Evening News Update for Thursday, 3/20/14.

SCRIPTED NEWS:

HBO Eyes Return Of Michael Patrick King/Lisa Kudrow Comedy ‘The Comeback’
HBO‘s The Comeback
is eyeing a comeback. I’ve learned that HBO is in discussions with the series creators/executive producers Michael Patrick King, who also served as director, and Lisa Kudrow, who toplined the show, about doing a new installment almost a decade after the first season. I hear it is being envisioned as a limited/event series.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/comeback-lisa-kudrow-series-season-2-hbo-plan/

Hilary Winston Signs New Deal With Sony TV
Comedy writer Hilary Winston has signed a new two-year, seven-figure overall deal at Sony Pictures TV. This is Winston’s fourth consecutive overall pact at Sony TV.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/hilary-winston-signs-new-deal-with-sony-tv-2/

‘How I Met Your Mother’ Spinoff Switches Directors
Pam Fryman
, who directed the majority of “HIMYM” episodes and was slated to direct the “How I Met Your Dad” spinoff pilot, has dropped off of the project, due to a family emergency. Fryman will be replaced by Rob Greenberg.
http://www.thewrap.com/met-mother-spinoff-switches-directors/

‘Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell’ Renewed for Season 2 by Adult Swim
Adult Swim
announced today the season two pickup of the original live-action workplace comedy Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell.
http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/03/20/your-pretty-face-is-going-to-hell-renewed-for-season-2-by-adult-swim/246526/

CASTING NEWS:

Tracey Ullman to Co-Star in CBS Comedy ‘Good Session’
She’ll play the therapist in the marriage pilot starring James Roday.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tracey-ullman-star-cbs-comedy-689995

Eric André, Britt Lower & Maya Erskine Cast In FX Comedy Pilot ‘Man Seeking Woman’
Eric André
, Britt Lower and Maya Erskine are set as series regulars in FX comedy pilot Man Seeking Woman.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/eric-andre-britt-lower-maya-erskine-cast-in-fx-comedy-pilot-man-seeking-woman/

Patricia Wettig Joins CW’s ‘Identity’ Pilot
“Brothers and Sisters’” Patricia Wettig has joined the cast of the CW pilot “Identity.”
http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/patricia-wettig-joins-cws-identity-pilot-1201140746/

Shaun Evans Nabs Male Lead In Amazon Pilot ‘Cosmopolitan’; Victor Rasuk Joins Kevin Williamson Drama Pilot
Shaun Evans
is set as a male lead in Amazon comedy pilot Cosmopolitan, from Whit Stillman. Victor Rasuk has been cast as a series regular in CBS‘ untitled Kevin Williamson drama pilot, from Warner Bros TV.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/shaun-evans-nabs-male-lead-in-amazon-pilot-cosmopolitan-victor-rasuk-in-kevin-williamson-pilot/

Jeff Ross joins Kevin Hart comedy pilot for ABC
Ross
has signed on to ABC’s multi-camera untitled Kevin Hart comedy pilot. He’ll play Stu, Derek (Romany Malco)’s dorky and annoying but genuinely insightful and observant best friend.
http://www.laughspin.com/2014/03/18/jeff-ross-joins-kevin-hart-comedy-pilot-for-abc/

Patton Oswalt coming to ‘SHIELD,’ praises show
Patton Oswalt
is coming to Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. The Ratatouille and Justified actor will appear in an upcoming episode of the ABC series as Agent Eric Koenig. The character was part of Nick Fury’s team of World War II soldiers in the original Marvel comics.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/03/20/patton-oswalt-shield/

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ doc Kevin McKidd, ‘Office’ alum set for ‘Franklin & Bash’ guest spots
Grey’s Anatomy doc Kevin McKidd is checking in to Franklin & Bash. McKidd, best known for playing Dr. Owen Hunt on ABC’s veteran medical drama, has been tapped for a guest spot as a man named Albert Daugherty, who is also the Duke of Weddington.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/03/20/kevin-mckidd-creed-bratton-franklin-bash/

Amanda Righetti to Guest on Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D.
The Mentalist star Amanda Righetti has been tapped to guest-star on Chicago Fire and spin-off Chicago P.D. Righetti will play a pediatrician on both shows.

http://www.tvguide.com/News/Amanda-Righetti-Chicago-Fire-PD-1079542.aspx

FEATURE NEWS:

‘Jem and the Holograms’ to be a Jason Blum-Produced Movie
Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions
, Scooter Braun Productions and director Jon M. Chu are teaming up to make the movie, which has been fast-tracked to start production this spring. Chu, Blum and Scooter Braun announced Thursday on YouTube that they are producing a modern-day live-action reinvention of the cartoon. Ryan Landels wrote the script, which, per the producers, centers on an orphaned teenage girl who becomes an online recording sensation. She and her sisters embark on a music-driven scavenger hunt — one that sends them on an adventure across Los Angeles in an attempt to unlock a final message left by her father.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/jem-holograms-be-a-jason-689926

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

(sched) ABC to Air Original Episode of ‘Shark Tank’ on Thursday at 8PM on April 10
A new episode of Shark Tank will air on Thursday, April 10 at 8PM.
http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/03/20/abc-to-air-original-episode-of-shark-tank-on-thursday-at-8pm-on-april-10/246642/

(ratings) ‘Duck Dynasty’ Drops to 16-Month Low Ahead of Finale
The flagging reality hit drops to a new season low, averaging 4.7 million viewers and ranks below this week’s episode of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" in the key demo.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-ratings-duck-dynasty-low-690094

Mark Wahlberg’s A&E Show ‘Breaking Boston’ Yanked After 1 Episode
“Breaking Boston,”
the docudrama executive produced by the actor, has been pulled from the network after just one episode. “Boston,” about working-class women who come of age with the odds against them, premiered March 13 and was intended to have a six-episode run. It is unclear whether the remaining episodes of the series will be aired at a future time.
http://www.thewrap.com/%3Fp%3D234278/

TWDC NEWS:

How Replacing Anne Sweeney Could Reshape Disney’s TV Portfolio
While attention had been focused on who would replace Anne Sweeney atop Disney/ABC’s TV Group, observers ponder what the choice would say about Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger plans for the future of the company.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/how-replacing-anne-sweeney-could-reshape-disneys-tv-portfolio/

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

CBS TV Distribution Taps Development Chief
Syndie and cable biz vet Elaine Bauer Brooks has joined CBS TV Distribution as exec VP of development. Brooks will oversee program development for the Eye’s syndication unit under the direction of Hilary Estey McLaughlin.
http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/cbs-tv-distribution-taps-development-chief-1201140676/

Joe Gatta Exits Red Granite After Three Years As Production President
Red Granite Pictures’
president of production Joe Gatta has exited after three years at the company.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/joe-gatta-exits-red-granite-after-three-years-as-production-president/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

SSN: The Leading Reps For Up-And-Coming TV Talent
Even in the throes of success, longevity is not guaranteed, so the smartest agents and managers look ahead; sign and nurture who they feel will be the brightest breakouts of tomorrow. Pilot season is when they see just how strong some of the up-and-comers are, and today quite a few are reaping the rewards.
http://www.studiosystemnews.com/ssn-a-list-the-leading-reps-for-up-and-coming-tv-talent/