Evening News Update for Friday, 2/7/14.


Maggie Q To Topline Limited Series About Famous Chinese Pirate Ching Shih
Maggie Q
is set to headline a limited series from Steven Jensen’s Independent Television Group, Mike Medavoy & Benjamin Anderson of Phoenix Pictures, and Fred Fuchs. Titled Red Flag, the series is set in the early 1800s and centers on Ching Shih (Maggie Q), a beautiful young Chinese prostitute who goes on to become one of history’s most powerful pirates and head of the most successful crime syndicate in China.

FX Adapting Sci-Fi Novel ‘Redshirts’ As Limited Series
John Scalzi’s
2012 comedic sci-fi novel Redshirts is headed to the small screen. FX has teamed with veteran feature producer Jon Shestack and producer-director Ken Kwapis and his partner Alexandra Beattie to develop a limited series based on the book. Set in the 25th century, Redshirts follows the adventures of five new recruits on the Starship Intrepid who come to realize that the ship’s crewmembers are dying at an alarming rate. Their investigation leads to the mind-bending discovery that a science fiction television show, produced in the early 21st century, has somehow “intruded” upon their reality and “warped” it.

CBS Orders Comedy Pilot From ‘Happy Endings’ Writers
has ordered the multicamera comedy “Cuz-Bros” from “Happy Endings” executive producers David Caspe and Jamie Tarses and co-exec producer Erik Sommers. The show, penned by Caspe and Sommers from Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Studios, follows a suave single guy whose life gets turned upside down when his train-wreck cousin crashes with him. Caspe, Tarses and Sommers will serve as executive producers.

Alex Graves To Direct TNT Pilot ‘Proof’, Gary Fleder To Helm CW’s ‘Identity’
Alex Graves
is set to direct TNT‘s pilot Proof, a supernatural medical drama executive produced by Kyra Sedgwick. Gary Fleder will direct CW drama pilot Identity, exec produced by Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci.

MTV Orders Horror Movie Starring Alexis Knapp, Cassie Steele & Max Lloyd Jones
has orderedThe Dorm, a psychological horror movie starring Alexis Knapp. It revolves around an awkward college freshman who struggles with major self-esteem issues but undergoes a transformation into a flawless, seductive beauty at the hands of her new dorm mates. Rachel Talalay is directing from a script by Sean Hood.

(video) Here’s the Teaser for HBO’s Upcoming “Silicon Valley”
says the television show is “partially inspired by Mike Judge’s own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late ’80s” and notes that “in the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.”


Jere Burns & Andrée Vermeulen Join Pilot ‘Tribeca’, Edwin Hodge In ‘Clementine’
Jere Burns
is in final negotiations and Andrée Vermeulen is set to co-star opposite Rashida Jones in TBS‘ single-camera comedy pilot Tribeca, directed by Steve Carell.

Edwin Hodgehas joined Sarah Snook and David Strathairn in ABC‘s drama pilot Clementine, from the Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios.

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Actress to Star in ABC Drama ‘Warriors’
Eloise Mumford
will topline the drama inspired by Walter Reed Military Medical Center.

Debi Mazar Joins TV Land Pilot ‘Younger’, Set For ‘Entourage’ Movie
Debi Mazar
has been cast in Younger, TV Land‘s single-camera comedy pilot written and executive produced by Darren Star.


Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford Join Gregg Allman Biopic
Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford
and Joel David Moore have joined the cast of Midnight Rider, the Gregg Allman biopic being made by Unclaimed Freight Productions’ Randall Miller and Jody Savin.

Ian McShane to Star Opposite Patrick Wilson in Thriller ‘The Man on Carrion Road’
“Deadwood” star Ian McShane is set to join Patrick Wilson in Atlas Independent’s thriller “The Man on Carrion Road.” Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego will direct from a script by Nils Lyew. William Green, Aaron Ginsburg and Andy Horwitz of Atlas Independent will produce the film. Pic is the visceral story of a botched Mexican cartel deal in the back roads of a border town. The town’s new sheriff (Wilson) must team up with the retired lawman (McShane) he replaced to investigate the source of the deal in order to stop a mysterious cartel butcher and his systematic brutalization of the town’s residents.

Thomas Bezucha to Direct ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ for Universal
Thomas Bezucha
will direct “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” a film adaptation of the best-selling novel about a professional racecar driver and his family as told from the perspective of the family dog.


ABC Renews Deal for American Music Awards and ‘New Year’s Rockin Eve’ Through 2023 and 2024
New nine-year and ten-year pacts with Dick Clark Productions keep both live shows on the network, where each has enjoyed recent ratings growth.

TNT Orders Six Additional Episodes of ‘Cold Justice’
fascinating real-life crime series Cold Justice will add six episodes to its already powerful and emotional second season as the show continues to have a real-world impact on cases that have lingered for years in small towns across America.

AMC Orders Arena Football Reality Show With Gene Simmons
The cable network’s latest unscripted plans will focus on the inaugural season of the Los Angeles KISS.

Fox Cancels ‘The X Factor’
After three seasons of underperforming ratings, and just as many judges panels, the network is nixing Simon Cowell’s "American Idol" follow-up.

Cowell Returning to U.K. X Factor
Simon Cowell
will return to the British version of The X Factor on ITV when it launches in its 11th season this fall.


Is Madison Avenue Leaving America Behind?
Indeed, the influx of the generation known as “millenials” – people born between 1977 and 1992 as defined by Pew Research – into the ranks of independent consumers has already fostered massive shifts in attitudes about race and sexuality. Commercials, which typically function as a sort of lagging indicator, not a leading one, as advertisers try to follow their customers’ tastes – are simply trying to keep pace.

Study: Female Movie Stars Paid Significantly Less After Age 34
Like most industries, the movie biz has long been plagued by age and gender biases. But a recent study suggests that when coupled, age and gender can yield an even more significant wage gap. According to a study in the Journal of Management Inquiry, actresses in their 20s earn more than their male counterparts, while older actors make more bank than their female equals.