Morning News Update for Tuesday, 2/25/14.


Hallmark Channel’s ‘Good Witch’ Movies To Spawn Drama Series Starring Catherine Bell
Hallmark Channel
has greenlighted The Good Witch, a 10-episode original scripted series based on the network’s very successful movie franchise. The series will star Catherine Bell, reprising her role of raven-haired enchantress Cassie Nightingale from the TV movies. The series is slated for a premiere in Q1 2015. The Good Witch, a Whizbang Films Production, is executive produced by the movie franchise’s producers Orly Adelson, Jonathan Eskenas, Frank Siracusa and Craig Pryce, who directed the films based on characters by Rod Spence. Bell is co-executive producer.

Comedy Central Renews ‘Broad City’ for Second Season
Abbi Jacobson
and Ilana Glazer star in the Amy Poehler-produced comedy series, currently in its first season.

(ratings) HBO’s ‘True Detective’ Is Averaging 10.9 Million Viewers
Hitting a series high for first-runs on Feb. 23, the drama is proving to be a massive hit with time-shifting and multi-platform plays.

(opinion) TVBTN: CBS Predictions: ‘The Crazy Ones’ Now A "Toss Up" To Be Canceled Or Renewed
2014 has not proven positive for The Crazy Ones. While it was comfortably ahead of Mom in the ratings during 2013, it slipped behind Mom in 2014 into the dreaded "lowest rated CBS sitcom" position. And CBS’s announcement that The Crazy Ones would end its season early on April 17 isn’t good news either. The Cancellation Bear doesn’t think The Crazy Ones is likely #bearchow yet, but it’s at least half-way there.

(opinion) TVBTN: CW Predictions: ‘Star-Crossed’ Is Certain To Be Canceled
Star-Crossed’s premiere rating of just a 0.4 among adults 18-49 put it directly into the "certain to be canceled" camp.

Bill Lawrence and ‘Undateable’ Stars Hit the Road to Promote NBC Comedy ‘Undateable’
Warner Bros. TV
is going old-school with its pre-launch promotional campaign for its NBC sitcom “Undateable,” from Bill Lawrence and Adam Sztykiel. The buddy comedy stars four standup comics – Chris D’Elia, Brent Morin, Ron Funches and Rick Glassman — so WBTV decided to send them off to do what they do best in a multi-city tour.

(review) Variety: ‘Mixology’
Once you get past the gimmick “Mixology” quickly establishes itself as an inordinately appealing comedy, blessed with quick wit and a promising array of characters. Quickly expanding beyond its potentially claustrophobic premise with deft use of flashbacks, it’s the kind of series that might not be built for the long haul, but which almost instantly emerges as disarmingly fresh and funny.

(review) THR: The Red Road
ambitious drama has fine acting and a sense of place, but it can’t crack the big leagues when the writing lags.


Mykelti Williamson To Star In ABC Pilot ‘Clementine’
Mykelti Williamson
has been tapped as the male lead opposite Sarah Snook in ABC drama pilot Clementine, from the Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios. Williamson will play Ray, a hard-working, recently divorced detective with the Philadelphia Police Department and a potential love interest to Clementine.

Jamie Lee Curtis to Star in CBS’ Medical Reality Drama
She’ll play the mother of the quadruplets who grew up on a reality show.

Skeet Ulrich to Co-Star in NBC’s ‘Babylon Fields’
He’ll play a local priest and his twin brother who returns from the dead in the drama starring Meagan Good.

Andrea Savage Joins NBC Comedy Pilot ‘The Pro’, Lindsay Price Cast In ‘Lifesaver’
Andrea Savage is set to co-star opposite Rob Lowe and Rob Riggle in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot The Pro, from ABC Studios and Uni TV. Savage will play Paula, the Club manager, who is in way over her head and has a wee little crush on Big Ben. Lindsay Price is set to co-star opposite Christian Borle and Jonathan Ryland in NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Lifesaver.

Lily Rabe to Star in ABC Alien Invasion Drama ‘The Visitors’
Lily Rabe
will star in ABC’sThe Visitors,” the one-hour drama pilot from Soo Hugh.


‘We’re the Millers’ Sequel Gets a Writer
The follow-up to the surprise hit comedy is to be penned by Adam Sztykiel.

‘G.I. Joe’ Actor to Play Keanu Reeves Role in ‘Point Break’ Remake
Luke Bracey
has been tapped to star opposite Gerard Butler in Alcon’s remake of Point Break.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Play Philippe Petit in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘To Reach the Clouds’
Robert Zemeckis
has his man, as Joseph Gordon-Levitt has committed to play famed tightrope walker Philippe Petit in “To Reach the Clouds.”

Erik Feig Re-Ups As Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-President
Motion picture executive Erik Feig has been promoted to Co-President of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group and has signed a new long-term agreement, the Company announced today. He oversees all aspects of feature film development and production for the Company’s Lionsgate and Summit film labels.

THR: Fox Eyes DreamWorks’ Stacey Snider for Top Creative Job
Stacey Snider
has met with Fox executives and has the backing of DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg as well as David Geffen.

Oscars 2014: How Adaptations Continue to Shape the Conversation
In the past 85 years of Oscar, 54 Best Picture winners – 63.5% – have been adapted from novels, nonfiction books, newspaper articles, or stage dramas.


(review) Variety: ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’
Meyers’ show also comes across as something of an afterthought, offering the former “Weekend Update” host in an expanded but highly familiar package. “I’m gonna shake stuff up and open this thing with a monologue,” Meyers quipped at the outset, and the line was telling,since virtually nothing about this latest “Late Night” exhibited a whiff of freshness or originality.

More Mob Wives for VH1
is bringing back its hit series Mob Wives: New Blood, marking a fifth installment in the franchise.


Watch Disney, Pixar and Marvel Movies with Disney Movies Anywhere
The Walt Disney Studios today unveiled its exclusive cloud-based digital movie service, Disney Movies Anywhere. This all-new app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and Web experience enables consumers to discover, purchase, manage, and watch movies from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel at home and on the go. The debut of Disney Movies Anywhere coincides with the digital release of Disney’s hit film "Frozen" and features Disney’s library of over 400 active digital titles.


Endemol North America Promotes Two Top Execs
Endemol North America
has promoted two top execs as new co-CEOs Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin continue to realign the senior management ranks. Ben Samek has been tapped as chief operating officer, overseeing business development and strategy and the newly launched Endemol Beyond digital channel. Rob Smith has taken on an expanded role as exec VP of creative affairs, spearheading all unscripted development and current programming for the company.

Craig Kornblau Out At Universal Studios Home Entertainment As Part Of Restructure; Eddie Cunningham To Oversee Worldwide Ops
Universal Pictures
today announced that Eddie Cunningham has been named President, Universal Pictures Worldwide Home Entertainment.