Afternoon News Update for Monday, 10/21/13.


Comedian Dan St. Germain to Star in Fox Comedy From EP Jake Johnson
Comedian Dan St. Germain is headed to the small screen. The creator/star of web series Kicking Dan Out is teaming with New Girl’s Jake Johnson and Max Winkler for a comedy at Fox. St. Germain will pen the script and star in the untitled comedy as Dustin, a guy who is a complete emotional wreck who after he gets dumped, moves back in with his ex and her current boyfriend to figure out what went wrong and learn how to stop being a man baby when it comes to love.

Channing Tatum, Nick Zano Team for CBS Comedy
Channing Tatum
is diving into TV production, partnering with thesp Nick Zano and comedy vets Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen on a multicamera laffer for CBS and Warner Bros. TV. Zano will topline, co-write and exec produce ”Nicky” with Reich and Cohen. Tatum also exec produces with his producing partner, Reid Carolin. Project revolves around Zano’s real-life experience of growing up in a multi-generational house dominated by women in New Jersey. Just as he’s ready to move out at the age of 30, he realizes he needs to stay home and help raise his younger sister.

Comedies from Erik Sommers Land at ABC, CBS
Erik Sommers
has sold comedy projects to ABC and CBS that will be produced by Sony Pictures TV. “Roommates” has landed at the Eye as a script sale plus penalty. Laffer centers on a successful, suave ladies man whose life is turned upside when a guy saves his life and asks for a place to stay. Sommers along with David Caspe serve as scribes and exec producers on “Roommates,” with Jamie Tarses also exec producing.

Sommers’ untitled emergency room pilot has been sold to ABC, with Will Gluck and Richie Schwartz exec producing alongside Sommers. Project follows a young doctor who begins working at an inner city E.R., only to realize that the people weirder than the patients are those who treat them.

"Revenge" May Finally Be Back On Track
The nighttime soap fell apart in its second season, but Season 3 has begun to show serious potential. It’s too soon to say if the third season will ever reach the heights of the first, but the most recent episodes of Revenge are at least major strides in the right direction. For the first time since Season 1, Revenge feels like appointment viewing — a show to devour eagerly because you’re dying to see what happens next, not because you’re morbidly curious to find out which strained plotline the writers will make even worse.

Mira Sorvino Joins TNT’s ‘Falling Skies’
Mira Sorvino
is set to recur on the fourth season of TNT‘s popular alien invasion dramaFalling Skies, set for a summer 2014 premiere. She will play Sara, a woman far removed from her former life as a graphic designer who is now dogged by death at every turn, yet she has never felt more alive, free or fearless.

Stella Maeve Joins ‘Chicago PD’; Nick Tarabay Cast In ‘Believe’; ‘Gang Related’ & ‘Twisted’ Also Add Recurring
Stella Maeve
has been cast in a recurring role on NBC’s midseason drama Chicago PD. Maeve will play Nadia, a pretty 18-year-old escort who is addicted to heroin and goes through a very difficult withdrawal.

Nick Tarabay has booked a recurring role on the new NBC Alfonso Cuaron drama Believe, about Bo (Johnny Sequoyah), a girl with special powers. Tarabay will play Niko Zepeda, a dangerous, intimidating CIA Black Ops who is a constant looming threat as he hunts Bo and her protector Tate.

Philip Anthony-Rodriguez has landed a recurring role on another midseason series, Fox’s action-drama Gang Related. Anthony-Rodriguez will play Agent Billy Cabrera an undercover agent working for the Treasury Department.

Jack Falahee (Tokarev) and Ivan Sergei have been cast in recurring roles on the ABC Family drama series Twisted. Falahee will play the charismatic Charlie, starting fresh in a new town just out of Juvie who may be harboring some dark secrets. Sergei plays Jack, a ruggedly handsome working man with a troubled past.

(opinion) Vulture: How Close to Cancellation Are These 11 New Fall Shows?
So far this fall, nearly twice as many freshman series have been given full season orders (seven) as have been canceled (four). That ratio is about to change, however, as networks start making tough decisions about shows still in limbo. As judgment day approaches for other fall 2013 freshmen, Vulture takes a look at how long each of the remaining newcomers are likely to stick around.


Leonardo DiCaprio Books Jo Nesbo’s ‘Blood On the Snow’
Leonardo DiCaprio
has come on board to produce and possibly star in a movie version of Jo Nesbo’s upcoming thriller “Blood on the Snow.” Warner Bros. is in negotiations for the film rights to the novel, which will be set up at DiCaprio’s Warner-based Appian Way banner. The book, penned under Nesbo’s pseudonym Tom Johansson, centers on a hit man who falls in love with his boss’s wife after being assigned to assassinate her.

Jason Statham Eyes Spy Role With Melissa McCarthy In Fox Comedy ‘Susan Cooper’
Jason Statham
has met with director Paul Feig and that talks will start soon for him to join Melissa McCarthy inSusan Cooper. That comedy, which puts Feig and McCarthy back together after they did the hits Bridesmaids and The Heat, casts her as a bumbling secret agent. Statham will play a spy on the same side, if the deal makes.

(opinion) Guardian: 10 reasons today’s movies trump TV
Over the last year or two, newspaper columnists, festival speechmakers and bus-stop sages have concurred in a damning judgment. Now, things look a little different. Breaking Bad has at last departed, with no comparable successor in sight. The small screen has been trying to tempt us with the likes of plodding Downton Abbey, dreary Homeland, ludicrous Atlantis, melodramatic Peaky Blinders and not much in the way of piquant comedy. Meanwhile, cinema has suddenly been shaping up.


FX Networks to Launch App That Could Counter Netflix
will boast the kind of library titles that are in Netflix’s sweet spot, including multiple installments of popular franchises such as “Iron Man,” “Twilight,” “Thor” and “Grownups.” Some 40-60 titles will be available on FXNow at one given time, and they will not be available to any SVOD service. FXNow will also have recent episodes of FX and FXX original series.

Netflix Switches Spending Strategy for Its Original Series
isn’t so different from traditional TV networks after all. In its third-quarter earnings announcement Monday, the streaming service announced a significant shift in its accounting practices regarding original programming that will see it accelerate spending on series like “House of Cards.”


Kevin Feige Talks Post-‘Ant Man’ Plans for Marvel Studios
"Daredevil," "Punisher" and "Doctor Strange" teased as upcoming projects in various stages of development by Marvel Studios president.


Fox Networks Taps Michael Biard as President of Distribution
Fox vet Michael Biard has been promoted to prexy of distribution for Fox Networks, filling a void left by the departure of Mike Hopkins for the top job at Hulu. Biard will oversee distribution and marketing strategy for 21st Century Fox’s 45 networks and cablers and their digital offshoots.

Five Scripts Share 2013 Nicholl Screenwriting Prize
Four individual writers and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. This year’s winners are (listed alphabetically by author): Frank DeJohn & David Alton Hedges, Santa Ynez, CA, “Legion”; Patty Jones, Vancouver, BC, Canada, “Joe Banks”; Alan Roth, Suffern, NY, “Jersey City Story”; Stephanie Shannon, Los Angeles, CA, “Queen of Hearts”; Barbara Stepansky, Burbank, CA, “Sugar in My Veins”.