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


CBS Buys Legal Drama Produced By Jon Turteltaub
has put in development Alleged, a drama from CBS TV Studios and Jon Turteltaub’s studio-based Junction Entertainment. Written by playwright/TV writer David Rambo and Pat Gilfillan, the project centers on a defense attorney who takes on the most important case of his life: defending his own brother – a successful surgeon, husband and father of two – who is accused of murdering his wife.

HBO Developing Drama With ’12 Years a Slave’ Director Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen
is turning his attention to TV. The British film director, currently enjoying acclaim and Oscar buzz for 12 Years a Slave, is developing a drama at HBO. McQueen and World War Z scribe Matthew Michael Carnahan are co-writing the project, with McQueen also set to direct should a pilot go into production. The untitled project centers on a young African American man, with a mysterious past, as he experiences life in New York high society.

The Walking Dead Renewed for Season 5, Scott Gimple to Return as Showrunner
AMC has renewed The Walking Dead for a fifth season. Scott Gimple will return as showrunner in Season 5.

John Larroquette joins Fox’s ‘Almost Human’ cast
John Larroquette
is joining the cast of Fox’s Almost Human. The actor best known for his long-running 1980s-90s role on comedy Night Court is coming on board the sci-fi action-drama in a dramatic recurring role. He’ll play “Nigel,” a “genius roboticist who is sympathetic, highly intelligent and a bit broken.”

(opinion) CBS: ‘Hostages’ Is Certain To Be Canceled, But Will It Air All Its Episodes On Monday At 10pm?
is a "limited series" because it has a limited number of episodes (<22) per season. What that means to the Cancellation Bear is that if the series has good ratings it will be renewed next season (like, Sleepy Hollow), and if it has bad ratings (like, Hostages) it won’t return, and CBS PR will spin it as "Hey, it was just a limited series". Since the show is obviously doomed and destined for #bearchow, a more interesting question is whether it will air all its ordered episodes at its original timeslot, or whether it will be moved somewhere else in the calendar (or online).

(opinion) FOX: ‘The Mindy Project’ Now At The Bottom Of Fox’s Sitcom Ratings Heap
The Mindy Project finds itself as a veteran show with ratings lower than all the rookies on the same network (as well as all the other veterans). Mindy is now below the woefully rated and predicted as certain to be canceled, Dads (full season order notwithstanding), and well below the (just moved to) "toss up" Brooklyn 9-9.

(opinion) NBC: ‘Dracula’ Is Likely To Be Renewed
premiered well on Friday. Its 1.8 rating both tied Grimm and was well above every other NBC scripted show that didn’t follow The Voice. Because of that, it’s likely to be renewed. Early predictions have a habit of changing quickly. Stay tuned.

(opinion) CW: ‘The Carrie Diaries’ Is Likely To Be Canceled
The Carrie Diaries
was one of the Cancellation Bear’s notable misses last season. It had woeful ratings, and yet was renewed. The best the bear can guess is that the CW didn’t want to (or couldn’t) premiere more than 3 new shows in the Fall and therefore had to hold over one more show from last season. Regardless of the reason, the show’s woeful premiere ratings this season mark it as likely to be canceled by the end of this season. The bear’s keeping Reign at a "toss up", even after its week two ratings decline.


Marc Klein Set To Script ‘Fairy Tale Wedding’ For Disney, Mandeville
Marc Klein
has been set to writeFairy Tale Wedding, the Disney romantic pic that will be produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman through their Mandeville Films banner. Pic’s in the vein of Enchanted, and is the story of a wedding planner in a fairy tale land, who cannot find love.

DreamWorks Acquires 8th Grader’s Journal On How ’50s Advice Guide Made Her Popular
When eighth grader Maya Van Wagenen found herself struggling to fit in with her new classmates, she followed the seemingly outdated wisdom from a 1950s advice book for help. Not only did Maya crack the code to becoming popular by using ancient tips from Betty Cornell’s Glamour Guide For Teens, she kept a diary. That journal is the basis for a six-figure two book deal with Penguin Group. And now, at the ripe age of 15, Van Wagenen has become the youngest non-actor to ever make a feature deal at DreamWorks. The studio has optioned Popular: One Geek’s Quest For The Impossible, as well as that Betty Cornell book. They’ve set Amy B. Harris to script it into a coming of age feature.

Syfy Films Picks Up Sci-Fi Short ‘Beyond’
Universal Pictures’ Syfy Films division has optioned the rights to the sci-fi short Beyond, with the short’s director on board to produce and helm the big-screen translation. Raphael Rogers wrote, directed and produced Beyond, about a woman who is the last of lineage that possesses the ability to teleport across space and time and uses her powers to explore new planets. Rogers, based in L.A., shot the short on a $1,000 budget, served as cinematographer and editor and was responsible for visual effects.

Summit Sets Cedric Nicolas-Troyan To Helm ‘Highlander’ Feature Reboot
Summit Entertainment
has found a director for its reboot of Highlander, the tale of a sword wielding Scottish immortal Connor MacLeod. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan will make his feature directorial debut after serving as visual effects supervisor and second unit director onSnow White And The Huntsman. Summit is moving ahead with script by Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway that hews close to the 1986 Russell Mulcahy-directed original.


Jonas Brothers Are Officially Over
Nearly three weeks after they canceled their tour at the last minute due to a "deep rift within the band," the Jonas Brothers have officially split, Peoplereports.

(opinion) Hitfix: ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’
Five episodes is a small sample size, and it’s easy to say that most of Whedon’s previous series took a season or more to truly get their bearings. There’s still lots of time for "SHIELD" to course-correct, but as the show pauses this week to rerun its pilot episode, it’s time to look at some of the ways in which the creative team – Joss and Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, not to mention various execs at Marvel, Disney and ABC – went awry when conceiving this show.