Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Monday, February 2, 2015:
‘Tales From the Darkside’ Anthology, Julie Plec Drama Nab CW Pilot Pickups
The CW joined the pilot party Monday, picking up two remakes from established producers. Tales From the Darkside and Cordon, a remake of Belgian series from Julie Plec. The new Tales From the Darkside take hails from writer Joe Hill and will be executive produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci via the duo’s overall deal with CBS Television Studios. Mitchell Galin, K/O Paper Products president Heather Kadin and Jerry Golod are also on board to executive produce the half-hour entry. The new Darkside is described as a reinvention of the horror/fantasy/thriller anthology and based on the 1980s series.
Plec’s Cordon, meanwhile, is examines what happens when a deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta and a large city quarantine is quickly enforced, leaving those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives. Based on the original Belgian series created by Carl Joos for Eyeworks, Cordon tells the story of loved ones tragically torn apart, and how the society that grows inside the cordon reveals both the devolution of humanity and the birth of unlikely heroes. Plec will write and exec produce, with David Nutter on board to direct the pilot and exec produce. The drama hails from Warner Bros. Television and Plec’s studio-based My So Called Company.
‘Quarry’ Picked Up To Series At Cinemax
Cinemax today officially announced an eight-episode series order to drama pilot Quarry. Production will begin March 30 on location in New Orleans and Tennessee. Created and executive produced by Graham Gordy & Michael D. Fuller. Based on the novels of Max Allan Collins, the show will be directed and executive produced by Greg Yaitanes (Banshee), along with executive producer Steve Golin (True Detective). Quarry tells the story of Mac Conway (Logan Marshall-Green), a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public.
Weinstein Co. Developing Sniper Story for TV Miniseries
Weinstein Co. will adapt Nicholas Irving’s book ‘The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers.’ Special Operations Direct Action Sniper Irving was the U.S. Army 3rd Ranger Battalion’s deadliest sniper. He was the first African American to serve as a sniper in his battalion, and became known as “The Reaper” by the end of his active service. Brendan Deneen and Irving’s editor at St. Martin’s, Marc Resnick will executive produce the project on behalf of Macmillan Entertainment.
‘Transparent’ Creator Developing Feminism Comedy at MTV
MTV is teaming with the Transparent creator and Upright Citizens Brigade alums Ashley Skidmore and Lyle Friedman for a feminism comedy. The untitled comedy centers on two young girls who meet at summer camp and bond over their passion for second-wave feminism. During a wild night in the forest, both girls are struck by lightning and their friendship, power and destiny is fatefully sealed. Now, 10 years later, they romp around town hell-bent on saving all of womankind — if only they could save themselves first. Skidmore and Friedman will pen the script and exec produce alongside Soloway.
AMC’s ‘Halt & Catch Fire’ Adds James Cromwell
James Cromwell will play Jacob Wheeler on the Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers created AMC series. A self-made Texas millionaire and energy company CEO.
Billie Lourd Joins Fox’s ‘Scream Queens’
Joining the horror-comedy anthology series is NYU graduate Billie Lourd, making her TV debut. While relatively new to professional acting, Lourd is not new to the business as she is the daughter of CAA managing director Bryan Lourd and actress Carrie Fisher.
Carrie-Anne Moss to Co-Star in Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’
Becoming the latest addition to the Netflix original series.
Cristela Alzonzo of ABC’s ‘Cristela’ to Guest Star on ‘General Hospital’ on Friday, February 13
Love is in the air when “Cristela’s” Cristela Alonzo will make a guest star appearance on “General Hospital” as a part of a special Valentine’s Day episode on Friday, February 13.
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NYT: In Net Neutrality Push, F.C.C. Is Expected to Propose Regulating Internet Service as a Utility
Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is expected to propose reclassifying high-speed Internet as a telecommunications service.
(feature) Bloomberg: Chipotle: The Definitive Oral History
The builders of a $22 billion burrito empire — the founder, his father, his college buddies, key execs, and a couple of pig farmers — open up about how they won the fast-food future. And yes, they dish about McDonald’s.
(tech) Bloomberg: Google developing its own Uber competitor, likely in conjunction with driverless car project
Google is preparing to offer its own ride-hailing service, most likely in conjunction with its long-in-development driverless car project. Drummond has informed Uber’s board of this possibility, according to a person close to the Uber board, and Uber executives have seen screenshots of what appears to be a Google ride-sharing app that is currently being used by Google employees.