Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, November 20, 2017.
Rev. Run Family Comedy Nabs Netflix Series Pickup
It’s a success story for the project, passed over for pilot at ABC and filmed as a presentation because producers Amblin and ABC Studios believed in the concept. ABC’s pass is Netflix’s gain. The streaming giant has handed out a 10-episode series pickup to an untitled comedy starring Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons and his wife, Justine Simmons.
Eva Longoria‘s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment is developing family immigrant drama Lucky Boy, based on Shanthi Sekaran’s book, as a TV series, with Do No Harm creator David Schulner penning the adaptation. Nisha Ganatra (Transparent, Dear White People) is on board to direct. The project, from Universal TV, will be shopped to streaming and premium cable outlets.
As Scandal enters its seventh and final, fans of the Shondaland staple are thirsty for answers. At the Vulture Festival LA, the crowd erupted as nearly the entire cast stepped out on to the stage with hopes of finding out the midseason finale cliffhanger, the show’s journey from season one and whether or not there will be a happy ending — if at all possible.
The actor Daniel Dae Kim — in his new role as executive producer — was turned down twice by CBS before landing the show at the last-place network. Daniel Dae Kim was wide awake and scrolling through Twitter at 4 a.m. when he realized “The Good Doctor” was going to be a hit. It was a Tuesday in September, and Mr. Kim, a 49-year-old actor known for his work on “Hawaii Five-0” and “Lost,” found himself in bed in western Bulgaria not far from the set of “Hellboy,” a movie he was filming for release next year.
Indie director-producer Galt Niederhoffer’s novel is a thinly veiled account of her relationship with a high-profile ex-boyfriend, whom she accused of poisoning her with arsenic in a case that gripped the New York media.
NEW MEDIA / SVOD NEWS:
The good news: TV lovers still love watching TV. The not as good news: Viewers aren’t watching it in the same way as they used to (and until relatively recently). Set-top cable boxes have dwindled in popularity over the past four years.
Season 4 of Peaky Blinders got up and running in the UK last week, and now has a U.S. airdate. Netflix will make all episodes of the return of the epic period gangster series available in the States on December 21, I’ve learned. When it began airing on BBC Two last week, Season 4 of the Steven Knight-created drama scored its best opening ratings in the overnights since the top-ranked September 2013 start.
Amy Sherman-Palladino’s characters are always so casually witty, it’s about time one of them actually tried being funny for a living, right? The Gilmore Girls creator’s sparkling new Amazon comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — debuting Wednesday, Nov. 29 — is set in the burgeoning stand-up comedy scene of 1958 New York City
Netflix is hoping you’ll choose to ring in 2018 with Dave Chappelle. The streaming service has revealed that the stand-up comedian’s latest special, Dave Chappelle: Equanimity, will be released on Sunday, Dec. 31 aka New Year’s Eve. (Watch Chappelle’s Stranger Things-themed announcement above.) Equanimity marks Chappelle’s third stand-up special for Netflix in 2017.
Jeffrey Tambor, who played Maura Pfefferman on Amazon’s “Transparent,” has exited the series amid sexual harassment allegations against the actor. “Playing Maura Pfefferman on ‘Transparent’ has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” the Emmy-winning actor said in a statement to Variety.
“Be a warrior!” says Oprah Winfrey’s Mrs. Which to Storm Reid’ Meg in the new trailer for Disney’s highly-anticipated adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time. The new look at the Ava DuVernay-directed fantasy pic includes tons of new footage that takes you into an adventurous and visually stunning world created by author Madeleine L’Engle.
It’s a gloomy day in Superhero Land—the United States version of it, anyway—as the domestic box office figures for Warner Bros.’ massive, much-hyped Justice Leaguecame in today, revealing that the Zack Snyder/Joss Whedon superhero brawl had the weakest U.S. opening weekend out of any of the studio’s D.C.
The stars of “Pitch Perfect 3” and the Top 12 contestants on this season of “The Voice” will appear in a full-length music video. The video will mash up the song’s “Cups” from the original “Pitch Perfect” and George Michael’s “Freedom! ’90.” The video will debut on Tuesday, Nov. 21 during “The Voice” on NBC.
NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:
YouTube has greenlit a docu-series executive produced by LeBron James about a team of high-school hoops players learning life skills through basketball, joining the video giant’s slate of YouTube Red originals. The eight-episode “Best Shot” is slated to hit YouTube Red subscription service in 2018.
On Friday, Fox, announced that Sean “Diddy” Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor and record label exec Charlie Walk will be part of the panel of experts on the network’s new music competition series The Four: Battle for Stardom, which premieres Thursday, Jan. 4, at 8/7c. “This show is going to disrupt the world of competition television and will revolutionize the format,” said Combs in a release.
With a talent roster that includes Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey, Daniel Kaluuya, Graham Norton and Nick Frost, British agency Troika is merging with management firm James Grant Group. The two companies will keep their respective names. JGG has offices in London, New York and Los Angeles and over 30 years experience in the integrated management space, working across the entertainment, music, sports, literary and social talent sectors.
Amazon Strikes AMC Studios Int’l Output Deal, Takes Ridley Scott’s ‘The Terror’
“This is another step in our efforts to extend the selection of premium TV shows available to Prime Video members worldwide,” says Amazon’s Brad Beale. Amazon on Monday unveiled an international output agreement with AMC Studios for 28 territories. Under the deal, financial details of which weren’t disclosed, Amazon Prime Video will have first-window rights to select new AMC series in those markets, as well as second-run rights in many other countries.
Amazon Prime Video has acquired rights to French drama “Black Spot” (“Zone Blanche”) from Groupe AB. It will be the first French TV show to be streamed globally by Amazon. Under the deal, Amazon Prime Video gains global rights to “Black Spot” outside Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg.
OWN’s Queen Sugar scored seven total nominations for the 49th NAACP Image Awards, leading the TV pack. HBO’s Insecure followed with six nods, while creator and star Issa Rae by herself amassed four (including two for writing and one as an Entertainer of the Year contender).
Gary Oldman will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor for his performance in Darkest Hour at the 29th annual Palm Springs Film Festival. He’ll be presented with the award during the fest’s annual Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart, on January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs January 4-15, 2018. “Gary Oldman brings to screen one of the most powerful performances of this year as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.
The American Music Awards hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross took place Sunday night, with Bruno Mars winning six awards. Diana Ross was honored with the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement. Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, and more performed.
EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:
Earle Hyman, a classically trained actor of steady grace, imposing presence and consummate skill, died Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, NJ. He was 91. Hyman’s career on and off-Broadway spanned more than six decades and a multiplicity of Shakespearean roles at Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival. But it was as Dr. Cliff Huxtable’s simpatico dad Russell on NBC’s The Cosby Show that Hyman reached his widest audience, earning him an Emmy…
Actress Ann Wedgeworth has passed away at the age of 83. Wedgeworth, a Tony-winning stage star, was perhaps best known for her work as Lana Shields in Three’s Company but also had memorable runs in Another World, Filthy Rich, Evening Shade and its spin-off Harlan & Merleen.
The rock world mourned today as Malcolm Young, co-founder and guitarist for AC/DC and writer on a miles-long list of soundtracks for TV and film, died at age 64. He had been suffering from dementia and was no longer touring with the Australian hard rock band.
Viacom’s TV Strategy Emerges: Fewer Scripted Series as Networks Rebrand
CMT ends ‘Nashville’ as niche channels lose out while the troubled company doubles down on building Paramount Network into a premium drama outlet. CMT ends ‘Nashville’ as niche channels lose out while the troubled company doubles down on building Paramount Network into a premium drama outlet. Following a year of reshuffling its programming across its cable brands, Viacom’s scripted strategy is taking shape. With a focus on six core brands — Paramount Network (launching Jan. 18), BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. — niche networks CMT, VH1 and, to a lesser extent, TV Land are hitting pause on scripted.