Morning News Update for Wednesday, August 26, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Wednesday, August 26, 2015:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Shondaland Developing Catholic Nun Ensemble Drama for ABC

Less than a week after ABC put a Shondaland comedy series into development, the network has a Catholic-based drama in the works. The untitled project from writer-exec producer Alison Schapker revolves around a group of Catholic nuns fighting the closure of their Bronx-based convent who must suddenly deal with three young novices whose arrival unearths long-buried secrets. Hailing from ABC Studios, the “Brides of Christ”-inspired drama marks the second sale for Shondaland this season. (http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/shondaland-developing-catholic-nun-ensemble-drama-for-abc-1201578310/)

‘Mistresses’ Showrunner Rina Mimoun Sets ‘Indivisible’ Drama at ABC

“Mistresses” showrunner Rina Mimoun is working on a drama project for ABC that will examine the contemporary experience of immigrants in America. “Indivisible” revolves around the tenuous friendship of a single mother newly transplanted to New York and her devout Islamic neighbor. The pair’s relationship is tested when the love affair between their children sets off a global jihad. Mimoun is writing and will exec produce with Gary Randall for ABC Studios. (http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/rina-mimoun-abc-drama-indivisible-mistresses-everwood-1201578152/)

Julie Bowen Produces Comedy Adaptation Of ‘La Hipocondriaca’ Telenovela For Fox

Hypochondriac, a single-camera comedy written/executive produced by Robin Shorr and executive produced by Modern Family star Julie Bowen, has received a script commitment plus penalty at Fox. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV, is based on the Colombian telenovela La Hipocondriaca. The Fox adaptation centers on a Type A hypochondriac who receives a fatal diagnosis. She then sets herself – and her friends and family – on a path of comedic destruction in pursuit of her “authentic self”. (http://deadline.com/2015/08/julie-bowen-la-hipocondriaca-telenovela-comedy-series-fox-1201505694/)

Marti Noxon Developing Soap About NYC Restaurant Biz for Fox

Marti Noxon is getting into the restaurant biz for a new series with Fox. Titled “Hungry,” the drama, which is in early development at the network, is an hour long soap set in the down and dirty, cutthroat and exciting restaurant world of New York City. Noxon will serve as an exec producer with Meryl Poster and Nina Colman, who penned the script. (http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/marti-noxon-fox-series-hungry-1201577577/)

(review) Variety: ‘Hand of God’

As ambitious, premium-style dramas proliferate, it’s easy to confuse dark and nasty with cool and good. Few programs have put the gap between those poles into starker relief than “Hand of God,” a thoroughly ill-conceived and unpleasant series that continues Amazon’s struggle to match its comedy inroads on the dramatic front. (http://variety.com/2015/tv/reviews/hand-of-god-review-ron-perlman-drama-amazon-1201573666/)

CASTING NEWS:

Greg Poehler to Star in DirecTV Comedy ‘You Me Her’

The ‘Welcome to Sweden’ star will topline the John Scott Shepherd comedy, with Rachel Blanchard set as the female lead. The series centers on Jack (Poehler) and Emma (Blanchard), a happily married couple who are coming off several years of "baby sex" and fertility struggles. A waning sex life and a sequence of surprising turns are about to spin their relationship in a direction neither could have imagined. (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/greg-poehler-star-directv-comedy-817422)

Debra Winger Cast in Ashton Kutcher’s Netflix Comedy ‘The Ranch’

Debra Winger has been cast in the upcoming Netflix multi-camera comedy series “The Ranch.” Created by Don Reo and Jim Patterson, “The Ranch” stars Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson as brothers partnering to run their family cattle ranch in Colorado. Sam Elliott and Winger will play the two characters’ parents. (http://www.thewrap.com/debra-winger-cast-in-ashton-kutchers-netflix-comedy-the-ranch/)

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Cablevision Becomes First Pay TV Provider To Distribute CBS And Showtime Over-The-Top To Broadband Customers

Following a similar move which saw it becoming the first internet service provider to distribute HBO NOW to its broadband customers, Cablevision announced that it will offer its internet customers the ability to subscribe to CBS’s over-the-top TV services, including CBS All Access and Showtime without an accompanying pay TV subscription. (http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/25/cablevision-becomes-first-pay-tv-provider-to-distribute-cbs-and-showtime-over-the-top-to-broadband-customers/)

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

‘The View’ rehires Joy Behar, adds Candace Cameron Bure and Paula Faris as co-hosts

It wouldn’t really feel like the end of summer without a few personnel changes at "The View," and right on schedule ABC announced Tuesday that former panelist Joy Behar will be returning to the show for its 19th season beginning Sept. 8. (http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-the-view-re-hires-joy-behar-adds-candace-cameron-bure-and-paula-faris-as-co-hosts-20150825-story.html)

American Pharoah’s Jockey Victor Espinoza Joins Dancing with the Stars

Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza is the next star to join Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars, it was announced on SportsNation. (http://www.tvguide.com/news/american-pharoah-jockey-victor-espinoza-joins-dancing-with-the-stars/)

VH1 Orders ‘Couples Therapy’ Spinoff to Series

The cable network has ordered the Couples Therapy spinoff Family Therapy to series. Dina Lohan and Bam Margera are among those who will meet with Dr. Jenn Mann. (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/vh1-orders-couples-therapy-spinoff-817419)

DirecTV Orders ‘Undeniable with Joe Buck’ Sports Series

Call it “Inside the Actors Studio” for the sports world. DirecTV has ordered “Undeniable with Joe Buck,” a one-on-one interview show hosted by the Emmy-winning sportscaster. (http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/directv-joe-buck-undeniable-sports-series-1201577521/)

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Brit Crime Series ‘Safe House’ Sells Wide

All3media International has signed major deals with France 3 and German network ZDF for Safe House, the new high-end mini-series featuring Emmy-winning actor Christopher Eccleston. Written and created by Michael Crompton, Safe House tells the story of a married couple – ex-police detective Robert (Eccleston) and school teacher Katy (Thomason), who turn their guest house, set in a remote and idyllic part of the Lake District, into a police safe house. (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/christopher-eccleston-starrer-safe-house-817827)

TWDC NEWS:

Big Push by Disney on ‘Star Wars’ Merchandise

On Sept. 4, the Walt Disney Company and retail partners around the world – more than 1,000 stores are opening at midnight — will begin selling products themed to the coming film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Positioned by Disney-owned Lucasfilm as “Force Friday,” it will be fans’ first opportunity to scrutinize certain characters and vehicles from the new movie, which arrives in December. (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/26/business/media/big-push-by-disney-on-star-wars-merchandise.html)

(rumor) Bleeding Cool: The Next Blade Film Will Be Based On Marvel’s New Female Blade

The newly to-be-relaunched Blade comic featuring the daughter of Blade, has been delayed. Because the plan is that this new Blade will be the one that features in the next Blade movie. (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/08/25/next-blade-film-will-be-based-on-marvels-new-female-blade/)

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

The Big Bang Theory Guys Rule the Forbes List of Highest-Paid TV Actors of 2015

Forbes has released its list of best-paid TV actors for 2015, and this year, comedy reigns supreme. Eleven of the top 15 earners play in sitcoms:

1. Jim Parsons: $29 million

2. Johnny Galecki: $27 million

3. Mark Harmon: $20 million

3. Simon Helberg: $20 million

3. Kunal Nayyar: $20 million

3. Ashton Kutcher: $20 million

7. Jon Cryer: $15 million

7. Ray Romano: $15 million

9. Patrick Dempsey: $12 million

9. Simon Baker: $12 million

11. Ty Burrell: $11.5 million

12. Jesse Tyler Ferguson: $11 million

13. Ed O’Neill: $10.5 million

13. Eric Stonestreet: $10.5 million

15. Kevin Spacey: $9.5 million

(http://www.vulture.com/2015/08/highest-paid-tv-actors-2015.html)

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

The Best and Worst TV Shows That Hire Female, Minority Directors: DGA Study

The Directors Guild of America has its released the Best and Worst list of TV shows that hire female and minority directors. Four out of the five worst violators were HBO productions. The year’s top network in diverse hires was BET. (http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/women-tv-directors-hiring-report-dga-1201577991/)

Atlantic: Prestige TV: The Next Franchise Frontier

This week, 10.1 million people watched the premiere of AMC’s new series, Fear the Walking Dead. That’s not only a record-breaking debut for cable, it’s the kind of viewership most shows would happily aspire to in this day and age, and it caps a good year for AMC following the success of Better Call Saul. It also puts the network in a unique position: Rather than developing original high-quality dramas, AMC is building a foundation of spinoffs—an unusual gamble in the world of prestige television. (http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/08/fear-the-walking-dead-is-part-of-cable-tvs-first-premium-franchise/402268/)

Slate: Hello, Friend

Elliot from Mr. Robot is a representative of a new, necessarily male TV archetype, not the antihero—though he is that too—but the alienated hero, the stranger to society and himself. Think not just of Elliot, but of True Detective’s Rust Cohle, BoJack Horseman, or even late-season Don Draper: idiosyncratic and brilliant men who are desperate to belong and also want no part of belonging. (http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/television/2015/08/mr_robot_on_usa_network_reviewed_the_show_represents_the_new_tv_archetype.html)

AdWeek: 10 Tips to Creating the Perfect TV Show Hashtag

Knowing that many TV viewers watch their favorite shows with smartphone in hand, network execs are keenly aware of the power of the perfect hashtag. "There is truly an art to the hashtag. It’s a language all its own," said Colleen Mohan, svp of brand marketing for USA Network. "It’s like writing a headline or a jingle. And we put a lot of effort into them."

That’s because engaged fans on Twitter become key marketers for a show. (http://www.adweek.com/news/television/10-tips-creating-perfect-tv-show-hashtag-166423)

FiveThirtyEight: The Best Jobs Now Require You To Be A People Person

To land a lucrative job today, hard skills in math and engineering, for instance, may not be enough. As technology allows us to automate more technical jobs, new research shows that people skills — communicating clearly, being a team player — matter more than ever. And women appear to be the ones capitalizing on this shift in the workplace. (http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-best-jobs-now-require-you-to-be-a-people-person/)

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