Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Tuesday, March 10, 2015:
‘The Fall’ Picked Up For 3rd Season With Gillian Anderson & Jamie Dornan
The Fall creator/writer/director Allan Cubitt told a Netflix TCA panel in January that he was “very confident” there would be a third season of the UK crime drama, pending an official greenlight from the BBC. The light switched on today with BBC Two announcing it has ordered a five-episode Season 3, with stars Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan due back.
Fox’s ‘Luther’ Pilot Pushed Off-Cycle
Fox’s drama pilot Luther, a remake of the acclaimed British series, has been rolled and will be produced off-cycle. The project had a cast-contingent pilot order and the decision to push it beyond the traditional pilot season was made after difficulties casting the lead John Luther, played in the original series by Idris Elba.
‘Ascension’ Not Going To Series At Syfy
When last year Syfy ordered Ascension as its first event series/miniseries in six years, it was with an eye towards continuing the mini as a regular series the way the network did with Battlestar Galactica awhile back. That won’t be the case this time. Cast: Tricia Helfer, Gil Bellows, Brian Van Holt, Andrea Roth, Brandon P Bell, Jacqueline Byers, Tiffany Lonsdale, PJ Boudousque.
(video) New Daredevil Trailer Shows Us More Of The Characters
Marvel andNetflix have released a new trailer for the upcoming Daredevil series.
(opinion) TVBTN: NBC Predictions: Might NBC Cancel All Their 2014-15 Rookie Shows?
The Cancellation Bear is still holding out on the potential that The Mysteries Of Laura might be renewed. Its ratings, no matter how woeful compared to other broadcast shows, are still at NBC’s scripted average. If Laura isn’t renewed, One Big Happy is the last chance for the NBC rookie class of 2014-15.
(review) Hitfix: PlayStation’s ‘Powers’ fails to take flight
Even with David Slade doing the pilot, "Powers" also looks cheap and small. There’s a potentially terrific show to be made from this material, but PlayStation doesn’t seem to have had any more luck finding it than FX did.
CW’s ‘Reign’ Finds its Queen Elizabeth in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Alum
‘Lost Girl’s’ Rachel Skarsten will play the young Queen Elizabeth on The CW series.
Fox’s ‘Untitled Autopsy Project’ Casts Anna Konkle Opposite Morris Chestnut
Anna Konkle has landed a series regular role in Fox pilot, “The Untitled Autopsy Project.”
Lost Vet Maggie Grace Exits CBS’ Medical Drama Pilot Code Black
Maggie Grace is checking out of Code Black. The Lost grad has exited CBS’ medical drama pilot for creative reasons. The role will be recast.
(video) Pixar’s Releases Latest ‘Inside Out’ Trailer
Disney’s promotional campaign for "Inside Out" is heating up with the release of both a new trailer and commercial.
Hannibal Buress’ ‘Why?’ Gets Comedy Central Series Order
Comedy Central has picked up Why? WithHannibal Buress as a weekly, half-hour series with an eight-episode order. Executive produced by Buress, Jeff Stilson and 3 Arts’ Dave Becky, the series will feature the comedian providing his perspective on each week’s zeitgeist-driven topic, answering the burning questions on his mind through stand-up, filmed segments, man-on-the-street interviews and in-studio guests.
GSN Greenlights 2 Original Series, 3 Pilots, Acquires ‘Man Vs Fly’
GSN announced it has greenlit two new original series Steampunk’d and Lie Detectors and 3 pilots — a spinoff of its hit competition seriesSkin Wars, horror-themed game show Hellevator and brain-twisting game show Winsanity, at its upfront today in NYC.
Fatal ‘Dropped’ Helicopter Crash Is 2nd Reality TV Crisis For TF1 & Producer ALP; Can Survival Shows Survive?
The French media this morning roiled with speculation about the future of adventure/reality TV shows following the death of 10 people during the production of TF1’s Dropped in Argentina. In what is being called the biggest tragedy in the history of reality televison, three contestants along with five members of the production staff and the two pilots, died when two helicopters apparently collided at about 5:15 PM local time Monday.
ABC Announces Major Twist in Next ‘Bachelorette’ Casting
The next lucky lady will come from Chris Soules’ season of ‘The Bachelor,’ although the show’s producers are trying something a bit different. Chris Harrison announced during Monday’s "After the Final Rose" special of The Bachelor that both Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson will appear on the upcoming premiere of The Bachelorette.
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
LAT: HBO Now stand-alone service shakes up TV industry
HBO Chief Executive Richard Plepler introduced HBO Now, a $14.99-a-month service set to launch next month on Apple devices, representing the first time the premium cable network will be offered directly to customers — a tectonic shift for the television industry. "This is the moment," said James McQuivey, an analyst with Forrester Research. "We’ll look back and say this was when the game was fundamentally changed."
Wrap: How Hollywood Actors’ Twitter Followings Have Become as Important as Talent
To make it in Hollywood, it used to be that actors needed five basic essentials: talent, looks, timing, a winning headshot and a good agent. “There is no question that today if you have good numbers on social media, you have become a better choice to be cast,” veteran casting director Mike Fenton told TheWrap. “It would behoove actors to generate a social media presence.”
Game of Thrones’ fifth season will air simultaneously worldwide each week
HBO said today that it plans to broadcast the show’s entire fifth season simultaneously across the globe. The simultaneous broadcast will occur through HBO-branded networks — HBO Asia, HBO Canada, HBO Europe, HBO Latin America, HBO Netherlands, and HBO Nordic — as well as partnering carriers in various countries.
Stan Oz uncorks wine comedy
Australian subscription VoD platform Stan has acquired the second season of a mockumentary on the trials and tribulations of making a serious wine show. Plonk (6×30’) will premiere exclusively on Stan in June. Produced by One Stone Pictures and ITV Studios Australia, the comedy stars Chris Taylor, Joshua Tyler and creator/co-executive producer Nathan Earl.
Caracol TV Banks on Emerald Show
Colombia’s Caracol TV is hoping to replicate the success of its worldwide hit, “Pablo Escobar, The Drug Lord” with an equally ambitious and costly series, “Emeralds, the Color of Ambition.” Featuring a cast of over 1,300 and shot in 300 locations, “Emeralds…” unleashes a 60-episode saga of romance, intrigue and generational wars over Colombia’s most precious – and green – mineral export.
BBCWW’s Tranter to leave LA
BBC Worldwide Productions chief Jane Tranter is set to step down from her role in LA and move back to the UK later this summer. Tranter is leaving the position over the next few months to work in the UK indie scene.
NBCU ups scripted exec
NBCUniversal International Television Production has reshuffled its scripted department by promoting one of its execs to senior VP of production. Sam Jukes-Adams will lead production operations across all of the division’s scripted programmes internationally.
Buzzfeed: 21 Latina Actors In Television You Should Know About Right Now
From starring in Jane the Virgin to Orange Is the New Black, these talented Latinas are making their mark in America’s living rooms.
MTV Hit By Layoffs As Viacom Restructuring Continues
The wave of Viacom layoffs has reached MTV. Layoffs are underway at the music network. There is no ballpark headcount yet as I hear the process started today and is expected to continue tomorrow, with some estimate that up to 12% of MTV’s staff may be gone by the time the process is over. No department will be spared but for now, the New York group has been seriously hit, especially those working on the unscripted side.
Most North American TV viewers only watch up to 10 channels
The majority of North American TV viewers only watched between one and 10 TV channels in the Q4 2014, raising “alarming” questions about the future of pay TV subscription packages, according to new research. “While respondents watched more channels in Q4 2014, this is still alarming because now the question arises, ‘Will subscribers continue to pay US$80 to US$100+ per month for 10 channels, considering the alternative options that are now available?’” said the report.
Twitter TV users are more engaged, says Nielsen
There is a strong correlation between Twitter TV engagement and engagement with programming among viewers, according to a study by Nielsen. The company found that changes in Twitter TV activity are strongly correlated with neurological engagement, with 79.5% or respondents revealing such a correlation.
HBR: The Right (and Wrong) Way to Network
As Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino and her colleagues have noted, “transactional networking” — i.e., “networking with the goal of advancement” — often makes participants feel so bad about themselves, they feel “dirty.” But networking — meeting with the goal of building a robust set of connections over time — is a different process with its own set of best practices. Here’s how to do it successfully.
(video) Zoolander and Hansel just walked the runway at Paris Fashion Week
In a surprise appearance that prompted us to spit our orange mocha frappuccinos all over our monitors, modeling titans Derek Zoolander and Hansel just closed out the Valentino show at Paris Fashion Week.