Afternoon News Update for Wednesday, 2/19/14.


A&E Developing Fallen Angels Drama From ‘Immortals’ Duo & Producer Michael London
A&E Network
has put in development a high-concept drama from Immortals writers Charley & Vlas Parlapanides and producer Michael London. The project’s title, The 36, stems from the mystical Jewish concept of the Righteous 36, which stipulates that at all times there are 36 people in the world possessing special powers who don’t necessarily know each other but if even one of them was missing, the world would come to an end. Set in New York, The 36 centers on Dane, a complicated hero who soon learns that he’s right in the middle of this battle for the soul of mankind. The Parlapanides are writing the script and are set to direct.

Bravo Greenlights Marti Noxon’s ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce’ as First Scripted Series
has greenlighted its first scripted series: Marti Noxon’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. The NBCUniversal cable network has given a 13-episode series order to the one-hour dramedy starring former House star Lisa Edelstein for a 2015 debut. Based on the book series by Vicki Iovine, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce follows a best-selling author (Edelstein) of a self-help book series who is secretly hiding her separation from her husband as she starts to navigate her life as a single woman in her 40s in Los Angeles. She starts to side with and take advice more from her divorced friends rather than her married ones, and it leads her to some unexpected and life-changing experiences.

‘Animal Kingdom’ Director Boards Starz’s ‘Flesh and Bone’ Ballet Drama
David Michod
will direct the series’ first episode.

‘Nikita’ Writer/Producer Albert Kim In Overall Deal With 20th TV, Joins ‘Sleepy Hollow’
Former Nikita co-executive producer Albert Kim has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. The pact, which has an option for a third year, marks Kim’s first overall deal. Under the agreement, Kim will work on 20th TV’s upcoming Fox adventure series Hieroglyph and will join the second season of the studio’s breakout Fox drama Sleepy Hollow as a co-executive producer.

(review) THR: About a Boy
NBC tries for mainstream family comedy by adapting the book — and movie — into a TV series. When it backs off the sugar and leavens it with sarcasm, the show works.


Terrence Howard to Star in Fox’s Lee Daniels Hip-Hop Drama
He’ll play the head of a record label in the pilot from "The Butler’s" Danny Strong and Brian Grazer.

Nate Torrence To Star In Fox Comedy Series ‘Weird Loners’
Nate Torrence
is set as a lead opposite Zachary Knighton in Fox’s six-episode single-camera comedy series Weird Loners, from writer/exec producer Michael Weithorn, exec producer Jake Kasdan and 20th TV.

Judd Hirsch, Kathleen Munroe, Zoe Soul & Keir Gilchrist Cast In ABC Drama Pilots
Veteran Judd Hirsch (Taxi) will co-star in Forever, from creator Matt Miller and WBTV. Kathleen Munroe (Alphas) has joined the cast of Clementine from the Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios. It centers on troubled 28-year-old psychic Clementine Ross (Sarah Snook) who sees her life begin to change in unexpected ways when she decides to stop running from her past. Munroe will play Lydia, Charlie’s (Kevin Alejandro) practical, regimented, and protective fianceé who is often at odds with Clementine. Zoe Soul and Keir Gilchrist have been cast in Sea Of Fire. Soul has been tapped as a series regular playing Sonya Harper. Gilchrist will play the town’s big drug dealer.

The Mindy Project Recruits Tim Daly
Might Tim Daly hang his TV shingle once more? The former Private Practice doc will guest-star on Fox’s The Mindy Project this season.

Chuck Alum Ryan McPartlin Locks in Guest Spot on USA’s Playing House
Ryan McPartlin
, best known for playing Captain Awesome on Chuck, will appear on USA’s new half-hour comedy.


Jai Courtney Nabs Kyle Reese Role in ‘Terminator’ Reboot
Emilia Clarke
and Jason Clarke are starring in "Terminator: Genesis."


(ratings) Jimmy Fallon’s Second ‘Tonight’ Hits 13-Year High for a Tuesday
Averaging 7.4 million viewers in its second midnight sampling, the NBC show brings in its biggest Tuesday show since 2000.


Prime Suspect prequel in works
British crime writer Lynda La Plante has revealed she is writing a prequel to Prime Suspect, the long-running procedural drama which starred Dame Helen Mirren. La Plante told BBC Radio 4′s Front Row she has started work on the book Tennison, which she will adapt into a TV series in 2016, marking the 25th anniversary of the ITV show. The prequel would follow Tennison when she joins the police force in the late 1970s or early 1980s.


Media’s Millennial Myth: ‘They’ll Grow Into It’
At first glance, it seems obvious: younger people watch less traditional TV — television programming when it is scheduled — but as they grow older, they watch it more. But looking at the data another way produces very different conclusions. If we substitute year of birth for age cohort, we see a much less positive picture of traditional TV viewing. With exactly the same data, it estimates that you watch traditional TV programming a third less than your parents do, and that your kids watch it a third less than them. There is no major change in behavior at some specific age bracket.

(tech) Four Numbers That Explain Why Facebook Acquired WhatsApp
Earlier today, Facebook announced its acquisition of WhatsApp for $16 billion. WhatsApp has more than 450 million active users, and reached that number faster than any other company in history. WhatsApp has done for messaging what Skype did for voice and video calls. By using the Internet as its communications backbone, WhatsApp has completely transformed personal communications, which was previously dominated by the world’s largest wireless carriers.

(tech) Messaging: Mobile’s Killer App
In the time of addresses and telephones, most commerce involved driving to the store. It was a purposeful and burdensome activity, rather like a scheduled phone call. In the era of the web, ecommerce became a word, but it still entailed going to a computer, a journey that seems simple, but in reality is often far removed from the motivation to buy, which may arise from an ad seen on TV, or a dress in a window, or the recommendation of a friend. With mobile though, and particularly with messaging, the omnipresence of both a communications channel as well as a purchasing channel means the separation between the thought of buying and actually making a purchase is very small indeed.

(opinion) TV Guide: What the Hell Happened to Scandal?
For any show to pull off the over-the-top melodrama Scandal does without becoming completely unhinged, it needs to be grounded by some semblance of reason. Recently though, it’s felt like Scandal’s been running full-speed ahead with no ground beneath it, but when they look down and see they’re about to fall, they say, ‘F— it, I’m going higher." How much longer can they keep it up? How many more SHOCKING TWISTS can they throw at us before we become numb? How many more characters can they assassinate before the show loses all its relatability?