Fox Drama & Comedy Pilots Start Staffing
Two of the hottest Fox pilots have started staffing. That includes drama frontrunner Minority Report, based on Steven Spielberg’s movie, and comedy Grandpastarring John Stamos. Additionally, drama Rosewood has given indications that they would be hiring soon, while comedy standoutThe Grinder is actively searching for a showrunner in anticipation of a series pickup.
Alex Cary Inks Overall Deal With Uni TVAfter more than five years at 20th Century Fox TV,Homeland executive producer Alex Cary is moving to Universal TV with a two-year overall deal.
IFC Developing Revenge Comedy From Erin Simon & Kim KarpComedy writing duo Erin Simon and Kim Karp have sold a half-hour single-camera spec, 101 Ways To Kill Your Ex, to IFC. In it, jilted by their respective partners, a woman and a man team up to exact down and dirty revenge on the lovers who did them wrong.
David Fincher’s HBO Comedy ‘Living On Video’ Picked Up To Series
David Fincher’sLiving On Video, is yet to be acknowledged by HBO, but the period comedy quietly has been picked up to series by the network. The project filmed two episodes in lieu of a pilot, and the network has ordered 8 more for a 10-episode first-season run. HBO declined comment. Set in 1983 Los Angeles, Living On Video revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry — directors, record executives and crew members, many of them dabbling in drugs — through the eyes of a newcomer, Robby (Charlie Rowe).
‘The Magicians’ Picked Up To Series By Syfy
Lev Grossman’s best-selling fantasy book trilogy The Magiciansis headed to Syfy’s primetime as the network has given a 12-episode series order to its pilot. The project hails from Michael London’s Groundswell Productions, Universal Cable Productions and writers John McNamara and Sera Gamble. Based upon Grossman’s books, The Magicians stars Jason Ralph as Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant grad student who enrolls in Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic.
‘The Simpsons’ Gets 2-Season Renewal
Fox continues its renewals with a two-season pickup of veteran The Simpsons, which has been ordered for Seasons 27 and 28 to reach 625 episodes.
‘Make It Pop’ Renewed For Season 2 By Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon has ordered a 20-episode second season of its hit daily scripted musical comedy series Make It Pop for debut this summer. It follows social-media maven Sun Hi (Megan Lee), bookish Corki (Erika Tham), and fashion-forward Jodi (Louriza Tronco), who come together with DJ hopeful Caleb (Dale Whibley) over their love of music to form their own K-pop inspired band.
(opinion) AdWeek: These Shows Are Most Likely to Be Canceled This WeekAs ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW sift through this season’s pilots and decide which ones to pick up (NBC kickstarted the process Friday, giving early series orders to three drama pilots: Chicago Fire/Chicago P.D. spinoff Chicago Med, Blindspot and Heartbreaker), they will also spent the next week deciding the fates of several current series still on the ratings bubble. Here’s our best guess at which series won’t make it to this fall.
Marton Csokas Joins ‘Into The Badlands’ On AMCThe Equalizerstar Marton Csokas has joined the cast of AMC’s straight-to-series martial arts drama Into The Badlandsas a series regular.
You’re the Worst Recruits Office Boss to Wrangle Jimmy in Season 2Office alum Andy Buckley will guest-star as the British author’s agent in Season 2 of the FX-to-FXX comedy.
Zach Braff, Kate Walsh and Dr. Drew to Guest Star on ‘Undateable’ Live ShowGuest stars include Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn, Christa Miller, Kate Walsh, Victoria Justice, Minnie Driver and Dr. Drew Pinskey. The live show kicks off Tuesday May 5 at 9 p.m. on NBC. Both the east coast and west coast will get their own performance.
Peter Chernin Mulls Independent Future For His TV Company
Peter Chernin’s rich five-year TV deal with 20th Century Fox Television is coming to an end next month, and there are no current renewal plans. The former News Corp. president is seriously considering taking the TV company independent when the pact is up. He is not pursuing a deal with another TV studio or talking to 20th TV about a new pact at the moment.
Disney Vet Sam Neswick Named Chief Strategy Officer for Participant Media
Participant Media has named Sam Neswick to a newly created position as chief strategy officer, as the company continues to revamp itself and prepare for continued expansion after an executive office shakeup.
At ESPN, A Second Executive Responsible for Video Distribution DepartsA second senior executive responsible for striking deals between ESPN and other Disney-owned networks and their distributors has opted to depart the company, leaving open the question of who might shoulder responsibility for this important area of operations in months to come. David Preshlack, a veteran with around 20 years at the sports-media juggernaut, is leaving ESPN.
AdWeek: Infographic: How CBS Dominates Among ConsumersConsumer dominance trumps demographic dominance. That’s the message CBS is trumpeting ahead of its May 13 upfront, announcing new data that shows it delivers more consumers across almost every product category than any other network. The single-source data from Nielsen and Rentrak connects purchase data and television data across consumer categories including retail, entertainment, financial, movies and automobile.
NYT: As Vice Moves More to TV, It Tries to Keep Brash Voice
Vice has signed deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars with established TV companies that are eager to engage its young, male audience. But will it have to play by different rules?
(tech) Apple reportedly working on a new Apple TV remote with a touchpadCiting an unnamed Apple employee,The New York Times says Apple’s upcoming Apple TV redesign will also sport a brand new remote control to better help users navigate thanks to a touch-sensitive pad area.