Afternoon News Update for Tuesday, 10/29/13.


Fox Buys Conspiracy Thriller From Drew Chapman, Drama From Michael Horowitz
TV and film writer Drew (formerly Andrew) Chapman is set to adapt his upcoming first novel,The Ascendant, as a drama series for Fox through 20th Century Fox TV. The Ascendant is described as a modern, subversive take on the white-knuckle thriller, which centers on 26 year-old NY City bond trader Garrett Reilly, a financial wunderkind who recognizes a huge U.S. Treasury bond sell-off and an opportunity to become incredibly rich but stumbles upon something much larger—and scarier— the first attack in a covert war of unthinkable proportions.

Lithium is another hourlong Fox project from 20th TV. Written/executive produced by Michael Horowitz (Burn Notice) and executive produced by Richard Shepard and Bryan and Sean Furst through their 20th TV-based Olé, the project was pitched to Fox last month and then laid off at 20th. It centers on three friends who find their up-and-coming battery start-up threatened by a lack of lithium and decide to use unconventional techniques to solve their problem in Bolivia, leading them into even more trouble.

NBC Adapting Harlen Coben’s ‘Gone For Good’ With Alexandra Cunningham, Film 44
Alexandra Cunningham is reuniting with Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey’s Film 44 for an NBC drama project through Universal TV, where Cunningham and Film 44 are under deals. The network is developing Gone For Good, an hourlong project based on Harlen Coben’s best-selling thriller. Written by Cunningham, the drama centers on Will Klein, whose endless search for his missing and allegedly murderous brother, Ken, is filled with so many twists and turns it leaves him doubting the actions of everybody he’s ever loved.

Michael London Signs First Look Deal With Fox 21
Michael London’s
banner Groundswell Prods. has inked a first look deal with Fox 21. Deal calls for London to develop and produce cable projects exclusively for the studio with Groundswell’s prez of production Janice Williams and director of development Shary Shirazi.

Morris Chestnut Joins TNT’s New Spy Drama Legends as Rival to Sean Bean
Morris Chestnut
(V, Nurse Jackie) is joining the cast of Legends, TNT’s forthcoming spy drama from Homeland EP Howard Gordon. Chestnut will play the series-regular role of Antonio “Tony” Cimarro, Martin’s less-experienced colleague and rival.


CBS News In Early Stages of Preparing Streaming-Video News Service
CBS News
is developing a news service that would put content from the unit’s various journalists on a range of non-traditional video venues, according to a person familiar with the company’s plans.


NYC TV Week: Nothing Still Replaces a Big, Fat Network Hit
Despite all the increased competition that broadcast networks are facing from the likes of cable and online platforms such as Netflix and Hulu, Patrick Moran, executive VP of ABC Studios, still remains bullish on broadcast television. "Nothing still replaces a big, fat network hit," said Moran, during the State of Network TV panel Tuesday at TV Summit during NewBay Media’s NYC Television Week. "I think it’s going to be awhile before those things start to disappear."


Delayed Viewing Creating Ad Revenue Opportunities
Once deemed a threat to television advertising, delayed viewing is becoming creating opportunities for broadcast networks to generate revenue as more programs appear on video on demand and the Internet. Delayed viewing now accounts for about a third of all viewing of network programming. And that delayed viewers bring in a younger audience—17 years on average.

Facebook researchers are trying to predict when you and your spouse will break up
A Cornell professor and a senior Facebook engineer are claiming to have developed a Facebook algorithm that can accurately identify who you’re dating and, especially for new relationships, whether you’re in danger of breaking up. The algorithm depends on a new metric the researchers are calling "disperson," which looks at connections between people who have different sets of friends. High dispersion also seems to be correlated with longer relationships. The study found that couples were 50 percent more likely to break up in the next two months if the dispersion algorithm failed to guess that they were dating.