Morning News Update for Friday, August 14, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Friday, August 14, 2015. Have a great weekend!


‘Training Day’ TV Series Lands at CBS with Pilot Production Commitment

CBS is producing a pilot based on the 2001 movie “Training Day,” in which Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke starred. The television adaptation is set in the LAPD of 2015, with the series picking up 15 years after the events of the film. Antoine Fuqua is teaming with Jerry Bruckheimer who will exec produce. Will Beall, a former LAPD detective, will pen the pilot, also serving as an exec producer.

NBC Orders New Comedies From Tina Fey, ‘Parks & Recreation’s’ Michael Schur

NBC has ordered new comedy projects from the “30 Rock” team of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and from “Parks & Recreation” creator Michael Schur. The Fey-Carlock project was created by Tracey Wigfield. It revolves around a millennial woman whose life is complicated when her New Jersey mother gets an internship at the cable network where she works. NBC has given the untitled project a pilot order.

Schur’s project landed a straight-to-series 13-episode order. Details are being kept under wraps but Greenblatt said it revolves around a “strong, very complicated female character” who is “wrestling with what it means to be good.”

Will Smith Developing Comedy in the Spirit of ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’

Will Smith’s production company, Overbrook Entertainment, is in the very early stages of developing a comedy in a similar spirit of “Fresh Prince.” While not a straight reboot, the show — about which there are so far only preliminary talks, with no writer attached yet — would focus on a fish-out-of-water character.

NBC To Produce Two Comedy Pilots From Playground Winners

Kassia Miller’s Imaginary Friend is a comedy about an intelligent yet unmotivated woman who discovers a special and unexpected way of dealing with her mediocre life. Sunset PPL, from Aaron Colom and Adriano Valentini, a comedy about a group of millennial friends who struggle with their own made-up rules for personal and professional success.

Spike Orders Drama ‘Harvest’ From Jerry Bruckheimer, Warner Horizon

Spike TV has given a series order to family drama “Harvest.” The 10-episode one-hour drama series, which hails from producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Horizon Television, will go into production this fall and will debut on Spike TV in 2016. “Harvest” is written by Ian Sobel and Matt Morgan and centers on a man who is forced to partner with father in a black-market tissue and body parts trade.

NBC Pilot ‘Unveiled’ Sets John Glenn As New Writer

As part of NBC’s effort to redevelop Unveiled, the supernatural/spiritual drama pilot from Mark Burnettand Roma Downey, the network has tapped John Glenn to write a new script.

‘Grimm’ Creators David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf Ink Deal With Universal TV

“Grimm” co-creators David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf have signed a new overall deal with Universal Television. The two-year, multimillion-dollar pact will keep the duo providing exec producer and showrunner services on “Grimm.”

NBC Enters First-Look Deal With Keshet Studios

NBC Entertainment is partnering with Keshet Studios in a first-look programming deal. Keshet Studios is the recently launched L.A.-based subsidiary of Keshet International that oversees KI’s scripted programming activities in the U.S. The deal also includes a co-production pact for scripted fare with NBC’s sibling studio, Universal Television.

(sched) NBC’s ‘Heroes’ to Debut With Two-Hour Episode, ‘Blacklist’ Season 3 Premiere Delayed

Looking to make a bigger splash with its “Heroes” reboot, NBC announced on Thursday that the show’s premiere has been expanded to two hours. As a result, “The Blacklist” will now bow one week later.

(review) Hitfix: Oscar Isaac shines in David Simon’s ‘Show Me a Hero’

David Simons’s gifts as an entertainer are put to an extreme test with "Show Me a Hero," an HBO miniseries debuting Sunday night at 8. It’s essentially a six-hour lecture on zoning regulations, municipal codes, and why integration remained such a thorny issue long after the civil rights era of the ’60s. But if it’s a lecture, it’s an engaging, emotional, and surprisingly light on its feet one.


NBC’s Bob Greenblatt Talks Live TV Push, Comedy Challenges and Search for Spirituality

NBC’s big bet on live entertainment programming in the coming season is an effort to bring some urgency for viewers to tune in across the week, from “The Voice” on Monday to “Undateable” on Friday. “I’m a live junkie,” NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said Thursday during his Q&A session at TCA.

TV’s Growing Dilemma: To Binge or Not to Binge?

NBC, Starz and Amazon back the Netflix all-at-once model, but Hulu goes traditional as more competition (and no breakout this summer) causes outlets to "throw spaghetti at the wall" to lure viewers.


Kate Simses Joins ABC’s ‘Dr. Ken’ As Series Regular

Kate Simsesis set as a regular opposite Ken Jeong in ABC’s new comedy series Dr. Ken.

Torrey DeVitto Joins ‘Chicago Med’ As New Regular

Torrey DeVittohas been cast as a regular in Chicago Med, the upcoming Chicago Fire spinoff series from Wolf Films and Universal TV.

Jaime Ray Newman Joins ABC’s ‘Wicked City’ As Series Regular

Jaime Ray Newmanis set as a series regular on ABC’s upcoming crime drama Wicked City.

The Mysteries of Laura Cops Revenge’s Gabriel Mann for Season 2 Guest Spot

Gabriel Mann has spied his first post-Revenge gig. The artist formerly known as Nolan Ross will appear in a Season 2 episode of NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura.


‘American Ninja Warrior’ Renewed for Fifth Season by NBC

Casting Website Opens Today as Series Searches for Next Wave of Elite Competitors.

‘Sesame Street’ to Air First on HBO for Next 5 Seasons

Under the deal, production will increase to 35 episodes a year from the current 18, and a spinoff show and another new educational series for children will be created.

NBC Extends Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Contract Into 2021

The network extended its commitment to the popular host just weeks before Stephen Colbert takes over “The Late Show” on CBS.


BBC Three goes online-only in March 2016

The BBC plans to turn youth network BBC Three into an online-only service from March 1, 2016 and increase the volume of BBC Threeshows on BBC One and Two from the autumn.


New ‘Inside Out’ Short Features Riley’s First Date

The short ‘Riley’s First Date’ will be included as a bonus feature in ‘Inside Out’s’ digital HD and Blu-ray releases.

Inside Industrial Light & Magic’s Secret Star Wars VR Lab

The ILMxLab is a collaboration between all arms of the Lucasfilm empire, taking the visual effects expertise of ILM, the latest in real-time computer graphics from the Advanced Development Group, and the audio prowess of Skywalker Sound, and mixing it all together under the incomparable appeal of the Star Wars franchise. It’s a unique effort; while other movie studios are teaming with tech companies to dabble in VR, ILM already has the necessary departments integrated under one roof.

(comics) Marvel’s newest superhero is a preteen girl genius with a T-Rex sidekick

The comic giant will soon be introducing audiences to Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. The updated version stars Lafayette (Moon Girl) as a brainy pre-teen with "unpredictable alien DNA" who teams up with Devil Dinosaur in New York City. Writer Amy Reeder compared Lafayette to a "female Inspector Gadget — only this time, she also knows what she’s doing."


‘Laguna Beach’ Producer Gary Auerbach Inks First-Look Deal With The Jackal Group

Gail Berman’s the Jackal Group has signed a first-look deal with “Laguna Beach” and “Singled Out” producer Gary Auerbach. Under the partnership, Auerbach will focus on both scripted and unscripted television programming.

Justin Lin’s Perfect Storm Production Banner Expands with Several Key Hires

As its development slate grows, Justin Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment shingle has made several key hires; bringing on Ben Shields Catlin as SVP Film and TV; Mary Lee as SVP Film & TV, and Eric Brassard as Director of TV Development. In addition, the company has promoted Elizabeth Urwin to Coordinator.

Discovery Widens Duties for Rich Ross, Nancy Daniels

Rich Ross and Nancy Daniels will take on broader programming responsibilities as part of a reshuffle at U.S. TV networks owned by Discovery Communications in the wake of a promotion that moved Marjorie Kaplan to duties overseas.

Elizabeth Banks Hires Alison Small, Renate Radford as SVPs at Brownstone Productions

Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s Brownstone Productions is expanding with the hires of Alison Small and Renate Radford as senior VPs of film and television, respectively.


U.S. Pay TV Sector Has Biggest-Ever Quarterly Video Sub Decline

The industry produced "the largest loss to date amid growing fears of cord cutting," the firm said, estimating it at around 625,000. The previous video sub loss record was set in the second quarter of 2011 with a 441,000 loss, followed by 394,000 in the second quarter of 2012, according to Kagan data.

(opinion) Atlantic: Have We Reached ‘Peak TV’?

“Television” is pretty much, at this point, “whatever consumers will watch,” and consumers are pretty permissive when it comes to things like production value. As long as something amuses / horrifies / intrigues / delights / distracts, we’ll at least give it a try. So while, sure, cable and streaming and all the new production outfits that have come on to the scene are going to change things, I don’t really see why it would be a peak-and-decline situation. More like a slow evolution—an expansion of how we think about “television” as a medium.