Evening News Update for Thursday, 1/9/14.


Lifetime Orders ‘Flowers In The Attic’ Sequel
Lifetime has gone ahead and ordered a sequel on its TV movie Flowers In The Attic before Flowers debuts, Petals On The Wind.

OWN Orders Another Tyler Perry Scripted Series
On the heels of the record-breaking Season 2 premiere of Tyler Perry’s OWN drama series The Have And The Have Nots, Oprah Winfrey‘s network has picked up the fourthTyler Perry series and second drama in its collaboration with the prolific writer-producer-director, announcing Single Moms Club based on his upcoming feature film will premiere in the fall. The one-hour drama, which centers on a group of single women from different walks of life who form a support group following an incident at their children’s school, is written, directed and produced by Perry as part of his producing deal with OWN.

‘Girls’ renewed for a fourth season
has greenlit Girls for a fourth season.

Shine America Taps Audrey Chon As VP Scripted
Audrey Chon
is joining Shine America as VP Scripted Television. She will be involved in all aspects of scripted programming for the LA-based production company that’s currently behind FX’s The Bridge and Fox’s upcoming drama series Gracepoint.

Darren Aronofsky Signs First TV Deal With HBO; Also Inks New Regency Film Deal
Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures will produce movies for New Regency and TV shows for HBO under separate three-year first-look deals announced Thursday. The deal with HBO marks Protozoa’s first foray into television, and Aronofsky has assented to directing some of the material his company produces.

‘Breaking Bad’s Tom Schnauz Inks Overall Deal With Sony TV, Joins ‘Better Call Saul’
Breaking Bad co-executive producer Tom Schnauz is staying in business with the series’ studio, Sony Pictures TV, and creator Vince Gilligan. Schnauz has signed a two-year overall deal with Sony TV. Under the pact, he will join the upcoming Breaking Bad spinoff series,Better Call Saul, created by Gilligan and Breaking Bad’s Peter Gould.http://www.deadline.com/2014/01/breaking-bads-tom-schnauz-inks-overall-deal-with-sony-tv-joins-better-call-saul/

Camryn Manheim To Co-Star In CBS Series ‘Extant’
Camryn Manheim
is set to co-star opposite Halle Berry in CBS‘ upcoming summer drama seriesExtant, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and CBS Television Studios. Manheim will play Sam Barton, Molly’s best friend and closest confidant.

Harry Lloyd Cast In WGN’s ‘Manhattan’, Mark Deklin Joins ‘Devious Maids’ As Regular
Harry Lloyd
(Game Of Thrones) has been tapped for a regular role in WGN America’s 13-episode drama series Manhattan. The show, from writer Sam Shaw and director Thomas Schlamme, Skydance TV, Tribune Studios and Lionsgate TV, is set against the backdrop of the clandestine mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, NM and follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.

Mark Deklin (GCB, Lone Star) has landed a series regular role on the second season of Lifetime’s dramedyDevious Maids. He will play Nicholas, a handsome, charming, well-educated and wealthy Beverly Hills businessman/philanthropist with many secrets, whose first wife died under mysterious circumstances.

‘Devious Maids’ Marc Cherry: Eva Longoria Will Direct Episode
Lifetime’s “Devious Maids”
will return for its second season on April 20, and with it comes some new firepower. Showrunner Marc Cherry’s Co-Executive Producer Eva Longoria will step behind the camera to direct her first ever TV episode.

HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ To End Run After Season 5
The upcoming fifth season of HBO‘s gangster drama Boardwalk Empire will be its last, the network announced at TCA.

(sched) HBO Sets Season 4 Premiere Date For ‘Game Of Thrones’, Slots ‘The Normal Heart’
flagship drama series Game Of Thrones will return for a fourth season on April 6, the network announced at the top of its TCA presentation today. It will be followed by the third-season debut of Veep at 10 PM and the series premiere of Mike Judge‘s new comedy series Silicon Valley at 10:30 PM. The following Sunday, the three series will be joined by the second season of Vice at 11 PM. And HBO Films’ The Normal Heart, an adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play directed by Ryan Murphy and starring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer and Jim Parsons, will have its premiere in May.

Netflix, Nikita, and the sense of an ending
Merrill Barr explains why Nikita’s final six-episode season is mostly for Netflix: The old model was simple: start a show, make 100 episodes, sell-off the syndication rights, continue producing episodes until it’s no longer cost-effective and cancel the series. That was it. In that model, endings mean nothing; they’re just convenient wrap-ups to a story the money men didn’t care about. Netflix has made series finales matter because without an ending a series is less likely to be picked up by their service, and in the age of digital distribution not getting your series on Netflix is like not getting your product into Wal-Mart.

How Delayed Viewing Is Changing the Primetime Game This Season
More than 20 shows have at least doubled their audience in the desirable 18-49 demographic from their initial live airing up to the seventh day of DVR viewing. "There are big shifts," says NBC’s Jeff Bader, president of program planning, strategy and research. "Definitely when you look at the ratings [going up], you feel better." Says CBS chief research officer David Poltrack, speaking at a recent media conference: "I believe that the changes in the way people watch television that have occurred in the past two years are more significant than the changes that occurred in the previous 20 years." Poltrack believes DVR penetration will hit 50 percent of TV homes this season.

Winter TV’s Burning Questions: Leno Exit; ‘Idol’ Reboot; ‘Modern Family’ Slide
"Voice"-less "Blacklist," CBS’ Monday struggles and the ABC comedy’s surprising woes are hot topics as the TCA’s annual gathering begins in Pasadena starting Thursday.

(opinion) Gold Derby: Why Kerry Washington (‘Scandal’) will win Best TV Drama Actress at Golden Globes
Kerry Washington
(“Scandal”) was a frontrunner to win at the Emmys but was beaten by Claire Danes who repeated for “Homeland.” She won’t get a chance to exact revenge at the Globes as Danes was snubbed despite winning there for the last two years in a row. This leaves the Best TV Drama Actress race wide-open, but Washington has the edge. She is the overwhelming choice among our Experts, Editors and both our Top 24 Users from last year and our overall Users.



Rebel Wilson Joins ‘Night At The Museum 3′
Rebel Wilson
has been set to join Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais in Night At The Museum 3, which Shawn Levy is directing from the script written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant and David Guion and Michael Handelman for Fox. Wilson will play the night guard at the British museum where the action takes place this time around. http://www.deadline.com/2014/01/rebel-wilson-joins-night-at-the-museum-3/


UTA’s Joe LaBracio To Head Alternative Programming For Condé Nast Entertainment
Joe LaBracio
, co-head of UTA’s alternative TV department, is leaving the agency for a top executive job at Condé Nast Entertainment. LaBracio has been named EVP, alternative programming and will oversee the development and production of unscripted programming for the company, reporting to Condé Nast Entertainment president Dawn Ostroff.

Sarah Poage Upped To SVP At 44 Blue; Lesley Goldman Joins TruTV As VP Development & Original Programming
Sarah Poage
has been promoted to SVP at 44 Blue Productions. Lesley Goldman has joined truTV as VP Development & Original Programming.

OWN Sets Lindsay Lohan Reality Series Premiere For March 9
OWN today also set a premiere date for Lindsay, the eight-part reality series starring Lindsay Lohan. Lindsay will follow the actress’ life after that rehab stint and premieres March 9 at 10 PM. OWN also said today that Deion’s Family Playbook, which follows the family life of former NFL star Deion Sanders, will premiere March 1 at 10 PM, and Love In The City, about four friends living in New York, will debut April 12 at 10 PM.

Investigation Discovery Looks At Sundown Towns And ‘Secret Lives Of Stepford Wives’
Investigation Discovery‘s
Injustice Files will look at the “little known issue of Sundown Towns,” network chief Henry Schleiffsaid. “I had never heard of this before,” he said, explaining the episode would showcase towns in this country in which African-Americans are not allowed to walk about, after dark — and in some cases not allowed to live. During the ID Q&A session, he also outlined briefly the network’s new Secret Lives Of Stepford Wives.The classic ID-type show will “reveal the dirty laundry of real housewives desperate to cover up their deception, adultery, and greed in order to project a flawless family life,” premiering Tuesday, April 8.

‘American Idol’ Finale to Be Held in New York
Madison Square Garden will host the season 13 closer, according to sources.

Military Channel Rebrands to American Heroes Channel
Discovery Communications
has revamped the Military Channel, renaming the cabler American Heroes Channel effective March 3. Described as the “intersection of military and history programming,” AHC aims to broaden Military Channel’s appeal while still maintaining its emphasis on male demographics.


WWE is cutting the cord to launch its network
After four years and tens of millions of dollars spent on developing a new channel, WWE Corp. ultimately decided to bet on itself. Its new network, unveiled Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is not a traditional channel that will be distributed by pay-TV distributors including cable and satellite companies. Instead, it will be an online network that WWE fans can watch if they shell out $9.99 per month. Besides getting access to all 12 of WWE’s pay-per-view events, including "Wrestlemania," the channel will feature a mix of original programming, reruns of recent episodes of "Raw" and "Smackdown" and older library content.

GoPro Channel coming to Xbox, lets you buy cameras through your console
, the maker of wearable and mounted action cameras, will launch a dedicated video channel for Xbox 360 and Xbox One in the coming months, the company revealed at CES this week. In addition to offering a library of curated videos shot on GoPro cameras, the GoPro Channel Xbox apps will offer the option to purchase the company’s hardware, from cameras to harnesses to other accessories, directly through Xbox Live.

(video) Danica McKellar makes math ‘Wonder’ful in new web series
Danica McKellar loves math, and she’s got the new show to prove it! McKellar is starring in a web series on The Nerdist Channel called Math Bites, which consists of videos that hope to make the rest of us hate math less.



Grey’s Anatomy Star Jesse Williams Welcomes First Child
Jesse Williams
and his wife welcomed their first child together in December, Us Weeklyreports.

CBS Corp. Promotes Diversity Chief Josie Thomas
CBS Corp
. has promoted Josie Thomas to exec VP and chief diversity officer. Thomas, who was previously senior VP, will continue to oversee the Eye’s diversity efforts across all of its businesses.

How Lorimar, the Company Behind ‘Dallas’ and ‘Falcon Crest,’ Bred Hollywood’s Ruling Executive Class
The industry’s major players — Leslie Moonves, Bruce Rosenblum and Nina Tassler