Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Wednesday, May 6, 2015:
‘The Mindy Project’ Eyes 2-Season Pickup At Hulu
After three seasons on broadcast, the offbeat comedy may take the leap to VOD with a deal at Hulu. The streaming service is in talks with Mindy Project producer Universal TV on a two-season pickup for the series created by and starring Mindy Kaling. Fox has informed the Mindy Project team that it would not be picking up a fourth season though the network would not confirm that
Dan Sterling Inks Overall Deal At 20th TV, Joins ‘Last Man On Earth’ As Showrunner
Former The Office executive producer Dan Sterling has closed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Under the pact, he will join the studios’s freshman Fox comedy series The Last Man On Earth, recently renewed for a second season, as executive producer and showrunner.
‘Supergirl’ Lands CBS’ First New Series Order for 2015-16 Season
“Supergirl” is a go at CBS. CBS has given its first new series pickup for the 2015-16 season to a drama series from exec producer Greg Berlanti and Warner Bros. TV that follows the distaff side of the “Superman” franchise.
Crime Drama Starring Tim McGraw In Works At TNT From Timberman/Beverly & Michael Dinner
Tim McGraw is set to topline and executive produce Robbers, a drama project, which has landed at TNT in a competitive situation. Based on Christopher Cook’s 2000 debut novel, Robbers hails from Sony Pictures TV, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly’s Timberman/Beverly and Michael Dinner. Cook and Dinner are writing the adaptation, with Dinner set to direct. Robbers tells the story of a cop, two “running buddies” on a crime spree across Texas, and the girl who becomes the complication in a very unique love triangle. http://deadline.com/2015/05/tim-mcgraw-robbers-tnt-series-timberman-beverly-1201421398/
(animated) Comedy Central Orders High School Animated Comedy Series From Bento Box
Comedy Central has given a 10-episode series order to Legends Of Chamberlain Heights, an animated comedy from veteran Simpsons artist Brad Ableson.
CW Renews ‘iZombie’ for Second Season
Rose McIver’s zombie crime fighter will live to fight another day. CW has given a second season to “iZombie.”
Sony PlayStation’s ‘Powers’ Renewed for Season 2
Sony PlayStation’s first original series “Powers” — a supernatural detective drama based on the graphic comics of the same name — is getting a second season. The series, produced by Sony Pictures Television, is slated to have its second-season debut in the U.S. in 2016 exclusively on PlayStation.
(sched) TNT Tweaks Summer Schedule, Moves ‘Legends’ to the Fall
TNT has made a slight change to its summer schedule, with newcomer “Public Morals” changing days and starting a week earlier and sophomore “Legends” being pushed back to fall.
‘Happyland’ Alum to Star in ABC Family’s ‘Shadowhunters’
Katherine McNamara has been cast as the female lead in “Shadowhunters,” ABC Family’s saga series based on the “Mortal Instruments” book series.
(animated) Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman to Voice Disney’s ‘Zootopia’
Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman have been set to lead the voice cast of Walt Disney Animation Studio’s “Zootopia,” the studio announced Wednesday. Goodwin will lend her voice to an optimistic bunny named Judy Hopps who’s new to Zootopia’s police department. Bateman voices the scamming fox, Nick Wilde, who Judy reluctantly teams up with to crack her first case. Byron Howard, who last worked on “Tangled” and “Bolt” for the studio, will direct the film.
Emily VanCamp Reprising Her Role As Agent 13 In ‘Captain America: Civil War’
In the wake of Revenge ending its four-season run on ABC, Emily VanCamp is returning as Agent 13 aka Kate aka Sharon Carter in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War.http://deadline.com/2015/05/emily-vancamp-captain-america-civil-war-revenge-sharon-carter-1201421946/
NBC Revives Variety Show Talks With Maya Rudolph in Live Programming Push
NBC hopes to bank on the sizzle of live programming next season, as sources say discussions have been revived with Maya Rudolph for a program that is seen as a possible companion for Neil Patrick Harris’ upcoming variety show.
(sched) Disney Sets June 26 Premieres for ‘Teen Beach 2′ & New Series ‘Best Friends Whenever’
The sequel to Disney Channel’s wildly popular “Teen Beach Movie” will premiere this summer on June 26. “Teen Beach 2″ will make its debut immediately before the series premiere for Disney Channel’s new live-action series “Best Friends Whenever,” which stars Lauren Taylor and Landry Bender as time-traveling best friends.
Sumner Redstone Asserts ‘I Am Never Retiring’ In Exchange With Vanity Fair
Sumner Redstone may be nearing 92, but he still isn’t ready to retire.
Upfront 2015: Major TV Networks Face Severe Pressure on Ad Prices
Ad buyers say they will bring intense pressure on TV pricing in 2015, a sign the industry’s coming upfront marketplace may be one of the most pernicious in recent memory. To be certain, buyers at this time of year have an interest in tamping down the market. They often talk of winning lower rates in the cost of reaching viewers. This year, however, they are pushing for something more severe: no increases. In some cases, they may even seek reversals of current pricing.
HBR: How to Market to the iGeneration
Enter the iGeneration, also known as Generation Z, or those born in 1994 and later who grew up with a smartphone in hand. The “iGen Goes to School” study found that iGens require information on-demand, and trust the advice of friends, even strangers, more than authority figures, organizations, and brands on social media. The manner in which iGens consume information is vastly different than previous generations. They’re multi-screen-users and are accustomed to consuming large amounts of media from multiple touch points at once.
Amy Schumer’s Virtuosic "12 Angry Men" Parody Reveals Why Women Should Be Angry
Although the entire season has been solid gold so far, Inside Amy Schumer may have hit a series high last night with a major deviation from the normal format—an episode-length parody of 12 Angry Men in which an all-male jury determines once whether the show’s star is "hot enough to be on TV."