Morning News Update for Wednesday, September 2, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Wednesday, September 2, 2015:


Brides of Dracula Drama From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Greg Berlanti Lands At NBC With Pilot Production Commitment

Brides is a hot gothic soap drama from playwright, screenwriter and comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Greg Berlanti, which has landed at NBC with a pilot production commitment. Written by Aguirre-Sacasa, Brides is described as a sexy reimagining of Dracula as a family drama with a trio of strong, diverse female leads, a show about empowered women and the things they do to maintain wealth, prestige, legacy — and their non-traditional family. The project hails from Warner Bros. Television (

Gloria Allred Legal Drama in the Works at CBS

CBS has handed out a script commitment to an untitled drama inspired by the life of the famed feminist attorney. From writer Deborah Schoeneman, the untitled show is a fictional drama about a fearless, outspoken lawyer who takes on the toughest civil rights cases and is masterful at using the media in order to get justice. Schoeneman will pen the script and executive produce the CBS Television Studios drama alongside Allred, as well as Peter Principato and Paul Young. (

Syfy Renews ‘Killjoys,’ ‘Dark Matter’ for Second Seasons

The sci-fi series are set for sophomore runs to debut in 2016. (


‘Scandal’ Casts Julie Claire for Season 5

Julie Claire has joined the cast of ABC’s drama “Scandal” in a guest role. (

‘Supergirl’ Casts DC Comic Book Character Red Tornado

Iddo Goldberghas been cast in the role of the DC comic book character, described as the most advanced android the world has ever seen. (

Cara Buono Joins Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’; Dean Cain In ‘Lady Dynamite’

Cara Buono has landed a series regular role in Netflix’s supernatural period drama Stranger Things (fka Montauk). Stranger Things is set in 1980 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air.

Dean Cain has booked a recurring role on Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite. Starring actress-comedian Maria Bamford, Lady Dynamite is based on what Bamford has accepted to be “her life,” when she loses – and then finds – her sh*t.


‘Penny Dreadful’ Promotes Patti LuPone, Will Introduce Dr. Jekyll

The Showtime drama also adds Wes Studi as a series regular, as well as four more guest-stars. (

Girl Meets World Reels in Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban for Season 2 Guest Spot

Mark Cuban — owner of the Dallas Mavericks and regular investor on ABC’s Shark Tank — will guest-star as himself in an upcoming episode of the Disney Channel comedy. (


Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks to Split From Disney, in Talks With Universal

Sources say the Spielberg-directed The BFG, based on the Roald Dahl book and set to unspool on July 1, 2016, will be the last released under the Disney deal. The consensus among those with knowledge of the situation: Spielberg’s likely future home is Universal, where he has maintained his offices even as DreamWorks distributed its films through Paramount and then Disney. (

Kenneth Branagh Developing ‘Artemis Fowl’ Adaptation for Disney

Kenneth Branagh has signed on to develop the property and is attached to direct an adaptation of the popular YA novel for Disney, with Irish playwright Conor McPherson in talks to pen the script. The series follows the brilliant and cunning 12-year-old eponymous criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II, whose plot to extort gold from the secret Fairy People puts him directly in the cross-hairs of some of the most dangerous creatures on earth. (


CBS Will Live-Stream Regular Season NFL Games for First Time

CBS will live-stream its coverage of two regular-season National Football League games for the first time this season, expanding its digital broadcast of football as more viewers avail themselves of mobile screens. (


Dancing with the Stars Reveals Full Season 21 Cast

Dancing with the Starsrevealed its Season 21 celebs Wednesday morning on Good Morning America. (

Vice Media Lands Carmelo Anthony for New Sports Channel

The New York Knicks star will examine sports cultures around the world in a video series called “Stay Melo.” (


(animated) ‘Brave’ Princess Merida to Appear on Disney Junior’s ‘Sofia the First’

“Sofia the First” is welcoming special guest star, Princess Merida from Disney Pixar’s “Brave.” She will appear on the Oct. 12 episode of the animated series. (

Disney Taps Jonathan Headley To Be Treasurer

Jonathan Headley had been SVP for Corporate Finance and Assistant Treasurer. He moves to the Treasurer job that Christine McCarthy held before June when she was named CFO, replacing Jay Rasulo. (


TV’s "Masked Scheduler" Reflects on 35-Year Career: Nabbing Aniston for ‘Friends,’ Managing Rupert Murdoch

Preston Beckman, the newly retired mastermind behind NBC’s Must See TV and Fox’s ‘Idol’ chapter, spills secrets about toying with Dick Wolf and dealing with pushy producers: "I can’t worry about you." (

Funny Or Die Hires Gary Sanchez’s Owen Burke as First Editor-in-Chief, Promotes Chris Bruss to Digital President

Funny Or Die has promoted Chris Bruss to president of Digital Content and hired Gary Sanchez creative executive Owen Burke as the company’s first editor-in-chief of content. (

David Hill, Reginald Hudlin to Produce 88th Annual Oscar Telecast

David Hill and Reginald Hudlin have been named producers of the 88th Oscar telecast, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said Tuesday. (

Kate Hart Promoted To Director Of Development At Think Tank

Think Tank Management & Production assistant/creative executive Kate Hart, after working at the company for four years, finally is getting that well-deserved promotion.


THR: Fall TV’s Season of Firings, Recastings and Showrunner Swaps: "It’s Bad Marriages"

Summer tinkering with fall shows isn’t uncommon, of course, but dozens of execs and agents contacted by THR say this season is among the worst they recall, and they cite several key reasons for the turmoil. There’s more pressure than ever on new shows to perform quickly in an environment where ratings for the vast majority of series are tiny. (

Variety: Showrunner Shuffle: Last Minute Departures Explained by Booming TV Biz

The 2015-16 television season has yet to begin, but high drama is already taking place behind the scenes. With less than one month until new shows premiere, four network series have seen their showrunners exit. Why the sudden shuffle? In this era of “too much TV”, insiders report the fallout is serious, with most veteran showrunners already booked on one of the 400-plus shows on air. (

Atlantic: Saturday Night Live’s Talent Problem

More than anything, Jon Rudnitsky’s hiring demonstrates that despite last year’s creatively rocky season, SNL still has no intention of changing its strategies too much, even two years after its big shake-up. Outside of established improv troupes like The Groundlings and talent stables like the UCB, there’s the wider world of the Internet, which Lorne Michaels has so far been slow to mine. (

(tech) Buzzfeed: New Apple TV Will Feature Universal Search, Start At $149

Sources familiar with Apple’s plans say that a cornerstone of the the company’s new set-top box is a universal search feature that will enable searches across multiple streaming video services as well as Apple’s iTunes Store. (

(tech) Amazon, Netflix, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla And Others Partner To Create Next-Gen Video Format

Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix announced that they have formed a new open source alliance — the Alliance for Open Media — with the goal of developing the next generation of royalty-free video formats, codecs and other related technologies. (