Tuesday January 20, 2015

Justified begins its final season tonight.  If you have not caught on to this show, I encourage you to start from episode 101 and binge watch the hell out of it.

Fox has already renewed Empire.

Congratulations to Corie Henson, who has been named the new EVP of alternative entertainment forFox, replacing Simon Andrae. On the job since October 2013, Andrae was in charge during the brief, expensive run of poorly rated reality show Utopia; it was announced he will transition into a producing role. Henson had been EVP of unscripted television at Electus.

An interview with Larry Wilmore, whose show premiered last night.  And here is a review of last night's show.

Comedy Central has decided to roast Justin Bieber?

Buzzfeed offers up 17 reasons you should be watching Jane The Virgin.

Per EW, "Netflix has given an eight-episode series order to Flaked, a new comedy starring Will Arnett.

"Set in Venice, Calif., Flaked tells the story of self-appointed 'guru' Chip (Arnett), who falls for the object of his best friend’s fascination. Soon the tangled web of half-truths and semi-bullshit that underpins his all-important image and sobriety begins to unravel.

"Arnett, who also lends his voice to Netflix’s BoJack Horseman and starred on Arrested Development, co-created and co-wrote the series with Mark Chappell. Both will executive-produce with Ben Silverman, Peter Principato, and Arrested Development’s Mitch Hurwitz.

“'We are thrilled to be the home of Will Arnett’s next series, and look forward to Chip joining his repertoire alongside such diverse and inspirational characters such as Gob, Bojack, and Batman,' said Cindy Holland, Netflix’s vice president of original content.

"Added Arnett: 'We’re very excited to partner with Netflix–the home of original, original content–and the network I knew would be the ideal home for this passion project.'  Flaked is slated to premiere in 2016."  All in.

Per Hypable, "Serial is one of the most popular podcasts ever, and it now looks it might get adapted into a movie or TV show.

"There’s a lot to be said about Sarah Koenig’s podcast Serial, the podcast that tracked Koenig’s investigation of the 1999 case when Adnan Syed was committed of murdering his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, but above all it’s important to recognize its originality. This originality is one of the main reasons it was the fastest podcast to ever reach 5 million downloads on iTunes.

"Now it appears that something completely unoriginal is on the horizon for the show. Serial may be close to being adapted into a movie or TV show.

"According to The Tracking Board, several studios are actively pursuing receiving the rights to adapting Serial. They note that Koenig and This American Life founder Ira Glass refused to listen to offers until after the season one finale. That finale has obviously passed, and now the possibility of adaptation remains open.

"The Tracking Board reports that Tristar TV is one of the parties interested, as is Warner Bros. Warner Bros. previously had a first look deal with This American Life (which Serial is a spinoff show of), and they hope that they’ll have the advantage because of this.

"They also hear that Ryan Murphy is close to landing the series to be adapted as a limited series on HBO, but Variety’s Pat Saperstein refutes that claim.

"Here’s our pitch for Serial: The Movie (or TV show). Do this thing The Grand Budapest Hotel style. First open with people discussing the show at the water cooler, cut to someone anxiously downloading the season one finale, cut to Koenig creating the show in the studio, and finally go back in time and recreate the events.

"Okay, that might not work out exactly as well as it could because we still don’t know who exactly killed Hae Min Lee, and that’s the element that will make Serial a very difficult show to adapt. Sure, a lot of people already love it, but can you sell a movie or TV show with no ending to the masses? An ending could be created, but that sounds disastrous."

Per Deadline, "Powers, PlayStation Network’s first original live-action TV series, will debut on Tuesday, March 10. The announcement was made by Brian Michael Bendis, co-creator of the Powers comic books, on which the series is based, and executive producer of the show.

"The first three episodes of the 10-episode first season will be made available March 10, followed by the release of one new episode every Tuesday. The first episode will be free for everyone at PlayStation.com/Powers, while the full season will be free to members of PlayStation Plus.

"Combining the genres of superhero fantasy, crime noir and police procedural, Powers, produced by Sony Pictures TV, is set in a world full of people with superhuman abilities and where all of those powers are just another catalyst for mayhem and murder. It follows detectives Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward), who are assigned to protect humans like us and investigate cases involving Powers, who can glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire and clash above cities in epic battle, oblivious to the mortals below. Charlie Huston and Remi Aubuchon are the showrunners.

"Here is the first trailer for the series that premiered at New York Comic-Con in October:"