Morning News Update for Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Wednesday, 10/1/14:


NBC Buys Legal Drama From Matt Lopez & John Glenn
has put in development Justice, a legal drama project from Matt Lopez and John Glenn. Written by Lopez, who is a former lawyer, Justice tells the story of larger-than-life District Attorney Logan Archer, a brilliant and relentless prosecutor who takes on crime while harboring some deep, dark secrets. Lopez and Glenn executive produce through Universal TV where both are under overall deals.

CW Buys Mystery Dramedy ‘Bone House’ From Jerry Bruckheimer
Jerry Bruckheimer
is headed for The CW. The prolific producer has sold dramedy script Bone House to the youth-skewing network. From writer Sheri Elwood, Bone House is described as an offbeat comedic family drama/mystery that centers on an estranged group of siblings who own and operate a private autopsy company. Elwood will pen the script and exec produce the hourlong Warner Bros. Television entry alongside Bruckheimer via his studio-based Jerry Bruckheimer Television banner with banner president Jonathan Littman and exec vp KristieAnne Reed also on board.

ABC Pilot ‘Clementine’ Stays Alive With New Cast Extension, Eyes Summer Run
and ABC Studios are very serious about drama pilot Clementine, reaching in their pockets to pay for another extension of the cast’s options. I hear the project is being considered for a 10-13-episode summer run. Clementine was a major contender for series pickup in May but missed the cut. Still, ABC and ABC Studios remained high on the show, and in June the studio moved in to extend the cast when their options were to expire. That extension ended yesterday when the options were picked up again.

MTV, ABC Family Get High Marks for Diversity From GLAAD — A&E, You Failed
For the first time in the eight-year history of the report, three networks — MTV, ABC Family and HBO — have received an “Excellent” rating from GLAAD. Ranking of the Broadcast Networks, 2013-2014 (based on percentage of LGBT-inclusive hours of original primetime programming)

1. NBC 37%

2. Fox 36%

3. ABC 34%

4. The CW 33%

5. CBS 28%


(review) Wrap: ‘Stalker’: CBS Drama Does Not Hate Women, It Loves Torture.
Sure, one could argue that other primetime series such as “Criminal Minds” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” dabble in what is best described as torture porn. But there is something especially nihilistic about “Stalker,” which debuts Wednesday, and the way it handles violence against women. While some are calling Williamson and his new procedural misogynistic, a more apt description would be affliction addicted. This show gives the impression that he simply loves seeing people, particularly women, victimized.

(review) Variety: ‘Gracepoint’
Fox’sGracepoint” is a near shot-for-shot remake of the BBC’s “Broadchurch,” albeit served up in 10 episodes instead of eight. That’s not a bad idea, especially for the millions who haven’t seen the British version, but it does make it harder to appraise this crime mystery strictly on its merits. “Broadchurch” rightly generated critical accolades, and its American twin is serious and spare. That said, this limited series doesn’t look like the answer to Fox’s Thursday woes.


Mistresses’ Alyssa Milano: I Won’t Be Returning for Season 3

Mistresses may be sans Savi when it returns for its recently ordered Season 3 next summer. Hours after ABC announced that the summertime sudser had been renewed for another cycle, star Alyssa Milano shared on both Twitter and Facebook, “Sadly, I won’t be returning to #Mistresses,” followed by a link to her personal website.

Heather Graham Returning for Third ‘Flowers in the Attic’ Movie
She’ll reprise her role as Corrine Dollangager in Lifetime’s ‘If There Be Thorns’.


Sony Pictures Wins ‘The West’, Mythology-Produced Pitch
Sony Pictures
won a bidding battle for The West, a pitch Michael Diliberti will write that will be produced by Mythology partners Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt, along with William Sherak and Bryan Haas. Pitch is a franchise play that reimagines characters from the Old West as modern-day thieves in a contemporary Los Angeles setting.

Wrap: Why ‘Crouching Tiger’ Sequel Won’t Revolutionize the Way Movies Are Released
Anyone expecting the “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” sequel to trigger a revolution in the way Hollywood delivers new movies will be sorely disappointed. “It might be a step on the time line that will someday see movies available in homes the same day they come out in theaters,” said an executive at a rival film company, “but that’s not going to happen until the major studios and the exhibitors are on board, and that’s not going to be anytime soon.”


Netflix Orders King Kong Movie, Animated Series from Avi Arad
has set a 2016 debut for “Kong – King of the Apes,” an original animated TV series and feature-length film for kids from executive producer Avi Arad. The SVOD leader has ordered a movie and 12 half-hour episodes from animation studio 41 Entertainment and Arad Prods.


Disney, Amazon Close to Ending DVD Feud: Report
The Walt Disney Co.
and Amazon look close to resolving a feud that has blocked the pre-ordering of Disney DVDs in the U.S. for nearly two months, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The disagreement has mainly focused on pricing, and in particular who pays when the web operator loses money to match competitors’ prices.


TheWrap’s 2014 Innovators List: 11 Thought Leaders Who Are Changing Hollywood
In our second annual Innovators List, TheWrap identifies the change agents who are thinking differently about the creation and distribution of entertainment. Andrew Stalbow, Seriously CEO; Jeff Gaspin & Jon Klein, Co-Founders, TAPP; Angelina Jolie, Actress-Director-Philanthropist; Sev Ohanian, Indie Producer; Jimmy Fallon, ‘Tonight Show’ Host; Ze Frank, President, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures; Beatriz Acevedo, Founder & President, MiTu Network; Michael Heyward, CEO & Co-Founder, Whisper; Cody Simms, Managing Director, Techstars; Lisa Kudrow & Dan Bucatinsky, Is or Isn’t It Entertainment; Jake Schwartz, CEO & Co-Founder, General Assembly

Fox Home Entertainment Promotes Tedd Cittadine to VP of Digital Distribution
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has promoted Tedd Cittadine to senior vice president of digital distribution. Cittadine will oversee Fox’s North American film and TV digital distribution business and will be responsible for growth of key digital clients and major cable, telecom and satellite distributors in the U.S. and Canada. He will report to Keith Feldman, Fox’s president of worldwide distribution.

THR: Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Business Managers
THR’s annual list of the industry’s most trusted moneymen and women, who open up about everything from the $18.75 million necklace one client bought for a mistress ("we manage finances — we don’t manage morality") to their biggest no-nos (don’t even think about trying to open a restaurant)


“The TV model is broken,” says ISP that stopped offering pay-TV
"I think the TV model is broken," BTC Broadband President Scott Floyd told the newspaper. BTC stopped offering TV late last year while continuing to sell Internet and phone service. "The Oklahoma company, which had been serving about 420 TV subscribers, decided it simply couldn’t afford to keep paying rising fees to carry a basic lineup of channels including ESPN, TNT, and MTV," the Journal wrote. Floyd "estimated that if the company continued to pass on rising programming costs to consumers and maintained its thin profit margins, by 2016 cable-TV bills would rise to $130 from about $60."