Afternoon News Update for Thursday, 6/5/14.


ABC Studios Taps Fox’s Caitlin Foito as VP, Drama Development
Fox’s former director of drama programming Caitlin Foito has joined ABC Studios as vice president of drama development. She will report to senior VP of drama development Nne Ebong. Foito spent three seasons at Fox, working to develop shows including “The Following,” “Almost Human” and “Rake.”

‘The Goldbergs’ Producers Ink New Deals at Sony TV
Alex Barnow
and Marc Firek, who created the short-lived Matthew Perry comedy "Mr. Sunshine," have signed their first solo pacts at the studio.

‘Once Upon a Time’ Producer David H. Goodman Inks Overall Deal at ABC Studios
The genre veteran has signed his first two-year pact and will remain on the ABC fairy-tale drama.

Jeremy Sisto To Co-Star In A&E Series ‘The Returned’
Jeremy Sisto
is returning to his drama roots with a lead role opposite Mark Pellegrino and Kevin Alejandro in Carlton Cuse’s 10-episode A&E drama series The Returned.

Malin Akerman and Kellan Lutz Returning for HBO’s Comeback Revival
Trophy Wife‘s Malin Akerman and Twilight‘s Kellan Lutz are officially ready to make a Comeback. Both actors will reprise their roles in HBO’s cult comedy series when it returns for a limited run this fall.

(sched) ABC Tweaks Summer Sched: ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Stays Put, ‘Black Box’ Moves To 8 PM
ABC is making more changes to its summer schedule post-NBA Finals. Celebrity Wife Swap, which previously was going to move to the Thursday 8 PM slot, will continue in its current Tuesday berth from June 24-July 29. It will be replaced in the Thursday 8 PM hour by softly rated new Thursday 10 PM drama Black Box, which will air the rest of its 13 original episodes starting on June 19, after the NBA Finals. ABC News’ NY Med now will take the Thursday 10 PM slot, beginning on June 26.

(ratings) ‘Game of Thrones’ Officially Surpasses ‘The Sopranos’ As HBO’s Biggest Series
As expected, the series nears the end of its fourth season with viewership averaging 18.4 million weekly viewers — 200,000 ahead of the mob drama’s high point.


Universal Signs Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage to First Look Deal
Universal Pictures
has signed a two-year first-look deal with with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire banner. The duo are currently writing, and will produce with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the studio’s live-action “Monster High,” which is based on the Mattel franchise of the same name.

‘Mindy Project’ Star Lands Lead in Tina Fey Comedy ‘The Nest’
Ike Barinholtz
, also a writer on the Fox series, has been cast opposite Fey and Amy Poehler in the Universal comedy. Written by Paula Pell, the film revolves around two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. They decide to throw one final rager in the house, which turns into a cathartic experience for a bunch of ground-down adults.

(review) LAT: Clark Gregg’s ‘Trust Me’ is fun but gets convoluted
The inside-Hollywood dramedy "Trust Me" contains so much terrific writing, acting and observation that it becomes a bit easier to forgive writer-director-star Clark Gregg when his ambitions best him during the movie’s convoluted last third.


(sched) Bachelorette preempted this week with Hillary Clinton interview.
Chris Harrison: Sorry to say no new #Bachelorette this Mon. ABC news has replaced us with a Hillary Clinton interview. My apologies #BachelorNation

CW Launching Saturday Morning Family Programming Block in October
The CW
will expand its original programming to Saturday mornings with a new family programming block titled “One Magnificent Morning.” In partnership with Litton Entertainment, the network will air 10 live-action shows on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon starting Oct. 4.


Disney’s Bob Iger Re-Elected Vice Chair of US-China Business Council
Chairman and CEO Bob Iger has been re-elected vice chair of the U.S.-China Business Council, which focuses on commercial relations between the two nations. The Disney CEO is the only representative of the entertainment industry on the USCBC board, which is otherwise populated by high-level executives from engineering, tech, and investment concerns.


ABC Joins Cautious TV Upfront Market
Add ABC to the list of TV networks getting started in this year’s upfront market. The Walt Disney outlet has begun conversations with advertisers and may even be doing a little business, according to an ad buyer and another person with knowledge of the pace of negotiations.

The Verge: Sorry, cord cutters: cable TV apps are soaring in popularity
A new report from Adobe Digital Index shows that TV Everywhere viewership has leaped 246 percent year-over-year; 21 percent of US households are now taking advantage of the technology.