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


BBC America Orders ‘The Game’ Espionage Miniseries
The six-part series hails from "Being Human’s" Toby Whithouse and stars Brian Cox. Slated for a fall debut, The Game is being described as a 1970s Cold War spy thriller set in the world of espionage. It tells the story of the invisible war fought by MI5 as it battled to protect the nation from the threats of the Cold War.

WGN America Orders Scripted Series ‘Ten Commandments’
WGN America
has ordered the 10-part scripted event series "Ten Commandments" from The Weinstein Company. 10 Filmmakers, Each to Direct a Single Commandment; Gus Van Sant, Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan, Wes Craven and Michael Cera On Board Academy Award-Winning Bruce Cohen and Bob Weinstein to Produce

Hallmark Channel Adapting ‘Chesapeake Shores’ Book Series for TV
Hallmark Channel is hoping to bring the Chesapeake Shores novels by New York Times best-selling author Sherryl Woods to the small screen. The cabler announced that it is developing a potential series for a 2015 launch. This would mark the Crown Media Holdings-owned network’s fourth scripted offering should it go to series. The series focuses on the O’Brien family, a multigenerational clan who reunite in their hometown on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay after years apart to face the memories of their past and learn the importance of reconciliation.

Pete Smith, Red Planet produce Motown drama
Pete Smith
is hooking up with writer Tony Jordan to create a 10-part musical series about the Motown movement.Smith is working with Jordan, film producer Duncan Kenworthy and former Universal Music UK chairman John Kennedy to create and distribute Stop! In the Name of Love. Jordan’s Red Planet Pictures is attached to produce the show following a deal with EMI Music Publishing, which owns the Motown catalogue. The show will use music producer Berry Gordy’s famous record label as a “integral part of the contemporary drama’s storyline about a group of smart thirty-somethings and their search for love and friendship”.

Netflix Renews ‘Lilyhammer’ For Third Season
The second season of the Steven Van Zandt-starring original series debuted in December.

Sundance Channel Promises More of French Zombie Drama ‘The Returned’
Sundance Channel
chief Sarah Barnett opened her Television Critics Assn. session Saturday by promising the crowd more zombies — the Gallic walking dead of “The Returned.” Barnett said new episodes of the show — which she called “the non-zombie French zombie show” — would air on Sundance later this year.

Orphan Black Books Michelle Forbes for Arc
Orphan Black
just upped its badass quotient. Michelle Forbes, who recently wrapped up a stint on NBC’s Chicago Fire, is joining the BBC America hit in Season 2 for multiple episodes.

Yvonne Strahovski Joins ’24’ Limited Series
The "Dexter" and "Chuck" alum will play a CIA field operative in London.

(sched) ‘Better Call Saul,’ ‘Mad Men’ Get Premiere Dates; ‘Talking Dead’ Renewed
will debut new dramas "Turn" in April and "Halt and Catch Fire" in June. Better Call Saul, which focuses on the evolution of Bob Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman before he became Walter White’s attorney, will debut in November. (A specific date has not yet been determined.) The first half of Mad Men’s final season will bow Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m.

(sched) From Dusk Till Dawn Series Gets Premiere Date, Plus Info on Robert Orci’s Soccer Star/Spy Drama
The El Rey Network announced that its first original scripted drama, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, will premiere on Tuesday, March 11 at 9/8c. Network founder and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez will direct the first, second and fourth of Season 1′s 10 total episodes, while Emmy winner Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) will oversee make-up effects. Nikita executive producer Carlos Coto will serve as showrunner.

El Rey also revealed details on Matador, a new action series being produced by Sleepy Hollow‘s Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and set to premiere in summer 2014. Loosely inspired by the life of Major League Baseball catcher Morris “Moe” Berg, it will revolve around Antonio “Matador” Bravo, a popular soccer star whose sports career is but a cover. In truth, he is a skilled covert operative executing missions for a little known branch of the CIA.

(video) First Trailer For The TV Series Version Of From Dusk Till Dawn
Fargo isn’t the only greta 90s movie getting a TV do-over this year, with From Dusk Till Dawn providing Robert Rodriguez‘s new El Rey Network with what should be, I think, its first proper draw.

(video) ‘Outlander’ trailer: It’s here!
The eagerly awaited trailer for Starz’ time-travel romance drama series Outlander is here. The first video footage from the fantasy series based on Diana Gabaldon’s novels. the story follows Claire (Caitriona Balfe), a married combat nurse in the 1940s who’s vacationing with her husband (Tobias Menzies) in Scotland. Claire falls through a time-travel portal to the 18th century, where she falls in love with a young warrior (Sam Heughan). The series will premiere later this year.


‘Star Wars’ Rumors: Who Is J.J. Abrams Eyeing for ‘Episode VII’?
Michael Fassbender, Adam Driver and Hugo Weaving are among the many actors to catch director J.J. Abrams eye – while sources indicate Luke, Leia and Han will have larger roles in the film than originally thought.


Pivot Gives Early Renewal to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘HitRecord on TV’
Premiering Jan. 18, the first episode has already gotten almost 500,000 streams according to Participant president Evan Shapiro. Pivot is quite confident in HitRecord on TV. The cable extension of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s web endeavor has nabbed a second season renewal ahead of its Jan. 18 series premiere.

Mark Burnett & El Rey Network Bring Lucha Libre Wrestling Events to the U.S.
Mark Burnett
has partnered with visionary film director Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network to create a new sports business in the U.S. featuring high-flying lucha libre wrestling. The business begins with a weekly one-hour series featuring a new lucha libre league, premiering on El Rey Network the second half of 2014.

Pivot Ending ‘Raising McCain,’ ‘Jersey Strong’
The new Pivot network is ending two shows, Meghan McCain’s “Raising McCain”and the acclaimed docu-series “Jersey Strong.” The cancellations are the first for Participant Media’s network, which debuted last year and skews toward millenials.


Fox Taps the Lonely Island to Develop TV Shows Via Digital Platforms
is extending its efforts to mine the next generation of TV hits on digital platforms, inking comedy troupe the Lonely Island to an “alternative” development deal. The Lonely Island is comprised of Andy Samberg, who stars on the Golden Globe-winning Fox series “Brooklyn 99,” Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer.


Bob Iger Weighs A Broadway Show For ‘Frozen’
Bob Iger
spoke to Fortune for a gushy feature posted today about how the animated musical film was, as he put it, “my proudest moment as the CEO of the Walt Disney Company.” Iger tells Fortune that that Disney is talking about developing a show for Frozen although “We’re not demanding speed…We’re demanding excellence.” The company also is considering sequels.

Disney Channel Renews ‘Liv and Maddie’
The twins comedy starring Dove Cameron will be back for a sophomore season.


Golden Globes: Complete Winners List
12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Breaking Bad,Brooklyn Nine-Nineand Behind the Candelabrawere among the big winners at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night.

Golden Globes jaw-droppers: How did ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and Andy Samberg do it?
How did Fox’s freshman laffer pull off these double jaw-droppers? The answer is surprisingly simple. Put a shiny new toy in front of the faces of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. voters, and they just can’t help but play with it. This year’s comedy line-up was full of older shows, some well past their prime, making "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" the only fresh choice in the mix.


‘At least three’ more major US retailers reportedly suffer data breaches
and Neiman Marcus could be the tip of the iceberg, if a new Reuters report is correct. At least three other US retailers also suffered data breaches "using similar techniques" to the one that penetrated Target last month. Reuters doesn’t specify the names of the companies affected, only that they are "well-known US retailers" which do their business in shopping malls, and aren’t yet certain whether the people responsible for the Target breach — which exposed up to 70 million names, email address, and phone numbers — perpetrated these cyberattacks as well.