Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Tuesday, February 17, 2015:
Entertainment One To Produce NBC Limited Series ‘The Decalogue’
Entertainment One has come on board to produce The Decalogue, a limited series re-imagining of the celebrated Polish 10-part series by the late Oscar-nominated Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski (Three Colors). NBC’s adaptation is set in Boston and will similarly explore the moral and ethical issues that are central to the Ten Commandments. It is being written by Todd Ellis Kessler. He executive produces along with Stephen McPherson via his Wonder Monkey banner as well as Debra Stasson and Beata Pisula.
(from Mon) Michael Fresco, Scott Ellis & Todd Holland To Direct ABC Comedy Pilots
Michael Fresco is set to direct the pilot for ABC’s untitled Johnny Knoxville comedy pilot, written/executive produced by his brother, comedy writer-producer Victor Fresco. Scott Ellis will direct multi-camera pilot Dr. Ken. Todd Holland will direct Family Of The Year, ABC’s comedy pilot from Dan Savage.
(from Fri) Charlie McDowell To Direct HBO’s Sarah Silverman Pilot, Jeremy Garelick To Helm Fox’s ‘Detour’
Charlie McDowell will make his TV helming debut with HBO’s untitled Sarah Silverman comedy pilot. The Wedding Ringer director/co-writer Jeremy Garelick also is making a TV directing debut with Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Detour, from 20th Century Fox TV.
(from Fri) Elizabeth Kruger & Craig Shapiro Join ‘Extant’ As Showrunners, Talk Season 2
Necessary Roughness creators/executive producers Elizabeth Kruger and Craig Shapiro have joined CBS’ sci-fi summer drama series Extant as executive producers and new showrunners.
(from Fri) TBS’ ‘Ground Floor’ Canceled
The Skylar Austin comedy from Bill Lawrence will not be back for a third season.
(review) Variety: ‘The Odd Couple’
This reboot of “The Odd Couple,” a beloved series that still derives some kick from Neil Simon’s blueprint, but also feels especially dated in this day and age, what with Felix as the nonsexual spouse, essentially, to Oscar’s slovenly husband. Good casting provides some hope, but this still feels oh-so-20th century.
(opinion) NBC Predictions: ‘Allegiance’ Is Certain To Be Canceled
Allegiance ratings went fractional for episode 2, the show is certain to be canceled. NBC publicly notes The Slap as a mini-series, not a limited series (which have a limited number of episodes/season, not seasons). It’s not coming back next season, whatever its ratings are. The bear’s still got The Mysteries Of Laura predicted as a "toss up".
Marcia Gay Harden Joins CBS Medical Drama Pilot ‘Code Black’
Marcia Gay Harden has been cast in CBS pilot Code Black, a medical drama from Intelligence creator Michael Seitzman.
Josh Peck To Co-Star In John Stamos Fox Comedy Pilot
Actor and Vine star Josh Peck has been cast as lead opposite John Stamos in Full House alum’s single-camera comedy pilot at Fox.
‘Devious Maids’ Admits Telenovela Star Cristián de la Fuente
As a new series regular on the Lifetime dramedy.
Law & Order Vet S. Epatha Merkerson to Head Up NBC’s Chicago Med
S. Epatha Merkerson is moving to the world of medicine. The actress will star in the potential Chicago Fire spinoff Chicago Med, which will be introduced this season as an hour of the mothership series.
Rachel Ticotin & Katie Sarife Cast In NBC Pilot ‘The Curse Of the Fuentes Women’
Rachel Ticotin and Katie Sarife have been cast as leads opposite Adan Canto in The Curse Of The Fuentes Women, the NBC drama pilot written/executive produced by Silvio Horta.
(from Fri) Zach Gilford Cast In Jenna Bans ABC Pilot, Ed Oxenbould In ‘Chev & Bev’
Friday Night Lights alumZach Gilford has been cast in ABC’s untitled drama pilot from Jenna Bans,Mandeville Prods. and ABC Studios. Ed Oxenbould has been cast in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Chev & Bev, from Brad Copeland, Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios.
(from Fri) Natalie Martinez To Star In NBC Pilot ‘Warrior’
Under The Dome andCSI: NY alumna Natalie Martinez has landed the lead in Warrior, NBC’s magical martial arts drama pilot written/executive produced by David DiGilio.
(from Fri) Daniel London & Li Jun Li Cast In ‘Minority Report’ Fox Pilot
Daniel London has been cast in the pilot, along with Li Jun Li. Minority Report, from 20th TV and Paramount TV, is envisioned as a sequel to the movie.
(from Fri) Tommy Dewey To Star In Jason Reitman’s Hulu Comedy Series ‘Casual’
Tommy Dewey has landed the male lead opposite Michaela Watkins in Hulu’s single-camera comedy series Casual, executive produced by Jason Reitman who will direct the opening episode.
(from Fri) Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Promotes Adrianne Palicki to Series Regular
Adrianne Palicki is officially a part of Team Coulson.
(from Fri) Christina Aguilera Will Go Country for Nashville
Christina Aguilera has signed on to guest-star on ABC’s music soap Nashville, reports People. The Voice judge will play a major role in the second half of the season, starring as pop music superstar Jade St. John.
Last Week Tonight Renewed for Two More Seasons at HBO
HBO has renewed Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for Seasons 3 and 4. Each season will consist of 35 episodes, the network announced Tuesday.
(from Mon) NBC Renews ‘Celebrity Apprentice’
Donald Trump made the announcement Monday during the show’s season finale.
Comedy Central Renews ‘The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail’
The stand-up series will return for a second season.
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
More people to watch streamed video than broadcast TV this year
In 2015 more people will watch streamed on-demand video on a weekly basis than broadcast TV, according to research by Ericsson. Discussing the findings of its recent ConsumerLab ’10 Hot Consumer Trends for 2015’ report, Michael Björn, head of research at Ericsson ConsumerLab, said that at the overall hours we spend watching streamed video will also eventually exceed the hours spent watching broadcast TV.
Nick Hornby to Adapt Culture-Clash Comedy ‘Love, Nina’ for BBC
Nick Hornby is to write his first television drama, culture-clash comedy “Love, Nina.” The BBC has commissioned Hornby to pen the five-part drama series, adapted from Nina Stibbe’s nonfiction book. The book tells the true story of Stibbe, who moved when she was 19 years old from the English provinces to London to work as a nanny for Mary-Kay Wilmers, the editor of the London Review of Books. It is told through letters sent by Stibbe to her sister over a five-year period.
BBC One smells New Blood with Eleventh Hour
BBC One has commissioned an Anthony Horowitz-penned 7x60mins crime drama from Jill Green’s Eleventh Hour Films. New Blood aims to “show a unique side of modern London, through the eyes of two outsiders”. It will follow a pair of junior investigators, both struggling financially and personally, brought together by two seemingly unconnected cases.
Romantic Comedy The Baker and The Beauty Set for Dutch Remake
Keshet International has locked in a deal for the scripted format The Baker and The Beauty that sees the romantic comedy being adapted for Dutch audiences and broadcast on Net5. An 8×45-minute local version is being produced by FremantleMedia Netherlands’ FourOne.Media. It is slated to launch under the local title Bagels & Bubbels: zij hoort bij mij in April. The Baker and the Beauty is a romantic comedy that follows the impossible love story between a simple baker and an international superstar.
‘Modern Family’ Episode Employs Modern Twist
In an episode later this month designed to explore the way family interaction is now often mediated through social media, mobile devices and computers, the Emmy-winning ABC comedy shot all the scenes on iPhones, iPads and MacBook Pros.
Atlantic: The Trust-Fund Babies Changing Hollywood
…Another argument lobbed against the ambitions of these upstarts is that they’re just trust-fund babies looking to get creative: Megan and David Ellison were both USC film-school dropouts. Ken Kao was previously a lawyer for sports and high tech before he set out to become a “creative individual.” The Hammond brothers were fans who thought Hollywood wasn’t giving their directors enough creative control. The studios’ approbation is only to be expected—they were making these directors work for crumbs; these new production companies are offering directors like Terrence Malick a moveable feast.
(gaming) ‘Candy Crush’ Players Bought Over $1.3 Billion Worth of IAP in 2014
Candy Crush Saga is the game that just doesn’t stop when it comes to raking in ungodly amounts of money for King.com. According to The Guardian, Candy Crush made 1.3 billion in 2014 on in-app purchase alone. That’s millions of extra lives, gold bars, candy hammers, and all the other stuff you can buy in game.
(feature) New Yorker: Jony Ive And The Future Of Apple
How an industrial designer became Apple’s greatest product.