Morning News Update for Tuesday, 10/1/13.


Fox International To Adapt Latest Keshet Espionage Drama With Peter Landesman Aboard To Write
Fox International Channels
is partnering with Keshet International on the U.S. adaptation of Shkufim(False Flag). Peter Landesman will make his TV writing debut and pen the adaptation. Landesman’s version, which FIC is developing in house, centers on eight apparently ordinary U.S. citizens who wake up to find their faces and private lives broadcast across the Internet and television news around the world as suspects in a brazen and dangerous international crime. What seems at first like a horrible case of mistaken identity unspools into a psycho-espionage thriller. Amit Cohen-Raab and Maria Feldman created the Israeli series. Cohen-Raab, who wrote the series, will co-write the U.S. pilot story with Landesman.

CBS Buys Two Sony TV Comedy Projects
has put in development two Sony TV-produced single-camera comedies from writing duos. The untitled Siegel/Morgan project, written by former30 Rock writers-producers Josh Siegel and Dylan Morgan, is based on an original idea by producer Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. The workplace comedy, which has a scripted commitment with penalty, is set at the CDC and follows a dysfunctional investigation team led by a single woman who is great at saving lives but bad at having one of her own.

The untitled Lisbe/Reger project, written on spec by Michael Lisbe and Nate Reger, is a young ensemble comedy with a mystery element that hints at the futures of all five characters. The duo are executive producing with Jaime Tarses of Sony TV-based Fanfare.

Jason Winer, Don Todd Sell Mob Drama to ABC
Beverly Kills
is based on Winer’s original idea and revolves around a wife and mom who retires from her job as a highly skilled hit woman for the mob and settles into domesticity. Try as she might to live the life of a normal housewife, she soon spots crime, corruption and evildoing beneath the quiet, green surface of Beverly Hills and decides to clean it up and keep her family safe in the only way she knows how. Don Todd will pen the script and executive produce the 20th Century Fox Television drama. Winer, via his Small Dog Picture Co., will serve as a nonwriting EP alongside the banner’s Renate Radford.

Alicia Witt & Edi Gathegi Join FX’s ‘Justified’
Alicia Witt
and Edi Gathegi have been cast in major recurring roles on the upcoming fifth season of FX/Sony TV’s drama series Justified. Witt will play Wendy Crowe, the smart, sexy sister of crime lord Dale Crowe (Michael Rapaport). She’s a paralegal and the public face of the Crowe crime family. Gathegi will play Jean Baptiste, a Haitian criminal in the employ of the Crowe family.

Josh Kelly Books Lifetime Pilot ‘Unreal’, Grainger Hines Joins Cinemax’s ‘The Knick’
Josh Kelly is set to co-star opposite Shiri Appleby in Lifetime’s drama pilot Unreal, inspired by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro’s award-winning independent short Sequin Raze. Marti Noxon and Shapiro wrote Unreal, which goes behind the scenes of a hit competition dating show to follow the experiences of Rachel (Appleby), a young staffer whose sole job is to manipulate her relationships with (and among) the contestants to heighten the drama. Kelly will play Jeremy, a cameraman on the dating show who also is Rachel’s ex-boyfriend.

Grainger Hines has been cast in Cinemax‘s 10-part series The Knick, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen. Set in downtown New York in 1900, The Knick centers on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. Hines will play Captain August Robertson, a self-made shipping magnate, who has used his fortune to keep the doors of the hospital open to the many poor immigrants who have arrived in New York on his ships.


(ratings) ‘Blacklist’ and ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Hold, ‘We Are Men’ Underwhelms
and Fox’s first fall hits lose little steam, while CBS’ latest comedy addition premieres south of last year’s ill-fated "Partners."

Overthinking the New Fall TV Lineup: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is, at the moment, a workplace comedy. I say “at the moment” because workplace comedies, as a genre, have a tendency to devolve into family comedies. This doesn’t mean that the focus shifts to the characters’ home lives. Rather, it means that the workplace stops being a place of work. Ersatz familial ties develop (this character becomes the dad, this character becomes the daughter, this the crazy uncle), episodes are devoted to interpersonal conflicts and group therapy. This is a rhythm old as time.

(opinion) CBS: ‘Hostages’ & ‘Mom’ Are Likely To Be Canceled
Even though it’s a "limited series", Hostages would be renewed (just like that other limited series Under The Dome) were its ratings good enough. They aren’t. It’s likely to be canceled. For you comment thread lawyers, that means "It will not be renewed". Mom premiered as CBS’s lowest rated sitcom, and they always cancel their lowest rated sitcom (and they will, even with HIMYM ending), so for at least this week (until others go lower) it is likely to be canceled.

(opinion) FOX: ‘Dads’ & ‘The Mindy Project’ Are Likely To Be Canceled
and The Mindy Project both stumbled badly out of the gate, and both are likely to be canceled by the end of the season. While the bear doesn’t predict the timing of any moves, it’s worth noting that second season shows are typically allowed to air their entire season of ordered episodes, regardless of their eventual fate at the end of the season. This season will be American Dad’s final season on Fox (it will continue on TBS).

(opinion) CW: The Syndication Gods Saved ‘Nikita’ For A 4th Season, And They’ll Save ‘Hart Of Dixie’ Too
The CW syndication gods will demand that Hart Of Dixie be renewed for a fourth season. CBS’ Les Moonves in a recent investor presentation surprisingly frankly all but admitted that the CW loses them money on an operating basis, but they (and Warner Brothers) make it up in the licensing value of the shows they create for the network.

(opinion) ABC: ‘Lucky 7’ & ‘Betrayal’ Are Certain To Be Canceled
Last season, no new Fall ABC show premiered with such relatively (vs. other ABC shows) low ratings. For those with short memories, Last Resort began with a 2.2 rating and lasted 10 episodes, and 666 Park Avenue started with a 2.1 rating and lasted 9 episodes. As always, no guesses from the bear when he will dine on them, but there’s no question both of those shows are #bearchow. The ABC syndication gods will demand that Once Upon A Time and Revenge be renewed for a fourth season. For that reason, they’re both certain to be renewed, effectively regardless of their third season ratings.


Mark Gordon Producing Fourth ‘Narnia’ Movie
Mark Gordon
has come on board to produce a fourth “The Chronicles of Narnia” movie. Gordon has reached a deal with the C.S. Lewis Co. to jointly develop and produce “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair.” Gordon and Douglas Gresham will produce along with Vincent Sieber of the C.S. Lewis Co. Michele Wolkoff and Sara Smith will oversee for The Mark Gordon Company.


YouTube, Spike Jonze Team for New Music Awards Show
Artists like Eminem and Lady Gaga will perform at the Nov. 3 event. Filmmaker Spike Jonze has been tapped as creative director, while Jason Schwartzman will host the 90-minute event, presented in partnership with Kia and live-streamed across the world.


Power of Women: Kerry Washington Helps Poverty-Stricken Schools Via President’s Committee
Kerry Washington
is no stranger to Washington, D.C. On ABC’s “Scandal,”she deals with the dark and dramatic side of the nation’s capital. But in real life, she is a proud member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, seeing impressive results in her work as an arts ambassador to poverty-stricken schools.

Kim Martin Steps Down As WE TV President, Segues To Advisory Role At AMC Networks
Kim Martin
is leaving her post as president and GM of WE tv after nine years. She won’t be departing the company completely — she is transitioning into an advisory role at AMC Networks, reporting to CEO Josh Sapan. A replacement is expected to be named shortly.

EOne Names Eric Shiu VP Marketing & Communications
Eric Shiu
will oversee eOne TV‘s worldwide marketing and communications efforts from the company’s LA office, reporting to Peter Emerson, President, eOne Television International.


Vulture: Someone Give Justin Timberlake a TV Show, Please
The next thing Justin Timberlake should do is host a variety show. Not forever! Not even for a season. He’s busy, presumably! But also part of the appeal of when he hosts SNL is seeing him do things he doesn’t always do. So let’s say five nights — a weeklong stint, maybe around the holidays, when most shows are in repeats anyway. On this show, Timberlake will sing and dance, perform in sketches, maybe play some parlor games with assorted celebrity guests, and good-naturedly ham it up. Maybe he closes with an earnestly sung Christmas song.