Morning News Update for Friday, 4/4/14.

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton & Charlie Day Ink Big New 3-Year Deal With FX Prods. That Includes 2-Year Renewal Of ‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’, Series Pickup Of Tracy Morgan Comedy, Pilot & Script Orders
Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton have cemented their status as FX’s MVPs with a massive new three-year deal at FX Prods. for their RCG Prods. It is said to surpass the trio’s previous $50-million three-year deal with FX signed in 2011. Like that deal, the new agreement, which will keep the trio at FX until 2017, includes a two-year renewal of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which has received 10-epsiode orders for Season 11 and 12.

The upcoming 10th season will unspool in January 2015, paired with RCG’s newest series, a comedy created by McElhenney, Day, Howerton, and Sunny writer Rakhe and starring Tracy Morgan. The untitled project, which has received a 10-episode is a straight-to-series order. Also part of the new deal are a blind comedy pilot order and script deals for Harder, written by Scott Marder and Glenn Howerton; We’re Good, Thanks, written by Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Artemis Pebdani and Charlie Day, with Ellis and Pebdani attached to star; and Blow Up Dolls, written by and starring Sarah Solemani.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/rob-mcelhenney-glenn-howerton-charlie-day-ink-big-new-3-year-deal-with-fx-prods-that-includes-2-year-renewal-of-its-always-sunny-in-philadelphia-series-pickup-of-tracy-morgan-comedy-pilot/

How Will ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Cope With the Captain America 2 Twist? ‘We Were In Shock,’ Says Star
“Everything’s an opportunity,” Tancharoen says. “Everything is interconnected, which is definitely a unique situation when you have a television show connected to films like this.”
http://tvline.com/2014/04/04/agents-of-shield-reaction-to-captain-america-winter-soldier-twist/

Homeland Setting Up Shop in South Africa
Homeland will film much of its fourth season in Cape Town, South Africa, Showtime announced today, though the new season is not actually set there. It is instead set in "one of the most volatile and dangerous CIA stations in the Middle East," according to the network, where Carrie is back to her crime-fighting ways. So Cape Town is just a stand-in — think of it as the new Vancouver.
http://www.vulture.com/2014/04/homeland-setting-up-shop-in-south-africa.html

FEATURE NEWS:

‘Captain America’ Opens Massively with $10.2 Million at Latenight U.S. Shows
Disney-Marvel’s
Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has launched impressively with $10.2 million at Thursday night pre-shows in the U.S. The figure came in well above comparable Thursday night figures for similar tentpoles, such as $9 million for “Man of Steel,” $8.8 million for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” $7.1 million for ‘Thor: The Dark World”.
http://variety.com/2014/film/news/captain-america-winter-soldier-opens-massively-with-10-2-million-at-late-night-shows-1201152755/

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Food Network Taps Deirdre O’Hearn As SVP Programming & Development
Deirdre O’Hearn
moves to Food Network from WE tv, where she served as VP Development & Talent.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/food-network-taps-deirdre-ohearn-as-svp-programming-development/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Tom Hardy, Steven Knight, Ridley Scott Team With BBC For Period Series ‘Taboo’
Tom Hardy
is reuniting with screenwriter Steven Knight, and Ridley Scott for eight-part period series Taboo. Knight created the drama based on an original story by Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy. Set in 1813, Taboo follows Hardy’s James Keziah Delaney who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds and seeking to avenge his father’s death. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a dangerous game with two warring nations, Britain and America.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/tom-hardy-to-star-in-taboo-bbc-series-created-by-steven-knight-ridley-scott-executive-producer/

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

Exec Shuffle For 4/4/14: Sony Pictures Networks, DGA, Pilgrim Studios, Machinima, EveryWhere Studios
More/Medavoy Management: Erwin More
and Brian Medavoy launched this new management company.
BBC Worldwide Productions: Travis Shakespeare
has joined as Senior Vice President, Current Unscripted Programming.
Sony Pictures Networks: Kathryn Ann Busby has joined as Senior Vice President, Programming.
Cineflix Media: Brandon Killion has joined as Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, North America.
Directors Guild of America: Frank Bennett Gonzalez has joined as Assistant Executive Director, Diversity.
Crybaby Media: Bryan Severance has been promoted to Vice President, Development and Casting, in New York.
ITV Studios America: Julie Meldal-Johnsen has been named Senior Executive Vice President, Scripted & Business Development.
Pilgrim Studios: Kelly Garner has been named Vice President, Development & Original Programming.
Pilgrim Studios: Brent Jacoby has joined as Senior Director, Development.
Pilgrim Studios: Paige Mueller has joined as Senior Manager, Development.
Renegade 83: Brad Austin has joined as Director, Development.
Investigation Discovery: Winona Meringolo has been promoted to Vice President, Development.
Hulu: Craig Erwich has joined as Executive Vice President, Head, Content, effective April 7th, 2014.
Yahoo!: Josh Volk has joined as Executive Editor, Entertainment.
http://www.studiosystemnews.com/exec-shuffle-for-4414-sony-pictures-networks-dga-pilgrim-studios-machinima-everywhere-studios/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

THR: Why Hollywood People Never Say ‘No’
Lunch? Call me (but I won’t answer!): What’s behind the entertainment industry’s maddening, pervasive, conflict-avoidant, passive-aggressive and possibly pathological habit of just saying maybe to everything?
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/why-hollywood-people-never-say-692453

(tech) (review) The Verge: Amazon Fire TV
For me, Amazon could have really changed the game by cutting deals to deliver live content and shows at the same time they are aired on cable and network TV. I was hoping that Amazon would give me what I needed to cut the cord once and for all and not look back, but that’s just not the case. Instead, it just gave me another box to watch the same content I can see plenty of other ways. And that means I’m likely going to be sticking with my cable subscription for the foreseeable future.
http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/4/5581290/amazon-fire-tv-review

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