceived and written by the creators of “Hindsight,” the new online series revolves around Sebastian – the video store manager – as he interviews people for his Public Access style talk show.

Community’s Comeback on Yahoo Will Include Ad Support
The Yahoo Screen version of Community will be free but ad-supported.


Lionsgate Renews Contracts For Rob Friedman And Patrick Wachsberger
The co-chairs of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group just signed “long-term agreements” that will maintain their oversight of feature film acquisitions, production and distribution, the independent studio says this morning.


Variety: Will Creatives Face Limits to Expression in Wake of Attacks?
When it comes to freedom of creative expession, the stakes for Hollywood have never been higher. As studios push for greater entree into worldwide markets, movies that seem benign in most countries can trigger an international incident in others. With word spreading ever-more-quickly over projects in the pipeline, decision-making across the entertainment industry is impacted, with increased scrutiny of politically sensitive content. Moreover, as technology enables daring material to get wider attention, opposing voices have gotten louder and, in some cases, more insidious and threatening.

Most Moviegoers Would Pay $10-$20 to Watch New Releases at Home
The vast majority of moviegoers would be willing to pay an additional $10-$20 to watch a newly released film in their home instead of a theater, a survey released Tuesday suggests. An eye-popping 82 percent of the more than 1,000 respondents in a broad PwC survey of film fans called “Summer 2014 Movie Going Declines a Blip on the Radar?” said that they’d be willing to ante up extra cash to see a first-run movie at home.

(stage) ‘First’ look: Meet the ladies of ‘First Wives Club: The Musical’
The 1996 comedy The First Wives Club is finally making the big leap to the stage, and EW has your first look at the trio of theater veterans who inherited the roles of the three divorcees who exact revenge on the husbands who ditched them for younger women. Meet Faith Prince, Christine Sherrill, and Carmen Cusack.