Morning News Update for Monday, August 3, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Monday, August 3, 2015:


(from Fri) Starz Renews ‘Black Sails,’ Developing ‘Havana’ Drama Starring Antonio Banderas

Banderas will exec produce ‘Havana Quartet,’ based on the four-book detective series by Leonardo Padura. The show follows hard-drinking, romantic Cuban police detective Mario Conde (Banderas), who longs to be a writer but settled for a job as a detective.

(from Fri) BBC America Orders Dramas From ‘Murderball,’ ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide’ Creators

BBC America announced two new series orders Friday at the Television Critics Association press tour. Undercover, which reunites writer Peter Moffat and star Sophie Okonedo, is described as a gripping political thriller. The six-part limited series centers on a female on the verge of becoming the first black woman to hold the highest-ranking public prosecutor role in England.

Thirteen, a five-part mystery thriller and psychological drama, hails from Marnie Dickens. The series follows Ivy Moxham (Jodie Comer) on the day she escapes from the cellar that has been her prison for the past 13 years. She returns to her home, to her family, to her life and must learn how to feel and love again. Thirteen will be exec produced by Elizabeth Kilgarrif for BBC Three and BBC America.

(from Fri) ‘Humans’ Gets Season 2 Renewal From AMC, Channel 4

AMC and Channel 4 have renewed “Humans” for an eight-episode Season 2, the networks and production company Kudos announced on Friday.

(from Fri) Second 15-Episode Season Confirmed for ‘Fear the Walking Dead’

AMC announced from the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour a 15-episode order for the second season of “Fear the Walking Dead.” As previously announced, the series will debut in the U.S. Sunday, August 23rd at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

(sched) The CW Moves ‘Jane the Virgin’ &’Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Premieres Up to Monday October 12

The CW Network has moved the Fall 2015 premiere date for the series debut of CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND.


Andre Benjamin to Co-Star in ‘American Crime’ Season 2

He’ll star opposite Regina King in ABC’s anthology drama.

‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Enlists Famke Janssen for Season 2

The ‘Nip/Tuck’ alum will have a multiple-episode arc on the Viola Davis starrer.

‘Game of Thrones’ Casts Ian McShane for Season 6

The ‘Deadwood’ alum returns to HBO for the fantasy series.

Castle Season 8: Ann Cusack Cast as Mystery Woman

Private Practice alum Ann Cusack has landed a provocative guest-starring role in Castle‘s Season 8 premiere. The actress will appear in the second half of the two-part season opener as Rita, a member of a top-secret organization who drops into Beckett’s life with a unique set of skills.

Secrets and Lies: Jordana Brewster, Charlie Barnett Join Season 2

Jordana Brewster and Charlie Barnett will be wrapped up in Secrets and Lies‘ new mystery when the ABC drama returns.


Cable net Fuse relaunching

Cable channel Fuse is relaunching at the end of September with a new look and new programming line-up. The new-look Fuse starts on September 30 and will target a millennial demographic of ‘New Young Americans’, according to Fuse Media president Bill Hilary. The roster of new shows includes World of Wonder-produced Transcendent, a reality series about transsexual caberet dancers in San Francisco, Skee TV, a talkshow hosted by DJ Skee.

(from Fri) AMC Orders Docudrama ‘The West’ From Robert Redford

The West will be a blend of dramatic scenes and documentary footage and visual effects and explore the world of cowboys, Indians, outlaws and law men and chronicle the little-known stories of Western legends like Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull. The cable network also has renewed ‘The Making of the Mob’ for a second season.


Starz Jumps on Binge Bandwagon With ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ and ‘Flesh and Bone’

The two series will launch all episodes at once over on-demand and online streaming.

AT&T Says Users Can Watch TV on Any Device With Its New Bundle, the First of Its Kind

After closing its takeover of DirecTV, the telecommunications giant announced its offering includes high-definition and digital video recording services, wireless phone service and a data plan.

Vice Launches Female-Focused Channel Called Broadly

Vice launched a female-focused channel dubbed Broadly, the media outlet’s 11th channel. The new network will cater to young people on politics, culture, sex and fashion. Forthcoming series and documentaries include “GANGS,” which looks at women building communities around the world and “Samburu: Land of No Men, which is a documentary that looks at a women tribe in Kenya abandoned by their community.

Netflix churn rate roughly 9%, says Parks Associates

“We are tracking the details and trends of over 75 OTT video services active in the US market along with another dozen or so services planning to enter the market within the next few months,” said Parks Associates research director, Brett Sappington. “The high churn rate for many of these services suggests that consumers are holding onto their Netflix account while experimenting with the wide variety of other video subscription options.”


ITV orders more Scott & Bailey

ITV has commissioned Studio Canal-owned Red Production Company to make more episodes of its crime drama Scott & Bailey. The new three-part special will follow a single story and production will begin in Manchester this September. Four seasons of the show have aired on ITV so far.


Relativity’s Angela Courtin Joins Fox as EVP & Chief Marketing Officer

Relativity Media’s Angela Courtin is joining Fox as executive vice president and chief marketing officer for the network.