Morning News Update for Tuesday, 3/11/14.


NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Money Pit’ Pushed
multi-camera comedy pilot The Money Pit has been shelved, at least for now, after difficulties casting the leads. Amblin Television, the TV division of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, which produced the movie with Universal Pictures, is producing with Universal Television. Former The Office writer-producer Justin Spitzer wrote the adaptation and executive produces with Amblin TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. This is the second pilot so far this season to get pushed for casting reasons.

Les Moonves Says Only 4 New Shows Expected to Join CBS Lineup in Fall & Hints at Monday Move for ‘Big Bang Theory’
Two new comedies and two dramas expected to join CBS fall lineup.

(sched) CBS Sets Summer Schedule, Halle Berry’s ‘Extant’ Gets New Premiere Date
bows on Wednesday, July 9, at 9:00 p.m. That marks the latest of the summer premieres with Big Brother returning June 25, Reckless debuting on June 29 at 9 p.m. and Under the Dome kicking off its second run on June 30 at 10 p.m. The summer lineup features an all-original block on Sunday nights, as the broadcast networks continue to shift away from the traditional TV season towards year-round programming. Big Brother will again air three times weekly: Wednesdays at 8 p.m, Thursdays at 9 p.m. and Sundays at 8 p.m.


Mary Elizabeth Winstead To Topline Charles Randolph’s ABC Pilot ‘Exposed’
Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been spoken for. One of the most hotly pursued actresses this pilot season has been tapped as the lead of ABC‘s drama pilot Exposed, from writer Charles Randolph, Peter Traugott’s TBD Entertainment, Sweden-based Yellow Bird Entertainment and Universal TV. Exposed centers on Anna (Winstead), an investigative journalist who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth, including making questionable alliances.

Anna Camp Is Damaged Goods In Awkward Creator’s ABC Comedy
Anna Camp
is right where we want her — as the female lead in a sitcom pilot. The actress will star as the perceived Damaged Goods in ABC’s single-camera comedy about how sexual politics have changed between men and women in this post-feminist era. Camp will play Nicole, a smart and successful lawyer who is totally bewildered/betrayed when her boyfriend Tim (Justin Hartley) tells her he can neither be happy for her nor continue to date if she takes a promotion at the law firm where they both work — a promotion he expected to get.

Nick Jandl, Cameron Scoggins Join CBS’ David Marshall Grant Drama Pilot; Katherine Herzer In ‘Madam Secretary’
Nick Jandl (Green Lantern) and Cameron Scoggins (The Happy Sad) have signed on to CBS’ untitled David Marshall Grant drama pilot, from CBS TV Studios and Timberman-Beverly. Katherine Herzer has been cast in CBS drama pilot Madam Secretary, from CBS Studios and Revelation Entertainment.

Starz Casts Tony-Nominee Ben Daniels in New Original Drama Series ‘Flesh and Bone’
The dark and gritty series will unflinchingly explore the dysfunction and glamour of the ballet world.

Mason Dye Joins MTV’s Teen Wolf
Teen Wolf
is adding some new faces to its lacrosse team in Season 4. Mason Dye will join the cast in a recurring role as Garrett, a new student who joins the Beacon Hills lacrosse team. Khylin Rhambo has also signed on for the recurring role of Mason, a gay freshman who’s also a member of the lacrosse team.


Sony, Mark Gordon, Acquire Howard Blum WWII Spy Thriller ‘Death Of A Heart’
Sony Pictures
made a pre-emptive deal for Death Of A Heart, an in-progress book by Howard Blum, a true female -driven WWII spy story that is as much a character tale as a suspenseful espionage story. Mark Gordon producing.

Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart and Tim Story Team Up for ‘Black Phantom’
Jamie Foxx
and Kevin Hart are in talks to star in “Black Phantom,” with “Ride Along” helmer Tim Story in discussions to direct. If a deal makes, the film would reteam Hart and Story with their “Ride Along” producer Will Packer, who is producing the pic along with Will Gluck. Story follows a double-crossed mob hitman who enlists the help of the Black Phantom, the same African-American hitman who had been sent to kill him. Dave Lease and Megan Hinds penned the original spec.

Paul Haggis Tapped to Write New Draft of ‘The Juliet’
Rupert Sanders will helm the sci-fi pic, which has moved from Sony to Warner Bros. Based on Alfred Bester’s story Fondly Fahrenheit, the sci-fi crime thriller is about a playboy and an android who combine to become one murderous personality. The story was first published in 1954.


The Next ‘Bachelorette’ Revealed by ABC
Andi Dorfman
, 26, who recently appeared on Juan Pablo Galavis’ season of The Bachelor, has signed on to star in the upcoming season — the show’s 10th — which debuts at 9-11 p.m. on Monday, May 19. Dorfman, an assistant district attorney for Fulton County, Ga., is best remembered for dumping Galavis after spending the night with him in the overnight fantasy suite earlier this season.

Tom Bergeron to Depart ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’
The longest-running host of ABC’s 24-year-old franchise confirms that the next season will be his last.


Disney In Talks to Buy YouTube Network Maker Studios
The Walt Disney Co. is in discussions about potentially acquiring YouTube multichannel network Maker Studios, according to a published report. Disney’s possible deal to buy Maker Studios — which is among YouTube’s biggest content providers — would “value the YouTube network at $500 million or more,” tech news site Re/code reported, citing anonymous sources.

Chernin Group’s Social-Media Series @SummerBreak To Return For Second Season
“@SummerBreak,” is a reality series about kids ripping through their last summer before college, and can be viewed only by using social media. It sounds like an experiment. As the program enters its second season, however, its backers hope to turn it into a familiar and expected piece of entertainment. Casting has begun for the show, which is produced by The Chernin Group, Omnicom Group ad agency BBDO and telecommunications giant AT&T.

CNN, NBCU Alums Jon Klein, Jeff Gaspin Team Up for Online Video Venture
Two of the biggest names sitting on the sidelines in the media business are teaming up for a new online video venture. Jeff Gaspin, formerly chairman of NBC Universal TV Entertainment, and Jon Klein, previously president of CNN, are launching Tapp, a series of online channels that will be built around particular celebrities.

(video) How Funny or Die Got President Obama on Zach Galifianakis’ ‘Between Two Ferns’
On Tuesday, Funny or Die debuted the latest episode of Galifianakis’ spoof of celebrity interview shows, “Between Two Ferns,” which passed more than 2 million views after about three hours online. The White House had a clear purpose in doing the 6 1/2 minute segment: To reach young viewers and urge them to sign up for health insurance, with a March 31 deadline looming. But in an ironic age where a traditional PSA can easily get lost in the clutter of online video, an increasing challenge is how to reach an audience that often consumes content via social media.

(q&a) Jimmy Kimmel on Fake Viral Videos, Real Money and the Future of TV
You think a broadcast talk show host who’s got an uncanny ability to make stuff go viral on the Web is news? Jimmy Kimmel has been doing it for years. Kimmel’s recent fake videos — the wolf that didn’t really prowl the halls of the Sochi Olympics, the girl who didn’t really set herself aflame while twerking – are the most recent examples of his digital savvy. It’s sort of astonishing that we now take Kimmel’s success on the Web for granted: The idea of a broadcast TV star letting people watch his best stuff somewhere other than TV would have unthinkable just a few years ago. Now, it’s standard practice.

Comcast cuts House of Cards deal
has acquired rights to sell season one of Netflix original House of Cards through its set-top boxes. The deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment means the dark political drama will be available to Comcast set-top box customers with Xfinity TV to purchase or rent through the recently launched Xfinity On Demand digital store service.


Henson Co. Busy With Wide-Ranging Slate of Film, TV and Theater Projects
Recent projects include a live-action movie of the popular 1972 children’s story “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”; pre-school TV programming (including “Dinosaur Train” and “Sid the Science Kid” on PBS and “Pajanimals” on Sprout); a “Fraggle Rock” movie in development at New Regency with Ivan Reitman producing; and an adult-themed puppets stage show, “Puppet Up! Uncensored,” meant for grown ups.


Chase Carey: Fox Network Is A “Work In Progress” But On Track
The 21st Century Fox COO acknowledges that with disappointments including the failure of The X Factor the “results are not what we want.” Still, Chase Carey told the Deutsche Bank Annual Media, Internet & Telecom Conference this morning that he likes the momentum in program development pointing to shows including 24, Hieroglyph, and Gracepoint.

SundanceTV Promotes Two Execs in Digital
has upped two of its own. The cabler has tapped Drew Pisarra as veep of digital media and marketing and has promoted Mark Zadroga to director of online content.

Anonymous Content Taps Ex-Alcon Exec As Head Of Business Ops
Production and management outfit Anonymous Content has appointed Dave Fierson as Head of Business Operations. He most recently was head of the business and legal affairs department at Alcon Entertainment and before that was a senior counsel at Sony’s Screen Gems and an attorney in Paramount’s network TV production division.


Skrillex launches first full-length album ‘Recess’ as an Easter egg in a mobile game
Skrillex has emerged with his first full-length album, Recess. What makes it even more interesting is how he’s bringing it out — as Easter eggs inside a seemingly innocuous game in Google Play and the iTunes App Store called Alien Ride. The Asteroids-style game makes no mention of Skrillex, much less an all-new 11-track artist album. Playing through lets you unlock streams of all the tracks.

Ken Levine: Directing sitcoms
These are just a few of the elements a director must consider when camera blocking a multi-camera show. Every time someone moves in a scene the cameras need to change assignments. Needless to say, it takes time to learn how to do that. Today and tomorrow I’m going to share some behind-the-scenes aspect of directing multi-camera sitcoms.

‘Midnight Rider’ Accident: Who Will Be Blamed for Sarah Jones’ Death?
As multiple investigations delve into the accident that killed the 27-year-old camera assistant, it appears that industry guidelines were not followed.