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


Robert Kirkman’s Exorcism Drama ‘Outcast’ Lands at Cinemax
has landed Outcast, a drama based on Robert Kirkman’s upcoming Image/Skybound comic of the same name. The cable network has given a script commitment with large penalty to the project. The comic and potential series centers on Kyle Barnes, who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a spiritual journey to find answers, but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it. Kirkman will pen the script and executive produce alongside Circle of Confusion’s David Alpert (The Walking Dead). The drama, which was first announced in March, hails from Fox International Channels.

(from Fri) ‘Zach Stone’ Creator Sells Family Comedy to CBS
The network has picked up a script for an untitled comedy from Dan Lagana. The project centers on a newly married couple who navigates the changes in their relationship and the chaos in their household as they raise a toddler and a teenager at the same time. Lagana will pen the script and executive produce the CBS Television Studios entry alongside Eric and Kim Tannenbaum.

(from Fri) Fox Orders Seth MacFarlane Animated Comedy ‘Bordertown’
has given a 13-episode order to an animated comedy, “Bordertown,” from Seth MacFarlane and “Family Guy” scribe Mark Hentemann. Skein revolves around two families living in a small town along the U.S.-Mexico border — one headed by a border patrol agent, the other by an industrious Mexican immigrant.

(from Fri) Producer David Brownfield Sets Drama With Tribeca & David Marshall Grant, ‘Secrets Of Happy Families’ Comedy Adaptation At CBS
In his first season as a CBS TV Studios-based producer following his June exit as CBS’ head of current programming, David Brownfield has sold two projects to the network. An untitled drama, from Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s CBS TV Studios-based Tribeca Prods., is written by David Marshall Grant. It centers on a counter-insurgency expert who comes back from Afghanistan to his old police precinct and begins to use techniques he employed overseas to try to control gang violence at home. Grant, De Niro and Rosenthal executive produce with Brownfield; Berry Welsh co-exec produces.

Brownfield’s other CBS project is comedy Secrets Of Happy Families, based on the latest book by best-selling author Bruce Feiler, a collection of recommended practices for modern-day parents. Written/exec produced by Owen Ellickson, the adaptation centers on a blue-collar family that has their patience tested when a parenting expert moves in next door with his wife and kids. Feiler will serve as consultant.

(from Fri) NBC’s ‘Sean Saves The World’ Gets Order For Five More Episodes
NBC has given a Back 5 order to Sean Saves The World, bringing the first season of the multi-camera comedy starring Sean Hayes to 18 episodes.

‘Downton Abbey’ Renewed for Season 5
The period drama, which has yet to see its fourth-run debut stateside, will be back on PBS’ "Masterpiece Classics" in America and ITV in the U.K.

Actor Hiroyuki Sanada Joins CBS Summer Drama ‘Extant’
“The Wolverine” thesp Hiroyuki Sanada has joined the cast of CBS’ summer fantasy vehicle “Extant,” toplined by Halle Berry. Sanada will play a wealthy tech genius focused on privatizing the world’s space programs into a single entity. Series revolves around a female astronaut woman who struggles to reconnect with her family after a year in outer space, where she has experiences that will change the course of the world.

Starz Reorganizes Encore Channels
announced Monday that it will reorganize its Encore channels to better serve African-American and Baby Boomer demographics. Beginning Dec. 2, Starz will replace Encore Drama with Encore Black, which will feature African-American targeted comedy specials and series including Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment Stand Up, What’s Happening!!, Diff’rent Strokes, 227 and Amen. The African-American targeted channel will spotlight films from Samuel L. Jackson during its December launch.

Starz will also replace Encore Love with Encore Classic, which will target the baby boomer generation. The channel will air classic movies such as Kramer vs Kramer, Stand By Me and Tootsie, as well as TV series Magnum P.I., Murphy Brown and Night Court.


Jennifer Garner’s Vandalia Films Picks Up New Allison Winn Scotch Novel
The Theory Of Opposites doesn’t hit shelves until Tuesday, but it already has a movie deal. Jennifer Garner’s Vandalia Film has optioned the rights to adapt the Allison Winn Scotch novel for the big screen. Theory Of Opposites follows the trials and tribulations of Willa Chandler-Golden, daughter of a top self-help book author, as her marriage, her job and almost everything else in her seemingly stable life goes off the rails.

Justin Lin to Direct Universal’s Latest ‘Bourne’ Movie
will also act as a producer on the action movie.

AFM: Five Surprising Lessons
What do Pierce Brosnan, Nancy Meyers and extreme sports have in common? They all made unexpected headlines during a market insiders say is more competitive than ever.


MLB, MTV Partner On Weekly MTV2 Series
Major League Baseball
and MTV have agreed to a multi-year, cross-platform partnership on Monday that will include a weekly series on MTV2 next year. The 30-episode series, which will premiere next April in conjunction with the new MLB season, will showcase athletes’ lives off the field. The weekly series will be filmed at the MLB Fan Cave in New York and will be executive produced by Boston Red Sox slugger and World Series MVP David Ortiz and Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen.

‘The Jeselnik Offensive’ Canceled at Comedy Central
The Anthony Jeselnik-fronted topical show will not return for a third season.


(video) Why Everyone Needs to Watch Hulu’s The Wrong Mans
Russian gangsters, car chases, government conspiracies — these aren’t things you often see in comedy. On Monday, Hulu debuts The Wrong Mans, an ambitiouscomedy-thriller from Gavin & Stacey’s James Corden and Mathew Baynton co-produced with the BBC. The duo star as Phil (Corden) and Sam (Baynton), two below-average Joes who unwittingly get sucked into a high-stakes crime caper after answering a cell phone found on the road.

Netflix Video Usage More Than 10 Times Amazon and Hulu Combined
remains the biggest pig in the broadband python, representing 31.6% of all downstream Internet traffic in North America during primetime hours in September — well ahead of any other streaming service, according to a new study.

Former Yahoo Exec Erin McPherson Joins Maker Studios as Chief Content Officer
Former Yahoo executive Erin McPherson is joining Maker Studios as the company’s chief content officer. In her new capacity, McPherson will be responsible for driving Maker’s content and programming strategy, reporting to Ynon Kreiz. At Yahoo, McPherson was the vice president & head of Video Programming and Originals.


Disney Theatrical Developing ‘The Princess Bride’ for the Stage
Disney Theatrical Prods
. has embarked on a stage adaptation of “The Princess Bride” in a deal shepherded by Alan Horn. With no creative team yet attached, it’s not yet been decided whether the developing show will be a play or a musical, but either way the production will be entirely unrelated to the prior attempt to turn the property into a musical, which was scuttled due to a disagreement between composer Adam Guettel and novel writer William Goldman.

John Pleasants Out as Co-President of Disney Interactive; Jimmy Pitaro Takes Helm of Group
John Pleasants
has stepped down as co-president of Disney Interactive. Move comes as the Walt Disney Co. said Monday it will merge all game and online operations under Jimmy Pitaro, who already is based in Los Angeles.


Women in Comedy: ‘Let’s Be Awful,’ Says Screenwriter Dana Fox
Wake up, Hollywood. Women can be unlikable, too. Scribes Dana Fox, Katie Dippold, Tracy Oliver and Jen Statsky want showbizzers to know that the female role in comedy is changing — both on and off the screen. That group gathered on Saturday as part of USC’s two-day Comedy@SCA Fest to discuss the new prowess of women in comedy. Gone are the days when unlikable, flawed female protags were executed in screen tests, Fox said, noting the old-time strain that pressured writers to create likable women in movies and skeins.

ABC Anchor Says Test on Show Found Breast Cancer
Amy Robach
, an anchor on ABC’s “Good Morning America”who underwent a mammography on the program Oct. 1, said she will have a double mastectomy.


Inside J.J. Abrams’s Brain–Bending Book–Within–a–Book
Doug Dorst is co–author of S., a book that takes place within the margins of another book (it’s complicated). Here, Dorst reveals how he collaborated with J.J. Abrams to create a kind of printed alternate reality game.

LAT: TV’s cool factor overtakes that of movies
For decades, entertainment professionals used television as a steppingstone to the glamour of motion pictures. Now, TV’s money, opportunity and cultural heft are drawing directors and others.,0,6021352.story

LAT: Daytime TV is embracing black entertainers; prime time, less so
As hosts of daytime game and talk shows, African Americans have been pulling in big ratings. But at night, it seems networks are still hesitant to air shows starring minorities.,0,602176.story