Morning News Update for Monday, 10/14/13.


CBS Redeveloping ‘Cisco Kid’ With Salma Hayek, Lauren Shuler Donner
is retooling The Cisco Kid. The network has picked up a new script for a modern-day retelling of the classic Western. The drama hails from producers Salma Hayek and Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men) with new writers Chad Damiani and J.P. Lavin attached to pen the new script and serve as supervising producers. Hayek and her Ventanarosa president Jose "Pepe" Tamez will again produce the CBS Television Studios entry alongside Donner and the Donners’ Co. president Jack Leslie.

Kapital Entertainment Inks Deal With RCTV
Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment
has closed a two-year first-look deal with Venezuelan cable network Radio Caracas Televisión, one of the leading producers and exporters of telenovelas worldwide. Under the agreement, Kapital Entertainment will have access to the entire library of RCTV formats and content — over 300 shows and 35,000 hours — as well as taps into Granier’s relationships throughout Latin America to acquire other formats from the region. The venture plans to develop projects for US broadcast and cable networks, which will be executive produced by Granier and Kaplan.

Betsy Thomas Shepherds ABC Comedy, Laurence Mark Produces CBS Half-Hour
Terrible People, a comedy from UK writer/performer Humphrey Ker (Holding Patterns), Todd Holland and Karey Burke’s Dark Toy Entertainment (Go On) and Betsy Thomas (My Boys), has been sold to ABC through Universal TV where Dark Toy is based. Ker will write the project, which is loosely based on his life, with Thomas supervising. Terrible People centers on Charlie Stevenson who dutifully goes to see his narcissistic, manipulative father and stepmother for a short visit, but finds himself drawn in for a permanent stay when he sees what awful children his half-brother and sister are becoming, believing that he must intervene and help raise these children to stop the cycle of rapacious awfulness.

CBS has put in development The Man’s Guide To Love, a single-camera comedy inspired by Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett’s website which offers man-to-man advice about love and relationships, born from interviews with over 3,000 men around the world. Levin and Flackett will co-write the script with Andrew Goldberg and will executive produce with Laurence Mark through CBS TV Studios.

ABC Buys Comedies From Temple Hill And Mandeville
ABC has put in development two half-hour project from ABC Studios-based pods — Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, from Temple Hill and writers Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein (Cougar Town). Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is based on the book by Jenny Lawson. Pietrosh and Goldstein executive produce with Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen and Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein.

Related, from Mandeville and writers Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse is a multi-cam comedy based on real life of writers Addario and Syracuse who are married and their younger siblings are married to each other as well. The fictional families are neighbors in a New Jersey working class community where the saying, “it takes a village,” takes on new meaning with shared mother in-laws and unique family loyalties.

Excalibur Drama From Jason Fuchs, Berlanti Prods. Gets ABC Put Pilot Commitment
is taking a contemporary spin on the legend of King Arthur withExcalibur, an action drama project from hot feature scribe Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift) and producer Greg Berlanti, which, in a competitive situation, has landed at the network with a put pilot commitment. Written by Fuchs, Excalibur centers on a young Brooklyn man who is forever changed when his life is saved by a beautiful stranger who reveals that he is the last living descendant of the very real King Arthur and that he is now at the center of an eons-old shadow war between the descendants of the Knights of the Roundtable and the forces of dark magic. Warner Bros. TV and studio-based Berlanti Prods. are producing, with Fuchs, Berlanti and Melissa Kellner Berman executive producing.

‘Wizard Of Oz’-Themed Drama ‘Red Brick Road’ In The Works At Lifetime
has put in development Red Brick Road, from the Wolper Organization, Vertigo Entertainment and Warner Horizon. Written by Tim Schlattman (Dexter) based on an concept by artist Rob Prior and executive produced by Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh,Red Brick Road is described as an edgy,Game Of Thrones take on the world of Wizard Of Oz. In the classic 1939 feature, when Dorothy set off for the Emerald City, she followed the Yellow Brick Road. But among the yellow bricks at Dorothy’s feet, there was also a swirl of red bricks. Red Brick Road will follow Dorothy down that fateful path, taking her to the oldest, darkest and most dangerous parts of Oz to find what became of her friends who all have gone missing.

Fox orders 6 more ‘Dads’ scripts
Fox’s Dads
is sticking around at least a little longer. The network has ordered six additional scripts for the Seth MacFarlane-produced Tuesday night comedy series, a sign that there are no plans to yank the show from the schedule anytime soon.

NBC Orders 3 More Scripts of ‘Night Shift’
Encouraging news for midseason NBC seriesThe Night Shift the network has ordered three additional scripts of the medical drama.

‘Teen Wolf’ gets fourth season and new after show
has given the green-light to a 12-episode fourth season of Teen Wolf for 2014. It will also debut of the after show Wolf Talk. The half-hour talk show will air immediately following Teen Wolf each week and will be hosted by Jill Wagner, who plays Kate Argent.

Fox Cuts Back Order For ‘Us & Them’
The network has opted not to do more than the six episodes already in the can (plus the pilot). For now, Fox says it plans to air the produced episodes, but for all intents and purposes, the show is over, and the cast has been told they can take new jobs.

(ratings) ‘Sleepy Hollow’ ratings see crazy DVR lift
The Sept. 26 second episode of Fox’s Sleepy Hollow grew 71 percent in the ratings. When the next-day ratings were reported after its telecast, Hollow had a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49 — a firmly good number. But now that the seven-day numbers are in, the fantasy crime procedural has jumped to a 5.3 rating.


Universal Pays 7-Figure Deal For Aaron Berg ‘Section 6′ Spec
has attached producers Marc Platt and Adam Siegel of U-based Marc Platt Productions to produce with Lawrence Grey, the Last Vegas and Hope Springs producer who honed the project with Berg, and Caliber Media‘s Adam Marshall, and turned a spy thriller into a fictionalized historical origin story. The focus is Sir Mansfield Cummings, the storied Brit spymaster and his intelligence section, called Section 1C. Spies coming through 1C all came from Oxford and Cambridge, aristocrats who stuck out like sore thumbs. Cummings got hold of a blue collar war veteran, trained him and sent him on a crucial mission: an attack on the British embassy in Russia.


‘The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine’s Wedding’ to Air Live, Sunday January 26, 2014 on ABC
Sean Lowe
and Catherine Giudici, the latest to join other “Bachelor” couples who have walked down the aisle, will share a dramatic new chapter of their love story with millions of viewers and Bachelor Nation when ABC televises their much anticipated wedding live, on “The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine’s Wedding,” SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2014 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET). This will mark the first time ever a “Bachelor” wedding has been telecast live.

IFC Renews ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’ for Third Season
has renewed Comedy Bang! Bang! for a third season. The half-hour series hosted by Scott Aukerman will return in 2014 with 20 new episodes, that will air in two 10-episode blocks.

ABC’s ‘The View’ to Broadcast Live From Disneyland on November 18-22
ABC’s “The View”
will broadcast live from the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California NOVEMBER 18-22.


Netflix Pursues Cable TV Deals
Netflix Inc
. is in talks with several U.S. pay-television providers including Comcast Corp. and Suddenlink Communications to make its online video service available as an app on their set-top boxes, people familiar with the matter say. A deal would mark the online video service’s first such tie-up with a U.S. cable provider and would come after a similar agreement it recently announced with U.K. cable operator Virgin Media Inc. The talks are in early stages and no deal is imminent, the people cautioned.

Comedy Central Merges Digital, Linear Departments
Comedy Central
announced this morning it has dismantled its digital and linear departments in order to create an organization that better serves advertisers — and fans. David Bernath, Executive Vice President, Programming & Multiplatform Strategy now leads all programming for the Viacom network, and Walter Levitt, Chief Marketing Officer, is responsible for marketing across all platforms. The change isn’t such a surprise, following as it does the announcement earlier this year that Kent Alterman had been upped to President, Content Development & Original Programming, overseeing all content development for Comedy Central.


Disney Previews ‘Avatar’ Land; Expansion To Open In 2017
Here’s a peek at Disney’s plans to bring James Cameron‘s Pandora to Disney World’s Animal Kingdom by 2017 complete with a bioluminescent jungle cruise, floating mountains, a new nighttime spectacular, and a flying Banshee simulator attraction.

Marvel Expands Into Arena Theater With ‘Marvel Universe LIVE!’: Video
The company unveiled a first look at their Marvel Universe LIVE!, the 2014 touring arena show combining two dozen Marvel superhero characters, acrobatics, martial art stunts, and live theater that’ll hit 28 North American cities next July.

(comics) (q&a) The Punisher Moves to LA
IGN Comics had a chance to chat with Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads about jumping into Frank Castle’s world, moving to him to Los Angeles and action movies.
IGN: If you had to compare your take on the Punisher to an action movie, which one would you pick? Is this more Man on Fire or maybe a little bit Death Wish 4?
Edmondson: Hm. I suppose I might say this is a little more in the Man on Fire vein, but I think there are doses of the Bourne movies and Person of Interest, too, maybe even a little bit of the Fast and Furious franchise. But it’s The Punisher. Smart, brutal, dangerous, lethal.


NBC’s ‘The Blacklist’ Tops Annual New-Series Ad Price Survey
Among CBS’s new crop, its new Robin Williams starrer The Crazy Ones snags an average cost of $175,200 for a 30-second spot the biggest haul of any new comedy, beating NBC’s competing The Michael J. Fox Show, which clocks $110,050 per spot. But NBC’s The Blacklist is the most valuable new series on the primetime landscape, at an average $198,667 per spot making Fox’s new Sleepy Hollow look a bargain at $139,120 per, the study noted. ABC’s highly hyped Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. splits the difference, with an average rate of $169,730 per spot.

How Casting Directors Find (and Make) New Stars
To find out how to do the job, we talked to two veteran casting directors: Ellen Lewis, who has cast such movies as Forrest Gump, The Devil Wears Prada, and every Martin Scorsese movie since Goodfellas; and Lora Kennedy, executive vice-president of feature casting at Warner Bros., whose extensive credits include Argo and Man of Steel.