Afternoon News Update for Monday, 11/18/13.


FX Developing ‘Desperadoes’ Miniseries About Infamous Dalton Gang
has put in development Desperadoes, a six-hour miniseries about one of the most dangerous gangs of the Old West, the Dalton Brothers. Based on the 1979 novel by Ron Hansen, the project is written by Robert Knott, who is executive producing with Josh Maurer and Alixandre Witlin. Desperadoes, produced by Fox TV Studios, chronicles the infamous Dalton Gang’s dangerous crime spree in the 1890s, as seen through the eyes of the youngest brother Emmett Dalton. The gang, which included three Dalton brothers, specialized in bank and train robberies.

NBC Gives Pilot Order To Comedy ‘Bad Judge’ From Anne Heche & Gary Sanchez, Kate Walsh To Star & Executive Produce
has handed an early pilot order to Bad Judge, a single-camera comedy starring and executive produced by former Private Practice star Kate Walsh. The single-camera project, from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods and actress Anne Heche, was written by Chad Kultgen based on an idea brought to Gary Sanchez by Heche. It centers on a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman (Walsh) who plays with the law, and whose life on the edge is constantly in balance as she also happens to be a judge in the Criminal Court system. Universal TV, where Gary Sanchez Prods. and Heche have deals, is producing.

‘Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan Stays At Sony Pictures TV With Big New Overall Deal
Vince Gilligan
has signed a rich new overall deal with Sony Pictures TV, the studio behind his acclaimed AMC drama. There had been strong interest among all studios in signing Gilligan, whose Sony TV overall deal had expired. I hear it came down to Sony and Warner Bros TV, with Gilligan ultimately opting to stay at his home for the past six years.

Jan Nash Set As ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Showrunner
Jan Nash is joining TNT‘s flagship drama series Rizzoli & Isles as executive producer/showrunner. She will succeed creator/executive producer Janet Tamaro, who stepped down as showrunner in September, right after the series wrapped production on Season 4.

Two and a Half Men: Paula Marshall to Romance [Spoiler] in Arc, Diane Farr to Guest
Paula Marshall is bringing a little romance — and one helluva surprise — to Two and a Half Men next month. The actress will appear in two episodes of the CBS comedy as a love interest of Alan’s (Jon Cryer) who has a surprising past. Diane Farr is set to appear in Marshall’s second episode (airing Dec. 13) as Rachel, a woman with ties to Paula.

Blue Bloods: Tom Cavanagh Cops Role, All My Children Alum to Play His Wife
Tom Cavanagh will next surface on CBS’ Blue Bloods. TV’s erstwhile Ed will guest-star on the family drama/procedural as Mickey, a longtime pal of Danny’s who comes into town harboring ties to a crime family. Meanwhile, All My Children alum Rebecca Budig has been tapped to play Mickey’s wife Connie, a lovely woman who has moved back East with her family, ostensibly to be near her ailing parents.

(video) ‘Sirens’ First Look: Watch the trailer for USA Network’s new half-hour comedy
Say hello to the USA Network’s new original half-hour comedy, Sirens.

(scheduling) Lifetime Original Movie ‘Lizzie Borden Took an Ax’ to Premiere January 25
Starring Christina Ricci, Billy Campbell and Clea DuVall, the Lifetime Original Movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax premieres January 25, 2014, at 8pm ET/PT.


Gary Sanchez Springs For June Diane Raphael & Casey Wilson Feature Pitch
Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael have sold a feature pitch to Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions, which the writer-actresses will script as a starring vehicle for themselves. Ferrell, McKay, and Jessica Elbaum are set to produce the new project for Gary Sanchez. Plot details are being kept under wraps but the pitch is an original story from Raphael and Wilson.

(review) Hitfix: ‘Frozen’ is a classic Disney musical told on a grand and beautiful scale
Confidently written and positively spilling over with charm, "Frozen," co-directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, belongs on a shelf right there next to "Beauty" and "Mermaid" and "The Lion King" as one of the most effective expressions of the Disney ideal as possible. For some reason, though, if you were to look at the marketing for the film, it would be hard to figure out exactly what film it is, something that seems like a strange disconnect based on just how good the movie is. Jennifer Lee’s script, based loosely on the Hans Christian Andersen story "The Snow Queen," is both a cleanly-told classical fairy tale and a canny bit of gender revisionism, and it positively crushes as a musical.


Warner Bros. Seals Dutch Deal on The Hit
Warner Bros. International Television Production
has scored a Dutch format deal on RTÉ Ireland’s song-writing talent show The Hit. From Vision Independent Productions (VIP), The Hit was the number-one show on RTÉ One this summer. An eight-episode Dutch version, produced by BlazHoffski, will air on RTL5 in the spring. The show sees hundreds of songs submitted for consideration by a professional producer, with a few songwriters progressing to a live show. The singers then perform their tunes to a pair of established music stars, who then fight to secure their two favourites.


Commercial Breaks That Keep a Story Going
and ABC are teaming up for a holiday campaign using characters from three ABC sitcoms — “The Middle,” “Back in the Game” and “Modern Family.” The commercials share a “pay it forward” plotline — or, in this instance, “gift it forward,” in that a character from “The Middle” gives a surprise present to characters from “Back in the Game,” who surprise a character from “Modern Family,” who closes the loop by surprising the character from “The Middle.”

Sony Hires Consultant To Find $100M In Cost Cuts In Entertainment Unit: Report
The movie, TV and music operation plans to tell investors on Thursday that it has hired Bain & Co to find ways to cut $100M, a sum that “would almost assuredly result in layoffs,” The New York Times reports citing unnamed sources.

(gaming) Sony sells over 1 million PlayStation 4 consoles in just 24 hours
Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 4 console is off to a good start. The company announced that it has sold over 1 million consoles in just 24 hours. Sony’s PlayStation 4 only launched on Friday in the US and Canada, so it’s an impressive start for just two regions.