Afternoon News Update for Tuesday, 1/28/14.


CBS Orders Romantic Comedy Pilot From Jackie & Jeff Filgo
CBS just gave a pilot order to Save The Date, from That 70′s Show alums Jackie and Jeff Filgo. The comedy was developed at ABC Studios, which will co-produce the pilot with CBS TV Studios. Written and exec producer by the Filgos, Save The Date centers on Kate, 35 and newly single, who drunkenly books a wedding venue and now is faced with the task of meeting the right man in time. The format of the project will be hybrid, in the vein of How I Met Your Mother: a multi-camera comedy employing shorter scenes and no live audience.

Kevin Williamson Stalker Drama Gets Pilot Order At CBS
is officially in the Kevin Williamson business. The network has given a pilot order to an untitled drama from The Following creator, Warner Bros. TV and Williamson’s studio-based Outerbanks Entertainment. Written and executive produced by Williamson, the psychological thriller centers around a pair of detectives who handle stalking incidents for the Threat Management Unit of the LAPD.

Is Robert Evans Working On A Pay Cable Series About ’70s Hollywood? You Bet He Is!
Robert Evans
has partnered with Television 360 to develop a pay cable TV series about Hollywood in the 1970s. They’ve made a deal with Fox 21, and Evans is exec producing with Guymon Casady, Dean Schnider and Scott Lambert. They are out to writers right now. Set in the ’70s with a creative tone similar to Casino, it involves the last days before studios were taken over by conglomerates, when they were run by wily entrepreneurs, and where there was a mob influence, drugs, sex, excess, casting couches, and some of the best movies made in the 20th century.

Warner Horizon Topper Craig Erwich To Depart
Warner Horizon
EVP Craig Erwich will be leaving his post atop Warner Bros TV’s cable/alternative division. I hear Erwich opted not to renew his contract and will stay on until his current deal is up in March. I hear Erwich felt it was time to move on. It is unclear what he would do next but sources indicate it would likely be another executive position for the well-liked exec.

‘Haven’ Renewed For Season 5 With 26-Episode Order
has greenlit 26 new episodes of drama Haven, the channel said today. The first 13 episodes of Season 5 are set to premiere this fall with the remaining 13 episodes scheduled to air in 2015.


Casey Wilson To Star In NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Marry Me’ From ‘Happy Endings’ Creator
Casey Wilson
has been tapped as the female lead in Marry Me, NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot from Happy Endings creator/showrunner David Caspe, Sony TV and Jamie Tarses’ Fanfare. The project, directed by Seth Gordon, is said to be in the vein of Mad About You and centers on a young couple who get engaged, something they quickly realize is harder than it looks.

Stephen Root Joins AMC’s Revolutionary War Drama ‘Turn’
Character actor Stephen Root has joined the cast of AMC’s upcoming Revolutionary War drama “Turn.”


Jason Reitman to Direct, Produce ‘The Possibilities’ for Indian Paintbrush
Jason Reitman
has signed to direct and produce “The Possibilities” for Indian Paintbrush. The book will hit stores on May 13 via Simon & Schuster, which is publishing the new novel from “The Descendants” author Kaui Hart Hemmings. Set in a Colorado ski town, “The Possibilities” follows a grieving mother struggling to overcome her son’s death who is visited by a mysterious girl with a secret that may change both their lives. Reitman and his Right of Way partner Helen Estabrook will produce with Indian Paintbrush, which optioned the novel.

Good Universe Makes Key Hires and Promotions
Good Universe has made several key hires and promotions as it seeks to ramp up a production slate for 2014. Erin Westerman, who served as an executive at Disney where she oversaw Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, has been brought on as vice president, production while Cristen Carr Strubbehas been tapped as senior vp, physical production. Meanwhile Spencer Wong, who was previously director of development, has been promoted to vp, production and Jeremy Needelman has been named senior vp of strategy, finance & accounting.

‘Captain America 3′ Takes Shape at Marvel
is still focusing on “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which arrives in April, but sources tell Variety that Anthony and Joe Russo will be back in the director’s chair for a third installment, even though the film hasn’t officially been greenlit. Negotiations wouldn’t begin untill after “Winter Soldier” bows but sources say Marvel has been so impressed with the production of the film, as well as with strong results from recent test screenings, that the studio has moved fast to attach the brothers to the next installment.


Christian Sarabia Elevated To President Of 51 Minds; Co-Founder Mark Cronin Exits To Launch New Company
Christian Sarabia
now has been named President of 51 Minds. Mark Cronin, the Co-Founder of 51 Minds Entertainment, exits his Managing Director position to launch a new production company, Little Wooden Boat Productions.

Electus’ Jimmy Fox To Run U.S. Division Of ‘Peep Show’ Producer Objective Productions
Objective Productions
, the All3Media-owned, London-based production company behind Channel 4’s hit comedy series Peep Show and TLC’s Secret Princes, is ramping up its U.S. operation, bringing in Electus’ Head of Creative Development Jimmy Fox to run it. Fox has been named EVP of Objective USA, overseeing all aspects of unscripted and scripted development and reporting to Objective Productions founder Andrew O’Connor. He starts in February and will be based at All3Media America‘s offices in Los Angeles.

Tim Tebow to Guest-Host ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’
The ESPN analyst and former Denver Broncos quarterback joins the morning-show team Friday, just in time for Super Bowl mania.


Louis C.K. to Release His 15-Year-Old First Film Online
Louis C.K.,
no stranger to digital releases, will unveil his first feature film ever, “Tomorrow Night,” on Wednesday at noon EST on his website. C.K. wrote and directed the black-and-white film in 1998 while still a struggling comedian and TV writer and, while it screened at Sundance and other film festivals, it never was picked up for distribution. It features then-unknowns who would go on to become big stars, such as Steve Carell, JB Smoove, Wanda Sykes, Conan O’Brien and Amy Poehler.

(video) Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael take on ‘Les Mis’ like you’ve never seen before
Stars! They’re just like us: They perform silly reenactments of the “Confrontation” scene from Les Misérables whenever they can.


Disney Channel Introduces Network’s First Gay Couple
Disney Channel
featured its first same-sex couple Sunday night during an episode of “Good Luck Charlie.” First announced in June 2013, the episode featured lesbian mothers Susan and Cheryl, who drop off their daughter Taylor for a play date to the surprise of Charlie’s parents, played by Leigh-Allyn Baker and Eric Allan Kramer.

‘Marvel Universe Live’ arena stunt show tour dates, plot revealed
Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor, Wolverine and more Marvel superheroes are teaming up against supervillain Loki in “Marvel Universe Live,” a live-action arena stunt show set to begin touring this summer. Dates for the 85-city tour show were announced Tuesday, with the show kicking off in Tampa, Fla., in July before making its official world premiere at New York City’s Barclays Center on Aug. 13.


TV advertising spend up 4.3%
TV advertising represented 57.6% of total global ad spend in Q3 2013 up 4.3% in the first three quarters of last year, according to new Nielsen stats.

Primetime Emmys To Air On August 25 — And It’s A Monday
and the TV Academy have set the date for the 66th Primetime Emmys, August 25. As usual when the Emmys are on NBC, the ceremony will air a month earlier than its normal late-September date. But this year the network and the TV Academy are throwing a curveball by scheduling the show on a Monday instead of its traditional Sunday berth.