Morning News Update for Thursday, September 3, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Thursday, September 3, 2015:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

HBO Developing Dark Comedy ‘The Loop’ From Nancy Hower & John Lehr

HBOhas put in development The Loop, a half-hour dark comedy fromNancy Hower and John Lehr. The project is about a couple who downsizes everything and chooses to sail the Loop — a nautical course that cuts through the heart of America. All goes wrong when they become entangled in a smuggling ring. Hower and Lehr will write and executive produce. (http://deadline.com/2015/09/hbo-comedy-the-loop-nancy-hower-john-lehr-1201513331/)

Bryan Cranston’s ‘Sneaky Pete’ Gets Series Order at Amazon

Bryan Cranston’s “Sneaky Pete” has been ordered to series at Amazon. The drama from Sony Pictures Television is executive produced by Cranston, David Shore, Seth Gordon, James Degus and Erin Gunn. Giovanni Ribisi stars as a criminal who steals his cellmate’s identity, and begins living with and working for the man’s family of bail bondsmen after being released from prison. (http://variety.com/2015/digital/news/bryan-cranston-sneaky-pete-amazon-series-order-1201584271/)

Dan Fogelman Lands NBC Pilot Order for Ensemble Dramedy

NBC has ordered a one-hour pilot for a dramedy from Dan Fogelman. The ensemble series will follow a unique group of characters all born on the same day. Fogelman will serve as writer and exec producer on the project. John Requa and Glenn Ficarra will direct the pilot, while also serving as exec producers with Fogelman, Jess Rosenthal and Charlie Gogolak. The untitled series hails from 20th Century Fox. (http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/dan-fogelman-nbc-pilot-order-dramedy-1201584001/)

Michael Strahan Exec Producing TV Adaptation of SXSW Short ‘Melville’

“Melville,” the SXSW short film about a man resurrecting his dreams for hip-hop stardom after a life-threatening illness, is being developed as a TV series. The project is executive produced by “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” co-host Michael Strahan and his partner, Constance Schwartz of SMAC Entertainment. James M. Johnston, who directed and wrote the short, is writing the pilot. (http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/michael-strahan-melville-tv-series-1201583906/)

Starz Renews ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ for Season 3

“Survivor’s Remorse” will be returning for a third season. (http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/survivors-remorse-season-3-renewed-starz-1201584255/)

Mashable: ABC Family, Fox are best networks for LGBT representation, GLAAD says

ABC Family and Fox both received "excellent" marks. Making the "good" grade were networks ABC, FX, HBO, MTV, Showtime and the CW. ABC’s grade was a somewhat bittersweet achievement. While it had the "highest volume of LGBT-inclusive content," with 32% of its original programming, only 17% of those LGBT impressions were made by people of color, the lowest of any broadcast network, the report states. (http://mashable.com/2015/09/03/glaad-report-on-tv-networks/)

Variety: How Kids’ TV Networks Are Fighting Off Their Frightening Decline

Morgan Stanley estimates that “C3” ratings are down 30% among viewers aged 2-11 in total-day tracking from mid-2013 through July across kids’ TV networks owned by Viacom, Disney, Time Warner and Discovery, compared with a 12% drop in the same period in primetime among viewers 18-49 across general-entertainment networks that skew toward adults. What’s worse is that kids’ networks can’t be easily dismissed as some outlier within the media industry; they could actually be a canary in the coal mine for the kind of negative market dynamics that could eventually catch up to brands catering to older consumers. (http://variety.com/2015/tv/features/kids-tv-strategy-nickelodeon-disney-digital-1201582874/)

CASTING NEWS:

‘Pitch Perfect’s’ Skylar Astin, ‘Veronica Mars’ Alum Chris Lowell Join EPIX’s ‘Graves’

‘Sea of Dreams’ actress Angelica Maria will also star in the half-hour satire series. The single-camera, half-hour comedy stars Nick Nolte as a former President of the United States. Two decades after his term ends, he begins to think that his policies have damaged the country for decades, so he goes on a Don Quixote-like journey to fix things. Meanwhile, his wife (Susan Sarandon) decides then to pursue her own political ambitions. (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/pitch-perfects-skylar-astin-veronica-819915)

Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ Enlists ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Star Theo Rossi

‘Daredevil’ star Rosario Dawson will also reprise her role on Netflix’s next Marvel series as the love interest for Luke Cage. (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/luke-cage-sons-anarchy-theo-819830)

Comedy Central’s ‘Daily Show’ Stocks Up on New Correspondents

Ronny Chieng, Desi Lydic and Roy Wood Jr. will join the ranks of the show’s “correspondents.” (http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/comedy-central-daily-show-trevor-noah-ronny-chieng-desi-lydic-roy-wood-jr-1201584073/)

Sarah Silverman, Jenny Slate, Mira Sorvino & More Join Netflix’s ‘Lady Dynamite’

Netflixhas rounded out the list of guest stars who will be joining Maria Bamfordin her upcoming comedy series Lady Dynamite. Sarah Silverman, Jenny Slate, Mira Sorvino, Patton Oswalt, Jon Cryer, Brandon Routh, June Diane Raphael, Adam Pally, and Tig Notaro will join previously announced Dean Cain and Ana Gasteyer in the series set to premiere exclusively on Netflix in 2016. The occasionally surreal episodes, refracted across multiple periods inspired by the actor/comedian’s life, tell the story of a woman who loses – and then finds – her s**t. (http://deadline.com/2015/09/sarah-silverman-jenny-slate-mira-sorvino-more-join-netflixs-lady-dynamite-1201512664/)

‘Game of Thrones’ Casts Pilou Asbæk as Euron Greyjoy for Season 6

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has cast Danish actor Pilou Asbæk as Euron Greyjoy in season six. Euron Greyjoy is the uncle of Theon (Alfie Allen) and Yara (Gemma Whelan). (http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/game-of-thrones-euron-greyjoy-pilou-asbaek-season-6-1201584050/)

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Hulu Adds (Mostly) Ad-Free Subscription Service

Hulu launched an alternative subscription service sans commercials in the programming–but with some notable exceptions. The new offering costs $12 per month. However, seven prominent broadcast TV series including ABC’s “Scandal” and Fox’s “New Girl” will still be preceded by a 15-second preroll ad and followed by a 30-second post-roll ad.second. (http://variety.com/2015/digital/news/hulu-adds-mostly-ad-free-subscription-service-1201583375/)

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Bill Wolff Named Showrunner of Chelsea Handler’s Netflix Talk Show

The TV veteran recently departed ‘The View,’ where he served as executive producer after a long tenure with Rachel Maddow. (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bill-wolff-named-showrunner-chelsea-819882)

‘America’s Got Talent’ Renewed for 11th Season at NBC

Auditions will kick off in November for the annual summer competition series. (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/americas-got-talent-renewed-11th-819787)

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Helena Bonham Carter to Play Literary Editor in ‘Love, Nina’ Miniseries for BBC

Helena Bonham Carter and Faye Marsay will signed on to star in the BBC television adaptation of "Love Nina," about a young nanny who takes care of the children of the London Review of Books editor in the ’80s. S.J. Clarkson will direct. (http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/helena-bonham-carter-to-play-literary-editor-in-love-nina-miniseries-for-bbc-20150902)

Leads Unveiled for E4’s Sci-fi Series

Michael Socha and Michaela Coel are set to star in E4’s upcoming series Alien (working title). In the show, aliens have lived among humans since they crash-landed in the U.K. 40 years earlier, and Michael Socha portrays Lewis, a border guard who mans the checkpoint between the alien city Troy and the human side of the wall. When he finds out that he’s the first half-alien, he enters a world of divided loyalties and must discover his true self. It is written by Fintan Ryan and produced by Clerkenwell Films. (http://worldscreen.com/articles/display/52206)

Netflix buys Italian corruption drama

Netflix has acquired US subscription streaming rights to Italian crime and corruption period drama 1992. 1992 comes from Sky Italia and producer Wildside, which was last month bought by FremantleMedia. The show follows a major criminal investigation set up by the Milan District Attorney into systematic corruption in Italy in the early nineties. Alessandro Fabbri, Ludovica Rampoldi and Stefano Sardo are its creators. (http://tbivision.com/news/2015/09/netflix-buys-italian-corruption-drama/475331/)

TWDC NEWS:

Marvel Creative Committee Disbanded

Word comes that the Marvel Creative Committee — which includes writer Brian Michael Bendis, publisher Dan Buckley, Marvel Enterprises Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada — has been disbanded following Monday’s revelation that Marvel Studios‘ chief Kevin Feige will now report to Disney’s Alan Horn instead of Marvel Entertainment CEO Issac Perlmutter. Removing the committee gives Fiege, Louis D’Esposito and executive producer Victoria Alonso further creative freedom to chart the direction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It also continues Marvel Studios’ growing power over Marvel Entertainment. (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/09/02/marvel-creative-committee-disbanded/)

Disney Grabs New Superhero Animated Series From ‘Peppa Pig’ Producer

Disney Channel and Disney Junior in the U.S. will debut ‘PJ Masks’ from co-producer Entertainment One. PJ Masks follows three young friends who at night become superhero alter egos Catboy, Owlette and Gekko to solve mysteries and learn life lessons. (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/disney-grabs-new-superhero-animated-819734)

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

New Sales and Scripted Execs at Televisa USA

Televisa USA, Grupo Televisa’s English-language-programming subsidiary, has hired Jonathan South as director of worldwide sales and David Sigurani as director of scripted development, two newly created roles. (http://worldscreen.com/articles/display/52202)

‘Walking Dead’ Creator Taps Heads of Film, TV Development

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and his Skybound Entertainment banner have added two heads of productions. Veteran producers (and brothers) Sean and Bryan Furst have been tapped to oversee production on all Skybound television and film projects (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/walking-dead-creator-taps-heads-819883)

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

National Review: People Actually Upset That Kermit the Frog’s New ‘Girlfriend’ Is Thin

“Well, apparently Kermit can’t get enough of women like his ex – as long as they’re younger and thinner than her and less successful than him (but still work at ABC, so he can rub her in Miss Piggy’s face),” Megan Carpentier, the U.S. opinion editor for The Guardian, wrote in a piece titled “Kermit the Frog’s New Girlfriend Is Younger, Thinner — and Blander.” (http://www.nationalreview.com/article/423437/kermit-the-frog-new-girlfriend-denise-thin-miss-piggy)

The Verge: Teens aren’t interested in your big TV

On-demand viewing has soared in recent years, according to a new report from Ericsson, with consumers spending an average of six hours per week watching on-demand movies and TV shows. That figure has more than doubled since 2011, when viewers devoted 2.9 hours per week to on-demand content. More than 50 percent say they stream on-demand content at least once a day, up from 30 percent in 2010. (http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/3/9254363/on-demand-mobile-viewing-tv-movies-ericsson-report)

Atlantic: Cable-Box Rentals: A Needless $19-Billion Industry

Earlier this year, a U.S. Senate study found that American households pay $231 a year on average renting cable boxes. Further, the report estimated that 99 percent of cable customers rented their equipment, and, across the country, that added up to a $19.5 billion industry just renting cable boxes. (http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/09/cable-boxes-fcc-television/403180/)

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