Morning News Update for Thursday, 1/16/14.


Showtime To Pick Up Drama ‘The Affair’, Philip Seymour Hoffman Comedy To Series
is expected to announce during their TCA session this morning that it has picked up to series drama pilot The Affair, starring Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson, and comedy pilot Happyish (formerly Trending Down), starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kathryn Hahn and Rhys Ifan. Both will receive 10-episode orders.

Kelen Coleman Joins CBS Comedy Pilot ‘McCarthys’, Fox’s ‘Fatrick’ Finds Lead
Kelen Coleman
has been cast in CBS’ new pilot for The McCarthys, from Sony TV and Will Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment. Coleman plays the daughter, Jackie McCarthy, who is roommates with her gay brother.

Zach Cregger has landed the lead in Fox‘s single-camera comedy pilot/soon-to-be series Fatrick. The project, written by Nahnatchka Khan and Corey Nickerson and to be directed by Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, centers on Patrick (Cregger), a thirtysomething moving man and former fat kid, who, realizing that his life isn’t quite where it should be, is forced to face the damage caused by years of being “Fatrick”: a chubby little kid just trying to survive. Marcia Cross plays his mother.

Fox Adds Kendrick Sampson To ‘Gracepoint’, Kelsey Chow To ‘Hieroglyph’
Kendrick Sampson has been cast in Fox’s 10-hour event series Gracepoint, a remake of the UK’s Broadchurch. Kelsey Chow has been added to Fox‘s 13-episode series Hieroglyph. Chow

Fortune Feimster Cast In Fox’s Matt Hubbard Pilot
Chelsea Latelyregular and writer Fortune Feimster has been cast in Fox‘s multi-camera comedy pilot/soon-to-be-series created/executive produced by Matt Hubbard and exec produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.

The Killing Targets Joan Allen as Linden’s Nemesis
Oscar-nominated actress Joan Allen will cause trouble for The Killing‘s Detective Linden on the show’s fourth and final season on Netflix. Allen will guest-star in a major multi-episode arc as Margaret O’Neal, the head of an all-boys military academy that becomes entangled in this season’s murder mystery.

(sched) Showtime Announces Premiere Dates for ‘Nurse Jackie’, ‘Californication’, ‘Penny Dreadful’ & More
Beginning Sunday, April 13, the sweeping docu-series YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY makes its debut in time for Earth Day at 10 p.m., immediately following the season six premiere of Nurse Jackie, starring Edie Falco, at 9 p.m. and the seventh and final season of Californication, starring David Duchovny, at 9:30 p.m. SHOWTIME’s new series PENNY DREADFUL, the psychological thriller starring Eva Green and Josh Hartnett, premieres on Sunday, May 11 at 10 p.m.

(TCAs) Showtime Executive Session with David Nevins Press Tour Live-Blog
What conversations has David Nevins had with the "Homeland" team about the next season? "Obviously there’s a big reset. This is a show that is fundamentally about a field operative," Nevins says, but he admits that we haven’t seen Carrie out in the field operating. "The likely plan for next year is you will see her on the ground in a foreign capital doing her job," Nevins teases.

(review) THR: Klondike
goes all in for its first scripted drama effort, which delivers bold, cinematic on-location action.

(review) THR: Looking
does an excellent job of highlighting the contemporary gay experience of three friends in San Francisco.


DreamWorks To Remake French Thriller ‘The Prey’
DreamWorks Studios
has acquired the rights to remake The Prey, the French film that was released in 2011 under the titleLa Proie. Cohen Media Group chairman/CEO Charles S. Cohen will produce the remake and Cohn Media Group president Daniel Battsek will be exec producer. Luc Bossi, one of the writers on the original, will be involved in developing the English language redo. Directed by Eric Valette, La Proie centered around a low-level crook who must break out of jail to save his family from his former cellmate and confidante, who, it turns out, is a sadistic serial killer.

Sundance Trend: How Filmmakers Use Kickstarter to Finish Movies
A growing number of directors and producers are turning to crowdfunding to help competition films, such as "The Square" and "Citizen Koch," cross the finish line; says one employee: "Filmmakers come to Kickstarter at all stages of the creative process."


Bravo Greenlights ‘Top Chef Extreme’
Bravo Media
has greenlit a new culinary competition series Top Chef Extreme (working title) pitting former Top Cheffranchise competitors from past seasons against one another. Top Chef Extreme will premiere in summer 2014. In each episode of the newest extension of the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning franchise, two of the most talked-about personalities from Top Chef and Top Chef Masters’ past seasons will face off head-to-head in three rounds of extreme culinary challenges.


Michael Palin to Lead New BBC Supernatural Thriller
LONDON, January 16: Michael Palin is headlining the cast of Remember Me, a three-part mystery for BBC One, marking his first time leading a drama series in more than 20 years. The thriller comes from writer Gwyneth Hughes and is made by Mammoth Screen for BBC One. Palin will play Tom Parfitt, a frail Yorkshireman whose admittance to a nursing home triggers a series of inexplicable events.


Oscar Nominations: Who Was Snubbed
The big movies, actors, directors and screenwriters left out of Thursday morning’s Academy Award nominations.

Five Things You Need To Know About The 2014 Academy Award Nominations
The nominees for the 2014 Academy Awards were announced early this morning, and while it’s easy to go down a million rabbit holes debating who shouldn’t have been included and who was left out, I’ll save the questions of who should win for another day. Instead, here are five big questions–and five big ideas–that this year’s nominations raise about the Academy’s taste and tolerance for violence, the future of science fiction and movie technique, and the reign of Queen Amy Adams.

Oscar Nominations: The Complete List
The nominees for the 86th Annual Academy Awards were announced early this morning from Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Here is the full list of nominations.


Conglomerates Narrow Their Vision and Put Bold Moves on Back Burner
The CEOs of the media conglomerates like to play “good parents” to their prized assets, but are increasingly punitive toward their “stepchildren” — those assets that may occupy an important place in pop culture, but have been consigned to that dread category of mature businesses. Low-growth, capital-intensive properties have lost their luster in the new digital universe. And spinning them off provides a major boost to share price; to CEOs, that’s the end game.