Morning News Update for Thursday, January 22, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Thursday, January 22, 2015:


‘Broken Monsters’ Acquired By Endemol’s Additional Dialogue For Drama Series
Endemol Studios’
scripted pod Additional Dialogue has made its first book acquisition, picking up rights to Lauren Beukes’ supernatural suspenser Broken Monsters to develop as a drama series. The novel follows Detective Gabriella Versado, also the single mom of a 15-year-old daughter, as she tracks a murderer who mutilates victims in bizarre and alarming ways. Her investigation winds through present-day Detroit — from police precincts to the underground art scene to the Internet-driven secret lives of teenage girls. A teenager, a homeless man and an upstart journalist also play a role in the hunt for the disturbing and possibly otherworldly serial killer.

‘Law & Order’ Scribe René Balcer Sets Arctic Mystery Drama At CBC
René Balcer
has set up The Council, a one-hour international thriller woven around a murder in a remote Canadian Arctic town, with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The Council will be produced by Lark Productions and NBCUniversal International, in partnership with Keston International Productions. The series follows an investigation that begins with a ritualistic killing in an isolated Arctic outpost but grows to expose an international conspiracy to control the vast natural resources of the Arctic.

(review) Variety: ‘Sons of Liberty’
The founding fathers receive the “Vikings” treatment in “Sons of Liberty,” a six-hour miniseries that History channel will air over successive nights. Although generally interesting and handsomely done, the program isn’t without its excesses, and some of the liberties taken here, creatively and historically, have little to do with the price of tea.

(review) Hitfix: FOX’s ‘Backstrom’ the latest attempt at ‘House, PD’
There are times when "Backstrom" comes very close to feeling like a functional light-hearted mystery series. But then Backstrom wanders into frame, puffing on his cigar and tossing around some creaky insult, and the fun goes away in a hurry.

(video) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Puts the ‘Cult’ in ‘Culture Shock’
Created by 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and releasing 13 episodes on March 6.


Melissa Benoist Cast as CBS’ ‘Supergirl’
has found its “Supergirl” in “Glee” alum Melissa Benoist.

Nadia Hilker & Amber Clayton Land Female Leads In TNT Drama Pilot ‘Breed’
Nadia Hilker
(Spring) and Amber Clayton (St. Vincent) are set as the female leads in TNT’s drama pilot Breed from writer/novelist John Scott Shepherd, director Scott Winant (Fargo) and producer Nicky Weinstock.Breed tells the wild and chilling story of a series of brutal murders in the Pacific Northwest and the mysterious race of creatures who may be committing them.


Buzzfeed: The Most Highly Anticipated Films At The 2015 Sundance Film Festival
There are all kinds of movies for all kinds of people at this year’s premier Park City-set independent film fest. Here they are, grouped by recurring themes.


(sched) Docudrama Series ‘Moment of Truth’ to Air Saturdays on ABC Beginning March 7
What key decisions did they make to save their lives? “Moment of Truth,” when it is between life and death – and life wins, premieres on FRIDAY, MARCH 6 (9:00–11:00 p.m., ET) and then moves to its regular timeslot on SATURDAY, MARCH 7 (9:00–11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Animal Planet Orders ‘Insane Pools’ Series
The six-episode series from Fishbowl Worldwide Media follows award-winning pool designer Lucas Congdon as he turns regular homes into exotic waterfront properties through grand, nature-inspired designs.

Rosie Perez Will Return to The View After All
Despite rumors of her firing, Rosie Perez will return to co-host The View on Feb. 3.

Brian Neal Inks First Look Deal With ITV Studios America
Producer and director Brian Neal has signed a first look deal with ITV Studios America. Under the pact, Neal — who has been behind projects for National Geographic, Discovery, MTV, TLC and Animal Planet, including “Alaska Gold Diggers” and “The Buried Life” — will create, develop and produce projects for ITV through his Thought Pirates production banner.


You can watch Amazon’s ‘Transparent’ for free this Saturday
Amazon will make all 10 episodes of its original series Transparent free to watch this Saturday, the company has announced. Besides making Transparent free, Amazon will also offer Amazon Prime at a discounted price of $72 a year, with both offers being available only on Saturday, Jan. 24. The standard price for Amazon Prime is $99 a year; the modified price honors the Globes’ 72nd year.


Carnival poaches ABC drama exec
Downton Abbey prodco Carnival Films has poached a development executive from US broadcast network ABC. Alex Sapot is relocating from ABC’s LA office to London to become a development producer at the NBCUniversal International Television Production-owned Carnival. At Carnival, she will work alongside development producers Phil Temple and Tara Cook to create, develop, sell and produce Carnival’s slate of UK and international dramas. She will report to Carnival founder and managing director Gareth Neame.


Atlantic: The Surprising Amount of Time Kids Spend Looking at Screens
Close to half—46 percent—of all third-grade boys, on average, use screens for more than two hours per day, and that usage increases to 70 percent of boys on average by the time they reach ninth grade. Fewer third-grade girls—43 percent—use screens compared with their male counterparts, but that rate jumps to surpass boys’ average usage in ninth grade, to more than 90 percent of girls.

(comics) Vox: Image’s comic books are insane. That’s why people can’t stop reading them.
The best comic books aren’t coming from Marvel or DC. They’re coming from a company called Image. Those comic books are called The Wicked + The Divine, Saga, East of West, Bitch Planet, Chew, Rat Queens, Sex Criminals, and Pretty Deadly. They dominated 2014’s "best comics" lists. They told stories of gods as pop stars, sci-fi Westerns, people who can stop time with their orgasms, and melodramatic space operas filled with both magic and Shakespeare — stuff you wouldn’t find anywhere else.