Evening News Update for Tuesday, 3/18/14.

SCRIPTED NEWS:

National Geographic’s ‘Killing Jesus’ To Expand To 4 Hours, Walon Green To Write
National Geographic’s
Killing movie franchise is adding a miniseries. Killing Jesus, will be a four-hour mini. Walon Green has been tapped to write and executive produce the project, based on the book Killing Jesus: A History by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus, which chronicles the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion, was published last September.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/national-geographics-killing-jesus-to-expand-to-4-hours-walon-green-to-write/

CBS Comedy ‘Taxi-22’ Rolled to Next Season
Following troubles casting the lead, CBS has opted to push the comedy based on the French-Canadian series of the same name. CBS has a high bar for the project and is committed to finding the right cast. The network will continue to pursue the comedy for the 2015-16 development season. CBS’ incarnation, from Tad Quill, centers on a misanthropic and politically incorrect New York City cab driver.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/cbs-comedy-taxi-22-rolled-689252

Bille Woodruff To Direct VH1′s ‘Drumline 2′; Michael Trim To Helm NBC Pilot ‘Feed Me’
Bille Woodruff
has been tapped to direct VH1′s Drumline 2: A New Beat, written by Karen Gist. Fox Television Studios is co-financing and looking at the project as a possible back-door pilot. Michael Trim will direct NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Feed Me, from Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas. Written by Sally Robinson and starring Mary-Louise Parker.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/bille-woodruff-to-direct-vh1s-drumline-2-michael-trim-to-helm-nbc-pilot-feed-me/

CASTING NEWS:

Sally Hawkins, Catherine Keener Join FX’s Charlie Kaufman Comedy
Hawkins
is set as a series regular, while Keener will guest-star if "How and Why" goes to series.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/sally-hawkins-catherine-keener-join-689414

Macy Gray Boards Lee Daniels’ Hip-Hop Drama ‘Empire’
She’ll recur in the Fox project starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/macy-gray-boards-lee-daniels-689346

Hollywood Heights Actor Joins NBC’s Katherine Heigl CIA Drama State of Affairs
Hollywood Heights alum Tommy Savas has joined the cast in the series regular role of Miles, a CIA analyst and the youngest member of the President’s Daily Briefing Team.
http://tvline.com/2014/03/18/state-of-affairs-nbc-series-cast-tommy-savas-katherine-heigl/

David Cross Set For Fox’s ‘Dead Boss’; ABC’s Richard LaGravenese & CW’s ‘Jane The Virgin’ Add To Casts David Cross has been tapped as a guest star on Fox‘s half-hour pilot Dead Boss, from WBTV and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Britne Oldford is set as a series regular on ABC’s Richard LaGravenese drama pilot. Ivonne Coll has landed a series regular role on CW’s drama pilot Jane The Virgin.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/david-cross-set-for-foxs-dead-boss-abcs-richard-lagravenese-cws-jane-the-virgin-add-to-casts/

Ryan Pinkston, Matt Cook & Mike Castle To Star In David Kohan/Max Mutchnick Pilot
Ryan Pinkston
, Matt Cook and Mike Castle have been cast as leads in TBS‘ multi-camera ensemble workplace comedy pilot from David Kohan and Max Mutchnick.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/ryan-pinkston-matt-cook-mike-castle-to-star-in-david-kohanmax-mutchnick-pilot/

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Books Caterina Scorsone’s Return
The "Private Practice" alum will return to the flagship drama for the remainder of its 10th season.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/greys-anatomy-books-caterina-scorsones-689368

Breaking Bad’s Betsy Brandt Joins Masters of Sex
Betsy Brandt has landed a recurring role on Masters of Sex. The Breaking Bad alum will appear in the Showtime drama’s upcoming second season as Barbara, the new secretary of Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen).
http://www.tvguide.com/News/Masters-Sex-Betsy-Brandt-1079456.aspx

FEATURE NEWS:

Adam Shankman to Direct and Produce HBO Films ‘Madame Rose’
Adam Shankman
is set to direct and executive produce HBO Films’ “Madame Rose,” a biopic based on stage mother Rose Hovick. Penned by Tristine Skyler,Madame Rose” is based on the story of Hovick, a determined mind who would do anything to advance the careers of her daughters, burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee and actress June Havoc.
http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/adam-shankman-to-direct-and-produce-hbo-films-madame-rose-1201138244/

Channing Tatum & Reid Carolin Circling Jo Nesbo’s New Novel ‘The Son’
Channing Tatum
and producing partner Reid Carolin are in talks to come aboard The Son, the crime thriller by Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbo. The novel was acquired by Warner Bros and Kevin McCormick’s Langley Park in late 2012. A writer is being sought right now. The novel focuses on a young man who is in prison because he took the rap for crimes that others committed. The thriller starts as the young man’s father, who is said to be a corrupt cop, commits suicide. When the son learns that his father was actually an honest man who was murdered, he escapes to avenge the killing. Along the way, he also begins to rectify the crimes to which he confessed.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/channing-tatum-reid-carolin-circling-jo-nesbos-new-novel-the-son/

Scott Silver To Script ‘Noble Assassin’ For ‘True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga To Direct
DreamWorks
has set Scott Silver to adapt Noble Assassin, an unpublished novel by Paul Kix. Cary Fukunaga will direct it. Pic tells the war-time story of French aristocrat-turned-anti-Nazi-saboteur Robert de la Rochefoucauld, who joined the British Special Operations Executive and was trained in every manner of dark arts before being sent back to France to help organize the resistance, blowing up train stations and munitions factories.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/scott-silver-to-script-noble-assassin-for-true-detectives-cary-fukunaga-to-direct/

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Thinkfactory Media Shopping Mars Exploration Reality Series
Leslie Greif’s Thinkfactory Media
has partnered with The Mars Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the exploration and settlement of the Red Planet, on an unscripted TV project that would document Mars Society’s year-long Mars simulation in the Canadian Arctic. Tentatively titled Mission To Mars, the series is one of two Mars colonization reality projects in the marketplace, along with Lionsgate TV’s untitled series done in collaboration with Lansdorp’s Mars One, the international Mars mission backed by Dutch billionaire entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/thinkfactory-media-shopping-mars-exploration-reality-series/

TWDC NEWS:

Brad Bird Is Working on an Incredibles Sequel
Disney’s
head Bob Iger announced at the Investor’s Meeting today that Brad Bird is developing The Incredibles 2.
http://www.vulture.com/2014/03/brad-bird-is-working-on-an-incredibles-sequel.html

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

Lionsgate CEO Calls It: Online Channels and Apps Are the Future of Entertainment
"Online channels and apps are where the future is," he said. "If you narrow focus and look at a fragmented audience, that’s the way to reach audiences we want to reach and monetize content in a more effective way. It’s too late for us to build a linear channel bouquet, but maybe that’s where the future lies for us and for other people." The company now spends at least 25% of its own marketing budget on digital, he said, speaking during the the 4A’s Transformation conference in Los Angeles on Monday.
http://adage.com/article/special-report-4as-conference/lionsgate-ceo-jon-feltheimer-future-entertainment/292192/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

How to Win $1 Billion on NCAA Basketball: A Mathematician’s Tips
This year, Chartier’s goal is to help someone win the $1 billion prize offered by Warren Buffett and Quicken Loans to anyone who correctly predicts all 63 games of the men’s tournament. Even with such a lucrative payout, the odds are absurdly long. If every game were a 50/50 proposition, the odds of a perfect bracket would stand at roughly 9.2 quintillion to 1.
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/03/how-to-win-1-billion-on-ncaa-basketball-a-mathematicians-tips/284478/

(video) TED: Edward Snowden: Here’s how we take back the Internet
Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it.
http://www.ted.com/talks/edward_snowden_here_s_how_we_take_back_the_internet