Afternoon News Update for Wednesday, 4/16/14.


Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo TV Series in the Works
Annapurna Pictures
is entering the scripted TV business. The company is working with Hung and The L Word alums Angela Robinson and Alex Kondracke for a scripted drama exploring the Golden Age of Hollywood and the intersecting lives of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. The drama, which is in development and will be taken out to networks, will explore the relationships of the starlets with notable figures including John Gilbert, Mercedes de Acosta, Tallulah Bankhead, Alla Nazimova, Barbara Stanwyck, Cary Grant and John Wayne, among others.

V.C. Andrews’ Vampire Novel ‘Daughter of Darkness’ Being Developed for TV
MarVista Entertainment
has partnered with Canada’s EVOS Media to develop V.C. Andrews novel, “Daughters of Darkness,” for television. “Daughter of Darkness” is a vampire story that features teenage Lorelei and her sisters. All adopted by their father, he has taught the girls how to use their powers of seduction and told them to never fall in love. But, Lorelei breaks the rules when she falls for a handsome classmate and must deal with the consequences.

Matt Lopez Inks Overall Deal At Universal TV
Feature writer Matt Lopez is formalizing his foray into television with a two-year overall deal at Universal Television. The pact, Lopez’s first overall TV arrangement, stems from One Kick, a drama project he developed at NBC through Uni TV this season.

Banshee Promotes Two to Series Regular
has upped Geno Segers and Afton Williamson to series regulars.

B.D. Wong Will Return to Law & Order: SVU
B.D. Wong
, who starred on the NBC drama for nine seasons, will reprise his role as Dr. George Huang in the season’s penultimate episode.

(q&a) Fargo Star Allison Tolman Will Thaw Your Icy Heart
Watching the premiere of FX’s stunner of a limited series Fargo (Tuesdays, 10/9c), you might have noticed newcomer Allison Tolman among the more familiar visages of Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman and wondered, "Who’s that girl?" Tolman took a break from playing budding Bemidji detective Molly Solverson to answer just that question (and a few others).


Adam Pally to Star in Indie ‘Bad Boys Crazy Girls’
Directed by Don Argott and Sheena Joyce (The Art of the Steal) from a script by Heather Maidat, Bad Boys Crazy Girls follows Jeff (Pally) and Anne, who embark on a journey of self-discovery when they decide to help each other become "bad" and "crazy." But soon their experiment in modifying their personalities leads to disastrous results.

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Sequel in the Works at Fox 2000
"Elf" writer David Berenbaum is writing the script while director Chris Columbus and Robin Williams are attached to the comedy.


NBC Passes on David Koechner Variety Sketch Show
The "Anchorman" alum created the comedy in which he would have starred and exec produced.

NBCU’s Wilshire Studios Inks Overall Deals With Producers Stephanie Bloch Chambers & C. Russell Muth
NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s Wilshire Studios is ramping up its unscripted development slate, inking new overall deals with Stephanie Bloch Chambers (Chrisley Knows Best, Married To Jonas) and C. Russell Muth (DEA, Bordertown Laredo).

ABC News at Odds With Center for Public Integrity Over Pulitzer Prize
ABC News
is seeking recognition for its work on a prize winning investigation into sick Appalachian miners who were denied medical care and benefits.

Four Part Series ‘OMG EMT’ to Premiere Saturday, May 3 on TLC
On Saturday, May 3rd at 10/9c, TLC premieres OMG EMT!, a new series that features some of the most memorable and unusual emergency calls, told by real-life EMTs who face these stranger-than-fiction scenarios every day.

MTV2’s "Jobs That Don’t Suck" Gives Millennials a Real-World Look at Finding Their Dream Job
Andrew Schulz can now add milking poisonous snakes and getting a colonic to his resume. But the affable comedian, a regular on MTV2 programs like Guy Code isn’t looking for a new gig. He’s offering a glimpse into Jobs That Don’t Suck, a new show premiering on MTV2 April 16.


Showrunners Michelle Ashford, Carlton Cuse, Jenji Kohan Talk Sex, Emmys and Binge-Watching at HRTS Panel
No topic – from sex and nudity to binge-watching – was off limits at the Hollywood Radio and Television Society’s Hitmakers Newsmaker luncheon as the creators of some of the most popular shows on TV discussed what it takes to create and maintain a hit skein.

Dee Dee Myers to Join Warner Bros. as Head of Communications
Ms. Myers, a former White House press secretary under Bill Clinton, will become an executive vice president reporting directly to Warner’s chief executive.

‘Scandal’ star Columbus Short hit with restraining order for allegedly threatening to kill estranged wife, self: report
According to a restraining order obtained by TMZ on Tuesday, the 31-year-old actor, who plays Harrison Wright on the ABC drama, held a knife to his wife Tanee McCall’s throat on April 7 after coming home intoxicated. McCall claims that her husband came into her room with a wine bottle in his hand, pretended to hit her with the bottle and then poured its contents on her. McCall claims her husband then obtained a knife and began choking her, interrogating her about men he believed she was sleeping with.


Emmys: Major Deadline Looms And New Online Voting Process Rolls Out As The Race Takes Off
Emmy season is revving up already even though the primetime awards show won’t be happening until the end of summer (Monday August 25th on NBC). But if you want to vote, the first major deadline looms tomorrow April 17, the last day to join the Academy, renew your membership or apply for hyphenate ballots in order to cast a ballot in this year’s contest.

SSN: New & Noteworthy Spring 2014 – The People, Places & Things to Put on Your Radar
Since last spring, we’ve brought you SSN’s New & Noteworthy list, a carefully curated rundown of the people, places, and things we think should be on your radar.Take a look at our third installment for the hotspots, books, galleries, filmmakers, and actors to watch – SSN has its finger on the pulse so that you don’t have to.

AdWeek: Millionaires’ Perceptions of Wealth Skew by Age
What does a million bucks buy you? Millennials may find it brings with it a sense of optimism and the financial freedom to spend more freely. If you’re a baby boomer, it’s more likely you still spend modestly in spite of having reached this fiscal milestone. But regardless of age, all of the millionaires polled prioritized luxury vacations and fine wines among their splurges.

(video) Taylor Swift crashes superfan’s bridal shower
Fun fact for fans: If you invite Taylor Swift to your bridal shower, she just might come. Swift posted a YouTube video Wednesday chronicling her visit to Columbus, Ohio, to surprise superfan Gena Gabrielle at her bridal shower. “I’ve never been to a bridal shower,” Swift tells the camera in her video blog — so why not?