On the heels of landing her first pilot order, Revenge writer-producer Sallie Patrickhas signed her first overall deal with CBS TV Studios. Under the two-year pact, Patrick is joining the studio’s new CBS drama series Limitless as a co-executive producer.
John Noble will star as Sherlock Holmes’ wealthy, estranged father when he joins the cast of ELEMENTARY as a series regular in the fall.
“Community” star Joel McHale has graduated from comedy to drama. He’s signed on for a guest starring role on Fox’s upcoming limited series “The X-Files.”
Disney is developing a movie based on the iconic “Night on Bald Mountain” sequence from 1940’s animated pic “Fantasia” in the studio’s latest live-action adaptation. Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless will write the screenplay and exec produce the movie, which is in early development.
A remake of Whoopi Goldberg’s comedy “Sister Act” is in the works at Disney. Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah are on board to write the screenplay, and Allison Shearmur (“Cinderella”) will produce.
(review) Variety: ‘Becoming Us’
“Becoming Us” gets enough things right that one is inclined to give this ABC Family reality series the benefit of the doubt regarding the times when it feels overproduced, manipulative and like a poor man’s version of “Doogie Howser, M.D.”
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The National Football League and Yahoo have announced a partnership that will make the Sunday, Oct. 25 game between the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars available on every screen in the world. The first-ever livestream of an NFL game will run across Yahoo properties globally, including Yahoo, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Screen and Tumblr, which boast more than 1 billion monthly users.
Snapchat has hired Sean Mills as their new head of original content. Mills previously served as the president of The Onion, where he helped grow the satirical news source’s readership to almost 10 million people.
The premise of Kung Furyis the stuff nonsensical B-movies and particularly elaborate fever dreams are made of. The 30-minute moviewas crowd-funded to the tune of $630,000 on Kickstarter, played at the Cannes Director’s Fortnight, and has been distributed on YouTube, where it’s earned 11 million views in five days. David Hasselhoff performed its theme song. Considering its small budget, Kung Fury is a feat of technical genius, even though its imagery cynically appeals to its audience’s nostalgia. As a one-off, it’s a hilarious trifle. But in the crowdfunded future, will all movies look like this?
YouTube is launching a new data tool called Music Insights, that it says will help artists to plan tours, get local radio play and build online buzz. The new tool is part of YouTube’s recently launched YouTube for Artists service and will offer information about the cities around the world where an artist is most popular, the top tracks by artist, and views of official music videos and fan-uploaded videos.
UK commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned another six-episode run of Second World War drama Home Fires. The ITV Studios-produced programme, which follows a group of inspirational women in a rural community during the war, was inspired by the non-fiction book Jambusters by Julie Summers.
Fox International Channels UK has acquired rights to Disney superhero Marvel’s Agent Carter for the local Fox channel.
“Tangled” is heading to the small screen. The animated television series is slated to premiere on Disney Channel in 2017. Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi will reprise their roles. The Disney Television Animation project reunites the movie’s composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater who will work on the series, which is being developed by exec producer Chris Sonnenburg and Shane Prigmore.
Marvel Comics is planning a massive, publishing line-wide reboot this fall that will see all of its comic books revert back to No. 1s, introduce all-new superheroes and significantly alter others, including a new Spider-Man, a new Hulk and new team-ups.
The employees who kept the data systems humming in the vast Walt Disney fantasy fief did not suspect trouble when they were suddenly summoned to meetings with their boss. Some were performing so well that they thought they had been called in for bonuses. Instead, about 250 Disney employees were told in late October that they would be laid off. Over the next three months, some Disney employees were required to train their replacements to do the jobs they had lost.
Q: Does anybody get notes anymore? John Ridley, you brought “American Crime” to ABC. It is a raw, multilayered look at violence and how it affects thos involved. It’s a pretty unvarnished hour of television in every aspect. What kind of pushback do you get?
John Ridley: ABC, the studio as well as the network, were really good partners. There were notes but they were always presented in the form of conversation. They were not dictatorial. It was really, “Why are you doing this? What are you trying to achieve?” And if we could explain it in a way that they could understand or understand what we were trying to impart to our audience, they were extremely good partners.
Amid a shakeup of NBC’s comedy programming department, Bela Bajaria has been promoted to president of Universal Television while the studio’s comedy chief, Tracey Pakosta, shifts to NBC as exec VP of comedy programming.
If Showtime’s “Happyish”had a bigger episode order, Steve Coogan says he’d probably be working on something else right now. “I wouldn’t have done this series had it been a long series because I’ve got too many passion projects I’m pursuing here in the U.K., movies and finishing up other TV stuff,” he says.
Slate: Why You Hate Comcast
They provide something we don’t actually want, but that we need to get what we actually do want. They’re middlemen. Or, as I prefer to call them, Necessary Evils. You don’t want cable; you want Game of Thrones. You don’t want broadband Internet; you want cat videos. You don’t want 4G wireless service; you want to stream a video of a cat meowing the Game of Thrones theme on your iPhone.