Afternoon News Update for Friday, 12/6/13.


‘Terminator’ TV Series In Works In Conjunction With Film Reboot; Zack Stentz & Ashley Miller To Write And Exec Produce
Skydance Prods. and Annapurna Pictures are expanding the Terminator franchise to television with a TV series to be done in conjunction with the first rebooted Terminator film slated for release in 2015. The series will be written and exec produced by feature scribes Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller, with the writers of the upcoming Terminator movie Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier serving as executive producers. The series will follow a critical moment from the original 1984 Terminator movie, taking it in a completely different direction that the film. The upcoming Terminator movie is also expected to be tied to the first movie. As the rebooted film trilogy and the new television series progress, the two narratives will be designed to intersect with each other.

E! Adapting Adam Zwar’s Australian Comedy ‘Lowdown’
E! is developing a remake of award-winning Australian comedy series Lowdown. Lowdown is an hourlong scripted comedy that revolves around Alex, a celebrity journalist, and his dysfunctional relationships with his ex-girlfriend, editor and celebrity subjects. He will do whatever it takes to get a great story out of them — from exposing illicit text messages to outing gay athletes. The comedy hails from Universal Cable productions and original series creators Adam Zwar and Amanda Brotchie’s High Wire Films. Zwar and Brotchie will pen the adaptation and executive produce alongside Dave Bartis, Doug Liman and Nicole Minchin. Gene Klein will co-executive produce.

MTV Nabs Series Adaptation Of ‘Shannara’ Fantasy Novels With Jon Favreau Directing, Al Gough & Miles Millar Writing
MTV has given a script-to-series commitment to Shannara, a drama series based on Terry Brooks’ popular fantasy books. The project, from Sonar Entertainment and Farah Films, has Jon Favreau on board to direct and will be written by Al Gough and Miles Millar. The trio will executive produce with Brooks and Dan Farah. If MTV likes the script, it is expected to give the project a straight-to-series order. The story is centered on the Shannara family, whose descendants are empowered with ancient magic and whose adventures continuously reshape the future of the world. The first season of the potential series will be based on The Elfstones Of Shannara, the second title in the series.

Christina Wayne In Pod Deal With Endemol Studios, Sets Drama With Tony Krantz
Endemol Studios has signed its first pod deal, bringing in Christina Wayne and her Assembly Entertainment shingle to develop and produce scripted projects for cable and other TV distribution platforms. Under Wayne’s deal with Endemol Studios, she will develop existing and new projects, including MDX, an international medical disaster drama produced with Tony Krantz‘s Flame Ventures. ER alum Carol Flint will write the script and serve as executive alongside Jonathan Klein, Krantz and Wayne. “MDX is a dramatic series nod to the classic disaster films of the ’70s and ’80s, but done real,” Krantz said.

‘World War Z’ Scribe Drew Goddard Suits Up For Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’
said today that Drew Goddard will write and direct the first episode of Daredevil, the Marvel Television series that will air on Netflix in 2015 as part of a wide-ranging live-action deal between those companies. He will stay on as showrunner/executive producer of the 13-episode series.

Legendary TV Lands Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films in First Major Producing Pact
Legendary Television
has brokered a multi-year deal with Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld’s Red Hour Films to develop and produce exclusive content for both TV and digital platforms. Pact is the first major deal for Bruce Rosenblum, the former head of Warner Bros. Television. Debbie Liebling, president of Red Hour Television, will oversee the development of the company’s series for Legendary.

‘Entourage’ Creator Doug Ellin Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios
Doug Ellin
is hard at work making the Entourage movie, but when he is done, he will be returning to television with an overall deal at CBS TV Studios. Under the rich, three-year pact, Ellin will develop broadcast and cable projects for the studio under a newly formed production company (name TBD) with Jim Lefkowitz, who will help spearhead development.

AMC Cancels ‘Low Winter Sun’
Low Winter Sun is not being renewed by AMC, making official the cancellation of the drama after one low-rated season. It marks just the second scripted drama on AMC not to receive a season-season order, following 2010′s Rubicon.

‘Bunheads’ Sutton Foster to Star in TV Land’s Darren Star Pilot
Sutton Foster
has found her next small-screen gig. The actress has been tapped to star in TV Land’s Darren Star pilot Younger. Based on the novel of the same name by Pamela Redmond Satran, Younger tells the story of a suddenly single New Jersey housewife and mother in her early 40s who, unable to restart her career, decides to lie about her age and successfully passes herself off as a 20-something.

Regina King Joins FX Series ‘The Strain’
Southland alumna Regina King is set to recur on FX‘s new drama series The Strain, from Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and Carlton Cuse.

Jamie Denbo & John Ross Bowie Join NBC’s ‘About A Boy’ As Recurring
Real-life married couple John Ross Bowie and Jamie Denbo are set to play one on TV. The husband-and-wife duo has been tapped for a multi-episode arc on NBC‘s new comedy series About A Boy.

ABC Reduces ‘Scandal’ Order To 18 Episodes
There will be less Scandal on ABC‘s schedule this season than originally planned. The network has reduced the order for the hot Shonda Rhimes drama from 22 to 18 episodes. The network wouldn’t give a reason for the cutback but Scandal star Kerry Washington is pregnant, and it’s getting hard to hide the pregnancy in loose-fitting clothes for the normally super stylish and elegant Olivia Pope — and it’s hard to reduce Washington’s workload as Pope is the show and in most scenes.

‘Dads’ episode order cut by Fox
Fox has reduced the freshman sitcom’s pickup from nine episodes to six. Last month Fox announced that Dads would run through Feb. 11 and then depart the schedule to make room for other shows. The cut helps the comedy exit the stage as planned.

(sched) Fox Expands ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Finale & Shifts ‘Following’ Official Premiere
Fans of Ichabod Crane will get a double dose of Fox’s Sleepy Hollow on January 20. The network said today that the freshman supernatural drama will expand to two hours on the date starting at 8 PM. That means the official Season 2 premiere of The Following will shift out of its previously set slot to 9 PM January 27.

Time: Top 10 TV Shows of 2013
10. Orphan Black; 9. Mad Men; 8. The Americans; 7. Rectify; 6. Bob’s Burgers; 5. The Good Wife; 4. Game of Thrones; 3. Orange Is the New Black; 2. Breaking Bad; 1. Enlightened

Vulture: Shonda Rhimes Talks Scandal’s Brutal Season 3 and the Issue of Likability
Shonda Rhimes
loves to make you identify with Scandal’s characters, and then remind you over and over again of how low they can go.


Amanda Seyfried to Star in Universal Comedy ‘He’s F-ing Perfect’
Amanda Seyfriedhas signed a deal to star in He’s F—ing Perfect, a comedy being produced by Will FerrellandAdam McKayand their Gary Sanchez Productions banner alongside Good Universe. Jake Szymanski is attached to direct. Perfectis the story of one woman, pessimistic in love, who regularly uses the Internet to research the men her friends are dating, acting as a vetting device for them to weed out losers. Things take a turn when she gets a friend to dump a new guy in order to steal the man for herself, using her social media savvy to turn herself into his perfect match. Written by McKay’s former assistant Lauryn Kahn, Universal picked it up out of turnaround in June.

‘Bates Motel’ Actress to Star in Universal’s ‘Ouija’
Olivia Cooke, one of the stars of A&E’s Bates Motel, will star in Ouija, Universal’s horror movie based on the Hasbro board game. Douglas Smith is playing the male lead of the movie, which is being produced by Platinum Dunes, Blumhouse Productions and Hasbro. Stiles White is in the director’s chair. The script by Juliet Snowden and White centers on a group of friends attempting to make contact with a recently deceased classmate through a Ouija board who awaken a dark and terrifying presence.

Sony Pictures Taps Michael DeLuca To Be Columbia Pictures’ Production President
Michael De Luca is joining Sony Pictures Entertainment as President of Production for Columbia Pictures. De Luca will partner with Hannah Minghella to oversee development and production for the Columbia Pictures label and will report to Doug Belgrad, President, Columbia Pictures.

It’s Official: Jerry Bruckheimer, Paramount Reach First-Look Deal
Paramount Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimerhave reached a three-year first-look deal for films, it was announced Friday. The pact will begin in April 2014, after the producer leaves longtime home Disney. His upcoming films for the studio include a new "Beverly Hills Cop," with Eddie Murphy, and the planned "Top Gun" sequel, starring Tom Cruise.

Disney Gets Full Rights To Future ‘Indiana Jones’ Pics In Deal With Paramount
Walt Disney Studios
and Paramount Pictures announced today that they’ve reached a marketing and distribution deal for the Indiana Jones franchise. Among other things, this agreement removes the last hurdle for Disney in moving forward with future Indiana Jones movies, which the company acquired when it purchased Lucasfilms in a multibillion-dollar deal late last year. The new deal gives Disney marketing and distribution rights to future films as well as retaining its Lucasfilm’s ownership rights — which basically means they’ve got the whole shebang now.


ABC Inks Deal To Keep ‘Peanuts’ Specials Until 2020
There’s going to be more Charlie Brown on ABC for the next few years. The network announced today that its finalized an an additional 5-year agreement with Peanuts Worldwide LLC and Lee Mendelson Film Productions to continue showing the Charles M. Schulz holiday specials until 2020.


(feature) VF: Yahoo’s Geek Goddess
As one of Google’s highest-ranking women, Marissa Mayer became a Silicon Valley superstar, but inside the search giant her dazzle sometimes wore thin, with colleagues rebelling against her imperious style. In the wake of Mayer’s jump to run the struggling Yahoo, Bethany McLean asks whether she will be its savior or its next big problem. A year and a half in, the results are mixed.

Exec Shuffle For 12/6/13: Legendary Entertainment, Electus, APA, Vice Media
Outpost Entertainment: Jodi Flynn
has been named President of this new joint venture with Leftfield Entertainment.
Warehouse 51 Productions: Carl Hall has started this production company, based in London.
Imagine Entertainment: Michael Rosenberg has been promoted to Co-Chairman.
Rive Gauche Television: Cindie Nemes has joined as Vice President, Development.
E! Entertainment: Lauren Celinski has joined as Director, Programming & Development.
Food Network and Cooking Channel: Andrew Schechter has been promoted to Vice President, Programming & Development, in New York.
Spike TV: Jeff Savaiano has been promoted to Senior Director, Original Series. Tori Socha has joined as Senior Director, Original Series.
AOL: Brian Balthazar will join as Vice President, Head of Programming and Executive Producer,, beginning January 6th 2014.
Crackle: Anil Kurian has joined as Manager, Digital Development.


The Makers Of "How Did This Get Made?" On How Not To Make a Bad Movie
Not only do Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas, and June Diane Raphael host the bad-movie podcast "How Did This Get Made?" but as working writers and actors they have the experience to know why movies go right or wrong. Here, they offer some tips on how to avoid the latter.