Family Comedy From ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ Alum Aaron Kaplan Lands CBS Pilot Pickup
CBS has handed out a pilot pickup to comedy What Goes Around Comes Around. From Galavant and Malcolm in the Middle alum Dan Kopelman, the comedy centers on two 40-something parents who were wild and reckless teenagers now face their worst nightmare — raising three teenagers of their own. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/family-comedy-malcolm-middle-alum-861128
‘Training Day’ Sequel Ordered to Pilot at CBS
CBS has handed out a pilot order to a reboot of 2001 feature film Training Day. Described as a reimagining that begins 15 years after the film left off, CBS’ Training Day centers on an idealistic young African-American police officer who is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous Caucasian detective. Former LAPD detective Will Beall will pen the script and exec produce alongside Antoine Fuqua, who directed the feature film and will serve in the same capacity on the CBS pilot. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/training-day-sequel-ordered-pilot-861094
‘Walking Dead’ Producer Adapting ‘Pendergast’ Novels for Spike TV
Spike TV is teaming with Gale Anne Hurd to adapt Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s best-selling book series Relic and Cabinet of Curiosities. The scripted series, titled Pendergast after its central special FBI agent, is set in a contemporary New York City, with season one focused on Pendergast investigating a present-day crime mimicking a century-old mystery — that links to his own family’s dark past. Hurd and her Universal Cable Productions-based Valhalla Entertainment banner will executive produce the Paramount Television co-production. John McLaughlin (Black Swan) will pen the script and exec produce. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/walking-dead-producer-adapting-pendergast-860457
Netflix Orders Innovative Sketch Series ‘The Characters’
Netflix is set to premiere a series entirely focused on comedians and the characters that they play March 11. Appropriately titled Netflix Presents: The Characters, the show will feature eight up-and-coming comedians, who have each been granted a 30-minute episode to do with whatever they want. Each comedian will write and appear in his or her own episode, presenting a series of sketches that range from Bachelor parodies to Biblical spoofs. The comedians that have been tapped for Characters include Lauren Lapkus, Kate Berlant, Dr. Brown, Paul W. Downs, John Early, Tim Robinson, Natasha Rothwell and Henry Zebrowski. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/netflix-orders-innovative-sketch-series-861049
NBC Renews ‘Law & Order: SVU,’ ‘Chicago Med’; Re-ups Dick Wolf’s Deal Through 2020The two series join the already renewed ‘Chicago Fire’ and Chicago P.D.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbc-renews-law-order-svu-861098
(review) Vox: The People vs. O.J. Simpson is the best new show of the winterThe People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, debuting on FX on Tuesday, February 2, is actually good. In some episodes, it’s really good, and even when not everything clicks, it’s relentlessly addictive, returning the primacy to a story that was ceded to the tabloids long ago. The miniseries digs deeper than you’d expect, poking at the messy intersections of race, gender, and class that so much TV still shies away from, and it will remind you, time and again, of bits and pieces of the trial you’d completely forgotten about. http://www.vox.com/2016/2/2/10893078/people-vs-oj-simpson-review-fx-american-crime-story
‘Twin Peaks’ Revival: Naomi Watts & Tom Sizemore Join; David Lynch Reprising RoleNaomi Wattsis the latest big name to join David Lynch‘s upcoming new installment of his groundbreaking 1990 supernatural mystery seriesTwin Peaks. No one is commenting, but also joining the follow-up series for Showtimeis Tom Sizemore. Additionally, Lynch, who is directing the new Twin Peaks installment from a script he co-wrote with fellow Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost, is rumored to be reprising his recurring role from the original series as FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole. http://deadline.com/2016/02/twin-peaks-naomi-watts-tom-sizemore-david-lynch-cast-showtime-1201694524/
Fox’s ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Casts its Columbia
Masters of Sex actress and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford has nabbed the role. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/foxs-rocky-horror-picture-show-861136
Ava DuVernay’s ‘Queen Sugar’ Series Adds Glynn Turman in Guest Role
Ava DuVernay’s upcoming OWN series, “Queen Sugar,” has cast Emmy-winning actor Glynn Turman in a guest star role. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/queen-sugar-glynn-turman-own-ava-duvernay-1201693844/
Joel Kinnaman Joins ‘House of Cards’: First Look at ‘Suicide Squad’ Star in Season 4Joel Kinnamanwill appear in the fourth season of the Netflix series “House of Cards”. http://www.thewrap.com/joel-kinnaman-joins-house-of-cards-first-look-at-suicide-squad-star-in-season-4-photo/
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
Scripted Series ‘Shield 5’ To Bow Using Instagram
Shield 5, created and directed by Anthony Wilcox(Hello Carter), debuts today on the photo-sharing platform Instagramwith a new way of telling scripted stories: via 28 15-second episodes running throughout the month. Each 15-second episode will be accompanied by a photograph that also will be an intrinsic part of the story. The new form of content is being labeled as “social cinema.” http://deadline.com/2016/02/instagram-unveils-groundbreaking-first-ever-scripted-series-vimeo-snapchat-facebook-1201694503/
NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:
‘Thursday Night Football’ to Be Split Between NBC, CBSBoth CBS and NBC will broadcast five “Thursday Night Football” games, growing the package to 10 broadcast games in 2016 and 2017 from eight in 2014 and 2015. All “Thursday Night Football” broadcast games will continue to be simulcast on the NFL Network. http://www.thewrap.com/thursday-night-football-to-be-split-between-nbc-cbs/
‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Renewed for Season 13 on Fox with New Format
Fox has renewed “So You Think You Can Dance” for Season 13, which will shake up the format with a younger crop of contestants and an All-Star twist. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/so-you-think-you-can-dance-season-13-renewed-new-format-next-generation-sytycd-1201693823/
Fusion Orders Two Web Series and ‘The Democracy Handbook’ Starring Bassem Youssef
Fusion just added some new shows to its slate, including a series starring Bassem Youssef AKA “the Jon Stewart of Egypt.” The show will follow Youssef as “as he comes to America to learn the lessons of democracy, so he can import them back to the Middle East — but learns our democracy isn’t quite as great as he thought.” http://splitsider.com/2016/02/fusion-orders-two-web-series-and-the-democracy-handbook-starring-bassem-youssef/
Apple is (still) the world’s most valuable brand, but Disney is the most powerfulThe latest Brand Finance rankings say Disney is the “most powerful,” thanks to the record-breaking success of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. Brands are evaluated to determine which are the most powerful (based on factors such familiarity, loyalty, promotion, marketing investment, staff satisfaction and corporate reputation) and which are most valuable and ranked in the Brand Finance Global 500. http://www.appleworld.today/blog/2016/2/2/apple-is-still-the-worlds-most-valuable-brand-but-disney-is-the-most-powerful
EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:
SSN: Exec Shuffle for 2/1/16– Randy Lake has been upped from GM and EVP to the President of Studio Operations & Imageworks at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
– Jimmy Jellinek has been named the VP of content marketing and digital innovation for TBS and TNT.
– Anna Bean has been upped from Coordinator to Manager of Development at Jupiter Entertainment in New York. Harrison Land has been upped from Senior Director to the VP, Development.
– Lisa Behlendorf has been upped from VP to the SVP of Production at Original Productions. Susan Terrill has been upped from Development Casting Director to the VP of Talent at Original Productions.
– Lesley Grant has been named the Senior Development Producer of Scripted Programming at Temple Street Productions (Toronto). She was formerly the Drama Production Executive at CTV. Laura Notarianni has been upped from Director to the Senior Director of Scripted Programming. Trish Williams has been named the VP of Scripted Programming.
– Helen Gregory has been named the Creative Director at Pinewood Television (UK).
– Tom Lerner has been named Manager of Television at Storyscape Entertainment. Sandy Shenkman has been upped from Director of Development to the VP of Television at Storyscape Entertainment.
– DJ Nurre has been upped from SVP to the EVP of Programming & Development at 3 Ball Entertainment.
– Noel Siegel has been named the Head of Production & Development at Bray Entertainment in New York.
– Assaf Blecher has been named the VP of Development and Content at Israel’s Keshet Broadcasting. http://www.ssninsider.com/exec-shuffle-for-2116-fox-to-cut-250m-from-staff-budget-imax-partnering-with-discovery-conde-nast-forms-cne-studios/
Michael Wright Inks Multi-Year Contract Extension With Amblin PartnersThe CEO, who joined DreamWorks in 2014, solidified his leadership position with the newly launched Amblin. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/michael-wright-inks-multi-year-861288
Oscars Add Kerry Washington, Margot Robbie, Priyanka Chopra as PresentersReese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Steve Carell, Priyanka Chopraand Margot Robbieare among the new group of Oscar presenters announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday. http://www.thewrap.com/oscars-add-kerry-washington-margot-robbie-priyanka-chopra-as-presenters/
21st Century Fox to Looks to Cut $250 Million in Film, TV StaffIn an effort to cut costs and reorganize a large swath of its workforce, 21st Century Fox is looking to reduce staff overhead by $250 million in the coming 2017 fiscal year that begins in July. The media giant is initiating a voluntary buyout program for U.S. employees at the Fox Networks Group and 20th Century Fox film studio. http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/fox-buyouts-250-million-staff-cuts-1201693822/
NYT: Nielsen Playing Catch-Up as TV Viewing Habits Change and Digital Rivals Spring Up
For a long time, the only real recourse television and ad executives had was to grumble. They still relied on and paid for Nielsen measurement because it was their main option. Now, new rivals seeking to challenge Nielsen’s dominance have emerged. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/03/business/media/nielsen-playing-catch-up-as-tv-viewing-habits-change-and-digital-rivals-spring-up.html