Morning News Update for Wednesday, 7/23/14.

Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Wednesday, 7/23/14:


Scandal Books Portia de Rossi for a ‘Top-Secret Arc’
Portia de Rossi is joining the ABC smash’s upcoming fourth season for multiple episodes.

‘Game of Thrones’ actress joins ABC’s ‘Resurrection’
Michelle Fairley
is joining the second season of ABC’s Resurrection. She will recur on the show as Margaret Langston, described as “the formidable matriarch of the Langston clan … mother of Henry and Fred (Kurtwood Smith, Matt Craven), and dead for over three decades, she will reappear in Arcadia as one of the returned.

Regina King Joins ‘American Crime,’ Will Direct ‘Scandal,’ Return to ‘Big Bang Theory’
The "Southland" alum is keeping busy, booking a season-long arc on the John Ridley drama. King will then head back to ABC to direct the 16th episode of Scandal’s fourth season

Charley Koontz Cast As Regular In ‘CSI: Cyber’
Community‘s Charley Koontz has landed his first series regular gig, a co-starring role opposite Patricia Arquette in CBS’ upcoming CSI spinoff, CSI: Cyber.

Cheers’ Rhea Perlman Will Play Danny’s Mom on The Mindy Project
The Cheers star has been cast in the third season of Fox’s The Mindy Project in a recurring role.

Angus Macfadyen Set To Play Allan Pinkerton In Syndicated Drama Series ‘The Pinkertons’
Angus Macfadyen
is set for one of the lead roles in The Pinkertons, Canadian companies Rosetta Media and Buffalo Gal Pictures’ upcoming 22-episode action-adventure detective series , which is set to premiere in first-run syndication in the U.S. this fall. Drawing draws on the real cases of Pinkerton Detective Agency, The Pinkertons follows founder Allan Pinkerton (Macfadyen), his son, William, and America’s first female detective, Kate Warne, as they solve crimes throughout the “Wild West” of the 1860s.

‘Criminal Minds’ Star Shemar Moore to Return to ‘The Young & The Restless’ For A Special Two-Day Guest Appearance
For the first time in nearly a decade, CBS Daytime veteran and “Criminal Minds” star Shemar Moore will return to television’s #1 Daytime Drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, for a special two-day guest appearance, Wednesday, Sept. 10 and Thursday, Sept. 11.

ABC’s black-ish Makes Bold (Fashion) Statement in Key Art — First Look
Ahead of its Sept. 24 premiere, the cast of ABC’s black-ish is living — or at least photographing — by three simple rules: point, laugh and wear insanely bold colors. Here’s a first look at the series’ key art.


‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ Set for Summer 2017
The Disney tentpole will open six years after the last installment in the blockbuster franchise played at the multiplex.

Steve Carell to Star in Disney’s ‘Brooklyn Family Robinson’
"Finding Nemo" co-writer David Reynolds is penning the project, which Carell is producing. Plot details are vague in order to protect the project’s secrets, but it is known that Brooklyn Family Robinson centers on the patriarch of a family, to be played by Carell, who relocates his family from city life to island life.

Box-Office Slump: Hollywood Facing Worst Summer in Eight Years
Domestic box office is down 20 percent in the U.S. as "Sex Tape" goes limp and, for the first time since 2001, no film crosses $300 million. Laments one studio executive, “I wish I worked at Netflix.”

Hot Hollywood Trend: Two Scripts, One Movie
Warner Bros
. and Universal double-booked writers to take first passes on separate drafts for "Tarzan" and "The Mummy," respectively. "It’s not an epidemic, but it’s definitely a newer phenomenon," says one studio-based exec. And it’s not going away anytime soon. Insiders say that Warners also is using the method for its supersecret DC Comics projects.


Syfy Partners With Nick Cannon On Sci-Fi Fantasy Improv Series
is adding a touch of improv comedy to its lineup. The cable network has teamed up with Nick Cannon’s NCredible Entertainment for a weekly one-hour sci-fi fantasy improv series. The show will be taped in front of a live audience and feature a “home” team consisting of 4-6 national comedians who each week will face off against a different improv squad in various sci-fi/fantasy related sketches.


(podcast) David Wain Spills on ‘Wet Hot’ Prequel for Netflix
He told Off the Cuff what details he can reveal about the Wet Hot prequel project coming to Netflix. (Hint: "same cast – all of the cast.")


Marvel’s Victoria Alonso Keeps Budgets of Superhero Franchises From Soaring
Victoria Alonso
isn’t just the tech chief at Marvel; she’s a key part of the creative team, helping to keep costs down while making sure the pictures feel huge. She says some of Marvel’s most creative moments have come from grappling with limited resources.


‘Orphan Black’ to Cross Over to Comic Books in 2015
Launching its Comic-Con announcements early, San Diego-based publisher IDW announces a new series based on the popular clone drama to launch early next year.

Fight Club Is Getting a Comic Book Sequel
Chuck Palahniuk
is revisiting Fight Club for a 10-issue comic book sequel series that will debut in May 2015.

SSN: Comic-Con: The 8 Hot Comics Ripe for Film & TV Development
It can be hard to weed through the massive array of booths and panels, so SSN has done the legwork for you, picking eight properties with both big and small screen potential. Take a peek at our list and let us know what gems you discover while making your way through the madness.

(q&a) SSN: The Self-Publishing Comic Book Creator to Watch – Becky Cloonan
Becky Cloonan
started self-publishing mini comics in 1999. Known for her manga-influenced artwork, Cloonan’s a multiple Eisner Award winner and nominee. Demeter, a tragic love story and riff on the Greek myth, was given an A+ by IGN, who also called it a “must read.” SSN interviewed Cloonan about her influences, how she got started, and her tips for surviving Comic-Con.


California Sees $5.49 Billion in Economic Activity from $700 Million in Production Tax Credits
California’s film-TV production tax credit program has yielded $5.49 billion in total direct spending from $700 million in credits since 2009, a new report shows. The California Film Commission, which administers the program, also said that the credits have provided $1.72 billion in below-the-line wages.

Wired: The Quest to Make a Studio-Quality Star Trek Movie on a Kickstarter Budget
Star Trek: Axanar, which Peters began writing in 2010, is just the latest in a long line of Star Trek fan productions. Paramount, which owns the franchise, has traditionally allowed these fan-made projects to move forward, as long as they agree not to sell anything—including tickets, merchandise, or copies of the finished film or series.