Afternoon News Update for Wednesday, 4/30/14.


‘The Goldbergs’ Cast Feeling Good About Season 2 Pickup
Of course, one of the biggest questions on fans’ minds was whether the show will be picked up for a second season. While McLendon-Covey remained tight-lipped on the red carpet, telling Variety that she could only say “It’s looking good,” it was Goldberg who spilled the beans later in the evening and accidentally revealed that the show will return for season two, though he insisted, “It’s not official!”

‘Saturday Night Live’ Alum Joins ‘Ground Floor’ Staff
Cindy Caponera
, who has written and produced episodes of “Saturday Night Live” and is the author of the humorous essay book “I Triggered Her Bully,” has been hired as co-executive producer and writer on the TBS comedy “Ground Floor.”

‘Battlestar Galactica’ Actress Tricia Helfer to Star in Syfy’s ‘Ascension’
Tricia Helfer
returns to Syfy to star in the network’s six-hour event series “Ascension.”

Richard Belzer returning for ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Season 15 finale
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
executive producer Warren Leight made an exciting announcement on Twitter Monday (April 29), writing, "Guess who’s coming back for the #SVU season finale…" alongside "The Night Wanderer" self-portrait of painter Edward Munch from 1923-24 — because Richard Belzer plays Det. John Munch, get it?

’24’ Alum Nestor Serrano, ‘True Blood’ Actress Brit Morgan Join USA’s ‘Graceland’
USA Network’s “Graceland”
is adding Nestor Serrano and Brit Morgan to the police drama’s upcoming second season.

The Mindy Project Losing a Series Regular Ahead of Season 3
Original Mindy Project castmember Zoe Jarman, who plays naive, confidence-challenged receptionist Betsy Putch on the Fox comedy, will not be returning as a series regular in Season 3.

Could ‘Nashville’ production be leaving for Austin?
Executives from the ABC television series "Nashville" have explored moving the production to other states, amid ongoing talks with local officials about an economic incentive package for a third season. There’s little doubt that if ABC picks up "Nashville" for a third season, the combined economic incentives from state and local government will be less lucrative than the show received for the first two seasons. So far, a gap remains, and sources told The Tennessean that show executives have scouted locations in Texas or Georgia.

(sched) ABC to Air Isaiah Washington’s Final ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Episode Ahead of His Return
To get fans ready for his return to the small screen, ABC will relive his dramatic departure by replaying the May 2007 episode “Didn’t We Almost Have It All.” It will air in the 8 o’clock slot preceding a new episode, “We are Never Getting Back Together.” (ABC had originally planned an encore of last week’s episode to air Thursday at 8, but decided to go back in the time machine instead.)


‘Homeland’s’ Morena Baccarin Joins Fox Comedy ‘Spy’
Morena Baccarin
is set to join the cast of the 20th Century Fox comedy “Spy,” starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham. Jude Law and Rose Byrne also star with Paul Feig writing and directing.


Terry Crews Poised To Become New Host Of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’
Terry Crews
is in line to succeed Cedric the Entertainer as host of the syndicated game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. I hear Crews last week reached an agreement for the show, though the deal has not been finalized.

History Orders ‘Pawn Stars’ Game Show
has given a 10-episode order to a game show derived from its reality hit “Pawn Stars.” “Pawnography” will be shot in Las Vegas and involve contestants trying to answer trivia questions tied to items from the World Famous Gold and Silver Pawnshop that is the focus of “Pawn Stars.”

Spike Lee to Direct Jerrod Carmichael HBO Standup Special From Funny Or Die
Spike Lee will direct an HBO standup comedy special with Jerrod Carmichael produced by Funny or Die. This will be Carmichael’s first HBO special.


Crackle Greenlights Series From Bryan Cranston, Robert Downey Jr., Dan Patrick
Sony Pictures Television
digital company Crackle unveiled its programming slate on Wednesday during NewFronts in New York City. The new slate includes original series from Robert Downey Jr., Bryan Cranston, Jeremy Renner and Dan Patrick. The announcement of its upcoming original series follows earlier news that it hadrenewed Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” for four more seasons.

AOL picks up Web series from James Franco, Steve Buscemi
AOL has tapped a diverse lineup of celebrities to contribute to its original programming slate, ordering 12 new Web series from the likes of James Franco, Steve Buscemi, and Zoe Saldana.


Scandal dropped by More4 in the UK after two seasons
Channel 4
has confirmed that it has dropped US drama Scandal. The broadcaster aired the first two seasons of the Kerry Washington series on More4, but will not be acquiring further episodes.


(gaming) Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition with Marvel Super Heroes coming this fall
merry band of super heroes and villains will be joining the Disney Infinity universe this fall with the release of the 2.0 Edition of the video game.


‘Fast & Furious,’ ‘Captain America’ Directors Rev Up Branded Entertainment Studio Bullitt
Can a trifecta of filmmakers behind Universal’s “Fast & Furious” franchise and Marvel’s newest blockbuster “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” create the next big hit for Madison Avenue? That’s what Justin Lin, Anthony and Joe Russo are trying to do with Bullitt, a new agency backed by film producer Todd Makurath and Ridley Scott’s RSA.

NatGeo Society Promotes Declan Moore to Chief Content Officer, Expands Roles for 2 Execs
National Geographic Society’s nonprofit media operations announced a lot of moving parts on Wednesday. As part of a general realignment, Declan Moore has been named chief media officer of TV, film and video. And Chris Johns goes to chief content officer, where he will oversee National Geographic magazine, news, books, Traveler magazine, maps and all digital content, with the exception of National Geographic Kids.


WGA Members Approve New Contract; Less Than 15% Of Eligible Voters Cast Ballots
said today that its members ratified the new agreement by a huge margin — the ones who actually voted, that is. “The WGA membership overwhelmingly voted in favor of ratifying the contract by 98.5 percent,” the union said in a statement.

Ken Levine: It’s pilot season! Oh boy!
There’s a famous saying in television. Everything turns to shit over Mississippi. What does that mean? Network executives originally screen the pilots in Los Angeles. They decide whether they like them and whether it’s safe to tell anyone that they like them. Rumors start to swirl. Frontrunners, dark horses, and dogs emerge. The trades and industry websites dutifully spread every rumor they hear regardless of the source. An NBC page is considered a "reliable source." The pilots are shipped off to be audience tested. And then the executives wing east. Somewhere over the great heartland word comes back that none of the frontrunners tested well. Or on second thought, certain executives that liked a particular pilot don’t anymore (i.e. they gave it to their kids and their kids didn’t like it). By the time the plane lands the once “lock” is now dead.