Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Wednesday, February 11, 2015:
Jon Turteltaub To Direct ‘Rush Hour’ Pilot
National Treasure helmer Jon Turteltaub has signed on to direct and executive produce the hourlong CBS pilotRush Hour, based on New Line’s buddy movies.
Deadline: PILOT SEASON 2015 CASTING: Offer Madness
The talent pool of experienced actors available for broadcast pilots has become so limited and competition from cable and digital series has become so fierce, actors who would’ve never gotten a straight offer just a couple of years ago are getting multiple ones this season. In one of the craziest trends this pilot casting season, there is a feeding frenzy over child actors. The situation is so bad, I hear there is fear that we may see more pilots than ever being rolled because of difficulty casting or see more actors recast after the table read because they never tested to prove that they are right for the roles.
THR: How to Survive Pilot Season, as Told By Those Who Have
Bill Lawrence, Hart Hanson, Darryl Frank and mega-producer Aaron Kaplan, among others, share their trade secrets.
‘Entourage’ Trio Ally Musika, Stephen Levinson & Mark Wahlberg Team With DJ Jude Angelini For HBO Comedy
Entourage executive producers Ally Musika, Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg are reuniting for an HBO comedy built around sirius radio hip-hop radio host Jude Angelini. Titled Hyena, the project is inspired by Angelini’s book of the same name, a collection of autobiographical stories. It takes a look at the life of a radio show host.
Greg Berlanti & Sera Gamble Developing Psychological Thriller ‘You’ At Showtime
Showtime has teamed with Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble for You, a psychological thriller drama project from Berlanti Productions, Alloy Entertainment and Warner Bros Television. Based on the novel, You is described as a 21st century love story about the obsessive yet brilliant twentysomething Joe Goldberg who uses the hyper-connected digital age to make the woman of his dreams fall in love with him.
(review) THR: ‘The Slap’
Annoying kid, annoying people, forced situations that annoy you — you’ll want to slap everybody involved in this miniseries. Was that the point?
(review) HuffPo: The Slap, The Problem With Network Television’s One-Hour Dramas
Imagine that you’re on an endless email chain with a group of parents or community members about a problematic incident within a school or social group. Imagine it’s one of those grievance-related email chains that becomes a quagmire of perceived insults, frustrated miscommunications and thinly veiled provocations. Then imagine that someone took that email chain and turned it into a TV show, with all of its indignant asides, pompous posturing and oversharing intact. Good times, right?
‘Scream Queens’: Skyler Samuels Cast as Series Regular
“Scream Queens” has added actress Skyler Samuels to its ensemble cast as a series regular.
Betsy Brandt Joins Colin Hanks in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Life in Pieces’
Betsy Brandt has been cast in CBS’ comedy pilot “Life in Pieces.”
Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox Joins CBS Drama Pilot Doubt
Laverne Cox has landed a role in the CBS drama pilot Doubt, where she’ll play the “fierce, funny” Cameron Wirth, “a transgender Ivy League-educated attorney who’s as competitive as she is compassionate.”
Daniel Henney Cast In ‘Criminal Minds’ Spinoff
Daniel Henney has joined the cast of CBS’ Criminal Minds planted spinoff which will air as an episode of the mothership series this season.
Once Upon a Time: Agnes Bruckner to Recur — as a Troublemaker?
Once Upon a Time has cast Agnes Bruckner in a recurring — and quite possibly mischievous — new role.
Starz’s ‘Evil Dead’ Sequel Casts Pair
Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo will co-star opposite Bruce Campbell in ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead.’
The Americans: Margo Martindale to Return During Season 3
Margo Martindale will reprise her role as the Jennings’ ex-KGB supervisor Claudia in a Season 3 episode of the FX spy drama.
New Line to Remake New Zealand Horror-Comedy ‘Housebound’
The story tells of a rebellious young woman who is forced to return to her country home thanks to forced home detention program. Living with her small-town-minded mother and stepfather seems like a fate worse than death until she begins to suspect that something malevolent may be in house as well.
Karina Smirnoff Is Leaving Dancing with the Stars — But Which Pros Are Returning?
Karina Smirnoff is leaving Dancing with the Starsafter 16 seasons.
Grantland Oscar Preview Includes TV Special on ESPN, ABC
Bill Simmons, Chris Connelly and Wesley Morris will cover Oscar topics including predictions, favorite performances not nominated and the nominees that have the most at stake career-wise.
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
HBO Online Service Will Launch in 2015, Priced as Premium Product
HBO will launch its highly anticipated standalone digital service later this year, but the premium cabler remains tightlipped about what programs it will offer and how much it will cost. “It’s a premium product and it will be priced accordingly,” HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler said.
Now BitTorrent is launching original series, too
BitTorrent, Inc. is moving a contingent into the Malibu office of Rapid Eye Studios, where the two companies will partner to identify, produce and distribute original video content for the BitTorrent Bundle platform in an exclusive partnership announced Wednesday. BitTorrent Originals plans to create roughly two serialized shows per year.
Did Disney Get A Bargain When It Bought Maker Studios For Nearly $1 Billion?
Can spending almost $1 billion for a company many in Hollywood had never heard of a year ago actually be a genius move, and a bargain to boot? That’s the provocative question out of a conference panel today featuring leaders of some of the biggest multi-channel networks on YouTube. The consensus: a definite ‘Yes,’
Lifetime to Air Comedy According to Roxi in LatAm
Lifetime in Latin America has picked up the rights for Smilehood Media’s According to Roxi, the TV version of a comedy web series. The 26-episode series follows the titular character, a woman undergoing the different experiences of maternity. The show is produced by La Maldita Entertainment, in association with Smilehood Media and Nightsun.
(comics) Scribd partners with Marvel and other companies to launch the Netflix of comics
Marvel and reading-subscription service Scribd announced yesterday that comics lovers everywhere can finally read all they want for $8.99 per month. Other partners include IDW/Top Shelf, Archie Comics, Valiant, Dynamite, Top Cow, Zenescope, and Boom! Studios.
KABC-TV in Los Angeles Taps Cheryl Fair as General Manager
KABC-TV Los Angeles VP and news director Cheryl Fair has been promoted to general manager of the ABC owned station.
ABC Sells Out Oscar Ads at Record Price
ABC has already sold out its ad space ahead of the 87th Academy Awards, and the price is an all-time high. TV commercials are going at an average of $2 million per 30-second spot, a 10 percent hike from last year’s $1.8 million. ABC execs revealed all commercial space were bought in the fall of 2014.
Lionsgate Forges Stock Exchange Deal With Starz As John Malone Joins Board
Lionsgate shares surged 7.4% this morning, with Starz up 3.4%, after they announced a stock swap that will bring Starz’ top shareholder, Liberty Media Chairman John Malone, to the independent studio’s board.
"CSI" Fans Were Mistakenly Led To Believe The Show Was Canceled
CBS accidentally promoted the CSI “series finale” during an episode of NCIS.