Morning News Update for Monday, October 13, 2014.

Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Monday, 10/13/14:


Ben Affleck, Matt Damon Team for Syfy Drama
Ben Affleck
and Matt Damon are setting their sights on cable. The duo, via their Pearl Street Films, is developing drama Incorporated for Syfy. Incorporated is described as a futuristic espionage thriller set in a world where corporations have seemingly unlimited power. The drama will be the story of one man’s efforts to beat the system. Brothers David and Alex Pastor will pen the pilot, which hails from CBS Television Studios and Pearl Street. Ted Humphrey will serve as showrunner and exec produce, via his overall deal with the studio. Damon, Affleck and Pearl Street president Jennifer Todd are also attached to exec produce.

(from Fri) Krysten Ritter Sells Farm Comedy To NBC
Krysten Ritter has teamed with writer-producer Maggie Bandur for another single-camera comedy project at NBC, Back On The Farm. Based on an idea by Ritter and written by Bandur, the comedy is described as “Overboard meets Sweet Home Alabama” and centers on a Hollywood actress whose life suddenly implodes, forcing her to move back to her family’s farm. Universal Television is producing with Krysten’s Silent Machine Entertainment, which has a first-look look with the studio.

‘Gotham’ Earns a Full Season Order at Fox
The network’s fall breakout gets an addition six episodes — bringing its freshman season to a full 22 episodes.

FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ Renewed for Fifth Season
The fourth season premiere, ‘Freak Show,’ ranks as the most-watched telecast in FX history.

(from Fri) Starz’s ‘Black Sails’ Renewed for Third Season
Three months ahead of its sophomore return, the premium cable network has renewed Black Sails for a third.

The pirate drama hails from executive producer Michael Bay and creators Jonathan Steinberg and Robert Levine. During its freshman run, the Toby Stephens-starrer averaged a solid 5.3 million total viewers.

(from Fri) Nielsen Blunder Aftermath: ABC’s Premiere Week Ratings Revised Down, Net’s Rankings In All Dayparts Stand
Thankfully for ABC, the revisions reduced its averages but didn’t change the narrative, with the network’s position in primetime, late-night as well as the morning program and evening newscast races unchanged.

Atlantic: Why Sunday Night Television Is So Good
In 1999, HBO was trying to determine the ideal night of the week to debut its promising new series, The Sopranos. Eventually, executives settled on Sunday, which they saw as lacking any serious competition from network programming. Fifteen years later, not only has Sunday become the industry’s most competitive night, it’s also the evening in which seemingly every great U.S. television series airs. It seems counterintuitive to pit all of TV’s best series against one another, as anyone who’s tried to program a DVR on Sundays can attest. But there is in fact a method to the networks’ madness, and five reasons why Sunday night’s quality TV overload exists—and won’t be going away anytime soon.


(review) Variety: ‘Marry Me’
The series works a little too hard at conjuring whimsy, beginning with a botched marriage proposal and all the hurt feelings that ensue. But amid a fall with several similarly themed shows, including NBC’s more promising “A to Z,” there’s just not enough substance here to suggest “happily ever after” is in the show’s future.


Katie Holmes to Reprise Jackie Kennedy Role in ‘After Camelot’ Miniseries
Reelz is moving forward with its ‘Kennedys’ follow-up. Holmes, who starred in The Kennedys, will reprise her role in the new mini and also direct one of the four episodes in addition to executive producing. 24’s Jon Cassar, who directed all eight episodes of The Kennedys, will direct the other three.

Hart of Dixie’s Wilson Bethel Joins Astronaut Wives Club as Series Regular
Wilson Bethel
has joined ABC’s The Astronaut Wives Club as a series regular, playing Scott Carpenter, the laid-back husband of Yvonne Strahovski’s Rene.

Jamie Bamber joins The CW’s ‘The Messengers’
The Messengers
, one of the CW’s midseason shows, tells the story of five strangers affected when a mysterious object hits.

Katherine Parkinson & Tom Goodman-Hill Lead Cast Of AMC Sci-Fi Series ‘Humans’
British actors Katherine Parkinson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Gemma Chan and Neil Maskell and Irish thesp Colin Morgan are set to star in Humans, the upcoming AMC/Channel 4 eight-episode sci-fi drama series.


(mipcom) Disney Sells ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ to 158 Territories
ABC Studios’ drama “How to Get Away with Murder” has been licensed to broadcasters in 158 territories worldwide, Disney Media Distribution confirmed Monday.

(mipcom) Constantin to Produce TV Series Based on ‘Mortal Instruments,’ ‘Resident Evil’ Franchises
Leading German production house Constantin Film is stepping up its TV series business with TV series spin-offs of the “Mortal Instruments” and “Resident Evil” movies. Constantin exec board chairman Martin Moszkowicz confirmed the news at a launch for another Constantin high-end TV series, “Shades of Guilt,” at Mipcom TV market in Cannes Sunday. Showrunner Ed Decter has been attached to the “Mortal Instruments” series,

(mipcom) Haut Et Cout TV Teams With July-August Prods. And Tandem For Yael Hedaya-Penned ‘Rubber Ducks’
France’s Haut et Court TV, the company behind hit supernatural drama “The Returned,” is set to team up with Israel’s July-August Productions to develop “Rubber Ducks,” a psychological thriller series penned by Yael Hedaya. Studiocanal-owned Tandem is co-developing and will handle worldwide distribution of the series. “Rubber Ducks” tells a fictionalized story based on an actual experiment undertaken by NASA in 2008. During the low-tech experiment, NASA dropped 90 rubber duck toys through holes in a Greenland glacier, trying to track how the Arctic icecap is melting.


Disney Channel to Bring Maker Studios’ YouTube Stars to TV
Maker Studios
, the large YouTube multichannel network acquired by Disney, is working with corporate cable cousins Disney Channel and Disney XD to produce TV specials featuring digital talent. In the U.S., Disney Channel and Disney XD have each committed to an original Maker-branded half-hour special, with additional opportunities in development with Disney Channels Worldwide.

(nycc) Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’: See the First Photo of the Man Without Fear
Charlie Cox
plays blind lawyer Matthew Murdock. The photos were unveiled at New York Comic Con.

(nycc) The First Agent Carter Footage Features Howard Stark
The Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D episode set to air this coming Tuesday was screened after a brief introduction from Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Director Coulson himself, Clark Gregg. When that was complete, there was one additional surprise – the first footage from the upcoming Agent Carter series! Agent Carter just went into production this week, so it’s particularly impressive that they were able to bring the sequence to show fans.


‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Jesse Williams Joins Latest Round of Ferguson Protests
“Grey’s Anatomy”
actor Jesse Williams joined thousands of protesters Saturday as they marched 12 miles from Ferguson, Missouri, to St. Louis, demanding the police officer who killed unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown be charged with a crime.


Universal Building $3.3 Billion Theme Park in China
Universal Parks and Resorts
announced Monday it will build a $3.3 billion theme park in Bejing, China, marking the company’s fifth and largest property to date. After years of negotiations and planning, the Chinese Government formally approved the project that will be built on 300 acres initially, with plans to expand to 1,000 acres in the future. It will include a Universal CityWalk entertainment zone and a Universal-themed resort hotel.

FiveThirtyEight: Comic Books Are Still Made By Men, For Men And About Men
The people who write comic books, particularly for major publishers, are overwhelmingly men. The artists who draw them are, too. The characters within them are also disproportionately men, as are the new characters introduced each year. The big two comic publishers, DC Comics and Marvel, have taken note of this disparity and are trying to diversify their offerings. But these recent advancements don’t make up for the fact that women have been ignored in comic books for decades. And they still don’t bring women anywhere close to parity: Females make up about one in four comic book characters.