Afternoon News Update for Thursday, 10/31/13.


NBC Hands Series Order to Tina Fey- Penned Comedy Starring Office‘s Ellie Kemper
NBC has given a 13-episode straight-to-series order to a new half-hour comedy series created by Fey and her 30 Rock collaborator Robert Carlock and starring Office alum Ellie Kemper. Tentatively titled Tooken, the single-camera comedy — set to premiere in Fall 2014 — centers on a woman (Kemper) who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City. Fey and Carlock penned the pilot script and will serve as EPs alongside fellow Rocker David Miner.

Amazon Announces Drama Pilots ‘Bosch’ & ‘The After’
Bosch, based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling Harry Bosch book series, and Chris Carter’s The Afterrepresent the streaming service’s firstever drama pilots. The completed pilots will join Amazon’s recently ordered comedy pilots, all of which will be made available on Amazon Instant Video for viewer feedback in early 2014.

Bosch: Written by Eric Overmyer and Michael Connelly, Bosch follows a relentless LAPD homicide detective as he pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected serial killer in cold blood. Bosch will be played by Titus Welliver (Argo, The Good Wife) and the pilot will also star Annie Wersching, Amy Price-Francis and Jamie Hector. Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment (The Killing) is producing and Jim McKay will direct.

The After: Written and directed by Emmy-nominee Chris Carter, executive produced by Marc Rosen of Georgeville Television and produced by Gabe Rotter, The After follows eight strangers who are thrown together by mysterious forces and must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation. Sharon Lawrence, Jamie Kennedy, Aldis Hodge, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Adrian Pasdar and Louise Monot will star.

Comedian Moshe Kasher To Create & Star In Autobiographical Half-Hour For Showtime
has put in development a dark comedy project created by and starring Moshe Kasher, from 3 Arts Entertainment and Matt Tolmach Prods. Based on the comedian’s stand-up and his 2012 memoir, Kasher In The Rye: The True Tale Of A White Boy From Oakland Who Became A Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient … And Then Turned Sixteen, the project chronicles Kasher’s teenage years in Oakland in the 1990s and his deaf mother’s struggles to raise him.

NBC Adapting New Chelsea Cain Book Series With Matt Lopez & Sara Colleton
has put in development One Kick, a drama based on the upcoming book series by Chelsea Cain. Matt Lopez will write the adaptation and will executive produce with Sara Colleton.One Kick tells the story of Kick Lannigan, who made national news as a child after being abducted, and later rescued, in an Elizabeth Smart-type kidnapping. Determined to never fall victim again, Kick has trained herself in martial arts and firearms. She finds her calling when a mysterious billionaire offers her the resources and high-tech tools she needs to hunt down predators and rescue other abductees.

Starz Developing Ronald Reagan-Era Drama With Owen Wilson & Rene Balcer
has put into development hourlong scripted drama WonderWorld, from Owen Wilson, Rene Balcer, Fred Berner, and Regina Lee. Set in Ronald Reagan’s America and inspired by one of the biggest undercover operations in FBI history, WonderWorld follows two straight-arrow FBI agents as they infiltrate the violent Mob-controlled porn industry of the 1980s, with dire consequences for themselves and their families. Wilson is executive producing. Emmy winner Rene Balcer will be writer and showrunner and will executive produce alongside Wilson and Berner, with Lee serving as a producer.

‘Under the Dome’s’ Neal Baer, ‘Warehouse 13′ Duo Set CW Drama
A series of pulp fiction novels are the unlikely inspiration for an untitled supernatural drama project at the CW from scribes Ben Raab and Deric Hughes and Neal Baer. The project is also bringing Dawn Ostroff back to the network she once ran, this time as a producer through Conde Nast Entertainment. The project is inspired by a series of dime novels published by the fiction factory Street and Smith, which got its start in the mid-1800s. Pilot script revolves around a young woman who can change her appearance at will as a result of genetic bio-hacking. CBS TV Studios is producing.

ABC Developing Drama About Yale’s Skull And Bones Secret Society
Yale’s famous Skull And Bones secret society is the subject ofThe Order, an ABC drama project based on Alexandra Robbins’ nonfiction book The Secrets Of The Tomb: Skull And Bones, The Ivy League And The Hidden Paths Of Power. Written by Dean Widenmann, the serialized drama follows two timelines: a young woman at Yale, 10 years ago, tapped as a member of an ultra-prestigious secret society, and the same woman in present day as a respected FBI agent and in the midst of the biggest case of her life, which she discovers is linked to her past in the secret society.

Limp Bizkit Rocker Fred Durst Developing Drama at The CW
The CW is developing a one-hour drama project with the Limp Bizkit frontman based on his life. The Noise, created by Fred Durst, chronicles the rise of a young artist in the 1990s who escapes a tumultuous home life and forms a wildly popular band with a unique sound. Durst, of course, hit it big with his rap metal band Limp Bizkit. Durst is a co-executive producer on the script, while Miles Feld is writing. Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum are executive producers, through CBS TV Studios.

USA Drama Pilot ‘The Novice’ Casts Its Lead
Shane Coffey
has landed the lead in USA Network’s recently greenlighted drama pilotThe Novice, from Fox 21. Written by Joe and Tony Gayton, The Novice centers on Kyle (Coffey), a charming and highly intelligent recent college graduate who is forced to move back home with his parents and siblings when his job search stalls. However, after a strange quirk of fate proves oddly fortuitous, he lands a position with a Korean crime organization.

‘The Glades’ Matt Passmore Set As The Lead In USA’s Sean Jablonski Pilot
The Glades star Matt Passmore is set as the lead of another potential basic cable drama series. Passmore will topline USA Network’s untitled Sean Jablonski pilot, which centers on Neil Truman (Passmore), an investment banker who attempts to satisfy his married midlife crisis by quitting his job and redefining himself and his relationships.

(ratings) What Comedies Will ABC Pick Up?
is nearing a decision on which freshman comedies to pick up for the rest of the season. On Tuesday, The Goldbergs (1.7) and Trophy Wife (1.4) also held steady week to week, so all four newbies are in a similar ratings territory. The Goldbergs pretty much sealed its pickup this week by staying even week to week despite its lead-in, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., airing a repeat. While the lowest rated among the four,Trophy Wife is the only one without an established lead-in, the only one owned by ABC, and it has a lot of support at the network. It also has been airing with virtually no marketing support.Back In The Game has shown solid lead-in retention and viewership numbers and has James Caan, while Super Fun Night boasts Rebel Wilson.

(scheduling) ‘Cougar Town’ season 5 gets a premiere date: Watch the first promo!
Get ready to welcome back the Cul-de-Sac Crew: Cougar Town‘s upcoming fifth season finally has a premiere date! That would be Jan. 7 at 10 p.m. ET on TBS.

(scheduling) New Comedy Series ‘Getting On’ to Premiere Sunday, November 24 on HBO
, based on the BBC series of the same name, begins its six-episode season SUNDAY, NOV. 24 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Created for American television by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer (co-creators of the acclaimed HBO series “Big Love”), the show follows the daily lives of overworked nurses and doctors as they struggle with the darkly comic realities of tending compassionately to their aging charges in a rundown, red-tape-filled hospital extended-care wing, blending outrageous humor with unexpected moments of tenderness.

(review) New Yorker: Must-See Creepy French TV
Starting tonight, Sundance is airing “The Returned,” a French series that manages to be spooky, sad, and sexy—an elegant Halloween treat. “The Returned” is very, very French: its appeal is cerebral and moody and more about atmosphere than shocking plot twists (although there are several of those, as well as a few genuine creepouts and some seriously frightening child actors). The show has hints of “Top of the Lake” and the BBC’s wonderful season-long mystery “Broadchurch,” both in its themes (grief and guilt) and its pacing. Am I being vague enough? I hope it’s possible simply to hint at what’s going on and still get across how pleasurable the series is.


‘Sopranos’ Creator David Chase Sells ‘Little Black Dress’ Spec To Paramount
In a big spec deal, Paramount Pictures has acquired Little Black Dress, a script by The Sopranos creator David Chase that will be fast-tracked to be the next film Chase directs. I’m told that this is a character-driven film about a twentysomething female war veteran who comes back from Afghanistan grappling with a disability. While working a potentially lethal investigation at a post-war job, she gets involved with a superstitious NYPD detective who helps bring her back from a personal precipice.


Warner Bros Talk Show ‘The Real’ To Launch In Fall 2014 On Fox Stations & BET
Warner Bros TV Distribution/Telepictures’
syndicated daytime panel talk show The Real will get a nationwide rollout next fall with the Fox TV Stations as a launch group. Additionally, the show, hosted by Tamera Mowry-Housley, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai and executive produced by Sally Ann Salsano (Jersey Shore), will get a second window on BET following the model of The Wendy Williams Show, which also airs on the Fox stations. Across all seven markets in which it aired, The Real, considered a younger, ethnic take onThe View, improved at least +2 share points over its lead-in among all women demos.


Production Begins on Remake of BBC Comedy
Production has kicked off on Sensitive Skin, a new original comedy series based on the BBC show of the same name, set to premiere on The Movie Network in Eastern Canada and Movie Central in Western Canada. Starring Kim Cattrall and Don McKellar, Sensitive Skin centers on a married couple in their fifties.


Ellen Barkin, Connie Britton Among NY Women in Film and Television’s 2013 Honorees
Ellen Barkin, Connie Britton, Robin Wright, Sonia Manzano and Frances Berwick have been named the recipients of the annual Muse Awards from New York Women in Film and Television. NYWIFT, a Gotham-based association for women in the industry, presents its annual Muse kudos to femmes of outstanding vision and achievement in the media biz. The 2013 Muse Awards lunch is set for Dec. 12 at the New York Hilton in midtown Manhattan.


California Lawmaker Took Payments for Pushing Expanded Production Tax Credit
Al Jazeera America
reported on Wednesday that California State Sen. Ron Calderon, one of the key champions of the film production incentive program, was the target of an FBI sting operation in which undercover agents posed as an independent movie executives who provided payments to his family in exchange for the lawmaker lowering the budget threshold for movies eligible for the credit.

FAA officially approves using electronics during all phases of flight
The FAA is officially allowing the use of some electronics during takeoff and landing, not just while in the air. In a statement, the agency said it was immediately providing guidance to airlines that would let them integrate the new rules. Airlines will need to submit a plan to manage electronics use, including outlines for new flight attendant training. Once these plans are approved, passengers will no longer be asked to "set all switches to the ‘off’ position’" before takeoff.

Witches are one way to ‘safely’ present strong female characters
Even taking into account the increasing preponderance of supernatural beasties, 2013 is most certainly the Year of the Witch. From starring roles ("American Horror Story: Coven," "Witches of East End") to supporting ("Sleepy Hollow," "The Originals"), a host of new witches have joined their already-established sisters ("Grimm," "Once Upon a Time," "True Blood," "The Vampire Diaries," "Supernatural") to perform acts of good and evil while exploring, with varying degrees of seriousness, the power of the feminine. Their appearance also illuminates an industry that recognizes the need for strong female characters but still doesn’t quite know how to fill it without the aid of medieval courts or supernatural powers.,0,1405143.column