Morning News Update for Wednesday, August 12, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Wednesday, August 12, 2015:


CW Prepping ‘Friday the 13th’ for TV

The horror/crime thriller would revive famed serial killer Jason Vorhees and hails from Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, who will pen the script. The duo will exec produce the CBS Television Studios entry alongside Sean Cunningham, Randall Emmett, George Furla and Mark Canton. Additionally, ‘Supernatural’ showrunner Jeremy Carver’s ‘Frequency’ adaptation moves from NBC to The CW.

The CW Is Developing TV Series Based on ‘The Notebook’

The CW is developing a television series, inspired by the Nicholas Sparks love story. Based on the bestselling novel and film, the series will follow the romantic journey of young, conflicted couple Noah and Allie at the outset of their blossoming relationship.

Jim Carrey Lands Showtime Pilot Order for Series Set in 1970s L.A. Comedy Scene

Jim Carrey has landed a pilot order at Showtime for “I’m Dying Up Here,” an hourlong project set in the 1970s comedy scene. Carrey serves as an exec producer on the dark comedy along with former standup comedian Dave Flebotte who penned the pilot, which is based on William Knoedelseder’s novel of the same name.

George Lopez to Star in Semi-Autobiographical Comedy Series on TV Land

The 12-episode comedy will premiere in 2016, continuing the cabler’s single-camera reinvention. Lopez revolves around America’s most successful Hispanic-American comedian and explores how he struggles between his two worlds and crises — often of his own making. The serialized comedy, set to debut in 2016, will be written by John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky.

The CW Developing American Version Of British Comedy ‘Dates’

The CW, which acquired half-hour British scripted comedy Datesfor this summer, also is developing an hourlong version of the show. Series creator Bryan Elsley will write the adaptation and will executive produce with 3 Arts’ Howard Klein. Warner Bros TV is the studio. On Dates, each episode focuses on a first date between two people who meet through an online dating service.

TNT Renews ‘The Last Ship’ for Season 3

“The Last Ship” has been renewed for Season 3, TNT announced Tuesday.

Showtime Renews ‘Ray Donovan,’ ‘Masters of Sex,’ Developing Patti Smith’s ‘Just Kids’

Showtime has given fourth-season pickups to dramas “Ray Donovan” and “Masters of Sex,” Showtime chief David Nevins said during press tour. Showtime is also developing a limited series based on Patti Smith’s memoir of the 1970s, “Just Kids.”

Showtime Picks Up Chicago-Set Drama Pilot Exec Produced by Common

Common is exec producing a coming-of-age drama pilot for Showtime, which revolves around a young African American man in Chicago’s South Side. Lena Waithe created and wrote the hourlong pilot and will serve as exec producer with Common, plus Aaron Kaplan and Clark Johnson who will also direct.

Showtime Cancels Lisa Kudrow’s ‘Web Therapy’ After 4 Seasons

Lisa Kudrow is not returning to Showtime for more “Web Therapy.” Showtime boss David Nevins confirmed that the series will not be coming back for a fifth season.

TV Land Cancels ‘The Exes’ After Four Seasons

TV Land has given “The Exes” the boot after four seasons. Star Kristen Johnston revealed the news on Twitter.


Michael Vartan Cast In E! Drama Pilot ‘The Arrangement’

Michael Vartanhas joined the cast of E’s drama pilot The Arrangement, from writer Jonathan Abrahams, Objective Productions USA and Universal Cable Prods.

Britney Spears to Guest Star on ‘Jane the Virgin’

Britney Spears will guest star on Season 2 of the CW’s “Jane the Virgin.”

Matt Ryan to Reprise ‘Constantine’ Role on The CW’s ‘Arrow’

After NBC canceled the Warner Bros. Television-produced DC Comics drama following a one-season run.


AdWeek: How Facebook’s Autoplay Videos Are Influencing Other Areas of Digital

"A recent study showed that native Facebook video ads have higher interaction rates than videos on any other platform," said Greg Manago, creative development and production lead/executive producer at MindshareContent+ and Entertainment, an arm of Mindshare. "And because Facebook’s nature as a platform of social sharing, Facebook native videos are shared more than YouTube links."


The CW Renews ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ and ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’

The CW has renewed “Whose Line Is It Anyway” and “Penn & Teller: Fool Us.” CW president Mark Pedowitz announced the pickups Tuesday at the Television Critics’ Assn. press tour.


(animated) Rob Lowe & Gabrielle Union Among Voice Cast For Disney Channel’s ‘The Lion Guard’ Movie

The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar TV movie, a precursor to The Lion Guard TV series, is set to premiere in November on Disney Channelwith Rob Lowe, Gabrielle Union, Max Charles, Atticus Shaffer and Sarah Hyland among the voice cast. The movie, a continuing of The Lion King tale, follows Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, as he assumes the role of leader of the Lion Guard, a team of animals tasked with preserving the Pride Lands.

(rumor) Disneyland’s Star Wars Land Plans Begin to Take Shape Before Expected D23 Expo Announcements

A new report claims that the new Star Wars Land, which will likely be announced at D23 Expo 2015 later this week, will include multiple attractions, anchored by a mega E Ticket ride.


Julie Rapaport Exits Weinstein Co. for Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios has hired veteran executive Julie Rapaport from The Weinstein Company to be a development executive in their feature film department.


Physical Production Chiefs Face the Heat From Studios in Choosing Locations

One of the crucial decisions in how to keep a film on budget and on schedule is where to shoot it. Creatives can crave a look that only one location can deliver, while the money people may be salivating for incentives offered elsewhere. “We’re always looking for stability, wherever we go,” says Disney’s Philip Steuer, referring to steady tax incentives, experienced crews and well-maintained facilities.

(feature) Vanity Fair: Inside the hookup culture accelerated by the rapid rise of Tinder and other dating apps

Mobile dating went mainstream about five years ago; by 2012 it was overtaking online dating. In February, one study reported there were nearly 100 million people—perhaps 50 million on Tinder alone—using their phones as a sort of all-day, every-day, handheld singles club, where they might find a sex partner as easily as they’d find a cheap flight to Florida.

(feature) Salon: Why conservative billionaires have started talking like Bernie Sanders: “We are creating a caste system from which it’s almost impossible to escape”

Joined by his friend Ken Langone, founder of Home Depot, Peter Georgescu warns his fellow 1 percenters that “[w]e are creating a caste system from which it’s almost impossible to escape.” The column raises the specter of “major social unrest” if inequality is not addressed.