NBC has put in development By The Book, a single-camera comedy from Dava Savel& Tim Sullivanand Craig Zadan and Neil Meron’s Storyline Entertainment. The project explores the question: What do you do when your wife dies, leaving two kids to raise and you haven’t a clue how to do it? Simple – follow the instructions she left for you in a book. Savel and Sullivan will write the pilot, an adaptation of Sullivan’s screenplay. http://deadline.com/2015/09/by-the-book-nbc-comedy-dava-savel-tim-sullivan-storyline-entertainment-1201510790/
Disney Channel has ordered new series “Stuck In the Middle,” starring “Jane the Virgin’s” Jenna Ortega. The single-cam series is centered around the Diaz family, and is told from the perspective of the middle child, Harley, played by Ortega, whom Disney Channel is grooming to be their next big star. “Stuck in the Middle” is exec produced by Linda Videtti Figueiredo (“Rules of Engagement,” “Last Man Standing”), who will also serve as showrunner. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/stuck-in-the-middle-jenna-ortega-disney-channel-comedy-series-1201586172/
‘Judging Amy’ alum Carol Barbee has joined the series as Executive Producer and will reunite with showrunner Marti Noxon after consulting on her Bravo show, ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.’ UnREAL has also promoted co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro to exec producer. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/lifetimes-unreal-bolsters-creative-team-811279
TV One has ordered a 12-episode second season for scripted comedy series Born Again Virginfor premiere in early 2016. The series follows the exploits of Jenna (Danielle Nicolet), a thirtysomething writer who decides to become celebate after years of unsatisfactory dating. She decides to blog about her newly adopted sex-fast and share the hilarious "sexcapades" of her girlfriends. Born Again Virgin was created by Ranada Shepard.http://deadline.com/2015/09/born-again-virgin-renewed-season-two-v-one-1201516762/
The ratings tally for the second outing of AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” grew by a whopping 3.5 million viewers with three days of time-shifted viewing factored in. Total viewership climbed to 11.7 million with Nielsen’s live-plus-3 ratings, up from 8.2 million for Sunday’s premiere. In adults 18-49, the L3 numbers brought in another 2.4 million for a total of 7.6 million, a 46% gain from Sunday’s live-plus same-day numbers. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/fear-the-walking-dead-ratings-time-shifted-amc-1201586081/
FALL PREVIEW NEWS:
Here’s a rundown of announced fall premiere dates for new series and new seasons of existing series on broadcast, cable and streaming services. http://deadline.com/2015/09/fall-tv-premiere-dates-2015-new-returning-shows-1201440158/
Anabelle Acostahas been promoted to series regular on ABC’s new drama series Quantico. She was initially cast as a recurring in the role of Nathalie Vazquez and bumped up to regular ahead of the September 27 premiere. http://deadline.com/2015/09/anabelle-acosta-promoted-series-regular-quantico-1201514522/
RJ Cyler has been cast in the Showtime pilot “I’m Dying Up Here.” Cyler will play struggling comedian Adam in the large ensemble comedy. It is written and executive produced by former stand-up comedian Dave Flebotte (“Will & Grace”). http://www.thewrap.com/jim-carrey-showtime-pilot-im-dying-up-here-casts-me-and-earl-and-the-dying-girl-star/
Nashville is bringing back Chaley Rose‘s Zoe in Season 4. http://tvline.com/2015/09/04/nashville-chaley-rose-return-zoe-season-4/
Freddie Stroma has joined the HBO fantasy drama following his turn on the Lifetime series. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/game-thrones-freddie-stroma-play-820429
The ’24’ and ‘Major Crimes’ alum has booked an arc on the drama from showrunner John Wells. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/shameless-season-6-ever-carradine-820603
Ticket sales at North American cinemas rose an estimated 10.4 percent, to $4.48 billion, for the period between the first weekend in May and Labor Day, from the same period a year earlier. Twelve movies took in more than $100 million in the United States and Canada, and eight of them were from Universal Pictures and Walt Disney Studios. Together, Universal and Disney controlled 60 percent of the market. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/07/business/media/the-crowding-out-effect-of-gargantuan-movies.html
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
Aimed at millennials, the service, Go90, will be available to all users, not just Verizon customers. It will include shows from Comedy Central, Food Network, ESPN, NFL Network and Discovery. The content for Go90 will be a mix of live events, prime-time television and original web series. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/08/business/media/verizon-to-offer-free-mobile-tv-with-an-eye-on-millennials.html
The Ed Burns drama’s 10-episode run was available through Labor Day. Public Morals opened to 2.1 million total viewers in same day returns, pulling a 0.3 among the key adults 18-49 demo. That’s down 53 percent and 50 percent, respectively, compared with its lead-in, TNT’s top performing Rizzoli & Isles. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/public-morals-labor-day-binge-820647
TV Everywhere viewing in the US was up 63% year-on-year in the second quarter, according to Adobe’s latest Digital Video Benchmark report. http://tbivision.com/news/2015/09/tv-everywhere-viewing-63-us/476541/
According to Neil Hunt, Netflix’s Chief Product Officer, Netflix users won’t be able to handle the complexity the added choice will bring. “One of the things I’ve learned is that every time you offer a choice, you paralyse some people who can’t decide if that’s what they want to do or not. Now, that sounds really stupid and self-serving, but it is in fact true. It’s the ‘Paradox of Choice’. http://gizmodo.com/the-real-reason-netflix-wont-offer-offline-downloads-1729146143
Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams has launched her very own YouTube channel. The first episode of "Random Moments with Maisie Williams," aptly titled "Welcome to my channel," features a Q&A and cameo from Game of Thrones co-star Sophie Turner. http://mashable.com/2015/09/08/maisie-williams-youtube-channel/
When Scott Van Pelt greets viewers tuning into a new midnight edition of “SportsCenter”, he may offer a few elements that would make his program a distant cousin, perhaps, to the antics-filled shows seen elsewhere at that time from Jimmy Fallon or Jimmy Kimmel. There will be a signature set, with new lighting and a desk, and a new cut of the “SportsCenter” theme produced by Timbaland. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/espn-scott-van-pelt-sportscenter-late-night-1201586197/
The Electus reality competition series hosted by Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong will not return for a fourth cycle. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/king-nerds-canceled-at-tbs-820707
Extending its relationship with Disney UK & Ireland, UKTV has acquired a package of ABC Studios series for its Watch and Alibi channels. That deal gives the media company exclusive U.K. and Northern Ireland rights to the upcoming U.S. series Code Black, Quantico and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. http://worldscreen.com/articles/display/52277
Six new episodes of ITV Studios’ World War II drama Home Fires begin filming this week, with season two set to air on ITV in 2016. Home Fires follows the exploits of a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community. They may be far from the front and the fighting, but the shadow of the Second World War has cast a dark cloud over their lives. http://worldscreen.com/articles/display/52265
The Scottish government has established a new £1.75 million ($2.7 million) Production Growth Fund to lure film and TV producers to base their productions in Scotland. http://worldscreen.com/articles/display/52253
Besides “Star Wars,” the Mouse House spotlighted a lot of their other properties in a holiday toy preview. Here are a few things to watch for:
1) With the success of the Disney Channel original movie, they’re hoping to draw “Descendants” fans of all ages.
2) Tsum Tsum characters are stacking up sales.
3) Disney is embracing integrated technology play.
4) Infinity adds to the toy box.
5) The new kid on the block for tots is “Miles From Tomorrowland,” but the other kid properties are well represented, too.
Working Title Television has recruited Andrew Stearn, formerly president of television at John Wells Productions, to run its U.S. operation. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/andrew-stearn-working-title-television-john-wells-1201587738/
Yep, Ryan Coogler (‘Fruitvale Station’) and Damien Chazelle (‘Whiplash’) are on the list, as they and eight other new helmers 35 and under talk about taking TIFF, Sundance and the studios by storm: Jon Watts, Rebecca Thomas, Ryan Coogler, Robert Eggers, Marielle Heller, Justin Simien, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Jonas Cuaron, Adam Wingard, Damien Chazelle. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/next-gen-directors-10-wunderkinds-819219
The annual festival boasts its fair share of big names, but here are some emerging stars that should be on your radar:
Connor Jessup ("Closet Monster")
Mina Sundwall ("Freeheld," "Maggie’s Plan")
Martha Canga Antonio ("Black")
Emory Cohen ("Brooklyn")
Odessa Young ("The Daughter," "Looking for Grace")
Sophie Nelisse ("Endorphine")
Chloe Rose ("Hellions")
Christopher Abbott ("James White")
"My wife pooped herself when she was having our first daughter," says Black-ish showrunner Kenya Barris. "That was my first time having a kid, and I started apologizing to the doctors. And my wife was like, ‘Are you apologizing?’ And I put that on the show. Then we watched it as a family and I didn’t tell her. She goes, ‘Are you f—ing kidding me? Did you really do this?’" http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/watch-thrs-comedy-showrunner-roundtable-807385
Mr. Patrick Drahi has amassed enough of a war chest that he may soon be on an American cable-buying spree, building on his acquisition of Suddenlink Communications, the United States’ seventh-largest cable operator, for $9 billion in May. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/08/business/media/patrick-drahi-positions-himself-to-be-a-player-in-us-cable.html
Erika Christensenmarried cyclist Cole Maness over the weekend. The couple tied the knot at a ranch outside Palm Springs, Calif. on Saturday, People reports. http://www.tvguide.com/news/erika-christensen-marries-cole-maness/
Vanity Fair: New Establishment List 2015
Vanity Fair has published a new 2015 list of ‘The New Establishment’, where reporters rank the most important visionaries in business and culture. Mark Zuckerberg takes the top spot in the Disrupters category, Tim Cook and Jony Ive get listed at the 4th spot.
On the “Powers That Be” list, Taylor Swift took home the top spot thanks to her medioric rise in the music world and her victory over Apple. Disney chief Bob Iger ranked second; News Corp’s top brass trio of James, Lachlan and Rupert Murdoch placed third; Comcast’sBrian Roberts and Steve Burke came in fourth and HBO CEO Richard Plepler rounded out the top 5.
(q&a) AdWeek: How USA’s Mr. Robot Hacked the Problem of Summer TV
USA president Chris McCumber talked about the network’s transformative summer.
Q: How did you take advantage of the buzz as it built this summer?
A: For us it’s how can you give the audience as much access to that show? Because the more that you do that, the more they become dedicated fans. We’ve been looking at how we window this on the linear channel in a different way. In the past we’d say, "OK, we’re going to always show the current episode of that week." But we’ve been showing the pilot much more so than we’ve done in the past. And in the fourth quarter, we may run Mr. Robot Season 1 again.
At Apple’s product event on Wednesday, it is expected to introduce a TV device with more capabilities as the company seeks a bigger presence in homes. The upgrade, the first in three years, will expand Apple TV’s uses in gaming, including a redesigned remote control with a touch pad that can double as a game controller. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/07/technology/personaltech/with-a-revamped-apple-tv-company-hopes-to-camp-in-your-home.html
The latest Consumer Expenditure Survey, which records how Americans spend their income, casts doubt on that assumption. Not only are typical millennials buying a lot, but they’re spending their income at a higher average rate than adults between 35 and 44 years of age. While millennials made and spent less in dollar amounts, they spent 81 percent of their income, while Gen-Xers spent closer to 74 percent, on average. http://www.vox.com/personal-finance/2015/9/4/9261135/bls-consumer-spending-survey-2014
It isn’t only that younger consumers prefer shopping online. It is also that millennials—with an estimated spending power of $2.45 trillion, per You Brand—are graduating from fast fashion. At the same time, they are drawn to the superior service and deals that are defining elements of the Web-based stores. http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/why-fashionable-millennials-are-flocking-online-brands-wardrobe-basics-166732