Morning News Update for Thursday, 11/7/13.


Netflix Picks Up Four Marvel Live-Action Series & A Mini Featuring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage For 2015 Launch
will provide Netflix with live action series and a miniseries featuring Marvel characters Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage set in the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to at least four, 13-episode series over “multiple years,” beginning in 2015, culminating with a miniseries, The Defenders, that “reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.” The arrangement, which involves some 60 episodes produced by Marvel TV and ABC Studios, grew out of the deal that will give Netflix exclusive rights to Disney films in the premium TV window beginning in 2016.

Baby Boomer TV: ABC Developing Comedy About Guys In Their 60s From Dan Fogelman
ABC is developing an ensemble comedy about people in retirement age, this time on the male side. The project, from The Neighbors creator Dan Fogelman and TheGeorge Lopez Show co-creator Robert Borden, revolves around three long-lost basketball teammates who reconnect in their 60s and discover they still have a lot to learn about love and friendship. Borden is writing and will executive produce with Fogelman through Fogelman’s Rhode Island Ave. Prods and ABC Studios.

Yellow Bird and Lionsgate TV Ready to Headhunt for HBO
has come on board “Headhunters,” a thriller skein which is being developed by Yellow Bird Ent. and Lionsgate Television with ’True Blood” scribe Alexander Woo on board. “Headhunters” is based on the eponymous 2008 book by critically-acclaimed Norwegian crime fiction author Jo Nesbo. Carolyn Strauss, whose credits include “Game of Thrones,” will exec produce. A dark comic thriller, “Headhunters” centered on a corporate headhunter who becomes the hunted when his life and marriage are suddenly targeted by an unknown individual.

New Girl: Coach Is Staying Put!
New Girl has given Coach an extension. Damon Wayans Jr., whose four-episode comeback arc kicked off Tuesday, has closed a deal to stick around for the remainder of the Fox’s comedy’s third season.

The Neighbors: Pop Singer Mark McGrath to Rock ‘n’ Roll With Marty
Neighbors, are you ready to rock?! Sugar Ray frontman and sometime TV host Mark McGrath will play an old bandmate of Marty’s on an upcoming episode of the ABC comedy.


Aussie Drama Wentworth Being Adapted in Germany
has secured the first adaptation agreement for the hit Australian drama Wentworth, which has been commissioned for a ten-episode German version. The series serves as a contemporary reimagining of Prisoner. The series is set in the modern day and centres on Bea Smith’s (Danielle Cormack) early days in prison.


Mickey Mouse Turns 85 With a Disney Channel Tribute and a New (Old!) Short
Those terrific new but vintage-looking Mickey Mouse shorts that are currently airing on Disney Channel have already won three Emmys — what better way to celebrate the little guy’s 85th birthday than with a super-duper extended one? On Monday, Nov. 18 (8/7c) the channel will air Potatoland, a seven-minute cartoon that finds Mickey, Donald and Goofy on a road trip to Idaho to fulfill Goofy’s lifelong dream of visiting what he fondly remembers as Potatoland theme park.

Thor invades Disneyland with new Treasures of Asgard exhibit
Marvel is bringing the magic of Asgard to Disneyland in a new exhibit fit for the gods. Thor: Treasures of Asgard is now open as part of the park’s Innoventions display. The exhibit features “artifacts” from Asgard, including the helmet of Loki, the swords of Heimdall and Lady Sif, the mask of a dark elf and even the book that contains the history of Yggdrisil, the world tree that unites the nine realms of Asgard.


Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2013
PW’s annual list of the best books of the year are in, along with their original review and more. Picks on the list range from Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief and Men We Reaped: A Memoir to Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery and The People in the Trees.

6 Reasons Why Men Should Give Scandal a Shot
According to Nielsen, Scandal’s audience is overwhelmingly female. Like, Lifetime-TV female. Last season, just 26 percent of Scandal viewers ages 18 to 49 were men. That’s even lower than ABC’s other lady-centric dramas, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, and Nashville. But wait, men, don’t walk away! Scandal also has plenty in common with great shows you love, too.