Evening News Update for Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Tuesday, March 31, 2015:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

‘Ingress’ TV Series Based On Google Game In Works With ‘The Expanse’ Producer
Google
has teamed with The Sean Daniel Company to develop a TV drama series based on Ingress, a game which uses real locations and social media interactivity to bring its 10 million players together in a global sci-fi mystery. This would mark Google’s first foray into television. The story begins when an international team of scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland make an unexpected discovery that could change the world. The idea is to craft a TV series that has real-time interplay with the audience that already is engaged, in the game and socially, in a big mystery that spans the globe.
http://deadline.com/2015/03/ingress-tv-series-google-game-the-expanse-producer-sean-daniel-1201401843/

History Developing War Drama Based on ‘The Boys of ’67’
Written by Jeb Stuart, the show will focus on the men of Charlie Company in Vietnam. A+E Studios is producing the series in association with executive producer Jim Head of Head First Productions and executive producer Michael Prupas of Muse Entertainment.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/history-developing-war-drama-based-785591

IFC Orders Hockey Comedy ‘Benders’ From ApostleThe cable network has ordered eight episodes of the show, which centers on friends who bond over an irrational obsession with their beer-swilling amateur hockey league. Jim Serpico and Tom Sellitti created and will write the series, with production set to begin this spring.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/ifc-orders-hockey-comedy-benders-785476

Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ Taps Cheo Hodari Coker as ShowrunnerThe Netflix series stars Mike Colter as the bulletproof superhero.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/marvels-luke-cage-taps-cheo-785532

Netflix’s ‘Bloodline’ Scores Second SeasonThe Kyle Chandler-led family drama debuted to strong reviews this month.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/netflix-s-bloodline-scores-second-785649

New Girl Renewed for Season 5 at Fox as John Cho Joins Guest Cast
New Girl
: Jess & Co. are returning for another season. Fox has renewed the Zooey Deschanel comedy for a fifth season. Oddly enough, the pickup comes as work on Season 5 is already underway to get a jump on Deschanel’s maternity leave.
http://tvline.com/2015/03/31/new-girl-season-5-renewal-fox/

The Americans Renewed for Season 4
FX
has renewed the Keri Russell-Matthew Rhys Cold War drama for a 13-episode fourth season, to premiere in 2016.
http://tvline.com/2015/03/31/the-americans-season-4-renewal-fx/

House of Lies Renewed for Season 5
Showtime
has renewed its Don Cheadle-led comedy for a 10-episode fifth season.
http://tvline.com/2015/03/31/house-of-lies-renewed-season-5-showtime/

Rich Ross Unveils First Discovery Channel Programming Plans – Upfronts
Discovery’s
next scripted series will be about the history of Harley Davidson.
http://deadline.com/2015/03/rich-ross-discovery-channel-upfronts-1201401580/

Variety: ‘Cougar Town’ Series Finale: Josh Hopkins Toasts to Six Seasons on the Cul-de-SacAfter 102 episodes, six seasons, two networks, one very infamous name, and lots — and lots — of wine, “Cougar Town’s” cul-de-sac crew is toasting for the very last time. Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel’s TBS ensemble comedy, which is toplined by “Friends” star Courteney Cox, says goodbye Tuesday night.
http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/cougar-town-series-finale-courteney-cox-josh-hopkins-1201461895/

FEATURE NEWS:

‘Arrow’ Star Stephen Amell Lands Casey Jones Role in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2′
Stephen Amell has been tapped to play Casey Jones in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2″ for Paramount and Platinum Dunes. David Green is directing the pic.
http://variety.com/2015/film/news/stephen-amell-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-casey-jones-1201459533/

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

CBBC Orders Docuseries on Young Ice Skaters
CBBC
has commissioned the docuseries Ice Stars, which tracks the lives of a group of young skaters.
http://worldscreen.com/articles/display/49679

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Wired: How Netflix is creating the ultra-high-def future of TV
“The ultimate goal here is to up the game for all Internet television, putting it on a level playing field with linear TV, where you don’t have to change inputs or suffer interminable delays in getting to what you want to watch,” says Netflix’s Edwards.
http://www.wired.com/2015/03/netflix-will-remake-image-tv/

YouTube star Michelle Phan has officially outgrown YouTube
Michelle Phan
will be working with other beauty, lifestyle, and health personalities to program the network, called ICON. While Phan’s work will still appear on YouTube, more videos from ICON will start appearing on DailyMotion and Roku, as well as on major social media sites, apps for Android and iOS, and on the web.
http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/31/8318875/michelle-phan-icon-video-network

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Downton prodco, Stan Lee making Sky drama
UK pay TV operator Sky has commissioned Lucky Man, a ten-part supernatural cop drama from comic book writer Stan Lee and the producer of Downton Abbey. The series stars James Nesbitt as a down on his luck Murder Squad detective who is given a charm that confers upon the wearer the ability to control luck. Carnival Films is producing the series, which will debut on Sky1 next year.
http://tbivision.com/news/2015/03/downton-prodco-and-stan-lee-making-sky-drama/410792/

TWDC NEWS:

Marvel Announces Men’s Fashion Line
Marvel
has joined forces with men’s fashion site Five Four Club to produce the line, which is described as a series of "elevated and confident men’s apparel capsule collections that bring together Marvel’s iconic legacy, Super Hero characters and storytelling with fashion-forward innovation."
http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/03/30/marvel-announces-mens-fashion-line

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

Vulture: The 50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015With assistance from an expert panel of managers, agents, club owners, late-night bookers, and network executives, Vulture scoured the worlds of stand-up, sketch, improv, writing, acting, and general comedy nonsense to find the following 50 comedians. We steered clear of anyone with a major role on a successful TV show, or any stand-up who has already had his or her own hour-long television special. For each comedian, there’s a clip that demonstrates why you can expect to see more of him or her soon.
http://www.vulture.com/2015/03/50-comedians-you-should-know-in-2015.html

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Charter to buy rival cable provider Bright House for $10.4 billion
Charter Communications
, the fourth-largest cable provider in the US, has agreed to purchase competitor Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion in cash and stock. Bright House is the sixth-largest US provider, but Charter says the merged company would become the second biggest cable operator by customer volume if the deal successfully closes.
http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/31/8319093/charter-bright-house-acquisition-announced

Three More CAA Agents Join UTA – UpdateOn the heels of the bombshell move of five top CAA comedy agents to UTA earlier today, three of their colleagues at CAA — agents John Sacks, Susie Fox and Joanna Scott — have followed them. That brings the number of agent defections in one of the biggest exoduses in recent memory to eight. And I hear there may be more, with the final tally of CAA agent departures rumored to be as high as 12-13.
http://deadline.com/2015/03/caa-agents-join-uta-john-sacks-susie-fox-and-joanna-scott-1201402342/

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