Evening News Update for Friday, March 13, 2015.

Hi al! Here’s your evening news update for Friday, March 13, 2015:


‘Law & Order: SVU’ Showrunner Warren Leight Sets Overall Deal with Sony TV
Sony Pictures Television
has added another heavy-hitter showrunner to its roster with a overall deal set with “Law & Order: SVU” exec producer Warren Leight. The hefty three-year pact calls for Leight to develop new projects exclusively for the studio. But the deal also allows Leight to continue as showrunner on “SVU” for the coming 2015-16 season.

Ben Queen Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV
Ben Queen
, the creator, executive producer and showrunner of A To Z, has signed an overall deal withWarner Bros. TV, the studio behind the freshman comedy series, which aired on NBC earlier this season. The two-year deal is for development only, with Queen developing his own scripts and supervising projects from other writers.

Hart of Dixie Cancelled? Recent Tweets Indicate Season 4 Will Be Its Last
Might Hart of Dixie‘s upcoming Season 4 finale be its series finale instead? A flurry of speculation around the fate of the CW series has begun on social media, following a few curious tweets sent by those involved with the show.

(review) THR: ‘One Big Happy’
Performances triumph over plot in this undistinguished network comedy from executive producer Ellen DeGeneres.


Marcia Gay Harden Takes Over The Lead In ‘Code Black’, Bonnie Somerville Cast
There is a major casting change on the CBSmedical drama pilot Code Black.Marcia Gay Harden, originally cast in the co-starring role of Christa, will now play the lead, Leanne. Bonnie Somerville has been tapped to replace Harden as Christa. http://deadline.com/2015/03/marcia-gay-harden-star-code-black-pilot-bonnie-sommerville-recasting-cbs-1201392452/

Joe Manganiello Exiting Ryan Murphy’s ‘Scream Queens,’ ‘Nashville’s’ Oliver Hudson In
Joe Manganiello
has dropped out of Fox’s “Scream Queens.” As he exits, “Nashville” star Oliver Hudson has been cast in a lead male role.

Majandra Delfino To Star In ABC Molyneux Comedy Pilot
Majandra Delfino
is set as the female lead opposite James Roday in ABC‘s untitled Molyneux comedy pilot (aka The Brainy Bunch), from Imagine TV and 20th TV.

Chris Johnson Joins ABC’s ‘Runner’; Fox & CBS Pilots Add Cast
Chris Johnson has booked a series regular role opposite Adam Rodriguez and Paula Patton in ABC’s drama pilotRunner.Chaz Lamar Shepherd is set as a series regular opposite Kevin Connolly and Vanessa Williams on Fox’s multi-camera/hybrid pilot Fantasy Life. Morgan Krantz has booked a series regular role on The Half Of It, CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilot.

HBO Pilot ‘The Devil You Know’: Ever Carradine & Damien Molony Among Additions
drama pilot The Devil You Know (working title), co-written by Orange Is The New Black creator Jenji Kohan, Bruce Miller and Tracy Miller, is building out its cast. Joining previously announced Eddie Izzard, Nadia Alexander and Ismenia Mendes in series regular roles are Ever Carradine, Damien Molony, Julian Rhind Tutt, Matthew James Thomas, Nigel Lindsay, Ewen Bremner, Karen Gillan, Hannah Nordberg, Naian Gonzalez Norvind and Zawe Ashton.

Jamie Kennedy Joins NBC Drama Pilot ‘Heart Matters’; Rachel Boston In CBS’ ‘For Justice’
Jamie Kennedy has landed a lead role in NBC’s drama pilot Heart Matters. Witches Of East End alum Rachel Boston is set as a series regular in CBS’ civil rights crime drama pilot For Justice.

It’s Official: Oprah and Common Are Coming to Empire
Fox’s Empirewill only get bigger in Season 2. Speaking to Access Hollywood at an Empire screening, Lee Daniels confirmed that Winfrey will be on the show. Daniels also said the he was writing a role for rapper/actor Common after Common recently expressed interest in joining Empire.

Jaime Pressly Upped to Series Regular on CBS’s ‘Mom’
My Name Is Earl” alum Jaime Pressly has joined the cast of the CBS sitcom as a regular, starting with its upcoming third season, the network said Friday.


Josh Gad Headed to Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Live-Action Film
Josh Gad
is currently in negotiations to star in Disney’s live action “Beauty and the Beast.”



Hulu, Amazon, and Yahoo reportedly locked in bidding war to stream Seinfeld

Seinfeldis close to joining a major streaming service. The only question is which one it’ll be. Hulu, Amazon, and Yahoo are said to be vying for rights for the classic NBC sitcom.


Clint Kisker Joins Legendary as Exec VP Business Development
The exec, who will lead acquisition and development activities in digital media and tech, previously served as CEO of One Media.


(video) Ted: Linda Hill: How to manage for collective creativity
What’s the secret to unlocking the creativity hidden inside your daily work, and giving every great idea a chance? Harvard professor Linda Hill, co-author of "Collective Genius," has studied some of the world’s most creative companies (Pixar, Google) to come up with a set of tools and tactics to keep great ideas flowing — from everyone in the company, not just the designated "creatives."

Warner Bros. Television Brings Screenings of ‘Gotham’, ‘The Flash’, ‘iZombie’ & More to WonderCon 2015
Warner Bros. Television
hops into Anaheim for another exciting weekend at WonderCon.