Evening News Update for Wednesday, 2/5/14.


Dramas From John Cusack, David Marshall Grant & Timberman/Beverly Get CBS Pilot Orders
has given pilot orders to untitled dramas from two of the most prolific producers at the moment, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. One of the pilots is executive produced by John Cusack, the other is an adaptation of the Israeli series Ran Quartet written/executive produced by David Marshall Grant. Both hail from CBS TV Studios where Timberman/Beverly is based.

The John Cusack drama is set in the world of Wall Street power and money. It was written by Taylor Elmore and Ben Cavell from a story the two co-wrote with Cusack and Kevin McCabe.

The untitled David Marshall Grant project is a soapy medical show centered around quadruplets – three brothers and a sister – who grew up on a reality show. In the Israeli Ran Quartet, created by Giyora Yahalom and Oren Jakobi, the four siblings had had their entire lives documented by a filmmaker until age 32, when the documentary stops and everyone comes to find the four’s real lives are quite different from the way they had been portrayed on TV.

Series Adaptation Of DC Comic ‘DMZ’ From ‘Mad Men’s Andre & Maria Jacquemetton, ‘Gravity’s David Heyman Set Up At Syfy
Andre and Maria Jacquemetton
have teamed with David Heyman for a drama series based on the DC comic book DMZ, which has landed at Syfy. Written by the Jacquemettons, DMZ is set in the near future and centers on a young man trapped in Manhattan, which has been turned into a demilitarized zone (DMZ) after a second American civil war. The comic book series, created by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli, hails from WBTV’s cable division, Warner Horizon, as well as the Jacquemettons’ Slim Chance Prods. banner and Heyman’s Heyday Films.

LeBron James Comedy Gets Series Order at Starz
"Survivor’s Remorse"
hails from exec producers LeBron James, Tom Werner, Mike O’Malley, Maverick Carter and Paul Wachter. O’Malley will pen the project. The comedy is being fast-tracked and will premiere in the fall on Starz. Survivors Remorse is set in the world of professional basketball and explores the comedy and drama of an experience that everyone reads about, but few understand — what truly happens when you make it out. Starz has ordered six episodes of the series.

Stephanie Savage’s ‘Astronaut Wives Club’ Gets Series Order at ABC
The network will air the 10-episode drama in the summer, where it will join the second season of soap "Mistresses."

NBC Cancels ‘The Michael J. Fox Show’
has pulled struggling comedy “The Michael J. Fox Show” from its Thursday lineup, effectively cancelling the series show after 15 episodes. “Hollywood Game Night” will take its place in the Thursday slot beginning Feb. 27.

USA’s ‘Psych’ to End After Eight Seasons
The long-running comedy starring James Roday and Dule Hill will wrap March 26 with a one-hour aftershow following the finale.

CBS’ Football Deal Is a ‘Big Bang’ Blessing in Disguise
With Thursday Night Football coming to the broadcast network, TV’s biggest hit is still likely to stay put — and potentially in a position to help launch new shows. CBS’ Thursday lineup could easily just launch intact in November once the games head back to the NFL Network. A later start date comes with the huge promotional push from the football games, something all of the network’s new and returning series will benefit from, and fewer repeats come midseason.

Comedy Central Orders Urban Animated Comedy Pilot From Bento Box Entertainment
Comedy Central
has given a pilot green light to Legends, an animated comedy from Bento Box Entertainment. Legends is described as an urban animated comedy centering on a trio of high school basketball players who are legends in their own minds – and really, nowhere else. The project was created and developed by animator Brad Abelson, Mike Clements, sports producers Quinn Hawking and Josiah Johnson as well as writer Michael Starburry. http://www.deadline.com/2014/02/comedy-central-urban-animated-comedy-pilot-bento-box-entertainment/

Jim Henson Company Adapting Randi Zuckerberg Book ‘Dot’ for TV
The Jim Henson Company has optioned the rights to Randi Zuckerberg’s first book, “Dot.” The company will develop a television series, which adapts the children’s picture book for children between five to nine years of age. “Dot” follows the title character, a little girl with spunk and a lot of tech knowledge, as she embarks on an interactive journey that tests her skills and knowledge.


‘The Killing’ Adds Tyler Ross, Sterling Beaumon & Levi Meaden
Tyler Ross, Sterling Beaumon
and Levi Meaden have been cast as series regulars on the six-episode fourth and final season of The Killing on Netflix.

Natalie Martinez Joins ABC’s ‘Secrets & Lies’; Brian Wiles Boards TNT’s ‘Public Morals’
Natalie Martinez
has signed on to ABC’s drama pilot Secrets & Lies, which has a series penalty. Martinez will play Jess, the child’s devastated mother. Brian Wiles has joined the cast of Ed Burns’ TNT pilot Public Morals, executive produced by Steven Spielberg.

Sissy Spacek to Star in Netflix’s Kyle Chandler Drama From ‘Damages’ Creators
The Oscar winner will play the mother in the family thriller co-starring Linda Cardellini.

Hank Azaria & Sherilyn Fenn Join the Cast of ‘Ray Donovan’ in Recurring Roles
Hank Azaria
and Sherilyn Fenn will guest star in the second season of the hit SHOWTIME drama series Ray Donovan

Eliza Coupe Joins Cast of ‘House of Lies’
Fan favorite Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings) will begin her multi-episode guest star turn on the hit SHOWTIME comedy series HOUSE OF LIES this Sunday, February 9


OddLot Lands Black List Script ‘Queen Of Hearts;’ Seth Gordon To Helm
OddLot Entertainment has acquired the Black List script Queen Of Hearts, and has set Seth Gordon to develop the project as a directing vehicle. OddLot will produce with Brillstein Entertainment, with Gordon’s manager David McIlvain to be one of the producers. It’s the first script by Stephanie Shannon, who worked as an assistant to McIlvain and wrote her script while holding that job. The script is about how a passionate affair that leaves author Lewis Carroll brokenhearted prompts him to craft Alice In Wonderland.

Hannah Ware Lands Female Lead in ‘Agent 47,’ Based on ‘Hitman’ Videogame
Hannah Ware
is set to play the female lead in the Fox International Productions pic “Agent 47.” Rupert Friend is set to star and Zachary Quinto is also on board. Aleksander Bach is directing from a script by Kyle Ward. The actioner is based on the bestselling video game “Hitman,” which has sold 21 million units to date.

(rumor) Evangeline Lilly Eyed For Female Lead in Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’
After already tapping Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Michel Pena to star in “Ant-Man,” Marvel is now in early talks with Evangeline Lilly for the female lead.

Emmett/Furla/Oasis Ups Execs Tim Sullivan & Jessica Welch
Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films
has promoted Tim Sullivan from development exec to director of development and Jessica Welch to production executive.


History Orders Six-Hour ‘World Wars’ Docuseries
The series will cover 30 years and include interviews with Colin Powell, John Major, John McCain and more.

Discovery To Air Leap Off Mount Everest In May
Discovery Channel
, looking to top Nik Wallenda‘s made-for-TV tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon, has signed Joby Ogwyn to attempt the first wing suit flight off the summit of Mount Everest, live on Discovery Channel in May.


Why Twitter loves TV
ABC, CBS, NBC, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, Nielsen
, and a slew of others are all feverishly working on technology that lets them individually target households with advertising. Although the technology is still in its infancy, the goal is to replace traditional television ad buying with a system that highly resembles Internet advertising. The TV industry’s eagerness to target households and individuals in this way gives Twitter an opportunity to help brands extend those campaigns on its own platform.

Twitter reports it lost over $645 million in 2013, stock price plummets
Twitter reported a net loss of over $511 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and ended the year with a total net loss of over $645 million. However, the company more than doubled its revenue in 2013 when compared to the previous year, reaching $664 million. In after-hours trading, its stock price has fallen over 16 percent as of this writing.

The Best of “Broad City” on the Web
Before “Broad City” was developed for TV, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson made two seasons of the show for the Web.


Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Plans: Theme Parks, Broadway, Videogames and Beyond
Disney’s Bob Iger
said Wednesday that “Frozen” isn’t likely to thaw for Disney for a long time to come. With the animated film surpassing “The Lion King” as Walt Disney Animation’s highest-grossing toon to date, the Mouse House is developing new ways to expand what it already considers a new franchise. “You will see ‘Frozen’ in more places than you see today,” including as an adaptation for Broadway, sequels and integrations into its theme parks, videogames and other opportunities.

Marvel and ‘Star Wars’ Prepare to Get Infinite
A report claims that the next generation of Disney Infinity will include characters from "Star Wars" and Marvel’s super hero library.


Tina Fey & Amy Poehler to Return as Hosts for 2015 ‘Golden Globe Awards’
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and dick clark productions (dcp) will present the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 11, 2015.

The House of Cards Hypothesis: Why London Understands Washington Better Than Hollywood
There is a reason why London understands Washington so well: class. With rising inequality, America is becoming more like traditionally class-based Britain (by several measures, in fact, the U.S. is more unequal now than the U.K.). And Washington is its most class-based city. Social relations in Washington are hierarchical and formal.