Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Monday, November 3, 2014:
Jerrod Carmichael Comedy Ordered to Pilot at NBC
Following months of retooling, NBC is moving forward with its Jerrod Carmichael comedy. The network has handed out a pilot order to the untitled comedy based on the comedian’s stand-up. From Universal Television, the multicamera comedy is inspired by Carmichael’s comedy as well as his relationships with his girlfriend and family. Nick Stoller and Carmichael will pen the script and exec produce the comedy alongside Ravi Nandan.
Fox Buys Martial Arts Drama From Robert Munic & Chris Morgan
Fox has put in development a martial arts buddy procedural from Robert Munic and Chris Morgan. Munic will be writing the untitled new project, about two estranged brothers, one a former Marine turned Shaolin master, and the other, a showboating, all-swagger Chicago cop, who come together in their hometown to form an unlikely law enforcement partnership. Munic and Morgan executive produce for Chris Morgan Productions and 20th Century Fox TV where Morgan’s company is based.
Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter returning to ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’
Marvel announced that Hayley Atwell will reprise her role as agent Carter in the Nov. 18th episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The episode, titled “The Things We Bury,” will largely revolve around a S.H.I.E.L.D./Hydra showdown, while Ward kidnaps his senator brother, Christian Ward, to revisit the pair’s past.
(ratings) ‘The Walking Dead’ Ratings Top ‘Sunday Night Football’ Again
The blockbuster AMC series has once again scored over the usually unbeatable Sunday Night Football from NBC and the NFL. Among adults 18-49, the zombie apocalypse show got a 7.6 rating. That’s a very strong 24% better than the 6.1 that SNF‘s Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens 43-23 game pulled in.
Christa B. Allen Joins ABC Family’s ‘Baby Daddy’; Christian Oliver Cast In Netflix’s ‘Sense 8′
Christa B. Allen will recur on Season 4 of ABC Family’s Baby Daddy. Allen, who co-stars on ABC’s Revenge, will play Robyn, a funny, smart, athletic, corporate attorney who works at the law firm with Riley (Chelsea Kane). Christian Oliver has joined the cast of the Netflix drama Sense 8, created by the Wachowskis.
Rosie O’Donnell to Return to ‘The Fosters’
Rosie O’Donnell will return to guest star on additional episodes of ABC Family’s “The Fosters,” the network announced Monday. O’Donnell will maintain her role of Rita Hendricks from the first season in two upcoming episodes of the show’s second season.
Julia Stiles to appear on ‘The Mindy Project’ as Morgan’s love interest
Julia Stiles has landed a guest arc on The Mindy Project. She will play a friend of Danny’s (Chris Messina) who is a recovering hoarder. She will also be a love interest for Morgan (Ike Barinholtz).
‘Black Hawk Down’s Ken Nolan Sells Spy Saga To Fox In Big Buck Spec Deal
In a high-six against seven-figure deal, Fox has acquired Defection, a spec script by Ken Nolan that is based on a Robert Littell Cold War novel redrafted to have a topical edge. Hutch Parker will produce and Dan Wilson will be executive producer. They developed the spec with Nolan, who has made some of the biggest script deals in town over the past few years. This one is timely: a mid-level intelligence contractor defects to North Korea and takes a mysterious bag with him. In the immediate aftermath of the bungled Edward Snowden situation, the CIA is determined to avoid a repeat and brings in a somewhat washed up case officer trained during the Cold War who is an expert in defections.
(rumor) IGN: Agent Carter Confirmed for Ant-Man
As previously rumored, Agent Peggy Carter, a supporting character from the Captain America films with her own new spinoff TV series, will appear in the upcoming Ant-Man film. A call went out for stand-ins and body doubles for Hayley Atwell, the actress who plays Peggy Carter.
Discovery Life Channel Orders Docu-Series About Transgender Women
The first original series ordered by the nascent Discovery Life Channel will revolve around a group of transgendered friends living in Kansas City, Mo. “Those Girls” will follow four pairs of couples and friends as they navigate the hurdles of transitioning as transgender. Discovery Life will debut on Jan. 15 as a makeover of the channel that is now Discovery Fit and Health.
ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight Launches Studio for 2014 Midterm Elections
Nate Silver and other FiveThirtyEight politics wonks will be holed up in a new, dedicated studio set located within ESPN’s New York newsroom on election night to feed updates both online and on-air to ABC News. On Nov. 4, the studio will serve as home base for FiveThirtyEight founder and editor-in-chief Nate Silver and senior political writer and analyst Harry Enten along with the rest of the site’s staff. The team will be live-blogging throughout the night at FiveThirtyEight.com and appearing across ABC News’ election day coverage on air and online.
Friars Club to Roast Terry Bradshaw for ESPN2 during Super Bowl week, January 2015
The Friars Club announced today that it’ll roast Terry Bradshaw for its first sports-themed Friars Club Roast on ESPN2. The Friars Club Roast of Terry Bradshaw will happen Jan. 29, 2015, at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, and air as an hourlong Super Bowl Week special the following night on ESPN2.
Kent Rees Named Pivot General Manager, President Evan Shapiro Exits
There is a change at the top of Participant Media’s Pivot network. Kent Rees, EVP Marketing, has been named general manager, reporting to Participant Media CEO Jim Berk. Pivot president Evan Shapiro is leaving. I hear Shapiro, former president of IFC TV and Sundance Channel, is considering several other opportunities and will announce plans in the coming weeks.
Cyndi McClellan to Exit as E! President of Strategy
Cyndi McClellan is exiting her post as president of network strategy for E! Entertainment and E! News after 12 years with the cabler.
(podcast) Vox: The mystery on new podcast Serial would be much less mysterious with smartphones
The first few episodes of Serial, a new spinoff podcast from the creators of the beloved radio broadcast This American Life, hooks fans with the same aesthetic and poise that make its predecessor a cultural mainstay. Serial is dedicated to unravelling a single, overarching plot over the course of many episodes. It feels more akin to the high production value dramas now popular on cable television than an NPR broadcast, especially since the first story investigates the suspicious murder of a Maryland teenager.
Chevy Responds To Meme Mocking World Series MVP Presentation Flub Exactly The Right Way
If you’re even a casual baseball fan, you probably watched some part of the game 7 World Series final the other night. If you stuck around for the presentation of the MVP trophy to pitcher Madison Bamgarner, you witnessed local Chevy guy, Rikk Wilde, attempt to give the sponsored trophy away. It did not go well. In particular, Wilde’s attempt to sell the world on the sweetness of Chevy vehicles due to the inclusion of "technology…and stuff" was instantly transformed into the meme du jour. Instead of freaking out, Chevy decided to full on embrace the whole thing.
Lincoln Sales Surge After Matthew McConaughey Ad Campaign
The company reports its strongest October sales since 2007, led by a surge in demand for the MKC model featured in TV spots starring the actor and parodied by Ellen, Conan and ‘SNL’