Morning News Update for Tuesday, 5/6/14.


Showtime Developing Spike Lee’s ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ As Comedy Series
The 1986 movie is being eyed as a potential half-hour series for the premium cable network. She’s Gotta Have It, which helped spark the indie film movement in the ’80s, explores race, gender, sexuality, relationships and the gentrification in Brooklyn.

Andrew Chambliss Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios
Once Upon A Time co-executive producer Andrew Chambliss has signed a two-year, seven-figure overall deal with the series producer ABC Studios. This marks the first overall pact for rising writer-producer Chambliss, who will continue as co-exec producer on the fairytale ABC drama next season while also developing new projects.

Legendary Signs TV Deal with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura
Former Warner Bros. Television chief Bruce Rosenblum has been busy building Legendary’s TV division, and has just closed an overall deal with prolific film producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and former DreamWorks TV president Dan McDermott to move their TV production arm from ABC Studios to Legendary.

Billy Eichner to Star in USA Comedy From Amy Poehler
The Emmy-nominated "Billy on the Street" host will co-star alongside his head writer Julie Klausner in the pilot presentation titled "Difficult People." The duo star as frustrated comedians and pop culture-loving best friends living in New York City who hate everyone — except each other.

Samantha Logan To Play The Lead In ABC Family Drama Pilot ‘Recovery Road’
Samantha Logan has been cast as the lead of the network’s drama pilot Recovery Road, based on Blake Nelson’s novel about a teenage girl dealing with addiction.

Nick Sandow & Selenis Leyva Upped To Regulars On ‘Orange Is The New Black’
Nick Sandow and Selenis Leyva have been promoted to regulars on the just-ordered third season of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black.

Damon Wayans Jr. Upped to Regular for ‘New Girl’s’ Fourth Season
The actor, who had a recurring role during the third season after starring in the 2011 pilot, was one of the most sought-after this pilot season.

(sched) WE TV Sets July Premiere For ‘The Divide’
WE tv
will debut its first original scripted drama The Divide with a special two-hour premiere on Wednesday July 16 at 9 PM. The series will then move to its regular 10 PM timeslot beginning Wednesday, July 23.

(sched) NBC Pulls Crisis, Believe From Schedule
Is Crisis in crisis? NBC has pulled the hostage drama starring Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney from its schedule on May 18, the last Sunday of May sweeps. Believe has also been removed from that Sunday’s lineup. Instead, NBC will air a two-hour "Women of Saturday Night Live" special starting at 9/8c.

(video) ‘Gotham’: Fox’s first trailer revealed
The first trailer for Fox’s Gotham is here.

(opinion) TVBTN: Final ABC Predictions For ‘Nashville,’ ‘Suburgatory,’ ‘The Goldbergs,’ ‘Agents of SHIELD’ & Many More
Will being an in-house production (Trophy Wife, The Neighbors, Mixology) trump better ratings (Suburgatory)? While Last Man Standing will get a fourth season, will it be on ABC… or a Fox network?


Jimmy Kimmel Gets Two-Year Contract Extension
Amid changes at NBC and CBS, ABC makes an effort to secure its late-night programming, re-upping the host through January 2017.

Brad Paisley To Be Judge On ABC Reality Series ‘Rising Star’
Country star Brad Paisley has become the first musician tapped for a judge seat on ABC‘s summer singing competition reality series Rising Star. The other two judges are expected to be locked in soon.

CTV to Simulcast U.S. Version of Rising Star
has acquired the exclusive Canadian broadcast rights for the new reality series Rising Star from Keshet International, and is set to simulcast the show along with the U.S. commissioning broadcaster, ABC.

Capus, Once Head of NBC News, Moves to CBS Evening News
Steve Capus
will become executive producer of the newscast anchored by Scott Pelley.


Vevo Unveils 7 New Series and Live Concert Event, Expands Twitter Pact
Digital music-video powerhouse Vevo is doubling down on original programming — adding seven new shows and a live concert event to its lineup — and launched a new ad program with Twitter aimed at driving music-video views past the 100-million mark. The shows include co-productions with Milk Studios, MADE and Legs Media, Rachel Zoe’s The Zoe Report and Endemol.


Family Channel’s The Next Step Gets Third-Season Renewal
Canada’s Family Channel has given the greenlight to a third season of its teen drama The Next Step, with production slated to begin this summer. The serialized drama, which is shot in a mockumentary style, will see 30 half-hour episodes debut next spring. The show follows the lives of dancers at The Next Step Studio as they compete at the highest levels of their craft. Temple Street Productions makes the series for the network, with Frank van Keeken, Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier exec producing.


Why Fox’s Kevin Reilly Is Canceling Pilot Season
Vulture’s interview with Kevin Reilly on the new pilot season universe and foregoing a traditional pilot season – as the Big Four’s collective share of viewers is at 30% and cable TV has over 100 series airing now: “We can’t do any worse in terms of the failure rate and the amount of money we’ve been flushing down the toilet.”

AMPAS’ Heather Cochran Named TV Academy CFO
The Television Academy has hired Heather Cochran as its new chief financial officer and evp of business operations, chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum announced.

Ruben Mendiola Named President Of Mun2
Ruben Mendiola
has been named President of NBCUniversal’s cable channel mun2. He will report to Joe Uva, Chairman, Hispanic Enterprises and Content, NBCUniversal.

Aisha Tyler, Marc Maron headline first annual Maui Comedy Festival
The three-day, multi-venue event will bring dozens of America’s funniest touring comedians to the town of Lahaina on one of Hawaii’s more popular islands. Hannibal Buress, Reggie Watts, Tig Notaro, Marc Maron and Aisha Tyler are all slated to perform. VIP and early-bird passes are now on sale for $199 and $399. Both give full access to all of the festival’s 20+ shows. Individual tickets will go on sale Aug. 15. You can purchase these tickets and see a complete list of artists at


Americans Watch Just 9% of TV Channels Available to Them
American TV viewers now watch only 9% of the channels available to them, which is a six-year low, according to a new report from Nielsen. The report highlights a growing concern for the pay-TV biz: Consumers are paying more for exactly the same content they received before. That consistent trend has led to perceptions that the value of cable, satellite and telco TV is waning, and with expanding Internet video options more Americans may be prompted to cut the cord.

The Top 25 Most Binge-Watched Shows & The Time It’ll Take To Watch Each
released an infographic of the most binge-watched shows and the time commitment for each one, from the shortest – Sherlock at 14 hours – to the longest, the series 24 at six days and two hours.

GoPro Sees Future as ‘Content Company’
, the maker of small mountable cameras that have been embraced by sports enthusiasts and filmmakers, said it’s making moves to become a larger player in the entertainment industry and expand its brand beyond just hardware and more around the visuals its devices are used to producing. “We’re a hardware company but we’re turning more into a content company,” said Adam Dornbusch, GoPro’s head of content distributio