Morning News Update for Wednesday, 8/6/14.

Hello all! Here’s your first news update for Wednesday, 8/6/14:


NBC & Sony TV Close Deal For Bill Cosby Comedy Project
The project will be written by actor-scribe Mike O’Malley and produced by Sony Pictures TV. Tom Werner and Bill Cosby will executive produce the yet untitled NBC comedy, which has a script commitment with a big penalty. The project, eyed for summer or fall 2015, stars Cosby as Jonathan Franklin, a patriarch of a multi-generational family who shares his many years of wit, wisdom and experience to help his daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren navigate their complicated modern lives.

Ryan Hansen To Co-Star In NBC Comedy ‘Bad Judge’
Ryan Hansen
has been cast as the male lead opposite Kate Walsh in another single-camera comedy with a flawed woman at the center, NBC’s Bad Judge. This is a recasting of the role, which was played by Mather Zickel in the pilot.

Amazon Pilot ‘Down Dog’ Casts Lead
Josh Casaubon has landed the lead in Amazon Studios‘ comedy pilot Down Dog. Written by Robin Schiff, Down Dog centers on Logan (Casaubon) a heart-stoppingly gorgeous surfer, devoid of ambition, a Peter Pan who has been sliding through on his charisma, laid-back easy charm and good looks but must now start to take life seriously when he’s left in charge of his ex-girlfriend’s yoga studio.

Syfy’s 12 Monkeys Adds Rookie Blue Vet, Originals Alum and Two Others
Lyriq Bent
, Todd Stashwick, Demore Barnes, Romina D’Ugo have been cast in recurring roles.

(review) Variety: ‘The Knick’
“The Knick” represents a creative stretch for Cinemax. Yet while it’s easy to understand the channel’s attraction to the marquee pairing of Clive Owen and director Steven Soderbergh, it’s harder to fathom what drew them to a brooding, blood-stained drama set in a New York hospital, circa 1900. Yes, the barbaric nature of medicine — evolving though it was — remains grisly stuff, but once that point’s made (and made again), it’s tough to see what breakthroughs “The Knick” has left to offer.


Comedy Central Orders Pilot For Weekly Variety Show Starring Justin Willman With Chris Hardwick Producing
Comedy Central
is looking to add some magic to its lineup with Sleight of Mouth, a weekly comedy/variety/magic show starring comic/magician and TV host Justin Willman. It hails from Chris Hardwick of Nerdist Industries and Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray, as well as late-night veteran Robert Morton. Sleight of Mouth will tap into Nerdist’s social media expertise, mixing it with some tech-savvy modern trickery.

Lifetime Looks to Expand Little Women To Other Cities
has big plans for Little Women: LA. The reality show, which documents the lives of a group of outgoing women who happen to be little, may now expand to other cities.


Nickelodeon’s Digital Generation
Welcome to The Wayne” is Nickelodeon’s first original animated series created exclusively for the web and mobile. After its start online, “Welcome to The Wayne” will be developed into a traditional television series. The program is part of an overhaul at Viacom’s 36-year-old children’s network to discover, develop and disseminate shows for a new generation of “Rugrats” who barely distinguish among a television set, a laptop, a tablet and a mobile phone.


Influential State Senator Threatens To Kill California Film & TV Tax Credit Expansion
With little more than three weeks left in the legislative session, Kevin De Leon is demanding big changes to efforts to expand California’s $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program. If the influential state Senate Appropriations Committee chairman doesn’t get his eleventh-hour way, I’ve learned that he intends to kneecap the multi-sponsored Film and Television Job Creation and Retention Act before it reaches the Legislature’s floor for a vote this month.