Morning News Update for Wednesday, August 19, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Wednesday, August 19, 2015:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Fox Eyes Kentucky Bourbon Drama From ‘Hell On Wheels’ Producer

Fox is developing a drama project set in the world of Kentucky bourbon as a one-hour scripted series with Bruce Romans and New Wave Entertainment. The Untitled Kentucky Bourbon Project centers on the self-made patriarch of a Kentucky bourbon empire and his family. When he has a public breakdown, his children must overcome their differences and their father’s sordid past in order to save the family and their business. Romans will pen the pilot script and executive produce.

http://deadline.com/2015/08/fox-kentucky-bourbon-drama-project-bruce-romans-1201501306/

NBC Developing Legal Soap ‘Miranda’s Rights’

NBC has handed out a script commitment to legal soap Miranda’s Rights. The drama is described as a legal soap that centers on 28-year-old Miranda Coale, who six years after a sex scandal upended her life, gets a shot at redemption when she’s hired by a group of millennials living and lawyering together in a start-up law firm. Katie Lovejoy will pen the script and exec produce alongside Universal Television-based John Glenn.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbc-mirandas-rights-816100

Mark Harmon, CBS Developing Navy SEAL Drama ‘The Red Circle’

CBS is teaming with Mark Harmon to develop Brandon Webb and John David Mann’s New York Times best-seller The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America’s Deadliest Marksmen. The CBS drama is told through the point of view of an experienced but newly promoted Navy SEAL who has joined a troubled platoon. Harmon will executive produce the drama through his CBS Television Studios-based Wings Productions. Todd Robinson will pen the script and exec produce.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/mark-harmon-cbs-developing-navy-816093

Anne Hathaway to Star in ‘The Ambassador’s Wife’ Limited TV Series

Anne Hathaway is to star in the limited TV series The Ambassador’s Wife from The Mark Gordon Company. Inspired by her experiences as the wife of the British ambassador to Yemen, Jennifer Steil’s novel portrays the kidnapping of an American woman in the Middle East and the heartbreaking choices she and her husband must make to possibly be reunited. The Ambassador’s Wife is the first TV project from the indie studio formed by MGC and Entertainment One, which will distribute internationally.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/anne-hathaway-star-ambassadors-wife-816072

‘The Catch’: Showrunners Exit Shondaland ABC Drama Over Creative Differences

Jennifer Schuur, who created “The Catch,” and Josh Reims, who was to serve as exec producer and co-showrunner alongside Schuur, have exited the ABC Studios midseason drama. Sources said producers are eyeing “Scandal” alum Allan Heinberg to take the reins as showrunner and exec producer.

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/the-catch-shonda-rhimes-abc-drama-showrunner-1201572487/

Syfy Cancels ‘Haven’ After Five Seasons

The second half of the season is set to bow in October.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/syfy-cancels-haven-five-seasons-816032

CASTING NEWS:

‘Manhattan’ Recruits Neve Campbell, Releases Season 2 Trailer

The actress joins a cast that includes also new arrival William Petersen.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/manhattan-neve-campbell-season-2-816040

Will Sasso To Recur On ‘Shameless’; Nick Wechsler Joins ‘The Player’

Will Sasso has booked a recurring role on Showtime dramedyShameless. Revenge alum Nick Wechsler has joined the cast of NBC’s Las Vegas-set thriller The Player.

http://deadline.com/2015/08/will-sasso-shameless-recur-nick-wechsler-the-player-1201501247/

Jill Scott and Lauren London Cast in FX’s ‘Snowfall’ Pilot

They will join Billy Magnussen and Damson Idris in the John Singleton drama.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/jill-scott-lauren-london-cast-816155

Secrets and Lies Season 2 Recruits Witches of East End’s Eric Winter

Eric Winter is about to find himself in a whole mess of trouble on Secrets and Lies.

http://tvline.com/2015/08/18/secrets-and-lies-season-2-spoilers-eric-winter-cast-neal-oliver/

FEATURE NEWS:

Universal’s "100-Year Flood": What’s Behind the Historic 2015 at the Box Office?

‘Straight Outta Compton’ is just the latest bonanza for a studio riding high on a diverse slate, savvy marketing, "and then it’s just luck."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/universals-100-year-flood-whats-816177

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Maya Rudolph’s NBC Variety Show Set to Add Martin Short as Co-Headliner

NBC’s long-in-the-works weekly variety show starring Rudolph is on the verge of adding Short as her co-headliner.

http://tvline.com/2015/08/18/maya-rudolph-martin-short-variety-show-nbc/

Turner Sets Mark Burnett TBS Inventor Reality Series Under Intel Partnership

Turner Broadcasting System and Intel Corporation announced a major content partnership. As part of it, the two companies will team up with top reality producer Mark Burnettfor America’s Greatest Makers(working title). The series will feature inventors trying to develop the next big wearable or smart connected consumer device built on the Intel Curie hardware module.

http://deadline.com/2015/08/mark-burnett-tbs-inventor-reality-series-intel-turner-1201500735/

Food Network Chief Brooke Johnson to Retire

Brooke Johnson, who added a bevy of new formats to the Food Network recipe as president of the Scripps Networks cable outlet, is stepping down.

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/food-network-brooke-johnson-1201573441/

‘Laguna Beach’ Alum Inks Overall Deal With Lionsgate TV

Adam DiVello will develop unscripted programming through his Done and Done Productions banner.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/laguna-beach-alum-inks-deal-816084

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

‘Cleopatra’ Series In The Works At Slingshot Global Media

David Ellender’s Slingshot Global Mediais developing Cleopatraas a TV series with Shekhar Kapurattached to write and direct. Slingshot Global will distribute the series. The series will be a new take on the life story of Cleopatra. Instead of focusing on the arch seductress made famous by her affairs with men like Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, the show will highlight the opposite – that these men were famous because of her.

http://deadline.com/2015/08/cleopatra-series-shakhur-kapur-slingshot-global-media-1201500627/

Fox’s Star India Takes ABC Drama ‘Quantico’ With Priyanka Chopra

The series, which marks the first time that a Bollywood star is toplining a major U.S. show, will air in India immediately after its fall debut.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/star-india-priyanka-chopras-quantico-816238

Google Is Opening A YouTube Production Studio In Mumbai, India

There’s good news for aspiring YouTube stars in India after Google announced its first YouTube Space for the country. The production studio is the second of its kind in Asia, following the creation of a Tokyo studio in 2013. Google said the Mumbai Space, which is its seventh worldwide, will be open to YouTube creators “soon.”

http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/18/google-is-opening-a-youtube-production-studio-in-mumbai-india/

TWDC NEWS:

(comics) Marvel Introduces Red Widow – Black Widow’s New Superhero Partner?

A new character is to debut in the Marvel Universe by Margaret Stohl. The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava Orlova was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments-until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. The Red Widow is a powerful new female superhero for the Marvel universe. In many ways, she’s the opposite of the Black Widow—she actually chooses to become the Red Widow.

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/08/18/marvel-introduces-red-widow-black-widows-new-nemesis-of-a-superhero/

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

Andrew Calof Joins DreamWorks as VP of Production

DreamWorks Studios has hired veteran executive Andrew Calof as vice president of production. He will report to production president Holly Bario.

http://variety.com/2015/film/news/andrew-calof-dreamworks-vp-production-1201572766/

John Hamlin Exits CMT to Form Production Banner, Inks Overall Deal With Network

The longtime CMT executive is stepping down as the channel’s senior vp music events and talent to launch his own production and management company. Hamlin’s new banner, Switched On Entertainment, has signed a multi-year overall deal with the network that will keep him on as exec producer of signature specials. The cable network has promoted Jayson Dinsmore and Leslie Fram in the wake of Hamlin’s departure.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/john-hamlin-exits-cmt-form-815868

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Vulture: How Long Should a TV Season Be?

Gone are the days of 22 episodes being an across-the-board standard, and in its place are these scantier and scantier batches. The feeling is not just of too few episodes, but of so long between seasons. Even given the business reality of our modern age and the inherent difficulties of just making good television, it’s hard as a viewer not to feel a little short-changed.

http://www.vulture.com/2015/08/tv-seasons-how-long-should-they-be.html

Guardian: Non-stop action: why Hollywood’s ageing heroes won’t give up the gun

There is now apparently no age limit to an action career in Hollywood. The expendables are no longer unemployables, and actors in their 60s and even 70s are high-kicking in can-can routines of choreographed violence.

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/aug/18/non-stop-action-hollywoods-ageing-heroes

AshleyMadison: User emails leaked on Dark Web

Nearly a month after a reported hack at the extramarital affairs website AshleyMadison, user information has reportedly been posted in a large torrent file on the Dark Web. The 10-gigabyte file contains "e-mails, member profiles, and credit-card transactions" along with other sensitive information.

http://mashable.com/2015/08/18/ashley-madison-user-emails-leaked/

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