Afternoon News Update for Friday, 1/31/14.


ABC Drama Pilots ‘Warriors’ & ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ Find Directors
Martin Campbell is set to direct ABC‘s drama pilot Warriors, from Chris Keyser, Mandeville and ABC Studios. Michael Offer, who directed multiple episodes of Last Resort, will helm the ABC/ABC Studios drama pilot, How To Get Away With Murder, written by Peter Nowalk and produced by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.

David Wain To Direct Amy Poehler’s NBC Pilot ‘Old Soul’
David Wain
has signed on to direct NBC‘s single-camera comedy pilot Old Soul, co-created by Amy Poehler and starring Natasha Lyonne.

ABC’s Anthony Anderson/Kenya Barris Pilot Taps Larry Wilmore As Showrunner
untitled Anthony Anderson/Kenya Barris comedy pilot has tapped The Daily Show’s senior black correspondent Larry Wilmore as executive producer/showrunner.

Tom Lieber Departs Universal Cable Prods, Joins ‘Dominion’ As Producer
Universal Cable Prods.
VP Tom Lieber is leaving the company. Lieber is leaving to join Syfy/UCP’s drama Dominion, which he had been shepherding for the studio. He will be based in South Africa where the series is filmed.


CBS’ Halle Berry Drama ‘Extant’ Recruits ‘Newsroom’ Actress
Grace Gummer has joined the cast of the upcoming summer series.

Penny Marshall and Lorraine Bracco to Play Lesbian Couple in Fox Comedy Mulaney
Penny Marshall
and Lorraine Bracco are set to play a lesbian couple in Fox’s forthcoming comedy Mulaney.

Carole Bouquet, Christina Cole Join NBC’s ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Miniseries
Carole Bouquet
and Christina Cole have signed on to NBC‘s four-hour miniseries Rosemary’s Baby, an adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin.


Fox Picks Up Biblical Thriller Script ‘The Unseen’
Fox has bought biblical thriller script The Unseen, written by John Travis, with Hutch Parker attached to produce. The script is based on the short story Mr. Pettinger’s Daemon, which appeared in John Connolly’s collection of short fiction stories Nocturnes. The plot centers on a hospital cleric who is tasked with treating a fellow clergyman in a remote parish who has been displaying severe signs of mental illness. When he arrives, he discovers that the root of his colleague’s erratic behavior is a biblical force of evil that is trying to surface from deep below the church.\

Disney Reviving ‘Chip ‘n Dale’ for a Live-Action Feature
Chip ‘n’ Dale
, Disney’s classic cartoon chipmunk duo, is being revived with the goal of becoming a big-screen feature. The studio has picked up a pitch from Robert Rugan, an award-winning commercials director, who is writing an updated take on the characters in what is being envisioned as a live-action/CG hybrid. Mandeville Films/TV, the Disney-based production shingle run by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman that is also behind the studio’s Muppets franchise, is producing.


‘Def Comedy Jam’ Co-Creator Returns With New Series ‘Laff Mobb’s We Got Next’
Bob Sumner will premiere his new series, “Laff Mobb’s We Got Next,” Feb. 18 at 10 p.m. on ASPiRE. Hosted by Sumner and filmed in front of a live audience at North Hollywood’s El Portal Theater, the eight-episode series will deliver “clean stand-up” comedy performances and profiles of the next generation of great African American comics, showcasing more than 32 up-and-coming comics.

Entire ‘Tonight Show’ Staff Laid Off as Jimmy Fallon Moves Show From Burbank to NYC
NBCUniversal plans to lay off the entire “Tonight Show” staff — all 164 Burbank employees — when the late-night talk show moves from California to New York City next month.


Sony Pictures Promotes Dealmaking Exec
Lumumba Mosquera
recently worked on deals for "Captain Phillips" and "Grown Ups 2."


Research Shows Which TV Ads Are Likely to Make Multitaskers Buy
Our research found that, among multitaskers, certain types of ads are more (or less) effective in terms of driving TV viewers online. And in one of our most surprising findings, we learned that there is no single ad type can accomplish both the tasks of increasing the number of visitations to the website and the number of online purchases.

(feature) Dear America, I Saw You Naked
Confessions of an ex-TSA agent.

(tech) Yahoo says usernames and passwords stolen, information used to gather names, addresses
Usernames and passwords of some of Yahoo’s email customers have been stolen and used to gather personal information about people those Yahoo mail users have recently corresponded with, the company said Thursday. Yahoo didn’t say how many accounts have been affected.

Amazon considering $20 to $40 price hike for Prime service in US
today said it’s "considering" raising the price of its $79 per year Prime service to customers in the US by another $20 to $40.

Ten Olympians Who Deserve Their Own Biopic
Tomorrow, Lifetime will air The Gabby Douglas Story, a heart-tugging film about the 16-year-old gymnast who moved far away from her family and trained her whole life to become the 2012 All-Around Olympic champion. But you know who else deserves a cheesy biopic? The many Olympians listed at the link.