Evening News Update for Thursday, 1/30/14.


Family Comedy From ‘Friends,’ ‘Seinfeld’ Alums Nabs CBS Pilot Order
"The Mistake"
hails from Shana Goldberg-Meehan, David Mandel and Scott Silveri and marks the network’s eighth half-hour pilot this season. Multicamera Warner Bros. Television comedy The Mistake revolves around a couple who just "finished" raising their kids who discovers that they are pregnant.

HBO To Develop Comedy Based On Book ‘Lookaway, Lookaway’ With Sue Naegle & David Miner Producing
has optioned the novel Lookaway, Lookaway by Wilton Barnhardt for a comedy series, which will be executive produced by former HBO entertainment president-turned-producer Sue Naegle and top comedy producer, 3 Arts’ David Miner. The project, set in Charlotte, North Carolina’s high society, is described as a scathing comic window into the dysfunction of the American family, as Old South traditions clash with 21st Century realities of sex, race, religion and class. Barnhardt will co-executive produce. Search is underway for a writer to pen the project, with Barnhardt involved at the story stage.

CIA Drama From ‘Revenge,’ ‘Bates Motel’ Producers Scores CBS Pilot Order
CBS has picked up its fourth drama pilot of the year. The untitled drama hails from Revenge’s Nikki Toscano and centers on a retired CIA operative who is pulled back into action following a terrorist event that rocks Washington, D.C., and forced to investigate closer to home, where the next generation of terrorists are being bred. Toscano will pen the script and executive produce the Universal Television and CBS Television Studios entry, with Bates Motel co-showrunner Kerry Ehrin on board as a consultant.


ABC Orders Comedy Pilots From Lauren Iungerich, Emily Kapnek
has ordered pilots for “Damaged Goods” and “Selfie,” two comedies hailing from Warner Bros. TV. Penned by “Awkward” creator Lauren Iungerich, “Damaged Goods” is a single-cam comedy about the sexual politics that have changed between men and women in the post-feminist era. “Selfie” is written and exec produced by Emily Kapnek, and was inspired by “My Fair Lady.” Comedy tells the story of a self-obsessed 20-something woman who is more concerned with social media “likes” than being liked. After suffering a public and humiliating breakup, she becomes the subject of a viral video and enlists the help of a marketing expert to help repair her tarnished image.

MTV Picks Up Drama ‘Finding Carter’ to Series
The network has picked up family drama Finding Carter to series. The 12-episode drama centers on a teenager who learns that her mother abducted her as a child. Bones’ Emily Silver penned the script based on an original idea and Terri Minsky exec produces. Skins alum Kathryn Prescott stars as Carter; Alexis Denisof, Milena Govich, Cynthia Watros, Anna Jacoby-Heron and Zac Pullam co-star, with Meredith Baxter and Robert Pine boarding the show in new recurring roles as Carter’s grandparents.


Paramount TV Inks Two-Project Deal With Craig Brewer
recently relaunched TV division has signed one of its first major development deals — a pact with Hustle & Flow filmmaker Craig Brewer to write, direct and executive produce two drama pilots.

Rob Schneider Challenges TV Biz Model With Independently Produced Comedy Series He Co-Created, Financed & Stars In
Rob Schneider
is self-financing and starring in an eight-episode independently produced comedy series he co-wrote with his wife, Mexican writer-producer Patricia Azarcoya Schneider, who will co-star on the show, and his friend, comedian Jamie Lissow. Real Rob, the single-camera, documentary-style half-hour show is edgier and geared to cable networks. It centers on Rob, playing a version of himself, his Mexican wife Patricia, also playing herself, Rob’s incompetent assistant whom he cannot fire because he is his friend, and Rob’s personal stalker. The narrative is punctuated by Schneider doing stand-up bits in the vein of FX’s Louie and the early years of Seinfeld.


‘Banshee’ Renewed for Third Season at Cinemax
Season three of the Alan Ball action series will premiere in 2015.

Ally Lattman Takes On WE tv Scripted Role
Ally Lattman
has joined WE tv as a scripted programming consultant. She will work for Cheryl Bloch, who came on board in October as SVP Scripted Programming, WE tv’s first scripted executive, as the network is entering the genre.

(video) Robert Rodriguez Releases First Full Trailer for ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ Series
The show, debuting March 11, is the first scripted original on Rodriguez’s new cable network El Rey.


‘Psych’s Timothy Omundson Gets Starring Role In ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Galavant’
has found its king. Psych standout Timothy Omundson has been cast as the second lead opposite Joshua Sasse in ABC’s single-camera pilot

USA’s ‘Playing House’ Sets All-Star Guest List
Bobby Moynihan, Lindsay Sloane, Jason Mantzoukas and more will pop into the comedy from Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair.

‘Dexter’s’ Jennifer Carpenter to Star in ABC’s ‘Sea of Fire’
She’ll play a driven FBI agent in the drama from "Scandal’s" Jenna Bans.

‘Franklin & Bash’ Adds New Series Regular for Season 4
Toni Trucks
has joined the Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer legal series.


Shia LaBeouf, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride Join Bill Murray in ‘Rock the Kasbah’
Shia LaBeouf
has signed on to join Bill Murray and Bruce Willis in Barry Levinson’s comedy “Rock the Kasbah,” which has also added Danny McBride, Zooey Deschanel and Kate Hudson to its ensemble cast. Written by Mitch Glazer, “Rock the Kasbah” follows Richie Vance, a has-been rock manager who takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan. When Richie finds himself in Kabul, abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol”, the wildly popular “Afghan Star.”


Bravo Orders Relationship Docuseries ‘Friends to Lovers’
From World of Wonder, the reality show follows several sets of friends transitioning from platonic to romantic relationships.

Bravo Renews ‘Top Chef’ For 12th Season
Bravo Media
has picked up a 12th season of Emmy and James Beard Award-winning Top Chef.

TLC Growing Its Polygamist Family With ‘My Five Wives’ 9-Episode Order, Debuting March 9
announced today it would debut nine episodes of My Five Wives on Sunday, March 9 at 10 PM, after its successful one-hour pilot try-out in September.

‘Gamification’: The Way to Revive Reality TV
Unscripted TV is far more fertile ground for digital-driven interactivity than are dramas and comedies, which is why many of the genre’s shows are already equipped with extensive social-media adjuncts. But there’s so much further to go beyond hashtags and voting to give viewers more of an investment to tune in when a show airs.


BBC One Commissions Full Season of Still Open All Hours
has commissioned a full season of their one-off comedy hit Still Open All Hours, set to air later this year. Still Open All Hours is a British sitcom sequel to the series Open All Hours, written by original series writer Roy Clarke.


Bob Iger and Willow Bay to Host Fundraiser for Sen. Patrick Leahy
Ron Meyer, Les Moonves, Michael Lynton, Brad Grey
and Jim Gianopulos are among the co-hosts for the event to raise money for the Vermont senator’s 2016 reelection campaign, set for next month in Los Angeles.


New Line Leaving Longtime Los Angeles HQ, Moving to Burbank
In a cost-saving move, New Line Cinema is leaving its longtime home in Los Angeles in June and moving to the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank. The Warner division has been headquartered on Robertson Boulevard for 25 years. New Line will move into Building 76, taking over the space formerly occupied by Legendary Entertainment.