Evening News Update for Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Thursday, April 23, 2015:


TNT Drama Pilot ‘Breed’ Not Going Forward
has passed on supernatural drama pilot Breed. The project, written by John Scott Shepherd and directed by Scott Winant, followed a series of brutal murders in the Pacific Northwest and the mysterious race of creatures that might be committing them. Breed was one of 3 pilots ordered by TNT just before Kevin Reilly took over the network and a new programming chief. None have been picked to series yet.

Fox 21 TV Studios Lands White House Book ‘The Residence’ For Cable Drama Produced By Kevin Spacey & Megyn Kelly
Fox 21 Television Studios
has optioned the bookThe Residenceby Kate Andersen Brower about the relationship between the White House residence staff and the various First Families spanning several administrations. The non-fiction book will be developed as a cable drama executive produced by Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti of Trigger Street.

Robin Hood Mania Spills To TV: ‘Outlaw Chronicles’ Series In Works At FMNAOn the heels of four competing Robin Hood features in the works at four big studios, FremantleMedia North America has acquired rights to British author Angus Donald’s book series The Outlaw Chronicles, a re-imagined take on the legend of Robin Hood set during the reigns of Richard the Lionheart and King John. Michael Konyves will pen the adaptation, which follows Robin and his band of outlaws in Sherwood Forest, including a young protege he takes under his wing.

THR: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Shocker Accidentally Revealed EarlyStar Patrick Dempsey — aka Dr. Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd — is exiting the Shonda Rhimes drama. The news leaked early because of a story in Entertainment Weekly in which ABC participated.

(from Weds) Amazon Ordering Comedy Pilot From Bob Nelson & Sacha Baron Cohen
is moving ahead with Highston, a half-hour coming-of-age comedy, written by Bob Nelson, executive produced by Sacha Baron Cohen and to be directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The single-camera project, which is casting, centers on Highston Liggetts, a kind 19-year-old and perched on the edge of adulthood. When he encounters a world he doesn’t understand, like Elwood P. Dowd, he retreats into his vast imagination, where famous “friends” are his companions and mentors.

(from Weds) ‘Daredevil’ Renewed for Season Two on Netflix; Set to Premiere in 2016
Netflix is confirming a second season of Marvel’s Daredevil that will premiere in 2016.

(from Weds) ‘Sirens’ Canceled by USA After Two Seasons
USA will not be going forward with a third season of comedy series Sirens.


Eriq La Salle Joins ‘Under The Dome’ For Season 3
Eriq La Salle will have double duty in CBS’ summer drama series Under The Dome. He’s been cast in a lead role for Season 3 and will direct episode 9.

Jackie Cruz Upped To Regular On ‘Orange Is the New Black’On the heels ofOrange Is the New Blacks early Season 4 renewal, the Netflix/Lionsgate TV prison series has promoted Jackie Cruz to regular for the fourth season.


Disney and Vince Gilligan Teaming for ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ MovieThe studio is in negotiations to pick up Beanstalk, described as a revisionist take on the tale involving a young boy, magic beans and a giant. Gilligan has written a treatment for the project which will be written by Thomas Schnauz.


ESPY Awards Move From ESPN to Sister Network ABCThe ESPYS are on the move. The 23rd annual ESPY Awards will jump from ESPN to sister network ABC, and broadcast live on Wednesday, July 15.

BET Adds Kelly Rowland Singing Competition, ‘Punk’d’ Revival to 2015 Slate
Kelly Rowland
embarks on a quest to find a Destiny’s Child-like female supergroup in the upcoming competition series “Chasing Destiny,” BET Networks announced at its annual upfront presentation.

Spike Has Renewed Lip Sync Battle For Season 2
Spike TV
has ordered a 20-episode second season of Lip Sync Battle.


Ontario Cuts Foreign Film Tax Credit, Hollywood to Take HitThe province, while releasing its 2015 fiscal budget, proposed reducing the foreign film tax credit rate from a 25 percent all-spend to 21.5 percent for qualifying production expenditures incurred after April 23, 2015. Betting the cut in the film tax credit will be offset by recent savings to Los Angeles producers from a lower Canadian dollar, the province is also rejiggering the Ontario Production Services Tax Credit to target salaries and wages paid to local talent and crews.


Disney Stock Hits All-Time High as ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron” NearsStock in the Walt Disney Co. hit an all-time high Thursday, a little over a week before “Avengers: The Age of Ultron” is to make its North American debut. Shares in Disney rose $1.06 and closed at $109 on the New York Stock Exchange, eclipsing the former all-time high of $108.22 set Monday. At one point Thursday, it was at $109.90.

Disney Exec Tells Exhibitors ‘Hispanics Are Your Core Customer’A quartet of marketing executives urged exhibitors to ramp up their response to the explosive growth of the Hispanic market in the United States. “Start thinking about Hispanics as your core customer, not as a segment,” said Disney’s Christine Cadena as part of CinemaCon’s panel. Hispanics represent 18% of the U.S. population and 53% of population growth, noted Univision’s Pete Filiaci, who moderated the panel. Citing Nielsen statistics, he added that Hispanic customers go to 8.4 movies per year, compared with 7.3 movies for the average moviegoer; and 50% of Hispanic customers attend on a film’s opening weekend, compared to 34% for the average customer.


Jim Parsons’ Production Company Hires Head of Development
Eric Norsoph
, formerly from Paramount Insurge, will oversee the company’s film, television and theater projects.


Comcast Is Said to End $45 Billion Bid for Time Warner CableThe merger would have united the country’s two largest cable operators and reshaped the country’s video and broadband markets. On Wednesday, Comcast officials met with both the Justice Department and the F.C.C., amid signs of stiff resistance from the regulatory agencies.

Variety: Streaming Overtakes Live TV Among Consumer Viewing Preferences: StudyU.S. consumers are more inclined to stream entertainment from an Internet service than tune in to live TV, according to the results of a new survey from consulting firm Deloitte. Video-streaming services such as Netflix, which are now used by more than 42% of American households, have overtaken live programming as the viewing method of choice, Deloitte’s study found.