Afternoon News Update for Tuesday, 11/12/13.


Fox Gives Cast-Contingent Pilot Order To Comedy From Ricky Blitt, Johnny Galecki & Stephen McPherson
has given an early pilot order to a half-hour from writer Ricky Blitt, The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki and producer Stephen McPherson.Here’s Your Damn Family, a multi-camera comedy produced by Warner Bros TV, the studio behind Big Bang, has received a cast-contingent order. The comedy centers on a stunted, set-in-his-ways thirtysomething man living with his mom who finds his perfectly organized world upended when his mother/roommate gets married, and her new husband plus his three teenage children move in.

YouTube’s Shane Dawson, ‘Big C’ Creator Team for Weight Loss Comedy at NBC
The Big C’s Darlene Hunt is teaming with YouTube star Shane Dawson for a weight loss comedy. The pair sold a workplace comedy project titled Losin’ It to NBC. The single-camera half-hour, which is inspired by Dawson’s real life experiences, is set at a suburban Weight Loss Center franchise that gets thrown into upheaval when its most successful client decides to share his inspiration by becoming a consultant there – only to then find himself promoted to manager by the end of his first day. Hunt is set to write and executive produce the project through Sony Pictures TV. Additionally, Will Gluck and Richie Schwartz will exec produce through their active Olive Bridge banner.

Akiva Goldsman & Jeff Pinkner To Adapt Movie ‘Ghost’ As Series For Paramount TV
This marks the first project to come out of Paramount’s re-launched television division and signals its plans to mine the studio’s movie library and team with experienced film and TV writers on titles’ series adaptations. Oscar winnerAkiva Goldsman and veteran showrunner Jeff Pinkner will co-write a pilot script based on the hit 1990 film Ghost

Netflix/Disney’s ‘Daredevil’ Series to Be Written by Drew Goddard
Drew Goddard
is in negotiations to write the upcoming “Daredevil” series for Netflix and Disney. A representative for Goddard had no comment, while representatives for Netflix and Marvel did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Bill Cosby Developing New Sitcom With ‘Warmth and Forgiveness’
Bill Cosby
says he’s trying to develop the kind of sitcom that fans of “The Cosby Show” miss — a family comedy about “warmth and forgiveness.” Cosby — who’s first standup special, “Far From Finished,” will air on Comedy Central Nov. 23 — told Yahoo TV he’s working with “Cosby Show” executive producer Tom Werner on a new series. It was unclear whether he would star.

Laura Prepon Will Be On Four Episodes Of "Orange Is The New Black"’
According to sources close to the show, Laura Prepon will now return for four of the 13-episode second season of Jenji Kohan’s original Netflix series. As far as Prepon’s future with OITNB, she is currently negotiating her Season 3 status, which could lead to a more sustained presence for her.

Person of Interest Recruits Practice Alum, Warehouse 13 Vet for Big Arc
Person of Interest has tapped Emmy winner Camryn Manheim (The Practice, Ghost Whisperer) and Saul Rubinek (Warehouse 13) to anchor an emotional plot that will play out over multiple Season 3 episodes. Manheim will play Diane, a devoted wife whose husband, the brilliant Arthur (Rubinek), is slowly losing his mind.

(review) Variety: ‘Almost Human’
“Almost Human”
is just barely watchable — a grunged-up vision of a dystopian, crime-ridden future, with actors portraying humanoid robots, including the one played by Michael Ealy, who weaves awkward slang into his speech. It’s a quirky addition to a Fox lineup that already has scored a modest success with the fantasy-infused “Sleepy Hollow,” but the network seems unlikely to enjoy such good fortune twice.

CBS Shifts Premiere of ‘Intelligence’ to January
CBS has moved up the premiere date for its new Josh Holloway drama “Intelligence,” and will give it a special preview airing behind “NCIS.” “Intelligence” was originally skedded to premiere Monday, Feb. 24, taking over the 10 p.m. slot occupied this fall by “Hostages.” But CBS has changed its mind and will premiere “Intelligence” on Jan. 13, one week after “Hostages” wraps its 15-episode run with a two-hour finale.

Dana Delany Tweets That Body of Proof Won’t Be Resurrected
isn’t bringing back Body of Proofafter all, according to star Dana Delany. The actress tweeted Tuesday, "Sorry to disappoint some, but #bodyofproof will not be resurrected. May she rest in peace. Time for new adventures!"

‘Ironside’ flop shows risk in reboot strategy
So why do the networks keep trying to remake old shows? Because they think that these titles have brand value. There is some truth to that. But the very reasons the networks think these so-called reboots are a slam dunk is what makes them likely to fail. These shows become burdened with a history they cannot live up to.,0,2208371.story


‘Gravity’ Producer David Heyman Moving to ‘Temple Run’
Hit vidgame “Temple Run” is heading for the big screen, as “Gravity” producer David Heyman and Warner Bros. are in talks to acquire movie rights. “Temple Run,” which debuted in 2011 from Imangi Studios, is centered on a player being chased by “demonic monkeys after stealing an idol from a temple.”

Rupert Sanders to Direct Napoleon Biopic for Warner Bros.
Snow White and the Huntsman” helmer Rupert Sanders has closed a deal to direct an untitled Napoleon biopic for Warner Bros. Jeremy Doner penned the script with Gianni Nunnari producing. The pic’s concept is that most of what the public knows about the French general is actually not true, including his famous short stature. In this version, he’s viewed almost as a gangster boss.


(comics) Publishers Weekly’s Best Graphic Novels of 2013
The best graphic novels of the year range from a teen’s true country-hopping hitchhiking tale Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life and World War II reclamation story The Property, to civil rights memoir March Book One.

(comics) WonderCon 2014: Comic convention returning to Anaheim April 18-20
WonderCon is returning to Anaheim for a third year in 2014. The pop culture expo is slated for April 18-20. Next year’s expo, to be held over Easter weekend, marks WonderCon’s third engagement at the Anaheim Convention Center after renovations and scheduling conflicts at San Francisco’s Moscone Center forced the convention from its Bay Area roots.

(video) Watch 20 Women Re-create When Harry Met Sally’s Katz’s Deli Scene
Have you ever gone to a famous Kosher deli only to have a ton of women start faking orgasms around you? Well, this is what it would look like. Improv Everywhere, as part of their “Movies in Real Life” series, brought twenty women to New York’s Katz’s Deli to re-create the infamous When Harry Met Sally scene. Everyone has a good time. Some people have a real good time, if you know what we mean: They ate pastrami.