Morning News Update for Tuesday, 11/5/13.


ABC Buys Crime Drama From Patricia Cornwell, Matt Gross & Stephanie Sengupta
has put in development Greta Stone, a drama project based on an original idea by Patricia Cornwell. Co-written by Cornwell and Law & Order alumna Stephanie Sengupta, Greta Stone centers on a young, orphaned, highly skilled female cop who is has an uncanny ability to solve crime. Cornwell and Sengupta executive produce with Matt Gross.ABC Studios and Gross’ studio-based Gross Entertainment are producing.

The CW Clocks in With DC Comics’ Hourman
The CW is looking to add another DC Comics character to its stable of superheroes. Hourmancenters on a "brilliant yet troubled" pharmaceutical analyst who discovers that he can see glimpses of tragic events about to occur one hour into the future. "Determined to win back his ex-wife and son, he heroically prevents these tragedies from unfolding, finding both purpose and redemption along the way," the network says. Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz will executive produce through their Lin Pictures production company at Warner Bros. TV. Michael Caleo will write the script.

Starz Developing Half-Hour Scripted Dramedy Series ‘Heartbeats’
has put into development a new half-hour scripted dramedy, “Heartbeats,” from Hypnotic’s Doug Liman and Dave Bartis, Universal Cable Productions (UCP) and writers Ben York Jones and Michael Mohan. “Heartbeats” is an intimate glimpse into the constantly intersecting and diverging lives of Bobby and Kristen; two down-to-Earth individuals who would be perfect for each other, if only they had met at a different time. “Heartbeats” will explore their story with an episode format that focuses alternatingly on Bobby and Kristen.

History To Remake Iconic ‘Roots’ Miniseries
is taking on one of most celebrated TV programs of all time, blockbuster 1977 miniseries Roots. The cable network is planning a new eight-hour Roots miniseries after acquiring rights to the 12-hour original from Mark Wolper, son of Roots executive producer, the late David L. Wolper, and to the book the mini was based on, Roots: The Saga Of An American Family, from the estate of author Alex Haley. The network is about to start discussions with writers for the project, which will draw both on the book and the original mini from a contemporary perspective.

Lifetime Greenlights Television Adaptation of Tony-Nominated ‘The Trip to Bountiful’ With Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams
This year’s Tony Award nominated Broadway revival hit The Trip to Bountiful is currently in production in Atlanta for a television adaptation to premiere on Lifetime in 2014. The film stars original cast members Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams, who are joined by Blair Underwood alongside Keke Palmer. The Trip to Bountiful, the inspiring story of one woman’s quest to reconnect with her past in order to ensure her family’s future, is the best known work by author Horton Foote. Set during the final years of the Jim Crow South, The Trip to Bountiful is a courageous and moving story of liberation, as well as a humor-filled celebration of the human spirit.

Ryan Murphy Developing ‘Glee’ Spinoff Show For Lea Michele
Glee creator Ryan Murphy is developing a spinoff series starring Lea Michele. “This will be announced soon,” an insider close to the situation revealed. “They’re making the deals now and it also presents a viable exit plan for the main Glee series itself — in that some of its core cast would also migrate to the Lea Michele project as Glee is showing signs of aging.”

NBC’s ‘Sean Saves the World’ Gets Extra Script Orders
The Thursday night comedy starring Sean Hayes has been picked up for four additional scripts.

Jason O’Mara to Star in USA Network’s Matt Nix Pilot
The "Vegas" and "Terra Nova" alum will play an ER doctor in the Fox Television Studios pilot "Complications." Nix’s Complications tells the story of a disillusioned suburban ER Dr. John Ellis (O’Mara) whose life changes after he’s involved in a gang shooting when he’s forced to explore how active a doctor can be in treating the cause of his patients’ medical problems.

Gael García Bernal To Star In Amazon Pilot ‘Mozart In The Jungle’; Will Yun Lee Joins USA’s ‘Novice’
Amazon Studios
continues to attract big names for its pilots. Feature actorGael García Bernal has been tapped for the streaming service’s comedy pilotMozart In The Jungle, written by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers. Based on the memoir by Blair Tindal, the project is all about sex, drugs and classical music and shows that what happens behind the curtains at the symphony can be just as captivating as what happens onstage. Mexico-born Garcia Bernal will play Gustavo, an enfant terrible who’s utterly devoted to his art as a conductor — but also to his image.

Will Yun Lee is set to co-star opposite Shane Coffey in USA’s drama pilot The Novice, from Fox 21, Joe and Tony Gayton. It centers on Kyle (Coffey), a recent college graduate who is forced to move back home with his parents and soon lands a position with a Korean crime organization. Lee will play Big Bang, a thug with a lot of anger issues who is a major player in the Korean syndicate.

(opinion) CBS: ‘Mom’ Is Likely To Be Renewed
While the situation with the three remaining CBS rookie sitcoms remains fluid, the recent ratings for Mom put it within the range that indicates likely renewal (believe it or not, such is the state of CBS scripted ratings), and so the Cancellation Bear is moving his current prediction for the show up a notch to "likely to be renewed".

(opinion) FOX: ‘Bones’ Is Certain To Be Renewed, The Move To Friday Shouldn’t Worry Fans
The move to Friday isn’t an indication of the "death" of the show, nor is Fox trying to "kill" the show. Fox simply needs a timeslot for Almost Human. By far, their best night for that is Monday.

(opinion) NBC: ‘The Michael J Fox Show’ Is Likely To Be Canceled
NBC demonstrated that they’re not reluctant to sweep out an entire class of rookie sitcoms. Now the Cancellation Bear is predicting they’ll do it again this season (at least for the sitcoms premiered so far this Fall). Welcome to the Family has already been devoured by the bear, and Sean Saves The World is certain to be. Now the bear’s moving The Michael J Fox Show to "likely to be canceled" as well.

(opinion) CW: Will More Than ‘Beauty & The Beast’ & ‘The Carrie Diaries’ Be Canceled From The Fall Line Up?
The bear is reluctant to predict that more than two Fall airing dramas will be canceled by the CW. Given that their current ratings are so much lower than the rest of the lineup, those two right now are clearly The Carrie Diaries and Beauty & The Beast. That could change. Stay tuned.

Buzfeed: 9 Reasons Why "Trophy Wife" Is Amazing
ABC’s quirky blended family comedy — the one that isn’t Modern Family — has quickly become a bright spot in an otherwise largely dull season of television. Make no mistake: You should be watching ABC’s Trophy Wife. Created by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, this witty show — which was picked up last week for a full season of 22 episodes — might just be the best new comedy of the 2013-14 season. Trophy Wife could be a predictable, comedy-by-the-numbers affair; instead, it’s anything but. It’s a refreshingly charming and mercilessly funny look at modern families that are far more complicated than one might expect. The result is a wickedly funny comedy that ought to be at the top of your DVR season pass.

(review) Variety: ‘Killing Kennedy’
National Geographic Channel’s decision to air “Killing Kennedy” timed to the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination was a no-brainer. That’s also an apt description of this once-over-lightly treatment, which alternates between Kennedy and Oswald with nary a fresh beat, dutifully replicating scenes with all the finesse of reality-show reenactments. Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin lend the project star power as John and Jackie Kennedy, but the overall approach amounts to hair-styling and costume design in search of an actual movie.


EOne TV Acquires Israeli Religion-Themed Drama ‘Reaching For Heaven’; U.S. & UK Versions Planned
picked up the format rights for Reaching For Heaven and is developing two different shows. One will be a UK-based family drama made with Eleven Films. That project is being written by Stewart Harcourt. The other project is U.S.-based and written by Mike Seid. It’s in the final stages of a deal with a premiere cable channel. Both remakes will be one-hour dramas. The original Reaching For Heaven was based on Ora Morag’s novel One Hundred New Apples. It follows the story of a secular Israeli family whose patriarch turns to ultra-Orthodox Judaism. All members of the family do their best to preserve unity, but none are willing to join the father on his new journey to a religious life.


Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award Goes to UCLA Student Rocco Pucillo
Rocco Pucillo
, a student at UCLA, won first prize in the 58th annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards for his screenplay Inspector Sun and the Curse of the Black Widow. The awards were announced Monday evening by Samuel Goldwyn Jr., president of the Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, at a ceremony at UCLA. Second prize was presented to Jared Robbins of UC Riverside for Farang. There was a three-way tie for third prize. The winners were Jeffrey Baker, UCLA, for Dr. Acker’s English Elixir; Sean Harrigan, UC Irvine, for Dust Red; and Turner Hay, UCLA, for Broken Grey.