Morning News Update for Wednesday, 3/12/14.


‘Big Bang Theory’ Renewed Through Season 10
The three-year renewal will take TV’s No. 1 comedy among adults 18-49 through the 2016-17 season.

Comedy Central Expands ‘Key & Peele,’ Develops Animated Spinoff
The sketch comedy will return for a supersized fourth season, with the duo’s popular "Vandaveon & Mike" characters the subject of a potential animated show. The season four, technically announced in October, will consist of 22 episodes, including two best-of installments.

Variety: Several Shows on the Verge of Cancellation as Networks Make Plans for Fall
It’s crunch time at the networks, as they take stock of their current crop of shows and map out their needs and plans for fall. The bubble will burst for a slew of skeins, likely including first-year comedies fronted by Michael J. Fox, Sean Hayes and Rebel Wilson.

(emmy) ‘Orange Is the New Black’ to Compete as a Comedy
Even though Orange competed (and lost) as a drama at the Golden Globes in January, the Emmy series category is overloaded with contenders. In addition to Cards, AMC’s 2013 winner Breaking Bad is eligible for its final eight episodes, and there is chatter that HBO might submit its white-hot anthology True Detective as a series rather than a miniseries. (HBO declined comment.) Orange now likely will compete against ABC’s four-time comedy series winner Modern Family, HBO’s Veep and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory.


Rose McIver to Star in Rob Thomas’ ‘iZombie’
The actress, who recently booked the lead in Lifetime’s "Flowers in the Attic" sequel, will topline the CW’s adaptation of the DC Comics title.

‘Body of Proof’ Alum to Topline CBS Genius Drama ‘Scorpion’
Elyes Gabel
will star in the drama based on the life of Walter O’Brien from exec producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

Pablo Schreiber is returning to ‘Law & Order: SVU’
Pablo Schreiber
— who made Detective Benson’s life a living hell at the beginning of Law & Order: SVU‘s 15th season as psychotic killer rapist William Lewis — is returning to incite another round of terror. This time, his victim will be a 12-year-old girl, whom he’ll hold hostage with the intent of luring Benson back back into his clutches.

Nashville Promotes Will Chase and Oliver Hudson to Series Regulars, Pending Season 3 Renewal
Oliver Hudson
and Will Chase will both become series regulars on ABC’s country music drama, should the network choose to renew it for a third season.

Keke Palmer Joins ‘Masters of Sex’
The actress-singer will recur on the second season of the Showtime drama.

‘Covert Affairs’ Adds New Series Regular for Season 5
"Body of Proof" alum Nicholas Bishop joins as a "charming" former Navy SEAL-turned-billionaire.


Warner Bros Builds LEGO Sequel With Chris McKay Directing
McKay was animation co-director on the first film that was made under the direction of Phil Lord & Chris Miller. That duo is producing, and Michelle Morgan & Jared Stern are writing a treatment for the next installment. Warner Animation Group is steering the franchise.

At the same time, McKay is also negotiating a first-look producer deal at the studio. Dan Lin & Roy Lee are also producing.


Alan Thicke Reality Show Gets 14-Episode Order at TVGN
"Unusually Thicke," one of the higher profile launches in the network’s new unscripted push, bows in April. It will follow Thicke, wife Tanya and 16-year-old son Carter — no mention of older son Robin Thicke.

TLC Explores Web Predators and Digital Con Artists in Two Specials
‘Cyber Stalkers’
premieres on Wednesday, April 9 at 10/9c and ‘Web of Deceit’ airs Wednesday, April 16 at 10/9c


Inside the Pixar braintrust
To understand why the Braintrust is so central to Pixar, you have to start with a basic truth: People who take on complicated creative projects become lost at some point in the process. It is the nature of things–in order to create, you must internalize and almost become the project for a while, and that near-fusing with the project is an essential part of its emergence. But it is also confusing. Where once a movie’s writer/director had perspective, he or she loses it. Where once he or she could see a forest, now there are only trees. How do you get a director to address a problem he or she cannot see?


Sony Top Executive Andrea Wong Joins British Film Institute’s Board
The organization adds the president of international production for Sony Pictures Television, film producer Pete Czernin and TV host Jonathan Ross.

Discovery Promotes John Honeycutt to CTO
Discovery Communications
has elevated John Honeycutt, an 11-year veteran of the company, to the role of chief technology officer.


The Plight of Conservative Comedy: Where’s the Right’s Daily Show?
Fox News has astronomically high ratings. Rush Limbaugh rules talk radio. But liberals dominate political comedy. Are right-leaning satires doomed to failure? The creators of Flipside don’t think so. Their once-a-week program, in the vein of The Daily Show or The Colbert Report but with a generally conservative tilt, hosted by comedian Michael Loftus, will premiere this fall. Can it work?