Morning News Update for Friday, August 7, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Friday, August 7, 2015. Have a great weekend!


HBO Orders Two David Simon Pilots, James Franco to Star In Porn Drama

The first, a 1970s/’80s porn drama titled The Deuce, has snagged boldface names James Franco and Breaking Bad’s Michelle MacLaren as the potential series’ star and director, respectively. The second series, a political drama that’s still untitled, is set in the present-day world of Capitol Hill and will provide a detailed examination of partisanship and the influence of money on national governance.

Fox Orders Lee Daniels Music Drama Pilot ‘Star’

Tom Donaghy will serve as a writer and EP on the pilot alongside Daniels. The drama is set in Atlanta and revolves around three girls who come together to form a band and Star details their rise to the top in a challenging business. And while Empire is told from the point of view of music executives, Star will be told from the perspective of the artist.


‘Empire’ Co-Creator Lee Daniels: "There Will Be a Spinoff"

"We talked about it in the room already," the outspoken executive producer said Thursday at TCA.

John Stamos: Fox’s ‘Grandfathered’ Similar to ‘Full House’

The in-demand actor also confirms he’ll be back on the second season of ‘Grandfathered’ executive producer Dan Fogelman’s ABC comedy ‘Galavant.’

Fox Near Deal for ‘X-Men’ Live-Action Series

Fox Television Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden tells THR that they hope to announce something soon.

Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell to Return for Fox’s ‘Prison Break’ Reboot

The long-speculated on “Prison Break” reboot is officially in development at Fox, with original creator Paul Scheuring and stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell on board to return, network executives announced at the Televisions Critics’ Association’s summer press tour.


Ryan Phillippe to Star in ‘Shooter’ Remake for USA Network

The drama, which had a hefty penalty attached, has received an official pilot order at the network.Based on Stephen Hunter’s best-selling novel Point of Impact, Phillippe will take on the role of Bob Lee Swagger, an off-the-grid former Marine sniper who is coaxed into action to thwart the killing of the president.

Kurtwood Smith Joins Amazon Pilot ‘The Patriot’

It’s the veteran actor’s follow up to ABC drama ‘Resurrection.’

Billy Zane Among Five Cast In ABC Family Drama Pilot ‘Guilt’

ABC Familyis rounding out its cast for drama pilot Guiltfrom writers/executive producers Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price and executive producer Stephen McPherson. Billy Zane, Daisy Head, Zachary Fall, Katrina Law and Kevin Ryan have landed series regular roles on the pilot, a fictional story that draws parallels to the story of Amanda Knox.

‘Bones’ Enlists ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Alum Kim Raver

The casting brings the actress back to the network following her role in Fox’s ’24’ revival. Raver will appear in two episodes of the veteran procedural and play FBI Special Agent Grace Miller, who is involved in the investigation surrounding the disappearance of FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz).

‘The Shield’ Alum Kenny Johnson Joins ABC’s ‘Secrets and Lies’

Season two of ABC’s “Secrets and Lies” has found the final member of its regular cast in “The Shield” vet Kenny Johnson, joining as a series regular. Johnson will play Danny, a possible suspect in the season’s central murder case.


USA Network to Air More Than 40 Premier League Soccer Matches

Weekly matches are also set to be telecast in Spanish by Telemundo and NBC Universo.

Gordon Ramsay Inks New Two-Year Deal at Fox

The pact will feature at least 80 more hours of programming.

(ratings) GOP Debate on FOX News Scores Highest Metered Market Household Ratings for a Presidential Primary Debate Ever

Thursday’s GOP presidential debate on FOX News earned a 16.0 metered market household rating from 9-11PM per CNN money. By comparison, the presidential primary debates for the 2012 election ranged from a 4.0-5.0 metered market household rating.


ABC Family Adds Programming Exec as It Expands Development

ABC Family has named Simran S. Sethi senior VP of original programming and development as the network looks to double its original programming slate. She will start Aug. 24. Sethi joins ABC Family from NBC, where she was senior VP of comedy development for four years.

Amid an Executive Exodus, Weinstein Company Issues a Round of Promotions

TWC is promoting Francois Martin to president of global marketing. He will be joined by Ryan Brasno, who will be involved in creative advertising. Jamie Schwartz will tend to international marketing. Don Guando will head up American film production, while Negeen Yazdi will oversee acquisitions and production from London. On the TV side, Robert Walak is being put in charge of TV acquisitions, while Jamie Schwartz will tend to international marketing.

Sony Exec Shuffle: Hannah Minghella Moves From Columbia to Tristar

It was announced that Hannah Minghella is moving over to the studio’s Tristar Pictures unit, which she will head as president. David Beaubaire, who had been working at Tristar as executive vp, is shifting over to Columbia, where he will be executive vp production. Palak Patel, who currently works as a producer with Joe Roth’s company, has been recruited to serve as another Columbia exec vp production.