Morning News Update for Wednesday, 7/30/14.

Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Wednesday, 7/30/14:


‘Resurrection’ Scores Tony Winner for Major Season 2 Arc
Donna Murphy
joins as a mysterious government agent monitoring Omar Epps on the ABC drama’s upcoming run.

Krysten Ritter Lands on The Blacklist
The Blacklist has now tapped Krysten Ritter for a guest-starring gig.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Enlists Nikita Baddie
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has enlisted British actor Simon Kassianides for a recurring Season 2 role.

‘CSI’ casts Mark Valley as private detective (and potential love interest)
Mark Valley
is going to Vegas: The ruggedly handsome TV actor is joining CBS’ CSI.

Allison Williams to play Peter Pan in NBC’s ‘Peter Pan Live’
Girls star Allison Williams, who briefly demonstrated her singing chops last season on the HBO comedy, has been cast as Peter Pan in NBC’s upcoming presentation of Peter Pan Live.

‘Big Bang Theory’ Delays Production as Cast Still Without Contracts
Production on the CBS comedy was due to resume Wednesday, with five key cast members still without deals for season eight.


Lionsgate Acquires ‘Down A Dark Hall’ From ‘Twilight’ Producers & Temple Hill
has acquired rights to Down A Dark Hall based on the 1974 YA bestseller from Lois Duncan. Twilight author Stephenie Meyer and Meghan Hibbett will produce via their Fickle Fish Films along with Temple Hill Entertainment’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen. The supernatural suspense novel follows Kit Gordy, the newest student at the exclusive Blackwood Boarding School. It is the opportunity of a lifetime, but Kit quickly realizes something strange is happening behind its walls as she confronts the darkly seductive powers of Blackwood’s headmistress and comes face to face with the supernatural powers that could make her great or destroy her.


(review) Variety: ‘The Quest’
Quite possibly the nerdiest competition ever televised, “The Quest” constructs a full-fledged immersive fantasy world complete with ogres, dragons, dark forces and an imperiled Queen. It’s “Survivor” meets live-action role playing, as 12 contestants navigate physical competitions and a scripted mythology to vie for the title of One True Hero. The camp factor is off the charts, and auds will either buy into the conceit or they won’t, but it’s all presented with an admirably straight face. The weirdly endearing result feels relatively fresh enough to attract a following in the generally unimaginative realm of reality TV.

‘Cold Justice’ Renewed by TNT for Third Season
has renewed reality series Cold Justice for a third season


Nine gives nod to House Husbands
Australia’s Nine Network is extending the run of its drama series House Husbands into a fourth season. Created by Ellie Beaumont and Drew Proffitt, House Husbands features four fathers who stay at home to raise their children. The series also focuses on their interconnected families and friends.

Caracol’s The Dark Widow Airs in Honduras
Honduran broadcaster Televicentro has picked up Caracol TV Internacional’s drama The Dark Widow. The Colombian export tells the story of Griselda Blanco, who joined the world of drug trafficking as a teenager and rose to become a powerful figure in the international drug trade.


Michael Andreen Joins Fox International Productions as Senior VP
The veteran studio executive will help steer local productions in key foreign markets, including China, where he’s spent the last year working for a new Hollywood-Chinese venture.


Ireland Welcomes Film and TV Production With Incentives
In 2015, Ireland will boost its cash rebate from 28% to 32% in order to attract an even greater number of international productions. Plus, the program will have no restrictions on nationality-based eligibility, no requirements to team with a local producer, and no sunset date until the end of 2020

Advertisers Are Struggling to Keep Up as Spending Shifts to Mobile
While a whopping 91 percent of the advertisers polled by data company Jivox said their companies will spend more on mobile ads this year, many reported feeling frustrated by new technology and the need for better insights as they attempt to navigate the industry-wide shift in spending.