Morning News Update for Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Tuesday, September 1, 2015:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

‘Valentina’ Telenovela Adaptation At ABC Family Sets Daniel Barnz To Write, Direct

Daniel Barnz has been tapped to write and direct Valentina, ABC Family’s adaptation of the RCTV telenovela Mi Gorda Bella Valentina, executive produced by Aaron Kaplan and Jorge Granier of RCTV International. Valentina, is a comedic hour described as "Revenge meets Ugly Betty.” (http://deadline.com/2015/08/valentina-abc-family-daniel-barnz-write-direct-1201511155/)

‘Talk Nerdy To Me’ Blog-Inspired Comedy From Jerry Bruckheimer TV Gets CBS Production Commitment

Talk Nerdy To Me, a multi-camera comedy from Morgan Murphyand Bill Wrubel, has landed at CBSwith a pilot production commitment. Jerry Bruckheimer TV is producing with Warner Bros TV. Written by writer-comedian Murphy, the project is inspired by the blog Talk Nerdy to Me, Lover, edited by Jen Friel. It revolves around four smart, ambitious, twenty-something women who share a house on the canals in Venice, CA, and support one another as they reach for their dreams professionally and personally. (http://deadline.com/2015/08/talk-nerdy-to-me-comedy-lover-blog-cbs-comedy-series-jerry-bruckheimer-1201511201/)

‘The Jim Gaffigan Show’ & ‘Impastor’ Renewed For Season 2 By TV Land

TV Land continues to give a vote of confidence to its new slate of single-camera original comedy series. After renewing Darren Star’s Younger earlier this year, the Viacom cable network has just given second-season pickups to the two followup series, The Jim Gaffigan Show and Impastor. (http://deadline.com/2015/08/the-jim-gaffigan-show-impastor-renewed-season-2-tv-land-1201511005/)

‘Coach’ Follow-Up Dead at NBC

The Craig T. Nelson straight-to-series revival will not be moving forward. Insiders say the comedy, which had just begun production, was not going well and multiple people inside NBC were not optimistic about it from the start. (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/coach-follow-up-dead-at-819218)

‘Under the Dome’ Canceled at CBS After 3 Seasons

The summer drama, which set ratings highs in 2013, has succumbed to gravity during its latest run. (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/under-dome-canceled-at-cbs-819089)

(sched) TNT Sets Premiere Dates for Legends, Librarians, Sharon Stone’s Agent X

The action-drama Agent X kicks off with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 9/8c. Legends will unveil its revamped second season on Monday, Nov. 2 at 10 pm. The Librarians’ sophomore run will premiere on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 8 pm. (http://tvline.com/2015/08/31/librarians-season-2-premiere-date-legends-agent-x/)

CASTING NEWS:

‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Adds New Character for Season 2

“How to Get Away With Murder” has cast Amy Okuda in a recurring role for Season 2. (http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/how-to-get-away-with-murder-adds-new-character-for-season-2-exclusive-1201582076/)

Liam Hemsworth to Cameo on The Muppets

The Muppetsare taking over Hollywood! Liam Hemsworthis heading to the upcoming ABC series. (http://www.tvguide.com/news/liam-hemsworth-the-muppets/)

Brandy Norwood’s BET Comedy Series ‘Zoe Ever After’ Sets Cast

Dorian Missick, Tory Devon Smith, Haneefah Wood, Ignacio Serricchio and Jaylon Gordon round out the cast of BET Networksmulti-camera comedy series Zoe Ever After(fka Zoe Moon), starring and co-executive produced by Brandy Norwood. (http://deadline.com/2015/08/brandy-norwood-bet-comedy-series-zoe-ever-after-cast-1201510899/)

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Amazon Prime Video on Apple, Android Devices Now Viewable Offline

Amazon is letting Prime members download TV episodes and movies on Apple iPhones and iPads as well as Android phones and tablets for watching while offline — a feature Netflix and Hulu don’t offer. (http://variety.com/2015/digital/news/amazon-prime-video-apple-ios-android-offline-download-1201582610/)

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Variety: ‘The View’: Inside Bill Wolff’s Disastrous Year as Executive Producer

Insiders say the writing about Bill Wolff’s departure was on the wall with the arrival in late July of former CBS executive Hilary Estey McLoughlin, who was brought on as a consultant to rescue “The View.”

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/the-view-bill-wolff-executive-producer-quits-1201582187/

Oxygen Greenlights Series ‘Pretty Strong’ Following Female Legends Football League

Oxygen is stepping into the game, greenlighting the docuseries “Pretty. Strong.” The series will follow the women who play in the Legends Football League, an all-female American football organization for the Chicago Bliss, which is the reigning champ in the league in pursuit of a three-peat championship title. (http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/oxygen-pretty-strong-reality-series-female-football-1201582232/)

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

MTG, CBS team for I Love Lucy adaptation

The Latvian division of the Modern Times Group is making a local version of classic US comedy I Love Lucy. (http://tbivision.com/news/2015/09/mtg-cbs-team-love-lucy-adaptation/474261/)

TWDC NEWS:

Marvel Shake-Up: Film Chief Kevin Feige Breaks Free of CEO Ike

After Feige’s "years of frustration," the studio’s movie group will now report to Disney’s Alan Horn. Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television, continues to report to Perlmutter, who will maintain oversight of Marvel’s TV group, publishing, animation and other New York-based operations. (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/marvel-shake-up-film-chief-819205)

Disney XD Might Make TV Shows Starring YouTube Creators

Disney XD and multichannel network Maker Studios are looking for young YouTube talent who may get a shot at developing their own TV pilots — the latest bit of corporate synergy the Mouse House is trying to engineer since buying the MCN. (http://variety.com/2015/digital/news/disney-xd-maker-tv-shows-starring-youtube-creators-1201581845/)

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

MGM Television Hires Lindsay Sloane As EVP Production & Development

MGM Televisionhas brought in TriStar Prods.’ Lindsay Sloane as EVP, Television Production & Development. Additionally, the company has promoted Max Kisbye to SVP, Television Production & Development. (http://deadline.com/2015/08/mgm-television-lindsay-sloane-evp-production-development-1201510877/)

Fox Searchlight Hires Anikah McLaren as Senior VP of Production

Anikah McLaren previously spent 12 years at NBC Universal and Universal Pictures.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fox-searchlight-hires-anikah-mclaren-819088

Cynthia Rapp Joins Fox Consumer Products In Exec Role

Cynthia Rapphas joined 20th Century Fox’s Consumer Products division as SVP Global Creative to oversee creative, project management and product development. (http://deadline.com/2015/08/cynthia-rapp-fox-consumer-products-division-1201510942/)

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Variety: Apple Eyes Move Into Original Programming

Apple is exploring getting into the original programming business. Sources indicate the Cupertino, Calif. colossus has held preliminary conversations in recent weeks with executives in Hollywood to suss out their interest in spearheading efforts to produce entertainment content. Apple is hoping to put a headhunting firm on those hires in the coming months, according to source, with the goal of being in operation next year. Unknown is whether the focus is on TV series, movies — or both. (http://variety.com/2015/digital/news/apple-eyes-move-into-original-programming-exclusive-1201582020/)

Fortune: An entertainment power player: What it’s like to be a 65-year-old woman in Hollywood

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group chairperson Bonnie Hammer recently turned 65, and to commemorate the milestone, she’s penned a frank and enlightening op/ed for Fortune Magazine on being older and female in Hollywood. (http://fortune.com/2015/08/31/an-entertainment-power-player-what-its-like-to-be-a-65-year-old-woman-in-hollywood/)

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