TV News: Empire, Fall, Studio, Arrow, Flash

Fox’s new hip hop-themed drama series “Empire” premiered to a 3.8 rating and 9.9 million viewers in Live+Same Day ratings, making it Fox’s biggest debut in three years and the top new series launch of the 2014-15 season alongside ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder”. [Source: The Live Feed]

The Fall
Allan Cubitt, the creator the acclaimed BBC hunt the serial killer series “The Fall” starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, says that pending an official greenlight from the BBC, he’s “very confident there will be third season”. The show’s second season recently wrapped in the U.K. and is slated to hit U.S. Netflix in full on January 16th.

Cubitt also revealed that a deal had been in place for an American remake, but it fell through. He doesn’t sound very shaken up about it: “I’m not sure why you would remake The Fall… I’m very happy with you guys watching what we’ve created.” [Source: Deadline]

The Studio
Showtime has won a bidding war for George Clooney’s showbiz drama “The Studio”.

The premium cable network has handed out a script commitment with hefty penalty attached. Peter Tolan (“Rescue Men”) will pen the script.

The show will follow a movie studio in the early 1990s, a time when conglomerates bought them up and corporate culture crashed head-on into Hollywood’s excesses. The two men running this studio are best friends who must stockpile power, fight off irrelevance, and destroy anyone who gets in their way – including each other. [Source: The Live Feed]

Arrow & Flash
New promos are out for the mid-season premieres of The CW’s “Arrow” and “The Flash”. “Arrow” is the briefer of the two, but does show Brandon Routh’s Ray Palmer trying on his first bits of his super suit. “The Flash” includes Wentworth Miller’s bad guy along with a new female face.