Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Friday, February 27, 2015. Have a great weekend!
Mauricio Mota Inks First-Look Deal With ABC
Mauricio Mota, co-president of Wise Entertainment and exec producer of Hulu’s original series “East Los High,” has signed a first-look deal with ABC. Mota developed the School of Series, a year-long television seminar and lab, with Brazilian Entrepreneurship Agency (SEBRAE) and Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM). The newly formed lab will foster writers and producers in Brazil to create more than 30 series for the U.S. and Latin American marketplaces. Under the pact, ABC will have a first look at projects hailing from the School of Series, giving the lab’s creators a chance to partner with Mota.
Eileen Ford Bio ‘Model Woman’ Optioned By Sony TV For Series From KJ Steinberg
The story of Eileen Ford is headed to television. Sony TV has optioned the rights to Robert Lacey’s upcoming biography of the outspoken and controversial woman who started as a model and went on to co-found the famous Ford Modeling Agency with her husband Jerry. The potential hourlong series will be written and executive produced by Mistresses creator KJ Steinberg.
Jodie Foster, ‘Big C’ Creator Team for Reincarnation Comedy
Jodie Foster and The Big C creator Darlene Hunt are teaming for a new comedy. Sony Pictures Television is developing Charlie, based on a spec script from Hunt. The single-camera comedy centers on a self-destructive, emotionally stunted alcoholic who vows to get her life on track after rescuing a dog she believes to be her reincarnated mother. A network is not yet attached.
Hunt will write the script and exec produce the comedy via her overall deal with SPT. Foster will executive produce the comedy and, should it go to pilot, potentially direct.
‘Baby Daddy’ Renewed for Fifth Season by ABC Family
ABC Family today announced the network has green-lit a fifth season of its hit original comedy series.
OWN Orders Additional Episodes of ‘For Better or Worse’, ‘If Loving You is Wrong’, ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ & ‘Love Thy Neighbor’
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that it is ordering additional episodes of its four popular Tyler Perry scripted series.
(from Thurs) ‘The Flash’ & ‘Arrow’ DC Comics Superhero Spinoff in Development at CW
The CW is developing a DC Comics superhero spinoff featuring characters and actors from both “The Flash” and “Arrow”. The untitled project is being eyed for the next season, and comes from Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim. The spinoff would star “Arrow’s” Brandon Routh, who plays Ray Palmer/the Atom, plus Caity Lotz, along with “The Flash’s” Victor Garber as Dr. Martin Stein, and Wentworth Miller as villain Leonard Snart/Captain Cold.
(review) Vulture: The Last Man on Earth Makes a Lasting Impression
For a show that shouldn’t really work at all, Last Man works pretty well. A lot of that is Will Forte, who makes Phil kind of dumpy and sad and gross, but also clever and resilient. Is this a life worth living? is a massive question for a sitcom to tackle, but that’s what the first episode has to convince us of, that Phil’s life still has meaning and value and purpose, as much as any of our lives, which is to say, "some."
(review) Variety: ‘Battle Creek’
A bit of an outlier for CBS, “Battle Creek” has about as much heft as the prize in a box of cereal, yet it’s also a great deal of fun. Tonally similar to “Picket Fences,” the concept becomes a bit more mundane as the episodes progress. At least initially, though, the mix of quirky comedy and drama seems nicely suited to its post-“The Good Wife” precinct.
Terry O’Quinn Books Male Lead in ABC’s Family Legal Drama
The ‘Lost’ alum is back at the network with a starring role on ‘The Adversaries.’
JoAnna Garcia Swisher Set as Female Lead in CBS’ Tommy Johnagin Comedy
The ‘Once Upon a Time’ alum will play the comedian’s wife.
Craig Ferguson to Star in ABC Comedy Pilot
He’ll play the lead in buzzy comedy ‘The King of 7B.‘
‘Cougar Town’s’ Ian Gomez Joins ABC’s Marriage Comedy Pilot ‘The 46 Percenters’
Ian Gomez has committed to ABC’s marriage comedy pilot, “The 46 percenters.”
Patrick Warburton To Star In Suzanne Martin NBC Comedy Pilot
Rules of Engagement alum Patrick Warburton is set as the male lead in NBC’s untitled multi-camera Suzanne Martin pilot, from Hazy Mills and Universal TV.
Elliott Gould Cast In CBS’ Pilot ‘Doubt’; Lacey Chabert In ABC’s ‘Family Fortune’
Elliott Gould has booked a regular role on CBS hourlong pilot Doubt. Lacey Chabert has booked a regular role opposite Fortune Feimster in ABC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Family Fortune.
Ving Rhames Joins ABC NBA Pilot
Ving Rhames is taking a comedic turn with a co-starring role in ABC’s untitled NBA buddy comedy pilot.
Sarah Chalke to Star in Fox Comedy ’48 Hours ‘Til Monday’
She’ll star opposite Rob Riggle in the family comedy.
Chris Meloni to Star in WGN Slavery Drama Underground — With Kanye West Eyed as Musical Contributor
Chris Meloni has landed a lead role in WGN America’s period drama Underground — which has been ordered straight to series. The one-hour drama “follows a group of slaves who plan a daring escape from a Georgia plantation to cross 600 miles to freedom, aided along the way by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad,” according to the network.
Eric Mabius Joins NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’
Ugly Betty alum Eric Mabius has landed a major recurring role on NBC firefighter drama Chicago Fire.
Fox’s DC Comics Take ‘Lucifer’ Casts Its Star
‘Rush’ alum Tom Ellis will play the title character.
CBS’ ‘Supergirl’ Enlists Former Superman Dean Cain, Supergirl Helen Slater
For mystery roles in the DC Comics take starring Melissa Benoist.
(from Thurs) Phylicia Rashad to Star in CBS’ ‘For Justice’ Pilot
Phylicia Rashad has been cast as a series regular in CBS’ drama “For Justice.” She will play a gay black woman by the name of Georgina Howe in the pilot, set to be directed by “Selma’s” Ava DuVernay.
‘The Challenge’ & ‘Are You The One’ Renewed for New Seasons by MTV
TV President of Programming Susanne Daniels announced today the renewal of “Are You The One” for a third season, “The Challenge” for season 27 and greenlit two new pilots to series: “Girl Code Live” a live weekly talk show from the popular “Code” franchise; and “Greatest Party Story Ever” a half-hour weekly that will showcase peoples’ most outrageous epic tales.
Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker Set for Talkshow Test Run on Fox Stations
Married actors Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker are set to host a daytime talkshow that will have a test run this summer on key Fox-owned stations. “The Boris and Nicole Show” will bow July 6 on stations that will include Fox outlets in New York and Los Angeles.
Peacock Productions Jumps With Brian Banks Into ‘Serial’-esque Real-Time True Crime Series Derby
Add NBC News’ Peacock Productions to the growing list of unscripted-TV producers trying to do their own iteration of the wildly successful Serial podcast. Peacock Prods’ hook? Its series will be developed with Brian Banks, whose life as a wrongly convicted man is being turned into a movie directed by Lee Daniels.
Vice Media to Launch Broadly, Its First Female-Focused Channel
The edgy, male-driven media company is launching Broadly, its first female-focused channel, this spring. Vice’s plan for the new online vertical is to tell a range of stories that interest women, covering a variety of topics including politics, culture, lifestyle, sex and fashion.
CBS Aims to Set Record for Largest Ever TV Drama Simulcast with CSI
CBS is looking to break the Guinness World Records achievement for "largest ever TV drama simulcast," declaring March 4 as World CSI Day. The global event will feature a worldwide simulcast of the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode "Kitty." The episode aired as the planted spin-off for CSI: Cyber. The broadcast will go out in more than 150 countries at 7 p.m. and will be streamed in the U.S. on CBS.com from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.
(kids) Disney Channel Orders ‘Stuck In The Middle’ Family Pilot Starring Jenna Ortega
Disney Channel is grooming Jenna Ortega to be its next series star. The cable network has greenlighted family comedy pilotStuck In the Middletoplined by the actress who plays young Jane on the CW’sJane the Virgin. Written by Alison Brown (Dog With A Blog) and Linda Videtti Figueiredo (Cougar Town) and directed by Jonathan Judge (Zeke & Luther), Stuck In the Middle centers on 12-year-old Harley (Ortega), the ultimate middle child who lives life in the eye of the tornado that is her family.
Dominic Pagone Promoted to New Senior Communications Role at FX
He’ll now oversee trade communications, talent relations, public affairs and photo publicity for the network.
Exec Shuffle 2/27/15: New Hires at Sony, Gail Berman’s Jackal Group, Endemol Shine & More
– A few months after Jane Turton was promoted to Managing Director at All3Media amid the company’s sale to Discovery Communications and Liberty Global, she has been named CEO of the UK-based TV, film, and digital content company.
– Kudos (producer ofBroadchurch) has named two executives to act as joint CEOs, replacing Jane Featherstone who announced her departure in January. Diederick Santer and Dan Isaacs will transition into the posts.
– Starz has promoted Alison Hoffman to EVP of Marketing from her previous position as SVP of Originals Marketing.
HBR: Millennials Want to Be Coached at Work
In a global survey conducted in 2014, 1,400 Millennials told us they want more feedback from their managers. Most Millennials want feedback at least monthly, whereas non-Millennials are comfortable with feedback less often. Overall, Millennials want feedback 50% more often than other employees.