Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Thursday, January 29, 2015:
Office Comedy Starring Kevin Connolly, College Comedy From Weezer Frontman & ‘Psych’ Creator Get Fox Pilot Orders
Two high-profile Fox comedy projects have received pilot orders: Fantasy Life, starring Kevin Connolly, and DeTour, from Steve Franks and Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. Both come from Fox sibling 20th Century Fox TV and had put pilot commitments. The multi-camera/hybrid Fantasy Life was written by Tim McAuliffe based on Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, And Heartbreaking World Of Fantasy Sports From The Guy Who’s Lived It, the memoir by one of ESPN’s Matthew Berry. When a hard-working guy lands his ultimate dream job hosting a fantasy football show, he’s forced to navigate office politics while becoming the star he never thought he could be.
Single-camera DeTour was inspired by Cuomo’s real-life experiences. Written by Franks, it centers on a rock star who made the unexpected choice at age 30 to quit his band and go back to college.
NBC handed out a pilot order to the comedy inspired by the 1990 John Ritter film of the same name. From writer Scot Armstrong, the half-hour single-camera comedy is described as a family show about the cast-and-mouse game between a set of parents and their brilliant but mischievous child. The comedy will be executive produced by Armstrong, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan via their Universal Television-based TBD Productions. Imagine Television’s Brian Grazer, who produced the original Universal Pictures film, will also be credited as an EP.
‘Agent Carter’ Duo Ink Pod Deal With ABC Studios
ABC Studios is putting Agent Carter duo Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters on lockdown. The duo, who also showrun ABC’s sophomore drama Resurrection, have inked a pod deal with the studio behind both dramas. Under the two-year pact, the longtime friends and colleagues will hire a development executive for their Fazekas and Butters shingle and develop half-hour and hourlong projects.
ABC’s "Fresh Off The Boat" Tweets Offensive Promo
After the Twitter account for ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat tweeted a promotional image for the comedy, which launches on the network on Feb. 4, depicting various cultures through their choice of hats, executive producer Eddie Huang went on a Twitter tirade about the since-deleted image.
(review) HuffPo: ‘Fortitude’: Stanley Tucci Excels In A Tale Of Icebound Crime
It’s easy to give you an idea of what "Fortitude" is like and whether you might like it, because it’s not hard to find good shows that are pretty similar to the new Pivot drama. It sits squarely at the center of a satisfying subgenre that has bubbled up in the last few years and is centered on visually ambitious dramas that skirt or avoid most conventional rules about how crime and punishment are handled on TV. Procedurals these are not.
Disney’s Bob Iger: ‘Star Wars: Episodes VIII, IX’ Coming in 2017, 2019
Disney Chairman/CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that Rian Johnson‘s “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will hit theaters in 2017 and that “Star Wars: Episode IX” will arrive in 2019.
CBS Films Acquires Spec ‘Senior Year’
CBS Films has paid mid-six figures for Senior Year, the spec comedy by Andrew Knauer and Arthur Pielli. Broken Road and Benderspink are producing. After a cheerleader falls off a pyramid and knocks herself into a coma, she awakens 20 years later (present day) in the body of a 37-year-old woman. But having only aged physically and knowing nothing else, she returns to reclaim her seat at the cool table and win the prom queen crown that has eluded her.
‘Outlander’ Star Joining George Clooney, Julia Roberts in ‘Money Monster’
Caitriona Balfe, the star of the Starz TV show Outlander, is joining the high-profile cast of Money Monster, TriStar’s financial drama being directed by Jodie Foster.
Karl Urban to Replace Michael C. Hall in Disney’s ‘Pete’s Dragon’ Remake
Karl Urban has joined the cast of Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon,” replacing Michael C. Hall.
Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’ Enlists ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Alum
Rachael Taylor has joined the 13-episode Netflix superhero series.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan Joins Extant Season 2 as Roguish Bounty Hunter
Jeffrey Dean Morgan will co-star opposite Halle Berry when CBS’ interstellar drama Extant returns this summer.
Kathy Bates Returns to ‘Mike & Molly’
She’ll reprise her guest role as Kay McKinnon.
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
Amazon reports better-than-expected profits and big growth for its Prime service
Today the company announced its fourth quarter results, reporting net income of just $241 million on its $29.33 billion in sales. It’s safe to say Prime had at least 10 million users to start 2014 and has added at least 5.3 million since. Bezos emphasized the company will continue to spend heavily on what it believes is the lynchpin of its ecosystem.
Dana Belcastro Joins Alcon Entertainment As EVP Physical Production
Former New Line Cinema executive Dana Belcastro has joined Alcon Entertainment as the company’s executive vice president of physical production.