Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Tuesday, 10/14/14:
‘The Illusionist’ Series Based On Movie In Works At the CW
The CW is developing another period drama with roots in Western Europe –The Illusionist, based on the 2006 movie starring Ed Norton. The project comes from Yari Film Group, Electus and CBS TV Studios, with Bob Yari and Electus’ Ben Silverman executive producing. Written by Mark Hudis, the CW adaptation will take place in turn of the century New York. It centers on a renowned illusionist who returns home from a decade in prison to find his wife married to the ruthless crime boss who framed him. Posing as an underling in the crime boss’s own organization, the illusionist uses cunning magic to pull off elaborate heists, rising quickly through the organization in order to take down the boss from the inside and win back his one true love.
Comedy Inspired By Openly Gay Soccer Player Robbie Rogers Lands At ABC
ABC has closed a deal for Men In Shorts, a single-camera comedy inspired by the life of professional soccer player Robbie Rogers, who became the first openly gay man to compete in a top North American professional sports league. The project hails from writer Claudia Lonow and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Written by Lonow, who serves as showrunner, and Jordon Nardino, Men In Shorts centers on a young pro soccer player who takes one small step out of the closet and one giant leap into the spotlight.
Marc Cherry & Neal Baer Team For Prep School Spy Drama At the CW
Marc Cherry has partnered with Neal Baer for an action-adventure mystery drama project, Cheerleader Death Squad, which has been set up at the CW through CBS TV Studios, where Baer has an overall deal. Cherry and Baer will co-write the script with Dan Truly, and the trio will executive produce alongside Cherry’s partner in Cherry/Wind productions, Sabrina Wind. Described as “Heathers meets Alias“, Cheerleader Death Squad centers on a disgraced CIA agent-turned-teacher at an elite Washington D.C. prep school. When he realizes that his students have high-level access through personal connections, he trains a select few to be his eyes and ears into the world of international espionage and help him earn his way back into the agency.
Ed Helms Producing CBS Sibling Comedy
CBS has put in development a multi-camera comedy from Ed Helms’ Pacific Electric company and Universal TV, where the company has a first-look deal. It will be written by Mike Arnold. The untitled CBS project centers on Steve Kurtz who, back from (technically, escorted out of) Japan, moves in with his recently divorced sister and takes over after-school parenting duties for her twins, bringing his uninhibited and proudly eccentric lifestyle to bear in teaching them life lessons everyone should know, and many that you shouldn’t.
Steve McQueen Drama Lands HBO Pilot Order, Casts Its Star
HBO is moving forward with its Steve McQueen drama. The premium cable network has handed out a pilot order to Codes of Conduct and tapped newcomer Devon Terrell to star. Codes of Conduct is described as a provocative exploration of a young African-American man’s experience entering New York high society, with a past that may not be what it seems. Terrell will star as Beverly Snow, a young man from Queens who is as talented as he is ambiguous. His self-confidence enables him to break into the social circles of Manhattan’s elite, testing the boundaries of access and social mobility.
‘True Detective’ Is in Danger of Missing Its Summer Premiere
True Detective’s Season 2 looming shadow grows. The early word from HBO and producers has been that True Detective will come some time next summer. But the year-and-a-half turnaround for True Detective is already in jeopardy. At this rate, Season 2 will have a tough time hitting its "next summer" goal, even if shooting started today.
Mena Suvari To Topline WE TV Thriller Drama Series ‘South Of Hell’ From Jason Blum & Eli Roth
Mena Suvari is finalizing a deal to play the lead in WE tv‘s second original scripted series, thriller drama South Of Hell from Sonar Entertainment and Blumhouse Television. The show, which has an eight-episode straight-to-series order for a 2015 premiere, comes from top horror producers Jason Blum and Eli Roth, in their first pairing. A supernatural thriller set in South Carolina, South Of Hell focuses on Maria Abascal (Suvari), a stunning demon-hunter-for-hire whose power stems from within. Like those she hunts, Maria is divided within herself, struggling with her own demon, Abigail, who resides inside of her, feeding on the evil Maria exorcises from others.
Marshall Allman To Star In ‘Ken Jeong Made Me Do It’ For MTV, Two Others Cast
Marshall Allman has landed the co-lead opposite Ken Jeong in MTV’s comedy pilot presentation Ken Jeong Made Me Do It. Also cast in the project, directed by Peter Segal, are Bonnie Dennison and Justin Hires.
‘New Girl’ Books ‘Girls’ Actress for Recurring Role
Greta Lee will appear in at least three episodes.
‘The Goldbergs’ Taps ‘Suburgatory’ Alum to Romance Barry
Allie Grant returns to ABC’s Wednesday comedy block.
Sam Raimi In Talks To Direct Matthew Quick Novel ‘Love May Fail’ At Sony
Sam Raimi is in talks to direct Love May Fail, a novel by Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick that Mike White has adapted. Matt Tolmach is producing. Elizabeth Cantillon is the exec producer. In Quick’s novel, a woman who is coming off a demoralizing ending to her marriage to a cheating husband returns to her hometown determined to clear the name of her favorite English teacher, whose career was ended forcibly after a classroom scandal.
Nielsen Recount Strips ABC News of Win Over NBC News
Instead of toppling NBC’s evening newscast during the week of Sept. 29 for the first time in over 260 weeks, which ABC was able to claim two weeks ago, it turns out NBC News actually won that week too, in terms of overall news audience.
Taylor Swift to Shut Down Hollywood Blvd. for ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ Performance
The 24-year-old singer will close down Hollywood Boulevard on Thursday, Oct. 23, for a special outdoor concert performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Swift will also be panel guest on the ABC late-night show. She’ll also perform on ‘Good Morning America’ and appear on ‘The View’
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Disney’s Maker Studios Expands Deal with Morgan Spurlock
Maker Studios, the Disney-owned YouTube multichannel network, has greenlit two new series from documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets production company. The two series — each comprising 12 five-minute episodes — are: “Spark,” covering inventors and entrepreneurs and their dealings with altruistic venture capitalists; and “Everything Must Go,” an irreverent look at the world of advertising and marketing.
(mipcom) Frank Spotnitz To Executive Produce Hostage Drama Series ‘Ransom’ For eOne, Shaw & TF1
Entertainment One Television has teamed with Shaw Media in Canada and TF1 in France to develop and produce hostage-negotiator drama Ransom. Frank Spotnitz co-created the series with David Vainola, who will serve as an executive producer. Spotnitz also is exec producing the series that’s based on the life experiences of crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert. Combalbert is one of the world’s most successful private negotiators. In the series, his character will be teamed with a feisty lawyer, a computer hacker and a therapist traveling the globe to defuse international crises — from hostage negotiations to kidnappings.
(ratings) (animated) ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Premiere Sets Ratings Record for Disney XD
With 1.03 million total viewers, the “Star Wars Rebels” premiere becomes the top animated series debut in Disney XD history
Marvel wants to give us the next Hunger Games
At New York Comic Con this week, Marvel announced one of its savviest moves in years: the company known for pumping out superheroes and now space operas has it sights set on the Young Adult novel business. The company has commissioned Margaret Stohl, one of the co-authors of the very successful Beautiful Creatures series, to write a Black Widow young adult novel due out in Fall 2015.
FastCo: How One Casting Director Made Television More Diverse
This fall, ABC launched an unprecedented four prime-time series with nonwhite leads, adding to an already diverse lineup that includes Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, and Scandal. Keli Lee explains how she did it.
CW EVP & General Counsel Joins Greenberg Traurig
Twenty-one years after starting at The WB, John Maatta has joined Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Entertainment and Media Practices.