Morning News Update for Wednesday, 3/19/14.


Netflix Orders Comedy Series to Star Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin
has given a 13-episode order to half-hour comedy series “Grace and Frankie” starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, as the leading Internet subscription-video service continues to build out its originals lineup. The project hails from “Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris. Paula Weinstein and David Ellison’s Skydance Prods. are producing for Netflix. Single-camera series revolves around two longtime rivals who are brought together when their husbands decide to run off together to get married.

(sched) ABC Sets Finale Dates for ‘Resurrection,’ ‘Agents of SHIELD’ and Others
The Alphabet will wrap up three of its series — Friday comedies “The Neighbors” and “Last Man Standing” and Thursday drama “Scandal” — in April. “Neighbors” closes up shop on April 11, and “Last Man” ends its season on April 25, the first Friday of the May sweep. On Sundays, “Resurrection” airs the eighth and final episode of its short inaugural season on May 4, and the following week will see a two-hour finale for “Once Upon a Time” leading into the finale of “Revenge.”

(review) THR: The 100
The sci-fi drama presents the CW’s ultimate vision for humanity: an Earth populated only by attractive teenagers, whose parents are left out in space.


‘Nikita’s’ Maggie Q to Star in Kevin Williamson’s CBS Stalker Pilot
Maggie Q has come aboard Kevin Williamson’s drama pilot for CBS, joining a cast that also includes Dylan McDermott and Mariana Klaveno.

Ethan Peck, Ed Quinn & Hart Bochner To Co-Star In NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Feed Me’
Ethan Peck
, Ed Quinn and Hart Bochner will co-star opposite Mary-Louise Parker in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Feed Me.


Joe Cornish to Direct Universal’s Spy Movie ‘Section 6’
Jack O’Connell is attached to star in the period spy movie. Section 6 is the origin story of the formation of Great Britain’s secret intelligence agency, Military Intelligence, Section 6, also known as MI6.

Trend Alert: When Unrepresented Scripts Cause a Stir in Hollywood
Just hours after FilmNation Entertainment nabbed Krysty Wilson-Cairns screenplay Aether on March 13, another unrepresented script began making the rounds and causing a stir. Jeff Lock’s Beef began hitting the desks of development executives last week on the same day Aether sold. Neither script had U.S. representation, an unusual way for a script to be shopped.

Erica Rivinoja To Write ‘Girl’s Trip’ Comedy For Universal And Will Packer
has tapped Erica Rivinoja to pen Will Packer‘s untitled Girl’s Trip comedy. Packer set this up last month as his first film under his new lucrative stuido deal via Will Packer Productions. He hired Malcolm D. Lee to direct. Universal is still keeping details of the script under wraps, but production is set to begin this summer in New Orleans.


Chris Martin Will Mentor Singers on The Voice
Chris Martin
has joined The Voice as an adviser and mentor to the current contestants, NBC confirmed.


Anne Sweeney’s Disney Exit Heightens Focus on Bob Iger Succession Plan
The contest to move into Iger’s office is still largely seen as a two-man race between Disney Parks head Thomas Staggs and chief financial officer Jay Rasulo. But the lack of new executive postings, including Iger’s failure to appoint a president or chief operating officer to serve as the sorcerer’s apprentice during his last years in office (as Iger did to his predecessor, Michael Eisner), has spurred speculation that the Disney board is not bowled over by either Staggs or Rasulo. Some have mentioned Disney Intl. chairman Andy Bird, who reports directly to Iger, as an emerging dark-horse candidate for the CEO job, which might be presaged if Iger taps him to fill Sweeney’s role.


Fox Networks Promotes 2 Senior VPs, Distribution
Fox Networks
has promoted Jessica Fang to Senior Vice President, Distribution, National Accounts and David Espinosa to Senior Vice President, Distribution, Strategic Analysis.


(tech) Sony announces Project Morpheus, a virtual reality headset coming to PlayStation 4
is pursuing new virtual reality technology dubbed Project Morpheus for PlayStation 4, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida announced at GDC 2014. The headset, still in prototype form, will bring VR gaming and non-gaming software to Sony’s new console.

U.S. Posted First Full-Year Pay TV Subscriber Drop in 2013
Cable, satellite TV and telecom firms collectively shed 251,000 video subscribers in 2013, led by continued cable losses, the research firm estimates.