Morning News Update for Thursday, February 5, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Thursday, February 5, 2015:


Variety: Pilot Season: Big TV Trends Hitting the Small Screen Next Season
Here’s a look at some of the biggest trends this pilot season.

(from Weds) NBC’s ‘Chicago Medical’ Spinoff Taking Shape
The 19th episode of ‘Chicago Fire’ will film the week of Feb. 23. The episode will focus on characters who work at the Chicago Medical hospital and be integrated into Fire in the same fashion that previous spinoff Chicago PD took shape.

(from Weds) HBO Orders Comedy Pilot From ‘The Nightly Show’s’ Larry Wilmore & Issa Rae
has greenlight a pilot from “The Nightly Show” host Larry Wilmore and YouTube star Issa Rae. “Insecure,” starring Rae, is a half-hour comedy about the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American.

(from Weds) Phillip Noyce To Direct ‘Warrior’ NBC Pilot
Phillip Noyce is set to direct Warrior, NBC’s magical martial arts drama pilot written/executive produced by Traveler creator David DiGilio and executive produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald.


BET’s ‘Being Mary Jane’ Renewed for Third Season
The Gabrielle Union series earns a quick pickup after just one episode of its sophomore run.

Imagine TV Takes Out ‘Perfect Kill’ Drama As ‘American Sniper’ Rules Box Office
Imagine TV
is putting the final touches on a pitch for The Perfect Kill, a cable drama series based on the book by decorated CIA agent Robert B. Baer, whose portrayal in Syriana, an adaptation of his book See No Evil, earned George Clooney an Oscar. Elwood Reid has come on board as writer/showrunner for the adaptation, which will be taken out to cable networks by Fox 21 TV Studios next week.

‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce’ Renewed for Season 2 by Bravo
Bravo Media
has greenlit a second season of its first original scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” from Universal Cable Productions. Production will commence this summer on 13-episodes.

CBS’s ‘The McCarthys’ Yanked from Schedule but Not Officially Canceled
Multiple sources are reporting that The McCarthys is all but officially canceled.

(sched) HBO Confirms April 29 & 30 Premiere for Miniseries ‘The Casual Vacancy’
has confirmed the debut dates for the HBO Miniseries/BBC adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s global bestseller THE CASUAL VACANCY.


TBS Cop Comedy Angie Tribeca Casts Amy Smart and Office Alum
Amy Smart
and David Koechner are the latest familiar faces to cop roles on the new TBS comedy Angie Tribeca.

Mira Sorvino Joins CBS Drama ‘Stalker’
Mira Sorvino
has been tapped for a recurring role on the freshman CBS drama Stalker.

Jenna Elfman To Star In Dana Klein Fox Comedy Pilot
Jenna Elfman is set as the lead of Fox’s untitled Dana Klein comedy pilot, from 20th Century Fox TV.


Sony’s Amy Pascal Stepping Down as Co-Chairman
Amy Pascal
is close to stepping down as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. She will remain at the studio as part of a new producing deal. Her departure comes after a devastating hack of Pascal’s emails left her vulnerable and compromised her relationships with top talent.


USA’s ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ Gets 6-Episode Pickup
Bringing its third season to 18 episodes.


Apple is Talking to TV Programmers About Its Own Web TV Service
Industry executives say Apple is in talks with TV programmers about deals that would allow Apple to offer an “over the top” pay-TV service, like the one Dish has started selling with its Sling TV product, and the one Sony is getting ready to launch.


Sky To Give Italo TV Drama ‘1992’ Multi-territory Launch Following Its Berlin Bow
will segue its multi-territory launch of high-profile UK drama “Fortitude” with “1992,” the Italian skein about Italy’s watershed Clean Hands corruption probe, which has been picked up by Sky UK and Sky Deutschland. Produced by expanding Rome shigle Wildside, the ten-epsode series revolves around six ordinary people whose lives are intertwined with the political and societal earthquake that swept away Italy’s post-war political establishment.


Disney Promotes Tom Staggs to No. 2 Post, Positioning Him as Iger’s Successor
Disney’s long corporate runoff has come to an end with the promotion of Tom Staggs to chief operating officer. The Walt Disney Parks and Resort chairman has long been seen as the front-runner for the post that squarely positions him as the heir-apparent to Bob Iger as Disney’s CEO once the chief executive’s contract expires. Jay Rasulo, who is well-liked on Wall Street for his straightforward manner, raised eyebrows recently with his decision to not sign a new contract with Disney even after his previous deal expired at the end of January. That was a clear signal that Rasulo was hedging his bets against the outcome of the bake-off with Staggs. It is widely believed that he will leave Disney.

Disney Shares Top $100 on Glowing Earnings Report, Analyst Enthusiasm
shares shot up more than 7% in early trading Wednesday to top the $100 mark, thanks to the tailwind from Tuesday’s stellar quarterly earnings report.


Bruce Gersh Joins ITV Studios America As Head Of Digital
ITV Studios America
has tapped industry vet Bruce Gersh for the newly created position of EVP & Head of Digital, Strategy and Branded Entertainment.

Nena Rodrigue Named Head Of Original Programming For BBC America
New BBC America president Sarah Barnett has brought in her top lieutenant at SundanceTV, Nena Rodrigue. Rodrigue has been named EVP Original Programming, Acquisitions and Production for BBC America, a newly created position, She will oversee all of the network’s development, original productions, co-productions, and acquisitions, reporting to Barnett.

ITV Studios America Fills Scripted TV Role
Lucienne Papon
has come on board the ITV Studios America team in the role of senior VP of scripted television.