‘Sensory’ CBS Medical Drama Pilot RolledCBShas pushedSensory, its hourlong pilot from ER alum David Zabel, Scott Free Prods., CBS TV Studios and Sony TV’s TriStar Television. The project was one of the last drama pickups this season, ordered on Feb 5. Starting from behind, the pilot had a hard time casting, leading to the decision to not proceed with production this pilot season and roll it. http://deadline.com/2016/03/sensory-cbs-drama-pilot-rolled-1201720330/
Mumblecore Master Joe Swanberg Sets Star-Studded Comedic Anthology Series at NetflixJoe Swanberg has scored an eight-episode, straight-to-series order for comedy Easy. The half-hour single-camera comedy series will, in mumblecore fashion, write, direct and exec produce the series. Easy is described as an anthology that explores diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/mumblecore-master-joe-swanberg-sets-875053
Chris Harris Re-ups Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios, Joins ‘The Great Indoors’ CBS Pilot As ShowrunnerComedy writer Chris Harrishas extended his overall deal with CBS Television Studios through 2019. Under the pact, Harris will serve as executive producer and showrunner on the studio CBS pilot, The Great Indoors. http://deadline.com/2016/03/chris-harris-overall-deal-cbs-tv-studios-the-great-indoors-pilot-showrunner-1201719104/
Greg Yaitanes To Direct ‘Red Mars’ Drama Series On SpikeEmmy-winning director Greg Yaitanes will direct and executive produce Spike’s scripted drama Red Mars. http://deadline.com/2016/03/greg-yaitanes-direct-spike-tv-red-mars-drama-series-1201720014/
‘Outcast’ renewed for Season 2 on Cinemax ahead of series premiere
“Outcast,” the Cinemax series based on “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman’s comic, has a premiere date. Oh, and it’s also getting a second season before the first one airs. Cinemax made the announcement Monday at the SXSW Festival in Austin. The show will premiere June 3 on Cinemax and is picked up for Season 2 as well. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2016/03/14/outcast-renewed-for-season-2-on-cinemax-ahead-of-series-premiere/
(sched) Preacher Gets May Debut on AMCComing off the heels of its premiere at SXSW in Austin, TX, the highly anticipated comic book adaptation Preacherwill begin airing May 22nd at 10/9c on AMC, the network announced. http://www.tvguide.com/news/preacher-may-premiere-date-amc/
(review) THR: ‘Crowded’
Crowded is an alleged comedy where within two minutes you realize you don’t want to watch another two frames of it. Predictable, dumb, unfunny — it checks off all the wrong boxes at an alarming rate, ending on “painful” as the pilot wraps, cascading downward to “punishing” by the second episode. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/crowded-tv-review-875239
‘Justified’ Grad Joelle Carter Boards ‘Chicago Justice’The actress has signed on for Dick Wolf’s latest ‘Chicago’ spinoff, formerly titled ‘Chicago Law.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/joelle-carter-boards-chicago-justice-875608
Peter Gallagher Cast in NBC’s ‘Cruel Intentions’ Revival
Peter Gallagher has been cast in NBC’s adaptation of “Cruel Intentions.” http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/peter-gallagher-cruel-intentions-nbc-1201729384/
Joshua Sasse to Star in CW Drama Pilot — What Does It Mean for Galavant?
Joshua Sasse, who plays the titular knight in ABC’s musical comedy, has nabbed the male lead role in No Tomorrow, a drama pilot at The CW. http://tvline.com/2016/03/14/joshua-sasse-cast-no-tomorrow-pilot-cw/
Steven Weber To Co-Star In ABC Drama Pilot ‘Model Woman’
Steven Weber is set as the male lead opposite Andie MacDowell in ABC‘s drama pilot Model Woman. http://deadline.com/2016/03/steven-weber-cast-model-woman-abc-pilot-1201719732/
Chad Michael Murray Joins CMT’s Million Dollar Quartet
Chad Michael Murray‘s will play Sun Records founder Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet, CMT’s upcoming adaptation of the Broadway musical. http://tvline.com/2016/03/14/chad-michael-murray-million-dollar-quartet-cast-cmt-sam-phillips/
‘Superbad’ Star Christopher Mintz-Plasse Joins Joel McHale in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘The Great Indoors’
Joel McHale has found another millennial co-star in the CBS comedy pilot “The Great Indoors” with “Superbad” alum Christopher Mintz-Plasse. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/christopher-mintz-plasse-the-great-indoors-cbs-1201727793/
Patrick Warburton to Play ‘Lemony Snicket’ for Netflix
Netflix’s reboot of “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” has found its titular character. Patrick Warburtonwill play Lemony Snicket on the series, which also stars Neil Patrick Harris, Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes. http://www.thewrap.com/patrick-warburton-to-play-lemony-snicket-for-netflix/
‘Hamilton’ Co-Star Christopher Jackson Cast In CBS Pilot ‘Bull’
Christopher Jackson, who plays George Washington in the Broadway smash hit musical Hamilton, has been cast in the CBS drama pilot Bull, from Amblin TV and CBS TV Studios. http://deadline.com/2016/03/christopher-jackson-cast-bull-cbs-pilot-hamilton-1201719940/
Matthew Perry to Star as Ted Kennedy Opposite Katie Holmes in ‘The Kennedys’ Sequel on Reelz
Matthew Perry will play Ted Kennedy in “The Kennedys — After Camelot,” Reelz’s follow-up to the 2011 miniseries “The Kennedys”. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/the-kennedys-after-camelot-reelz-matthew-perry-ted-kennedy-1201729834/
Chris Noth Joins Tyrant Season 3Hot on the heels of The Good Wife‘s final-season announcement, Chris Noth is seguing into a series-regular role on FX’s Tyrant. http://tvline.com/2016/03/14/chris-noth-tyrant-season-3-cast-fx/
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
Bravo, Mashable Pact for 4 Short-Form Original Series
NBCUniversal’s Bravo Media and Mashable said they are co-producing four short-form original series slated to debut in 2016. The series, the first of which is expected to be released this spring, will be jointly developed collaboratively by Bravo and Mashable Studios, which produces and distributes original digital video. The companies didn’t provide additional details on the projects except to say the content will emphasize new formats and platforms, with the goal of maximizing their shareability across social media. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/bravo-mashable-short-form-original-series-1201729751/
Over 30% of US Netflix viewers not payingA large proportion of US consumers watching content on Netflix are not paying subscribers, using the account of a friend or family member, according to new research. Delving into what Netflix originals people were watching on the US-listed streaming service in the past 30 days, Survata data shows recently launched Full House reboot Fuller House, had been seen by the most respondents. The results echo those from a research released last week that showed the comedy series is a hit for Netflix. http://tbivision.com/news/2016/03/30-us-netflix-viewers-not-paying/560712/
NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:
NBC Renews New Reality Hit Little Big Shots After Just Two EpisodesThe reality show, which comes from Steve Harvey and Ellen DeGeneres, was Sunday night’s top-rated broadcast network program. http://www.tvinsider.com/article/79627/nbc-renews-new-reality-hit-little-big-shots-after-just-two-episodes/
Unreal! ABC’s Next Bachelorette Is Not So Diverse After AllIt looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer for that “diverse” season of The Bachelorette. ABC announced on Monday that JoJo Fletcher, runner-up on Season 20 of The Bachelor, will next look for love as the Season 12 bachelorette — a bit of a head-scratcher, given the network’s recently-expressed desire to solve the franchise’s longstanding diversity problem. http://tvline.com/2016/03/14/the-bachelorette-jojo-fletcher-season-12-star/
Sky Living takes Lopez’s Shades, Nashville
Sky Living in the UK is expanding its US drama line-up after acquiring Jennifer Lopez vehicle Shades of Blue and the fourth installment of musical drama Nashville. http://www.c21media.net/sky-living-takes-lopezs-shades-nashville/
EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:
Jonas Agin & Lauren Kisilevsky Promoted To VPs At Disney ChannelDisney Channelhas promoted two execs to VP ranks. Lauren Kisilevsky has been promoted to VP Original Movies, and Jonas Agin has been upped to VP Original Series at both Disney Channel and Disney XD. http://deadline.com/2016/03/lauren-kisilevsky-vp-original-movies-disney-channel-promotion-1201720039/
SSN: Exec Shuffle for 3/14/16– Andrew Woodhead has been named the Managing Director in the TV division at Working Title.
– Cale Boyter has been named the EVP of Development at Legendary Entertainment. Ali Mendes has been named the VP of Development at Legendary Entertainment.
– Mark Tuohy has been named the VP of Creative Affairs at A+E Studios.
– Kate Farrell has been upped from Executive Producer to the VP of Original Programming at WE tv in New York. Lauren Lazin has been named the Executive Producer at WE tv.
– Teri Kennedy has been named the EVP of Development & Original Unscripted Programming at Ryan Seacrest Productions. She was formerly the Head of Current Production at Oxygen Media.
– Ronak Kordestani has been named the Head of Development at Tremendous! Entertainment.
– Haley Stoessl has been upped from Coordinator to the Manager of Development at The Cartel.
– Bonnie Pan has been named the President at Endemol Beyond USA. http://www.ssninsider.com/exec-shuffle-for-31416-kevin-spacey-stepping-away-from-relativity-prime-pr-to-fold-into-pmk-bnc-youtube-co-founder-launches-nom/
‘The Middle’ Star Eden Sher Penning Funny Kids Book ‘Emotionary’
Eden Sher is writing The Emotionary: A Dictionary of Words That Don’t Exist for Feelings That Do, publisher Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, announced Monday. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/bookmark/middle-star-eden-sher-penning-875254
(rumor) Deadline: CBS Mulling Acquisition Of Pay Cable Network StarzCould CBS, which owns pay cable network Showtime, add another premium cable player, Starz, to its portfolio? CBS has been kicking the tires on acquiring Starz, one of several content companies CBS had expressed interest in. http://deadline.com/2016/03/cbs-buying-starz-cable-network-deal-talks-leslie-moonves-1201720007/
Vulture: The Rise of the Millennial SitcomSitcoms of the ’90s like Will & Grace, Friends, Caroline in the City, The Nanny, etc., were largely aspirational — even if their characters didn’t have the things they wanted, they seemed certain about the directions in which they were headed. By contrast, sitcoms like Broad City, Girls, Master of None, and, most recently, Love, seem destined to become time capsules of a highly specific moment in a generation’s development. They star 20- or early-30-somethings in major cities and feature characters who are educated, have relative financial stability, the dubious luxury of being able to date around instead of settling down, the choice between passion and money, infinite time to wander the streets talking about life, and a more complicated relationship with sex. http://www.vulture.com/2016/03/millennial-sitcom-new-tropes.html
Variety: What TV Can Learn From ‘The 100’ Mess…Intense fan engagement is a double-edged sword. The fans who know how to help raise a show’s profile and make noise on social media are also whipsmart in any number of other ways. Today’s TV viewers won’t stand for being used as pawns, nor will they help promote a show when they feel it has let them down. With the events that occurred in the March 3 episode of the show, many think “The 100” did just that. http://variety.com/2016/tv/opinion/the-100-lexa-jason-rothenberg-1201729110/
Variety: Fox Ready to Do TV Ad Deals Without Nielsen Guarantees
Fox is joining the parade of TV companies testing the market to see if Madison Avenue is ready to do some deals without relying on that old standby, audience measurement from Nielsen. The Fox Networks unit will offer its advertisers the chance to do deals based on how many members of a specific kind of consumer it can reach, said Toby Byrne, president of ad sales for Fox Networks Group, said in an interview. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/2016-tv-upfront-fox-nielsen-advertising-1201729991/