Afternoon News Update for Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your afternoon news update for Tuesday, March 24, 2015:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

ABC Family Picks Up Single-Camera Comedy ‘Kevin From Work’ To Series
ABC Family
is officially shifting comedy course with a 10-episode series order to single-camera workplace pilot Kevin From Work, from creator Barbie Adler, producer Aaron Kaplan and director McG. ABCF built its original comedy brand on multi-camera sitcoms. The network’s EVP Programming and Development Karey Burke signaled a change in direction, handing out the first pilot orders after joining the cable network to two single-camera half-hour projects, Kevin From Work and Tough Cookie.
http://deadline.com/2015/03/kevin-from-work-series-abc-family-single-camera-pickup-1201397816/

‘Billions’ Financial Drama Starring Paul Giamatti & Damian Lewis Gets Showtime Series OrderDamian Lewisis returning to Showtime’s series lineup with a new drama, Billions.The pay cable network has picked up the Billions pilot, toplined by Lewis and Paul Gianatti, to series with a 12-episode order. Described as a complex contemporary drama about power politics in the New York world of high finance, Billions is written and executive produced by screenwriters Brian Koppelman and David Levien, who will serve as showrunners.
http://deadline.com/2015/03/billions-series-paul-giamatti-damian-lewis-showtime-pickup-1201397757/

Producer Rachel Winter Inks First-Look Deal With A+E Studios
Rachel Winter
, the Oscar-nominated producer of Dallas Buyers Club, has signed a first-look TV development and producing deal with A+E Studios. Under the pact, Winter will develop, create and produce quality original programming for the A+E portfolio of networks including A&E, Lifetime and History, as well as outside networks.
http://deadline.com/2015/03/rachel-winter-first-look-deal-producing-ae-studios-1201397803/

Producer-Director Arthur Forney Signs New Overall Deal With Wolf Films & Uni TV
Arthur Forney, has closed a new overall deal with Dick Wolf’s production company and Universal TV. Under the pact, Forney will continue as a co-executive producer and director for all of Wolf Films/Uni TV NBC series, including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D.
http://deadline.com/2015/03/arthur-forney-overall-deal-wolf-films-universal-tv-dick-wolf-1201397829/

CASTING NEWS:

‘Preacher’ Casts Joseph Gilgun As Cassidy
Joseph Gilgun
has joined the drama pilot based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s cult 1990s comic.
http://deadline.com/2015/03/preacher-cast-joseph-gilgun-cassidy-comic-1201397867/

Frances Conroy, Nyasha Hatendi Join Jason Reitman’s Hulu Comedy Series ‘Casual’
Frances Conroy and Nyasha Hatendi are set as series regulars in Hulu’s single-camera comedy series Casual, executive produced by Jason Reitman.
http://deadline.com/2015/03/frances-conroy-nyasha-hatendi-cast-jason-reitman-hulu-comedy-series-casual-1201397424/

FEATURE NEWS:

AwesomenessTV, Film 360 to Produce Black List Screenplay ‘Shovel Buddies’
Written by Jason Hellerman, the film tells the story of four teenage friends who try to complete a bucket list left by their late friend in only 24 hours.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/awesomenesstv-film-360-produce-black-784038

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

‘Leah Remini: It’s All Relative’ Renewed for Second Season by TLC
TLC
announces it has ordered a second season of its hit series LEAH REMINI: IT’S ALL RELATIVE.
http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2015/03/24/leah-remini-its-all-relative-renewed-for-second-season-by-tlc/379248/

Gene Simmons’ Family Reality Show ‘Shannon & Sophie’ Acquired by UP
The KISS frontman and his family will make their debut on the network, which is dedicated to uplifting viewers, on April 16, with the U.S. premiere of the docuseries “Shannon & Sophie,” which has been acquired by UP.
http://www.thewrap.com/gene-simmons-family-reality-show-shannon-sophie-acquired-by-up/

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