Morning News Update for Wednesday, 10/23/13.


Legendary TV’s First Project Lands at NBC
Legendary TV
has set up its first big piece of business, a fantasy drama at NBC from “Chuck” creator Chris Fedak. The Fedak project revolves around people from different walks of life who receive a organ donation that turns out to be from “Earth’s mightiest hero.” Fedak is writing and exec producing with Peter Johnson, the former head of McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision who joined Legendary this summer.

Fox Buys Parents Comedy From Greg Malins & Marcus Wiley
Greg Malins
has teamed with Marcus Wiley for Odd Couple Families, a half-hour project that has sold to Fox with penalty. The comedy — produced by Sony Pictures TV, where Malins is under an overall deal — landed at Fox as part of Wiley’s first-look development deal at the network. Written and exec produced by Malins, show explores the reality of people spending the most time with the parents of their kids’ friends whether they like it or not. It revolves around two couples and two divorced parents who are forced together, inextricably linked by the connection created by their kids.

(scheduling) "Sherlock" Season 3 To Premiere On Jan. 19th
The highly-anticipated third season of the BBC’s Sherlock will return to PBS on January 19th at 10:00pm.


Box Office Lesson: Older Crowd Prefers Seasoned Stars, Shuns Youngsters
George Clooney, Sandra Bullock
and Tom Hanks helped "Gravity" and "Captain Phillips" become hits in part because the over-50 demo loves stars their own age — a problem for youngsters.

Why Hollywood Movies Are Plummeting at Japan Box Office
“Japanese don’t care as much as they used to about Hollywood films, even if they are ones shot in Japan,” says one U.S. studio marketing exec. Another reason “Pacific Rim” and “The Wolverine” didn’t do well in Japan, said the exec, is that they were too narrowly targeted to young male audiences. “What we’d like to see are more family-oriented films,” the exec added. “Too many films coming out of Hollywood are rather dark and depressing — there’s not a lot that families can take their kids to.”


Bravo Greenlights ‘Million Dollar Listing Miami’
Bravo has picked up the keys to a new property — and it’s by the beach. The NBCU cable network is adding to its thriving “Million Dollar Listing” franchise with “Million Dollar Listing Miami,” a luxurious, seaside edition of the reality format. Show joins the Los Angeles and New York iterations of the real estate show.

Ryan Seacrest Extends Deal To Host & Exec Produce ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ On ABC
Ryan Seacrest
has signed a multi-year contract extension with Dick Clark Prods to continue as host and executive producer of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest, which airs on ABC on New Year’s Eve.

Adult Swim’s ‘Newsreaders’ Renewed For Season 2
Adult Swim
has officially renewed its quarter-hour series Newsreaders for a second season, with production set to begin in LA in January. The show, which lampoons the newsmagazine genre, was No. 1 in its time slot in key young men demos during its first season, and it had been rumored for a second-season pickup.


Hulu, Fangoria Launch New Horror Channel
and Hulu Plus are getting an infusion of fan-favorite horror titles just in time for Halloween. Fangoria magazine and its distribution partner Brainstorm Media have teamed with Hulu on a new genre channel at, where a batch of curated horror flicks including William Lustig’s Maniac Cop 2, Takashi Miike’s Audition, and Lucio Fulci’s The House By The Cemetery will be made available. New titles will be added on an ongoing basis.


Variety: Hollywood’s New Leaders: TV Executives
TV Executives: Laura Kennedy, Tom Huffman, Lauren Moffat, Vanessa Grunstein, Boris Gartner and Jason Bergsman.

Variety: Hollywood’s New Leaders: Film Executives
Film Executives: David Hail, Matthew Milam, John Friedberg, Fabian Castro and Adam Rosenberg.

Hollywood’s New Leaders: Digital
Digital: Sarah Penna, Joe Lewis, Jake Avnet, Mike Farah, Margaret Laney and Jonathan Zepp.


Startup Syncs Facebook Ads with TV Spots
Facebook users parked in front of their TVs may increasingly notice an eerie coincidence: A startup says it has a way to serve ads in the social site’s newsfeed that will in less than 2 seconds after a commercial for the same advertiser appears on television. The company, social advertising firm Optimal, is not disclosing which advertisers it has worked with on the Facebook-TV synchronization capability.

Man who confessed to drunk driving death on YouTube sentenced to six and a half years in prison
The man who posted a remorseful YouTube video confessing to killing a man in a drunk driving accident has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison.