Noon News Update for Monday, January 26, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Monday, January 26, 2015:


‘X-Men’ Live-Action Series in the Works at Fox
is having preliminary conversations to adapt the iconic Marvel comic series — and feature film franchise — as a live-action television series with 24 producers Evan Katz and Manny Coto involved. Fox’s potential live-action series is being penned by Star Trek 3 writing duo Patrick McKay and JD Payne. Katz and Coto will serve as showrunners.

Wrap: Ratings Revamped: Which Network Is Tops in Scripted TV?
TheWrap re-ran network TV ratings to include primetime scripted series only — so, omitting sports, specials and reality series — to see who owns the written word on the small screen. As it turns out, the pared-down way of looking at most current (where available) Nielsen numbers jumps ABC from third to first place among the Big 4 networks.

(from Fri) NBC Adds Mark Burnett Guardian Angel Drama, Medical Soap
Mark Burnett
and Roma Downey’s Unveiled hails from Universal Television and is described as a one-hour drama following an ensemble of flawed guardian angels who intervene in the lives of those who find themselves facing crises in an attempt to restore their faith and, often, save their lives. John Sakmar and Kerry Lenhart will pen the script and exec produce alongside Burnett and Downey and their Lightworks Media banner.

Amy Brenneman and Brad Silberling’s Heart Matters, meanwhile, also hails from Universal Television and is described as a medical soap inspired by the life of Dr. Kathy Magliato and her 2011 book Heart Matters: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon. It follows the outspoken Alex Panttiere, one of the rare female heart transplant surgeons. Alex brings an innovative eye to treating patients week to week while also balancing the complications of her professional and romantic life. Jill Gordon will write the script and exec produce.


NBC’s Eva Longoria ‘Telenovela’ Comedy Adds Three to Cast
Ten days after the network announced a straight-to-series pickup for comedy Telenovela, the network has added three series regulars to its cast: Amaury Nolasco, Jencarlos Canela and Diana Maria Riva.

David Tennant to Play Villain in Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’ for Netflix
David Tennant
will play the villainous Killgrave, an enigmatic figure from Jessica’s past whose reappearance will send shockwaves through the former superhero’s world.

Colm Feore To Play The Dollmaker On ‘Gotham’
Colm Feore has been cast to play Dr. Francis Dulmacher, also known as The Dollmaker, in the Batman prequel series.

‘Parks and Recreation’ star Adam Scott to guest on Rashida Jones’ TBS comedy ‘Angie Tribeca’
Adam Scott
will guest-star in an episode of TBS’ police procedural paordy Angie Tribeca, which features Rashida Jones as a strong willed LAPD detective. Also guest-starring in the episode is Gillian Vigman.


‘Selma’s Ava DuVernay & David Oyelowo Reunite For Hurricane Katrina Pic
Selma helmer Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo are developing a narrative feature that is described as a sweeping love story and murder mystery framed around the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina. She will write and produce and direct, and he will produce and star.

Emma Watson Cast in Disney’s Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’
Emma Watson
has been cast in Disney’s live-action version of Beauty and the Beast.

Kaya Scodelario Boards Disney’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′
has cast Kaya Scodelario as the female lead in the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean.” She most recently starred in “The Maze Runner” and the TV series “Skins.”


DiGa Duo Sell ‘Ed Bassmaster Show,’ Singing Series, More
Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley are getting back to their roots. A year or so after U.K. behemoth ITV acquired a controlling stake in their production company, DiGa, the MTV vets are heading to Realscreen with a full slate of projects that are illustrative of their taste.

‘Cake Boss’ Renewed for Two Seasons by TLC
Buddy Valastro’s
Smash-Hit Series Renewed for Two New Seasons.

FYI Premieres New Original Series ‘My City’s Just Not That Into Me’ Wednesday, March 4 at 10PM
In “My City’s Just Not That Into Me,” LA-based real estate expert, Courtney Poulos, will help home seekers work through their real estate issues. Each episode of the series will feature a different family, couple or group of friends considering a move as they discover how far their money can go in different parts of the country.


BBC Launches Experimental Digital Hub
BBC has launched BBC Taster, a digital idea hub intended to develop new talent and content across the company’s platforms. The initiative is set to be the new home for experimental ideas, including interactive, short-form or social content, and online features and services. The hub will debut with exclusive content from Lena Dunham and Jennifer Saunders, Simon Reeves, hip-hop duo Run the Jewels, and several major BBC brands.

NFL Launching Its Own YouTube Channel
The National Football League (NFL) has partnered with YouTube on an official digital channel hosting a weekly programming schedule of NFL content.

EW: How Amazon plans to conquer Hollywood
Amazon Studios
vice president Roy Price talks to EW about his strategy for tackling Hollywood tradition on the film and TV side.
Q: Other streaming companies have made waves by rescuing cancelled titles, where you have focused mostly on originals. Are you interested in taking any cast-off titles, and are there any specific ones that you’re kicking the tires on?

Price: We’d be open to it for the right show, but we haven’t seen it yet. Our only goal is to get the greatest shows that we can for Amazon customers and we’re very open minded as to how that can happen.

Amazon to Release 12 Movies a Year, Studio Chief Says
Online retail giant Amazon aims to produce 12 movies a year once it ramps up, Amazon Studios vice-president Roy Price said Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.


Adam Sher Joins Leftfield Entertainment as Chief Creative Officer
Former Ryan Seacrest Prods. CEO Adam Sher has joined ITV Studios’ Leftfield Entertainment as chief creative officer. Sher will oversee creative matters across Leftfield’s four production imprints: Leftfield Pictures, Sirens Media, Loud TV and Outpost Entertainment.

Fox Networks Reshapes Ad Sales Strategy, Names Bruce Lefkowitz To Key Role
Bruce Lefkowitz has been named executive vice president of advertising sales of Fox Networks Group, and will serve as the number-two to Toby Byrne, the one time head of ad sales at Fox Broadcasting and Fox Sports who was tapped in October to lead a new effort to get advertisers to consider the company’s broader video portfolio.

(video) Viola Davis makes a powerful statement on diversity in moving SAG Award speech
In Davis’s acceptance speech she stated that building a story, with diverse characters who look like real people, starts from the top — evoking a story of her four-year-old daughter. Davis then thanked the producers and show creators (including Shonda Rhimes) for “thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old, dark-skinned African American woman who looks like me.”

(from Fri) Grey’s Anatomy Star Patrick Dempsey’s Wife Files for Divorce
Grey’s Anatomy heartthrob Patrick Dempsey and wife Jillian Fink are splitting. Fink has filed for divorce after 15 years of marriage, TMZ reports.


(review) (tech) Vox: Sling TV won’t end cable as we know it. But something like it will.
After spending the weekend playing around with Sling TV, I’m not sure this is so much a revolutionary step for television as it is an evolutionary step. Sling TV is caught in a middle ground between the cable model and the online streaming model, able to borrow some good things from both but also hampered by not having the chief advantages of either. It’s also not clear how long this particular middle ground will even exist, as TV plunges toward its online future.

NYT: Why Apps for Messaging Are Trending
People are spending more time on messaging apps, which many say allow for multimedia exchanges and commerce in a more intimate setting than older social media sites. Soon, media outlets like ESPN, Vice and CNN will be publishing original content directly to a new editorial section in Snapchat.

(video) TV show tricks chronic catcallers into harassing their own mothers
The Peruvian TV show "Harassing Your Mother" performs secret makeovers on the mothers of habitual catcallers, then uses hidden cameras to record catcallers shouting sexual remarks at their own mothers, who furiously upbraid them in the middle of the busy streets of Lima.

(video) How color timing works
Daryn Okada offers a great look at how a cinematographer approaches color-timing a feature in this latest video from The Academy.