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


NBC & USA Option Telemundo Novelas
has granted NBC Entertainment an option to develop The Lord of the Skies (El Señor de los Cielos) and USA Network an option to develop the upcoming novela Woman of Steel (Mujer de Acero). The Lord of the Skies is inspired by true events. It tells the story of one of the most prominent Mexican drug lords from the 1990s. The show ranked as Telemundo’s number one novela last year, averaging 2.3 million total viewers and nearly 1.5 million adults 18 to 49. Universal Television will develop the show for NBC Entertainment.

Woman of Steel is a highly anticipated original production from Telemundo Studios set to launch this fall. It tells the story of a woman who goes from simple housemaid to rocking the foundation of the Mexican government. The series will be developed by Universal Cable Productions for USA Network.

Legendary TV Options Max Brooks’ Horror Comic Series ‘Extinction Parade’
Legendary Television and Digital Media
has optioned World War Z and Zombie Survival Guide author Max Brooks‘ horror comic series The Extinction Parade for development as a TV series. Brooks will assist in development of the project and pen the pilot episode. Extinction Parade pits zombies against vampires in a world where the zombie plague has put the human race on the endangered species list, according to a description of the series on Avatar’s website. Fearing the end of their food supply, the vastly outnumbered vampires enter into an all-out subdead war with the zombies, with humans caught in the crossfire.

‘Do No Harm’ Creator Developing ‘Pharaoh’ With HBO, Inks New Deal With Universal TV
David Schulner
has inked a new two-year pact with the studio and is developing projects for USA Network, Syfy and HBO. Schulner recently sold ancient Egyptian drama Pharaoh to HBO with Ridley Scott attached to direct and exec produce. The drama explores an alternate explanation for the foundation and ascent of the ancient Egyptian empire — one in which greatness was bestowed upon us by beings from another world, calling into question what it means to be a "god." The project was co-created by Giannina Facio and Colet Abedi, who will exec produce alongside Scott and David Zucker for Scott Free.

Jennifer Garner Developing Mystery Dramedy at Bravo
The actress will executive produce "All the Pretty Faces" as the cable network continues to push into original scripted fare. All the Pretty Faces is set in the bucolic beach town of Half Moon Bay, Calif., and centers on two warring families engaged in an epic, decades-long feud. The death of one of their own brings both families together in search of the secret to the affliction that has plagued them for generations: immortality. J. Mills Goodloe will pen the script and executive produce the dramedy, which hails from Garner’s Vandalia Films and Warner Horizon Television. Juliana Janes will produce.

Melissa Rosenberg’s Tall Girls Prods. Names Kate Schumaecker President
Melissa Rosenberg’s Tall Girls Productions
has tapped former Universal Cable Prods exec Kate Schumaecker as President. In her new role, Schumaecker will oversee day-to-day operations and develop television projects. Formed by Rosenberg in 2011, ABC Studios-based Tall Girls Prods is focused on film and TV series development with an emphasis on interesting, complex roles for women.

(review) Variety: ‘Bad Teacher’: CBS Comedy Mixes Class and Crass
Bad Teacher” won’t win plaudits from Ms. magazine. But the show, for all its crass humor, and one really painful joke about stealing information from a Chinese teacher, is ultimately well-meaning. Created for TV by Hilary Winston it showcases appealing performances by Ari Graynor, Ryan Hansen and David Alan Grier.

(sched) The Killing: Netflix Announces Release Date for Abbreviated Fourth and Final Season
announced Thursday that the former AMC drama’s six-episode fourth and final season will drop on August 1. As we previously reported, The Killing‘s final season will revolve around a murder at a military school and co-star Joan Allen (Luck), Sterling Beaumon (Red Widow), Levi Meaden (The 100) and Tyler Ross (Amazon’s Zombieland).

HuffPo: There Might Be A ‘Lost’ Reboot In The Works, According To ABC Showrunner
The show’s executive producer Carlton Cuse told Entertainment Weekly "it’s likely" that ABC will eventually want to reboot "Lost" because it is such a worthwhile and valuable franchise. Cuse claims he is done with the program because he told the story he wanted to, but he expects ABC to eventually hire new writers who will put their own spin on it.


‘True Blood’s’ Sam Trammell to Star in Amazon Drama
He’ll topline "Cocked," from "Lie to Me" creator Samuel Baum. Cocked revolves around an estranged son who must return to work with his father and brother at his family’s gun manufacturing company after a corporate rival, run by their uncle, moves to take them over.

Mistresses: 666 Park Ave Actress Lands Recurring Season 2 Gig
Helena Mattsson
, the 666 Park Avenue and Betrayal vet will be channeling her inner supermodel in a recurring gig on Season 2 of ABC’s addictive summer sudser Mistresses. Mattsson will play Greta Jager, who’s described as “an ageless, gorgeous European supermodel, charming and warm,” but with a twist: The woman isn’t afraid to bare her teeth when the situation calls for it.

Meg Ryan to Voice the Mother in ‘HIMYM’ Spinoff
Meg Ryan
has been tapped to voice the role of the mother in CBS’ upcoming “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff “How I Met Your Dad.


Stephenie Meyer’s Production Company Options YA Novel ‘Not A Drop To Drink’
Stephenie Meyer
and Meghan Hibbett’s Fickle Fish Films has optioned rights to Mindy McGinnis’ debut young-adult novel Not A Drop To Drink, a survival story set in a world where fresh water is almost nonexistent.

‘Super 8′ Actor Joins Sony’s ‘Goosebumps’
Ryan Lee has joined the cast of Sony’sGoosebumps” starring Jack Black. Dylan Minnette and Odeya Rush also star with Rob Letterman directing. Story is loosely based on R.L. Stine’s book series and follows Minnette’s character, who moves from New York City to the small town of Greendale, Maryland, where his secretive new neighbor turns out to be veteran young adult horror author R.L. Stine (Black). When all the many demons of Stine’s mind are set free by Slappy, a demonic ventriloquist’s dummy, it’s up to Minnette’s character and Stine’s niece Hannah to put all the evil genies back in the bottle.


Lifetime Greenlights Catholic Convent Reality Series
"The Sisterhood"
will follow five women as they decide whether or not to become nuns and hails from the producers behind "Breaking Amish."

Discovery Greenlights Program About Mechanics Who Build ‘Rat Rod’ Cars From Scraps
The special will focus on four teams who have three weeks to build a car, which they will enter into a competition for a cash prize.

Flex Option For ‘Sunday Night Football’ To Start 6 Weeks Earlier As NFL Unveils 2014 Schedule
The league said that its “flex” scheduling for the Peacock’s Sunday Night Football games can begin as early as Week 5, moving up from Week 11 in the past.

TLC Adds VPs To West Coast Production & Development Teams
is bolstering its West Coast Development and Production operations with the hires of two new vice presidents. Jack Tarantino has been named VP Production West Coast and Elvia Van Es Oliva joins as VP Development West Coast. Both are based in the LA office and report to Sandy Varo Jarrell, SVP, Production & Development West Coast.


BBC1 orders drama foursome
DH Lawrence’s
Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Laurie Lee’s novel Cider with Rosie, LP Hartley’s The Go-Between and JB Priestley’s play An Inspector Calls will all be turned into 90-minute specials for BBC1.


Sam Register Promoted to President of Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series
Warner Bros. Animation
(WBA) promoted Sam Register to the newly created position of president, WBA and Warner Digital Series. In the new role, Register will head up a newly formed live-action digital content production unit and be responsible for the development and production of original live-action digital series.

Stephanopoulos Signs Long-Term Contract With ABC News
The agreement will keep him in anchor positions on two important programs, “Good Morning America” and “This Week.”

Kerry Washington, Miley Cyrus, Benedict Cumberbatch Among Time’s 100 Most Influential People
Kerry Washington, Benedict Cumberbatch
, and Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan are among the 100 Most Influential People, according to Time magazine.

Jennifer Berman Joins Roadside Attractions
She will serve as senior vp of acquisitions, co-productions and development as the company looks to become more involved in production as it readies for the Cannes Film Festival.


In Upfronts, Big TV Nets’ Pricing Strength Is Threatened Yet Again
Ad buyers have already suggested they will attempt to tamp down the rate of increase in the cost of reaching 1,000 viewers, a measure commonly known as a CPM that will be at the heart of the intense talks about to take place. If they are successful, it would mark the third consecutive upfront in which the rate of increase advertisers paid for TV-ad time narrowed, suggesting the TV networks enter the discussions with less leverage each year.

F.C.C., in a Shift, Backs Fast Lanes for Web Traffic
Planned new rules would allow an Internet provider to negotiate separately with content companies like Disney or Google and charge for priority service.

Apple Has Sold 20 Million Apple TV Set-Tops to Date
Apple has now sold about 20 million $99 Apple TV devices — and CEO Tim Cook is confident that the project he once dubbed a “hobby” is a solid competitor to other offerings in the market, including Amazon’s Fire TV.

FX Networks Taps MillerCoors To Be Exclusive Beer Partner
The three-year deal will make MillerCoors brands the “official beers” for FX, FXX, and FXM giving the brewer exclusive rights to program integrations and first look placement rights for shows that FX is developing.