Morning News Update for Friday, August 21, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Friday, August 21, 2015:


Adrianne Palicki, Nick Blood to Star in Marvel Pilot for ABC

ABC has handed out a pilot order to a Marvel drama starring Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse and Nick Blood (Lance Hunter). Marvel’s Most Wanted hails from the same producers as last year’s similarly conceived spinoff: SHIELD executive producer Jeffrey Bell and series writer Paul Zbyszewski, with Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb also attached as an EP.

Keshet Studios Cooking Up ‘Chefs’ With U.S. Adaptation Of French Drama Series

Keshet Studios has made its first acquisition. In a highly-competitive situation, the company has taken rights to produce a domestic adaptation of six-part ensemble drama Chefs. Clovis Cornillac stars in the original as Le Chef, a monster of French gastronomy who saves a spot in his kitchen each year for an ex-con. Hugo Becker plays Romain, the 25-year-old locksmith whose sentence for fraud is reduced when his probation officer finds him a job at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Paris. Chefs follows Romain’s struggles to adapt to his demanding, competitive and adrenaline-filled new profession.

Howard Gordon Producing Fox Medical Drama From ‘Bones’ Writer

Foxhas given a script commitment with significant penalty to an untitled drama project from Howard Gordon’s Teakwood Lane. Written by Nkechi Okoro Carroll, the medical franchise centers on three brilliant young doctors who grew up together in Compton and are reunited at an extraordinary cutting-edge hospital in Beverly Hills.

Hulu Orders Seth Rogen-Evan Goldberg Comedy Pilot ‘Future Man’

Hulu has ordered a half-hour comedy pilot from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Future Man chronicles a janitor by day, world-ranked gamer by night who is tasked with preventing the extinction of humans after mysterious visitors from the future declare him to be the key to defeating the imminent super-race invasion. Kyle Hunter and Ariel Schaffir wrote the project and will exec produce. Future Man hails from Sony Pictures Television, Rogen’s Point Grey Pictures and Matt Tolmach Productions.

‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Simon Helberg Inks Pod Deal With Warner Bros. TV

The actor behind Howard Wolowitz and his writer/director/actress wife Jocelyn Towne will develop series for the studio via their production company, which has enlisted Cora Olson to head development.

Nicole Holofcener to Direct Amazon’s Tig Notaro Comedy

The series hails from Louis C.K. and Diablo Cody.

Major Crimes Season 4 Expanded to Series’ Longest Run Ever

TNT has ordered an additional five episodes of Major Crimes, bringing its Season 4 total to 23.

(review) THR: ‘The Carmichael Show’

Despite a lot of rote material, this NBC family comedy starring stand-up Jerrod Carmichael goes deeper than expected.

(review) Variety: ‘Public Morals’

The show becomes increasingly rich and watchable through four previewed episodes, thanks to a splendid guest/supporting cast and growing tension surrounding an unsolved murder.


Ben Robson Leads Life Of Crime In TNT Pilot ‘Animal Kingdom’

Ben Robsonhas landed a lead role in TNT‘s drama pilot Animal Kingdom, from John Wells Prods. in association with Warner Horizon Television. The pilot centers on 17-year-old Joshua "J" Cody (Finn Cole), who moves in with his wild, freewheeling grandmother (Ellen Barkin) and uncles in their Southern California beach town after his mother ODs.

Olivia Thirlby Joins David E. Kelley’s Legal Drama ‘Trial’ on Amazon

Olivia Thirlby has been cast in Amazon’s legal drama “Trial.” She joins Billy Bob Thornton who is set to star in the David E. Kelley series. “Trial” follows Billy McBride (Thornton) a once-respectable lawyer who was ousted from the high-profile firm he co-founded.

Netflix Casts 7 Young Actors in ‘Stranger Things’ Supernatural Drama from Duffer Brothers

Netflix has added seven young theps to “Stranger Things” alongside Winona Ryder and David Harbour in the drama series starring written and directed by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer. The eight-episode hourlong show will premiere exclusively across all Netflix territories in 2016. The series was originally titled “Montauk” and set on New York’s Long Island, but the story now takes place in Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air amid an unfolding mystery involving top-secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces — and a very strange little girl.


WE TV Greenlights Dating Show ‘Ex Isle’ With Host Carmen Electra

WE TV has given the greenlight to new dating show “Ex Isle” with a 10-episode order. Carmen Electra will host. The series hails from SallyAnn Salsano’s 495 Productions. “Ex Isle,” which is set on a secluded tropical island in the Dominican Republic, helps former couples finally break free from one another so they can move on to form new, healthy relationships.


Disney Suffers as Global Market Anxiety Hits Entertainment, Media, Tech Stocks

Walt Disney Co. shares dropped 6 percent on Thursday on a miserable day for the stock market marked by a global sell-off. Some characterized the hit to the media and entertainment segment as an extension of fears about a TV content glut and subsequent cord-cutting. Disney (DIS), which opened at $104.34, fell $6.43 from its previous close to end at $100.02 after dropping as low as $99.76.


(q&a) THR: 23 TV Network Execs Sound Off on Dangerous Trends, Dream Shows and the Reign of Donald Trump

Q: The showrunner I’m dying to work with…

CINDY HOLLAND: Shonda Rhimes

NINA TASSLER: Shonda Rhimes

DAVID NEVINS: I’d be curious to see what Shonda Rhimes could do in a pay cable environment.

Marie Moore Joins Turner as Communications VP for TBS and TNT

Turner Broadcasting System has tapped Marie Moore as its new vice president of communications for TBS and TNT.

Georgeville TV CEO Exits Amid Rough Waters For Some Upstart TV Indies

Georgeville CEO Marc Rosen, who launched the TV studio with Reliance’s Motion Picture Capital in 2012, is leaving. The company was originally attached as a producer-financier to a number of series, including NBC’s Crossbones and Relativity TV’s Limitless series, but subsequently pulled out of all of them, instead focusing on its own projects.


Internet set-tops now in 21% of US broadband homes

DG’s ‘In-Home CE and Home Network Ecosystem 2015’ report claims that US internet STB penetration has increased 63% in the past year, with just 13% of broadband homes owning these devices in early 2014.

NYT: The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t

Taking 1999 as my starting point — the year both Napster and Google took off — I plumbed as many data sources as I could to answer this one question: How is today’s creative class faring compared with its predecessor a decade and a half ago? Writers, performers, directors and even musicians report their economic fortunes to be similar to those of their counterparts 15 years ago, and in many cases they have improved. Against all odds, the voices of the artists seem to be louder than ever.