Morning News Update for Tuesday, 2/4/13.

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Zooey Deschanel Producing Animated Modern Fairytale Comedy Project For Fox
Fox
has put in development Queen Of Everything, a half-hour animated comedy executive produced by Zooey Deschanel and Sophia Rossi via their Miss Hawkins banner. It hails from 20th Century Fox TV where Miss Hawkins has a first-look deal. Written/executive produced by Ali Waller, Queen Of Everything is a workplace comedy set in a modern fairytale world. It centers on an evil queen who comes into power and realizes that running a Queendom isn’t easy when you have no people skills and everyone hates you. With the help of her staff, she’ll try to change her ways.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/02/zooey-deschanel-producing-animated-modern-fairytale-comedy-project-for-fox/

McG To Direct NBC Pilot ‘Mysteries Of Laura’
McG
has boarded NBC’s drama pilot The Mysteries Of Laura as director/executive producer, reuniting with Warner Bros TV — where his company, Wonderland Sound Of Vision, was based for 12 years before going indie in June.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/02/mcg-to-direct-nbc-pilot-mysteries-of-laura/

Robin Wright Confirms ‘House of Cards’ Season 3
Actress Robin Wright has confirmed a third season of Netflix’s acclaimed “House of Cards.” “We start shooting season three soon,” she told TheWrap on Wednesday.
http://www.thewrap.com/robin-wright-confirms-house-cards-season-3/

Adult Swim, No. 1 With Younger Adults, Is Expanding
Programming will soon begin at 8 p.m. to meet advertisers’ demands for more airtime on the cable network, which leads in the ratings for some coveted categories.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/04/business/media/adult-swim-no-1-with-younger-adults-is-expanding.html

CASTING NEWS:

Mather Zickel Joins NBC Pilot ‘Bad Judge’, Lilli Birdsell In ABC’s ‘Sea Of Fire’
Mather Zickel
has been cast opposite Kate Walsh in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Bad Judge. Lilli Birdsell has joined ABC‘s drama pilot Sea Of Fire.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/02/mather-zickel-joins-nbc-pilot-bad-judge-lilli-birdsell-in-abcs-sea-of-fire/

Ken Marino to Co-Star in NBC Comedy From ‘Happy Endings’ Creator
He’ll play opposite Casey Wilson in David Caspe’s "Marry Me."
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/ken-marino-star-nbc-comedy-676853

CCH Pounder Boards CBS’ ‘NCIS’ New Orleans Spinoff
"The Shield" alum will play a medical examiner in the two-hour backdoor pilot.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/cch-pounder-boards-cbs-ncis-676831

Ryan Phillippe to Star in ABC Drama ‘Secrets & Lies’
Ryan Phillippe
is in final negotiations for the lead role in ABC drama series “Secrets & Lies.”
http://www.thewrap.com/ryan-phillipe-secrets-lies-abc-drama

New Girl’s Max Greenfield to Mix Things Up on The Mindy Project
Max Greenfield, who plays the beloved jerk on New Girl, will guest-star on an upcoming episode of one of Fox’s other comedies, The Mindy Project. Greenfield, 33, will play Lee, an attractive player at a bar who is up to no good.
http://www.tvguide.com/News/Max-Greenfield-Mindy-Project-1077232.aspx

TV Pilot Season: Hilary Swank, Adam Pally, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jeffrey Dean Morgan Top Network Wish Lists
Diane Lane
and James Marsden also are in the mix as big names weigh potential series commitments.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-pilot-season-hilary-swank-676837

PILOT SEASON: Which Actors Are Getting The Early Offers
We’re in the midst of the annual ritual of broadcast casting executives chasing their tails, also known as casting the leads of dozens of network pilots at the same time. As usual, many pilots go after the same names, resulting in a few actors holding a slew of offers thus bringing pilot season to a standstill.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/02/pilot-season-2014-hot-actors-actresses-offers/

FEATURE NEWS:

First Look at Sharon Carter in Cap 2
We have our first (albeit brief) glimpse of Sharon Carter AKA Agent 13 in the film. Marvel UK posted their trailer for Cap 2 on Youtube. At the 1:08 mark you can see Sharon Carter, played by Emily VanCamp (ABC’s Revenge).
http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/02/04/first-glimpse-of-sharon-carter-in-captain-america-the-winter-soldier

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

TBS Orders Comedy Competition Series From Marlon Wayans
TBS
has handed an eight episode order to “Funniest Wins,” an hourlong comedy competition from Marlon Wayans. Produced by Workaholic/Marlon and Eyeworks USA, “Funniest Wins” follows Wayans and his comedian friends and fam as they search for the funniest multi-talented comedian out there, often pitting YouTube sensations against comedians who have honed their craft on stage. The goal of each seg is to make people laugh, or be sent home.
http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/tbs-orders-comedy-competition-series-from-marlon-wayans-1201086200/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Netflix to Raise $400 Mil in Additional Debt to Fund Original Content, Euro Expansion
Netflix
formally announced it is seeking to offer $400 million aggregate principal amount of 10-year senior notes due 2024 to institutional investors, coin it expects to use for acquiring original content and expanding into Europe.
http://variety.com/2014/digital/news/netflix-to-raise-400-mil-in-additional-debt-to-fund-original-content-euro-expansion-1201085794/

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

(tech) Microsoft names Nadella new CEO, Gates steps down as board chairman
Microsoft
announced that Satya Nadella, until now Microsoft’s vice president in charge of the company’s enterprise and cloud products, has been named the company’s new chief executive officer. The company also named a new chairman of the board, as Bill Gates will return to help Nadella plot the course for the company and take a greater role in the company’s operations.
http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/02/microsoft-names-insider-as-new-ceo-gates-steps-down-from-chair/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

10 Things We Learned From NATPE and Real Screen Summit
While pilot season roared on in Los Angeles, the rest of the TV biz headed to Miami Beach and Washington, D.C., last week for the annual NATPE confab and Real Screen Summit, respectively. The events, which went head to head Jan. 26-29, were a good place to take the temperature of industryites and gather interesting tidbits.
http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/10-things-we-learned-from-natpe-and-real-screen-summit-1201085067/

My son’s Internet rendezvous
I took my 13-year-old boy across the country to meet a girl he knew from "Minecraft" — and it was totally worth it
http://www.salon.com/2014/02/04/my_sons_internet_rendezvous/