Morning News Update for Wednesday, 1/29/14.


Family Sitcom From Phil Rosenthal, Max Winkler & Rob Reinis Gets ABC Pilot Order; Henry Winkler Expected To Star
has given a pilot order to The Winklers, a family comedy from Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal, Winkler’s son, director Max Winkler, and son-in-law, actor Rob Reinis. The project, which had a pilot production commitment, was conceived as a starring vehicle for Henry Winkler and is based on his relationship with his son-in-law.

Drama Directed By Marc Forster & Starring Ron Perlman Eyes Amazon Pilot Order
Amazon Studios
is finalizing deals for a pilot order to Hand Of God, to be directed by World War Z helmer Marc Forster in his TV directing debut. Ron Perlman is set to topline the edgy drama, written by former Burn Notice executive producer Ben Watkins. Hand Of God centers on the powerful Judge Harris Pernell (Perlman), a hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side who has a religious awakening and starts having visions and hearing voices through his ventilator-bound son that could be God speaking to him.

NBC’s ‘Sean Saves The World’ Cancelled, Shuts Down Production
It’s the end of the road for NBC comedy series Sean Saves The World, which stopped production on its freshman order. The show had received a 5-episode back order for a total of 18. Fourteen episodes have been shot, 12 have aired.

Walls Of Vertical Integration Fall Down As Orders For Projects From Rival Networks’ In-House Studios Skyrocket
Also in its maiden cycle as dedicated supplier to competing networks, ABC Studios has amassed five pilot orders so far. The studio has a couple of other half-hour projects with big commitments, so the tally could go up. This marks a major breakthrough for ABC Studios which, as far as anyone can remember, had not landed a comedy pilot at another broadcast network before. This was the result of an effort by new ABC Studios boss Patrick Moran in his first season at the helm of the studio, and ABC Studios’ head of comedy Amy Hartwick.

Gail Berman Exits BermanBraun, Lloyd Braun To Become Sole Owner
Gail Berman
announced today she will be leaving BermanBraun, the media company she co-founded with Lloyd Braun in 2007. Braun will become sole owner of the company by acquiring Berman’s interest.


Hannibal: Jeremy Davies, Chris Diamantopoulos to Guest-Star on Season 2
Hannibalis continuing to scare up great guest stars. Jeremy Davies and Chris Diamantopoulos will both appear in the NBC drama’s second season.

NEW MEDIA NEWS: to Launch Video Platform With Maker Studios
Maker Studios
, which boasts more than 4.2 billion monthly video views and consistently ranks among the top five YouTube partners, has teamed with to launch an online video platform with original content drawn from the Black Eyed Peas frontman’s interests. In addition to original content, the platform will feature behind-the-scenes videos and collaborations with other artists.


Foxtel renews Wentworth
Australian paynet Foxtel has commissioned a third season of Wentworth, the drama set in an all-women prison, from FremantleMedia Australia. A reimagining of the 1980s cult hit known internationally as Prisoner: Cell Block H, the second series is shooting in Melbourne until mid-February. Production of the third season of 12 episodes will start in March.


(gaming) Spaceships worth more than $200,000 destroyed in biggest virtual space battle ever
EVE Online has its own economics, politics, and trade systems, built almost entirely by players in the 10 years the game has been running. It also has its own wars, as huge alliances vie for control of tracts of space in the massively multiplayer online game. One such conflict came to a head yesterday in the biggest battle in the game’s decade-long history. More than 2,200 of the game’s players, members of EVE’s largest alliances, came together to shoot each other out of the sky. The resultant damage was valued at more than $200,000 of real-world money.

How Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Gets Its Bad Prince Charming Right
Rather than declaring Prince Charming fantasies good or bad, I think Frozen is part of a tradition of adding heft to Prince Charming himself. And that’s a good thing.