Afternoon News Update for Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Tuesday, 9/2/14:


Jermaine Fowler Developing Semi-Autobiographical Comedy for ABC
is looking to Jermaine Fowler for its next offbeat family comedy. The network is teaming with the comedian for a semi-autobiographical comedy based on his life. The untitled entry, which has received a script commitment, hails from ABC Studios and would star Fowler as a college dropout who winds up living with his estranged grandmother, a former DC cop who provides the perfect mix of parenting, laughs and adventure that gets him off the couch and out into the world. Fowler will exec produce alongside 3 Arts’ Avi Gilbert and Michael Rotenberg.

NBC Nabs Bryan Cranston-Produced ‘The Dangerous Book For Boys’ Comedy
Bryan Cranston
has made his first major TV sale as a producer — single-camera comedy The Dangerous Book For Boys. In a very competitive situation, the project based on Conn and Hal Iggulden’s guidebook has landed at NBC with a significant penalty and a premium license fee. Greg Mottola is writing and directing the adaptation for Sony Pictures TV and Cranston’s Moon Shot Entertainment production banner. Dangerous Book For Boys is described as an irreverent family comedy about three teenage boys who are given a dad’s guide to living lives full of adventure after he passes away.

‘Damages’ Creator, Steve McPherson Prepping ‘Ten Commandments’ Mini for NBC
is developing a 10-hour miniseries based on the Danish format called Decalogue. Decalogue examines the Ten Commandments in a modern setting. The original series ran in 1989 and consisted of 10 one-hour films, with each short exploring one or several moral/ethical issues. The NBC adaptation would follow the same format. Damages co-creator Todd A. Kessler is on board to pen the script for the project, which is being executive produced by Steve McPherson. A studio is not yet attached yet.

NBC Developing Exorcism Drama
has handed out a script commitment to drama The Possession of Maggie Gill. Maggie centers on the Gills, a loving a middle-class family in Eugene, Ore., who find themselves in the midst of crisis when paranormal occurrences begin to affect the everyday fabric of their home. At the same time, a series of brutal murders is being investigated by two local detectives. The storylines converge as those involved slowly realize that the murders and hauntings may have a common link. The drama hails from Amblin Television and will be written by John Glenn.

HBO Has Ordered a Show from the Flight of the Conchords Guys
Jemaine Clement
revealed that HBO has "commissioned a new, four-episode comedy show," though further details on the project have not been revealed. HBO has yet to announce the four-episode series officially.

Blumhouse Developing Son Of Sam Miniseries With Fox TV Studios
Jason Blum’s
production company is returning to the longform arena with another New York period piece based on a true story — miniseries Son of Sam. Blumhouse Prods. will develop the six-hour mini with Fox TV Studios. Written by Steven Katz, Son of Sam juxtaposes David Richard Berkowitz’s murder confession of Satan worship and human sacrifice with the actual police investigation of December 1975-1977.

John Stamos To Star In ABC Drama Series ‘Members Only’ And Topline & Produce Dan Fogelman Comedy For ABC Studios
John Stamos
has lined up two high-profile series gigs. He has been tapped as the male lead of ABC’s midseason drama series Members Only.Additionally, Stamos has teamed with ABC Studios-based comedy producer Dan Fogelman for a comedy series, which theERandFull Housealum will topline and executive produce. The comedy series project, written by Danny Chun, will have Stamos play a version of himself — a charismatic lifelong ladies man whose life is upended when he discovers that he has a grown son who is nothing like him. Stamos, Fogelman and Chun are executive producing the comedy, which will be taken out this week.

Fox’s ‘Gang Related’ Cancelled After Summer Run
Fox’s drama Gang Related will not be coming back as the network has opted not to renew the undercover drama for a second season. I hear Fox brass considered bringing the series back but deemed it too heavily serialized for the summer, the only slot available on Fox for the next year.

Syfy Taps Mike Cahill to Direct ‘The Magicians’
has tapped Another Earth’s Mike Cahill to direct the pilot for its adaptation of Lev Grossman’s best-selling book series. The Magicians, from Universal Cable Productions, centers on two 20-somethings who, while studying magic in New York, discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as kids is real and poses grave danger to humanity. John McNamara and Sera Gamble will pen the script, with Michael London producing.


‘Modern Family’ Recruits Tyne Daly
As Lily’s teacher.

‘The Goldbergs’ Books Rob Huebel, Paul Sorvino for Season 2
Dan Bakkedahl
will also be among the guest cast for the ’80s comedy.

David Simon’s HBO Miniseries Adds Quartet
LaTanya Richardson Jackson
, Daniel Stern join Oscar Isaac-Catherine Keener show.


Alex Kurtzman’s Production Company Inks Three-Year Deal With Universal
Universal Pictures
has signed a three-year production agreement with Alex Kurtzman’s newly formed company Secret Hideout.

Kurtzman will be joined at Secret Hideout by current Focus Features president of production Jeb Brody and current president of K/O Paper Products Bobby Cohen, who will both serve as producers alongside Kurtzman. Secret Hideout will focus on developing filmmaker-driven projects with an eye toward franchise and multiquadrant films.

SSN: The Ultimate 2014 Fall Movie Preview of the Upcoming Awards Season Contenders
It’s the final 4 months of the year and a slate of films will produce the majority of awards season contenders. Dozens of films are on their way to your local mulitplex, but since we don’t have space to cover them all, we’ve narrowed down the list to those we think are the most important. That, and a few others which we’re at least a little excited about….starting here.


TBS Cancels Cee Lo Green’s ‘The Good Life’
The unscripted series will not return for a second season.


Netflix Renews ‘Hemlock Grove’ for Third and Final Season
Fans will have 10 more episodes to give them chills


HBO Ups Sara Bernstein & Jacqueline Glover To SVP Documentary Films
In their new roles as SVP, Sara Bernstein and Jacqueline Glover oversee the development and production of documentary films and non-fiction programming for the network.

Studio Canal Backing New Venture From Silver Pictures Alums
Andrew Rona
and Alex Heineman are launching The Picture Company with backing from the French entertainment power. The Picture Company will focus on making commercial films across all genres and will also make forays into television.

ESPN Promotes Marie Donoghue to EVP Global Strategy, Original Content
elevated Marie Donoghue to exec VP global strategy and original content, a 16-year veteran of the sports programmer overseeing business affairs, business affairs and gaming and partnerships groups. Donoghue, who continues to report to ESPN president John Skipper, was previously SVP of global strategy, business affairs and business development.

Josh Greenstein Leaving Paramount for Top Marketing Job at Sony
Paramount’s Josh Greenstein is nearing a deal to replace Marc Weinstock as the head of marketing at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Megan Colligan has been promoted to president of worldwide distribution and marketing, overseeing distribution and marketing for Paramount’s theatrical and home media groups and continuing to report to Moore.

Susan Lyne Steps Down as AOL Brand Chief to Head Company’s New Venture Fund
announced that Susan Lyne will relinquish her role as CEO of the company’s brand group to lead AOL’s newly established BBG Fund focused on early-stage investments in women-led consumer Internet start-ups.


Cracked: 4 Reasons ‘Hemlock Grove’ Is Television’s Shitty Future
If you watch an old episode of The X-Files, the presentation, particularly the exposition, seems weirder than the alien-government-conspiracy mysteries: Dana Scully has to frequently remind us that she’s a skeptical genius who could rewire our nervous system into an auto-harp in 30 seconds flat, because casual viewers may have forgotten or new viewers may not know. But that’s not what TV is anymore. When a show is released in a big 13-episode chunk, it’s designed to be binged. We don’t need as much hand-holding because we’re watching the show on our own terms, and the writers are adapting. They’re not writing for people who watch an episode a week, they’re writing for people who are sitting down and watching 13 in one day, like some kind of irredeemable fucking lunatic.

(books) IO9: So You Want To Be A TV Writer? Showrunners Share Their Writing Secrets
The book Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show by Tara Bennett is out now, and it includes interviews with Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, Ronald D.Moore, Terence Winter, Bill Prady, Shawn Ryan, David Shore, and Jane Espenson, among others. It’s based on the documentary of the same name.

Mashable: What Are the Best-Kept Secrets for Career Success?
Have you ever known someone who seems to be able to get everything they want? These people clearly have an ability to effectively court the opportunities and relationships they want in their lives, and when observed closely, they do seem to use similar strategies and principles in their pursuits. These ‘Principles of Courtship’ can apply equally to both personal and professional endeavors. Whether you’re looking to land an amazing career opportunity, a key client or that amazing friendship or relationship, following this basic set of principles will help you court the right opportunities, both in 2014 and beyond.