Morning News Update for Wednesday, 10/30/13.


Jason Isaacs, Mark Gordon Sell Private Eye Drama to ABC
Mark Gordon and Jason Isaacs are teaming for a private eye drama at ABC. In another competitive situation, the network has doled out a script commitment with penalty for their untitled contemporary effort. It’s being billed as an hour-long character driven-drama about a former LAPD homicide detective whose disabling injury gives him a powerful new ability to solve difficult cases. The drama project is being developed for Isaacs, a Golden Globe nominee, with Stephen Chin on board to write it. The former Awake star was integral in the development and sale of the ABC Studios project and will serve as a producer working closely with The Mark Gordon Company.

Donna Tartt’s Novel ‘The Goldfinch’ Shopped as Miniseries
Donna Tartt is the Brigadoon of best-selling authors. She appears out of the mist once every 10 years to deliver a novel that tops sales charts and piques Hollywood’s interest, only to disappear again into the ether. Tartt, 49, has never had one of her books adapted for film or TV. But with the arrival of The Goldfinch — a Dickensian adventure about a boy who loses his mother in a museum bombing, steals a painting and then spends his adulthood trying to unravel a mystery — that soon could change. Tartt’s representatives are shopping the novel to networks and studios as a potential miniseries, which could better capture her dense and intricately plotted story.

The CW Sets Drama Adaptation Of Sara Shepard’s Book Series ‘The Perfectionists’
Sara Shepard’s new book series, The Perfectionists, is headed to the CW as a drama series project from Alloy Entertainment and Warner Bros. TV. Written/executive produced by Arika Lisanne Mittman (Dexter) and exec produced by Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein and Cheryl Dolins, The Perfectionists is a murder mystery drama.

Adult Swim Orders ‘Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories’ Live-Action Anthology Series
Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, the comedy duo known as Tim & Eric, have landed their third series on Adult Swim. The network has greenlighted Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories, a new live-action quarter hour dark comedy anthology series written and directed by Heidecker and Wareheim, where episodes delve into fantasy and the unknown with the aid of celebrity guest stars.

TNT’s ‘Falling Skies’ & ‘Dallas’ Add Regulars
Scarlett Byrne has joined the cast of TNT‘s alien drama Falling Skies as a new series regular. She plays a mysterious young woman with special powers and an unusual connection to the alien invaders.

Juan Pablo di Pace has joined TNT‘s soapy drama Dallas as new regular. He will play Nicolas Treviño, a powerful self-made billionaire businessman who comes across as a good, genuine guy, even though there are darker parts of his personality which he’s hiding.

Comedy Central’s ‘Brickleberry’ Renewed For Third Season
Comedy Central has picked up sophomore animated comedy Brickleberry for a 13-episode third season to premiere in 2014.

WE tv Builds Scripted Division, Appoints Cheryl Bloch Senior Vice President
Though WE tv is currently known for femme-forward reality fare, the AMC Networks cabler has major plans of expanding into scripted programming, and has appointed a new exec to lead the charge. Cheryl Bloch has been named senior vice prez of scripted programming, WE tv announced today. She will report to the net’s recently hired prez Marc Juris, and be based in AMC Networks’ Santa Monica office.

Daniel Dae Kim Inks Overall Deal With CBS Television Studios
The “Hawaii Five-0” star will develop new projects for the studio under the two-year pact.


(review) Variety: Showtime’s ‘Time of Death’
People die in TV and movies all the time, but understandably, drama seldom dwells on the actual moment. Perhaps that’s why Showtime describes “Time of Death” as a “brave new documentary series,” focusing as it does on end-of-life matters, in a format sure to yield lumps in the throat and inspire reflection about fragile mortality, but which as realized doesn’t fully deliver on its promise. Part of that shortcoming relates to the structure, which deals with one story unfolding across all six hours, with a self-contained “B” player in each.

A&E’s New Reality Series ‘Rodeo Girls’ to Premiere December 15
A&E Network has brought in its newest original series “Rodeo Girls” from The Weinstein Company and Left/Right. The six-episode series follows five female barrel racers as they pack up their lives and their horses, to test their skills at rodeos across the country. Aspiring to keep their relationships and riding in check while they’re on the road, these ladies work hard, ride fast and play rough.


Microsoft Studios signs up UK chat show host as exec producer
British chat show host Jonathan Ross has joined Microsoft Studios as an executive producer. Microsoft has signed with the interactive arm of Ross’ Hotsauce production company, which develops apps and games. The deal will Ross, famed for his BBC and ITV chat shows, consult on IP development across a number of platforms, including TV.


Kerry Washington Is Pregnant
Kerry Washington is reportedly pregnant, according to Us Weekly. Washington, 36, is said to be about four months along. The Scandal actress surprised her friends and co-workers over the summer when she married NFL player Nmandi Asomugha in Idaho. The two had kept their romance out of the spotlight.


The Caribbean Targets a New Kind of Tourist: Film, TV Productions
At least nine film commissioners from key Caribbean nations, including Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago, are teaming up to create an association to represent this multilingual region. The Dominican Republic currently offers 25% transferable tax credits on local spending for features, TV and music videos with a minimum spend of $500,000. The opening of Pinewood Indomina studios’ 60,500-sq.-ft. horizon water tank and initial three soundstages in the country are also a boon.

USC study: Minorities still under-represented in popular films
A study from USC’s Annenberg School looks at 500 films from 2007-2012 and finds characters don’t mirror the audiences. Popular films still under-represent minority characters and directors, and reflect certain biases in their portrayals, according to a study being released Wednesday by USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.,0,558698.story