Evening News Update for Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Wednesday, April 15, 2015:


NBC Orders 10 Episodes of Previously Canceled Series ‘Emerald City’
NBC has resurrected Emerald City, the drama based on The Wizard of Oz that was previously given a straight-to-series order then scrapped before it commenced production. This go round, the network has greenlit ten episodes. David Schuldner takes over as showrunner from Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman. NBC has not announced when the series will premiere.

(upfronts) Nat Geo Sets First Comedy Series, From ‘Silicon Valley’ Folks; Paul Giamatti Really Digs Science
first comedy venture, Saints & Strangers, is co-produced with Sony Pictures Television and Little Engine Productions, will recreate the voyage of the Mayflower and the 101 people who made the trip and struggled through the first brutal months of settlement in New England. Eric Overmyer is writer and EP.

(from Tues) DirecTV Sets Comedy Series ‘Almost There’ Starring Steven Pasquale
has set its next original comedy series, Almost There, starring and executive produced by Steven Pasquale. The 10-episode single-camera series, which will premiere in fall 2015 on DirecTV’s Audience Network, is created/executive produced by Jace Alexander, Kim Cella and Debbie Baldwin. Almost There tells the story of Jackson Cooper (Pasquale), a handsome, eternally single psychiatrist living in New York City.

‘Orange Is The New Black’ Renewed for Season 4 by NetflixNetflix has renewed dramedy Orange Is The New Black for a fourth season.

Deadline: PILOT SEASON 2015: Tight Production Schedules Put Pressure On Pilot QualityPilot orders have been coming later and later every year, and all networks, particularly ABC and CBS, were again way behind in their pickups, compressing the time for staffing, casting and producing the pilots. (It’s mid-April, and at least one pilot, a CBS comedy, is still filming this week.)


Kate Bosworth to Co-Star With Dennis Quaid in Crackle Series ‘The Art of More’
Kate Bosworth
is set to co-star with Dennis Quaid in the upcoming Crackle series “The Art of More.”

‘The Goldbergs’ Actor Joins Dan O’Shannon CBS Comedy Pilot
Jacob Hopkins
, who is currently recurring on ABC’sThe Goldbergs,” will appear in CBS’ Dan O’Shannon comedy project.


‘Wonder Woman’ Movie Finds a New Director
Patty Jenkins
, who at one point was to direct Thor 2 for rival Marvel Studios, has closed a deal to helm Warner Bros.‘ female superhero movie.


Thomas Kail & Alex Rudzinski to Direct Fox’s Live Musical ‘Grease’Tony Award-nominated director Thomas Kail and “Dancing with the Stars” vet Alex Rudzinski are set to direct Fox’s “Grease: Live” musical event, the net announced Wednesday.

Syfy Greenlights ‘Geeks Who Drink’ Hosted by Zachary Levi
announced today that Zachary Levi will executive produce and host the game show Geeks Who Drink.


Netflix Orders 8 Episodes of ‘Our Planet’, a Follow-Up to ‘Planet Earth’
, the world’s leading Internet TV network, will premiere across all its territories in 2019 in collaboration with Silverback Films and WWF, Our Planet, an astonishing new eight part natural history series.


Canal+ and Disney strike French streaming dealFrench pay TV operator Canal+ will launch a Maker Studios-branded streaming service later this year. There will be about 2,000 shortform videos at launch across the four programming categories that Maker specialises in: comedy, sports, fashion, beauty, and family. The content will not be repurposed or packaged into traditional TV length formats and will run in its original 3-to-9-minute form.


Disney XD To Show ‘Doctor Who’ Seasons Featuring David TennantThe deal gives Doctor Who fans a way to catch up with some previous seasons of the BBC’s sci-fi series. Disney XD has picked up the rights to Seasons 2 through 4, beginning with a special on May 9.


TV Land Ups Brad Gardner to SVP of Development & Original ProgrammingTV Land has promoted Brad Gardner to senior vice president of development and original programming.


‘Black-ish,’ ‘Transparent,’ ‘Virunga,’ ‘Normal Heart’ Among TV Academy Honors Recipients
“Black-ish,” Amazon’s “Transparent”and the Netflix docu “Virunga” are among the 2014 picks for Television Academy Honors. The TV Acad kudos, which are distinct from the Primetime Emmy Awards, recognize programs that harness the influence of television to make an impact on a range of social and cultural issues.

ABC Family Shifts to Focus on Younger Viewers with Sexier Programming
ABC Family
unveiled plans Tuesday to focus on a group of viewers it calls “becomers” who interested in romance, even sex, and on their way to becoming big-spending consumers ready to sign up for credit cards and financial investments. In doing so, executives hope to scrap a long-held notion that its original shows are aimed at parents and younger children watching together. ABC Family noted nearly 70% of 12-34 year-olds are millennials, but less than half will be in that target range within five years. As part of these efforts, executives at the network vowed to double the amount of original programming it offers over the next four years, and dip into new formats.

Toronto Film Festival to Program TV DramasAs the lines between film and television blur, the inaugural Primetime sidebar will showcase six top episodic series.

DGA: David Chase on The Sopranos ending
David Chase
analyzes the final scene of The Sopranos in great detail for the Directors Guild of America’s quarterly magazine: The tension is quite high now, but if you think about it, for no real reason. Who’s in the place? A guy in a jacket, Cub Scouts, a young couple, a trucker in a hat, a couple of black guys in there to buy some candy. There’s no real reason for the tension to ratchet up. But it does. And that’s what I love, how you make that.