Paramount TV announced Thursday that is adapting “Bettyville,” journalist George Hodgman’s memoir of returning to his small Missouri town to care for his ailing mother. John Hoffman is penning the half-hour dramedy. Hodgman and Archer Gray’s AmyNauiokas and Anne Carey will serve as the executive producers of the series.
ABC Family has greenlit a pilot for “Guilt,” a one-hour drama series about an American abroad in London who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of her roommate. “Guilt” hails from writer-exec producers Kathryn Price (“The Game Plan”) and Nichole Millard (“The Game Plan”). Former ABC Entertainment chief Steve McPherson will also serve as exec producer. The project is a co-production of Sea to Sky Entertainment, the joint venture between Lionsgate Television and Thunderbird Films, and BV Family Productions.
AMC has given a straight to series order to “Broke,” the drama hailing from “Nurse Jackie” and “Dexter” writer/showrunner Clyde Phillips. Based on the Danish series “Bankerot” created by Kim Fupz Aakeson and produced by DR Broadcasting, “Broke” is a drama about two best friends who take one last shot at their dream of opening a restaurant together. One is a brilliant chef in trouble with the Mob and the law, and the other is the best sommelier in the city who is the widowed father of a teenage son.
NBC has given a second-season renewal for its 1960’s-themed drama “Aquarius,” starring David Duchovny as an LAPD cop on the hunt for Charles Manson.
Fox will use its telecast of the Primetime Emmy Awards to help kick off the network’s fall schedule, which will see all three of its new dramas — as well as the sophomore-season premiere of megahit “Empire” — roll out during premiere week.
Netflix announced that its anticipated original series, Narcos, will premiere Friday, August 28 at 12:01am PT exclusively for its members around the world.
(review) Variety: ‘Humans’
“Humans” is certainly timely, and there’s nothing subtle about the show’s central apprehensions regarding what’s being sacrificed by potentially handing over more of our lives to gadgets. Yet that actually works against this British co-production airing on AMC and the U.K.’s Channel 4, which mashes together renegade-robot themes in a manner that feels both derivative and a trifle boring.
French actress Lizzie Brocheré has been cast as the female lead opposite David Ajala in USA drama pilot Falling Water, a supernatural thriller from the late Henry Bromell,Blake Masters and Gale Anne Hurd.
Kevin Costner may be headed back to the smallscreen. Costner is in talks to star in Amazon’s new legal drama from David E. Kelley. Costner has been in talks for the role for the past few weeks, sources say. “The Trial” marks one of the biggest shows to date for the streaming service.
Lifetime is taking another step on the catwalk with another “Project Runway” spinoff — this time, with teenage contestants. The cabler has greenlit “Project Runway Junior,” which will debut this fall. Lifetime has also renewed “Project Runway All Stars” for a fifth season, slated for early 2016.
TBS has ordered a latenight comedy-reality series revolving around weathercasters that hails from Funny or Die and Mark Burnett’s United Artists Media Group. “Funny or Die Presents America’s Next Weatherman” is set to bow Aug. 8 at 11 p.m..
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Netflix is reportedly aiming to launch in India next year with a raft of local content as it looks to add to its global subscriber base of 62 million.
“Inside Out,” “Cinderella” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” have powered Walt Disney Studios past the $1 billion mark in record time. The studio behind Marvel, Pixar and LucasFilm crossed that threshold in 174 days, beating its previous best of 188 days.
AMC Networks elevated Rick Olshansky and Stefan Reinhardt to co-heads of its in-house AMC Studios, giving the two executives oversight of its efforts to produce and control more of the programming that appears on outlets like We TV, AMC, Sundance and IFC. Both executives will report to Charlie Collier.
The ABC television network is searching for an agency to plan and buy its digital media, motivated by a desire for digital specialists. Digital planning and buying is currently handled as part of its general media account. Executives at ABC "feel that they need an agency with better digital chops and somebody who can be really close to their Burbank headquarters," explained a source. The search is in its final stages, with three contenders awaiting a selection. Sources identified the shops as Horizon Media, Razorfish and Mediahub. Annual media spending on the assignment is estimated at $40 million.
By 2060, more than half of the American population will be a racial or ethnic minority, according to a US Census Bureau report released on Thursday. Below are other interesting facts:
– The majority of US children under 5 are minorities
– There are more millennials in the US than baby boomers
– Most of the biggest ethnic populations live in California
– Older Americans commonly move to their retirement homes
Former co-chairman Amy Pascal’s assistant made $300,000 a year, CEO Michael Lynton pursued other jobs and more notable findings from a new investigation.