Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, October 17, 2017
ABC Buys PI Drama From Mila Kunis & ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ EP William Harper
ABC has put in development an hourlong gumshoe/family drama from Mila Kunis’ Orchard Farm Productions, Grey’s Anatomy executive producer William Harper, and ABC Studios, where Orchard Farm and Harper are under overall deals. Written by Harper, the untitled project centers on a housewife who feels invisible to her husband and shunned by her teenage daughter but finds new purpose and confidence when she becomes the indispensable protégé of the sexy private investigator who…
Nancy Drew Pilot Being Developed at NBC After Failed Attempt at CBS
Nancy Drew is (sort of) back on the case, this time at NBC. The network is developing a drama pilot about the fictional gumshoe, with Tony Phelan and Joan Rater penning the script, our sister site Deadline reports. CBS TV Studios and Dan Jinks will also produce.
The CW Buys ‘Dead Inside’ Supernatural Cop Drama Produced By Bill Lawrence
The CW has put in development Dead Inside, an hourlong drama from writer Katie Lovejoy, Warner Bros. TV and Bill Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer Productions. In Dead Inside, penned by Lovejoy, after surviving an explosion that killed her hotshot detective big brother, an underachieving beat cop starts seeing his ghost, flipping their sibling dynamic on its head and allowing her to truly live her life for the first time, as they work together to help crime victims both…
Kevin James: Donna Was Killed Off Kevin Can Wait Because ‘We Were Running Out of Ideas’
Donna died so Kevin Can Wait could live, according to Kevin James. The CBS sitcom’s star and exec producer is speaking out for the first time about the decision to kill off leading lady Erinn Hayes, telling the NY Daily News that the tragedy was necessary to give the series longevity.
Comedy Central Orders New Shows From ‘SNL’ Alums, ‘G.L.O.W’ Star
Comedy Central has ordered two new series from former “SNL” head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider as well as from “G.L.O.W” star Bashir Salahuddin, his brother Sultan Salahuddin, and Diallo Riddle. Kelly and Schneider’s series is titled “The Other Two,” which stars Drew Tarver as a 29-year-old aspiring actor…
If “Old-Timey Serial Killer” Sounds Good to You, Watch This Trailer for The Alienist
If you’re like us, you love period pieces and crime dramas, especially when they’re put together. You spent the weekend binging Mindhunter. You have very strong opinions about the identity of Jack the Ripper. And you’re predisposed to like TNT’s upcoming series The Alienist, which got a new trailer…
John Turturro to Play Monk William of Baskerville in ‘Name of The Rose’ TV Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)
CANNES — John Turturro will play William of Baskerville, the 14th century Franciscan monk who investigates a series of grisly murders in the high-end TV adaptation of Umberto Eco’s bestseller “The Name of The Rose” being sold at Mipcom by Wild Bunch TV, set to start shooting in January at Rome’s Cinecittà Studios.
CSA Announces Open Casting Call For Transgender Actors
The Casting Society of America has announced that they will be hosting an international open call for transgender actors as part of their initiative for more transgender inclusion in TV and film. The Hollywood landscape is shifting and therefore demanding more diversity and the CSA has a commitment to inclusion within the entertainment industry to challenge unconscious bias, empower casting directors to lead the inclusion conversation, and discover, educate, and promote…
The Walking Dead Alum Joins iZombie
The Walking Dead alum Daniel Bonjour is shining a light on iZombie‘s brave new world. The actor will recur during Season 4 of the CW series as Levon, a documentary filmmaker chronicling Seattle’s undead reality, TVLine has learned exclusively. At the close of last June’s finale, Chase Graves revealed the truth to the world about…
Netflix Plans to Release 80 Original Films in 2018
Netflix expects to release around 80 original films next year, as it looks to hit the scale on the film side it’s achieved on the TV side, according to chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “They range anywhere from the million-dollar Sundance hit, all the way up to something on a much larger scale,” like “Bright,” starring…
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Snap, NBCUniversal Form Studio Joint Venture, Tap Duplass Brothers for Original Shows
Snap and NBCUniversal are creating a Hollywood studio dedicated to the future of app-centric entertainment. Snap, Snapchat’s parent company, is teaming with NBCUniversal to bring scripted programming — like short-form comedies and dramas — to mobile screens. The companies have established a studio joint venture to produce programming exclusively for the social-messaging and media platform.
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‘Big Brother’ Celebrity Edition: Everything to Know So Far
Plus, which stars are interested in joining the newest edition of the reality series? THR surveyed some of the show’s biggest Hollywood super fans to find out.
Wyatt Cenac to Star in HBO Late-Night Docuseries From Executive Producer John Oliver
“Daily Show” alums Wyatt Cenac and John Oliver are teaming for a new docuseries at HBO, the premium cabler announced Monday. “We’re thrilled to give Wyatt this opportunity to showcase his bold take on today’s social issues,” said Nina Rosenstein, executive vice president of HBO Programming.
Name That Tune Reboot Eyed at CBS
Alright, TV fans: Can you name the latest game-show reboot in… three notes? CBS is developing a new version of the classic game show Name That Tune, according to our sister site Deadline. Casting will begin soon on the reboot, which has the show’s original developers Ralph and Noah Rubenstein onboard as executive producers,
Mipcom: Endemol Shine Latino Co-produces Drama Series on Latin Boy Band, Menudo
It prompted as much hysteria as the Beatles in its heyday and launched the careers of Ricky Martin among others. Now Latino boy band Menudo is the subject of a scripted drama series from Endemol Shine Latino in tandem with Somos Prods, Boomdog TV and Piñolywood Studios.
Jimmy Kimmel Expects to Return to ABC’s Upfront
Jimmy Kimmel is gearing up to grill Madison Avenue once more. Since 2002, ABC has trotted its late-night host on to the stage during its annual “upfront” presentation at New York’s Lincoln Center, where he inevitably lets loose with a torrent of stick-it-to-the-man jokes about the relationship between advertisers and TV
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Miramax Taps Legendary TV’s Lauren Whitney As President of Television
Legendary’s president of scripted television Lauren Whitney is leaving the company to join Miramax as President of Television. The hire is part of the ongoing reorganization led by Miramax CEO Bill Block, who joined the company in April with the goal of ramping up film and TV production to bolster the Miramax film library
Jack Gao Departs Wanda Group, Legendary Entertainment
Jack Gao, senior vice president of Dalian Wanda Group and interim CEO of Legendary Entertainment, has departed the Chinese conglomerate, Variety has confirmed. The move comes after Wanda has been rebuffed by the Chinese government for its aggressive overseas expansion moves.
Jordan Peele, Channing Dungey & More Named As Honorees At AAFCA’s Special Achievement Ceremony
The African American Film Critics Association have set Get Out‘s Jordan Peele, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey, LA Film Festival president Claudia Puig, and Alcon Entertainment’s Co-CEO’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove as honorees at the organization’s annual Special Achievement Luncheon, which is part its 9th Annual Awards Program
Entertainment One Merges Film, TV Production
Entertainment One has unified film, TV, and digital production with Steve Bertram and John Morayniss now co-presidents of the consolidated operation. Independent studio eOne signaled its intention to align TV and film earlier this year and the sales teams have already come together under Stuart Baxter, who has proceeded to bring in Dan Gopal and…
CBS Announces Writers for 2017-18 Mentoring Program
Eight writers have been selected to participate in the initiative from CBS Entertainment Diversity and Inclusion. CBS has announced the eight writers selected to participate in its 2017-2018 Writers Mentoring Program. The CBS Entertainment Diversity and Inclusion initiative, now in its 14th year, provides mentorships, access and opportunity for writers. This year’s participants listed below were selected from a pool of 1,300 applicants. The selected writers are Ashley Charbonnet, Jovan Robinson, Naomi Iwamoto, Munis Rashid, April Shih, Krystal Banzon, Shuo Zhang and Gil Hizon.
School district pulled ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ from shelves because it ‘makes people uncomfortable’
The Biloxi, Miss., school district has pulled Harper Lee’s classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” from its curriculum because it “makes people uncomfortable,” the Biloxi Sun Herald reports.
Verizon Pulls Univision from Fios Service
Verizon has pulled Spanish-language broadcaster Univision from its Fios and mobile services, Univision Communications said in a statement Monday night, signaling another brewing fracas between a TV company and a distributor in recent weeks