Morning News Update for Wednesday, 4/23/14.


J.K. Rowling, HBO, BBC Team for ‘Casual Vacancy’ Miniseries
The "Harry Potter" alum will executive produce the three-hour entry written by "EastEnders" alum Sarah Phelps. The Casual Vacancy centers on Pagford, a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind its pretty facade, however, is a town at war: rich at war with the poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands and teachers at war with their students. Rowling will executive produce the mini via her Bronte Film and Television production company that she runs with Neil Blair, her longtime literary agent and producing partner.

Netflix Signs Mitch Hurwitz to Multiyear Deal, Plots New Series
The streamer is reteaming with the "Arrested Development" creator, who will create and produce new originals.

(sched) ‘Bones’ Finale Shifts to May 19 & ‘MasterChef’ Premiere Moves to May 26
An encore of BONES will now air Monday, April 28 (8:00-9:00 ET/PT), with all-new episodes beginning again on Monday, May 12 (8:00-9:00 ET/PT). After the Season Nine finale of BONES on Monday, May 19 (8:00-9:00 ET/PT), Gordon Ramsay returns for Season Five of the culinary smash hit MASTERCHEF, premiering Monday, May 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

(sched) (video) USA Debuts First Trailer for Matt Passmore’s ‘Satisfaction,’ Sets Summer Premieres
The NBCUniversal-owned cable network pairs freshmen dramas "Rush" and "Satisfaction" for an all-new Thursday starting in mid-July. Suits moves from its usual Thursday perch to kick off season four on Wednesdays starting June 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The sophomore season of Graceland follows at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Royal Pains begins season six Tuesday, June 10 at 9 p.m., followed by the fifth season of globe-trotting CIA actioner Covert Affairs at 10 p.m. which begins June 24.


‘Seeker’ Finds Its Writer
Callie Kloves has been tapped to adapt Seeker, Sony’s big-screen take on the by Arwen Elys Dayton novel. Mark Gordon is producing the translation of the novel, which doesn’t hit shelves until 2015. It will be the first of a trilogy. The story combines sci-fi and fantasy elements to tell the story of a young girl named Quin Kincaid who, according to the studio, "has been put through years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a revered ‘Seeker.’ Only when it’s too late does she discover she will be using her newfound knowledge and training to become an assassin."

Barbie Movie in Development at Sony as Live Action Comedy
has set up Barbie to star in a live action comedy at Sony Pictures with the toymaker set to produce the film with Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. The studio plans to start lensing the film by the end of the year, using a script written by Jenny Bicks.

‘Flash Gordon’ Movie in the Works at Fox
"Star Trek 3" scribes J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will work off a treatment by George Nolfi to write the script. Gordon is the hero first created in 1934 by iconic artist Alex Raymond who, along with the lovely Dale Arden and mad scientist Hans Zasrkov, ends up on the planet Mongo fighting its tyrannical ruler, Ming the Merciless.

Disney Taps Jon Turteltaub To Direct ‘It’s A Small World’ Feature Film
Jared Stern
pitched Small World and will write the script. He, Turteltaub and The Lego Movie‘s Dan Lin will be the producers. This one will take awhile to come together but it is envisioned as a potential franchise for the studio.

Comedy Group Dr. God Sets Up AXS TV Show, Wraps First Feature
Los Angeles-based comedy group Dr. God is taking its collective talents to both the big and small screens with its upcoming film “Bloodsucking Bastards” and the soon-to-air TV series “MOCKpocalypse.” Dr. God has partnered with Fortress Features and MTY Productions to produce the horror comedy “Bloodsucking Bastards.”


Ari Shaffir Show Shifts From Web to Comedy Central With Series Order
"This Is Not Happening" marks the first series to transition from digital production arm CC: Studios to TV. This Is Not Happening, a longform storytelling show hosted by Ari Shaffir, ran for two seasons online. The eight-episode series will debut in the fall and feature Shaffir’s comedian friends telling hilarious and true stories in front of a live audience at L.A.’s gentlemen’s club, Cheetahs.

El Rey Network Announces Start of Production on First Unscripted Original: ‘Cutting Crew’
El Rey Network
announced start of production on “Cutting Crew,” a new, unscripted original that explores the edgy artistry of a dynamic team of barbers who have made a name for themselves for thinking outside the stylist box.

Rob Lowe Tapped To Narrate Nat Geo Miniseries ‘The 90s: The Last Great Decade?’
has signed Rob Lowe to narrate the sequel. The ’90s: The Last Great Decade? will premiere over three nights in July on NGC in the U.S., followed globally in 171 countries and on Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo The ’90s revisits the pre 9/11 decade through 120 original interviews with eyewitnesses, politicians and celebrities. It recalls the high and lows of the 90s, including former President Bill Clinton being swept into office, the LA Riots, and MTV’s The Real World and Jerry Springer changing the television programming landscape.


Netflix to Create Its First Spanish-Language Original Series
Netflix has announced its first Spanish-language original series, a soccer comedy from director Gaz Alazraki that reunites the team that made Mexican box office hit “We Are the Nobles.” The 13-episode series from Alazraki Entertainment is set to premiere in 2015 and centers on a family feud among heirs of a soccer club after the owner’s death.

HBO will stream its shows to cord cutters for the first time on Amazon Instant Video
and HBO have signed an extensive, multi-year agreement that will bring many of the premium channel’s greatest shows includingThe Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and The Wire to Amazon Prime Instant Video. The deal also includes "early" seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood. Newer shows like Girls, The Newsroom and Veep will eventually be made available to Prime subscribers, but not until three years after they’ve first aired on HBO.


(tech) The Verge: Roku Streaming Stick review: TV everywhere
The Roku Streaming Stick is here to save me by bringing an incredible wealth of TV and movies with me anywhere I go. It’s a tiny, $49.99 stick that slots unnoticed into any HDMI port, and with only a Wi-Fi connection can immediately connect to Netflix, Amazon, and hundreds of other channels and content sources. It’s the ultimate portable set-top box.

New Yorker: The N.Y.P.D. Misfires
The N.Y.P.D. asked Twitter followers to share photo of themselves with officers. Images of what looked like police brutality flooded in.