Noon News Update for Monday, March 16, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Monday, March 16, 2015:


Hindsight Renewed for Season 2
Becca’s big do-over just got a (much-needed) extension. VH1’s Hindsight, the story of a 30-something divorcée who aims to fix her life upon being transported back to the ’90s, has been renewed for a second season.

Scripted Drama ‘UnREAL’ to Premiere Monday, June 1 on Lifetime
Lifetime’s highly-anticipated scripted series UnREAL, starring Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer, will premiere Monday, June 1, at 10pm ET/PT.

(video) Scream Queens Video: Emma Roberts Pops in Fox Comedy’s New Teaser
If you thought Emma Roberts’ American Horror Story characters were twisted, just wait until you meet her Scream Queens persona. A new teaser for Ryan Murphy’s upcoming comedy-horror anthology debuted Friday during Glee.

Salon: We have terrible news about the “Twin Peaks” reboot
It’s starting to look like Showtime’s long awaited “Twin Peaks” reboot might not be happening after all. During a Q&A in Australia, filmmaker David Lynch responded to a question about whether the show was definitely returning with “I don’t know. There are complications.”

Variety: Upfront 2015: Time May Be Running Out for Primetime TV
Senior executives at both TV networks and some of the industry’s biggest ad-buying firms see a time looming when primetime TV is no longer viewed as TV’s most desirable real estate. Instead, these executives say, a new flow of consumer data and a dizzying array of video-viewing behaviors will prompt advertisers to carve out ad plans that put their pitches in front of very specific groups of people: first-time car buyers, for example, or longtime orange-soda drinkers, or expectant mothers.


Matt Bomer To Star In ‘American Horror Story’ Season 5
Matt Bomer
will star opposite Lady Gaga in American Horror Story: Hotel, the upcoming fifth installment of FX’s horror anthology series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.

(rumor) Howard Stark Could be AMC’s Preacher
A new rumour places Marvel’s very own Howard Stark, Dominic Cooper (Agent Carter), as a frontrunner to star in AMC’s Preacher TV series, based on the cult 1990’s Garth Ennis-Steve Dillion comic.

(from Fri) Justin Hires Cast As Carter In CBS Pilot ‘Rush Hour’
and Warner Bros TV are going with unknown actors for both leads in the Rush Hour series remake. Little-known actor-comedian Justin Hires beat out several bigger names to play Carter opposite Jon Foo’s Lee.

(from Fri) Greg Grunberg To Star In ABC Judah Miller Family Comedy Pilot
Greg Grunberg
is set as the male lead opposite Megan Hilty in ABC’s untitled Judah Miller comedy pilot.

(from Fri) Ben Feldman To Topline NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Superstore’
Mad Men alum Ben Feldman will lead the cast of NBC comedy pilot Superstore, from Universal TV.

(from Fri) Newcomer Gus Halper Lands The Lead In ABC Pilot ‘The Kingmakers’
The project has cast newcomer Gus Halper as the lead.


Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline Join Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’
Emma Thompson
and Kevin Kline have the joined the cast of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the studio announced Monday.

Disney’s ‘Cinderella’ Dazzles Box Office With $70 Million Debut
Cinderella” was the belle of the ball at the box office this weekend, as Disney’s live-action update of its classic animated fairy tale swept moviegoers off their feet with a $70.1 million debut.


ABC News Launches on Roku
ABC News is now available as a streaming channel on Roku players and Roku TV models.

Salon: “The Jinx” bombshell and our uneasy relationship with doubt: Even in a post- “Serial” world, we still want all the answers
The ending of "Serial" seemed to usher in a new affection for ambiguity — until last night’s "The Jinx" finale.


Netflix UK buys ABC fantasy drama
Netflix has acquired rights for ABC fantasy dramaOne Upon a Timefor the UK and Ireland.
The Disney Media Distribution-sold show previously went out in the UK on Channel 5, but the broadcaster did not tale the third season, and Netflix has instead swooped for the first three seasons and the fourth.


Wired: Disney’s $1 Billion Bet On A Magical Wristband
For Disney, the MagicBands, the thousands of sensors they talk with, and the 100 systems linked together to create MyMagicPlus turn the park into a giant computer—streaming real-time data about where guests are, what they’re doing, and what they want. It’s designed to anticipate your desires.


Endemol Shine North America Sets Exec Structure: Eden Gaha To Run Unscripted, Carolyn Bernstein & Jeremy Gold Scripted
After months of meetings and consultations, Endemol Shine North America, the U.S operation of the recently merged Endemol, Shine and CORE Media, has finalized its new executive management structure under co-chairmen and co-CEOs Charlie Corwin and Cris Abrego.

Sony’s Steve Mosko: A Combined TV-Film Company Like “Peanut Butter And Jelly”
Steve Mosko
: For the many shows that Sony TV produces, such as The Blacklist, Better Call Saul, Masters of Sex and Outlander, about 60 percent of each show’s revenues come from international markets. That’s nearly as much as with the film business, where 70 percent of typical box office comes from overseas. And how people are seeing those shows is rapidly diversifying.

HBO’s Richard Plepler Kicks Off INTV With Cautionary Tale On Hubris & Complacency
Asked to pick three shows he wishes were on his network, Richard Plepler made a beeline for Mad Men, a drama that was “born inside our halls” when Matthew Weiner was working on The Sopranos. “Hubris and complacency are the reason that Mad Men did not land at HBO,” he said very simply, comparing the debacle to New Coke which taught the folks at Coca-Cola a thing or two.