Morning News Update for Monday, 3/10/14.


(ratings) ABC’s ‘Resurrection’ Opens at #1 and as TV’s Top-Rated Mid-Season Drama in 2 Years
ABC’s Resurrection
opened as Sunday’s #1 broadcast in both Total Viewers (13.3 million) and Adults 18-49 (3.6/9). Excluding only the Oscars and the AMAs, ABC marked its strongest Sunday this season in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49.

(ratings) ‘Resurrection’ Premiere Revives ABC Sunday, ‘Revenge’ Makes Solid Move
The network debuts its new drama — and new lineup — to positive results with its 3.6 rating among adults 18-49 topping all other broadcast fare.

Brett Ratner Says He’s Expanding Into Cable TV Production
Filmmaker and emerging mogul Brett Ratner disclosed Saturday that he’s moving into cable TV production. “I’m about to close a joint venture with a cable network,” Ratner said in passing at a UCLA conference, adding that he would be deficit financing the programming.

(review) THR: From Dusk Till Dawn — The Series
So far, Robert Rodriguez’s reimagined supernatural story is a mixed bag, dragging its heels on the action, yet visually interesting and peppered with twisted humor.

(from Fri) ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ ‘Mindy Project,’ ‘New Girl,’ ‘Following’ Renewed at Fox
The network has renewed the bulk of its Tuesday night comedy lineup and will bring back Kevin Williamson’s serial killer drama for a third run.

(from Fri) NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Fifth Wheel’ Pushed
comedy pilot Fifth Wheel is not going forward, at least for now, after difficulties with casting. With the number of original scripted series on cable and digital platforms exploding, there were major concerns going into this broadcasting season that the depleted talent pool would put extra strain on casting, leading to a number of pilots folding over problems finding the right actors. So far, those concerns have not materialized, with Fifth Wheel the first pilot this season to be pushed. Fifth Wheel, from ABC Studios and the Mark Gordon Co., was written on spec by Heidi Niedermeyer & Elena Crevello.


Josh Duhamel Joins Vince Gilligan’s CBS Drama ‘Battle Creek’
Josh Duhamel has joined CBS’s new police drama from Vince Gilligan and David Shore. In “Battle Creek,” Duhamel will play Detective Milton Chamberlain, the nice-guy FBI special agent from Detroit who teams with Dean Winters’ tough, impatient police detective Russ Agnew to clean up the semi-mean streets.

Amy Sedaris to Co-Star in Fox’s Jane Krakowski Comedy
She joins "Dead Boss," the U.S. adaptation from "Suburgatory’s" Patricia Breen; "Awkward’s" Jessica Lu boards NBC’s "Salvation."

Robert Patrick Joins CBS Pilot ‘Scorpion’
The Unit alum Robert Patrick is back at CBS with a co-starring role in another drama project, pilot Scorpion, from writer Nick Santora, director Justin Lin, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

Malik Yoba Joins Fox Drama Pilot ‘Empire’
Malik Yoba
is set to co-star opposite Terrence Howard in Fox’s hip-hop industry drama pilot Empire, from Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and Brian Grazer.

Wagner Moura Cast as Pablo Escobar in Netflix Project
The Brazilian star will play the Colombian drug lord in a 13-episode show directed by Jose Padilha. Padilha is producing and directing the first episode of the show, with Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard writing and Eric Newman executive producing. Project is said to be an English and Spanish 13-episode series depicting the drug trafficking circuit between Colombia, Mexico and the U.S.

‘One Tree Hill’s’ Robert Buckley to Co-Star in CW’s ‘iZombie’
He’ll play a former college football player-turned-environmental engineer in the drama from "Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas.

Starz’s 50 Cent Drama ‘Power’ Books Diane Neal
The "Law & Order: SVU" alum will join the drama about a New York nightclub owner trying to go legit.

Supernatural Spin-Off Gets a New Title, Casts Its Final Series Regular
The CW’s
planted Supernatural spin-off pilot has cast its final series regular — and found a new name, to boot. Airing April 29 as an episode of the long-running CW series, Supernatural: Bloodlines (as it is now known) portends to be a sweeping drama about the mafia-esque monster families that, unknowingly to humans, “run” the underbelly of Chicago and who are being tracked by a newly minted Hunter.

Melissa Roxburgh has landed the final series regular role of Violet Durant, a member of a powerful werewolf pack who hides her true nature because of her forbidden love for family rival David (Nathaniel Bozulic), a shapeshifter.


Craig Ferguson to Produce ‘I F-ing Love Science’ Series Based on Facebook Phenom
A hugely popular educational Facebook page is hitting TV — with the help of Craig Ferguson. Science Channel has greenlit “I F-ing Love Science” based on the Facebook page of the same name that has garnered more than 10 million likes. The CBS latenight host will produce. The show will consist of 60-minute episodes with live action, animation and reenactments. Each episode will attempt to prove “a grand, outlandish thesis” using science.


HBO Go Crashes During ‘True Detective’ Finale
"Due to overwhelmingly popular demand for ‪#TrueDetective, we’ve been made aware of an issue affecting some users," read a tweet from the streaming service Sunday night.

Sony Agrees To Sell Movies And TV Shows Via Comcast
is fast becoming a powerful challenger to Apple and Amazon when it comes to selling downloaded movies and TV shows. And today’s deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will help. Last month, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said that since Comcast began offering EST in November it “has captured 15% of the EST market and expanded the business.” He said that other cable operators likely will soon follow because “it’s been too successful for Comcast.” Consumers spent $424.8M on EST in Q4, up 44% from the period in 2012, according to Digital Entertainment Group data.


Korea’s SBS Cancels Dating Show After Contestant Suicide
Korean broadcaster SBS has cancelled its dating reality show “Jjak” after a female contestant committed suicide. The 29 year old woman, identified only by her surname Chun, apparently told family that she felt misrepresented by the “Big Brother”-style show in which contestants are put through various different exercises in order to find a mate.


ESPN Creates New Unit for FiveThirtyEight, Grantland and ESPN Films
ESPN is combining Bill Simmons’ Grantland, Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films and Original Content under one unit, the newly created unit called Exit 31. New projects from Exit 31, which will be headed by ESPN veteran Marie Donoghue, include an ESPN documentary series on the U.S. men’s soccer team and a Grantland video podcast network. The new unit is designed to spur content incubation beyond traditional milieus and platforms.


20th Century Fox TV Distribution Promotes Kristen Finney to SVP, Worldwide Pay TV and SVOD
Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution
has promoted Kristen Finney to senior vice president, Worldwide Pay Television and Subscription on Demand (SVOD).


NYT: The Media Equation: Barely Keeping Up in TV’s New Golden Age
The vast wasteland of television has been replaced by an excess of excellence that is fundamentally altering my media diet and threatening to consume my waking life in the process.

Ken Levine: Why do we like hateful characters?
Well, first off, we don’t like them all. Lots of anti-hero shows like RAKE are dying a horrible death. Networks are generally wary of dislikeable characters because they tend to test through the floor. And it’s important that you care about characters for a show to work. If you don’t give a shit what happens to them you’re not going to invest your time. So why do them?

(tech) Apple releases iOS 7.1 with reboot fix, UI tweaks, and CarPlay
The long-awaited iOS 7.1 update is now available. While this is a point release, Apple has made several tweaks to the iOS user interface, alongside the usual bug fixes and some feature additions. The main visual changes can be found in the phone dialer and power off features. iOS 7.1 switches to rounded UI elements in both of these areas, and the incoming call interface now includes separate decline and accept buttons below floating circular icons for the Remind Me and Message options.

(gaming) Polygon: Titanfall review
Titanfall is the rare game that feels like it came out on top of the few compromises Respawn has had to make. Sliding the spectacle and holy shit moments of an epic campaign among bold, fast multiplayer that steals unlikely elements, Respawn has made them shine like they belonged there all along. Titanfall may not mark the same kind of sea change that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare started but the pieces are all there in a game that delivers on its potential as the next big thing.