Morning News Update for Tuesday, 7/29/14.

Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Tuesday, 7/29/14:


Syfy Developing Alien Invasion Drama From Michael Horowitz & Hypnotic
has put in development Absolute Zero, a futuristic thriller from former Burn Notice co-executive producer Michael Horowitz, Universal Cable Prods and Doug Liman and David Bartis’ studio-based Hypnotic. Set in 2124, Absolute Zero follows the denizens of a remote mining colony who discover a dangerous new species on a moon of Jupiter, setting off the first stage of an alien invasion ultimately heading for Earth. Horowitz is writing the script and will executive produce with Hypnotic’s Liman, Bartis and Gene Klein.

Kurt Sutter Inks New Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV
Under the pact, FX has a first-look option on all the "Sons of Anarchy" creator’s new projects.

VH1 Renews ‘Hit the Floor’ for Third Season
The drama ranks as the No. 1 scripted drama on basic cable among women 18-49.

Ron Livingston to Play Paul Revere in AMC Comedy Pilot
The "Office Space" actor will play the loathed hero in Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner’s historical half-hour, "We Hate Paul Revere."

‘The Blacklist’ Adds ‘House of Cards’ Alum as New Series Regular
Mozhan Marnò
joins recent new addition Mary-Louise Parker on the sophomore season of the NBC drama.

Tyler Jacob Moore, John Rhys-Davies join ‘OUAT’ in ‘Frozen’ roles
John Rhys-Davies
, who played Gimli in the Lord of the Rings series, has joined the Once cast as the voice of Pabbie the Troll King, with ShamelessTyler Jacob Moore officially signing on as the morally questionable Prince Hans.

Kyra Sedgwick will guest star on ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’
Kyra Sedgwick
has just closed a deal to return to TV: She will guest-star in two episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine this season,

Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry Join Netflix Comedy Grace and Frankie
Jane Fonda
and Lily Tomlin’s new Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie has cast Brooklyn Decker as well as Ethan Embry in series-regular roles.

Revenge Casts S.H.I.E.L.D. Siren in Recurring Season 4 Role
Elena Satine
has been cast in the recurring role of Louise, the “black sheep” daughter of a wealthy Southern family. Louise is described as “slightly unhinged,” though she has only the best of intentions (within the context of her own warped logic).

Tom Lipinski Upped To Regular On Cinemax’s ‘The Knick’; Wendy Crewson Joins Syfy’s ‘Ascension’
Tom Lipinski
(Suits) has been promoted from recurring to series regular for Season 2 of Cinemax‘s 10-part series The Knick. Wendy Crewson is set as a recurring in Syfy’s six-hour event series Ascension.

J.R. Ramirez To Play Wildcat On ‘Arrow’ Season 3
J.R. Ramirez
has been cast as Ted “Wildcat” Grant on the upcoming third season of the CW‘s Arrow.

USA’s ‘Sirens’ Adds Series Regular for Season 2
Bill Nunn
, who appeared in the majority of the comedy’s freshman run, has been promoted.


Universal Picks Up Action Spec ‘Berliner’
has picked up Berliner, an action spy thriller from F. Scott Frazier for Chris Morgan to produce. The script is set in 1961 and centers on an agent from the OSS (Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to today’s CIA) who is tracking an assassin targeting Americans.


Maksim Chmerkovskiy Tells ‘The View’ Hosts That He’s ‘Done’ With Dancing on ‘DWTS’
Don’t expect to see Maksim Chmerkovskiy gliding across the “Dancing With the Stars” stage any time soon. One of the ABC reality show’s breakout pros announced on “The View” Tuesday that he’s “done (with) dancing” on “DWTS.” “They can do so much more and so much better” with another pro, he said. “I’m taking up a huge spot, and I don’t want to take it up anymore.”

(video) Larry Wilmore Drops in on ‘The Daily Show’ to Talk Police Brutality
After The Colbert Report ends at the end of the year, Larry Wilmore will be taking over the time slot with his new show The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore. While none of this was mentioned when he returned for a brief police brutality commentary as Senior Black Correspondent on last night’s Daily Show, it’s still a hint at the kind of coverage we can expect from Wilmore next year.


CNBC, Fox Now Offer Programs Through Apple TV
Apple TV
users will be able to watch live streams of CNBC* shows, including “Squawk Box” and “Mad Money” with Jim Cramer, and catch up on the previous day’s episodes of such popular prime time Fox programs as “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Sleepy Hollow” and “New Girl,” through new agreements reached with the networks. Apple TV now offers shows from three of the four major broadcasters: ABC, NBC and Fox.


Disney Asia ups Candland to president
Sixteen-year Disney veteran Paul Candland has been promoted to president of The Walt Disney Company Asia. Candland, who is currently president of Walt Disney Japan, will now be charged with running Disney’s Asia strategy and coordinating its businesses in a region that covers Japan, Korea, South East Asia and Greater China.


Nikki Finke: E! Czar Suzanne Kolb To Be Axed
I’ve learned that E! Entertainment Television President Suzanne Kolb is getting the boot in early fall after 3 years in the job. I’m told NBCUniversal Cable Chairman Bonnie Hammer all this time has been moving slowly but steadily to find a replacement for the unmitigated disaster atop the pop culture channel. She put Suzanne in there. She doesn’t want to do that again. "It’s a delicate situation. She’s got to find the right person," sources tell me.

Film firm IM Global taps former Syfy boss for TV
US film financier IM Global is launching a TV division and has recruited Mark Stern, the former president of original content at Syfy, to run the unit. Stern will be based in LA and report to IM Global boss Stuart Ford. The formal creation of an IM Global TV division comes after it announced its first TV series earlier this month. It will be a partner on eight-part crime thriller set in Liverpool, The Killing Pool, based on the Kevin Sampson book series of the same name.

Former Disney Exec Mark Zoradi Named COO of DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation
has bolstered its executive team with the addition of former Disney exec Mark Zoradi as COO, while promoting Ann Daly to president and expanding the remit of Lew Coleman to include the post of vice chairman.


Verge: Comcast Confessions
More than 100 Comcast employees spoke to The Verge about life inside the nation’s largest cable and broadband company. These employees told us the same stories over and over again: customer service has been replaced by an obsession with sales, technicians are understaffed and tech support is poorly trained, and the massive company is hobbled by internal fragmentation.

(books) Amazon Joins With Alloy Entertainment on Digital Publishing Imprint
The imprint, called Alloy Entertainment, released its first three titles and new titles will be released through Amazon Publishing’s Powered by Amazon program. With its new digital imprint, Alloy aims to test out titles that could be spun off into TV shows and released later in print.