HBOhas in the works Unarmed, a limited drama series from Oscar winner Eric Roth and writer Denis Johnson, set at an Armed Forces medical center. Warner Bros. TV and Timberman/Beverly are producing the project. Unarmed centers on Amos Searl, a civilian psychiatrist new to his practice at an Armed Forces medical center that specializes in treating amputees and burn victims, critically wounded veterans just returned from America’s recent wars.
Huluhas renewed half-hour original comedy series Deadbeatfor a third season with a 13-episode order. Tyler Labine stars as Kevin Pacalioglu, a hapless but gifted medium who will go to any lengths to help New York’s ghosts settle their unfinished business.
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced the honorees for the Critics’ Choice Television Awards’ Most Exciting New Series category, a list that includes “Aquarius,” NBC’s upcoming series about the Charles Manson murders starring David Duchovny; FX’s new anthology offering “American Crime Story,” about the trial of O.J. Simpson; CBS’ upcoming woman-in-tights series “Supergirl”; and ABC’s upcoming series “The Muppets.” The selections were made by BTJA members based on pilots, early episodes and trailers for series premiering after May 1.
(review) Variety: ‘Sense8′
A dense sci-fi construct that’s poorly explained through three episodes, “Sense8” bears some resemblance to Fox’s short-lived “Touch,” infusing a sense of global interconnectedness with mystical mumbo-jumbo. But the main problem, simply, is that the show doesn’t make much sense.
Add Sunday drama Oil to the list of newly picked-up ABC/ABC Studios drama series that will be undergoing recasting.The series will be recasting two series regular characters played in the pilot by Caitlin Carver and Yani Gellman.
Charlene McKennahas joined the cast of Lifetime‘s drama pilot The Clan Of The Cave Bear, from Imagine TV, Allison Shearmur Prods., Fox 21 TV Studios and Lionsgate TV. Written by Maleficent scribe Linda Woolverton based on Jean M. Auel’s series of best-selling novels, Clan Of The Cave Bear draws from the first book. It takes place at a time in prehistory more than 25,000 years ago when Neanderthals shared the planet with the first early modern humans.
Dylan Bruce has been tapped for a recurring role in NBC‘s upcoming event series Heroes Reborn.
This summer, FOX has lined up the new unscripted TV event Knock Knock Live, which will be hosted and executive produced by Ryan Seacrest. Knock Knock Live will feature Seacrest in studio, while a team travels across the U.S. surprising unsuspecting people at their front doors with a chance to win cash prizes, meet their favorite celebrities and turn their dreams into reality.
The show is hard to describe, but essentially it’s an interactive talk and variety show, featuring a regular panel of comedians who interact with callers and Internet participants, along with a larger game, theme or physical challenge. It’s mostly improvised, and all manner of absurdity occurs along the way — from hosting a live fetish party to giving haircuts to members of the studio audience.
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Are self-destructing series the next frontier in original online content? Fast-growing social network Snapchatis taking another step in establishing itself as an original content player with the hire of former Fox SVP comedy Marcus Wiley as Head of Program Planning and Development. Wiley’s efforts are expected to be focused on amping up original content offered by Snap Channel, primarily short-form narrative scripted/musical series — some of them experimental.
Slate: Snapchat Isn’t Selling Out
Spiegel’s aversion to Facebook-style data-mining, click-counting, and algorithmic optimization has pushed Snapchat toward a business approach more closely resembling that of an old-school media company than a Silicon Valley social network. Snapchat’s first big moneymaking push is Snapchat Discover, in which major media companies create videos and stories made for the smartphone and tailored to the app’s young users.
Mark Cuban’s social network Cyber Dust has commissioned its first original series, “That’s a First with Adam Rose,” which the “Weeds” actor co-created with Jordan Winter. “That’s a First” will feature Rose doing new things for the first time, including riding a horse, flying in a helicopter, scuba diving and eating strange and exotic foods. Each episode will run approximately 90 seconds and debut on YouTube, while behind-the-scenes content from the show will premiere exclusively on Cyber Dust.
BBC1 has ordered a five-part Second World War drama as part of the broadcaster’s recent partnership with funding body Northern Ireland Screen. My Mother and Other Strangers follows the loves and fortunes of a rural family as they struggle to maintain a normal life after 4,000 US servicemen and women arrive at a recently built air force base.
The 5×60’ show is being written by Barry Devlin.
According to the research group, pay TV operators have improved their performance over previous quarters by embracing products aimed at non-pay households, including Dish’s Sling TV offering, customized packages from Verizon and Cablevision’s cord-cutter-targeted packages. However, the number of US TV homes without a pay subscription is expected to grow from 18.6 million in 2008 to 26.7 million by 2019, according to IHS.
Several officials of FIFA, the body that governs soccer worldwide, have been arrested in Switzerland on charges of corruption initiated by the U.S.