Evening News Update for Monday, 1/13/14.


Adaptations Of Spanish Drama ‘Mysteries Of Laura’ , DC Comic ‘Constantine’ Get NBC Pilot Orders
has picked up to pilot Warner Bros TV-produced drama The Mysteries Of Laura, from writer Jeff Rake, Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Prods. and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. The project, based on the popular Spanish series Los Misterios De Laura, had a production commitment. It follows the life and relationships of a female homicide detective who can handle murderous criminals — but not her evil twins. Rake wrote the adaptation and will executive produce with Berlanti and Kaplan, while Berlanti Productions’ Melissa Kellner Berman co-execute produces.

It is a big day for Warner Bros TV and DC Comics. NBC has greenlighted a pilot for Constantine, a drama based on the characters in DC Comics’ John Constantine stories. The project, which had a script commitment with penalty, is written/executive produced by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer. Constantine centers on John Constantine, an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond.


Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Newsroom’ Renewed for Third and Final Season
"The Office" actor/producer Paul Lieberstein will join Sorkin, Alan Poul and Scott Rudin as an executive producer on the show.

Fox: ‘Bones’ likely to be renewed for 10th season and final season
Will Bones hit 10? It sounds likely, judging from Fox chairman Kevin Reilly’s comments. The executive told critics the Monday night procedural drama is looking good for a 10th season pick-up. “We’re negotiating on Bones for another season I anticipate it will be back,” Reilly said, and also added that producer Stephen Nathan will be showunner freeing up Hart Hanson to focus on his new drama Backstrom.


Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recruits Bill Paxton
Bill Paxton
will begin an arc of at least four episodes on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.starting in late February or early March. Paxton plays Agent John Garrett, who will work alongside agents Ward (Brett Dalton) and May (Ming-Na Wen) and "comes into the fold in a very surprising way," says executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen.


Big Bang Theory Scoop: Details on James Earl Jones and Carrie Fisher’s Guest Roles
James Earl Jones and Carrie Fisher will both guest-star in an upcoming episode of The Big Bang Theory. As first reported the Star Warsalums will cameo as themselves on the CBS series.

NYT: For TV Fans, Cramming In Sunday’s Best
Though it may seem counterintuitive to frustrated viewers, the networks say there are historical, anthropological and basic logistical reasons that a Sunday night time slot is so coveted. Over decades of television viewing, audiences have developed a primal relationship with Sunday night, which finds them in a mood that is particularly receptive to narratives and the experiences of other people. “It has both the anticipation and dread of the following week, so you’re in an emotional state,” Mr. Simon said. “It’s a perfect evening to play off the emotions of your viewer.”

(TCAs) FOX Executive Session with Kevin Reilly Press Tour Live-Blog
"R.I.P. pilot season," Kevin Reilly says. FOX is bypassing pilot season this year. "The broadcasting developing and scheduling system was built for a different era," Reilly says. He says that every first season show needs further cooking. He wants to find a better way. They’re in some stage of development on 10 shows. "For FOX, I think we can build a more talent-friendly way of doing this," Reilly says.


‘Gotham’ TV Show Is Batman Origin Story Told in “Operatic Soap” Style
When we first heard about the Batman spin-off TV show Gotham, the concept seemed to exclude Batman. Fox’s Kevin Reilly has given up some more info at the TCAs. Specifically, Bruce Wayne will be in the show, starting as a youth, and we’ll see him become Batman. That’s right — this is another origin story. “We see Detective Gordon, before he’s a commissioner, all the characters you know, Bruce Wayne, the Penguin, all of them. It’s Gotham teetering on the edge, and we see what makes these characters become who they are, [like] Catwoman. It’s an operatic soap that has a slightly larger-than-life quality to it.”

(ratings) HBO’s ‘True Detective’ Premieres To 2.3 Million Viewers, ‘Girls’ Returns With 1.1 Million
‘True Detective’s’
premiere was biggest since ‘Boardwalk Empire’ in 2010.



‘Chronicle’s Max Landis Takes On Sony’s ‘Houdini’ Project
Sony Pictures
has Max Landis working his magic on a new draft of Houdini, the film being produced by Jimmy Miller. I’m told that is telling the story with an HP Lovecraft influence.


Fox to Bring ‘Magic: The Gathering’ to the Big Screen
Magic: The Gathering is heading to the big screen. 20th Century Fox has closed a deal to acquire the hugely popular fantasy card game from Hasbro and will develop the property with an eye to launch a massive franchise on the scale of Harry PotterandThe Lord of the Rings. The studio has enlisted Simon Kinberg to produce the adaptation. Magic involves cards with a host of wizards and creatures, weapons and spells that players use to defeat each other.

Michael Douglas is Hank Pym in ‘Ant-Man’
Michael Douglas
will be in Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man. He’ll be the first Ant-Man, Henry “Hank” Pym. That pegs Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, who becomes Ant-Man after stealing Pym’s tech.


(review) Variety: ‘Crazy Hearts: Nashville’
Another docu-soap that’s far more sudsy than “docu,” the series assembles a group of aspiring or semi-established musicians to focus on their lives and (more often) loves. Cynically piling on the Southern-fried-TV trend, all that’s missing are I Love My Gun and Pickup Truck T-shirts.

Gurin Company to Adapt Wanna Bet? for the U.S.
ZDF Enterprises
and The Gurin Company have agreed to a deal that sees Wanna Bet? being adapted for the U.S. market. The new half-hour format will also be based on the underlying idea of having everyday people make bold bets about incredible feats they think they can pull off. Each half-hour episode will consist of five different bets, four of which are inserts from the Wanna Bet? archive, along with user-generated submissions. One live bet will take place in the studio.


‘Black Sails’: Starz to Show First Episode on Machinima
When Starz’ new pirate drama “Black Sails” sails onto screens this month, it will drop anchor on YouTube. Video entertainment network Machinima will air the show’s first episode on January 18, the cable channel and the new media company said on Monday. That will be a whole week before it premieres on Starz.

More Jerry Seinfeld and original series for Crackle
has ordered another season of its signature show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee as well as several new and returning shows. The Sony Pictures Television-owned online channel has just launched the third season of the web series in which comedian Jerry Seinfeld takes other comics for a car ride and coffee. The line-up for season four has not been confirmed.

Crackle also announced a new original series. Playing It Forward, will be produced by Robert Downey Jr.’s prodco Team Downey and follow street performers, showcasing surprise street performances by some of the world’s biggest artists in unplanned, unexpected environments across the US. The first episode of Playing It Forward features a surprise show by singer and songwriter John Legend.


Secret Jerry Seinfeld–Larry David Project Might Be a Broadway Play
Last week, during a Reddit AMA, Jerry Seinfeld revealed that he and Larry David worked together on a script for a secret "big, huge, gigantic" project. All Seinfeld would say is that it involved "intentional mumbling." There was no word even of what medium this script was for. Well, last night, Showbiz 411 might’ve found the answer. "I’ve written a play," Larry David revealed. He added that Seinfeld would "maybe" star in it.


AVClub: Where did all the inspiring TV politicians go?
Americans have always been cynical about politics, and TV has certainly reflected that, but usually through “evil politicians” as supporting characters or villains, not as series leads. That’s changed in the growing political rancor of recent months and years. And the stars of House Of Cards and Scandal reflect the current fatigue and deflation over the toxic political environment.

Charter Offers to Buy Time Warner Cable for $61 Billion
Charter Communications
has gone public with an offer to acquire Time Warner Cable in a deal that would be worth more than $61 billion — an offer the bigger operator called “grossly inadequate.”

(stage) New ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ ‘Kinky Boots’ coming to Pantages
The new production of "The Phantom of the Opera" and the national tour of the Cyndi Lauper musical "Kinky Boots" will be part of the Pantages Theatre’s 2014-15 season, organizers announced on Monday. The season will also include touring versions of the recent Broadway productions of "Pippin" and "Motown the Musical," as well as the return of perennial favorites "Jersey Boys" and "Wicked." As previously announced, the national tour of Disney’s "Newsies" will also be part of the season.

Two People Shot at Florida Movie Theater
Authorities say a man is in custody, suspected of shooting and wounding two people inside a Tampa Bay area movie theater. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office reports that the shooting occurred Monday at The Grove 16 Theater in Wesley Chapel, north of Tampa, Fla., as the two victims were preparing to watch a matinee of Lone Survivor. The sheriff’s office wasn’t immediately naming the suspect or what his motives might have been.