Morning Briefing: 15 January 2014

Netflix orders ‘Marco Polo’ series

The streaming service has picked up nine episodes of the drama created by John Fusco (Young Guns II), The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Kon-Tiki Oscar nominees Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg will direct alongside Dan Minahan (Game of Thrones), who also will executive produce the drama. Marco Polo will premiere in late 2014. 

FX orders Zach Galifanakis-fronted comedy pilot co-written by Louis C.K.

The network has ordered a comedy pilot created by and starring funnyman Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover films, Bored to Death) that will be co-written with stand-up comedian, Louis C.K., creator and star of its Emmy-winning series Louie.  There are no details as to the premise or title available yet.

Michael Cera and John Hawkes join Charlie Kaufman pilot

Michael Cera and John Hawkes have been signed to star in the FX comedy pilot “How and Why” from Charlie Kaufman, a new series that revolves around a brilliant man who understands nuclear physics but is clueless about how life works. Kaufman will write and direct the production’s half-hour pilot, set to begin in the next few months in North Carolina.

True Detective delivers HBO largest premiere audience since 2010

HBO’s True Detective, (Tuesday’s on SoHo) debuted in the US with a solid 2.3 million viewers, making it the premium cable channel’s most-watched debut since Boardwalk Empire drew 4.8 million in 2010.  Other shows that True Detective outperformed were Game of Thrones (2.22 million), The Newsroom (2.14 million) and comedies Veep (1.38 million) and Girls (870,000).

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Regan is one of the co-founders of Throng Media.
If they're on, I'm usually watching Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, 24, Battlestar Galactica, The X Factor, Survivor, House of Cards, Mad Men and the NRL.
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  • Jas

    Watched True Detective last night, It was a bit confusing and I think will have to watch episode again before second one.