Morning News Update for Monday, 11/25/13.

SCRIPTED NEWS:

‘Longmire’ Renewed for Ten Episode Season Three by A&E
A&E Network
has picked up a 10-episode third season of the acclaimed drama series, “Longmire” starring Robert Taylor.
http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/11/25/longmire-renewed-for-ten-episode-season-three-by-ae/217976/

Once Upon a Time Casting Mystery: Who Is Christopher Gorham to Emma…?
Christopher Gorham is still spying… a mysterious role on Once Upon a Time. In Season 3′s midseason premiere, Gorham will guest-star as an “important character in the life of Emma Swan”.
http://tvline.com/2013/11/22/once-upon-a-time-season-3-cast-christopher-gorham/

Wilmer Valderrama to Star in Robert Rodriguez’s ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’
The El Rey Network’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Serieshas enlisted Wilmer Valderramato its ranks. The 10-episode series, based on the feature of the same name, revolves around bank robber Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother Richard "Richie" Gecko (Zane Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Don Johnson) and Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia) after a bank heist leaves several people dead. Valderrama will play the series regular role of Carlos Madrigal, the master villain and crime lord of the series who is a former Spanish Conquistador.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/wilmer-valderrama-star-robert-rodriguezs-658012

Aasif Mandvi Joins HBO Pilot ‘The Brink’; Katherine LaNasa In USA’s Sean Jablonski
Aasif Mandvi has been cast in The Brink, HBO‘s comedy pilot directed by Jay Roach from a script by Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib. Mandvi will play Rafiq Massoud, a young Pakistani employed by the U.S. embassy whose love of America runs as deep as his resentment.

Katherine LaNasa is set to co-star in USA Network’s untitled Sean Jablonski pilot. The project, from UCP, follows investment banker Neil Truman (Matt Passmore) and his wife, Grace (Stephanie 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 (Blair Redford) his entire world is turned upside down.
http://www.deadline.com/2013/11/aasif-mandvi-joins-hbo-pilot-the-brink-katherine-lanasa-in-usas-sean-jablonski/

‘The Killing’s’ Michelle Forbes to Guest on Fox’s ‘Rake’
Michelle Forbes will guest star on “Rake,” Fox’s new drama from Peter Tolan and Sony Pictures TV. Forbes will appear on Episode 106 as Lucy Marks, who’s described as a very put together woman whose daughter was convicted of murder.
http://www.thewrap.com/killings-michelle-forbes-guest-foxs-rake-exclusive/

‘Smash’ actor to guest on ‘The Good Wife’
Jack Davenport
will play an upstanding assistant U.S. attorney in the CBS drama.
http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/11/22/smash-actor-to-guest-on-the-good-wife/

One Of The Main Characters On "Family Guy" Was Killed Off Last Night
They actually did it. Spoiler: It was Brian the dog.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/samir/one-of-the-main-characters-on-family-guy-was-killed-off-last

(sched) ‘Orphan Black’ Unveils Season 2 Date, New Poster, Trailer
BBC America’s “Orphan Black”
will return on April 19, 2014. Season two will be 10 episodes long.
http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/orphan-black-unveils-season-2-date-new-poster-trailer-1200882508/

(video) Jonathan Groff navigates the perils of online dating in full-length trailer for HBO’s ‘Looking’
Earlier this month we saw the teaser for HBO’s upcoming series Looking, but now we’ve our first full-length trailer for the gay dramedy starring Jonathan Groff.
http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/11/25/jonathan-groff-full-length-trailer-hbo-looking/

Atlantic: Homeland Is the Most Radical Show on TV (And That’s Why It’s Unbearable)
There’s nothing left to root for. "Antihero" is almost too charitable a description for these characters, given how rarely the viewer actually wants them to succeed. It’s the combination of this deep cynicism with TV-making ineptitude that makes Homeland these days a unique kind of bad. It may be true that in the real, messy world of intelligence operations, there really is no one to like. If that’s the point Homeland wants to make, it has succeeded to its own detriment: When it’s this hard to watch, the message isn’t going to stick.
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/11/-em-homeland-em-is-the-most-radical-show-on-tv-and-thats-why-its-unbearable/281801/

FEATURE NEWS:

MGM Enlists ‘Fast and the Furious’ Director Rob Cohen for ‘Road House’ Remake
MGM is remaking the 1989 Patrick Swayze filmRoad House and has tapped Rob Cohen to direct it. The original told the story of a tough but soft spoken bouncer who takes a job in a small town bar only to run afoul of a corrupt business man who has a stranglehold on the townfolk. MGM is working with a script by Michael Stokes.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/road-house-remake-fast-furious-659589

Eloise Mumford Joins 50 Shades Cast
The River’s Eloise Mumford has joined the 50 Shades of Grey cast to sass it up as Kate Kavanagh, Anastasia Steele’s roomie and bestie.
http://www.vulture.com/2013/11/eloise-mumford-joins-50-shades-cast.html

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Couric Named Yahoo’s Global Anchor
Katie Couric
is headed to Yahoo as global anchor in early 2014, Yahoo confirmed Monday. There, she will host a newsmaker interview show that will air on Yahoo’s home page, as well as help develop Yahoo News’ coverage with a "growing team of global correspondents who will report on live world events, anchor groundbreaking interviews with major newsmakers and thought leaders, and much more," according to a statement from Yahoo.
http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/496741-Couric_Named_Yahoo_s_Global_Anchor.php

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

The Weinstein Company, Seeking Hits, Shifts to TV
The heavy investment in the production and sale of TV series mirrors changes occurring elsewhere in Hollywood.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/25/business/media/the-weinstein-company-seeking-hits-shift-to-tv.html

DGA Board Approves New Contract With Producers; 2.5% Wage Increase For 1st Year, 0.5% Pension Increase, Some SVOD & AVOD Increases
As expected, the Directors Guild of America Board unanimously rubber-stamped the new three-year deal its negotiating committee finalized with the Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Producers on Friday. With the board’s approval, the agreement now goes to the DGA’s 15,000 members for ratification to succeed the current Basic Agreement and the Freelance Live and Tape TV Agreement, which expire on June 30, 2014. The deal, which took just two and a half weeks to reach, sees wage increases of 2.5% the first year and 3% for the second and third years of the agreement.
http://www.deadline.com/2013/11/dga-contract-amptp-wga-sag-aftra-negotiations/

(video) James Franco and Seth Rogen Remade ‘Bound 2’
Shot for shot, basically — except Seth Rogen got to keep his nipples. We know this because Seth is Kim Kardashian, and therefore shirtless, for the entirety of the video. The effect is slightly different.
http://www.vulture.com/2013/11/james-franco-and-seth-rogen-remade-bound-2.html

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