Afternoon News Update for Thursday, 5/8/14.


CBS: No Series Order Yet For ‘How I Met Your Dad’
has not yet given a series order to “How I Met Your Dad.” Variety regrets the error.

NBC Orders ‘Constantine,’ ‘Mysteries of Laura,’ Comedy ‘A to Z’ to Series
has added the DC Comics adaptation and Debra Messing drama as well as its Cristin Milioti comedy for 2014-15.

CW Orders ‘Flash,’ ‘iZombie,’ ‘Messengers,’ ‘Virgin’; Renews ‘Beast,’ ‘Dixie, ‘100’
The younger-skewing network has also canceled bubble shows "The Carrie Diaries," "Star-Crossed" and "The Tomorrow People" and passed on pilots "Identity" and its "Supernatural" spinoff.

USA Developing Jodie Foster, Carlton Cuse Dramas; Orders ‘Stanistan’ Pilot
Jessica Biel, David Janollari
and "Ugly Betty’s" Michael Urie are among those with dramas and comedies in development at the cable network.

Lifetime Adapting Bible-Themed ‘Red Tent’ With Morena Baccarin, Minnie Driver, Debra Winger
The two-part mini is based on the best-selling novel by Anita Diamant about Dinah, a minor character in the Bible, who will be played by "The White Queen’s" Rebecca Ferguson. From Sony Pictures Television, Red Tent will be exec produced by Paula Weinstein. Roger Young will direct the drama, which is written by Elizabeth Chandler and Anne Meredith.

‘Homeland’s’ Damian Lewis to Star in PBS’ ‘Wolf Hall’ Miniseries
The actor will play Henry VIII opposite Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in the six-part miniseries being written by Oscar nominee Peter Straughan. The project, being directed by Peter Kosminsky, will chart the meteoric rise of Cromwell in the Tudor court, from his lowly start as a blacksmith’s son to Henry VIII’s closest advisor.

Jenna Bans Inks New Overall Deal With ABC Studios
Jenna Bans
has signed a new two-year overall deal with the studio with an option for a third. Bans is the creator/executive producer of ABC’s drama pilot Sea of Fire, from ABC Studios and Sony TV. If the pilot goes to series, she will continue as executive producer/showrunner.

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s’ Dan Goor Inks Overall Deal at Universal Television
has scored a two-year pact that will keep him on board as an executive producer on the Golden Globe-winning comedy that he co-created with Mike Schur.

Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer Enter TV Producing With First-Look Deal At HBO
True Blood stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer are staying in business with HBO. The duo’s production company CASM has signed a two-year, first-look deal with HBO to develop series, films and miniseries. That may include new starring vehicles for Paquin or Moyer as, in addition to producing, the pact includes options for the two to act and direct.

AMC’s ‘Knifeman’ Starring Tim Roth to Shoot in London
The U.K. shoot for the show follows 20th Century Fox’s "24: Live Another Day," featuring Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer fighting terrorists on the streets of London.

(review) THR: ‘Penny Dreadful’
Penny Dreadful
is set in Victorian London and has a cast of original characters battling a dark and dangerous world — and those characters bump into many famous Gothic characters whom you grew up reading about (and seeing in mostly bad movies). It’s a creative use of classic horror characters, a familiar setting more roughly realized and a set of all new, mostly intriguing characters mixing in. Well done, so far.

(sched) ‘Matador’ to Premiere on El Rey Network Tuesday, July 15
Irreverent and action-packed, Matador chronicles the unlikely rise of Tony "Matador" Bravo (Gabriel Luna), a popular soccer star who comes to be known as much for his playboy antics off the field as his dynamic moves on it. But what his fans and family don’t realize is that it’s all a cover—in truth, he is a skilled covert operative executing missions for a little-known branch of the CIA

(sched) Starz’s ‘Outlander’ Gets First Poster, Premiere Date
Based on the popular Diana Gabaldon book series, Outlander hits TV screens on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The 16-episode series from executive producer Ron Moore is currently in production in Scotland.

(from wed) NBC Renews ‘Law & Order: SVU’
The procedural will return for a 16th season on the network.


MGM, New Line Partner for Reese Witherspoon-Sofia Vergara Action Comedy
Anne Fletcher
is directing the movie, which will shoot this month in New Orleans. The movie centers on uptight and by-the-book cop (Witherspoon) who is trying to protect the sexy and outgoing widow of a drug boss (Vergara) as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.

‘Moms’ Night Out’: Will Hollywood’s Religious Movie Boom Extend to Comedy?
"We’re calling it a mom-com," says a co-director of the Patricia Heaton-starring movie that seeks to extend the recent success of religious dramas to comedy. In the $5 million film, a stressed-out mother of young children (Sarah Drew) attempts an outing with other moms from the same congregation, including Heaton, whose production company, FourBoys Films, is a producer. "The faith is clear but soft, whereas most films targeting Christians seem to go heavier on the message," says Ben Howard, senior vp at Provident. "We hope this movie broadens the audience."


Whoopi Goldberg Developing Family Docuseries
She’s teaming with 44 Blue Productions to develop a docuseries around her daughter, Alex Martin, and her extended family.

A&E Orders Extreme Online Dating Show, Three More Reality Series
"Love Prison,"
a working title, will take couples who met online and have them meet in person for the first time — in a cabin rigged with cameras, tucked away on a remote island.

E! and Diane von Furstenberg Team Up for Fashion Reality Show
has its designs on Diane von Furstenberg. The network is teaming up with the iconic designer for the reality show “The DVF Project” (working title), which will give a group of ambitious young women a glimpse inside of von Furstenberg’s empire and eventually grant one of them the position of DVF Global Brand Ambassador.

(from wed) ‘American Idol’ Renewed for Season 14
The singing competition series is coming back on Fox.


Sony Pictures TV & Televisa To Co-Produce Teleseries ‘Señorita Pólvora’
This is the first co-production for Sony Pictures TV and Televisa under their 5-year deal announced on Monday. Original teleseries Señorita Pólvora, starring Camila Sodi, Iván Sánchez and José María de Tavira, was inspired by the real life story of a beauty queen whose alleged connections to the underworld and a romantic affair with an assassin ultimately led to her untimely demise.


Disney Channel Orders Zendaya’s ‘K.C. Undercover’ to Series
The live-action comedy has been given an official pickup.


Legendary Entertainment Promotes Trio in Film Division
Alex Garcia
, formerly the senior vp of production, has been upped to executive vp of production. Jillian Share, who was the production vice president, is now senior vice president of production. And Alex Hedlund steps up to Share’s old position, that of vp, from director of creative affairs.


NY Post: The Kerry Washington revolution
Series starring African-American actresses are a big trend next season. Chalk it up to the popularity of ABC’sScandal” and the visibility of its glamorous star, Kerry Washington, or maybe a bolt of lightning that suddenly hit Hollywood after Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis got Oscar nominations in the same year for “The Help.”

NY Observer: The Best Part of ‘Nashville’ is Nashville: A Review From the Road
At the Chicago show, the hundreds who snagged the scarce Nashville concert tickets made up a devoted crowd. The majority were twentysomething girls, who screamed like the Monkees were in town. The performers—Jackson, Esten, Bowen, Palladio, and Chris Carmack (Will)—rotated the familiar Nashville hits, sometimes playing backing band for each other. In the middle of a rousing chorus, Esten leapt off the stage and grabbed a shot from the bar, bringing it back to his microphone. The crowd screamed, with some yelling out, “Don’t do it, Deacon!” melding Esten with the alcoholic character he plays on the show.

Esquire: The Lost Creators Come Clean
Ten years later, they talk about their mistakes, their successes, the worst episode, and why we’re all still talking about this damn show.

(feature) Boing Boing: Going broke in LA
I’m 50 years old, highly educated, eminently employable, with nearly two decades of work as a professional writer, but I’m barely surviving. The same is true for my wife. But for the past five years, we’ve been unable to find lasting work as writers in Southern California. The fear I don’t want to admit — the existential fear bigger than my own insecurities — is that my profession is disappearing. With the rise of blogging and social media, everyone who can peck out a text message on an iPhone these days thinks he or she is a writer. My education, my experience — they count for less and less.