Hi all! Here’s your evening news update for Thursday, October 30, 2014:
CBS Buys Dan Kopelman Guy Comedy
CBS has put in development a comedy written by Dan Kopelman, which he is executive producing with Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment for Warner Bros. TV. The untitled multi-camera project revolves around four best friends from college who are still living together as bachelors 10 years after graduation.
The Mark Gordon Co. has added two more comedy projects, at ABC and NBC, to its growing roster of pilot development this cycle. The latest additions are “Unfunctional” at ABC and an untitled entry from writers Heidi Niedermeyer and Elena Crevello at NBC. Both will be produced through Mark Gordon Co.’s deal at ABC Studios.
“Unfunctional,” based on the life of writer and director Nat Saunders, follows a man trying to repair his relationship with his dysfunctional family while trying to move forward in his personal life at the same time. Saunders and Chris Hayward will write the script.
Sold to NBC, the untitled Niedermeyer-Crevello project is an ensemble comedy centered around two best friends living together – a contemporary “Laverne and Shirley.” The pilot will be written by actresses Niedermeyer and Crevello.
Fox to Adapt ‘Zoobiquity’ for TV With ‘Bones’ Team
Fox is adapting New York Times best-seller Zoobiquity for the small screen. The network has committed to a script with penalty for the TV version of the 2013 non-fiction book written by Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers, teaming with Bones executive producers Stephen Nathan and Jon Collier. Zoobiquity is a medical drama following a dynamic group of doctors helping treat patients by searching for correlation in an unexpected place — the animal kingdom. Nathan will write the pilot script with Collier.
Produced by 20th Television.
FX Developing Sci-Fi Comedy From ‘Super Fun Night’ Trio
FX has put in developmentDaedalus 6, a science fiction comedy set in the distant future written by Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit . The two are executive producing with Michael Showalter and Jonathan Stern of Abominable Pictures. http://deadline.com/2014/10/fx-sci-fi-comedy-super-fun-night-trio-1201267386/
AMC Lands Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston Limited Series ‘Night Manager’
The limited series based on the John le Carre book will mark a return to the mini format that kicked off the cabler’s scripted efforts.
Jason Reitman Comedy Lands Straight-to-Series Order at Hulu
Hulu has handed out a 10-episode straight-to-series order for the Jason Reitman-produced comedy Casual. Casual revolves around a dysfunctional family with a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister. Together, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating (online and off), while living under one roof again and raising a teenager. Zander Lehmann is on board to pen the series, which hails from Lionsgate Television.
Kevin Reilly Back In Talks For Top Turner Post
The Turner–Kevin Reilly on-again off-again courtship is back on. Soon after Turner Broadcasting toppers broke off negotiations with former Fox chairman Kevin Reilly two weeks ago, the two sides restarted conversations. I hear that Turner Broadcasting president David Levy’s string of meetings with prospective candidates to succeed Steve Koonin last week included a sit-down with Reilly. There hasn’t been anyone else to emerge as a serious alternative for the post in the past two weeks, though there had been a few names thrown in the mix, including former NBC chief Jeff Gaspin.
Zoe Lister-Jones Inks Deal With 20th Century Fox TV
20th Century Fox TV is holding on toFriends With Better Lives co-star Zoe Lister-Jones in a major way. The studio has signed the indie movie actress-screenwriter in a deal that includes a substantial talent hold with a premium script commitment for her and her writing/producing partner Daryl Wein to develop a project for Lister-Jones to star and Wein to direct.
WE tv Cancels ‘The Divide’ After One Season
WE tv is not bringing back The Divide. The one-hour drama, from creators Tony Goldwyn and Richard LaGravenese, will not be getting a second season from the AMC Networks-owned cable channel.
(sched) ABC to Run ‘Modern Family’ Repeats on Tuesdays at 8:30PM Starting November 11
Last week, ABC canceled Manhattan Love Story and slotted a second episode of Selfie on Tuesday at 8:30PM. While there will indeed be two episodes of Selfie airing on November 4, starting November 11 , Modern Family repeats will air at 8:30PM.
Salon: The limits of buzz: How DC comics is winning its war with Marvel — on television
Marvel’s movies get talked about, but DC’s shows are cultivating fans. Why is DC — the older company whose model is lagging behind Marvel’s — better at television?
Adam Rodriguez Joins ‘The Night Shift’ As Recurring
Adam Rodriguez has booked a major recurring role on NBC drama series The Night Shift. Rodriguez is set for a minimum of five episodes in Season 2, which begins production November 10 in Albuquerque, NM.
Red Band Society Casts Hustle Alum Adrian Lester
Is Red Band Society‘s Nurse Jackson (Octavia Spencer) about to find an outlet for her job stress? Adrian Lester has been cast in the recurring role of Dr. Lawrence Naday.
True Detective Adds Abigail Spencer, Michael Irby and Others for Season 2
With three of its four leads in place (and the fourth said to be near a deal), HBO’s True Detective has moved on to casting some heavily recurring roles for Season 2. As previously reported, Vince Vaughn will play Frank Semyon, a career criminal struggling to move into legitimate enterprise, and Colin Farrell will play Ray Velcoro, a police detective with torn allegiances. Taylor Kitsch is said to be playing a detective, while Rachel McAdams is rumored to be circling the fourth and final lead role, as another detective. In addition, all said to be near deals are Abigail Spencer, Kelly Reilly, Michael Irby and Leven Rambin.
‘Elementary’s Lucy Liu To Star In Human Smuggling Drama ‘Snakehead’
Lucy Liu has been set to star in Snakehead, a New York-set drama about the international underworld of human smuggling. Pic will be directed by Evan Jackson Leong, who helmed the hoops docu Linsanity, and the film will be financed and produced by 408 Films in partnership with Arowana Films.
Eva Longoria & Lily Collins Rev Up For Low Riders Movie
Eva Longoria and Lily Collins are in talks to star opposite Demian Bichir in the untitled Low Riders movie for Universal Pictures, Blumhouse and Imagine Entertainment. Bichir was already tapped to play the lead in the pic, which takes place in the East LA world of lowrider cars and street tagging. Ricardo de Montreuil is on board to direct the script, written by Josh Bierne-Gordon and Justin Tipping.
Joel McHale Extends E! Deal Through 2016
He’ll remain as host of ‘The Soup’ and also continue his production deal with the network.
‘The Meredith Viera Show’ Renewed for Season Two on NBC-Owned Stations
NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution announced today that the new nationally syndicated daytime program, “The Meredith Vieira Show” has been renewed on the NBC Owned Television Stations for its second season.
‘The View’ to Be Run by ABC News as It Adjusts to Life Without Walters
The move comes as the show has shaken up its roster of hosts and faces strong competition from “The Talk” on CBS.
Stacey Snider to be named co-chair of 20th Century Fox
Stacey Snider is expected to be named co-chair of 20th Century Fox. Snider, currently co-chair and chief executive of Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios, will serve as 20th Century Fox’s No. 2 executive under Jim Gianopulos. Fox is expected to make the announcement soon.
(feature) NYT: Peter Chernin: A Solo Success in Hollywood, Where Many Fizzle
While many former studio heads fail when striking out on their own, Mr. Chernin has found success as an independent producer, with seven hits in a row.
Kelly Kulchak Named Head Of Current Programming For DreamWorks Animation TV
Kelly Kulchak has been named head of current programming at the TV division of DreamWorks Animation. In the newly created post, Kulchak will supervise the day-to-day production of all series, which totals nearly 1,200 episodes of original animated television content.
(video) Issa Rae Explains Her Comedy Mission in ‘NYT’ Web Series ‘Off Color’
Here’s another installment of NYT’s new web series Off Color highlighting Issa Rae, the creator and star of The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl who channeled her frustrations with the lack of black characters on television into creating and producing more of the content she wants to see in the mainstream.