Evening News Update for Monday, 2/10/14.


‘True Blood’ Alum Developing Civil Rights Drama For AMC
Alexander Woo has set up a drama project at AMC that revolves around a 1963 murder in Birmingham, Ala., that reverberates in the present day. “Bombingham” takes place in the city that was the epicenter of the modern civil rights movement. The storytelling will shift time frames between past and present to tell the story of a murder that is discovered 50 years later and threatens to upend the fragile peace in the city between whites and African-Americans.

HBO Adapting Indie Feature ‘A Teacher’ As Drama Series
Hannah Fidell’s
feature A Teacher is getting a series adaptation as a drama at HBO executive produced by Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass and Michael Costigan. The project is being written/executive produced by Fidell and BAFTA-winning British writer Daniel Brocklehurst, with Fidell also set to direct the potential pilot. The series centers on a high school teacher in her late 20′s in the midst of a torrid affair with one of her students.

Greg Malins, Jamie Tarses And Keshet’s Adaption Of Hit Israeli Family Comedy Gets TBS Pilot Order
TBS has given a pilot order to Your Family Or Mine, a multi-cam comedy from veteran comedy showrunner Greg Malins, Sony Pictures TV and Jamie Tarses’ studio-based Fanfare. The project, originally set up at ABC during the 2012-13 development season as a single-cam, is based on hit Israeli comedy series Your Family Or Mine? from leading Israeli broadcaster Keshet. Written by Malins, the adaptation centers on Oliver and Kelli with an unusual structure — each episode focuses on a different side of the family: one week featuring the couple dealing with Kelli’s family, the next spent with Oliver’s.

Taylor Hackford to Direct ABC’s Richard LaGravenese Pilot
The Oscar winner will helm the ABC soap from the "P.S. I Love You" writer-director.

20th Century Fox TV’s Head Of Current Jeffrey Glaser Upped To EVP
Jeffrey Glaser
, who had served as SVP of Current Programming for 20th TV since 2003, when Walden and Newman created the department with him at the helm, has been upped to EVP.

OWN Adapting ‘Twenty Feet From Stardom’ Singer’s Memoir
The first scripted TV movie for the cable network will tackle "My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story," executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Morgan Neville. Darlene Love, who penned the memoir and is attached to executive produce, is best-known as the backup singer featured in the Oscar-nominated hit documentary 20 Feet From Stardom.

How ‘The Walking Dead’ Breaks Every Rule We Know About TV Hits
Just in case anyone doubted “The Walking Dead” could continue the ratings surge its fourth season experienced last year, the staggering numbers AMC posted Sunday night should put any skepticism to rest. If beating everything in broadcast and cable in the 18-49 demographic was starting to seem anticlimactic at this point, the drama series managed to top the Olympics, too. What is it about a show that is so relentlessly bleak that allows it to still resonate at such unexpected scale? What does it say about America? It’s the polar opposite of the escapist fare that typically serves as popular entertainment, a dystopian nightmare if there ever was one.


Nick Zano To Star In NBC Comedy Pilot ‘One Big Happy’, Scott Ellis To Direct
Nick Zano
has been cast as the male lead in NBC comedy pilot One Big Happy. Scott Ellis has come on board to direct the multi-camera project, from Warner Bros. TV and Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production.

Lucas Black Joins CBS’ ‘NCIS’ Spinoff
Lucas Black
is set to co-star opposite Scott Bakula and Zoe McLellan in CBS’ NCIS planted spinoff.

Laurence Fishburne Set For ABC’s Anthony Anderson Pilot; Jade Catta-Preta Joins Jeff Lowell Comedy
Laurence Fishburne
has closed a deal as a recurring for ABC’s untitled Anthony Anderson pilot (formerly Black-ish) from ABC Studios, Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy and Principato Young. Fishburne will play the dad. Jade Catta-Preta has signed on as a series regular in My Thoughts Exactly (aka untitled Jeff Lowell), the ABC comedy pilot from Lowell, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and ABC Studios. Catta-Preta will play the role of Amy, Dana’s (Analeigh Tipton) former sorority sister who plays guitar, teaches yoga out of her apartment and trained to be a pastry chef at the Cordon Bleu. Jake McDorman also stars.

Roseanne Barr Checks Into CBS’s ‘The Millers’
The comedienne and former presidential candidate has booked a guest spot on the CBS sitcom “The Millers.” Barr will play Darla, the hyper-critical mother of Nathan’s (Will Arnett) co-worker Doug, who’ll be played by fellow guest star Andy Richter.

Law & Order Vet Courtney B. Vance Joins ABC’s Military-Medical Drama Warriors
Courtney B. Vance
is checking into ABC’s military-themed medical drama pilot Warriors. Vance will play Dr. Hennessy Fiske, an orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty in neurology who is a genius at designing prosthetics.

Kevin Alejandro To Co-Star In ‘Clementine’
Kevin Alejandro
has been cast in ABC‘s drama pilot Clementine, from the Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios. Alejandro will play Charlie Madsen, Clementine’s ex-boyfriend and father to her young daughter, Lucy.


Sony Sets Luca Guadagnino To Helm ‘A Reliable Wife’
Sony Pictures
has set Luca Guadagnino to direct A Reliable Wife, an adaptation of the Robert Goolrick novel that has a script byAndrew Kevin Walker. A Reliable Wife is a romantic thriller set in Wisconsin in 1908, where a rich widower’s ad for a reliable wife is answered not by a matronly plain Jane he expected but rather a gorgeous woman with a secret past who plays to slowly poison him and inherit his estate. He, in turn, has plans for her that are also surprising.

Jack Black and James Marsden to Star in ‘The D-Train’
Mike White
," is among those producing the indie comedy. D-Train centers on a Middle American high school reunion committee chairman (Black), still searching for high school acceptance, who has to do whatever it takes to get the most popular guy from high school — now a failed actor working in commercials (Marsden) — to show up to their 20-year reunion, including flying to Los Angeles to penetrate the world of celebrities. The low-budget indie is the directorial debut of Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel. Nat Faxon is in negotiations to join the cast as well.

Lionsgate Taps ‘Catfish’ Directors for ‘Nerve’ Movie
has hired “Catfish” directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman to helm its film adaptation of Jeanne Ryan’s young-adult novel “Nerve.” Liosngate-based Allison Shearmur is producing via her Allison Shearmur Prods. banner. Jessica Sharzer adapted the screenplay. The story centers on a former wallflower who, as a high school senior, jumps headfirst into an online game of truth or dare. As she advances, she finds herself being manipulated by a knowing community of anonymous online “watchers.”

‘The Lego Movie’: Six lessons from its box office success
Will a mainstream audience go for it? That question of course yielded a big yes last weekend, with the film pulling in $69.1 million, one of the largest-ever openings for a movie this time of year. Extracting lessons from a film that is sui generis in so many ways doesn’t really make sense — the reason it worked is precisely because it wasn’t like anything else. Then again, there are some things the Phil Lord-Chris Miller film did — and didn’t — do that helped make it better than the average (minifigure) bear.


A&E Orders 18 More Episodes Of Mark & Donnie Wahlberg’s ‘Wahlburgers’
Three weeks into Wahlburgers‘ run, A&E has ordered 18 more episodes of the series, double its original order of 9 episodes.


NBC Plots Parenthood-Friday Night Lights Crossover in New Webisodes
is staging a Parenthood-Friday Night Lights crossover as part of an upcoming digital series. As a way to keep viewers engaged while their shows are off the air for the Olympics, NBC.com, Hulu and YouTube will all stream original four-part digital series of Chicago Fire, Parks and Recreation, Grimm and Parenthood. Parenthood’s digital series, called Friday Night at the Luncheonette, will feature Amber (Mae Whitman) keeping an eye on her nephew Max (Max Burkholder) while also working after hours at the Luncheonette. Jesse Plemons will reprise his FNL role as Landry Clarke, while Derek Phillips will also appear as Billy Riggins. The four-part digital series debuts Thursday.

Netflix performance on Verizon and Comcast has been dropping for months
Netflix’s speed rankings show that video streaming performance on Verizon and Comcast has been dropping for the past three to four months. The rankings were updated this morning with data from January.


Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara to Star in Canadian Comedy Series
has handed a 13-episode order to “Schitt’s Creek,” a halfhour comedy starring Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara. From A Not Real Company Prods., “Schitt’s Creek” centers on video store billionaire Johnny Rose (Levy), his soap star wife Moira (O’Hara) and their kids, who suddenly find themselves broke. They are forced to leave their pampered lives to regroup and rebuild their empire from within the rural city limits of their only remaining asset — Schitt’s Creek, an arm pit of a town they once bought as a joke. “Schitt’s Creek” is created by Eugene and Dan Levy.


John Hesling Named SVP Programming For Shed Media US
BBC Worldwide Prods.
executive John Hesling has joined Shed Media US as SVP Programming. In the newly created position, Hesling will oversee all programming at the company, reporting to general manager Pam Healey.


Dumb Starbucks: Comedy Central star Nathan Fielder behind faux cafe
The origins of Dumb Starbucks, the seemingly rogue coffee shop that opened in the Los Feliz neighborhood in Los Angeles over the weekend, have been revealed: Nathan Fielder of the Comedy Central show "Nathan For You" said Monday that he’s the owner of the faux cafe.

Why anonymity will drive the next phase of social networking
Like Facebook and Twitter, Secret’s declared purpose is to connect people. But unlike its more popular counterparts, Secret isn’t about bolstering our digital identity—it’s about covering it up. Following the release of other anonymity-based apps and sites like Whisper, WUT and Social Number, it’s safe to say apps that shroud the profile we’ve so meticulously built for ourselves is now a legitimate trend.