Afternoon News Update for Monday, 11/11/13.


‘Everest’ Event Series From Jeffrey Lieber & Alcon Entertainment Set At Fox
In a competitive situation, Fox has landed Everest, a 10-part event series from Alcon Entertainment. There is a multiple script order for the project, which is in the process of setting up a writers room. Created by Jeffrey Lieber and produced by Alcon and FX Prods., Everest, which is being pitched as renewable limited series that can have followup cycles, is described as a suspenseful, action-packed drama that centers around a group of hikers on an expedition to conquer Mt. Everest. Secrets are revealed and the truth about their motives are uncovered as the group struggles to survive on the world’s highest peak.

HBO To Explore Black Hollywood With Docu-Style Comedy From Salim Akil
has teamed with film and TV director and showrunner Salim Akil for Mr. Director, a single-camera comedy project Akil is set to write, produce and direct. Mr. Director, now in development, is envisioned as being in the vein of Larry David’s documentary-style HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm but with the backdrop of Black Hollywood. Like David, Akil will play a version of himself in Mr. Director, which will explore the life and times of Salim in the business and highlights the outrageous, circuitous path taken to become one of Hollywood’s Top 50 showrunner/directors.

The CW Hands Full Seasons to ‘Originals,’ ‘Tomorrow People,’ ‘Reign’
The CW’s crop of freshman dramas have all received back-nine orders, the network announced today, taking the episode counts for “The Originals,” “Tomorrow People” and “Reign” to 22.

Abby Elliott, Dan Fogler Join TBS’ Living the Dream Comedy Pilot
Abby Elliott
andDan Foglerhave landed co-starring roles in TBS’ comedy pilot Living the Dream. The project, which hails from Conan O’Brien’s production company, is a post-recession half-hour about charismatic twenty-something Connor Logan and his best friends, who reinvigorate a town on the verge of losing its identity by acquiring and re-opening the local brewery. Josh Heald will pen the pilot and serve as co-executive producer.

(ratings) ‘Killing Kennedy’ Gets Record Viewers for National Geographic Channel
Killing Kennedy” brought in the highest total viewership in National Geographic Channel’s history, earning 3.4 million total viewers. The TV movie earned a 2.8 household rating — the second highest in network history.

Soaps Dish: All My Children, SOAPnet Scrubbed
In news that may only surprise those who still believe in the Pennsylvania Ocean, the online reincarnation of All My Children won’t live to see another day. Also this past weekend, it was announced to the Los Angeles Times that SOAPnet — which launched 14 years ago and once upon a time was quite a boon to daytime-TV fans — would be going 100-percent dark at year’s end.


‘House of Cards’ Writer to Adapt E-Book ‘CyberStorm’ for Fox, Chernin
House of Cards” writer Bill Kennedy is in final negotiations to adapt Matthew Mather’s self-published e-book “Cyberstorm” for 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment. Story follows an average New Yorker struggling to keep his family together as an increasingly bizarre series of disasters occur around the world. As society comes crashing down both online and off, a massive snowstorm cuts New York off from the rest of the world, turning the Big Apple into a place where nothing is what it seems and no one can be trusted.

Loki Is The Only Good Villain In Marvel Movies—And That’s A Big Problem
Loki is the best antagonist the Marvel Cinematic Universe has by far. He’s also the only antagonist who’s worth a damn. And that’s going to be a problem if it doesn’t change.

Study Shows PG-13 Movies More Violent Than R
Researchers from Ohio State University and Annenberg Public Policy Center are set to publish a study in the December edition of Pediatrics that focuses on the increased gun violence in movies, especially those rated PG-13. They found that gun violence in PG-13 movies has more than tripled since the rating was introduced in 1985, to a point that it’s more prevalent there than in R-rated movies.


‘@midnight’ opens a new frontier for Comedy Central
Comedy Central
has been doing quite well for itself for awhile now in late night with the one-two punch of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. But increasingly, it looks as if Chris Hardwick might be part of that regular lineup, based on the straight out of the gate success of "@midnight." A blend of panel talk show and game show, Hardwick hosts three comedians each night who compete for points by riffing on the most interesting Internet finds of the day. The points are assigned somewhat arbitrarily by Hardwick, but the intent is to generate as many laughs as quickly as possible, with the conventions of Twitter being one of the show’s guiding forces.,0,1659998.story

(scheduling) ABC Sets Return of ‘What Would You Do?’ for December
has slotted hidden-camera series “What Would You Do?” to fill the 10 p.m. Tuesday hour, starting Dec. 3, according to the net’s website.


Lena Dunham Hilariously, Candidly Interviews Mindy Kaling
: What do you think is the power of TV, and why do you love it?

Kaling: The serialized nature of TV breeds anticipation, and anticipation breeds a kind of loyalty and excitement in viewers that I love. I watched The X-Files every week when I was a teenager and I was as devoted to it as I was to a boy I had a crush on. Watching it was one of the coziest hours of life. When Conan started at Late Night, I loved him like he was a movie star – but unlike with a movie star, I was rewarded with him every night of the week! Movies can’t do that. Being on TV builds a relationship with the viewer, and I feel really lucky to have that.

(books) (q&a) Lizzie Skurnick is bringing neglected young adult classics back to life
Lizzie Skurnick knows YA (young adult) literature. In addition to having written fiction for the popular Sweet Valley High, Alias, and Love Stories series of books, Skurnick was the author of the popular Jezebel column “Fine Lines.” She launched her own publishing imprint – Lizzie Skurnick Books – this past fall to bring out-of-print young adult fiction back to book shelves. The books are released monthly, and the first two books in the series, Lois Duncan’s Debutante Hill and Ellen Conford’s To All My Fans, With Love, From Sylvie, are both highly readable, enjoyable fiction for the early teen range of readers.


ABC Lowers Age Requirement for Digital Talent Search
After a first run this summer, ABC is starting up the second installment of its Make Me a Star contest, a digital initiative in which actors submit videos online for the chance to win talent holding deals with the net. The Alphabet has also expanded the search to include younger actors: The minimum age for contestants is now 13 as opposed to the previous 18. Competition, run by ABC’s casting department, began its submission period today. Actors will be able to submit their auditions through Nov. 29. Winners will be announced Jan. 31.


MovieMaker: The Coolest Film Festivals: Comedy & Short Film
Top Five Coolest Short Film Festivals:

DC Shorts Film Festival, Washington, D.C. / Mid to Late September 2014

Couch Fest Films, Alternative Locations Across the US / 2014

Miami Short Film Festival, Miami, FL / November 8-15, 2013

Reykjavik Shorts and Docs, Reykjavik, Iceland / 2014

The Smalls Film Festival, London, England / Early September 2014

Top Five Coolest Comedy Film Festivals:

L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA / May 8-11, 2014

Laugh Out Loud Short Film Festival, Various locations throughout Australia, the Netherlands, and United States

Bonebat Comedy of Horrors Film Festival, Seattle, WA / Mid-April 2014

Hell Yes Fest, New Orleans, LA / November 12-18, 2013, Austin, TX / April 2014

Wet Your Pants Comedy Film Festival, Indianapolis, IN / Late April 2014

LAT: Marvel’s Netflix series: Nine heroes who deserve their own shows
Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist are coming to the small screen thanks to a new deal between Marvel TV and Netflix. Hero Complex offers up suggestions for eight potential series under the new Marvel-Netflix arrangement. Captain Marvel, Moon Knight, Morbius the Living Vampire, Shang-Chi, Hawkeye, Misty Knight and Colleen Wing, Doctor Strange, Loki.

The Psychology of Giant Princess Eyes
There’s some research behind why the princess formula is so effective: Enlarged eyes, tiny chins, and short noses make them look more like babies, which creates an air of innocence and vulnerability. There’s evidence that adults who have such "babyfacedness" characteristics are seen as less smart, more congenial, and less likely to be guilty of crimes.

Amazon Convinces U.S. Postal Service to Start Making Sunday Deliveries
It turns out that not only is the U.S. Postal Service delivering on Saturdays, but, under a new deal with Amazon, they will be making some deliveries on Sundays, as well. Announced, fittingly, on Sunday evening, Amazon said that Prime customers in New York and Los Angeles can now get packages delivered via the local postman on Sundays. Amazon said the service will expand to “a large portion of the U.S. population” next year, including those in Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and Phoenix, among other cities.