Morning News Update for Tuesday, 7/8/14.


Wes Bentley Joins AHS: Freak Show
Wes Bentley
is getting his Freak on. The American Beauty actor has landed an arc on American Horror Story: Freak Show.

Marin Ireland Joins ‘Masters Of Sex’; Sam Waterston Cast In Netflix’s ‘Grace And Frankie’; Ness Bautista Added To ‘Sense8′
Marin Ireland
has been tapped as a recurring on the second season of Showtime’s Masters Of Sex. Sam Waterston has landed a role in Grace And Frankie, the upcoming Netflix comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Ness Bautista has booked a recurring role on Sense8, Netflix‘s 10-episode sci-fi drama series from the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski.

(review) Variety: ‘Welcome to Sweden’
“Cute” isn’t always a flattering term in TV circles, but it happily applies to “Welcome to Sweden,” a classic fish-out-of-water concept created by and starring Greg Poehler, whose better-known sister Amy joins him as a producer. Despite rifling through all the usual and uncomfortable moments, the show has an understated charm and amusing characters, including a still-ravishing Lena Olin as the hilariously disapproving mother of the central character’s girlfriend. Summer might be the time to try this out, but with any kind of success, NBC could have an appealing utility player for next season.

(review) Variety: ‘Finding Carter’
What sounds like a highly provocative concept quickly devolves into a standard-issue, ABC Family-style soap in “Finding Carter,” a series whose protagonist is the right age for MTV, yet which feels fuzzily off-brand. Granted, MTV ought to be able to branch out within its younger demo, but this is still such a me-too idea it’s pretty hard to get spirited away by it.

(review) THR: ‘Extant’
is a summer blockbuster from CBS that seems to take its sweet time getting interesting — like it has a second season in mind, not some wild "event" that ends this summer.

(ratings) ‘Under the Dome’ Falls Off in Second Week, Overtaken in Demo by Reality Veterans
It can still make claim to being the summer’s top-rated scripted series, but CBS drama “Under the Dome” fell off in its second week back Monday and has clearly lost a lot of steam in its sophomore year.

(TCA) Hitfix: 10 Big Questions as July 2014 TCA Press Tour Begins
Tuesday morning begins the Summer 2014 installment of the Television Critics Association press tour. The fun starts with the cable conglomeration organized until the CTAM banner — Some fun stuff like HBO, NatGeo and Discovery, while other networks like FX and Showtime and USA will be bundled with their network siblings a bit later. Then we transition into network stuff, stretching to PBS on the 22nd and 23rd, which leads directly into Comic-Con on the 24th. We put our heads together to think of 10 key questions that will be answered over the next three weeks.


Wrap: Why Hollywood Is Making Bank on Cut-Rate Comedies
The cost of a laugh is declining in Hollywood. Movie studios have been making comedies on the cheap this summer, a strategy that has paid off with hits like “Neighbors,” “Ride Along” and most recently “Tammy.” Each of those cost less than $30 million to produce and paid off. The first two more than quintupled their budget at the box office.


GSN Body Painting Competition Series ‘Skin Wars’ Hosted by Rebecca Romijn to Premiere Wednesday, August 6 on GSN
announced today the talented contestants to be featured on the inaugural season of SKIN WARS, an eight-episode, hour-long competition show that seeks to find the most talented and versatile body painters in the country

(rumor) Is Rosie O’Donnell Going Back to The View?
Rosie O’Donnell is in "active negotiations" to return to The View, TMZ reports.


Australian Drama Love Child Sold into Canada, Croatia
The drama Love Child, an Australian series from Playmaker for Channel Nine that is set in the late 1960s, has been sold by all3media international into two new markets, Canada and Croatia. A character drama set in 1969 in Kings Cross; the time and place Australia came of age and the new generation broke all the rules. We follow Joan Millar, 28, a maverick midwife returning to Australia and five young pregnant women, whose choices for their babies and own lives exemplify the radical changes at the heart of the cultural and sexual revolution.


(books) J.K. Rowling wrote a new short story about Harry Potter as an adult
Instantly ruining years upon years of Internet fan fiction, J.K. Rowling returned to her Harry Potter universe for a new short story that offers a glimpse of the boy wizard and his friends in their 30s, when it becomes time to put away childish wands and speak as a man-wizard. The 1,500-word article was published on—and available only to subscribers—which Rowling has written in the form of a report by gossip columnist Rita Skeeter, in attendance at the Quidditch World Cup final.

Sun Valley: 5 Possible Deals Likely to Be Discussed
The chief executives from Disney, Fox, Time Warner and more are expected to attend the annual gathering, where talk of mergers and acquisitions is commonplace.