Afternoon News Update for Thursday, 2/20/14.


TNT Eyes 10-Episode Librarian Series; Noah Wyle Poised to Return as Flynn
is close to ordering a straight-to-series version of its popular Librarian movie franchise, which starred Noah Wyle in the title role. Tentatively titled The Librarians, the cast-contingent project — exec-produced by Librarian boss Dean Devlin — would center on four ordinary people with extraordinary talents who discover that they have been selected by Wyle’s Flynn to work for The Library, an ancient fellowship of knowledge and heroism.

Spike TV Developing Drama Based on Donald Trump-Steve Wynn Feud
The event series is based on Richard D. Bronson’s best-selling book "The War at the Shore" and hails from Kevin Spacey’s Trigger Street Productions. The script focuses on the 1995-2000 feud between the two outspoken businessmen and their multibillion-dollar battle for the future of the seaside resort community. Trigger Street’s Dana Brunetti will executive produce. Troy Searer and Ross Jacobson from Giant Pictures are also on board to EP.

‘Royal Pains’s Mark Feuerstein Shopping Twentysomething Ensemble Drama: Video
Mark Feuerstein
has teamed with longtime pals Adam Stein and Sam Friedlander to co-create hourlong drama Flipside, which tracks three best friends as they live out two distinct alternate paths after graduating from college – one that sees them staying in their Minnesota hometown and another in which they chase their dreams in New York City. The trio will take Flipside out to networks next week.

Nina Tassler Promoted to Chairman of CBS Entertainment, Staying Through 2017
Nina Tassler
has been promoted to chairman of CBS Entertainment, signing a new agreement that will keep her with the company through 2017, CBS Corporation president and CEO Leslie Moonves said Thursday.

THR: TV Pilot Season 2014: By the Numbers
Breakdowns by networks, studios, genres and all the trends in between as the networks order more than 90 pilots.

THR: Pilot Season: 4 Hot Trends for 2014
THR talks to showrunners, actors, managers and dealmakers to explain what’s selling this year and why.

Warner Bros. Television Launches Directors’ Workshop
Warner Bros. Television
is launching its first-ever directors’ workshop, which will run a three-month session from May 31 to Aug. 23. The workshop, which is now accepting submissions for its class of 2014, was launched to introduce emerging directors from other mediums such as film, music videos, commercials to primetime television, with an eye toward providing them the opportunity to obtain directing assignments on Warner Bros. Television series.


Amber Stevens Joins Kevin Hart’s Comedy Pilot As Hart Commits To Recurring Role
Amber Stevens is set to co-star opposite Romany Malco in ABC‘s multi-camera comedy pilot Keep It Together, from hot actor-comedian Kevin Hart and former Community executive producers Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan. Hart is now set to appear in the pilot and in multiple episodes after that, playing a trouble-making character created for him. Stevens will play Mircea, Derek’s new live-in girlfriend, a former super-model who once jet-setted around the world, who is now a hostess at a local restaurant and very much in love with the newly-divorced Derek.

Fox Grooms 20-Year-Old Comedian Pete Davidson As Primetime Breakout With ‘Sober Companion’ Role
Pete Davidson
got his first network test for Fox’s comedy pilot Sober Companion and landed the role on the spot, with Fox casting executives bullish on his breakout potential.

‘Happy Endings’ Alum Elisha Cuthbert to Star in NBC’s Lesbian Comedy
She’ll play the lesbian who gets pregnant with her best friend’s baby just as he meets and marries the love of his life.

‘Under the Dome’ Enlists ‘ER’ Favorite Sherry Stringfield
She’ll have a recurring guest role in the sophomore season of the CBS summer drama and reunite with her former "ER" boss, Neal Baer.

Treat Williams to Co-Star in NBC Drama ‘Odyssey’
The "Traffic"-like thriller stars Peter Facinelli and Anna Friel.

Supernatural Spin-Off Casts Duo
Nathaniel Buzolic is joining The CW’s planted Supernatural spin-off as a series regular. Additionally, Lucien Laviscount has also boarded the project as one of the leads.

Paget Brewster Joins ABC’s Saint Francis Pilot
Criminal Minds alum Paget Brewster has been cast opposite The Sopranos‘ Michael Imperioli in the ABC sitcom pilot Saint Francis. Brewster will play Imperioli’s age-obsessed, going-on-40 wife, who happens to be supportive of her expectant sis-in-law.


Tina Fey to Star in, Produce ‘Taliban Shuffle’ for Paramount
Lorne Michaels
will also produce the adaptation of journalist Kim Barker’s wartime memoir. Robert Carlock, who worked with Fey as a writer on 30 Rock, has penned the script for Shuffle, which tells of Barker’s arrival as a fish-out-of-water in Kabul, filing stories about militants, being a woman in wartime Iraq and Pakistan, dealing with boredom interspersed with dashes of violence and the promiscuous war correspondent culture.


(video) ‘Eastbound & Down’ Star Andy Daly Turns Racist for New Comedy Central Series
Andy Daly
has a new gig on Comedy Central that requires transforming himself into a overt racist — among other equally horrible and hilarious things. “Review,” which premieres on March 6, is a mock newsmagazine show starring Daly as “life critic” Forrest MacNeil, who takes on challenges from viewers. It’s like Morgan Spurlock’s “Inside Man” on black-market steroids.

Food Network Renews Weekly Cooking Show ‘The Kitchen’
Food Network is serving up another season of its new weekly daytime cooking show, “The Kitchen.” It has ordered 13 new episodes of the culinary talker, which just premiered on the Food Network in January.


Crackle Inks First-Look Deal With ‘Chosen’ Creators Ben Ketai & Ryan Lewis
Under the first-look deal, Chosen creators/EPS Ben Ketai and Ryan Lewis will develop additional scripted projects for the multi-platform entertainment network. Sony-owned Crackle announced in December it had greenlit Chosen for a third season.

New ‘House of Cards’ season reportedly finished by over half a million people in one weekend
According to a study by Procera Networks, about two percent of all Netflix streaming subscribers in the US finished the series’ new season over its debut weekend. Based on Netflix’s most recent user numbers, that means around 668,000 people watched the season’s 13 episodes across just three days.