Morning News Update for Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Wednesday, April 1, 2015:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

(sched) CBS Sets Season Finale Dates for ‘Scorpion,’ ‘Big Bang Theory’ and OthersCBS is spreading out its early finales across the schedule, with five series wrapping during the first half of the May sweep: Thursday comedy “Mom” on April 30, Friday drama “Blue Bloods” on May 1, Sunday drama “Madam Secretary” on May 3, Tuesday drama “Person of Interest” on May 5 and Wednesday drama “Criminal Minds” on May 6.
http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/cbs-sets-season-finale-dates-for-scorpion-big-bang-theory-and-others-1201464397/

(review) Variety: ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’
Marvel
has shrewdly expanded its portfolio, and Netflix has upped its must-have quotient with a fiercely loyal segment of consumers. Viewed that way, costume or no costume, “Daredevil” looks dressed for success.
http://variety.com/2015/tv/reviews/tv-review-marvels-daredevil-1201460066/

Which Former Cast Member Is Returning to Law & Order: SVU?
Law & Order: SVU alums Dann Florek and Andre Braugher are returning for to the NBC drama for one episode.
http://www.tvguide.com/news/law-order-svu-dann-florek-returning/

FEATURE NEWS:

Lionsgate Introduces Distribution Unit To Target Next-Gen Audiences
Lionsgate Premiere
will handle up to 15 releases a year, targeting young audiences at theaters and digital outlets, the studio says this morning.
http://deadline.com/2015/04/lionsgate-premiere-distribution-next-gen-audiences-1201402670/

Grantland: ‘Spectre’ and the Age of Blockbuster ContinuityThis is basically how an issue of a comic book works. Hero X fights Villain Y, but throughout the story, references are made to characters and moments from issues past. In the hands of the right filmmaker, these backstories become more than B-plots. They become the girding for an epic. What’s interesting is how our blockbuster franchises are increasingly pushing those B-plots to the foreground.
http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/spectre-and-the-age-of-blockbuster-continuity/

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

E! Orders New Kardashian Series; Renews ‘Total Divas’ & More
E!
has ordered three new unscripted series, including another show under the Kardashian empire, “Dash Dolls.” The cabler also announced Tuesday the renewals of “Total Divas,” “#RichKids of Beverly Hills” and “Christina Milian Turned Up.” “Dash Dolls,” follows the employees of the famous family’s upscale DASH boutiques.
http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/dash-dolls-e-kardashian-series-order-1201464404/

ABC Family Orders Three Reality Shows
ABC Family
has picked up three unscripted shows: Startup U, Next Step Realty: NYCandMonica The Medium. The hourlong Startup U follows a group of entrepreneurial millennials as they embark on a semester at Draper University in Silicon Valley. Next Step Realty: NYC is a business based docuseries following the passionate and ambitious employees of Next Step Realty. Monica the Medium follows at Monica, a junior at Penn State University navigating friends, family, relationships — and the fact that she’s a medium and can talk to dead people.
http://deadline.com/2015/04/abc-family-startup-u-monica-the-medium-next-step-realty-nyc-1201402804/

Monica Lewinsky Invited To ‘The View’ As Search For Rosie Replacement Continues
ABC News
has invited Monica Lewinsky to The View as a guest, to talk about her “anti-bullying campaign,” naturally leading to speculation she might replace Rosie O’Donnell as one of the show panelists, or at least that show creator Barbara Walters is trying to talk ABC News brass into the merits of the hire.
http://deadline.com/2015/04/monica-lewinsky-the-view-barbara-walters-clinton-video-1201402688/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

HBO is reportedly coming to Sling TV
According to The Wall Street Journal, this latest agreement also includes rights to offer HBO in new ways. Sling TV customers will reportedly be able to subscribe to the network as part of that internet TV service. It almost certainly won’t be part of the $20 monthly base fee, and we have to imagine HBO will command more than the $5 Sling usually charges for extra channels.
http://www.theverge.com/2015/4/1/8326089/hbo-coming-to-sling-tv

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

UTA Nabs Two More CAA Agents
Mackenzie Condon
and Chelsea McKinnies also jump following the move of five top comedy agents.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/uta-nabs-two-more-caa-785779

Classic TV shows get new life on digital airwavesMany cable networks abandoned classic TV shows once the baby boomers who watched them moved out of the 18-to-49 age group that advertisers covet most. That’s created an opening for multicast TV networks — the channels that viewers can watch over the air for free with a digital antenna — to come to their rescue.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-classic-tv-new-life-20150401-story.html

Black List announces podcast series
The Black List
has announced a new podcast series called the Black List Table Reads. It’s a podcast version of what the company already does with the live staged script readings, along with founder Franklin Leonard interviewing the scripts’ writers.
http://aspiringtvwriter.blogspot.com/2015/04/black-list-announces-podcast-series.html

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