Morning News Update for Thursday, 3/6/14.


Entertainment One To Develop Horror Drama Series Produced By Gary Oldman
Entertainment One Television
has teamed with Gary Oldman and Douglas Urbanski‘s Flying Studio to develop and produce The Diabolic, a serialized horror drama series. Daniel Kay will write the pilot script based on his spec that got the attention of eOne brass. The Diabolic centers on a broken but brilliant exorcist who falls in love with a single mother with a young son possessed by an ancient entity with diabolic intentions that not only threaten the boy, but the very fate of mankind. Oldman and Urbanski will produce with Josh Weinstock.

Starz & BBC to Co-Produce The New Limited Drama Series ‘The Missing’
STARZ, in partnership with the BBC, will produce and air the original limited drama series “The Missing.” Written by Harry and Jack Williams and directed by Tom Shankland, “The Missing” will be produced by New Pictures and Company Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures and Playground. “The Missing” follows Tony, played by James Nesbitt, as a man devastated by the abduction of his young son, Oliver, during a family vacation in France. He becomes a man obsessed, unable to accept that his child may be dead and spends years searching for him. Tony’s exhaustive search fractures his marriage to Emily, played by Frances O’ Connor and threatens to destroy his life.

‘Kroll Show’ Renewed for Third Season at Comedy Central
Nick Kroll
made the announcement during his Wednesday visit to "Late Night With Seth Meyers."

Universal Cable Prods. Signs Deals With Steve Carell & Jessica Biel’s Companies
Universal Cable Prods.
has signed exclusive development deals with Steve Carell’s Carousel Television and Jessica Biel’s Iron Ocean Productions. Both companies are already developing projects with the studio. Carousel has an untitled drama about the onset of Hollywood’s golden age, focusing on actual Hollywood events and characters dating back 100 years.

Iron Ocean is working on two projects. Written by Melissa Hilfers and executive produced by Royal PainsMichael Rauch, who is under an overall deal at UCP,Pop Culture centers on a bachelor living the high life in NYC who has a sudden change of heart after babysitting his nephew. He hires an aspiring actress to play his wife and things get complicated when he finds himself falling for her.

Penned by Geoff Moore & David Posmentier, Moguls is a half-hour workplace comedy about the eccentric 20-somethings employed at a family-owned Colorado ski resort whose way of life is challenged when the mountain is purchased by a corporate behemoth.

Halle Berry, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas Name 606 Films Shingle After Anti-Paparazzi Bill
Halle Berry
and producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas have christened a new company that has come out of the Oscar-winning actress’ decision to star in the CBS series Extant. They’ve hatched 606 Films, a shingle that will be housed at CBS Television Studios and is named for the anti-paparazzi bill that Berry championed to keep over-aggressive shutterbugs from harassing the children of celebrities. Berry and Goldsmith-Thomas have hired Kathryn Tyus-Adair to be SVP of 606 Films.

(review) Variety: ‘Resurrection’
Resurrection” has such a provocative concept and a well-cast pilot that the temptation is to hang on hopefully for the ride, albeit with a measure of skepticism regarding how much life, renewed or otherwise, the producers can mine from the premise. Dealing with thorny issues of religion and faith while wrapped in a central existential mystery, the show’s real challenge will be how long it can explore the notion of a child returning from the dead, unchanged, 32 years later, and keep it dramatically contained, given what that would truly mean in today’s wired, digitally connected world.

EW: 10 pilot season trends for fall
Zombies (not vampires), cops (not lawyers) and spin-offs (not remakes) are hot this year. With broadcast’s annual pilot season in full force and some early direct-to-series orders already revealed, intriguing development trends have emerged. Here’s our pre-preview of what’s IN and OUT for fall:


Rufus Sewell to Star in ABC’s Richard LaGravenese Drama
The "Parade’s End" and "Pillars of the Earth" actor will play the male lead in the "Revenge"-type drama. Sewell will play Philip Fitzgerald Julien, an imposing, confident and smart bisexual man who is a master manipulator and adept at seduction and deceit.

Timothy Hutton to Star in John Ridley’s ABC Drama
He’ll play a father whose son is killed in the drama about a racially charged trial. Hutton will play an honest but average guy working at a big-box retailer in Arizona who has made great pains to reconnect with his now adult sons, Matt and Mark, and speaks with the latter — a war veteran — every week. He’s destroyed when he learns that Matt and his wife, Lily, have been murdered in their home in Modesto, Calif., and he flies there immediately.

‘How I Met Your Mother’ Spinoff Enlists ‘Smash’ Alum
Broadway alum Krysta Rodriguez has boarded "How I Met Your Dad," playing Greta Gerwig’s best friend.

‘Devious Maids’ Star Boards CBS’ Kevin Williamson Drama
Mariana Klaveno
will co-star in the stalker drama, playing a detective alongside Dylan McDermott.

Lindsay Lohan Books ‘2 Broke Girls’ Gig
Days before OWN’s "Lindsay" debut, CBS announces that the actress will appear as a soon-to-be bride on the April 14 episode.

Homeland Alum Joins ABC’s Selfie
David Harewood
can start picturing himself in Selfie — the Homeland alum just landed a role in the ABC comedy pilot.

Annie Ilonzeh Joins NBC Pilot ‘Coercion’; Cliff Chamberlain In ‘State Of Affairs’
Annie Ilonzeh
is set as a regular in the NBC drama pilot Coercion, based on an Israeli format. Cliff Chamberlain has been cast in NBC drama pilot State of Affairs, which stars Katherine Heigl.

Bresha Webb To Star In ABC Pilot ‘Keep It Together’; Brianna Brown Joins ‘Visitors’
Bresha Webb has landed the female lead opposite Romany Malco in ABC‘s multi-camera comedy pilot Keep It Together. Brianna Brown has been added to in ABC drama pilot The Visitors, from Amblin TV. Brown will play Lena, who discovers that her daughter is being turned against her by a covert alien operation. She refuses to play victim and joins forces with her husband Wes (Barry Sloane) and Claire (Lily Rabe), revealing herself as the most ruthless fighter of all in order to get her daughter back.


Screen Gems Takes On Sony PlayStation Vidgame Adaptation ‘The Last Of Us’
Screen Gems
has signed on to distribute The Last Of Us, a live-action adaptation of the PlayStation 3 vidgame from Naughty Dog. Neil Druckmann, the Creative Director for the game, will write the script. They’ll team with Sam Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures banner. The logline: Hardened survivor Joel teams with young and capable companion Ellie to journey through a radically transformed world some 20 years after an infectious pandemic ravages humanity.


Mr Selfridge Commissioned for Season Three
has ordered ten new episodes of the period drama Mr Selfridge, giving the show a third season.


Disney Interactive Lays Off 700 Employees
Disney Interactive
made deep staffing cuts on Thursday, laying off 26 percent of its staff. James A. Pitaro, president of the division, told the New York Times that roughly 700 people will lose their jobs. The division will focus on forging more partnerships and licensing opportunities as part of a new strategy.


New Yorker: Why Hollywood Thinks Atheism Is Bad for Business
Matthew McConaughey’s Oscars speech is far from the only sign that God is alive and well in the film industry.

Girl costs her father $80,000 with “SUCK IT” Facebook post
The former head of a private preparatory school in Miami, Florida is out an $80,000 discrimination settlement after his daughter boasted about it on Facebook. Before the ink could dry on the deal, Snay’s daughter took to Facebook, boasting, "Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT." Within a few days, Gulliver Schools sent a letter to Snay’s attorneys stating that Snay had broken a confidentiality agreement and that he would not be receiving the $80,000 settlement.