ABC Developing High-Concept ‘Groundhog Day’-Like Comedy ‘Laid Off’
ABC is teaming with Ryan Jaffe and Dan Lin for comedy Laid Off. The high-concept comedy centers on a guy who wakes up one day to find that he has been "laid off" from life. Literally. He’s alive, but he’s contributed so little to the world, that to everyone else he doesn’t exist. He learns from others like him that he is stuck in this Groundhog Day-like existence until he eventually redeems himself by contributing something worthy of re-entry to the normal everyday world, a day that may never come. Jaffe will pen the script for the Warner Bros. Television comedy and exec produce alongside Lin. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/abc-developing-high-concept-groundhog-843359
Aaron Kaplan Developing 1970’s Police Drama for CBS
CBS is developing a police drama hailing from mega-producer Aaron Kaplan, Alexandra Lydon and Niels Mueller who will pen the script. Kaplan, Lydon and Mueller will all exec produce the potential series from CBS Television Studios. The untitled show revolves around a unique, highly effective task force comprised entirely of African-American police officers, which was assembled in the early 1970s by the Boston Police Commissioner to more effectively prevent and solve crimes in previously neglected areas of the city. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/soul-patrol-cbs-drama-aaron-kaplan-1201647095/
Comedy Central Greenlights Workplace Comedy Pilot ‘Corporate’Comedy Centralhas given a pilot green light to Corporate. Written by Matt Ingebretson, Women sketch group members Jake Weismanand Pat Bishop, who also will direct, Corporate is described as a dark, satirical workplace comedy that follows Matt (Ingebretson) and Jake (Weisman) two junior executives-in-training who are forced to do the dirty work of the higher-ups at one of the world’s largest corporations, Hampton DeVille. http://deadline.com/2015/11/comedy-central-workplace-dark-comedy-pilot-corporate-matt-ingebretson-1201636173/
‘Girlfriends Guide to Divorce’ EP Meryl Poster Develops New Series ‘7th Avenue’ Set in 1970s NYC
Meryl Poster has found her next TV project in the world of 1970s fashion.Poster is developing “7th Avenue,” a scripted drama series that takes place at the intersection of fashion, organized crime, labor unions and big business in New York City’s Garment District.Poster will executive produce with Danny Halstead through her company, Superb Entertainment, with Media Rights Capital. Frank Pugliese is set to write the pilot.http://www.thewrap.com/meryl-poster-new-series-7th-avenue-exclusive/
Nat Geo Orders Fifth Bill O’Reilly Adaptation, ‘Killing Patton’It follows the recently green lit ‘Reagan’ and past projects ‘Lincoln,’ ‘Kennedy’ and ‘Jesus.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nat-geo-orders-fifth-bill-843520
FX Renews ‘Fargo’ for a Third InstallmentCreator Noah Hawley will again tackle the crime anthology, one in a growing number of projects at the cable network. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/fx-renews-fargo-a-third-843201
‘Crazy Ex Girlfriend’ and ‘iZombie’ Get Additional Episodes at the CWThe two series will complete current seasons with a respective 18 and 19 episodes. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/crazy-girlfriend-izombie-get-additional-843264
(sched) CW’s ‘Vampire Diaries,’ ‘Originals’ Moved to Fridays
The CW announced that it is shifting The Vampire Diaries and spinoff The Originals to Fridays starting Jan. 29. Replacing the pair of Julie Plec-produced dramas in their soon-to-be former home on Thursdays come Jan. 21 is Arrow/Flash spinoff Legends of Tomorrow at 8 p.m. and the third season debut of The 100. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/cws-vampire-diaries-originals-moved-843335
Matt Bomer To Star In ‘The Last Tycoon’ Amazon Pilot, Lifting ContingencyMatt Bomer has been tapped as the lead in The Last Tycoon, Amazon Studios’ drama pilot based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel. The project, from Sony’s TriStar Television, was quietly ordered earlier this month as cast-contingent. The casting of Bomer lifts the contingency, clearing the pilot for production. The Last Tycoon was written by Billy Ray who is set to direct the pilot. The Last Tycoon centers on Stahr (Bomer), Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930s as he climbs to the height of power pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio Pat Brady, a character based on Louis B. Mayer. http://deadline.com/2015/11/matt-bomer-star-the-last-tycoon-amazon-pilot-1201634140/
Bravo’s ‘True Fiction’ Pilot Sets Cast
Bravo Media and Universal Cable Prods have announced the cast for hour-long scripted dark comedy pilots True Fiction (working title). True Fiction from Brian Dannelly and Michael Urban, centers on a once best-selling novelist turned prestigious East Coast college professor (Olivia Grant) who has been struggling with her much anticipated, and embarrassingly belated follow-up book. http://deadline.com/2015/11/bravo-true-fiction-my-so-called-wife-pilots-cast-1201635790/
Bravo Pilot ‘My So Called Wife’ Casts Mark Harelik in Recurring Role
Bravo’s dark comedy pilot “My So Called Wife” has added Mark Harelik in a recurring role. Inbar Lavi plays the lead role of Maddie, a con-artist who seduces men and women into marrying her before disappearing with their money, and getting dirt on them in the meantime so they can’t go to the police. http://www.thewrap.com/bravo-pilot-my-so-called-wife-casts-mark-harelik-in-recurring-role-exclusive/
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
Marvel Goes Back to School With ‘Marvel 101’ Web SeriesWith the company’s publishing arm currently undergoing a line-wide relaunch, Marvel Entertainment has unveiled a series of YouTube videos intended to bring newcomers up to speed with the four-color origins of the Avengers, Iron Man and other characters, titled Marvel 101. The series launches today with 20 shorts centering on the current conditions of the comic book versions of characters familiar to audiences. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/marvel-goes-back-school-marvel-843271
Dancing with the Stars to Return for 22nd Season
The ABC Television Network has renewed the hit reality competition series Dancing with the Stars for a 22nd season, set to kick off in March 2016. http://worldscreen.com/articles/display/53791
‘Empire’ Stars Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard Host Fox Holiday Music SpecialFox’s Empire stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard will host Taraji And Terrence’s White Hot Holidays, which the network is billing as a music and variety special to spread cheer, goodwill and some holiday magic, on December 9 at 9 PM ET/PT. http://deadline.com/2015/11/taraji-p-henson-terrence-howard-empire-host-white-hot-holidays-special-fox-1201635667/
E! Orders L.A. Clippers Dance Squad DocuseriesThe eight-episode series is slated to premiere early 2016. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/e-orders-la-clippers-dance-843173
TV’s Stand-Up Specials Scoring Big Bucks: "With The Exception of Porn, There’s Nothing Cheaper to Do"The Netflix effect and content demands of streamers means even new players besides Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari are getting top dollar. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tvs-stand-up-specials-scoring-842627
International Emmys: France Leads As ‘Spiral’ Wins Best Drama Series
France’s hugely popular cops-and-lawyers series Spirals (aka Engrenages) won for Drama Series for its acclaimed 5th season, which returned last year after the show’s traditional two-year break between seasons. http://deadline.com/2015/11/international-emmy-awards-2015-winners-list-1201636350/
Netflix to Stream Indian Epic ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ as SeriesThe film from director Anurag Kashyap is a first of its kind attempt at presenting an Indian film as a series on the streaming giant’s service worldwide. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflix-stream-indian-epic-gangs-843526
Bill Simmons Taps Eric Weinberger to Oversee New Media GroupNFL Network alum Eric Weinberger has joined the newly formed Bill Simmons Media Group. As part of the job, he will also serve as one of the executive producers on Simmons’ upcoming HBO talk show and be charged with building a new content website and podcast network, as well as developing scripted and nonscripted projects, shortform, digital content and other projects as part of Simmons’ first-look deal for HBO and HBO Now. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/bill-simmons-taps-eric-weinberger-843172
– Josh Reinhold is now the VP at To-Be-Named Matt Alvarez Company.
– Betsy Steinberg is now the Executive Director at Kartemquin Films.
– Ovation has signed on John Malkin as its EVP of Content Distribution and will oversee the network’s distribution efforts across all platforms, digital and otherwise.
– Jennifer Wong Grazier is now the Head of Business Affairs at Legendary Television & Digital Media. She was formerly the VP of Business Affairs at NBCUniversal.
– Jonathan D. Hills has been upped from VP to SVP of Digital Media at Bravo Media in New York.
– Dirk Hoogstra is now the CCO at Stephen David Entertainment in New York.
– Ryan Jackson has been upped from Manager of Cable Listings & Editorial to the Editorial Chief of Communications at Disney/ABC Television Group.
– Carrie Gillogly has been upped from Director to VP of Scripted Programming at AMC.
– Rod Lundgren is now a Coordinator of Television Development at Latin World Entertainment.
– Jacqueline Sacerio is now the VP of Television at The Mark Gordon Company.
– Max Taylor is now the Director of Drama Development at Paramount Television. http://www.ssninsider.com/exec-shuffle-for-112315-tony-sella-launches-branding-firm-aks-content-endemol-signs-deal-to-project-star-holograms-shifts-at-apa/
Criminal Minds Star Kirsten Vangsness Is EngagedCriminal Minds star Kirsten Vangsnessis planning a trip down the aisle with actor/writer Keith Hanson. http://www.tvguide.com/news/criminal-minds-kirsten-vangsness-engaged/
(music) Adele Just Broke ’N Sync’s Single-Week Sales Record in 3 Days
Adele has done it: Billboard reports that 25 now has the biggest-selling first week in the U.S. since Nielsen Music began tracking such sales in 1991. Her third album has broken ’N Sync’s record of 2,416,000 albums sold in one week back in 2000, selling 2,433,000 in pure album sales. http://www.vulture.com/2015/11/adele-broke-n-syncs-sales-record-in-3-days.html