Afternoon News Update for Friday, 10/3/14.

Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Friday, 10/3/14:


Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston to Star in John le Carre Limited Series
Hugh Laurie
and Tom Hiddleston are set to star in a TV adaptation of John le Carre’s The Night Manager, with WME fielding multiple offers from U.S. networks for a straight-to-series pickup. The drama is being developed in partnership with the BBC, which will air the series in the U.K. Ink Factory is producing. David Farr will pen the adaptation. Published in 1993, le Carre’s Night Manager follows Jonathan Pine, a British soldier turned luxurious hotel night auditor. Pine crosses paths with a French-Arab woman named Sophie with ties to Richard Onslow Roper, an English black marketer who specializes in weapons. The woman provides Pine with incriminating documents, which he forwards to a friend in British intelligence. After Sophie winds up dead, Pine works with intelligence operatives and goes undercover as part of a sting against Roper to avenge Sophie’s death.

Drama From Howard Gordon & James Wong Gets CBS Put Pilot Commitment
is taking in another drama project about an angel —this time a former one. In a competitive situation, the network has landed an untitled drama from Howard Gordon and James Wong with a put pilot commitment. Written by Wong, the untitled crime procedural centers on an angel who, after losing his wings, saves the life of a female police detective and together they try to uncover the mystery of why the angel is stranded as a mortal on Earth. The project hails from Gordon’s Teakwood Lane Prods. and 20th Century Fox TV where the company just inked a new overall deal.

NBC Buys The Family Business From Matt Wheeler, Dan Jinks Company, CBS TV Studios
purchased The Family Business from writer Matt Wheeler, The Dan Jinks Company, and CBS Television Studios. The story was pitched as the birth of a young would-be Godfather, a la Michael Corleone. Dan Jinks, who will executive produce, hatched this idea after hearing of a friend who learned in his late 20’s that his father was part of the New York City mob world. That would be the jumping off point for the series. Wheeler will serve as co-EP.

Chilean Telenovela ‘First Lady’ With Jennifer Garner Producing Lands At CW
has put in development drama First Lady, executive produced by Jennifer Garner and Tariq Jalil. The project touches on the hot-button immigration issue as it asks the question, What if the next First Lady of the United States is a former illegal alien? Written by Jenni Ross based on the Chilean series Primera Dama, First Lady chronicles one woman’s rags-to-riches journey from illegal immigrant to the White House, where she battles injustice and her own sordid past which has come back to haunt her. Garner’s Vandalia Films is producing with Warner Bros. TV where the company has a deal.

(from Thurs) ABC Developing ‘MKUltra’ CIA Miniseries
has put in development MKUltra, a historical mini from writer Karen Stillman and ABC Studios’ boutique division ABC Signature. The project tells the story of MKUltra, the CIA’s top-secret research project on the behavioral engineering of humans. The program, which was carried on through the 1950s and ’60s, has come under fire for its use of unwitting U.S. and Canadian citizens as test subjects in experiments that involved the use of drugs (most famously LSD) as tools for interrogation or mind control. The scope of techniques used to manipulate people also included hypnosis, sensory deprivation, sexual and verbal abuse and torture.

(from Thurs) Carol Mendelsohn Drama Starring Felicity Huffman Eyes ABC Put Pilot Commitment
A drama written by CSI maven Carol Mendelsohn, directed by Michael Dinner and starring Felicity Huffman is close to landing at ABC with a put pilot commitment. The project, produced by Rachel Winter, hails from Sony Pictures TV and Mendelsohn’s studio-based Carol Mendelsohn Prods. The untitled drama is about a special agent (Huffman) who is the fearless leader of a team of young agents on the New York City Joint Terrorism Task Force. She relies on her innate intuition, wry sense of humor and unbelievable ability to draw connections between disconnected bits of information that come across her desk.

Amazon Picks Up Full Series of ‘Hand of God’ and Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Red Oaks’
has ordered to series dramatic thriller Hand of God, directed by World War Z’s Marc Forster and written by Burn Notice’s Ben Watkins, and coming-of-age comedy Red Oaks, executive produced by Steven Soderbergh and directed by David Gordon Green.

(from Thurs) Keanu Reeves TV Series Taps ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ ‘Entourage’ EPs as Showrunners
Chris Collins
and Marc Abrams will be the showrunners on “Rain,” an upcoming TV series starring and executive produced by Keanu Reeves and Slingshot Global Media. Reeves will star as John Rain, a half-Japanese, half-American contract assassin who specializes in taking out his targets by making it look like death by natural causes. The show is based on Barry Eisler’s best-selling novels.

TNT Cancels ‘Dallas’
The primetime soap gets the ax after three seasons.

TV Land Cancels ‘Jennifer Falls’
The single-camera series ends after one season.


‘The Neighbors’ Actress Joins Amazon Comedy Pilot
Toks Olagundoye
will recur in ‘Salem Rogers: Model of the Year, 1998’

Thandie Newton, Melissa George to Co-Star in NBC’s ‘The Slap’
They join Peter Sarsgaard and Mary-Louise Parker in the eight-episode mini.

‘Devious Maids’ Promotes Gilles Marini to Series Regular
He first appeared as a guest star in the season-two finale.

Marc Blucas to Guest Star on CBS’ ‘Stalker’
Marc Blucas
is about to head for more danger as he gears up for a guest role on CBS’ thriller series “Stalker.”


THR: Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Explains Adam Sandler, ‘Crouching Tiger’ Deals: "Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is"
The streaming service’s chief content officer tells THR why he’s set his sights on creating 10-14 original movies a year -explains-adam-737840


NBC’s ‘Hollywood Game Night’ Renewed for Third Season
Emmy-winning host Jane Lynch will return.


Amazon to launch Ripper Street ahead of BBC
Having stepped in to co-fund a new series of period drama Ripper Street, Amazon will launch it on its streaming service in the UK ahead of its launch on broadcast and cable channels.


Exec Shuffle For 10/03/14: Juliana Margulies Launches Toast Productions, Melissa Wells Joins The Weinstein Company & More
NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment: Frances Berwick has been named President, Lifestyle Networks Group. Adam Stotsky has been named General Manager, E!.
Viacom Entertainment & Music Groups: Eddie Dalva has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Content & Programming Enterprises.
Das Films: Meredith Littas has been promoted to Development Executive.
Formosa Group: Tracey Grimes has joined as Director, Business Development.
Fox Searchlight: Ray Strache has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Co-Productions.
Heretic Films: Greg Segal has joined as President.
Radiant Productions: Rachel Walens has been promoted to Vice President, Development, Film & Television.
Red Granite Pictures: Mike Pryce has joined as Creative Executive.
The Weinstein Company: Melissa Wells has joined as Senior Vice President, Production & Development.
IFC TV: Caroline Hoffman has been promoted to Manager, Original Programming.
ITV Studios America: Bruce Robertson has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Creative Strategy.
Part2 Pictures: Emily Harding has joined as Director, Strategy. Rachael Profiloski has been named Director of Development.
Peace Points Entertainment: Julie Chang has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Business Affairs & Acquisitions. Nicole Hamilton has joined as Vice President, Creative & Development. Eric Mueller has been named Senior Vice President, International Sales & Acquisitions.
REVOLT: Berto Guzman has joined as Vice President, Content Distribution.
The Jim Henson Company: Amy Takahara has joined as Director, International Distribution & Sales.
Starz: Bertt Marottoli has been promoted to Vice President, Program Acquisitions.


Daily Beast: Why ‘Black-ish’ Has a Gay Problem
They didn’t realize that by using “gay” and “lame” as interchangeable, they neatly demonstrated their own homophobia, and the intrinsic homophobia of something being deemed “gay.”

Mashable: The Millennial That Marketers Are Targeting Does Not Exist
Most marketers fail to effectively target millennials by relying too heavily on stereotypes about this generation as a whole. Exponential’s research revealed that three major forces have shaped the millennial experience: the economy, globalization and social media. These forces define important millennial populations, and within each of these categories are several subgroups, each with its own specific needs and preferences. While there is some overlap across categories, it’s important that marketers know which groups they want to target, and how to appeal to each one individually.

Atlantic: 2014: The Best Year for Job Creation This Century
The U.S. economy added 248,000 jobs in September, pushing the unemployment rate to 5.9 percent, the first time it’s dipped below the 6-percentage floor since July 2008. With January through September in the books, there is enough data from the year for economist Bill McBride to think about putting champagne on ice, if not quite popping the corks. The economy is "on pace to be the best year for both total and private sector job growth since 1999," he writes.