FilmLA: TV Production Surges In Q3, Features Steady With 2013
The newly signed big $330 million expansion of California's $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program doesn't take effect until next year but the production sun is starting to really shine in LA - at least in TVland. FilmL.A. today released its Q3 2014 report with overall TV Production rising 31.1% over the same period last year. That's not just good, but part of a trend as it nearly matches the 33.7% rise that TV Production had in Q2 2014 over Q2 2013. In terms of… Read
‘The Flash’ & ‘Jane the Virgin’ Get Full-Season Orders At CW
Absolutely no surprise here — after a strong ratings start, the CW's two freshman series, The Flash and Jane the Virgin, which garnered some of the strongest reviews for new shows this fall, are getting full-season orders. The network was so bullish on both, it gave both additional three-script orders before they had gone on the air. Then The Flash shattered the CW's ratings records with the most watched series premiere in the network's history, 6.42 million in Live+3… Read
‘The Bridge’ Cancelled By FX After 2 Seasons
After the first season, many were questioning FX's decision to proceed with a second season of The Bridge. The cable network is known for giving its shows every chance to grow, so it stuck with the remake of the Scandinavian drama for another season and 13 episodes. It didn't improve in the ratings or critical reception, leading to the cancellation.
The second season of The Bridge was helmed with one of its original co-developer/co-showrunners, Elwood Reid, after Meredith… Read
SXSW 2015 Sets Mark Duplass Keynote, First Wave Of Film Panels
Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives At Home filmmaker Mark Duplass will return to South by Southwest to keynote the 2015 edition of the annual Austin film conference, organizers announced today. Like 2014's popular keynote speaker Lena Dunham, Duplass is making a homecoming of sorts to SXSW where he launched his career in 2005 by winning the SXSW Audience Award with brother Jay for The Puffy Chair. Last year at SXSW he and director/co-writer/co-star Patrick Brice debuted their… Read
Warner Bros Shifts ‘San Andreas’ Release To May 29
Warner Bros is moving its earthquake actioner San Andreas up a week to May 29, 2015 from its previous slot of June 5. The Dwayne Johnson-starrer will now face off against Sony/Columbia's Untitled Cameron Crowe, Focus Features' horror pic Insidious Chapter 3 and Paramount's animated Monster Trucks. The New Line- and Village Roadshow produced film initially was up against Fox's animated B.O.O.: Bureau Of Other Worldly Operations on June 5. The pic will open in 3D and… Read
Warner Bros New Digital Unit Unveils Name & Slate: Mortal Kombat & Static Shock Series; Akiva Goldsman Project
Warner Bros' recently launched digital series production unit, which encompasses short-form content from all divisions of the company, has unveiled its inaugural slate. Named Blue Ribbon Content, the unit, headed up by Sam Register, is charged with developing and producing primarily live-action series for digital platforms. Its first projects include a new live-action Mortal Kombat series, which has been greenlighted, as well as a live-action Static Shock series in… Read
‘Faking It’ Gets Order For 10 More Episodes From MTV
Four episodes into Faking It's 10-episode second season, MTV has ordered 10 more episodes of the scripted comedy series, bringing its second season to 20 episodes. Faking it opened its second season with 1.043 million viewers, down slightly from the series premiere of 1.165 million in Live+same day.
Created by Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov and executive produced by Carter Covington, Faking It is a romantic comedy about two best friends, Karma (Katie Stevens) and Amy… Read
Tatiana Maslany & Thomas Sadoski Set To World Preem Neil LaBute’s ‘The Way We Get By’
Tatiana Maslany and Thomas Sadoski will play a couple of free-wheelers who spend a drunken night together and awaken to a bunch of post-coital challenges from one another and their nearest and dearest in Neil LaBute's The Way We Get By. First preview for the world premiere drama is May 12, 2015.
Maslany, star of the BBC America series Orphan Black, will be making her New York stage debut in the Second Stage off-Broadway production. Sadoski, whose final season of The Newsro… Read
Michaela Conlin Joins Kate Beckinsale In ‘The Disappointments Room’
EXCLUSIVE: Bones actress Michaela Conlin is the latest to enter Relativity's The Disappointments Room, the psychological thriller currently filming in North Carolina under director DJ Caruso. Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) scripted the Shining-esque ghost story “inspired by true events” about Dana (Beckinsale), who moves with her 5-year-old son into a rural dream house and accidentally unlocks unimaginable horrors in the attic.
Conlin will play Jules, one half of a… Read
CBS To Launch Classic TV Digital Channel
The CBS Television Stations group and Weigel Broadcasting have unveiled plans for Decades, a national entertainment programming service for distribution across local television stations' digital subchannels. It also will appear on local cable systems and other multichannel video programming distribution services. A second-quarter 2015 debut is planned with the 16 CBS-owned stations serving as the launch group.
The channel will mine the CBS library to air such series as I L… Read
BET Hip Hop Awards Dance To Top Of Twitter TV Ratings
The BET Hip Hop Awards danced past last week's TV ratings champ, The Walking Dead, and American Horror Story: Freak Show to lead the week in online audience for broadcast show.
In all, more than 2.6 million tweets about the music awards show reached more than 7 million unduplicated audience members, far and away the biggest online crowd for any non-sports show of the week. On the sports side, Peyton Manning's setting of an NFL career record in touchdown passes… Read
James Wan Back At New Line For ‘The Conjuring 2′ And Overall Producing Deal
EXCLUSIVE: James Wan has closed a big two-pronged deal with New Line Cinema. He will return to direct The Conjuring 2, with shooting to begin next summer. In addition, the hit-making Australian who had a major hand in launching the Saw and Insidious franchises and The Conjuring and most recently Annabelle, has made a first-look producing deal with the Warner Bros-based film label. The directing deal follows New Line taking The Conjuring sequel off its October 23, 2015… Read