Morning News Update for Wednesday, September 9, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Wednesday, September 9, 2015:


ABC Buys ‘Bad News’ TV Station Comedy From Dana Klein & Aaron Kaplan

ABChas nabbed Bad News, a single-camera comedy written/executive produced byDana Kleinand executive produced by Aaron Kaplanof Kapital Entertainment. Bad News, which has received a script commitment plus penalty, is a fish-out-of-water comedy that centers on a hard-hitting and well-respected NYC news anchor who, after being fired, is forced to take a job as a human interest reporter at a fifth-rate news station in small-town Nebraska. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio.

Fox Buys Cirque du Soleil Nightclub Soap

Paradiso, a drama from Cirque du Soleil Media and 20th Century Fox TV, has been set up at Fox with a script commitment plus penalty. The project is said to be in the vein of Moulin Rouge. I Written by Yaniv Raz, Paradiso is a heightened soap that follows a girl pursuing her dream of performing at the Paradiso, the most glamorous nightclub in San Lorenzo (a fictional but contemporary city based on 1950s Havana). Once there, her bold personality will win her both friends and enemies in this politically charged world.

Female Baseball Drama From Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer Gets Put Pilot at Fox

Fox has given a put pilot commitment to an hour-long drama that follows a young female pitcher who defies the odds to become the first woman to compete in professional baseball. The untitled project, which hails from 20th Century Fox TV for Fox Broadcasting Company, will be penned and exec-produced by Rick Singer and Dan Fogelman. Non-writing exec producers are Tony Bill and Helen Bartlett.

CW Buys Electronic Dance Music Drama ‘The Drop’ From R.J. Cutler, Steve Angello

The CW has put in development The Drop, from R.J. Cutler, DJ Steve Angello, CBS TV Studios and studio-based Kennedy/Marshall Company. Set in the sexy, nonstop world of Miami’s electronic dance music scene, The Drop centers on a DJ teetering on the edge of ruin who finds hope (and more) in a gifted protégé who is female and African-American, both rarities in the EDM world. Writer-musician Kyle Jarrow is penning the script, with Cutler set to direct.

MTV Orders Three Comedy Pilots, Greenlights Hidden Camera Series from ‘Girl Code’ Creators

MTV has given pilot orders to three scripted comedies: Nicole Byer will star as a young adult who is forced to move in with her sister and four kids in the suburbs after causing a fire in her New York City apartment. Aunt Nicole will offer her own brand of advice to her sister’s kids while trying to get her life back on track. Exec producers include Christian Lander and Avi Gilbert with 3 Arts Entertainment. Byer will serve as a consulting producer.

In an untitled project from Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont, Paige and Jordan are two weed dealers living in L.A., desperate to succeed, find a little romance, and keep their clients happy and high — all with the least amount of effort possible. The project hails from Entertainment 360.

“Little Darlings” is a dark half-hour comedy about two very unlikely friends taking justice into their own hands and kicking literal ass on their college campus. Ophelia, your everyday stoner-hacker-hellion, has officially run out of effs to give, and when she discovers Jules may be the masked vigilante exacting justice on campus, her interest in college life is re-energized. Stacey Sher will serve as executive producer and Jennifer Kaytin Robinson will co-exec produce and wrote the pilot.

Killer Content Adapting Novel ‘Only Ever Yours’ For Film, TV

Killer Content has acquired the film and TV rights to Louise O’Neill’s novel “Only Ever Yours” with plans to develop the property as a film and TV series. O’Neill’s debut novel was a YA hit in the U.K., where it was published last year. “Only Ever Yours” is a dystopian story of a finishing school for girls where technology is used to enforce extreme standards of beauty and conformity.

Aron Eli Coleite Signs New Overall with WBTV, WHTV

Writer-producer Aron Eli Coleite has signed a new, multiyear overall deal with Warner Bros. Television and Warner Horizon Television. Coleite wrote the TNT pilot “Home.” Under the deal, he will render executive producer services on that WHTV/Jerry Bruckheimer Television-produced project.

(sched) Esquire Network Sets Premiere Date for First Scripted Series ‘Spotless’ for Saturday November 14th

Laced with dark humor, the 10-episode season follows two estranged brothers who are forced to reconnect after their lives were torn apart by a terrible childhood secret. Witnessing a double murder, they jeopardize their successful crime scene cleaning business by inadvertently becoming entangled in the deadly dynamics of organized crime. Marc-André Grondin, Denis Ménochet, Miranda Raison and Brendan Coyle star. SPOTLESS is produced by TANDEM Productions for CANAL+, with Rola Bauer as executive producer. Co-created by Ed McCardie and Corinne Marrinan.


Chicago Med Admits The Wire’s Marlyne Barrett as Series Regular

Marlyne Barrett, best known for playing Nerese Campbell on The Wire, has joined the NBC medical drama.

Once Upon a Time: Meghan Ory to Return as Ruby in Season 5

Meghan Ory is set to reprise her role as Ruby for multiple episodes during the ABC series’ Season 5A arc, which kicks off Sunday, Sept. 27.

Dennis Haysbert Joins BBC America Political Thriller ‘Undercover’

Dennis Haysbert has joined the cast of “Undercover,” the limited series set to air next year on the BBC and BBC America. The six-part series penned by Peter Moffat revolves around parallel stories that unfold in the U.S. and U.K. in different time periods.

Paula Abdul to Guest-Star on ‘Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life’

The ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ judge will play herself in an upcoming episode of the Fox comedy.


Amy Poehler to Produce High School Comedy ‘Schooled’

Universal has picked up the pitch from ‘Burning Love’ creator Erica Oyama. The comedy will explore the lengths a high school teacher will go to gain the respect she deserves.


Comedy Central Launches Original Series On Snapchat Discover

Comedy Central is starting to crank out serialized original content for Snapchat’s Discover platform: The network debuted a new, mobile-optimized show called “Swag-A-Saurus” starring James Davis, and has plans to launch four additional shows over the coming months. “Swag-A-Saurus” aims to explain puzzling slang expressions, “enlightening fans to what they’ve been pretending to know all along.”

Netflix ‘to fund new Black Mirror‘

Netflix has reportedly snapped up rights to Charlie Brooker’s dystopian future drama Black Mirror. According to the Radio Times, Netflix has agreed terms with writer Brooker and his House of Tomorrow prodco, which is part of the Endemol Shine Group. The Netflix deal will reportedly cover costs for “multiple episodes” of the drama. Black Mirror’s format comprises standalone stories set in dystopian near futures in which technology and media have impacted the lives of society.

Endemol Beyond USA Launches Video Hub Site

Endemol Beyond USA, the digital content arm of Endemol Shine North America, has taken the wraps off — a new direct-to-consumer website consolidating its entertainment properties and talent, and is set to be the home of future exclusive content released from the studio. At launch includes programing from lifestyle network Icon, creatively led by YouTube beauty maven Michelle Phan, and original content from talent including Pitbull, Jessica Sanchez, Drea de Matteo, Andy Milonakis and Brittany Furlan.

AdWeek: Instagram Debuts 30-Second Video Ads in Its Latest Pitch to Big Brands

Just three months after launching a full-blown ad business, Instagram is kicking things into another gear, announcing today that marketers can utilize 30-second videos in campaigns. Before, ads were capped at 15 seconds—the same length of video that users can post.

PewDiePie becomes the first person on YouTube to reach 10 billion views

Felix Kjellberg, the 25-year-old Swedish video star who goes by PewDiePie on YouTube, has become the first person to reach 10 billion views collectively across all of his videos. In August 2014, Variety declared PewDiePie as the third most influential figure among Americans ages 13-18, right behind the Fine Bros. and Smosh comedy teams, who are also huge YouTube stars.


(review) THR: Tim Goodman’s First Take: Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Offers "Weird, Creative Zing"

This first night seemed like an amalgamation of every piece of Stephen Colbert. Did it all work? Of course not. But what I liked most was the feeling that Colbert was going to reveal a side of himself that he didn’t get to show much on the Colbert Report or even The Daily Show — a side that was much more reflective of his days on Strangers With Candy or even the Dana Carvey Show.

NBC Names Bob Harper Host of ‘The Biggest Loser’

Longtime “Biggest Loser” trainer Bob Harper has been named the new host of NBC’s weight-loss competition program. Harper is set to replace Alison Sweeney.


Red Arrow International to Rep Spy Thriller The Romeo Section

Red Arrow International is set to distribute the espionage thriller The Romeo Section, which is first due out on CBC Canada next month. Created and executive produced by Chris Haddock (co-executive producer/writer for Boardwalk Empire), the 10×1-hour series follows an academic who secretly manages a roster of espionage assets and informants.

ABC Commercial goes to war

ABC Commercial, the sales arm of Aussie pubcaster ABC, has picked up the streaming and digital rights in Australia and New Zealand to forthcoming series When the War Began. The six-part Ambience Entertainment series, which premieres on ABC3 in early 2016, tells the story of a group of teenagers separated from their families following an invasion of the Australian mainland. The drama will be adapted from John Marsden’s bestselling novels.


No Joke! Comedy Pays on Forbes’ Highest-Paid TV Actresses List

Forbes has released its list of TV’s highest-paid actresses, and the ladies of sitcom dominate the top 15:

1. Sofia Vergara: $28.5 million

1. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting: $28. 5 million

3. Julie Bowen: $12 million

4. Ellen Pompeo: $11.5 million

5. Mariska Hargitay: $11 million

6. Julianna Margulies: $10.5 million

6. Amy Poehler: $10.5 million

8. Mindy Kaling: $9 million

9. Patricia Heaton: $7 million

9. Kerry Washington: $7 million

11. Tina Fey: $6.5 million

11. Emily Deschanel: $6.5 million

13. Pauley Perrette: $6 million

14. Robin Wright: $5.5 million

15. Zooey Deschanel: $5 million

A+E Networks Promotes Laura Fleury to SVP at LMN

A+E Networks has promoted Laura Fleury to senior vice president, Development & Programming of LMN. Fleury will oversee the network’s scripted and unscripted development and programming strategy, and report to Jana Bennett, President of FYI and LMN. She will also consult on crime and justice programming development for the flagship A&E Network.

Relativity’s Robbie Brenner Jumps to Jeff Kwatinetz’s The Firm

Relativity president of production Robbie Brenneris leaving the embattled company to join Jeff Kwatinetz‘s management/production company The Firm as a partner and president of its film division.


Vulture: Are Young Actors Bailing on Movies? How the Oscars Reveal Hollywood’s Leading-Man Drought

Over the last decade, Hollywood has failed to grow a new crop of young leading men like Leonardo DiCaprio, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Ryan Gosling, all of whom were Oscar-nominated for 25-and-under roles that helped establish them as the standard-bearers of their generation. While it’s exciting to see how many talented young actresses we now have, it’s starting to feel like we’re in the middle of a pretty severe young-actor drought that could have unusual implications for the industry.

(feature) WaPo: ‘Cruising toward oblivion’

Today, only half of millennials bother to get their driver’s licenses by age 18. Car culture, the 20th-century engine of the American Dream, is an old guy’s game.“The automobile just isn’t that important to people’s lives anymore,” says Mike Berger, a historian who studies the social effect of the car. “The automobile provided the means for teenagers to live their own lives. Social media blows any limits out of the water. You don’t need the car to go find friends.”Much of the emotional meaning of the car, especially to young adults, has transferred to the smartphone.

Buzzfeed: The Catalina Wine Mixer From "Step Brothers" Is Actually Happening

We all know the fucking Catalina wine mixer is the greatest party on Earth, according to Step Brothers. But the party was unfortunately fictional…until now. A beach club on Catalina Island is finally giving the people what they want and hosting a Catalina wine mixer IRL.