Matt LeBlanc to Star in CBS Family Comedy Pilot With Series Commitment
Matt LeBlanc has been tapped to star in CBS’ multicamera comedy pilot I’m Not Your Friend, which has a hefty series commitment penalty attached for LeBlanc’s services. LeBlanc would executive produce the comedy and star as a contractor who learns that raising his kids is more challenging than expected when his wife goes back to work. The comedy hails from Jeff and Jackie Filgo, who will pen the script and exec produce the CBS Television Studios project alongside 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/matt-leblanc-star-cbs-family-863180
CBS Orders Family Comedy Pilot From ‘Mad TV’ Alum Stephnie Weir
CBS has given a pilot order to an untitled comedy from “Mad TV” alum Stephnie Weir. The multi-camera comedy revolves around a conservative, small town family that is forced to reconcile its values when it discovers that its children’s lives are less than perfect. Weir serves as writer and executive producer on the project from CBS Television Studios. Greg Garcia also serves as EP for Amigos de Garcia Productions. http://www.thewrap.com/cbs-orders-family-comedy-pilot-from-mad-tv-alum-stephnie-weir/
Deadline: Got Director? Fox Pushes For Scripts To Secure Helmers Before Pilot PickupIt has been a noticeable trend at Foxthis pilot season — many of the network’s pilot orders came with a director already on board, leapfrogging the first stage in pilot production which involves locking in a helmer. The policy was implemented as the pilot-pickup process got underway to motivate studios and creators of projects that were being ordered and put pressure on them to lock in the best directors they can for an early edge in a competitive field. http://deadline.com/2016/02/fox-pilots-directors-pickup-1201697565/
Joe Carnahan To Adapt Mark Donald’s ‘Battle Ready’ Memoir As TV SeriesMark Donald’s memoir Battle Ready: Memoir Of A Seal Warrior Medic is being developed for television by Joe Carnahanwho is set to write the series adaptation and direct. Battle Ready tells the story of retired Navy SEAL Mark L. Donald, former Marine, combat medic, and physician’s assistant who served his country for nearly 25 years and survived a number of harrowing and dangerous combat missions. The project is yet to be set up at a studio and a network. http://deadline.com/2016/02/mark-donald-battle-ready-book-tv-series-joe-carnahan-1201698629/
Amazon Orders ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ Season 3
Amazon has renewed “Mozart in the Jungle” for a third season. http://www.thewrap.com/amazon-orders-mozart-in-the-jungle-season-3/
‘The Magicians’ Renewed for Second Season at SyfyThe second run will consist of another batch of 13 episodes. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/magicians-renewed-second-season-at-862939
‘Angel From Hell’ Canceled at CBS
‘2 Broke Girls’ will take over the Thursday 9:30 p.m. slot starting Feb. 18. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/angel-hell-canceled-at-cbs-863172
‘Designated Survivor’: Adan Canto Joins Kiefer Sutherland ABC Drama SeriesAdan Cantois set to co-star opposite Kiefer Sutherland in ABC’s straight-to-series conspiracy thriller drama Designated Survivor. http://deadline.com/2016/02/designated-survivor-adan-canto-cast-abc-series-kiefer-suetherland-1201698508/
Annabeth Gish Joins ‘Scandal’ As RecurringAnnabeth Gishhas signed on for a recurring role on ABC’s hit Washington, D.C. drama series Scandal. http://deadline.com/2016/02/annabeth-gish-cast-scandal-1201698382/
Amber Coney Joins ‘Dead Of Summer’; Brandon Kyle Goodman In ‘Sunset PPL’Amber Coney has booked a series regular role in Freeform’s Dead Of Summerhorror drama series. Comedian-actor Brandon Kyle Goodman has booked a regular role on NBC and Universal TV’s Playground competition pilot winner Sunset PPL. http://deadline.com/2016/02/amber-coney-dead-of-summer-brandon-kyle-goodman-sunset-ppl-1201698566/
Taye Diggs Lands "Pivotal" Role in NCIS 300th EpisodeTaye Diggsis warming up his vocal chords for a "pivotal, musical role" on NCIS‘ 300th episode. http://www.tvguide.com/news/taye-diggs-lands-pivotal-role-in-ncis-300th-episode/
Essence Atkins Set As The Female Lead In Marlon Wayans’ NBC Comedy PilotEssence Atkinshas landed the female lead opposite Marlon Wayans in NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Marlon. http://deadline.com/2016/02/essence-atkins-cast-marlon-wayans-nbc-comedy-pilot-female-lead-1201698642/
Nashville’s Riley Smith Joins Frequency; CW Reboot From Supernatural Boss
Riley Smith has tapped into The CW’s Frequency. The actor — who is recurring on Nashville this season — will star in the network’s drama pilot redo of the 2000 Jim Caviezel-Dennis Quaid film. http://tvline.com/2016/02/08/frequency-riley-smith-cast-cw-reboot/
Young William Shakespeare TNT Pilot ‘Will’ Casts Colm Meaney & Mattias InwoodColm Meaneyand Mattias Inwoodhave booked regular roles on Will, TNT‘s drama pilot chronicling the 20s of William Shakespeare. Elizabeth helmer Shekhar Kapur is directing the pilot. http://deadline.com/2016/02/colm-meaney-mattias-tnt-drama-pilot-will-william-shakespeare-1201698589/
AMC’s ‘Preacher’ Enlists Jackie Earle Haley as Key Comics CharacterThe ‘Watchmen’ alum has booked a six-episode arc in the adaptation of the controversial graphic novel. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/preacher-jackie-earle-haley-play-863139
NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:
ABC Orders Game Show Based on Jimmy Kimmel Segment ‘Who Knows?’
Andy Richter will host ‘Big Fan,’ a half-hour weekly series produced by Banijay and Kimmel. The straight-to-series game show is based on popular Jimmy Kimmel Live segment "Who Knows…?" during which a celebrity and a super fan go head-to-head to see who knows the most about the star competing. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/jimmy-kimmels-who-knows-scores-862952
Joy Behar Inks New ‘View’ DealThe co-host, who returned this season after leaving in 2013, has filled in for Whoopi Goldberg as moderator on the show’s Friday episodes. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/joy-behar-new-view-deal-862960
‘Real Housewives Of New Jersey’ Renewed; Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga & Jacqueline Laurita To ReturnBravo Mediaannounced thatThe Real Housewives of New Jerseywill return for Season 7 later this year, with Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorgaand Jacqueline Lauritaall confirmed to be back. http://deadline.com/2016/02/real-housewives-of-new-jersey-renewed-teresa-giudice-melissa-gorga-jacqueline-laurita-1201698449/
AdWeek: As eSports Grows Online, TV Networks Like TBS and ESPN Are Hoping to Cash In
When TBSpremieres its inaugural eSports competition on May 27, advertisers and programmers will be watching closely to see if the nascent world of organized multiplayer video gaming is ready to become a television juggernaut. http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/esports-grows-online-tv-networks-tbs-and-espn-are-hoping-cash-169436
AT&T’s Audience Network Sets Guitar Player Docu Series ‘The Pursuit of Tone’The latest music series to land on AT&T’s Audience Network is a branded partnership with guitar equipment manufacturer Ernie Ball. “The Pursuit of Tone” is an hourlong docu series profiling notable guitar players ranging from Hunter Hayes to Buddy Guy to Social Distortion’s Mike Ness. The series bows Feb. 19 on Audience Network. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/hunter-hayes-the-pursuit-of-tone-ernie-ball-audience-network-1201699871/
Lagardère Studios shops Belgian dramas
Lagardère Studios Distribution has signed a worldwide rights deal with Flemish prodco deMENSEN for a pair of dramas. The 10x52mins noir thriller Beau Sejour follows a woman who realises she is dead while chasing an assassin. Brothers United is also 10x52mins, and the coming-of-age story follows two brothers both seeking success as professional footballers, who are faced with destiny when only one achieves his dream. http://tbivision.com/news/2016/02/lagardere-studios-shops-belgian-dramas/546212/
Peyton Manning Visits Disneyland With Kids After Super Bowl WinAll three family members were featured in a parade inside the park. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/peyton-manning-visits-disneyland-kids-863107
EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:
– Sophie Cassidy has been upped from VP to SVP of Production & Acquisitions at Open Road Films.
– Lauren Russell has been upped from Creative Executive to the VP of Production & Development at StarStream.
– Tony Biancosino has been named the SVP of Development at Original Media in New York.
– Assaf Blecher has been named the VP of Development & Content at Keshet Broadcasting (Tel Aviv). Howard Burch has been named the Head of Drama at Keshet UK (London).
– Chris Dickie has been upped from Manager of Development to the Director of Development at Endemol Shine Studios. Alex Soler has been upped from Coordinator to the Manager of Development at Endemol Shine Studios. Sahar Vahedi has shifted from Executive Assistant to Russ Buchholz to a Coordinator of Development at Endemol Shine Studios.
– Jimmy Jellinek has been named the VP of Content Marketing & Digital Innovation at TBS & TNT.
– Eddy Moretti and Spike Jonze are now Co-Presidents of Viceland, the new cable network from the digital news and documentary giant Vice Media. Jonze is also the Creative Director of Vice Media. Moretti is also CCO at Vice Media. Guy Slattery has been named the GM at Viceland.
– Jerry Blake has been upped from SVP to the EVP of Business & Legal Affairs at Pivot.
– Kevin Vargas has been upped from SVP and Head of Production to the COO at Left/Right Productions in New York. Anneka Jones has been upped from SVP of Development to the EVP of Development & Current Production at Left/Right Productions in New York.
– Amanda Burnett and Lily Safran have been upped from Coordinators to TV Lit Agents at UTA. http://www.ssninsider.com/exec-shuffle-for-2816-moonves-dauman-to-take-over-for-redstone-major-shake-up-at-focus-features-multiple-shifts-at-magilla-ent/
Wrap: Fox Chief Hints at More Downsizing to ComeThe current wave of downsizing at 21st Century Fox may not be the last. Speaking to investors Monday following the release of the company’s second-quarter 2016 earnings, CEO James Murdoch indicated that the company has designs on cutting payroll beyond the buyout program that the company initiated last week in its film and TV businesses.
“One number that has been out there is really $250 million of savings around this particular program, but these are programs that are going to be ongoing,” Murdoch said. “And they run across all the businesses.” http://www.thewrap.com/fox-chief-hints-at-more-downsizing-to-come/
Viacom to Sell U.S. Ads for Snapchat
Viacom, which has been working to broaden its toehold in digital media, said it had struck a pact with social-media company Snapchat that will allow the New York entertainment conglomerate to sell U.S. advertising for Snapchat and bundle it into packages with its TV clients. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/viacom-snapchat-advertising-1201700849/
Recommendations to drive 75% of TV viewingWithin the next 10 years recommendation-based program guides will ultimately drive 75% of all TV viewing, according to The Diffusion Group (TDG).http://www.digitaltveurope.net/496322/recommendations-to-drive-75-of-tv-viewing/