Afternoon News Update for Thursday, 10/10/13.


CBS Nabs Comedy Produced By Ben Affleck & Matt Damon, Starring Tom Papa And Written By Cathy Yuspa & Josh Goldsmith
A half-hour starring comedian Tom Papa that boasts Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as executive producers and Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith as co-writers — has landed at CBS with a put pilot commitment. 20th Century Fox TV is producing. Based on the stand-up of Papa and the experiences of Damon, the multi-camera comedy, titled More Time With Family, centers on a guy (Papa) who changes his career and gives up a life on the road to spend more time at home with his family — but when he gets there, he realizes no one asked him to do that.

Gale Anne Hurd Adapting ‘Alien Hunter’ at Syfy
Gale Anne Hurd is teaming with the NBCUniversal-owned cable network to develop Hunters. Based on Whitley Strieber’s best-selling novel Alien Hunter, the 90-minute drama follows a Pennsylvania detective-turned-suspect Flynn Carroll who, after his wife mysteriously goes missing, is determined to prove his innocence and find her. His search leads to evidence that dangerous alien cells are living among us. Natalie Chaidez will pen the script and executive produce alongside Hurd via the prolific producer’s Universal Cable Productions-based Valhalla Entertainment banner.

The CW Orders Additional Scripts for New Dramas ‘Reign, ‘The Originals,’ ‘Tomorrow People’
The CW is giving its slate of freshman dramas a vote of confidence, ordering an additional three scripts for “Reign,” “Tomorrow People” and “Vampire Diaries” spinoff “The Originals.” Order for “Reign” is notable, since it arrives a week in advance of its series premiere.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Enlists Titus Welliver to Reprise Role as Marvel One-Shots’ Agent Blake
ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
is again dipping into Marvel’s deep bag of tricks, tapping Titus Welliver to reprise his role as Agent Blake, the character he played in the Marvel One-Shots Blu-ray featurette Item 47. Welliver will guest-star in the freshman drama’s sixth episode, “FZZT,” which finds Coulson and his team hunting down an elusive killer after “floating bodies” start turning up.

‘Royal Pains’ Actress Books ABC’s ‘Killer Women’
Paola Turbay, who also recurred on "True Blood," has landed a guest spot on the midseason drama.

Agents Of SHIELD Will Have An End Tag Every Week
Agents of SHIELD
writer Jeffrey Bell was interviewed at Comic Book Resources, ahead of the premiere of The Asset last night, and he addressed the end tags:
Part of our storytelling on this show is going to be a tag every week. We need people to know about that. The show ends, the S.H.I.E.L.D. eagle comes up, there are nine hours of commercials because it’s TV, and then before we go to the next show, we’re almost always going to have another minute, minute and a half of something, and those will be different from week to week.

(ratings) Wednesday Cable Ratings: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Beats ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ + MLB Baseball, ‘Bad Ink’, ‘South Park’ & More
Duck Dynasty
was Wednesday’s top cable program, with a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating down from last week’s 3.4 adults 18-49 rating. American Horror Story came in second, with a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating.


‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Joins ‘Barely Lethal’
Sophie Turner
is continuing to make inroads in a film career, joining Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba and Samuel L. Jackson in Barely Lethal. Kyle Newman directs the action comedy written by John D’Arco that centers on a 16-year-old assassin (Steinfeld) who fakes her own death in pursuit of a “normal” adolescence. RKO Pictures, Hopscotch Pictures and Brett Ratner’s Rat Entertainment produce. Turner will play an undercover agent who enrolls in high school to help capture the teen.


Natalie Zea Toplines Amazon Pilot ‘Outlaws’
Natalie Zea
has been tapped to star in the Amazon comedy pilot The Outlaws. Written by Jeremy Garelick and Jon Weinbach and directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, The Outlaws is about the ins and outs of a professional football team from the perspective of both the players and the back office. It centers on Julie Levine (Zea), the wife of a pro-football team owner who now needs to run the flailing organization after her husband dies.

NBC’s Vivian Schiller is Twitter’s new head of news
NBC News’ Vivian Schiller has been tapped as the head of Twitter’s newly launched News division, according to a report from AllThingsD. The company’s news team is also making waves, launching an experimental direct message service called @EventParrot earlier today — a further sign of the company’s unique approach to the news business.


ABC Orders More ‘Shark Tank’
The network has picked up two more episodes of the series, which this season will feature the sharks offering a record $20 million plus to the budding entrepreneurs.


‘Castle’ Producer Beacon Pictures Takes Next TV Step With eOne Deal
Entertainment One‘s
joint venture with indie producer Armyan Bernstein’s Beacon Pictures will look to develop up to 12 new TV projects annually across all genres, with a focus on one-hour drama series, half-hour comedies and miniseries. As part of the tie-up, eOne and Beacon will jointly pitch and sell projects domestically, while eOne will handle international sales.

Marc Juris to Be WE tv’s President & GM
WE tv
has tapped Marc Juris to be its next president and general manager. The former truTV executive VP and COO replaces Kim Martin.

Jimmy Kimmel to Receive Variety’s Power of Comedy Award
Jimmy Kimmel
will receive Variety‘s fourth annual Power of Comedy award as part of a fundraiser to benefit women’s cancer research. The host of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will be honored on Nov. 16 at the Avalon in Hollywood with a lineup of standup and sketch comedy performances to raise money for the Noreen Fraser Foundation, which supports women’s cancer research and programs to raise awareness of the importance of early detection efforts.

Lakeshore Entertainment Launches TV Division Headed by Chad Hoffman
Lakeshore Entertainment, the shingle behind films including “Million Dollar Baby” and “The Lincoln Lawyer,” is branching out to the small screen with the creation of a TV arm. ABC and Hearst Entertainment vet Chad Hoffman will oversee the new division. Lakeshore has already placed a few flags in the television space, selling a Sebastian Maniscalco…

(q&a) Vulture: How Michael De Luca Thinks the Movie Business Has Changed
Which of your New Line classics would be the hardest to make today, and which actually might find a bigger audience, given how things have changed?
De Luca: I think American History X, with its provocative subject matter and controversial director, would probably be impossible to make. But a lot of things that worked for us in the nineties might make for great cable series: American History X might be a series for FX, or Boogie Nights might have been a great HBO show.


NY Times Report: One Third of Millennials Watch No Broadcast TV
A new survey of 4,000 online video users by the New York Times finds notable differences between the Millennial generation and Gen X and Baby Boomers, with 34% of Millennials saying they watched mostly online video and no broadcast TV compared to only 20% of Gen X and 10% of Boomers reporting similar habits.

Web Video Viewers Favor Comedy And Education: Study
About 58% of adults who use the Internet watch comedy videos, up from 50% in 2009, the Pew Research Center found in a July survey of 1,003 adults. But I was surprised to see how popular serious fare has become on the Web. Some 56% said that they watch How-to videos followed by Educational (50%, up from 38% in 2009), Music (50% vs. 32%) and News (45% vs. 43%).

Facebook axes privacy feature that let users hide profiles from search
Facebook is getting rid of a privacy feature that let users limit who can find them on the social network. Facebook Inc. said Thursday that it is removing a setting that controls whether users could be found when people type their name into the website’s search bar.