Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Tuesday, January 20, 2015:
NBC Adds Multicamera Comedy Pilots From DJ Nash, Greg Malins
NBC has handed out pickups to People Are Talking and Take It From Us. People Are Talking, which had a script commitment attached, hails from writer DJ Nash and exec producer Will Packer. The comedy examines sex, race and everything else your parents told you never to talk about. From Universal Television and Will Packer Prods., Nash will pen the script and exec produce alongside Packer and his head of television Korin Huggins.
Take It From Us, meanwhile, landed at the network in October with a script-plus-penalty commitment. Written by Greg Malins and Barry Schwartz, the comedy centers on a couple who tells their son the lessons they learned growing up in the ’90s in the hopes that he avoids making the same mistakes. Malins and Schwartz will pen the script and executive produce the comedy alongside 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg and Jonathan Berry. The comedy hails from Sony Pictures Television.
‘Dreamgirl’ Anika Noni Rose Options ‘Bone Street Rumba’ Series For Film/TV
Anika Noni Rose has optioned TV/Film rights to Daniel José Older’s urban fantasy series Bone Street Rumba. First installment of the literary skein, Half-Resurrection Blues centers on character Carlos Delacruz, an agent in the “New York Council Of The Dead.” He’s a so-called in-betweener, living in a kind of purgatory after his own death, and he encounters others in a similar demi-monde.
(ratings) (VOD) ‘Empire’ Leads Top 20 Xfinity On Demand TV Shows & Breaks Premiere Records for the Week Ending January 11, 2015
The top TV series on Xfinity On Demand for the week of January 5-11:
1. Empire (series premiere), Fox
2. Downton Abbey, PBS
3. American Horror Story: Freak Show, FX
4. The Big Bang Theory, CBS
5. Madam Secretary, CBS
6. The Good Wife, CBS
7. Modern Family, ABC
8. Shameless (premiere), Showtime
9. Marvel’s Agent Carter (series premiere), ABC
TVBTN: CBS Predictions: ‘Stalker’ Is Certain To Be Canceled
Stalker is certain to be canceled. Its only chance for survival was if it beat out Madam Secretary for the "third rookie" Fall drama renewal for CBS. When Madam Secretary was renewed, that chance vanished.
THR: TCA Journal No. 8: Drowning in Television
1,715 series. In primetime only. 352 of them scripted. Of those, 199 are on cable, 129 on broadcast and 24 are OTT ("over the top" — Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu). The stark reality of how any one show can stand out and survive, much less thrive, in this current environment is really Issue No. 1 in the industry.
‘Modern Family’ Books ‘You’re the Worst’ Star
Breakout Aya Cash will guest star on the ABC comedy.
Rob Lowe To Play Devil’s Advocate In Sky End-Of-World Drama ‘Apocalypse Slough’
Rob Lowe will star in Apocalypse Slough, the 10-part series ordered earlier this month by Sky 1 as part of satcaster’s increased push into original drama. The project, described as an adrenaline-fueled witty epic, follows an eclectic group of ordinary people in an extraordinary situation: a collision is imminent with an eight-mile wide comet that’s destined to wipe out all life on Earth.
‘Hannibal’ casts Tony winner Nina Arianda
Hannibal has found a mate for Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) in the form of Dancy’s old Broadway pal, Nina Arianda.
Tatiana Maslany, Rooney Mara Testing for ‘Star Wars’ Standalone Movie
Tatiana Maslany is testing for the female lead in the Star Wars spin-off that is being directed by Gareth Edwards. Rooney Mara is also due to test this week among a handful of others, according to multiple sources. Additionally Felicity Jones, who just received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress for her work in The Theory of Everything, is said to be on the wantlist.
Oscar de la Hoya to Launch Boxing TV Channel
Oscar de la Hoya has partnered with Mexican boxing mogul Pepe Gomez to launch De la Hoya TV: Beyond Boxing. Programming plans include following top fighters as they prepare for bouts and other aspects of training. It will also have a Mexico-centric lifestyle component focused on destinations and hot spots in the country.
Disney/ABC’s Syndicated ‘The F.A.B. Life’ Cleared in Over 70 Percent of the Country
The upcoming syndicated daytime talker “The F·A·B Life” (fun and beautiful), featuring the multi-talented Tyra Banks, has already been cleared in over 70% of the country.
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
Netflix Tops 57 Million Subscribers in Q4, As U.S. Growth Slows
Netflix ended 2014 with 57.4 million subscribers worldwide — packing on 1.9 million in the U.S. and 2.43 million internationally for the fourth quarter, in line with expectations — as it posted earnings that beat Wall Street estimates.
NBC to live stream the Super Bowl for free
NBCUniversal announced Tuesday that it will be offering an 11-hour free digital video stream of this year’s Super Bowl.
Overstock.com Taking On Amazon With VOD, Streaming Services
The online retailer plans to allow customers to purchase movies and TV content over the Internet.
(comics) Marvel’s Secret Wars will end the current Marvel universe
At a press conference for the kickoff the this year’s Secret Wars comic event, Marvel announced the big news: By the end of the event, the Marvel Universe as we know it will be gone. And so will the Ultimate Universe, a separate timeline started in 2000. What’s left will be a fresh universe replacing both of them while carrying over some pieces. The event is the culmination of a years-long run on Avengers and New Avengers by writer Jonathan Hickman.
Televisa USA Names Chris Philip To Head Global Distribution & Production
Televisa USA is bolstering its domestic and international English-language production and distribution output, tapping Sierra/Engine Television CEO Chris Philip to head its new global distribution and production unit. He will work closely with Televisa USA Chief Creative Officer Michael Garcia and Chief of Operations & Business Affairs Ryan Likes to develop and set up new series in the U.S.
Margaret Nagle To Receive WGAW’s Paul Selvin Award For ‘The Good Lie’
The Good Lie screenwriter Margaret Nagle will be the recipient of this year’s Paul Selvin Award, the Writers Guild of America, West announced today. Named after the late Paul Selvin, general counsel to the Guild for 25 years, the award is given each year to the WGA member whose script best embodies the spirit of the constitutional and civil rights and liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere and to which Selvin devoted his professional life.
Harvardwood Names Most Staffable TV Writers
Harvardwood, the entertainment-industry networking group for Harvard grads, has named winners of its annual writers competition and what it calls the Most Staffable TV Writers. The competition winners are:
– Ryan P. Shrime won the feature category for his coming-of-age dramedy Please Don’t Die; Peter Lim was runner up for his horror-comedy Werewolves Of New London;
– Nick Baker won the TV Pilots category for crime thriller Lullaby, and runner up is Joy Goodwin for one-hour drama The Underground.
– Mustapha Kahn won the Shorts category for coming-of-age dramedy Blanchin.
– The group also named its Most Staffable TV writers, which included Baker again, as well as Adam Prince, for his drama pilot Ark, and Drew Housman, for his comedy pilot Think Tank.
CBS Diversity Showcase Gets Laughs and Jobs for Talent
Now in its 10th year, the showcase is designed to introduce industry folks, especially casting agents and directors, to the talents of women and minority actors looking to break into the world of network comedy. While other nets put on similar comedy events, the CBS effort is unique in its sketch format. The showcase will be performed four times on Jan. 20-22 at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood.
TVBTN: Report: Millennials Stream Comedies, Generation X DVRs Dramas & Other Generational Viewing Generalizations
Comedy is the top genre watched regularly by Millennials (74% vs. 70% for Gen Xers, and 68% for Boomers). Millennials are most likely to seek out comedy through streamed sources (57% first go to Netflix).
Gen Xers and Boomers are most likely to watch movies (76% and 75%, respectively) and Dramas (69% for both Gen Xers and Boomers vs. 59% for Millennials). Gen Xers’ first source for viewing TV programming is Live TV (62%), followed by DVR (53%).
Boomers differ from all other groups with a high affinity for live programming including local news (76%) and to a lesser extent National News and Weather. Live TV is by far the first choice for viewing TV among this group (77%).
Potential Alibi Witness for Convicted Murderer in ‘Serial’ Breaks Silence With New Affidavit
The former classmate of Adnan Syed’s who could hold the key to unraveling his conviction in the murder of Hae Min Lee has written a new affidavit reasserting that she was with Syed at the exact time the state argued that he killed his ex-girlfriend in 1999, and alleging that the original prosecutor in the case essentially convinced her not to participate in the appeals process.
(rumor) (tech) Ming-Chi Kuo Predicts 12.9-Inch iPad to Ship With an Optional Stylus
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back with another report outlining his belief that Apple will launch a stylus as an optional accessory for the company’s rumored 12.9-inch “iPad Pro”. With the new iPad’s larger screen, it will likely prove popular with enterprise and creative users who tend to have more need for a stylus and Kuo believes Apple will fill that need with an in-house solution. http://daringfireball.net/linked/2015/01/20/kuo-stylus