Afternoon News Update for Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

Hi all! Heres your afternoon news update for Wednesday, 10/8/14:


Variety: Amazon Studios Wants Big Comedies, Ready to Pay $4 Million for Pilots
Amazon Studios,
its appetite whetted for half-hour comedies, is now looking to fund a big-budget, high-profile laffer to anchor its next wave of original series and rival Netflix for attention-grabbing properties. The studio has indicated pilot budgets for its next comedies will be between $2 million and $4 million, but that it would be willing to go higher for a larger action-adventure comedy, according to industry execs familiar with the plans. Rather than traditional sitcoms, Amazon Studios is looking for cinematic half-hour shows; a hypothetical example would be a series reboot of a blockbuster movie franchise, per sources.

Fox Nabs Space Drama From Len Wiseman & Scott Rosenbaum As Put Pilot
Len Wiseman
has teamed with Scott Rosenbaum for a sci-fi drama, which has received a put pilot commitment from Fox. The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV where Wiseman’s Sketch Films is based for television. Described as The Dirty Dozen in deep space, the untitled drama is set in a foreseeable future, where companies have begun to colonize sections of our known galaxy. A mercenary search and rescue team is dispatched to investigate a distress signal from a prison transport that has crashed on an uncharted planet. This unlikely group of heroes will now have to work together when they encounter a much greater challenge on this mysterious planet than they could have anticipated.

Cosmopolitan, ‘Bachelorette’s’ Leslye Headland Team for NBC Magazine Comedy
is looking to Bachelorette’s Leslye Headland and the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan for its next comedy. The network has handed out a script commitment to an untitled comedy from the Bachelorette writer that’s exec produced by Cosmo. The single-camera comedy centers on a failed political blogger who restarts her life in New York as the "sex" editor for a prestigious and provocative women’s magazine. Headland will pen the script for the Universal Television, The District and Cosmopolitan comedy and exec produce alongside Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad and Joanna Coles, Cosmo’s editor-in-chief.

Secret Service Drama Cobb To Be Developed As TV Series By IDW Entertainment & EOne
IDW Entertainment
and Entertainment One Television have teamed to develop Secret Service drama Cobb as a TV series. Based on Beau Smiths IDW comic-book miniseries Cobb: Off The Leash, the conspiracy thriller follows Frank Cobb, a top-ranking Secret Service agent whose life gets turned upside down when he is removed from active duty after stumbling onto a deadly conspiracy at the highest global level. He must win back his reputation and save the newly elected President of the United States. Thania St. John is writing the script and serves as showrunner on the project, which stems from IDW and eOnes first-look co-production deal.

U.S. Marshals Drama Based On French Series Bloodhounds Bought By CBS
has put in development Bloodhounds, a police procedural based on the French series of the same name (Les Limiers). Brandon Camp will write the adaptation and executive produce with Taglines Chris Henze and Ron West. Bloodhounds, produced by CBS TV Studios, centers on a hand-picked task force deputized by the U.S. Marshals who are immune to police protocols and use surveillance, technology and street experience to track down criminals, suspects and fugitives.

Hawaii Five-O’s Daniel Dae Kim Sells Crime Show to CBS, Nears CW Deal for Female-Driven Drama
Daniel Dae Kim
and his production company 3AD have teamed with Anonymous Content to sell a crime drama, the Untitled Joe Wilson Project, to CBS. 3AD is also finalizing a deal with The CW for a female-driven drama series titled Lotus. The Untitled Joe Wilson Project follows a Deputy D.A. who’s disgraced after losing a high-profile, controversial trial and moves back to her childhood home in L.A. where she pairs with a detective to solve local cases that are impenetrable to the police. Meanwhile, Lotus is a serialized one-hour drama that follows a young Japanese American woman’s attempt to rebuild her life in the aftermath of a family traged and the dark choices she must make as she’s presented with an offer she cannot refuse.

‘In the Heat of the Night’ Remake in the Works at Showtime
and MGM Television are developing a new project based on the 1967 Oscar-winning film by Norman Jewison, In the Heat of the Night. Tate Taylor will write and direct, as well as executive produce. Warren Littlefield and John Norris will also serve as executive producers, with The Littlefield Company’s Ann Johnson. In the Heat of the Night is an exploration of character and race set in modern-day Mississippi. The 1967 feature was based on the 1965 John Ball novel that centered on a white man and a black man working together to solve a murder investigation in a racially hostile Southern town.

(rumor) E!: Are We Getting an X-Men TV Show?
20th Century Fox
studio and Fox network aren’t commenting, but insiders with knowledge of the negotiations tell us that the project has been in quiet development for quite some time. There is currently no deal in place, however, we are told that the X-Men series would be picked up by Fox and Fox only, if it goes.

IFC renews David Cross comedy The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
has picked up a six-episode third season of David Cross The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. The London-set comedy will pick up in season three where season two left off back in early 2012which should be quite interesting, as in-over-his-head American sales exec Todd was last seen setting off nuclear bombs that destroy the planet.

Lifetime Greenlights Fourth and Final ‘Flowers in the Attic’ Film
‘Seeds of Yesterday’
will return Jason Lewis and Rachael Carpani.

Universal Cable Productions Signs First-Look Deal With BenderSpink
Universal Cable Productions
has signed a first look deal with Chris Bender, JC Spink and Jake Weiner’s BenderSpink production banner. BenderSpink will develop and produce scripted programming with UCP for NBCUniversal and external networks. The first project in development under the new deal is Five Ghosts, a sci-fi adventure pilot set up at Syfy. Based on the comic book by Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham, the show tells the story of a 1930s-era treasure hunter possessed by five literary ghosts (Merlin, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Musashi and Dracula) whose abilities he can draw on during his adventures.


The Flash Gives The CW Its Biggest Premiere in Five Years
The Flash
debuted to 4.54 million total viewers, making it the network’s most-watched series premiere in more than five years, since the season kickoff of The Vampire Diaries in 2009.

(review) Variety: The Affair
The pairing of Dominic West and Ruth Wilson alone would be enough reason for enthusiasm about The Affair, a Showtime series that wraps infidelity in a mystery, then spoons out what happened in Rashomon-like dueling narratives. Launched behind Homeland, this is the kind of conceptually low-key series with which pay cable sometimes struggles to distinguish itself, but meticulously crafted and cleverly introduced, its likely to hook a discriminating audience, as well as launch Wilson, in particular, to another level in the U.S.


Scandal Cuts Stephen Collins from Upcoming Episode Amid Child Molestation Allegations
One day after news broke that the NYPD is investigating former 7th Heaven actor Stephen Collins for allegedly molesting children, ABC has decided to remove his appearance from an upcoming episode of its hit drama Scandal.

Brian Dennehy & Neal McDonough Join TNT Drama Public Morals
Brian Dennehy
and Neal McDonough have book major recurring roles on Ed Burns TNT drama series Public Morals, from Steven Spielbergs Amblin TV.

Jane Seymour to guest on Forever as Judd Hirschs ex-wife
Jane Seymour
will guest star on an upcoming episode of ABCs freshman crime procedural Forever, playing an ex flame of Judd Hirschs Abe.


Magnet Springs For Femme-Driven Horror Anthology XX
Magnet Releasing
has signed on to back XX, a new horror anthology with a gender twist all segments will be helmed by female directors and will star female leads. Karyn Kusama, Mary Harron, Jennifer Lynch, and Jovanka Vuckovic have been tapped to direct the project, which is heading for completion in 2015 with producer Dwjuan Fox overseeing. As part of the deal, Magnet is taking worldwide distribution rights.

Thrill Ride Set At Fox; Neighbors Scribes Become Directing Scream Team
has bought Thrill Ride, an original idea by Neighbors scribes Andrew Jay Cohen & Brendan O’Brien, which they plan to direct. The script will be written by Peter Warren and Chernin Entertainment will produce with Cohen & O’Brien. This is a comedy-horror in the vein ofThis Is The End and Scream. It takes place at a particularly cruel high school where bullying has become the norm. At Senior Night, the school rents out an amusement park for the entire senior class. Unknown to them, the exits are sealed, and there is a killer on the loose turning all the rides into ways of punishing the bullies and the so called bad people at school. Kids from all different cliques have to band together to figure out who the killer is and how to stop them.


Jay Leno Nears Deal for CNBC Show
Jay Leno
is heading back to TV, and he’ll stay within the NBCUniversal family. The former long-term Tonight Show host will take his talents to CNBC. The show will air regularly and center around Leno’s much-publicized love affair with cars. It will air in primetime.


(feature) THR: Shonda Rhimes Opens Up About ‘Angry Black Woman’ Flap, Messy ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Chapter and the ‘Scandal’ Impact
TV’s ‎most powerful showrunner talks candidly about the role of race and gender in Hollywood and the conversation that, she says, "pisses me off"

The Hollywood Reporter Names the 2014 Power Showrunners
With nearly 200 U.S. scripted series airing on cable alone — and dozens more on the traditional broadcast networks — the medium is as saturated as ever. That’s one of the many reasons why editors at The Hollywood Reporter chose to slightly rethink the blueprint for what exactly defines the most powerful showrunners of 2014.


Buzzfeed: Shonda Rhimes Isn’t The Only Woman Who Found Her Voice On ABC’s Thursday Night
Why ABCs Thank God Its Thursday ad campaign broke from tradition and hired a female voice-over artist for its commercials.