Afternoon News Update for Thursday, 4/24/14.


Todd Holland & Karey Burke’s Company Inks ABC Studios Overall Deal
Todd Holland
and Karey Nixon Burke’s Dark Toy Entertainment is setting up shop at ABC Studios with a two-year overall deal. “We had a fantastic experience working with them on The Pro and are so excited to work with them developing both comedy and drama projects for the studio,” ABC Studios topper Peter Moran said.

‘Friday The 13th’ Scares Up Hourlong Series
Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films
and Crystal Lake Entertainment have set a deal to produce a new hourlong dramatic series based upon the characters and settings of Friday The 13th. Bill Basso and Jordu Schell have been set to script a storyline that re-imagines Jason in multiple time periods. Roy Knyrim (Gods And Monsters) of SOTA FX will coordinate the special make-up effects for the series. The series is contemporary, focusing on the eclectic characters of Crystal Lake who are forced to confront the return of the killer, as new secrets about his wacky family are revealed.

BET Renews ‘The Game,’ ‘Being Mary Jane,’ ‘Real Husbands’; Adds ‘Book of Negroes’ Mini
The Viacom-owned cable network presented its new lineup Thursday, which includes new series "Gone Gospel," "Got Game" and a slate of movies and specials as well as its first scripted miniseries.

(review) Hitfix: ABC goes to silly extremes with bipolar medical drama ‘Black Box’
Her name is Black, she tells us that people in her field call the brain a black box, and she is an expert at curing everyone’s neurological difficulties except her own! In other words, it’s combining what’s become the most annoying aspect of "Homeland" with the most formulaic parts of "House" with that tired old saw dubbed the Vocational Irony Narrative.

(sched) A&E Sets Premiere Date for Longmire Season 3.
Longmire will return for its third season on Monday, June 2 at 10/9c.

‘The Mentalist’ Explores New Network Homes In Case CBS Does Not Renew Series
With The Mentalist‘s future at CBS in serious doubt, I hear the studio behind the veteran drama, Warner Bros TV, has been quietly shopping the series to other networks, garnering some preliminary interest from broadcast and cable. Taking in a 6-year-old high-end drama is not an easy proposition, but WBTV is ready to explore every possible avenue — that’s how important a property The Mentalist is to the studio with its $2 million-plus-per-episode off-network deal at TNT and big international sales including France, where it is the No. 1 scripted series.

Time: Book-to-Miniseries Adaptations Are Having a Moment
As Hollywood has increasingly shied away from difficult literary works in favor of blockbuster comic-book reboots and sequels, a growing number of novels are coming to television instead.

Cartoon Network aims to turn prime-time tide with its Adult Swim
As of March 31, Adult Swim — once confined strictly to late night — started airing as early as 8 p.m. Time Warner believes that the Adult Swim sensibility can capture the attention of young men in prime time just as well as it does after 11 p.m. But the move carries considerable risks as well, including bigger programming costs and a dilution of the brand’s off-the-wall reputation.,0,3271872.story


Larenz Tate Set As Regular On New USA Series ‘Rush’Larenz Tate has been upped to series regular on USA’s original medical drama series Rush, set to premiere July 17.


‘Nashville’ Actress Lands Lead in ‘Jem and the Holograms’ Movie
Nashville” actress Aubrey Peeples has been cast as the title character in the live-action adaptation of the popular 1980s cartoon “Jem and the Holograms.” Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau and Hayley Kiyoko have also joined the cast.


MTV Renews ‘Real World,’ Orders New Series From ‘Buckwild’ Producers
Renewed for additional seasons are veteran Real World, which is back for a landmark 30th run; Jersey Shore spinoff Snooki & JWOWW for a fourth cycle; and Girl Code for a fourth run. Additionally, Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out will be back for a second edition on MTV2. Joining the ranks of MTV’s unscripted offerings are three new shows: Alaska-based Slednecks from the producers of Buckwild; dance competition Beyond Dance and true story entry One Bad Choice. On the music side, MTV has picked up 9 Days and Nights, a new docuseries that explores artists at a turning point in their life and career.

‘Dancing With the Stars’ Names New Showrunner
Former "X Factor" and "America’s Got Talent" EP Rob Wade will take the reins from longtime topper Conrad Green, who departs at the end of the current cycle for Fox’s "Utopia."


Netflix to Launch on Three U.S. Cable Operators via TiVo
Netflix has grabbed its first foothold with cable operators in the United States, with plans to launch on three smaller companies next week through an app on TiVo DVRs. The deals are with RCN Communications, Atlantic Broadband and Grande Communications.


Disney’s marketing of "Frozen" may have frustrated animation fans, but it won over a far larger audience for this film
Back then, Disney’s marketing department was still trying to convince males 18-24 to buy tickets for "Frozen." And it’s tough enough to convince guys in this age group to come see a feature-length cartoon. But when this same demographic group discovers that this animated film is supposedly to be a musical … That’s a deal breaker for many males 18 – 24. In fact, to hear many marketing veterans at Disney Studios talk, that’s the main reason that "The Princess and the Frog " under-performed at the box office back in 2009.


Harpo Films’ Carla Gardini Promoted to Exec VP
As executive vp, production and development, she will continue to supervise the development and production of scripted TV and film projects.

The Wire’s David Simon: HBO Would Have Killed My Show Today
Simon joined House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, numbers wiz Nate Silver and film journalist Anne Thompson on stage to discuss how stats have influenced the entertainment and news media worlds during the Future of Film talk, which is part of Tribeca Innovation Week. The Takeway radio host John Hockenberry moderated the panel.


Hollywood CEOs Tighten PR Rules for Even Less Transparency
A new generation of leaders high on discipline and low on transparency has quietly assumed the power positions in Corporate Hollywood. And the transition has taken place so seamlessly that we’ve barely noticed.