Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Tuesday, February 10, 2015:
Medical Comedy Starring ‘Community’s’ Ken Jeong Scores ABC Pilot Order
ABC has picked up to pilot Dr. Ken, a semi-autobiographical comedy. The comedy stars Jeong as a frustrated HMO doctor juggling medicine, marriage and parenting — and succeeding at none of them. The multicamera comedy was previously developed at NBC in 2013 and hails from Jared Stern, ABC Studios and Sony Pictures Television.
‘Selma’ Helmer Ava DuVernay To Direct CBS Civil Rights Drama Pilot ‘For Justice’
Selma director Ava DuVernay has been tapped to direct and executive produce the pilot For Justice, CBS’ civil rights crime drama from CBS Television Studios, James Patterson Entertainment and Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Productions.
Jason Winer To Direct Comedy Pilots ‘Life In Pieces’ & ‘Strange Calls’
Jason Winer has signed on to direct and executive produce two single-camera pilots this season, CBS’ Life In Pieces, which already has cast Colin Hanks as a lead, and NBC’s Strange Calls. Both pilots are produced by 20th TV, where Winer and his Small Dog Picture Co. are under an overall deal, and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.
Duane Martin & Eric Petersen Cast In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Joe Time’
Duane Martin and Eric Petersen are set as series regulars in Bill Wrubel’s CBS comedy pilot Joe Time, from Warner Bros. TV.
Extant Adds Transparent Actress as ‘Morally Ambiguous’ Robot
Kiersey Clemons (Transparent) will recur in Season 2 as a lifelike robot who’s “a bit morally ambiguous.”
Forever Adds Cuba Gooding Jr. as Jo’s Wealthy New Love Interest
Cuba Gooding Jr. has been cast on the ABC drama as a love interest for Alana de la Garza’s widowed character.
Jon Stewart to Leave ‘The Daily Show’ This Year
The host, whose contract is up this year, told the audience at his Tuesday taping.
Brian Williams Suspended From NBC News for Six Months
NBC News on Tuesday suspended Brian Williams, the most-watched evening-news anchor in the U.S., from his duties as chief anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News” for six months without pay in the wake of a scandal over misleading statements he made about his time covering the Iraq War in 2003.
‘The Real’ Renewed For Second Season
Warner Bros. has made it official, announcing thatThe Real will return for a second season. Hosted by Tamera Mowry-Housley, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Adrienne Bailon, the panel talk show already had been cleared in two-year deals on the majority of its stations, and it had done well in its freshman run, with the renewal full expected.
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Maker Studios The Master Of Disney’s Short-Form Domain, Says CEO
Nine months after Disney acquired Maker Studios for nearly $1 billion, the online giant is busily burrowing into most corners of the Mouse House, teaching media creators how to go short, said Ynon Kreiz, the CEO of Maker Studios at today’s Digital Entertainment World. “It’s a new medium. We are now the center of expertise for this domain for the Walt Disney company.”
Sony’s Michael Lynton Moving to New York
As Amy Pascal exits to produce ‘Spider-Man,’ all eyes are on the Sony exec as he plots a move to New York, struggles to right a studio and faces whispers of "Why her, not him?"