Morning News Update for Tuesday, 10/15/13.


CBS Buys Legal Drama From Barry Schindel & Barry Jossen
has put in development Blackwood, a drama project from writer-executive producer Barry Schindel and executive producer Barry Jossen. This marks the first sale for former ABC Studios EVP Jossen who segued into a producing deal with the studio following his July exit from the top executive post. Jossen was late to this development cycle, having started his deal after Labor Day with the launch of his production company, JuneBug Entertainment. Still, he has set up Blackwood, with a couple of other sales likely. Co-produced by ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios, Blackwood centers on a ruthlessly successful lawyer who, after he is critically wounded in a shooting that kills his wife, returns to his job to find redemption in a humbling rehabilitation and relentless search for their assailant.

ABC Teams With Jenna Bans, Mandeville, Sony, Scripted World To Adapt Dutch Series
Sea Of Fire is back in development at ABC. The network has closed a deal to take another stab at adapting the Dutch drama series with Sony Pictures TV and Scripted World, which first teamed last season. Joining them this year is ABC Studios-based Mandeville and writer-producer Jenna Bans. SeaOf Fire is set in a small town. When three teenage girls star in a pornographic film, it tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance, a murder and host of other secrets boiling under the surface. The Dutch series, which drew comparisons to Twin Peaks, was produced by and aired on pubcaster VARA and ran for two seasons that aired four years apart.

Christopher Cousins Joins ‘Revolution’, Duo Cast In Amazon Pilot ‘The After’
ChristopherCousins has joined sophomore NBC drama Revolution as a recurring. The actor will play high-ranking Patriot Victor Doyle, who’s on a collision course with Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito).

French actress Louise Monot and Sam Littlefield have been added to Chris Carter’s Amazon drama pilot The After. Produced by Georgeville TV, it takes place at the moment of apocalypse.

(opinion) CBS: ‘The Good Wife’ Or ‘The Mentalist’ Will Be Canceled, Maybe Both Of Them
While the Bubble Watch thinks that Hawaii Five-0 is in danger, the Cancellation Bear disagrees. The bear thinks the Sunday dramas, The Good Wife or The Mentalist, are on much shakier ground. One of those two will certainly be canceled, maybe both of them.

(opinion) FOX: ‘Dads’ Is Still Certain To Be Canceled, No Matter How Many Extra Scripts Get Ordered
ordered six extra scripts for Dads last week. That’s schedule spackle at best (some episodes may be produced to fill in schedule gaps before spring) or keeping options open at worst (no additional episodes may be produced). Either way, the show is certain to be canceled. Extra scripts were ordered for Brooklyn 9-9 as well. Same situation there, but its ratings aren’t quite as bad.

(opinion) NBC: ‘Ironside’ Is Certain To Be Canceled
The bear’s moved The Michael J Fox Show down to a "toss up", as was Parks & Recreation. They might stay that way until the bear sees the other sitcoms still to come this season for NBC. The bear’s biding his time making a call on Revolution, at current relative ratings levels it could go either way, particularly considering the relative success of NBC dramas vs. their total sitcom failure.

(opinion) CW: ‘Beauty & The Beast’ Is Likely To Be Canceled
With most of CW’s Fall premieres now behind us, the early news is grim for Beauty & The Beast. With a premiere rating of just a 0.3, he’s moving it directly to "likely to be canceled" this season. The bear has rookie’s The Originals and The Tomorrow People as "likely to be renewed" until he sees another episode or two’s ratings. As always, predictions are liable to change quickly this early in the season. The CW syndication gods will demand that Hart Of Dixie be renewed for a fourth season. Maybe it’ll be a short one like Nikita’s, or maybe not.


Warner Bros Sets Matthew Johnson To Script ‘Encyclopedia Brown’
Matthew Johnson
, who wrote and directed the Slamdance winner The Dirties, is in talks with Warner Bros to draft Encylopedia Brown into a family film. Encyclopedia Brown is an adaptation of the venerable kiddie book series by Daniel J. Sobol, which the studio optioned earlier this year for Roy Lee and Howard David Deutsch to produce.

Chris Pine Set For ‘Horrible Bosses 2′ at New Line
Chris Pine
has boarded New Line’s “Horrible Bosses 2.”It was reported last week Pine had been eyed for the role and sources now say his deal has closed. Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day are set to return with Sean Anders on board to direct. Pine would play half of a father-son duo who steal the main characters’ idea for a new invention.


Tina Fey & Amy Poehler To Return As Golden Globes Hosts In 2014 And 2015
Tina Fey
and Amy Poehler have closed deals to host of the next two Golden Globe Awards, starting with the January 12, 2014 ceremony.


MIPCOM Drama Highlights & Trends
It was a refrain that could be heard up and down the Croisette—scripted television drama has never been better. From crime procedurals to serialized genre pieces, broadcasters were busy snapping up new and returning fare at MIPCOM. And distributors pulled out all the stops to promote their titles in this super crowded market, with a parade of drama stars spotted on the Croisette.


Bravo Promotes Christy Dees to Vice President of Development
Bravo has promoted Christy Dees to vice president of development. In Dees’ new position, she will be responsible for developing new original series for the network, as well as lead development on upcoming shows and serve as the executive producer of new reality series, “Thicker Than Water.”

Forbes: Ashton Kutcher Tops Our List Of TV’s Highest-Paid Actors
Ashton Kutcher tops our list of TV’s Highest-Paid Actors. We estimate Kutcher earned $24 million between June 2012 and June 2013. Kutcher’s co-stars Jon Cryer and Angus Jones also make our list. Cryer is in second place with $21 million and Jones ranks seventh with $11 million. Ranking third on our list is Ray Romano. The Everybody Love Raymond star sneaks in as a TV actor thanks to an arc on Parenthood. He still earns hefty royalties from Raymond and collects a paycheck for voicing Manny the Mammoth in the Ice Age films. Tying for fourth place are Mark Harmon and Neil Patrick Harris.

(feature) 20th TV’s Dana Walden, Gary Newman: Partnership One of the Most Prosperous in Showbiz History
Television bizzers usually speak of the 20th TV chairman-CEOs in the same breath because that’s how they operate in running the powerhouse TV studio that is rivaled only by Warner Bros. in size, scope and profitability.

(feature) Nancy Tellem: Lighting up the Xbox
“We’re very open to partnering and co-owning [content], we have relationships with networks, studios, talent and creators and there are conversations and not just in the US,” Nancy Tellem says. “We’re looking for creatives who want to create unique TV experiences on Xbox.”


NBCUniversal Sets Unorthodox Overhaul of Advertising Sales Operations
In an unorthodox restructuring of NBCUniversal’s advertising sales operations, the Peacock is clustering sales efforts for its broadcast and cable networks along demographic and thematic lines rather than the traditional network-centric approach. The overhaul means that NBCUniversal reps will no longer call on sponsors simply to sell ad inventory on a single network, but try to encourage purchases of discrete groups of viewers, whether they be mass audiences or crowds tuning in for specific kinds of lifestyle shows.

Mattel to Create Original Entertainment Through Playground Productions Banner
is ready to get more creative with its toys: The world’s largest toymaker has launched Playground Productions as a new banner through which it will create original entertainment for various platforms. Based at the company’s headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., the new division — which essentially serves as an in-house studio — manages creative storytelling across all Mattel brands, including Barbie, Monster High, Max Steel, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and its Hot Wheels franchises, overseeing everything from script development to storyboards to greenlighting theatrical productions.