Afternoon News Update for Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Tuesday, April 7, 2015:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Stephen King’s ‘11/22/63’ Series on Hulu Names Initial Director, Additional Cast
Hulu
original series “11/22/63,” from JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot based on Stephen King’s best-selling time-travel novel about the Kennedy assassination, has signed Kevin Macdonald to direct and exec produce the first two of the nine-episode event series.
http://variety.com/2015/digital/news/stephen-king-112263-hulu-director-cast-james-franco-1201467467/

Eric Kripke Developing Superhero Comic ‘Amped’ for Vertigo and USA TV AdaptationSupernatural” creator Eric Kripke will write a new comic book miniseries for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, as well as develop a TV series adaptation of the property for USA Network. “Amped,” a six-issue monthly comic book miniseries, will debut in fall 2015. The story follows Josh Jaffe, a neurotic family man who buys an online ‘smart pill’ to increase his focus and jolt him out of his slump, but gets much more than he bargained for.
http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/eric-kripke-developing-superhero-comic-amped-for-vertigo-and-tv-adaptation-for-usa-exclusive-1201467465/

(upfronts) USA Developing Dramas From Rob Reiner, Catherine Hardwicke, ‘Supernatural’ BossThe cabler’s upfront development slate consists of nine dramas, a limited series and an alternative entry from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-upfronts-usa-developing-dramas-786754

TVBTN: FOX Predictions: ‘Weird Loners’ Is Certain To Be Canceled
Weird Loners is certain to be canceled. The "shove its premiere to the end of the season" sitcom premiered with just a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating. It will be written of no more by the Cancellation Bear.
http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2015/04/07/fox-predictions-weird-loners-is-certain-to-be-canceled/384983/

(review) Variety: ‘The Comedians’
This FX comedy deals with Billy Crystal and Josh Gad being thrown together to co-star in an FX variety show — the twist being that they almost instantly can’t stand each other. Dotted with celebrity cameos, the customary exaggerated Hollywood insecurities and an underlying commentary on the generational divide, the show generates enough solid laughs to overcome its arid patches.
http://variety.com/2015/tv/reviews/tv-review-the-comedians-1201464733/

CASTING NEWS:

Andrea Anders Cast In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘The Half Of It’
Andrea Anders
has been added to The Half Of It, CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilot written/executive produced by Mike Gibbons and directed by James Burrows.
http://deadline.com/2015/04/andrea-anders-cast-the-half-of-it-cbs-pilot-1201405974/

‘Law and Order: SVU’ Books ‘House’ Alum
Robert Sean Leonard is set to join returning guests Dann Florek and Andre Braugher in an episode airing next month.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/law-order-svu-books-house-786888

Nina Dobrev Leaving The Vampire Diaries After Six Seasons
Nina Dobrev
announced on Monday that she is leaving The Vampire Diaries at the end of its current sixth season.
http://www.tvguide.com/news/nina-dobrev-leaving-the-vampire-diaries-after-six-seasons/

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

(ratings) ABC’s ‘World News Tonight’ Ends ‘NBC Nightly News’ Record Run
ABC’s
World News Tonight has snapped NBC Nightly News’ streak of 288 consecutive weeks at No. 1 in total viewers.http://deadline.com/2015/04/abc-world-news-beats-nbc-nightly-news-ratings-record-ends-1201405351/

‘WWE SmackDown’ Moves To USA
USA Network
is building a WWE franchise with three series. The cable network already is the longtime home of Monday Night Raw and recently announced that it would be bringing back reality competition series WWE Tough Enoughwith a new format. Now USA also will carry WWE SmackDown starting the first quarter of 2016.
http://deadline.com/2015/04/wwe-smackdown-moves-usa-1201405660/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

HBO NOW Launches Ahead of ‘Game of Thrones’ Premiere
HBO
launched its brand new streaming service, HBO NOW, on Apple or Optimum Online on Tuesday, less than a week ahead of the Season 5 premiere of “Game of Thrones.”
http://www.thewrap.com/jon-stewart-didnt-realize-that-people-in-indiana-could-not-practice-religion-video/

(longread) FastCo: HBO to Netflix: Bring It OnHow HBO’s quest to win the streaming wars became a binge-worthy drama as juicy as Game of Thrones.
http://www.fastcompany.com/3044284/bring-it-on

Hulu goes to Wonderland with BetaUS streaming service Hulu is among buyers of the Beta Film-sold drama Wonderland. Wonderland, an Australian drama about a group of friends living in a beach-side apartment complex, worked will with young female demographics on Network Ten.
http://tbivision.com/miptv/2015/04/hulu-goes-to-wonderland-with-beta/413862/

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

Castle Rock Alum to Oversee ‘Good Wife’ Duo’s New Production Company
Liz Glotzer
will oversee Robert and Michelle King’s King Size Productions banner.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/castle-rock-alum-oversee-good-786711

Jonathan Murray Steps Down As Bunim/ Murray Chairman, Will Remain ConsultantTwenty three years after he launched Bunim/Murray Prods. with the late Mary-Ellis Bunim, Jonathan Murray is handing over the reins of the company. Murray is stepping down as chairman of BMP.
http://deadline.com/2015/04/jonathan-murray-steps-down-bunim-murray-chairman-consultant-1201405884/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

(opinion) AdWeek: Welcome to the Era of Purposeful Viewing
No one watches crap on TV anymore. This is how Jeffrey Cole, research professor and head of the Center for the Digital Future at the USC Annenberg School, succinctly sums up the state of television.Beyond the amount of quality content being produced today, the new Golden Age of Television is defined by viewer empowerment. With this great shift in consumer behavior, we have entered what we are calling The Era of Purposeful Viewing.
http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/welcome-era-purposeful-viewing-163922

Grantland: Does Television Only Like Female Killers When They’re Campy?
Female killers are well at home on television when their crimes are framed in a camp-driven context. Other times, women killers drive story lines that are intended to be dramatic but, due to bad writing and low production quality, intentionally end up hilarious. Lifetime has long been a home to these stories. On the other hand, we associate the stories of male killers with prestige television. From True Detective, The Fall, House of Cards, Hannibal, and The Jinx, TV is full of male killers whose tales are told with excellent writing and higher production values.
http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/does-television-only-like-female-killers-when-theyre-campy/

FlavorWire: ‘Black-Ish’ Doesn’t Perpetuate Racist Stereotypes; It Expertly Demolishes Them
Sure, [the pilot has] a simplistic plot occurrence to serve as the jumping off point to introduce Andre and his occasional overzealousness with racial issues and his preoccupation with racial identity — a preoccupation that rings true because black people are always being reminded of our racial identity by those who are not a part of it, such as in a hitpiece wherein a white critic proclaims a black-centric show is racist.
http://flavorwire.com/512835/black-ish-doesnt-perpetuate-racist-stereotypes-it-expertly-demolishes-them/

(longread) Vanity Fair: The Inside Story of the Civil War for the Soul of NBC News
“When Comcast took over, they had the No. 1 morning show, the No. 1 Sunday show, and the No. 1 evening broadcast,” says a former top NBC executive. “That’s all completely fallen apart. I don’t know how you blame anyone but Comcast and the people it brought in. It’s been a nightmare.”
http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/04/nbc-news-brian-williams-scandal-comcast

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