Evening News Update for Wednesday, 3/5/14.


Amazon Orders Comedy Pilot From David Gordon Green & Steven Soderbergh
Amazon Studios
is building up its next pilot slate. The latest project to get a pilot green light by the studio arm of the streaming service is single-camera comedy Red Oaks, which has Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh attached to executive produce and David Gordon Green (Eastbound & Down) to direct and executive produce. Written/exec produced by Greg Jacobs and Joe Gagemi, the comedy is an upstairs/downstairs set at a country club that focuses on the employees and their high-end clientele. The setting echoes that of ABC’s Susannah Grant drama series.

‘The Wire’ Creator David Simon to Lead Oprah’s MLK Miniseries for HBO
David Simon
will lead HBO’s Oprah Winfrey-produced miniseries about the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Simon is expected to write (at least) the first hour of the six-part miniseries, which is based on the book “America: In the King Years,” written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch. Simon will guide the project along with his “Treme” co-creator, Eric Overmyer.

Fox’s ‘24′ Advertising Fees Among TV’s Priciest
Even Jack Bauer, the indefatigable U.S. super agent from the popular Fox series “24,” can be bought. Fox is seeking as much as $500,000 for a 30-second ad in the debut of “24: Live Another Day,” a much–ballyhooed revival of its groundbreaking spy drama, and between $325,000 and $350,000 for a spot in subsequent episodes. CBS found success last year with the debut of “Under the Dome,” a sci-fi drama based on a story by noted horror author Stephen King. CBS is seeking an average of $165,000 to $185,000 for a 30-second ad in the show’s second season.

Variety: ABC Struggles with Low Ratings, High Drama Casualty Rate
After low ratings for its second airing, “Mind Games” could become the third Tuesday ABC drama to get a quick hook this season. The network has done OK with “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” and has high hopes for “Resurrection,” which debuts this Sunday, but otherwise has struggled mightily with its high volume of new dramas this season.


Mary-Louise Parker to Star in NBC Comedy ‘Feed Me’
The "Weeds" alum will return to series television and reunite with NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt.

‘Son of God’s’ Jesus to Co-Star in CW Pilot
Diogo Morgado
will play a mysterious figure in "The Messengers," the sci-fi drama from "Teen Wolf’s" Eoghan O’Donnell and Basil Iwanyk.

Brooke Burke-Charvet Signs on With ‘Melissa & Joey’ After ‘DWTS’ Departure
Apparently, Brooke Burke-Charvet isn’t letting her split with “Dancing With the Stars” create any bad blood between herself and ABC. Former “DWTS” co-host Burke-Charvet has booked a recurring role on ABC Family’sMelissa & Joey.”

Azure Parsons Joins ‘Astronaut Wives Club’, Kellee Stewart In Pilot ‘Damaged Goods’
Azure Parsons will co-star opposite JoAnna Garcia Swisher in ABC‘s summer drama series Astronaut Wives Club. Parsons will play one of them, Annie Glenn, the wife of John Glenn whom she’s known since they were toddlers in Ohio. Kellee Stewart has joined Lauren Iungerich’s ABC comedy pilot Damaged Goods. Stewart will play Betsy, who is living off alimony.

Penelope Ann Miller Joins ABC’s ‘American Crime’, Chris Butler In NBC’s ‘Lifesaver’
Penelope Ann Miller, coming off a stint on ABC’s Mistresses, has been cast in the network’s drama pilot American Crime. Miller will play Eve, the emotionally shattered mother of the killed man’s badly beaten wife who is on life support. Chris Butler has booked NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Lifesaver, from writer Wil Calhoun, Uni TV and TBD Entertainment.

Patina Miller Joins CBS Drama Pilot ‘Madam Secretary’; Fox’s ‘Red Band Society’ Adds 2
Patina Miller
has been cast in CBS drama pilot Madam Secretary, from ep Morgan Freeman and CBS Studios. Ciara Bravo and Nolan Sotillo have booked lead roles on Fox’s pilot Red Band Society, from Amblin TV and ABC Studios. Bravo will play Emma, a beautiful patient on the pediatric ward struggling with anorexia. Sotillo will play Jordi Palacios, a very smart and resourceful young man who refuses to take “No” for an answer.


Disney Partners With The Black List for Residency Program
The partnership marks the second studio alignment for the script service and database.

Seth Rogen’s Point Grey Partners With Good Universe for Comedy Slate
The companies will develop and package comedies before setting them up.


Leah Remini to Star in TLC Docuseries From ‘Duck Dynasty’ Producers
The 12-episode series will follow the actress and former Scientologist and her family.

‘MasterChef Junior’ Gets Early Season 3 Renewal at Fox
The network has picked up eight episodes for another season, less than three months after it renewed the Gordon Ramsay series for a second round.

‘Psych’ After Show to Be Hosted by ‘Attack of the Show!’s’ Kevin Pereira
USA Network
has tapped Kevin Pereira as the face of its final goodbye to “Psych” — dubbed the “Psych After Pshow” — on Wednesday, March 26 at 10 p.m. PST. The former “Attack of the Show” co-host will bring “Psych’s” producers and cast together to celebrate its eight seasons with favorite clips, audience Q&A and never-before-seen footage.

Tiffani Thiessen to Host Cooking Channel Special
Cooking Channel invites you to be saved by the dinner bell with a new special starring Tiffani Thiessen airing Sunday, March 23 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. “Dinner at Tiffani’s” is produced by H2R Productions and the special will give viewers a look at both her culinary skills and entertaining skills with guests Lindsay Price, Willie Garson and Nathan Fillion.

Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters Slam ABC on The View
"ABC, [it] was a shame to walk down that red carpet and see every other ABC daytime show represented — except for Rachael Ray