Morning News Update for Thursday, 10/3/13.


Casey Wilson, June Diane Raphael Sell Twin Comedy to NBC
is getting into the Casey Wilson business. The network has given a script order to The Mason Twins, a comedy from June Diane Raphael and Wilson. The comedy centers on fraternal twins in their 30s who find themselves living under the same roof and not at all where they thought they’d be. NTSF’s Raphael and Happy Endings’ Wilson will pen the script and executive produce the ABC Studios half-hour alongside Stacy Traub (Glee).

Tim Kring Producing CW High School Drama
The CW has put in development Exp, from Kring’s Tim Kring Imperative and Warner Bros. TV. Written on spec by up-and-coming scribes Zach Craley and Jarrett Conaway, Exp explores what happens when a foreign designer drug – engineered to make you faster, smarter, stronger and better in every way – is trafficked illegally into American high schools, weaving a morally and socially complex web that entangles politicians, law enforcement and teenagers looking for an edge in an ever-competitive and fast-paced world. Kring, Zak Kadison and Bradley Thomas executive produce, with Zach Craley and Jarrett Conaway co-executive producing.

Fox Renews Sleepy Hollow For Second Season
In the fall’s first renewal, Fox picked up its new supernatural hit for a 13-episode second season.

Covert Affairs Renewed for Season 5
The cabler has renewed the globe-trotting drama for a 16-episode fifth season.


David Blaine Lands Celebrity-Studded Magic Special on ABC
"Real or Magic" will air during November sweeps and feature Ricky Gervais, Woody Allen, Robert De Niro, Katy Perry, Stephen Hawking and former President George W. Bush, among others. David Blaine will serve as an executive producer on the special, which hails from Radical Media and was directed by Emmy-winning helmer Matthew Akers. Electus has acquired international rights to the special and will be shopping it this month at MIPCOM.

Mark Burnett’s Space Competition Series Lands at NBC
More than a decade after first developing a space series at NBC, the "Voice" producer partners with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic to have contestants vie for a seat on the pricey fleet.

‘The Challenge’ Renewed by MTV for 25th Season
The cable net has handed a 25th season to the competition program, though details about the forthcoming season are still under wraps.

‘Rachael Ray’ Renewed For Two More Seasons
CBS Television Distribution‘s
daily strip Rachael Ray has been renewed in nearly 90% of the country that will take the talk show through the 2015-2016 season. The deal will take the syndicated staple to 10 seasons.


Amazon Studios Orders 3 More Comedy Pilots
Amazon Studios
has greenlit production of three new half-hour comedy pilots. The three new comedy pilots are: “Mozart in the Jungle,” written by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers; “The Outlaws,” written by Jeremy Garelick and Jon Weinbach; and “Transparent,” written and directed by Jill Soloway.

“Mozart in the Jungle,” based on the memoir by Blair Tindall, is “all about sex, drugs — and classical music,” the show’s creators say.

“The Outlaws,” scribed by Jeremy Garelick and Jon Weinbach, follows a pro football team from the perspective of both the players and the back office; creative team also includes Matt Alvarez and former New York Giants player Michael Strahan.

“Transparent,” meanwhile, is described as a darkly comedic story about an L.A. family “with serious boundary issues.” Pilot stars Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass.

Social Networks in a Battle for the Second Screen
and Twitter are vying to become the nation’s digital water cooler as they woo networks and advertisers. Facebook and Twitter both see the social conversation around television as a way to increase use of their sites and win a bigger piece of advertisers’ spending, which eMarketer estimates will be $171 billion across all types of media this year in the United States.


MIPCOM Hot Pick: Serangoon Road
Serangoon Road marks the first time HBO Asia has commissioned an original series, which Content Television’s president Greg Phillips says will be a major selling point. The 10x60mins series came to HBO Asia through creator and writer Paul Barron. It follows an Australian ex-pat living in 1960s Singapore who helps to keep a private detective agency running at the request of the widow of the recently-murdered owne.


Vanity Fair’s Power Rankings: Disruptors & The New Old Guard
The faster things change, the tougher it is to stay on top. In this year’s rankings, 50 leading innovators shake the foundations of their industries, while 25 members of the power elite demonstrate why they’re not going anywhere soon.

Executive Firings: What’s Behind Hollywood’s Season of the Witch Hunt
THR’s studio-by-studio breakdown reveals surprising new details of the movie business’ biggest executive upheaval in years — Sony’s hunt for money, will Jeff Robinov finally land at Fox? — and the politics of the shake-ups.


Time: 10 Great TV Shows Just Waiting to Be Made
In the last few weeks, various networks have announced their plans to resuscitate franchises like American Psycho, Reality Bites, Man on Fire, and 12 Monkeys. What’s remarkable is that there’s a wealth of wonderful properties (and several fascinating personalities) just waiting to be mined. So, to quell the collective post-Breaking Bad angst, here are 10 stories—and persons—that we thing might make for terrific television.