Morning News Update for Friday, September 4, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Friday, September 4, 2015. Have a great holiday weekend!


John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein Comedy Lands At Fox With Penalty

Hot feature writers John Francis Daleyand Jonathan Goldsteinare venturing into television with a single-camera comedy project for Fox, which has received a script commitment plus penalty. The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment. The single-camera comedy, described as a mix of adrenaline and heart, follows a group of adult underdogs as they try to ignite a spark in their lives and stand up for themselves when their town is overrun by a teenage street gang.

Matt Hubbard/Michael Schur Interracial Family Comedy Gets Production Commitment At NBC

NBC has given a production commitment to an untitled single-camera comedy from former 30 Rock co-executive producer Matt Hubbardand Parks & Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator/executive producer Mike Schur. The project from Universal TV, where Schur and Hubbard are under deals, revolves around Andrew and Josie, a happily married interracial couple whose lives take a turn when they move close to Josie’s family in Missouri. Hubbard is the writer.

Showtime Sets Teddy Roosevelt Limited Series in Development

Showtime is developing a limited series revolving around Teddy Roosevelt. The project, in early development, will be penned by “American History X” screenwriter David McKenna, who will also serve as an exec producer. The limited series will also be exec produced by Electus’ Ben Silverman and Sean Canino, plus Authentic’s Jon Rubinstein and Jason Egenberg.

NBC Buys ‘The Watcher’ Thriller Drama From Alex Cary & Aaron Kaplan

In June, a local news story about a New Jersey family forced to abandon their new home over chilling letters from a stalker who calls himself “The Watcher” made national headlines. It has now become an inspiration for a thriller TV drama project from former Homeland executive producer Alex Cary, producer Aaron Kaplan and Universal TV. Titled The Watcher, the project was bought preemptively by NBC.

Iain Glen, Frances O’Connor’s ‘Cleverman’ Series to Air on SundanceTV

SundanceTV will be the place in the U.S. to see “Cleverman,” the futuristic genre drama that stars Iain Glen, Frances O’Connor, Deborah Mailman, Hunter Page-Lochard, Rob Collins and Stef Dawson. Based on an original concept by Ryan Griffen, “Cleverman” is set in the near future and focuses on a group of non-humans battling for survival in a world where humans’ inferiority complexes make us want to silence, exploit and kill them. Michael Miller is the script producer and writers are Miller and Jon Bell.

Netflix’s ‘Narcos’ Renewed for Second Season

Adam Fierro will take over as showrunner for Chris Brancato, who oversaw the freshman series and departed to board ABC’s now-midseason biblical drama Of Kings and Prophets.

(ratings) ‘The Carmichael Show’ Rises in Second Week

Both new episodes of the NBC sitcom rose two-tenths from its premiere week. Wednesday’s back-to-back new episodes averaged a 1.3 and 1.1 rating among adults 18-49.

NBC Taps Lionsgate’s Cara Dellaverson as SVP of Drama Development

Cara Dellaverson has joined NBC as senior vice president of drama development. Dellaverson comes from Lionsgate where she was SVP of television development and current programming, and oversaw the launches of ABC’s ”Nashville” and Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black.”

Lifetime Development SVP Nina Lederman to Exit Network

Lifetime development executive Nina Lederman will exit the network. The move comes just months after reality TV veteran Liz Gately was named executive vice president and head of programming.

Disney XD Greenlights ‘Lab Rats’ and ‘Mighty Med’ Spinoff Series

Disney XD has given a series order to “Lab Rats: Elite Force,” a spinoff merging the cable net’s two sitcoms “Lab Rats: Bionic Island” and “Mighty Med.” Both “Lab Rats” and “Mighty Med” will end after their respective season runs are over, being succeeded by the “Elite Force” offshoot.


Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ Casts Stephen Rider As New Regular For Season 2

Stephen Riderwill be joining the Netflixsuperhero series as a new regular. He will play Blake Tower, a District Attorney for New York City who helps Charlie Cox’s Daredevil.

Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ Adds ‘House of Cards’ Alum as Villain

Mahershala Ali will play a villain in Netflix’s third Marvel series.

USA’s ‘Colony’ Enlists ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Alum for Recurring Role

Ally Walker will play a powerful figure in the midst of the occupied Los Angeles.

Bloodline Season 2: Birdman Actress Joins Cast as New Series Regular

English actress Andrea Riseborough (Birdman, W.E.) is joining Bloodline Season 2 as yet another person with ties to Ben Mendelsohn’s late black sheep.

Keith David To Star In OWN Drama Series ‘Greenleaf’

Keith David will topline Greenleaf, OWN‘s megachurch drama series from Craig Wrightand Lionsgate TV. The straight-to-series drama focuses on the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Emmy winner David will play Bishop James Greenleaf, the charming and charismatic but brilliantly manipulative leader of Greenleaf World Ministries.


AdWeek: Here’s What Surprised Showtime After It Began Offering a Streaming Service

Since the service, which is also called Showtime, went live on July 7 Showtime Networks President David Nevins has been receiving detailed, data-fueled reports about its growth and usage each day. "You can see on a nightly basis exactly what people are watching, and it’s fascinating," Nevins said. One discovery: many subscribers are opting for the network’s livestreaming options, instead of seeking out on-demand programming.


YouTube Group Dude Perfect Lands CMT Show

The cable net has greenlighted a comedy and live-action series from the YouTube stars. Hailing from Rob Dyrdek’s Superjacket Productions, the series will follow the lives of five best friends from Texas who have gained social media fame for their trick shots and other comedy stunts.


NYT: ‘Star Wars’ Fans Flock to Midnight Store Openings for New Toys

Streams of tired but excited devotees lined up for “Force Friday,” as the store openings were called, to buy a crush of products tied to an upcoming film.


Entertainment One TV Ups Jeff Lynas To COO

Entertainment One Television has promoted Jeff Lynasfrom his current position as SVP, Operations & Business Development to Chief Operating Officer. Lynas reports directly to CEO John Morayniss. In his expanded role, Lynas takes on oversight of all day-to-day operations for eOne Television on a global basis. (

MarVista Hires Development & Production VP

MarVista Entertainment has appointed Larry Grimaldi, a former Real Housewives producer and Hearst Entertainment exec, as the company’s VP of development and production.


US pay TV homes fall to 83%

Some 83% of all US households subscribe to a pay TV service, down from 87% in 2010 but up compared to the 2005 figure of 81%, according to new research.

DGA: Minority Women Got Only 2% Of First-Time Episodic TV Helming Jobs Last Season

During the 2014-15 TV season, 128 directors got their first shot at helming an episodic TV show. Of those, only one is an African-American woman, two are Latina and none is Asian-American. According to the DGA‘s latest data, 18 of those first-timers are Caucasian females, while 83.6% of the jobs went to men.

New Republic: Kermit Has a New Girlfriend? Good. His Last One Was a Domestic Abuser

In the end, it’s better for everyone that Kermit and Piggy have gone their separate ways. For the frog, it means the end of a long, abusive relationship. And for everyone else, it means the end of a comedy spectacle which mocked both men and women for violating traditional gender roles. After 40 years, it’s time to stop laughing at men who are victims, and at women who aren’t.

HBR: Why Sex and Violence Don’t Sell

A recent meta-study by Robert Lull and Brad Bushman of The Ohio State University, published in the journal Psychological Bulletin, looked at 53 experiments to analyze the effects of sexual and violent media and ad content on people’s memory, attitudes, and buying intentions. Contrary to the old adage, they found that, on all three measures, sex and violence weren’t effective at selling products, whether they characterized the program the ad was interrupting, or the content of the ad itself.

(opinion) HBR: The Dawning of the Age of Flex Labor

The prevailing paradigm of people working as full-time employees for a single organization has outlived its usefulness. Our vision is straightforward: most people will become independent contractors who have the flexibility to work part-time for several organizations at the same time, or do a series of short full-time gigs with different companies over the course of a year. Companies will maintain only a minimal full-time staff of executives, key managers, and professionals and bring in the rest of the required talent as needed in a targeted, flexible, and deliberate way. The application in the white-collar market of the seasonal worker concept has clear advantages over the prevailing full-time employee model.