Morning News Update for Monday, March 23, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Monday, March 23, 2015:


Snoop Dogg Developing HBO Drama About 1980s Los AngelesThe rapper announced in his keynote speech at SXSW that he will exec produce a drama about 1980s Los Angeles with director Allen Hughes and writer Rodney Barnes. The show will center around a family living in inner-city L.A. and will explore the effects of Reagan-era social policies on the area. Snoop Dogg grew up in Long Beach during that era.

(from Fri) Steve McQueen’s HBO Drama ‘Codes Of Conduct’ Picked Up As Limited Series
is moving forward with Steve McQueen‘s drama pilot Codes Of Conduct, giving the project a six-episode limited series order. The 12 Years A Slave helmer will direct all six episodes of Codes Of Conduct, on which he had teamed with Matthew Michael Carnahan; Codes Of Conduct is described as an exploration of a young African-American man’s experience entering New York high society, with a past that might not be what it seems.

(from Fri) Andrew Dice Clay Scripted Comedy Ordered Straight to Series at Showtime
Semi-autobiographical comedy ‘Dice’ hails from Fox 21 and will premiere in 2016.The six-episode series is created and written by Scot Armstrong, Dice will follow the renowned comedian as he works in Las Vegas to resurrect his career while supporting his family — including his ex-fiancé, ex-wife and mother-in-law as well as his son’s band.

(from Fri) Wes Craven to Adapt Steve Niles’ Sci-Fi Horror Comic ‘The Disciples’ for TV
Wes Craven
is partnering with Steve Niles to adapt Niles’ upcoming comic The Disciples. Universal Cable Productions is in the process of picking up the rights to the title, which is due to hit stands in May from Black Mask Studios. Disciples, drawn by Christopher Mitten, is a sci-fi horror story set in space. Craven will exec produce along with Sara Bottfeld of Industry Entertainment.

Zachary Levi Inks First-Look Deal With Universal TVZachary Levi has signed a first-look deal withUniversal TV. Under the deal, Levi will continue to develop Tuned, a half-hour musical comedy he set up at NBC and Universal TV earlier this development season.

It’s True: Downton Abbey’s Sixth Season Will Be Its Last
The decision to end Downton was mostly a practical one — the cast’s contracts expire at the end of Season 6 and, with one or two possible exceptions, the actors are ready to move on.

(from Sun) TVGuide: Will Castle Be Back Next Season?
Although the long-running ABC procedural still has legions of fans, the show has yet to be renewed for an eighth season, due at least somewhat in part to the fact that the show’s stars, Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, haven’t signed new contracts to continue. "It’s been weird. The last five months have been limbo," cast member Seamus Dever, whose contract is also up, tells "I don’t know [what’s] going to happen, and, to be honest, no one has talked to me … about next season. I’d like to have some answers because my family wants to know if I’m going to be employed. But right now it’s really up in the air."

(from Fri) ‘Orange is the New Black’ Emmy Petition Denied — Jailed in Drama Category The TV Academy has denied Netflix’s“Orange is the New Black” petition to be considered a comedy in this year’s Emmy race. The show will have to compete as a drama, as will its actors, writers and directors.


One Tree Hill’s Bethany Joy Lenz Joins Shonda Rhimes’ ABC Drama Pilot Smoke and Mirrors
Bethany Joy Lenz
has landed a series-regular role in Smoke and Mirrors, Shonda Rhimes’ con artist-themed ABC drama pilot.

‘Psych’ Star Maggie Lawson and Jane Lynch to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot
Maggie Lawson
has been cast to co-star opposite “Glee’s” Jane Lynch in the CBS comedy pilot “Angel From Hell”.

Jaime Lee Kirchner To Star In CW Pilot ‘Dead People’Jaime Lee Kirchner is set as the female lead opposite Andrew J. Westin the CW pilot Dead People, from J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV.

(from Fri) David Sullivan Cast in ABC Pilot ‘L.A. Crime’The cast is filling out on ABC’s drama pilot “L.A. Crime.” David Sullivan (“Argo”) has been cast in the role of Detective Arnold ‘Arnie’ Bukowski.

(from Fri) Michael Chiklis, Cheryl Hines to Star in NBC Comedy ‘Cuckoo’
Playing the parents in the remake of the British series.

(from Fri) Minnie Driver Cast In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Happy Life’Minnie Driver is set as the female lead opposite Steven Weberin Happy Life, CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilot from former Modern Family executive producer Bill Wrubel and Warner Bros TV.

(from Fri) Kevin Nealon & Jane Kaczmarek Join Tommy Johnagin CBS Comedy PilotWeeds alum Kevin Nealonand Malcolm In the Middle‘s Jane Kaczmarekare set to co-star opposite comedian Tommy Johnaginand JoAnna Garcia Swisher in CBSuntitled CBS comedy pilot inspired by Johnagin’s life.


NYT: At the Box Office, It’s No Longer a Man’s World
Women are driving movie ticket sales to a degree rarely seen before, while young men, long the most coveted audience, are relatively AWOL. The shift has been noticeable enough to prompt movie executives and producers to ruminate about the causes and consider whether the big film factories should recalibrate their assembly lines.


Adam Levine ‘The Voice’ Exec VP to Produce NBC Songwriting Competition Show
will feature everyday people who get the opportunity to pitch original compositions to the music industry’s biggest producers and artists, all hunting for the next global smash.

Slow TV Meanders To Travel Channel With Live 12-Hour Road Trip To Air Black Friday
The Slow TV phenomenon that has gripped Norway is on its way to the States. Travel Channel, working in association with LMNO Cable Group, has acquired the format and will debut its Slow TV event, Slow Road Live, on November 27 — ie Black Friday. Beginning at 9AM ET, the channel will air a live 12-hour road trip whose route will be revealed at a future date.

Ricky Schroder Afghanistan War Docuseries Lands at DirecTV
Ricky Schroder experiences the horror of war firsthand in his new documentary series “The Fighting Season,” which debuts on DirecTV’s Audience Network on May 19.


Google Fiber May Have Created a Game-Changer: Real Measurement of TV Ad ViewsWant to know exactly how many people saw your ad on TV? Want dynamic insertion? The answer has long been "tough luck." But now it’s possible … in Kansas City.Adweek has learned that Google will be rolling out a TV ad-tracking system similar to the technology used to measure ad views online, giving the company a more accurate idea of how many people are watching the ad inventory it sells in Kansas City than traditional panel measurement ever could.

Netflix To Show Chinese Drama ‘Empresses In The Palace’; Is It Next Step In Entry Into China?Netflix has acquired popular Chinese drama Empresses In The Palacefor its U.S. service, cutting down the original series’ 76 45-minute episodes into six 90-minute episodes. The show, which first aired in China as well as several other Asian countries in 2011, follows the intrigues among the emperor’s concubines in the imperial palace of the Qing Dynasty.


BBC Commissions Comedy Content for iPlayer
The BBC has ordered a slate of new, original comedies for its digital catch-up service BBC iPlayer. Comedian Matt Berry premieres his topical comedy series Matt Berry Does…, which will consist of six shorts produced for the online platform. In June, the digital hub will celebrate Muslim culture in Fast Cuts (working title), a series of comedy shorts starring established and emerging Muslim comedians. On the non-comedy front, the three-episode drama series My Jihad, about a young Muslim couple, will go live this summer.

Canal+ finds Glue
French broadcaster Canal+ has picked up UK drama series Glue to air this spring. The eight-part series, which originally broadcast on Channel 4’s digital sister channel E4 in the UK last September, was acquired from distributor Entertainment One Television International. The series centres on the friends of a 14-year-old boy who is found dead in the opening episode and depicts rural England as a hotbed of murder and teenage drug abuse.


(video) Kerry Washington Brings the Fire in Her GLAAD Speech
Midway through her speech at the GLAAD Awards, Kerry Washington had people on their feet while she accepted the Vanguard Award, given to a celebrity who has been an ally to the LGBT community.


North American Pay-TV Revenues Projected to Decline by $12 Billion
Pay-TV revenues in North America are said to have peaked in 2013 at $102.86 billion, with the latest forecast from Digital TV Research showing declines on the horizon. Pay-TV revenues (subscription and on-demand) will fall by 11.7 percent, or $12.04 billion, between 2014 and 2020, when the total will come to $90.71 billion. Cable revenues in North America are forecast to drop by $12.98 billion, with $3.66 billion less from analog cable and $9.32 lower for digital cable. Satellite TV is expected to lose another $1.23 billion, though IPTV will increase by $2.17 billion.

(opinion) Salon: I’m sorry, but women on TV apologize too much
On television, it’s hard to determine how much apologizing is too much. Characters tend to screw up more in 42 minutes of airtime than I might in a month. But it’s not the grievous wrongs that stuck out for me during my viewing. The most frequent offenses were those near-automatic sentence starters for doing their work or even simply entering a room. Even if it’s asking for clarification or interrupting a conversation, I think we could do without those words, because male characters don’t use them as often.

(video) Akira Kurosawa, a master of movement
From the viewo series Every Frame a Painting. In this installment, Tony Zhou shows how Akira Kurosawa used movement in his films to terrific effect.

(video) TED: Monica Lewinsky: The price of shame"Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop," says Monica Lewinsky. In 1998, she says, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become constant — and can turn deadly. In a brave talk, she takes a hard look at our online culture of humiliation, and asks for a different way.