Afternoon News Update for Tuesday, 10/22/13.


Happy Madison Sells Comedies To CBS, Fox
has put in development On The Fence, a half-hour project from Sony Pictures TV and studio-based Happy Madison. Written by Aaron Buchsbaum and Ted Riley, the comedy explores the shifting dynamic in a group of friends as they navigate their late twenties from different ends of the relationship spectrum. Happy Madison’s Doug Robinson exec produces, with Buchsbaum and Riley as supervising producers.

At Fox, Sony TV and Happy Madison have single-camera comedy That Family, written/exec produced by Ryan Shiraki (Awkward) and exec produced by Robinson. Loosely based on Shiraki’s real-life upbringing in Hawaii, the project is a working-class family show set in Bakersfield.

TNT Developing Conspiracy Drama From Chris Collins & Wild West Prods.
has put in developmentAnonymous, an action-driven drama from Sons Of Anarchy executive producer Chris Collins. Wild West Prods is in negotiations to board the project, about an ex-special ops soldier who discovers a global coverup that forces him to go off the grid to help those who cannot help themselves. Collins will executive produce with Wild West’s Peter Billingsley and Victoria Vaughn.

ABC’s ‘Super Fun Night,’ ‘Back in the Game’ Earn Additional Script Orders
The two Wednesday night freshman comedies have been picked up for two additional scripts each.

Showtime Renews ‘Masters of Sex,’ ‘Homeland’
has picked up a second season of “Masters of Sex” and a fourth season of ‘Homeland.” Renewal for Sony Pictures TV’sMasters” is no surprise, as the period drama has been performing well for the pay cabler behind “Homeland.” It has also generated strong critical buzz, particularly for stars Michael Sheen and Lizzie Caplan.

CBS to Air ‘I Love Lucy Christmas Special’ in Color
will air the “I Love Lucy Christmas Special,” a one-hour block featuring two newly colorized episodes of the 1950s series, on Friday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. The two episodes — the rarely-seen “Christmas Episode” and “Lucy’s Italian Movie” (aka “Grape Stomping”) — were colorized with a vintage look to match the time period. The main titles and end credits of the two episodes were combined into one set, the network said, at the beginning and end of the hour.

Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton & Joseph Sikora To Co-Star In Starz Series ‘Power’
Lela Loren
(Gang Related), Naturi Naughton (Mad Men) and Joseph Sikora (Boardwalk Empire) will co-star opposite Omari Hardwick in the upcoming original drama seriesPower, executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and created/exec produced and ran by Courtney Kemp Agboh.

Janeane Garofalo to Co-Star in Bravo’s Marti Noxon Pilot
She’ll play a friend of Lisa Edelstein’s character in "Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce."

Cynthia Watros Joins MTV Pilot ‘Finding Carter’, Rex Lee & Jonathan Sadowski Cast In ABC Family’s ‘Young & Hungry’
Lost alumna Cynthia Watros is set to co-star in MTV’s drama pilot Finding Carter, from Emily Silver and Terri Minsky. It centers on teenage Carter, who has the perfect life with her fun-loving single mom Lori until a police bust reveals that Lori abducted her as a toddler. Now Carter must return to the family who thought they had lost her, including her biological mother Elizabeth (Watros), a tough police detective who was devastated by the disappearance of her daughter and will stop at nothing to catch her kidnapper.

Rex Lee (Entourage) and Jonathan Sadowski ($#*! My Dad Says) have been cast opposite Emily Osment and Aimee Carrero in the ABC Family multi-camera comedy pilot Young & Hungry.

Pierce Gagnon Cast in New CBS Drama ‘Extant’
Pierce Gagnon
has been cast as the son in EXTANT, the new CBS drama series from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television

‘Sleepy Hollow’ Recruits ‘Girlfriends’ Star for Recurring Role
Jill Marie Jones
has joined the cast as Capt. Irving’s ex-wife.


Fox, Chernin Acquire ‘The Bone Season’ From Andy Serkis As Studio Hails Its Caesar With First Look Deal
20th Century Fox
has teamed with Chernin Entertainment to acquire The Bone Season, the first of a seven installment sci-fi novel series by Samantha Shannon. The deal was made with Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish’s The Imaginarium. The Bone Season takes place in a futuristic London society, where a 19-year-old girl works in the criminal underworld. She is a dreamwalker, a rare clairvoyant who can break into people’s minds and see what they are thinking.

(review) Variety: ‘Thor: The Dark World’
Disney/Marvel’s latest slab of briskly amusing, elaborately inconsequential 3D entertainment remains buoyant and unpretentious enough to offset its derivative qualities.


Syfy Greenlights Interactive Competition Reality Series ‘Opposite Worlds’
The competition reality series, based on the Chilean format Mundos Opuestos, will air 12 episodes over six weeks, with the second weekly episode featuring a live element — a first for a Syfy reality series. Opposite Worlds pits 14 people who face off in opposing teams in a house separated into two distinctly different worlds: one past and one future. A glass wall divides the house into the two environments, allowing the teams to watch, envy and dread each other’s every move. Cast members compete in a series of challenges, with viewers weighing in in real time on social media.


Telepictures’ Hilary Estey McLoughlin Joins Rival CBS TV Distribution As President Creative Affairs
Telepictures president Hilary Estey McLoughlin has jumped to rival CBS TV Distribution as President, Creative Affairs. There, she will report to Armando Nuñez, President and CEO of the CBS Global Distribution Group.

Vulture Ranks The 100 Most Valuable Movie Stars of 2013
Vulture’s second annual list of the most valuable actors in films today based on criteria including: box office numbers, studio value, likeability, critics’ score and more.