Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Wednesday, January 28, 2015:
NBC Adds Horror Comedy Pilot ‘Strange Calls’
NBC is giving Australian format Strange Calls another stab. The network on Wednesday handed out a pilot order to a remake of the Aussie comedy. Twice developed by ABC, the NBC take again hails from prolific producer Aaron Kaplan and his Kapital Entertainment banner. The single-camera comedy centers on an affable but down on his luck young police officer who is transferred to a rural town where he starts to realize the town has a bizarre supernatural underbelly. Blake McCormick will pen the script and exec produce alongside Kaplan and Kapital’s Tracey Robertson. The comedy hails from 20th Century Fox Television and Hoodlum Entertainment.
Jimmy Olsen Cast in CBS’ ‘Supergirl’ Pilot
Mehcad Brooks will co-star opposite ‘Glee’s’ Melissa Benoist in the DC Comics take.
‘Wet Hot American Summer’: Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm & Jason Schwartzman Join Cast
More big names are joining the large ensemble cast of Netflix’s limited series Wet Hot American Summer. Chris Pine, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig and Jason Schwartzman have been tapped for guest starring/recurring roles in the eight-part series from Michael Showalter and David Wain.
Georgia King To Co-Star In HBO Comedy Series ‘Vice Principals’
Georgia King is set as a female lead opposite Danny McBride in Vice Principals.
Legendary Actress Rita Moreno Joins CW’s ‘Jane the Virgin’
Rita Moreno has joined The CW’s “Jane the Virgin.” The actress-singer will play Jane’s (Gina Rodriguez) paternal grandmother.
‘Fargo’ Casts ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Alum Michael Hogan for Season 2
Michael Hogan has been cast in Season 2 of FX’s anthology series “Fargo.”
The Good Wife Brings Back Gary Cole for Springtime Story Arc
Gary Cole last appeared on the acclaimed CBS drama in November 2013, shortly after his character, Kurt McVeigh, tied the knot with Christine Baranski’s Diane Lockhart.
Blythe Danner joins NBC’s ‘The Slap’
Blythe Danner has landed a guest-starring role on NBC’s new drama The Slap.
Lionsgate in talks with China’s Hunan TV for film and TV pact
Film studio Lionsgate is in advanced talks with China’s Hunan TV & Broadcast Intermediary Co. for what could be the latest Hollywood deal by a Chinese company. An agreement has not been finalized, but the discussions involve film financing, movie distribution, local film production in China and television initiatives.
(feature) Verge: Inside the studio where ESPN is betting billions on the future of sports
TV still matters at ESPN, and in every way DC-2 is wired for the future of TV. It’s capable of broadcasting in 4K and 8K, and if by some miracle 3D actually takes off, ESPN will be ready for that, too. TV is still where the network makes most of its money, and it will be for the foreseeable future. But when – not if, but when — that changes, ESPN says it will be ready. It has moved staff, built buildings, and overhauled how the company operates to make sure of that.
(tech) Verge: I just saw the first movie from Oculus, and it is the future
Oculus announced Story Studio, its in-house production team dedicated to producing virtual reality movies.