Afternoon News Update for Monday, 10/28/13.


Chernin Entertainment To Adapt Swedish Thriller Novel As Drama Series
20th Century Fox TV
has acquired rights to the upcoming thriller De Redan Döda by author Robert Karjel, for studio-based Chernin Entertainment to develop as a drama series with Sweden-based Yellow Bird Entertainment. Titled The Swede, the project centers on a Swedish secret service agent summoned to a remote U.S. military base to interrogate a prisoner thought to be a fellow Swede. He is drawn into the complex investigation led by a female CIA agent, where the evidence takes them from the 2004 Thailand tsunami to a terrorist attack in Topeka, Kansas, and where no one is who they seem to be.

Gabe Miller, Jonathan Green Sell Comedies To CBS & NBC
Miller and Jonathan Green have sold a pair of new comedies. CBS has a script order in for the half-hour single camera Untitled Gabe Miller/Jonathan Green Project which centers on an intense “lifestyle design expert” who’s figured out the perfect way to do everything except connect with people, and the free-spirited woman who falls for him. Miller and Green will exec produce the WB TV project.

The duo also pacted with NBC on another currently untitled single-camera comedy through Universal Television, about two young overachievers who reignite their childhood rivalry when they’re both hired at the same HuffPo-esque website. Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan will executive produce.

NBC Developing ‘Law Man’ Memoir into Jailhouse Lawyer Drama
is heading to prison for its next drama, teaming with CBS TV Studios and Carol Mendelsohn Prods. to adapt Shon Hopwood’s memoir “Law Man” for the small screen. “Law Man” chronicles the journey of a small town basketball star from young bank robber to federal prison inmate, where he became the greatest jailhouse lawyer in American history. Mark Gibson and Philip Halprin serve as scribes and exec producers on the drama project.

NBC Developing Comedy With Lesbian Lead From Ellen DeGeneres & Liz Feldman
NBC has put in development a multi-camera comedy executive produced by DeGeneres. The untitled project, written/exec produced by openly gay comedy scribe Liz Feldman, centers on a lesbian and her straight male best friend who get pregnant just as he meets and marries the love of his life. Warner Bros TV and DeGeneres’ studio-based A Very Good Production are producing, with AVGP’s Jeff Kleeman also exec producing.

Cinemax’s ‘Strike Back’ Renewed For Fourth & Final Season
first primetime drama series Strike Back will come to an end next year. The pay cable network has ordered a 10-episode fourth and final season of the action drama, which will shoot in Asia and Europe and air in 2014.

Netflix In Talks For Third Season Of ‘House Of Cards’
“Our intent is that the show keep going for sure,” said Netflix‘s Ted Sarandos. “It was a 26-episode commitment. It was not our intent that it just run for two seasons,” he added of House of Cards’ run on the streaming service. Netflix’s Chief Content Officer was delivering the keynote Saturday at Film Independent‘s 9th annual confab at DGA HQ.

‘Fanboys’ Star Dan Fogler to Play Uncle on ABC’s ‘Goldbergs’
Dan Fogler will be guest starring on an upcoming November episode of “The Goldbergs.” Fogler will play Marvin Goldberg on the comedy based on writer and executive producer Adam F. Goldberg’s quirky family during the 80s. Marvin is dad Murray’s (Jeff Garlin) younger brother, who is described as a loveable dope.

Andrew Rannells To Return To HBO’s ‘Girls’, Poised To Become Regular In Season 4
Andrew Rannells
is set to reprise his role as Elijah, Hannah’s (Dunham) gay ex-boyfriend on the series’ upcoming third season after appearing in eight episodes of the first two seasons.‎ He is slated to become a regular on the show if it is picked up for a fourth season.

(review) THR: The Returned
This mesmerizing and creepy French series, airing on Sundance, is less about zombies in a traditional sense than an existential meditation on life and death — of the most riveting, unsettling kind.


Warner Bros Sets Superhero Scribe David S. Goyer To Three-Year First Look Deal
David S. Goyer has been staked by the studio to a three-year first look deal for his Phantom Four banner. The deal gets underway with an untitled Hitchockian thriller with a grounded sci-fi element that Doug Jung is writing as a potential directing vehicle for Goyer. He will produce it and his Phantom Four production president Nellie Stevens-Reed will be executive producer.

Scott Rudin Picks Up Hot NYC Literary Title ‘City on Fire’
Scott Rudin
has picked up to the rights to City on Fire, a novel by Garth Risk Hallberg that doesn’t even have a publishing deal yet. Rudin and his camp read the book overnight and the producer, known for his literary tastes, used his discretionary fund to option it. Not much is known about Fire, but, at 900 pages, it tells of life in New York City in the days leading up to the great blackout of July 1977.


Channing Tatum Heads Into Reality TV With A&E
Channing Tatum
is moving into the unscripted biz, setting up an hourlong docuseries with A&E. The untitled project follows the entertainers of New Orleans burlesque club Saints and Sinners, which Tatum opened with friend and biz partner Keith Kurtz in 2012. The project is currently in the pilot stage at A&E, and hails from Tatum’s 33andOut Prods. and Original Media.

Craig Ferguson to Host Game Show from Courteney Cox, David Arquette
FremantleMedia North America
and Debmar-Mercury have tapped Craig Ferguson to host the syndie gameshow strip “Celebrity Name Game.” Skein was developed by Coquette Prods., the banner run by Courteney Cox and David Arquette. “Name Game” revolves around a competition to name celebs and other notable figures. Scott St. John is on board to serve as showrunner.

‘The Meredith Vieira Show’ Sold In More Than 60% Of U.S.
The biggest new syndicated entry for next fall so far, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution’sThe Meredith Vieira Show, has been cleared in more than 60% of the U.S. That includes the launch group of the NBC owned stations (27%), which has been joined by stations from Hearst Television, Sinclair Broadcast Group and LIN Media, among others.


Every Episode of ‘Sleepy Hollow’ is Available Online and On Demand This Week Before the Series Returns Monday, November 4 on FOX
Before the next all-new episode returns on Monday, Nov. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, and for this week only, fans may indulge in some television trick-or-treating by watch all episodes of the hit fantasy-adventure series on the FOX NOW app,, Hulu and participating TV provider sites.


Global Television Comedy Begins Production, Adds to Cast
Azura Skye
and Benjamin Arthur have joined the cast of Working the Engels, Global Television’s upcoming original comedy series, which has kicked off production in Toronto. Working the Engels, starring Andrea Martin and Kacey Rohl, follows a family that is dealing with the loss of their breadwinning father. The 12-episode show is being produced by Halfire-CORE Entertainment. Executive producers are Katie Ford, Jane Ford, Howard Busgang, Tom Nursall and Noreen Halpern.

Germany and France Commit to Married at First Sight
Married at First Sight
, a Danish reality format, is being adapted for ProSiebenSat.1 in Germany, while a broadcaster in France has inked a straight-to-series deal for the title. The show looks on as a half dozen individuals marry complete strangers. It was originally created by Red Arrow’s Snowman Productions.


Disney Show Will Appear First on App for Tablets
Noting that tablet computers like the iPad are increasingly the “first screen” for pre-school-age viewers, Disney executives said they would make the first nine episodes of a prominent new series available on mobile devices first. The series, “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West,” will arrive on the Watch Disney Junior app and a related Web site on Nov. 24. Then, early next year, the series will have its debut on two traditional TV networks, Disney Channel and Disney Junior.

Disney Channel Plots Good Luck Charlie and Jessie Holiday Crossover
Good Luck Charlie
and Jessie will join forces in a special combined Christmas episode on Friday, Nov. 29 at 8/7c. In "Good Luck Jessie: NYC Christmas," Good Luck Charlie’s Teddy (Bridgit Mendler) and PJ (Jason Dolley) are touring colleges in New York City when a blizzard hits, preventing them from returning home to Denver for Christmas. They meet Jessie’s Jessie (Debby Ryan) on the subway, and together the three celebrate the holiday in the big city.


Sandy Varo Jarrell Joins TLC As SVP
Veteran unscripted executive Sandy Varo Jarrell has been hired for the newly created post of SVP Production & Development, West Coast, at TLC. Beginning November 12, she will oversee the network’s Los Angeles office, reporting to TLC general manager Nancy Daniels. Varo Jarrell most recently headed unscripted programming and development for ABC Family.

Fox Names Randy Freer President, COO of Fox Networks Group
Randy Freer
, previously co-president and chief operating officer of the Fox Sports Media Group, has been elevated to president and chief operating officer of Fox Networks Group, where he will have oversight of not only Fox Sports, but also Fox Broadcasting Company, FX Networks, Fox International Channels and National Geographic Channels.

Zodiak Rights Hires Caroline Torrance To Head International Scripted
Zodiak Rights
, the international distribution arm of Zodiak Media, has named Caroline Torrance as its new Head of International Scripted. Torrance will run the scripted sales team in Paris and work with in-house and external producers on developing drama and comedy co-productions.

Hackner Named EVP Of Daytime And Syndicated Programming at ABC Entertainment Group
Lisa Hackner
has been named executive VP of daytime and syndicated programming at ABC Entertainment Group, overseeing first-run development and production. Vicki Dummer remains executive VP, ABC Entertainment Group, overseeing all of the network’s scripted programming, including General Hospital.


Filling a ‘Void’: How TV Is Taking Aim at Young Hispanics
, which launched Monday, and El Rey are among new cable channels targeting Hispanic Millennials with programming in English that plays to their culture, lifestyle and sense of humor.

Nielsen Taking Next Big Step to Incorporate Mobile-Device Viewing Into TV Ratings
will be sending software kits that will enable clients to incorporate mobile-TV viewing into its ratings in mid-November, the company said on Sunday night. The announcement solidifies the company’s plans to include mobile numbers into its traditional ratings measurement beginning with the 2014-2015 season.

How Much Are These 91 TV Shows Worth To Advertisers?
With the television business experiencing seismic disruptions, Ad Age’s annual survey of what 30-second commercials cost on all of the network shows reveals a fascinating hierarchy.