Afternoon News Update for Monday, 10/7/13.


‘Wilfred’s Jason Gann To Adapt Peruvian Comedy ‘My Problem With Women’ For ABC
has put in development My Problem With Women, a comedy based on the popular Peruvian series of the same name. Aussie Jason Gann will write and executive produce with Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory (Frasier), who will serve as co-showrunners. Chris Philip also is an exec producer, Jay Weisleder a co-exec producer and Miki Ivcher an associate producer for ABC Studios, Sierra/Engine Television and Frecuencia Latina International. The original series, produced by Jaime Carbajal and created by Frank Perez Garland, Christian Buckley and Paul Vegae, follows the adventures of a thirty-something bachelor who begins seeing a therapist in an attempt to understand why all of his romantic relationships fail.

‘Happy Endings’ Duo Set Up Comedies at Fox, NBC
Brian Bradley
and Steven Cragg have set up comedies at Fox and NBC. The duo, who inked an overall deal with Universal Television in March, will team with Steve McPherson for Winners at Fox and The Bright Side at NBC. Winners is a comedy centering on three overly ambitious millennial siblings on the verge of fame and fortune who crater their lives. Returning home to lick their wounds, they find that their self-made old-school father has another plan in mind for his entitled children.

The Bright Side revolves around a man who helps his career-driven chef wife transform a greasy spoon into a hipster diner. When she abandons him, he’s left as a single father and the owner/operator of someone else’s dream. Overwhelmed, he finds himself relying on a group of fringe-dwelling regulars who become a pseudo-family to him and his son.

TV Land Fast Tracks Workplace Comedy From Jon Sherman & Electus
TV Land
is re-teaming with Jon Sherman and Electus for a new comedy project, which has been put on fast-track development. The untitled workplace comedy revolves around a 30-something woman as she navigates the executive ranks among her old-school male counterparts while her 20-something male assistant tries to make it amid his female-dominated peers – two fish, a big corporate pond, and very little water.

Kevin Hart Sets Divorce Comedy Project at ABC
Comedian Kevin Hart is planting his flag at ABC, setting up an untitled divorced-couple comedy from 20th Century Fox TV with “Community” and “Scrubs” alums Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan. The multicamera laffer is based on Hart’s standup material. He would not topline the show but would likely have a recurring role should the series get picked up. Project is described as a candid look at the post-divorce life of a couple trying to forge a friendship for the sake of their kids.

Cinemax Developing American/Scandinavian Western Drama
has put in development another Western-themed drama project, this time with an European setting.Blood & Ice, from Banshee director Ole Christian Madsen (OC Madsen), is an American/Scandinavian Western-inspired action drama about the near-future race to control the vast natural resources hiding in the Arctic. A series of brutal murders shatters the provincial calm of Greenland as Chinese, Americans and Russians start pouring into the region. Blood & Ice was created by Creative Alliance’s Madsen and screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen, and the story was developed by Christian Muff, Madsen, and Anders Thomas Jensen.

Relativity Teams With Georgeville & Bradley Cooper For Series Based On Film ‘Limitless’
Relativity Television
has partnered with Georgeville Television and actor/producer Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) for Limitless, a scripted TV series based on Relativity’s hit 2011 movie starring and executive produced by Cooper. The Limitless feature is a paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unsuccessful writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret “smart drug” that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract shadowy forces that threaten his new life.

National Geographic, Relativity Team on ‘Act of Valor’ TV Series
National Geographic Channel U.S.
and Relativity Television are making a push into scripted TV series, teaming with Tandem Communications to produce “Act of Valor.” The series will be written by Erik Jendresen and based on Relativity’s feature film of the same name. Tandem, a unit of France’s StudioCanal, will act as both the studio on the production and handle international distribution. “Act of Valor” the series will focus on “para-rescuemen,” also known as PJs, who are the unsung heroes that are tasked with recovery and medical treatment of personnel in humanitarian and combat environments.

Jeffrey Reiner, Michael Trimm Among Pilot Director Hires
Jeffrey Reiner is back at Syfy as director and executive producer of the network’s pilot 12 Monkeys. Michael Trimm(Orange Is The New Black) is set to direct VH1′s drama pilot Hindsight, from writer Emily Fox and Timberman/Beverly. Lifetime has tapped Danny Cannon (CSI) to direct its dystopian future drama pilot The Lottery, from Timothy J. Sexton, and Roger Kumbel to helm Marti Noxon’s Unreal, set behind the scenes of a dating reality show. ABC Family’s mother-daughter comedy pilot Work Mom, starring Emily Rutherfurd, will be directed by Ted Wass, andJay Chandrasekhar will helm Amazon comedy pilot The Outlaws.

(from Fri) CBS Gives Hefty Pilot Pact to Domestic Laffer from Scribe Trio
has given a hefty pilot production commitment to an untitled domestic comedy from Warner Bros. TV and the power trio of Shana Goldberg-Meehan, Scott Silveri and David Mandel. Andy Ackerman is on board to direct and exec produce with the troika. The multi-camera project revolves around a couple with adult children. Goldberg-Meehan, Silveri and Mandel are writing the pilot together.

(from Fri) NBC Gives Pilot Order To Futuristic Crime Thriller From Ehren Kruger & John Glenn
has given an early pilot order to drama Tin Man, from top feature writer Ehren Kruger. Set in the near future, Tin Man is a psychological crime thriller that focuses on a fugitive robot accused of first-degree murder, who may hold the key to the future of human evolution, and the young female public defender forced to fight for his cause. John Glenn will serve as an executive producer on the pilot alongside Kruger and Kruger’s partner Daniel Bobker.

(from Fri) NBC Developing Comedy Based On Movie ‘The Money Pit’ With Justin Spitzer, Amblin
has put in development The Money Pit, a comedy series based on the 1986 feature. Amblin Television is producing the potential series with Universal Television. FormerOffice writer-producer Justin Spitzer, who is under an overall deal at Uni TV, will write the adaptation and executive produce with Amblin TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. The movie starred Tom Hanks and Shelley Long as a couple who are tricked into buying a distress-sale mansion that becomes the proverbial “money pit,” requiring an endless string of repairs.

(from Fri) Brad Garrett To Star In, Co-Write Middle-Age Comedy For ABC In Deal With Big Penalty
Brad Garrett
is back in business with ABC and 20th TV with a starring half-hour vehicle. The network has handed a pilot script commitment with significant penalty to When the Balls Drop, a single-camera comedy staring and co-written and executive produced by the Emmy-winningEverybody Loves Raymond alum. Inspired by Garrett’s forthcoming autobiographical book of the same name, When The Balls Drop is an honest look at life’s second half through the eyes of a divorced family man as he juggles home life, work, and the hilarious realities of middle-age. Garrett is co-writing with Chuck Tatham.

Dexter Producer: Showtime Wouldn’t Let Us Kill Dexter
"How about that finale?" said Dexter producer John Goldwyn at the NYFF premiere of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty this weekend, when we asked how the writers decided on that ending. "They won’t let us kill him," he told us. "Showtime was very clear about that. When we told them the arc for the last season, they just said, ‘Just to be clear, he’s going to live.’ There were a lot of endings discussed because it was a very interesting problem to solve, to bring it to a close.


Oxygen Greenlights Another Tattoo Series
has greenlit another tattoo-themed series, Tattoos After Dark. The half-hour series will document what happens during the night shift at two of Los Angeles’ more popular parlors, House of Ink and Ink Candy. Distributed by NBCUniversal. Oxygen has ordered 12 half-hour episodes that will debut in January. Tattoos After Dark is produced by 495 Productions with SallyAnn Salsano (Jersey Shore) and Joel Zimmer serving as executive producers.

Travel Channel Renews Four Series
Travel Channel announced the renewal of four series for the first quarter of ’14. The channel renewed Season 6 of Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern; the second season of Dangerous Grounds with Todd Carmichael; Season 4 of Hotel Impossible with Anthony Melchiorri; and Season 6 of Mysteries At The Museum hosted by Don Wildman. This is in addition to the previously announced renewals of season three of Toy Hunter with Jordan Hembrough; and season three of Trip Flip with Bert Kreischer. The Network has also greenlit productions of 13 half-hour episodes of the new original series Chow Masters, produced by Paperny Entertainment.


‘Scandal’ tops the new Nielsen Twitter TV ratings
The third-season premiere of ABC’s Washington-centric political thriller "Scandal" reverberated beyond the Beltway, ranking at the top of the new Nielsen Twitter TV ratings. The new Nielsen Twitter TV measurement ranks shows according to the unique audience of Twitter users who have been exposed to at least one tweet about a program. It also identifies the number of tweets associated with a particular episode. The rankings for the week of Sept. 30-Oct. 6 are as follows:

Rank Program Date Network Unique Audience (000) Tweets (000)
1 Scandal 10/3/13 ABC 3,655.2 712.9
2 Miley: The Movement 10/2/13 MTV 3,185.2 142.4
3 Saturday Night Live 10/5/13 NBC 3,146.5 175.8
4 The Voice 10/1/13 NBC 2,619.8 106.6
5 The Voice 9/30/13 NBC 2,558.7 135.0
6 The Vampire Diaries 10/3/13 CW 2,488.4 278.0
7 Glee 10/3/13 FOX 2,270.1 196.0
8 Dancing With the Stars 9/30/13 ABC 2,092.9 59.8
9 The X Factor 10/2/13 FOX 2,039.0 255.2
10 The X Factor 10/3/13 FOX 1,802.5 188.8,0,556549.story


Disney’s Agents racks up sales
MIPCOM: Disney Media Distribution has closed sales for hit comicbook-inspired US drama Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD in 155 countries. Buyers include the UK’s Channel 4, Sweden’s Kanal 5 and Norway’s Viasat 4, plus broadcasters in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa, Israel, Latin America and South-East Asia, as well as five VoD platforms in China.

The Weinstein Co Boards BBC’s ‘War And Peace’ Event Series
The Weinstein Co
has joined Look Out Point and BBC Worldwide as production partner on the upcoming six-part adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s War And Peace. The event series – described as “one of the most ambitious” ever produced for the BBC – will be made by BBC Cymru Wales and penned by Andrew Davies. Tolstoy’s War And Peace begins in 1805 Russia and centers on five aristocratic families set against the backdrop of the reign of Alexander I, the lingering effects of his grandmother Catherine The Great’s rule and the events surrounding Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812.

CTV Goes for Another Season of The Listener
has ordered a 13-episode fifth season of The Listener, a popular original drama series produced by Shaftesbury in association with Fox International Channels. Starring Craig Olejnik, The Listener centers on the life of a telepathic crime-solver. The one-hour drama is distributed by Shine International.

German deal for Canuck cop drama
Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 has picked up Canadian crime drama Played from Muse Distribution International ahead of its launch here in Cannes. The 13×60’ drama, which was last week acquired by UK broadcaster Channel 5, follows elite undercover cops who pose as drug dealers, paid assassins, gun runners and gangster to infiltrate the criminal world and collect evidence. Played is produced by Muse Entertainment (The Kennedys) and Back Alley Film Production (Bomb Girls).

German, Lat Am deals for Gomorrah
, the gritty crime drama launching here via Germany’s Beta Film, has been picked up by broadcasters in Germany and Latin America. Sky Germany has licensed the 12×60′ series, as has HBO in Latin America. Based on the non-fiction book by Roberto Saviano, Gomorrah is a fictionalized account of a family embroiled in the Neapolitan mafia. Stefano Sollima, helmer of the Sky Italia series Romanzo Criminale, is artistic director and directed six episodes.

Korean and Japanese TV Are Coming West Courtesy of DramaFever
, one of the biggest online providers of international TV, has partnered with Hwa & Dam Pictures to produce “Heirs,” its first in-house production. “Heirs” is not only its first in-house production, but also the first co-production between a Korean company and a U.S. digital distributor. Written by Kim Eun Sook, “Heirs” is a romantic drama depicting a group of high schools students groomed to take over their families’ respective corporate empires.

Fremantle CEO in scripted drive
MIPCOM: FremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz wants 50% of the American Idol company’s revenue to come from scripted programming in five years. “Right now, about 30% of our revenues are from scripted but in five years I would like it to be 50%,” she said in her keynote speech today. “We are really ramping up scripted, it’s making a resurgence on traditional TV.”

Intl. Emmys Announce Nominees
The Some 19 countries are represented this year in the International Emmy nominations, announced by the Intl. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at Mipcom Oct. 7. The awards will be given out Nov. 25 in New York City along with special kudos to multihyphenate J.J. Abrams, who will be receiving the Intl. Emmy Founders…


20th Century Fox TV Promotes Mark Abrose to Vice Prez, Drama Development
20th Century Fox Television
has upped Mark Ambrose to vice president of drama development, it was announced today. He will report to drama development senior v.p. Michael Thorn. Ambrose most recently served as director of drama development at the studio, working on broadcast series including “Crisis” for NBC and “Gang Related” for Fox.

Cris Abrego, Charlie Corwin Appointed Co-CEOs of Endemol North America
Endemol North America
has found fresh leadership from within its own stables, appointing Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin co-chairmen and co-CEOs of the studio.

Morgan Wandell To Run Drama At Amazon
With Amazon Studios expanding into drama, the company has tapped former ABC Studios head of drama Morgan Wandell to head Amazon Studios’ drama development. Amazon’s first two drama pilots, now casting, are Bosch and Chris Carter’s The After.


TV show titles: short, snappy and designed to get your attention
In hopes of gaining wide audiences and standing out, networks opt for catchy yet benign show titles. Hence all the one-word series names such as ‘Revenge,’ ‘Scandal, ‘Believe’ and ‘Dads.‘ A hit drama called "Overspel" from Holland had plenty to recommend it — murder and intrigue in elite society circles, troubled romances and hot sex. What it didn’t have, for an American remake, anyway, was a good title.,0,5648788.story

‘Once Upon’ promo blunder: Snow White’s magic crotch
scored an accidental social media bullseye during Once Upon a Time last night. A pop-up animated graphic for the show’s Wonderland spin-off featured the White Rabbit making a magic portal in exactly the wrong spot — or the right one.