Evening News Update for Monday, 11/4/13.


FX, ‘Wilfred’s’ Randall Einhorn Adapting Gangster Comedy ‘Texts From Bennett’
Randall Einhorn
is bringing Texts From Bennett to FX. The producer-director, under his overall deal with FX, is developing a comedy based on the best-selling book of the same name by Mac Lethal. The book centers on the peculiar "white ghetto" sensibility of Lethal’s cousin Bennett’s texts. In the FX odd-couple comedy, rapper Mac Lethal has a problem — his cousin Bennett, a 17-year-old white kid who claims to be a 13 percent black Crip who enjoys more than recreational level drug use and can’t keep a job. When Bennett and his pill-popping mother lose their house, Mac offers to let them stay with him and his WASPy girlfriend, Harper, at his suburban home in Kansas City.

Diane English Tapped To Write NBC’s Sophia Grace & Rosie Comedy, Which Has Received Pilot Production Commitment
Murphy Brown creator Diane English has joined NBC’s comedy project starring pint-sized Ellen standouts Sophia Grace and Rosie and produced by Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production and Warner Bros. TV, which actively pursued English. With her on board, the project, originally bought by NBC with a script commitment, has been given a pilot production commitment.

‘American Dad’ Executive Producer/Co-Showrunner Mike Barker Exits
As American Dad is ramping up production on its eleventh season and first on TBS, the animated comedy’s co-creator/executive producer/co-showrunner Mike Barker has stepped down. He remains under an overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV.

Lifetime Casts Trio In Pilot ‘Lottery’, Duo In ‘Deliverance Creek’
Michael Graziadei
, Lesley-Ann Brandt and Louise Lombard have been cast in Lifetime’s dystopian future drama pilot The Lottery, written by Timothy J. Sexton and directed by Danny Cannon.

Wes Ramsey has been cast as the male lead opposite Lauren Ambrose in Lifetime’s backdoor pilot Deliverance Creekfrom Nicholas Sparks Prods and Warner Horizon.

Laura Ramsey, Craig Horner & Sarah Goldberg To Topline VH1 Pilot ‘Hindsight’
Laura Ramsey
, Craig Horner and Sarah Goldberg have been cast in the three lead roles in Hindsight, VH1′s drama pilot written by Emily Fox and directed by Michael Trim.

(scheduling) ABC Announces Holiday Programming Including ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ and ‘The Great Christmas Light Fight’
celebrates the joy of the holidays, including the beloved animated special, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” an all-new Hallmark Hall of Fame film, “Christmas in Conway,” the all-new competition series, “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” and classic, animated Christmas specials from Walt Disney Animation Studios, PEANUTS, DreamWorks Animation and Dr. Seuss, among others.

(ratings) ‘Walking Dead’ Slays NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ Again In Demo
For the second consecutive week AMC’s The Walking Deadhas beaten NBC’s NFL Sunday Night Football in the key 18-49 demo to reign supreme in the ratings. In early numbers, the fourth week of the fourth season of the 9 PM ratings powerhouse pulled in 8.7 million viewers among the 18-49s. SNF drew in 8.1 million adults for the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 victory over the Houston Texans last night.

CW’s Fall Season So Far: What’s Working, What’s Not and Why
Once the home of high school dramas like “90210″ and “Gossip Girl,” The CW has strategically moved in the direction of genre dramas with carryovers like “Beauty and the Beast,” “Arrow” and “Supernatural” joined by freshman series “The Originals,” “The Tomorrow People” and “Reign.” “One of the things that I’ve said, and it’s had an impact from the beginning, is that I wanted to broaden out the programming,” CW president Mark Pedowitz told TheWrap. As a result, the network has been seeing an odd rise in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic.


Ted Sarandos Responds To NATO Beef, Zings Studios: Clinging To Old Models Promotes Piracy
chief content officer Ted Sarandos kicked off his quickfire Bloomberg and Tribeca Film Festival Business of Entertainment breakfast by defending his recent back and forth with theater owners. “I wasn’t calling for day and date with Netflix. I was just calling to move all the windows up to get closer to what the consumer wants,” Sarandos said of his incendiary October 26 speech that riled up theater owners. “I think there’s a better business in giving people what they want than creating artificial distance between the product and the consumer.”

NBC’s Bob Greenblatt On Being Provocative – And Trying To Bring The Network Back
entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt took a trip around the dial of his previous posts, and his current one, at the Innovative TV conference that’s organized here by Israel’s Keshet Media Group. “We’re in the process of trying to figure out what is the next stage of broadcast TV. We compete with cable every day. Network shows have kind of gotten safe and predictable and a little old-fashioned… We have to be provocative and do things to surprise people.” Greenblatt called James Spader series The Blacklist a “hybrid” of the kind of serialized shows that work on cable and the closed-ended franchises that are more familiar to network TV.