Morning News Update for Friday, 1/10/14.


Comedy Central Orders Ben Stiller-Produced ‘Big Time’
Comedy Central
has given a 10-episode order to “Big Time in Hollywood, FL,” a scripted half-hour from Ben Stiller’s Red Hour banner and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Series follows two brothers and aspiring filmmakers who head out on a journey to pursue their dream after being kicked out of their parents’ house. “Big Time” was created by Alex Anfanger and Dan Schimpf.

Comedy Central Greenlights Animated Cop Comedy Series Produced By Rob Lowe & Will Gluck And Voiced By Lowe, Elizabeth Banks, Will Forte & Kate Mara
Comedy Central
has given a 10-episode order to animated comedy series Moonbeam City, an absurdist take on the gritty, sex-drenched crime dramas from the 1980s. Created and executive produced by Scott Gairdner (Conan), executive produced by Olive Bridge Entertainment’s Will Gluck and Richard Schwartz and produced by Rob Lowe, Moonbeam City features a voice cast led by Lowe, Elizabeth Banks, Will Forte and Kate Mara. It follows undercover detective Dazzle Novak (Lowe), a handsome idiot who commits more crimes than most criminals.

Leonardo DiCaprio & Jonah Hill Team With Rapper Q-Tip For Hip-Hop Drama Series
is partnering with Wolf Of Wall Street co-stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, to develop a scripted TV series loosely based on the rapper’s experience during the Native Tongue era. There is no writer yet for the drama project, which will be produced through DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way and is expected to be taken out to networks next week. Q-Tip, who has been friends with DiCaprio for a long time, is a founding member of the acclaimed hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest

Steve McQueen, BBC Developing Drama Series On The Black Experience In Britain
British director Steve McQueen is headed to the BBC. The 12 Years A Slave helmer is working on a “major drama,” according to BBC Controller Ben Stephenson. The news was first reported by The Daily Mail, who says the West London-set series would explore the black experience in Britain as seen by a group of friends and their families from 1968 to today.

FX Finalizes Casting on Drama Pilot ‘Hoke’ Starring Paul Giamatti
has finalized its casting on the drama series pilot Hoke, starring actor/producer Paul Giamatti, with Oona Chaplin, John Carroll Lynch, Robert Wisdom, Jordi Mollà and Tammy Blanchard rounding out the cast.

David Morrissey To Topline BBC One Miniseries ‘The Driver’
The Driver
, about an ordinary man who makes a terrible decision, is a three-part thriller from BAFTA Award-winning screenwriter Danny Brocklehurst (Shameless UK). The Walking Dead‘s David Morrissey will play taxi driver Vince McKee, who blames himself for a family mystery and accepts an offer to start driving for a criminal gang.

Justified’s Michael Rapaport Moves to Raising Hope
Justified’s newest villain is headed to Natesville. Michael Rapaport, who is currently recurring on the FX drama, is set to guest-star in an episode of Raising Hope.

(review) THR: Helix
The first two hours go at a brisk, thrilling pace that allows for character development as well. A lot happens and there’s a desire for more. The question for Helix will be whether the self-contained nature can keep breeding stories over time. There are hints that things are bigger than they appear, of course, and so Helix could move its environs and expand its world. Or, like Battlestar Galactica, it can thrive on the claustrophobia and fear of something remote with peril afoot.

(q&a) AMC’s Top Execs Go Deep on the State of Their Network
Q: There’s so much more competition in the "quality TV" space. Your own sibling, Sundance, made lots of noise last year with Top of the Lake. Netflix is in the game. Do you have to change your strategy in response? Do you become more indie or more mainstream?

Collier: From day one, we said we wanted to be premium television on basic cable. We want creators to bring us their passion projects. And we wanted to be eclectic by design. So the through line is not to be one or the other; the through line is, we’re going to be original. And when we’re at our best, we’re creating worlds that are truly original … in the sense that you have not seen it before, and we’re going to dive into things in a different way.

: Are we falling into more of a network mentality? I would say definitively, "no." Those spinoff opportunities around Breaking Bad and Walking Dead were ones I don’t think any programmer would pass up. But while we were putting those in the works, we were also doing what we always do best, which is taking enormous swings on projects that live off the basic principles of our brand, which are unexpected, unconventional, and looking for the passion of the audience.

(rumor) Could Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD be heading toward…
Could Deathlok become part of the series? J. August Richard’s character isn’t an exact match for the comic book character, but then again there have been four different Deathlok’s so far and there could be some parallels between where Peterson is going and the Michael Collins version of the cyborg.


MTV2 Announces 2014 Programming Slate; ‘Jobs that Don’t Suck’ to Premiere in April Following the Return of ‘Guy Code’
today announced its 2014 programming slate. All new series “Jobs That Don’t Suck,” hosted by network standout and stand-up comedian Andrew Schulz, is set to premiere in April 2014. Also premiering in April is MTV2’s new weekly series with Major League Baseball (MLB) that will be shot in New York City from the MLB Fan Cave, showcasing MLB athletes off the field through a series of player interviews and features. Additionally, MTV2’s highest rated series ever, “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out,” will return to the network with all new episodes premiering in summer 2014.

Nat Geo Wild Sets New Cesar Millan Series
Dog trainer Cesar Millan has cut a deal for a new series on Nat Geo Wild, “Cesar 911,” which will bow simultaneously in March on the Spanish-language Nat Geo Mundo channel. New skein plunges him into the heart of communities as he answers their call for help with unruly hounds.


(video) Watch the Trailer for Hulu’s Hotwives of Orlando
The line between parody and reality is so thin when it comes to rich, fabulous, screaming people, so we’re interested to see how Hulu’s upcoming original series Hotwives of Orlando succeeds at skewering the eminently skewer-able. Between Casey Wilson, Kristen Schaal, and the catchphrase "I’m so good at being Phe Phe," it has a lot of promise.


‘Breaking Bad’ is Dealt Four ACEs in Eddie Noms
Film directors nabbed two of the 10 film slots in the 64th annual ACE Eddie Awards nominations. But the biggest news is the near-sweep of “Breaking Bad” in the one-hour TV drama category.


US pay TV households to pass 103 million this year
More than 103 million US households will subscribe to pay TV services by the end of 2014, according to research by Parks Associates.“Our research shows 31% of pay-TV subscribers want remote DVR access, while 27% are interested in TV Everywhere and 26% in personalised recommendations. For these services to succeed, providers must increase awareness of their offerings while balancing cost concerns of their subscriber base,” said John Barrett, director, consumer analytics, Parks Associates.

US second-screen use ‘at 80%’
Almost 80% of second-screen users in the US access their devices while watching TV shows, according to a new study. However, only 13% of respondents said that using synchronised content – such as using a device to vote during a reality show – on their second screens had made their programme viewing experience “much more enjoyable,” providing an area of growth for second-screen content creators to target.

That Target hack was way worse than we thought
Today, a forensic firm confirmed to CNBC that the hack affected more like 70 million people, and didn’t simply involve the aforementioned pay information. In addition, those able to breach Target’s security lines also obtained names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.

America’s next crisis: Tens of millions falling into poverty
What’s unfolding now is that much of the 76-million-member Baby Boom generation—all demographics—has not saved enough for their retirement, making Social Security and Medicare their primary means of support. Only 20 percent seniors, with incomes of more than $58,000 a year, will not rely on Social Security as their primary income source, the National Academy of Social Insurance found last fall. Women and communities of color will be especially hard-hit. “Two-thirds of working Americans cannot maintain their standard of living in retirement—and that assumes they work until 65,”