Evening News Update for Tuesday, 4/1/14.


TNT Developing John Scott Shepherd-Scott Winant Drama ‘Breed’
has nabbed a spec script from drama vet John Scott Shepherd, with Scott Winant on board to direct. The project set in Tacoma, Wash., is described as a thriller involving a monster mythology, two newcomers to the town and a fallen FBI profiler. Producer Nicky Weinstock is shepherding for TNT through his Invention Film Co.

HBO Buckles Up For Female Space Comedy From Kristin Gore & Jay Roach
Jay Roach
is teaming with Al Gore’s daughter, author-screenwriter Kristin Gore, for a half-hour comedy series project at HBO. Written by Gore, Women In Space follows a group of women exploring the final frontier on a mission to colonize another planet. Gore and Roach executive produce. Women In Space is part of Roach’s deal at HBO.

Netflix Orders 10 Episodes of Pablo Escobar Drama ‘Narcos’
has confirmed its next series order. Narcos, a serialized take on Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel, received a 10-episode order. From director Jose Padilha and Gaumont International Television, the latest original will bow in 2015. The project gets an official greenlight with the addition of actor Wagner Moura to star as Escobar.

DirecTV Orders First Original Comedy Series
Peter Ackerman will adapt his critically acclaimed play "Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight," with DirecTV ordering 10 episodes. Midnight explores a variety of modern-day relationships through the conceit that nothing good happens after midnight. The series is set in L.A. and takes viewers on a 12-hour collision course that begins at dusk and explodes at dawn. Midnight will air on DirecTV’s Audience Network later this year and be exec produced by Ackerman and Nick Hamm for Momentum TV.

eOne, IDW Ink First-Look Development Deal
The news comes after the comics publisher launched a television unit with "Walking Dead" producers Circle of Confusion attached. Under the pact, eOne and IDW Entertainment will co-develop, co-fund and co-produce TV series based on IDW’s library of more than 300 original properties. eOne and IDW will fully fund development of each project with the goal of securing straight-to-series commitments for broadcast and cable networks.

(sched) Fox’s Struggling ‘Rake’ Moves Finale to Saturday
Fox is moving the “Rake” finale to Saturday, when it will air back-to-back episodes beginning at 8 p.m. to close out a rocky first season.

Malin Akerman Talks ‘Trophy Wife,’ Kid Actors and Deportation Scares
The star of ABC’s bubble comedy tells THR about her first year on broadcast TV and jokes about her renewal strategy: "I’ll go over there and knock some teeth out if we don’t get our second season"


Erin Cummings To Star In ABC’s ‘The Astronaut Wives Club’
Erin Cummings has been cast as one of the leads in ABC’s 10-episode summer drama series The Astronaut Wives Club, from Fake Empire, Groundswell Productions and ABC Studios. Cummings will play Marge, Deke Slayton’s outspoken wife, whose colorful past is not in keeping with the cookie-cutter image that the astronaut wives are expected to present to the world.

Ryan Michelle Bathe Cast In ABC’s Kevin Hart Comedy Pilot As Role Gets Reworked
ABC‘s multi-camera comedy pilot from actor-comedian Kevin Hart is undergoing a change following the table read. The character of Mircea, Derek’s (Romany Malco) post-divorce girlfriend, has been reconceived and will now be called Mandy. As a result, Amber Stevens, who had been cast as Mircea, is exiting, and Army Wives alumna Ryan Michelle Bathe has been tapped to play Mandy.

Danielle Nicolet Joins ‘Good Session’; Natasha Henstridge To Recur On ‘Selfie’; David Paymer In ‘Red Zone’
Danielle Nicolet has joined the cast of CBS’ single-camera comedy pilot Good Session. Natasha Henstridge has landed a guest star/recurring role in ABC/Warner Bros TV single-camera comedy pilot Selfie. David Paymer has been tapped for a recurring role in CBS’ drama pilot Red Zone.

Brittany Daniel Upped To Regular On BET’s ‘The Game’; A.J. Buckley In CBS’ Wall Street Drama Pilot
After recurring in four episodes of Season 7 of The Game, Brittany Daniel has been promoted to regular on the hit BET comedy series, which has just been picked up for an eighth season. A.J. Buckley has landed a guest role on CBS’ untitled Wall Street drama pilot, executive produced by John Cusack.


Lionsgate Buys New Sci-Fi Spec ‘Terrestrial’ With ‘Journey 2′ Producer
Lionsgate has acquired “Terrestrial,” a science-fiction script written by first-time writer Peter Gaffney. The studio paid low six figures for the project. Tripp Vinson brought “Terrestrial” to Lionsgate and will produce the movie. The script first surfaced in Adam Rodin’s annual trackingb.com feature contest, and Rodin, who will executive produce, developed the project with Gaffney and Energy Entertainment’s Brooklyn Weaver.

Olivia Milch to Rewrite Fox’s ‘Queen & Country’ Starring Ellen Page
20th Century Fox
has hired Olivia Milch to re-write the script for spy thriller “Queen & Country” starring Ellen Page. The news suggests the film is one step closer to making it to production with the studio also hiring director Craig Viveiros in recent weeks to helm the pic. Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are producing via their Chernin Entertainment banner. The story centers on Tara Chace, a top British intelligence agent who is used as bait to draw out an international terrorist after an attack in London.


Michael Strahan Expected to Join ‘Good Morning America’
Michael Strahan
is planning to join ABC morning show “Good Morning America,” CNN reports. Strahan would continue to co-host “Live With Kelly and Michael.” Though the show recently lost Josh Elliott and Sam Champion, Strahan won’t be taking anybody’s place on the morning show. Rather, he will appear in segments beginning at 7 a.m., before heading to his co-hosting duties at “Live.”

OWN Orders Star-Studded Series Highlighting International Charity Work
will highlight the international charity work against hearing loss and the prominent figures who take part in its activities. The network has ordered 10 episodes of the series titled “Operation Change,” which debuts Monday, June 23 at 10 p.m. “Operation Change” highlights the work of Bill and Tani Austin and their son Steven Sawalich’s Starkey Hearing Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides hearing aides to those in need.


New Disney Short Signals Potential for 3D, High Dynamic Range, High Frame Rates
Signaling a step toward the potential for "computational cinematography," Disney is producing an inventive short titled Make Believe that will debut in an unfinished form at the NAB Show, which begins April 5 in Las Vegas. The short—lensed last summer in Berlin—was a test for a concept “trifocal” camera system that Germany’s research organization Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute is developing in association with Walt Disney Animation Studios Research and camera maker ARRI.



Sony Re-Ups TV Execs Zack Van Amburg, Jamie Erlicht
The programming presidents, who have held their positions since 2005, are said to have inked new three-year deals to remain with the studio behind "The Blacklist" and "Better Call Saul."


FiveThirtyEight: The Dollar-And-Cents Case Against Hollywood’s Exclusion of Women
We did a statistical analysis of films to test two claims: first, that films that pass the Bechdel test — featuring women in stronger roles — see a lower return on investment, and second, that they see lower gross profits. We found no evidence to support either claim.