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

SCRIPTED NEWS:

(from Fri) Jen Kirkman To Star In & Create FX Comedy Produced By Chelsea Handler
In a competitive situation, FX has landed Jen, a half-hour comedy executive produced, written by and starring Jen Kirkman, and executive produced by Handler. Set in Boston, the project centers on newly divorced Jen (Kirkman), a woman in her mid-30s who doesn’t want kids and once always did things the way you were supposed to but is now following her gut. Kirkman is executive producing with Borderline Amazing’s Handler, Tom Brunelle, and Brad Wollack. Kara Baker of Avalon Management serves as producer.
http://www.deadline.com/2013/11/jen-kirkman-to-star-in-create-fx-comedy-produced-by-chelsea-handler/

CW’s ‘The Flash’ To Do Standalone Pilot Instead Of ‘Arrow’ Backdoor Pilot Episode
There has been a change in the CW‘s plans forThe Flash. With Episodes 8 and 9 serving as an origin story, the plan was for The Flash character to make his debut — red costume and all — in Arrow‘s Episode 20. He will now do it in the pilot. The creative team remains the same, with Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and series scribe Geoff Johns writing the pilot and David Nutter, who helmed the pilot forArrow, directing. Berlanti, Kreisberg and Nutter executive produce, with Melissa Kellner Berman co-executive producing.
http://www.deadline.com/2013/11/cws-the-flash-to-do-standalone-pilot-instead-of-arrow-backdoor-pilot-episode/

(rumor) AMC Is Taking PREACHER To Pilot
Sources tell me that the network has ordered a pilot based on the classic Vertigo comic Preacher by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. In the comic Jesse Custer is a small town preacher who is torn by booze and sin and who finds himself the vessel for a strange entity – the child of a mating between an angel and a demon. Filled with immense power, including The Word of God, which makes anyone do whatever he says, Jesse goes hunting for the Lord Almighty, who has abandoned creation. He aims to make him pay for leaving his children behind.
http://badassdigest.com/2013/11/16/amc-is-taking-preacher-to-pilot/

(from Fri) CBS Moving Forward With ‘How I Met Your Dad’
The “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff at CBS has begun to take serious shape, as the Eye has handed the project a pilot production commitment. “How I Met Your Dad” is moving forward, with “HIMYM” creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays writing and exec producing with “Up All Night” creator Emily Spivey. 20th, the studio behind “HIMYM,” will produce. Comedy is dubbed a kindred spirit of “HIMYM,” and tells that story from a female point of view. The story will be brand new, with new characters and a new voice at its center.
http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/cbs-moving-forward-with-how-i-met-your-dad-1200838992/

Anna Gunn, Jacki Weaver Cast in Fox’s ‘Broadchurch’ Adaptation
The actresses will join David Tennant in "Gracepoint," which will follow the events and investigation that unfold in a sleepy seaside town after the tragic and mysterious death of a young boy.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/anna-gunn-jacki-weaver-cast-656795

TNT Sets Dallas’ Season 3 Premiere Date
TNT’s Dallas
will kick off its third season on Monday, Feb. 24 at 9/8c. The season will start with a run of eight episodes before going on hiatus and returning in the summer with seven more.
http://www.tvguide.com/News/TNT-Dallas-Premiere-1073536.aspx

(ratings) Live+7 DVR Ratings: ‘The Blacklist’ & ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Top Adults 18-49 Ratings Increase, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Parenthood’ & ‘Nashville’ Lead Percentage Gains, ‘The Blacklist’ Tops Viewer Increases in Week 6
During the third week of the 2013-2014 season (October 7-13), The Big Bang Theory topped the rankings for the week’s DVR viewing.
http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/11/18/live7-dvr-ratings-the-blacklist-greys-anatomy-top-adults-18-49-ratings-increase-beauty-and-the-beast-parenthood-nashville-lead-percentage-gains-the-blacklist-tops-vi/216246/

FEATURE NEWS:

Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene Starring in ‘Burying the Ex’
Anton Yelchin
and Ashley Greene will star in indie horror-comedy “Burying the Ex,” with Joe Dante directing. Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures has come aboard to produce. Yelchin will portray an all-around nice guy whose relationship with his beautiful but overbearing girlfriend (Greene) takes a nosedive after they decide to move in together. He’s terrified of breaking up with her, but fate steps in when she’s involved in a freak accident and dies — only to rise from the grave.
http://variety.com/2013/film/news/anton-yelchin-ashley-greene-starring-in-burying-the-ex-1200838792/

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

ABC Nabs ‘Rising Star’ Singing Competition Series From Keshet DCP For Summer: Video
In a competitive situation, ABC has landed hot Israeli talent competition reality format Rising Star. The network has given a 10-episode order to the series, which will air next summer.Rising Star is the first hot international singing format to hit the U.S. since The Voice. It also is the first project to come out of the recently launched Keshet DCP, a joint venture between Keshet International (Homeland) and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark prods. (So You Think You Can Dance). The live talent show for the first time incorporates real-time voting by viewers via an App that is fully integrated into the show.
http://www.deadline.com/2013/11/abc-rising-star-singing-competition-series-the-voice-keshet-dcp-summer-2014/

TWDC NEWS:

(gaming) Disney Struggles to Make Its Free Gaming Apps Pay
Mobile game publishers are rapidly moving from apps that cost 99 cents per download to free apps that make money by selling virtual goods and upgrades. This “freemium,” Zynga-style model can be much more profitable. But switching to the free model has by and large been difficult for Disney, analysts say.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/18/business/media/disney-struggles-to-make-its-free-gaming-apps-pay.html

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

Ovation Taps Former TVGN Exec Scott Woodward As SVP Programming
As SVP Programming and Production, Scott Woodward will oversee Ovation’s multi-platform content, including scheduling and program planning, acquisitions, co-productions, development, original programming, on-air promotions, VOD and the networks’s digital operations.
http://www.deadline.com/2013/11/ovation-taps-former-tvgn-exec-scott-woodward-as-svp-programming/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

(video) This "Breaking Bad" Alternate Ending Must Be Seen To Be Believed
An alternate ending to the show itself, which — heavily borrowing from the iconic ending of Newhart (which referenced the earlier The Bob Newhart Show) — imagines that the entire narrative of Breaking Bad was a dream experienced by Cranston’s pater familias Hal from the 2000-2006 Fox comedy Malcolm in the Middle, substituting fried Twinkies for Bob’s Japanese food.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/jacelacob/this-breaking-bad-alternate-ending-must-be-seen-to-be-believ

Salon: Why we love androids on TV
Androids have not yet reached the uptick in popularity of, say, vampires in recent years, but Zack Stentz believes that there is a very specific reason for the resurgence of the type in popular fiction these days: “Robot and android characters also feel particularly relevant in an age when we’re beginning to realize that not all humans process information and experience the world in the same ways. There are some very relevant analogies in how some people with autism and Asperger’s syndrome interact with the neurotypical with how an intelligent android tries to understand human behavior from an outsider’s perspective.”
http://www.salon.com/2013/11/17/why_we_love_androids_on_tv/

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