Afternoon News Update for Friday, 11/15/13.

SCRIPTED NEWS:

The Killing Lives! Netflix Orders 6-Episode Final Season of AMC’s Cancelled Drama
The Killing has cheated death yet again. Just months after AMC cancelled Veena Sud’s mystery drama (for a second time!), Netflix has swooped in and ordered a fourth and final season. The streaming giant has commissioned a six-episode wrap-up to the series.
http://tvline.com/2013/11/15/netflix-the-killing-season-4-cancelled-amc/

Stephanie Szostak & Blair Redford Cast In USA’s Sean Jablonski Pilot
Stephanie Szostak (Iron Man 3) and Blair Redford (90210) are set to co-star opposite Matt Passmore in USA Network’s untitled Sean Jablonski pilot. The project, from UCP, follows investment banker Neil Truman (Passmore) and his wife, Grace (Szostak), as they struggle to sift through their stagnant marriage, looking for the spark they once had. When Neil discovers that Grace has been seeing a debonaire male escort (Redford) his entire world is turned upside down.
http://www.deadline.com/2013/11/stephanie-szostak-blair-redford-cast-in-usas-sean-jablonski-pilot/

CBS’ Two and a Half Men Casts Hellcat Aly Michalka as Amber Tamblyn’s Love Interest
CBS’ Two and a HalfMen is about to get a whole new woman. Aly Michalka has been cast in the recurring role of Brooke, love interest to Amber Tamblyn‘s Jenny. As of now, Michalka is set to appear in two episodes this season.
http://tvline.com/2013/11/15/two-and-a-half-men-season-11-cast-aly-michalka-jennys-love-interest/

Fred Armisen to guest on Rebel Wilson’s ‘Super Fun Night’
Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen has signed up to guest star in an upcoming episode of Rebel Wilson sitcom Super Fun Night. The Portlandia star will reportedly play a character named Brian Headfoot, the exasperated head of HR at the law firm where Wilson’s Kimmie works.
http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/11/15/fred-arminsen-super-fun-night-guest-star/

(video) Josh Holloway Returns to TV in Hot New Intelligence Promo
Josh Holloway is back on TV — and we here at TVGuide.com could not be more excited! Check out a hot new promo for the series.
http://www.tvguide.com/News/Intelligence-Josh-Holloway-Video-1073496.aspx?rss=breakingnews

(ratings) TBS’ ‘Ground Floor’ Logs Lackluster 1.6 Million Viewers In Debut
TBS‘ new original comedy seriesGround Floor premiered Thursday night with 1.6 million viewers, including 918,000 adults 18-49. For comparison sake, January’s premiere of Cougar Town on TBS was considered decent, if unspectacular, at 2.2 million viewers, with more than 1.3 million adults 18-49 and 613,000 adults 18-34 in Live+Same Day.
http://www.deadline.com/2013/11/tbs-ground-floor-logs-1-6-million-in-debut/

‘Almost Human’ scores The Crystal Method as series composer
In a very rare move for a TV series, Fox’s Almost Human is teaming with a popular music act to serve as the show’s composer. Las Vegas-based electronic duo The Crystal Method has been contracted to score at least the first season of the sci-fi drama, starting with Sunday’s premiere.
http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/11/15/almost-human-the-crystal-method/

FEATURE NEWS:

Paul Feig Spinning Off ‘The Heat’ Characters
20th Century Fox
, Chernin Entertainment and Paul Feig have launched development of a comedy spinoff movie based on Feig’s summer comedy, “The Heat.” The untitled project will center around the characters Beth and Gina — played by Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin — who were part of the raucous extended family of Melissa McCarthy’s Mullins character. The two women memorably grilled Sandra Bullock’s uptight Ashburn character in the film. Tricia McAlpin is writing the script.
http://variety.com/2013/film/news/the-heat-paul-feig-jamie-denbo-jessica-chaffin-1200837576/

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

MSNBC Suspends Alec Baldwin’s Show For Two Weeks
Alec Baldwin’s “Up Late”
program will not air tonight or next Friday on MSNBC in the wake of comments the actor made while dealing with reporters seeking to question him about a salacious court case in which he is involved.
http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/msnbc-suspends-alec-baldwins-show-for-two-weeks-1200838577/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

(video) Evan Daugherty Puts His Gamer Face On For Mario Bros-Themed Shorts
Evan Daugherty certainly knows the Mario Bros: The Snow White And The Huntsman scribe has teamed with Maker Studios’ gaming and geek culture network Polaris to create The Four Players, a quartet of live-action shorts that give each of the playable characters from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros 2 game a gritty twist.
http://www.deadline.com/2013/11/super-mario-bros-the-four-players-evan-daughert/

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

Exec Shuffle For 11/15/13: Lifeboat Capital, Skydance Productions, Cineflix Media, Naegle Ink
ABC Entertainment Group: David Marko has joined as Vice President, Miniseries and Movies.
Fox International Channels: Mark Tuohy was hired as Manager, Scripted Programming and Original Development.
ITV: Paul Kanareck has been promoted to Director, Online and Brands.

Skydance Productions: Matt Grimm has been promoted to Creative Executive.
Participant Media: Karina Kogan was hired as Senior Vice President, Digital.
Alloy Entertainment: Elysa Koplovitz Dutton
has joined as Vice President, Feature Films.
Naegle Ink: Ali Krug was named Manager, Development.
Nuyorican Productions: Priscilla Porianda was named Head, Development.
Olive Bridge Entertainment: Zack Beckman has been promoted to Manager.
Peter Rodgers Organization: Arny Schorr was hired as Vice President, Digital, Home Entertainment.
Bravo Media: Lara Spotts has been promoted to Head, Development, in New York.
http://www.studiosystemnews.com/exec-shuffle-for-111513-lifeboat-capital-skydance-productions-cineflix-media-naegle-ink/

Female Filmmakers Sweep Half of AFI Awards
Women directors received half of the awards presented at the closing of the American Film Institute Film Festival in Los Angeles yesterday: New Auteurs Critics’ Award: Katrin Gebbe, Nothing Bad Can Happen
New Auteurs Special Award for Direction: Clio Barnard, The Selfish Giant
New Auteurs Special Award for Personal Storytelling: Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, In Bloom
Audience Award (New Auteurs): Clio Barnard, The Selfish Giant
Audience Award (Breakthrough): Chika Anadu, B for Boy
Special Jury Award: Lendita Zeqiraj, Balcony
http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/female-filmmakers-sweep-half-of-afi-awards

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

BBC: Fifty shades of bland: Hollywood’s leading man shortage
The lack of bankable male stars under the age of 40 is being acknowledged throughout the industry – as is the reduced currency of stars in general. “Movie stars are no longer really driving cinema,” says top Hollywood producer and director Brett Ratner, “even though I grew up loving movie stars and going to a movie because I wanted to see Tom Cruise’s opening weekend. I think it’s changed a lot because now it’s about the intellectual property and the idea.”
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20131115-hollywood-lacking-manpower

Everything You Need To Know About Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Adorable, Crime-Fighting Batkid
Five-year-old Miles spent the day keeping the streets of Gotham/San Francisco safe from ne’er-do-wells.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-make-a-wish-foundation

Lisa Kudrow Is Saving Scandal From Itself
Separately, Scandal’s Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) are fascinating—sympathetic, but morally nuanced. Together, they form the worst part of one of most exciting shows on TV. She devolves from a savvy and ambitious Beltway “fixer” into a weepy and lovesick invertebrate. He mutates from a fair and compassionate commander-in-chief into an angst-ridden and self-indulgent control freak. Which is why Montana congresswoman Josie Marcus, played by Lisa Kudrow, is such a gratifying third-season addition. The introduction of a major character (played by a major actress) with interests outside the sphere of Liv and Fitz, renders fresh plot for the writers to explore.
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/11/lisa-kudrow-is-saving-em-scandal-em-from-itself/281549/

LAT: Need a TV hero? Agent Coulson gets the job done
Coulson provides an antidote to all the supercilious masculinity cluttering up our screens. He is first and foremost an adult, a man among a swarm of perpetual adolescents (including all those superheroes) who may get the job done but not without a lot of immoral and deeply self-justified rule-breaking.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-ca-mcnamara-hero-essay-20131117,0,2299238.story

(gaming) Half a billion people have installed ‘Candy Crush Saga’
We all know Candy Crush Saga is popular, but just how big is it? According to developer King, the game has been installed more than 500 million times across Facebook, iOS, and Android.
http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/15/5107794/candy-crush-saga-500-million-downloads

Americans Are Now Taking On More Debt Than At Any Time Since 2008
So the great de-leveraging—the mass movement of US consumers to pay down, pay off and default their way out from under unsustainable debt loads—seems to playing itself out. During the third quarter of 2013, total US consumer debt outstanding rose $127 billion, to a total of $11.28 trillion. Wasn’t it debt that got us into the problems the US economy has faced in recent years? Well, yes. But at the same time, restarting demand for borrowing remains the key to re-starting economic growth. The hard fact is that capitalism runs on debt.
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/11/americans-are-now-taking-on-more-debt-than-at-any-time-since-2008/281537/