Showtime Confirms ‘Episodes’ Will End With Season 5
The final seven episodes will not debut until 2017. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/episodes-end-season-5-882684
‘2 Broke Girls’ EP Michelle Nader Inks New Deal With Warner Bros. TV
2 Broke Girlsexecutive producer Michelle Nader has signed a new two-year pact with the studio behind the CBS comedy series, Warner Bros. TV. Under the deal, Nader will continue as executive producer/showrunner alongside creator Michael Patrick King on 2 Broke Girls for the upcoming 2016-17 season. http://deadline.com/2016/04/michelle-nader-new-deal-warner-bros-tv-1201735402/
Marvel’s The Defenders Will Begin Filming This Year
According to Daredevil star, Charlie Cox, Netflix’s superhero team-up show, The Defenders, will start filming later this year. http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/04/11/marvels-the-defenders-will-begin-filming-this-year
(sched) Netflix Sets Premiere Dates For ‘The Crown’ & Season 2 Of ‘Marco Polo’
Netflixhas set the worldwide premiere of its Stephen Daldry-directed dramaThe Crownfor November 4 and Season 2 of international adventure series Marco Polofor July 1. http://deadline.com/2016/04/netflix-the-crown-premiere-date-marco-polo-season-two-stephen-daldry-1201735492/
(review) Variety: ‘Game of Silence’
Adapted from a Turkish series, “Game of Silence” tiptoes around the events that set the story in motion, setting up an elaborate revenge plot with an overabundance of twists, many of which don’t hold up to close scrutiny. In that regard, this serialized NBC drama — tonally similar to the program it replaces, “Shades of Blue” — is sort of an anti-binge proposition, where it’s easier to get drawn into the episodes if the viewing is spread out enough to overlook some of the absurdities. http://variety.com/2016/tv/reviews/game-of-silence-review-david-lyons-nbc-1201746770/
(opinion) TVBTN: ABC Renew/Cancel standings, week 29: Could ‘The Catch’ snag a second season?
The show remains a tossup for now, with another week or two’s worth of data needed to really see where it’s headed. In this strange broadcast world, however, where shows with sub-1.0 ratings on Big Four networks still have a chance at renewal — an unthinkable idea even two years ago — staying above that line probably counts for something. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2016/04/12/abc-renewcancel-standings-week-29-could-the-catch-snag-a-second-season/
(opinion) TVBTN: FOX Renew/Cancel standings, week 29: ‘New Girl’ is still a safe bet
The show has been the best performer in FOX’s Tuesday lineup in every week it’s been on since its January premiere. That’s not saying a ton, since FOX’s Tuesday is a pretty soft night, but it’s not nothing either. If the network wants to try more new comedies on the night next season, “New Girl” is the closest thing to a springboard it has. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2016/04/12/fox-renewcancel-standings-week-29-new-girl-is-still-a-safe-bet/
‘Lord of the Rings’ Actor Boards Marvel’s ‘Iron Fist’ Series
David Wenham will play Harold Meachum, who was partners with the titular character’s parents at the time of their deaths. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/marvels-iron-fist-series-casts-882674
FX’s ‘Tyrant’ Casts Annet Mahendru; Sebastian Roche In Amazon’s ‘Man In The High Castle’
The Americans veteran Annet Mahendruhas booked a recurring role on the third season of FX drama series Tyrant. Sebastian Roche (The Originals, General Hospital) has been cast in a recurring role on the second season of Amazon’s original drama series The Man in the High Castle. http://deadline.com/2016/04/fx-tyrant-cast-annet-mahendru-sebastian-roche-amazon-man-in-the-high-castle-1201735557/
‘Teen Wolf’ Star Arden Cho to Exit Ahead of Season 6
The star, who played Kira on the MTV drama, announced her departure Monday on YouTube. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/teen-wolf-star-arden-cho-882757
‘Jungle Book 2’ in the Works With Jon Favreau, Justin Marks
Disney is in talks to bring the creative gang back together for a sequel to its film that opens this Friday. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/jungle-book-2-works-jon-882624
Sean Parker’s Screening Room Proposal Is Hot Topic at CinemaCon
Sean Parker’s day-and-date movie viewing concept Screening Room is one of the buzziest topics on Monday at CinemaCon, the annual four-day convention for U.S. exhibitors. Parker’s proposal to upend the traditional theatrical business caused outrage for some in the exhibition community when it was announced, as it would erase the current window of exclusivity theaters have with films before they hit VOD platforms for at-home consumption. Under the proposal, movie theaters and distributors would each receive $20 of the $50 fee, with Screening Room keeping $10. http://www.thewrap.com/sean-parkers-screening-room-proposal-is-hot-topic-at-cinemacon/
NEW MEDIA NEWS:
‘Degrassi: Next Class’ Renewed for Second Season at Netflix
10 new episodes will debut worldwide in July. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/degrassi-next-class-renewed-second-882576
AdWeek: Millennials Couldn’t Resist Streaming These 10 TV Shows This Winter
Millennials still watch a majority of TV live: 4 hours and 27 minutes every day in Q4 2015, according to Nielsen. While that’s 20 minutes less than two years earlier, and while streaming on a smartphone has grown 31 minutes, most of the top 10 streamed shows these days are on ad-supported networks. Here are the 10 most-streamed shows that had millennials glued to their screens in January and February:
10. Heroes Reborn (NBC); 9. Supergirl (CBS); 8. Fargo (FX); 7. Limitless (CBS); 6. Gotham (Fox); 5. The Flash (The CW); 4. Arrow (The CW); 3. Mr. Robot (USA); 2. Game of Thrones (HBO); 1. The Walking Dead (AMC) http://www.adweek.com/news/television/millennials-couldnt-resist-streaming-these-10-tv-shows-winter-170655
NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:
‘MADtv’ Revived at The CW for Primetime Series
The CW is reviving the former Fox late-night series for primetime. The eight new episodes will feature new castmembers, as well as special appearances from returning cast members who will host the new hourlong installments. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/madtv-revived-at-cw-primetime-882631
(sched) ‘Secret Lives Of Americans’ Sets Premiere Date For 20-Episode Second Season On Pivot
Secret Lives of Americans docuseries is returning on May 20 with a 20-episode second season, the longest-ever for any original series on Participant Media’s Pivotnetwork. The docuseries explores the reasons why ordinary Americans go to great lengths to disguise their closest kept secrets. http://deadline.com/2016/04/secret-lives-of-americans-premiere-date-20-episode-second-season-pivot-1201735827/
‘The Real’ Renewed for 2 More Seasons
The syndicated talker has gained steam since its launch, recently nabbing several Daytime Emmy noms. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/real-renewed-2-more-seasons-882553
Disney to Produce Drama Series on Boxer Julio Cesar Chavez for TV Azteca, Telemundo
Mexican boxing icon Julio Cesar Chavez is getting the bio drama TV series treatment. The winner of six world titles in three weight divisions is partnering with Disney Media Distribution Latin America, Mexico’s TV Azteca and shingle BTF Media to produce a 26-episode drama series about his life and stellar career in the ring. “El Cesar” will tell the story Mexico’s boxing idol who remained undefeated for more than 13 years in the 1980s and ’90s, but fell from a life of privilege, fame and fortune into the netherworld of drug dealers, addictions and scandal that destroyed his career and nearly took his life. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/julio-cesar-chavez-tv-azteca-disney-drama-series-1201750935/
Powell exits Disney Oz to lead Euro Disney
The Walt Disney Company managing director for Australia and New Zealand Catherine Powell is to return to Europe to lead theme park Euro Disney. Internationally, Powell is best known to international TV buyers as senior VP and general manager of Disney Media Distribution, though she gave up that role to move to Australasia in 2014 and was replaced by Mark Endemano. http://tbivision.com/news/2016/04/powell-exits-disney-oz-lead-euro-disney/575482/
EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:
Critical Content Taps Christoph Pachler As EVP & CFO
Critical Content has hired Christoph Pachleras EVP and Chief Financial Officer. The announcement was made by Critical Content CEO Tom Forman, to whom Pachler will report. http://deadline.com/2016/04/critical-content-christoph-pachler-evp-chief-financial-officer-1201735397/
(feature) Disney’s Alan Horn Uses Low-Key Approach, Keen Creative Vision to Find Hits of the Future
What experience has taught Alan Horn is that films that don’t pass a twin test (Do I have to see it now? Do I have to see it in a theater?) don’t deserve a greenlight. And, given a few recent losses, budgets on small films must be kept even smaller. Consequently, director Mira Nair’s drama “Queen of Katwe,” coming out later this year with Lupita Nyong’o as the mother of a Ugandan chess champion, got a greenlight with a budget of $15 million. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/alan-horn-disney-chairman-1201749971/
‘Scandal’ Stars to Raise Money for Hillary Clinton
Members of the cast of “Scandal” — Guillermo Diaz, Tony Goldwyn, Katie Lowes, Jeff Perry and Bellamy Young — will headline a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in Washington on April 27. http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/hillary-clinton-scandal-cast-1201750619/
Louis C.K. ‘Millions of Dollars’ in Debt Over ‘Horace & Pete’
The big bet that Louis C.K. made on “Horace & Pete” has not paid off. The comic told radio host Howard Stern that he lost “millions of dollars” over season 1 of the drama series, which premiered unannounced on his website LouisCK.net in January. “I believe that … by the summer, the show will have paid itself off,” he told Stern. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/louis-c-k-millions-horace-pete-1201750625/
Vox: The actors and actresses who most consistently appear in terrible movies
We were curious: Who among these big-name actors and actresses most routinely appears in terribly-reviewed movies? And contrarily, who most frequently wins critics’ praise? Actors in Best Films: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Fassbender, John C. Reilly, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert De Niro. Actresses in Best Films: Carey Mulligan, Tilda Swinton, Marion Cotillard, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence. http://www.vox.com/2016/4/11/11381206/worst-actors-hollywood
SSN: Exec Shuffle for 4/11/16– Sergei Kuharsky is now the SVP Strategy and Business Development at BBC Worldwide North America.
– Tara Long extended her time at Entertainment One Television with a new long-term deal to continue running its U.S. Alternative Programming department.
– Polly Hill has signed on to be the Head of Drama at ITV. Peter Davey has been upped to Head of Comedy.
– Michelle Habel has been upped from VP to the SVP of Business & Legal Affairs at Pop.
– Angela Silak has been upped from Coordinator to the Manager of Original Movies at Nickelodeon.
– Claire Abramowitz has been upped from Director of Development to the Executive Director of Development at The Cartel.
– Kendra Campbell-Milburn has been named the VP of Digital at UP TV.
– Jane Gould has been named the SVP of Consumer Insights at Disney-ABC Television Group. She was previously the SVP of Research & Insights at MTV Group. Elizabeth Sloan has been upped from VP of Research & Brand Strategy to the SVP of Consumer Insights at Disney-ABC Television Group. http://www.ssninsider.com/exec-shuffle-for-41116-thomas-staggs-leaving-disney-harper-collins-closes-michael-mann-books-deal-new-aussie-mentor-la-program/
Variety: Netflix Displaces HBO for Best Original Programming: Survey
More American consumers picked Netflix as having the “best” original content than any other premium TV and Internet-video subscription service, well ahead of perennial leader HBO, according to a new survey by Morgan Stanley. About 29% of survey respondents said Netflix was best in original programming, up from 23% last year, while HBO came in second place at 18% (compared with about 31% last year). http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/netflix-hbo-best-original-programming-survey-1201750224/
THR: Critic’s Notebook: Why Did So Many Female Characters Die on TV Last Week?
By my count, at least six of the shows that I watch had variably major female characters, some leads and some more marginal, killed in episodes last week. That’s six shows killing non-villain, non-victim-of-the-week female characters. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/fien-print/critics-notebook-why-did-female-882659
Wrap: Hollywood Hates to Hear From Older Actresses, Study Says
According to a study conducted by Polygraph, 53 million words (39 percent) were spoken from 2,000 screenplays by men between the ages of 42 and 65. Comparably, women in that age range only spoke 11 million words, or 20 percent of all dialogue in films. The older men get, the more dialogue they have in films. The opposite is true for females — the older they get, the fewer speaking parts they have. http://www.thewrap.com/hollywood-hates-to-hear-from-older-actresses-study-says/