Morning News Update for Friday, May 29, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Friday, May 29, 2015:


Sony Eyes Relaunching TriStar Television Banner Run By Suzanne Patmore Gibbs

After being dormant for more than a decade, the TriStar Televisionbrand is ready to make a comeback as a boutique production unit within Sony Pictures Television. It would be run by Suzanne Patmore Gibbs who would segue to the new position after a three-year stint as EVP drama development for Sony Pictures Television. Patmore Gibbs’s top lieutenants, SVP drama development Jason Clodfelter and Chris Parnell, are expected to co-head SPT’s drama department going forward.

Graham Moore-Marc Forster Outbreak Drama Gets 10-Episode NBC Series Order

NBC has given a 10-episode, straight-to-series order to a drama from Graham Moore, director Marc Forster and Endemol Shine Studios. The untitled thriller (fka Patient Zero) was co-developed by Sky, which will serve as the series’ UK network. When a woman exhibits mysterious symptoms, she and her loved ones find themselves in the center of an epidemic with global consequences. Meanwhile, across the world, an FBI agent investigates a seemingly unrelated terrorist attack that leads him to the brink of madness.

‘Urban Cowboy’ Drama Series In Development At Fox

Fox has given a script order to Urban Cowboy, a drama based on the 1980 Paramount romantic drama starring Debra Winger and John Travolta. Craig Brewer is on board to write and direct the potential pilot for Paramount TV and 20th Century Fox TV. Chris Levinson will executive producer and serve as showrunner under her overall deal with 20th TV. The project is described as a modern reimagining of the movie.

U.S. Filmmakers Team Up With Manga Legend Santa Inoue on ‘Tokyo Tribe’ TV Show

Producer Patrick S. Cunningham and filmmaker Darryl Wharton-Rigby have acquired TV rights to the hip-hop influenced manga series Tokyo Tribe and will shoot a pilot in coming months. The series is set in a dystopic Tokyo where 23 street gangs rule and ultraviolence holds sway.

Matt Corman & Chris Ord Join CW Drama ‘Containment’ As Co-Showrunners

Coming off a five-year run at the helm of their USA Network action drama series Covert Affairs, Matt Cormanand Chris Ordhave joined the midseason CW drama Containmentas executive producers and co-showrunners alongside Julie Plec.

‘Banshee’ Co-Creator Jonathan Tropper Inks Deal With HBO-Cinemax

Jonathan Tropper, co-creator of Cinemax breakout drama Banshee, has signed an overall deal with Cinemax and sibling HBO.


Bob Saget Joins ‘Full House’ Reboot, John Stamos Says

“Full House” star John Stamosrevealed on Thursday that his co-star Bob Saget will join the series spinoff “Fuller House” coming from Netflix.

Gotham Season 2: Nicholas D’Agosto Promoted to Series Regular

Fox’s Gotham is looking to make a significant Dent in Season 2, by promoting Nicholas D’Agosto to series regular status.


Tilda Swinton in Talks to Join Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’

The actress is negotiations to portray the Ancient One, the Tibetan mystic who is a mentor to Dr. Strange. In the comics, the character has been a male, and Marvel Studios initially was searching for a male actor. But the studio rethought the role and has now made it female.

California Sees Increase In Film Production

The state was home to 22 major productions in 2014, up from 15 in 2013.


(video) USA has put the pilot of its hacker TV show, Mr. Robot on Youtube

USA has put the pilot of its hacker TV show, Mr. Robot, on Youtube. You’ll have to wait until June 24th for the series to properly premiere on TV.


UKTV OKs scripted comedies

UK multi-channel operator UKTV has greenlit three scripted comedy titles as it continues to bolster original commissions on its Gold channel. Henry IX (3×30’) will be a single-camera series set in the fictitious contemporary court of Henry IX, king of the UK, penned by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.

Meanwhile, single-camera sitcom Marley’s Ghosts (3×30’) follows a woman who can talk to the dead, which includes both her husband and her lover. The show has been written by Daniel Peacock.

Also on the slate is studio comedy Bull (3×30’), which follows a man who attempts to run an antiques shop while being aided and hampered in equal measure by his dysfunctional staff. Gareth Gwynn and John-Luke Roberts have penned the project.


NBCUniversal Promotes Anand Kini to CFO Slot

He worked at NBCUniversal parent Comcast before joining the entertainment company in 2011.


(audio) Meet the People Who Decide When and If Shows Live or Die

Andy Kubitz and Kelly Kahl tell us when they start the planning process for the new TV season and what kind of factors go into their decision making. While they’ve both got many shows that they would love to keep on the air, they’ve got to be rational. The decision whether to keep a show or pull the plug usually comes down to one thing: money.

NPR’s ‘Serial’ Podcast Coming Back For Seasons 2 & 3

It was the first podcast to win a Peabody Award. NPR’s crime series Serial is set to return for a second season in the fall and a third next spring, per an email blasted to subscribers.