Afternoon News Update for Friday, 7/18/14.


René Echevarria Inks Development Deal With Legendary TV
Veteran showrunner René Echevarria has signed a premium two-script deal with Legendary Television. No concepts have been set yet but I hear Echevarria may explore titles from Legendary’s movie library.

TNT Renews ‘Last Ship,’ ‘Falling Skies’ and ‘Major Crimes’
The three summer dramas will return for another run on the cable network, with "Falling Skies" saying goodbye with a fifth and final season.

Fox drops Oz comedy remake
has pulled the plug on its adaptation of Australian comedy A Moody Christmas. Trent O’Donnell and Phil Lloyd created the original, which aired on Aussie pubcaster ABC. They also wrote the script for the Fox pilot and a second episode. The pilot was to be directed by O’Donnell and produced by Jungleboys in collaboration with Doug Ellin and The Tannenbaum Co’s Eric and Kim Tannenbaum for CBS TV Studios. The show follows a youngest son who thought he had escaped his dysfunctional family only to find himself trapped again.

The CW’s ‘The Flash’ Books Wentworth Miller
The "Prison Break" star is heading to Central City as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold.

Jaime Pressly Books Major Arc on CBS’ ‘Mom’
Kevin Pollak
will also return for the sophomore season of the comedy from EP Chuck Lorre.

The Good Wife Casts Steven Pasquale
Steven Pasquale will join the cast of CBS’ The Good Wife for a Season 6 arc as a campaign expert courted by Alan Cumming’s Eli Gold to manage Alicia’s possible run for state’s attorney.

Alexandra Shipp Set as Aaliyah in Lifetime Biopic
Wendy Williams
has also boarded the TV movie that was previously set to star Zendaya Coleman.

Castle Books Wire Alum for Pivotal Season 7 Guest Stint
Ryan Sands
, best known for his portrayal of Officer Lloyd “Truck” Garrick on The Wire, has been tapped to guest-star in the ABC drama’s Season 7 premiere.

(review) Variety: ‘The Lottery’
Lifetime’s “The Lottery”
is more political thriller than anything else, a series that does little to establish its place or time while setting up a high-stakes drama centered around two seemingly overmatched protagonists against the wheels of government. Created by Timothy J. Sexton, who wrote the similarly dystopian feature “Children of Men,” the premiere is enough to whet the appetite, though a wholehearted endorsement would be, pardon the expression, premature.

Vulture: It’s Time for TV Rom-Coms
The frustrating current dearth of rom-com means there’s a real opportunity here; as a people, we are hungry for smooches, and movies are not meeting that need. TV has a long, proud history of will-they-or-won’t-they relationships, and it’s easy to imagine a new wave of that as just when-will-they.


Hitfix: Press Tour: July 2014 Showtime Executive Session Live-Blog
Up next in the never-ending series of TCA press tour live-blogs? Showtime President David Nevins.

Hitfix: Press Tour: July 2014 The CW Executive Session Live-Blog
It’s The CW’s turn at the Television Critics Association press tour.

CW Renews ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ for Third Season
The half-hour revived series serves as the cornerstone of the network’s push into comedy.

‘Homeland’ Gets Return Date – With No Dana Brody
Homeland” will return for its third season on Sunday, Oct. 5, the show’s producers announced Friday — and made a promise that Dana Brody’s character will not be back.

Geoff Johns: No DC Movie/TV Crossover
Geoff Johns
, Chief Creative Officer at DC, was on hand at today’s TCA press tour today for the CW’s The Flashpanel, where he reiterated that there would be no crossover between the DC TV/film, emphasizing that they are each "their own universes."


Ryan Phillippe’s Thriller ‘Catch Hell’ Gets U.S. Distribution
Entertainment One Films
has acquired the U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to suspense thriller “Catch Hell,” starring Ryan Phillippe in his directorial debut. eOne plans a fall release. Phillippe also wrote the screenplay with Joe Gossett and produced the film with Robert Ogden Barnum and Holly Wiersma.


FYI Network Fires Up New Original Series ‘Red Hot Design’
new one-hour series, “Red Hot Design,” follows Shasta Smith, a cutting edge interior designer, and her team of talented “grease monkeys” who salvage, build and repurpose vintage scrap metal into phenomenal architectural elements matched with great color and fabrics.


Yahoo Hires ABC ‘Good Morning America’ Weekend Anchor Bianna Golodryga
Bianna Golodryga
, weekend co-anchor for ABC’s “Good Morning America” since 2010, is joining Yahoo News and Katie Couric to head up the Internet media company’s news and finance properties.


Exec Shuffle For 7/18/14: Amazon Studios, Universal Television, Skydance, Imagine Television, Maker Studios
ABC: Mike Dean has joined as the Vice President, Programmatic & Data Driven Sales.
ABC Family: Salaam Coleman Smith has joined as Executive Vice President, Strategy & Programming. Catalogue
Amazon Studios: Dan Seligmann has joined as Development Executive, Comedy Series.
Paramount Television: Adam Fasullo
has been named a Creative Executive.
Universal Television: Daniel Shear has joined as Vice President, Comedy Development.
Warner Bros: Niki Sherrod has been named Senior Vice President, Music.
Skydance: Jesse Sisgold
has been named Chief Operating Officer.
FanFare Productions: Kate Gill has been named Manager, Creative Affairs.
Kinetic Content: Katie Griffin
and Karrie Wolfe have been named co-Heads of Development.
Studio Lambert: Tania Alexander
has been named Director, Factual Entertainment. Jack Burgess has joined as the Head of Development. Tim Harcourt has been named Creative Director.
Warner Horizon Television: Kyle Schmitz has been named Manager, Comedy Development & Current Series.
Food Network: Megan Lawrence has joined as Vice President, Programming and Development.

Sophia Bush and ‘Nashville’ Creator Callie Khouri to Be Honored Emmy Weekend
Callie Khouri
will be honored at the third annual “Women Making History” event, a brunch at the Skirball Center put on by the National Women’s History Museum and Glamour Magazine on Saturday, August 23.