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


NBC Orders More ‘Chicago P.D.’
The "Chicago Fire" spinoff has added two more episodes, bringing the total to 15.

Drama Pilots ‘Constantine’ And ‘Secrets & Lies’ Get Directors
Neil Marshall
(The Descent) is set to direct NBC’s drama pilot Constantine, from Warner Bros TV. One of the most sought after pilot directors, Charles McDougall, has been tapped for ABC’s drama pilot Secrets & Lies.

ABC’s ‘Resurrection’: First Official Poster Debuts
THR premieres the one-sheet for the midseason drama, debuting Sunday, March 9.


Matt McGorry Cast In ABC ‘Murder’ Pilot, Mike Colter In TNT’s ‘Agent X’
McGorry has been cast in ABC’s drama pilot How To Get Away With Murder, written by Peter Norwalk and produced by Shonda Rhimes. McGorry will play one of the students, Asher aka Doucheface. Mike Colter has been cast in TNT’s action-drama pilot Agent X, penned by William Blake Herron. Colter will play Speaker Of The House Miles Lathem.

Veep’s Tony Hale Joins About a Boy
and Arrested Development star Tony Hale will guest-star on NBC’s About a Boy adaptation. Hale will play Hugh Womple, the father of Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) and the ex of Fiona (Minnie Driver).

Michael Pitt joins ‘Hannibal’ in major role
Michael Pitt
is returning to TV in a major role on NBC’s dark thriller Hannibal. Pitt is playing the character of Mason Verger, an unstable wealthy patient of Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) who begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with the deadly serial killer.


Jesse Eisenberg Cast As Lex Luthor in ‘Superman/Batman,’ Jeremy Irons Set as Alfred
Warner Bros. Pictures
has cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming Superman-Batman film.

2013 Year-End Spec Market Scorecard
Even though the total number of new scripts on the market last year hit a five year low (280, which is 17% below 2012’s 338), the total number of spec sales was down just 6% from 2011’s and 2012’s record high (124, compared to 132 the last two years). After lagging their collective 2012 numbers for the first 3/4 of the year, the studios stepped back up in Q4 2013, collectively buying 15 spec scripts, compared to 11 during the same period in 2012.


BBC’s Elli Hakami Is MTV’s New EVP Current Series & Programming
Elli Hakami is joining MTV as its new executive vice president of current series and programming. In the role, she will head reality series creation and development on the East Coast alongside MTV’s executive development team. Hakami will be based in New York and report to MTV’s programming president Susanne Daniels.


New Comedies Coming to BBC Four
There are a slew of new comedies coming to BBC Four’s schedule this year, including Detectorists, starring and directed by Mackenzie Crook. Crook stars as a wannabe archeologist who, alongside his friend Lance, dreams of striking it rich and solidifying his place in detecting history. Detectorists is a Channel X/Lola Entertainment co-production.

The Walshes is a three-part series co-written by Graham Linehan and the comedy troupe Diet of Worms. Tony (Niall Gaffney) and Carmel (Philippa Dunne) are the parents to Ciara (Amy Stephenson) and Rory (Rory Connolly), who are both still at home because the state of the Irish economy has forced them all back together. The Walshes is a Boom Pictures production for the BBC and RTE.

BBC Four also lined up the rock doc parody The Life of Rock with Brian Pern. It comes from documentary-maker Rhys Thomas and Fast Show comic Simon Day. Brian Pern (Day) is an aging rock star and former front man of a groundbreaking progressive-rock group. The BBC have asked him to front a major new documentary where he presents his guide to "The Life of Rock." The show is an In-house BBC Comedy production.

In and Out of the Kitchen is a three-part series based on the BBC Radio 4 comedy created, written by and starring Miles Jupp. It is about a cookery writer Damien Trench (Jupp) and everything that happens to him both in and out of the kitchen. It, too, is an In-house BBC Comedy production.


Exec Shuffle For 1/31/14: 20th Century Fox Television, Good Universe, ATAS, Half Yard Productions
The CW Network: Matthew Thunell
has been promoted to Director, Scripted Development.
MundoFox: Ibra Morales has been named President.
Millennium Films: Beth Bruckner has been promoted to Director, Development.
9 Story Entertainment: Mike Drach has joined as Development Executive, in Toronto.
CMJ Productions II: Lesley Jacobi has been named Development Creative Director, in Montreal.
Collins Avenue: Kamico Drakes has been promoted to Director, Development.
Collins Avenue: Michael Hammond has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Production.Melanie Moreau has joined as Senior Vice President, Development.
Collins Avenue: Sandi Johnson has joined as Vice President, Current Programming.
Giant Pirates Entertainment: Drew Ruesch
has been promoted to Manager, Development.
Intrigue: Kelly Pancho has been promoted to Vice President, Development.
Leopard USA: Rex Vigil has joined as Vice President, Development, in New York.
Nancy Glass Productions: Eric Neuhaus was named Senior Vice President, in Pennsylvania.
T Group Productions: Rob Lobl has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Development and Current. T Group Productions: Elyse Seder has joined as Vice President, Development.
FYI: Liz Fine and James Bolosh have been hired as Vice Presidents, Development and Programming.
Nickelodeon: Sarah Noonan has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Live Action Content.
Nickelodeon: Jay Schmalholz has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Live Event Television.
Google: Rebecca Mall has been promoted to Head, Industry, Media & Entertainment.
Xbox Entertainment Studios: Ari Mark has been named Head, Unscripted Programming.


The Legacy of Janet Jackson’s Boob
A decade ago this week, 90 million people glimpsed a teensy bit more of Janet Jackson than they were expecting. Nobody, not even Jackson’s inner circle, could have predicted the magnitude of the performance’s aftermath. Jackson’s right breast was visible for a mere 9/16ths of a second, yet its cultural and political legacies span years.

Watch Michelle Obama Confess to Binge-Watching ‘Scandal’
In an interview with Ryan Seacrest that aired Thursday, Obama said she hadn’t seen the series until she took the very long flight to Hawaii for the holidays. "I watched all the seasons, I caught up on ‘Scandal,’ I had never watched it," the first lady said. "I love Kerry Washington, she is amazing, so it makes the show fun."