Afternoon News Update for Tuesday, 6/10/14.


XBox Developing Supernatural Bro Comedy
XBox Studios
has put another project in development, scripted comedy East Of Exurbia. Written by Nick Kreiss and Ian Wolterstorff, the project revolves around three guys who try to build a bastion of bro-fueled debauchery in a house that happens to be situated on top of a magical portal to other worlds. The show, inspired by “one of the worst roommate stories ever told,” which originally appeared on, comes from Five All in the Fifth Entertainment and Avalon, with Five All’s Doug Banker and Avalon’s David Martin and Dan Lubetkin executive producing.

Spike TV Developing Drama Set In Financial World With Julian McMahon, Ben Silverman
Suspense thriller The Chairman is executive produced by actor Julian McMahon, Electus‘ Ben Silverman and Jeremy Elice. Based on the Stephen Frey novel and to be adapted by Dana Vachon, Chairman tells the story of Christian Gillette, a charismatic Gulf War veteran who takes over a billion-dollar private equity fund after its founder’s mysterious death. As his new powers open secret doors he realizes that the world of apparently gentrified Manhattan finance is closely tied to the brutal realm of war that still haunts him — and that some of its most dangerous players are now his inherited enemies.

ABC Family Renews ‘Pretty Little Liars’ for Sixth and Seventh Seasons
The network’s top scripted drama is getting an early pickup ahead of its season-five return.

FX Drama Pilot ‘Hoke’ Not Going Forward
FX has passed on Hoke, its drama pilot starring and executive produced by Paul Giamatti. Written, directed and executive produced by Scott Frank, the project told the story of midlife crisis and murder that features the hardboiled and possibly insane homicide detective Hoke Moseley (Gianatti) in pre-chic Miami circa 1985.

Corey Nickerson Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios
Comedy writer Corey Nickerson has signed a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios to develop new projects and staff on series.

‘Under the Dome’ EP Brian K. Vaughan Exits
Writer/executive producer Brian K. Vaughan has exited the summer sci-fi series. Sources tell THR that it was Vaughan’s decision to exit the series; he arced out season two with Neal Baer before his departure.

‘Daredevil’ scoop: Vincent D’Onofrio cast as major villain
Vincent D’Onofrio
is the new Kingpin. Marvel TV has cast the acclaimed actor in Daredevil, its 13-episode super-hero series for Netflix.

‘The Mentalist’ Ups Joe Adler To Regular
Recent Mentalist cast addition Joe Adler has been promoted to a series regular for the upcoming seventh season of the veteran crime drama.

(ratings) ‘Major Crimes’ Season Three Premiere Delivers 5.2 Million Viewers, ‘Murder In The First’ Premieres to 3.8 Million Viewers
packed summer slate got off to a roaring start last night, with the hit series Major Crimes scoring a total of 6.7 million viewers for its season 3 premiere and encore, and the powerful new drama Murder in the First garnering 4.9 million viewers for its series debut and encore. Murder in the First, which brought in 3.8 million viewers at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), ranks as the #1 new series launch on basic cable so far this year.

Variety: Networks Putting New Spins on the Spinoff
There’s nothing new about the concept of spinoffs, but as the crowded TV landscape makes launching a series increasingly difficult, the built-in appeal offered by a known quantity (like NBC’s looming revival “Heroes: Reborn” or ABC’s big-to-small screen experiment “Marvel’s Agent Carter”) is proving more appealing to networks than ever before. Just as every movie studio wants at least one powerhouse franchise to call its own, TV networks are embracing the value of successful brands.

(video) WGN America’s ‘Manhattan’ Debuts First Official Trailer
John Benjamin Hickey
leads the ensemble cast for the network’s new series centered on the atomic bomb.

(awards) Wrap: 11 Lessons, Secrets and Revelations From the Emmy Ballot
Here are a few of the more intriguing, eye-opening and surprising things that can be learned from this year’s Emmy ballots.


HBO, BBC board prison ship drama
HBO Canada
and BBC America are working with Los Angeles-based Electus on a 19th Century period drama about convicts heading from Ireland to Australia. The networks have ordered scripts for Iron Belly with a view to taking it to series. Iron Belly explores the brutal passage of a floating prison ship from Ireland to Australia and the effects that the conditions have on those on board. The series has been created by Jonathan Sobol and Jeremy Boxen.

Shine cracks Code of a Killer
Shine International
has acquired distribution rights to upcoming ITV drama Code of a Killer, about the invention and first use of DNA fingerprinting. The two-part drama tells the true story of Alec Jeffreys’ development of DNA fingerprinting in the 1980s and its first use by a police officer – played by David Threlfall – in solving a double murder.


Fairest of the Mall Comedy Pilot Ordered at Disney Channel
Fairest of the Mall
centers on a teenage girl who lands her dream job at the plaza’s hottest clothing store — only to lose it once she’s set up by the resident queen bee. Now, the only job she can find is at the tech store filled with nerds quirky teen boys. Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas penned the script and will serve as exec producers.

Disney Junior Orders Lion King Sequel Series
The Lion Guard
will tell the story of Kion, the second-born son of Simba and Nala, who leads a ragtag group tasked with protecting the Pride Lands. Executive-produced by Ford Riley, The Lion Guard will first launch as a television movie before airing as a series.

marblemedia to Develop TV Projects with Cirque du Soleil
is aligning with Cirque du Soleil Média for the development of three projects: a miniseries, a one-hour drama and a live musical TV event.


Kerry Washington Named Lucy Awards’ Excellence in Television Honoree
will receive the Women in Film Lucy Award for Excellence in Television on June 11 from her “Scandal” showrunner Rhimes, herself no stranger to multitasking.

Gerard Bocaccio Joins Entertainment One As SVP U.S. Scripted Development
Entertainment One
has brought in veteran TV development and production Gerard Bocaccio as SVP US Scripted Development. Based in Los Angeles, he will shepherd scripted development for the company, reporting to Michael Rosenberg, EVP US Scripted Television.

Peter Barnett Joins Gaumont International Television As SVP Production
Gaumont International Television
, the Los Angeles-based TV production arm of the French film studio Gaumont, has hired veteran production executive Peter Barnett in the newly created position of SVP Production. He will oversee production on GIT’s drama series, including Season 3 of Hannibal for NBC and the upcoming Narcos for Netflix.

Lava Bear Promotes Jennifer Semler to VP Production
The company behind David Michod’s "The Rover" also ups Allison Warren to creative executive. The pair will report to Lava Bear president Tory Metzger.


El Rey Network Selects Austin for Production and Corporate Headquarters
El Rey Network
execs announced Tuesday that production and corporate headquarters for the English-language cable network, founded by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, will be housed in Austin, Texas. This marks the first time that a general entertainment network will have a formal production home in Texas.

(gaming) (E3) PS Vita TV coming to the US as PlayStation TV for $99
Sony has just announced at E3 2014 that the system will make its way to North America and Europe, rebranded as PlayStation TV and in a new black finish. It will be available for $99 alone, or in a $139 bundle with a DualShock 3 controller, an 8GB memory card, an HDMI cable, and a copy of the Lego Movie game.

The first legal US drone will be flown by BP
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given its first permit for commercial drone flights over land. BP oil and drone manufacturer AeroVironment were granted approval to use the Puma AE drone, a small, hand-launched craft originally designed for the military, to do aerial surveys of roadways, pipelines, and equipment in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The news comes as the administration gradually moves toward broader approval of drone use in US skies.

One Million Moms: Same Indecent Content on ‘Mistresses’
Good news! Five out of ten of the sponsors we contacted last week did not return during this week’s episode of "Mistresses." One Million Moms will continue to monitor and send updates on these sponsors. The program "Mistresses" includes inappropriate content such as adultery, cheating, lies and deceit in explicit and sensually graphic scenes. Our society doesn’t need more negative influences than it already has on broadcast airwaves.