Morning News Update for Thursday, September 10, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Thursday, September 10, 2015:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Seth Rogen Announces ‘Preacher’ Ordered to Series at AMC

AMC has reportedly given a series order to “Preacher,” the comic book adaptation from Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin. Rogen, who directed the pilot with Goldberg, announced the news via Twitter. It stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, a preacher who struggles with relating to the parishioners in his small Texas town as well as finding his own way with God. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/seth-rogens-preacher-series-amc-1201589225/

(sched) ‘Jessica Jones’ Gets Netflix Premiere Date

“Jessica Jones,” Netflix’s newest Marvel series, received an official premiere date on Thursday. The private eye drama will premiere 13 one-hour episodes on November 20, 2015 at 12:01am PT. http://www.thewrap.com/netflixs-new-marvel-series-jessica-jones-gets-premiere-date/

CASTING NEWS:

‘Walking Dead’ Promotes Three to Series Regular

Tovah Feldshuh, Alexandra Breckenridge and Austin Nichols have been promoted to regulars. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/walking-dead-promotes-three-series-821299

Fox’s ‘Urban Cowboy’ Pilot Casts Nathalie Kelley as Female Lead

Fox’s “Urban Cowboy” has set “UnREAL” star Nathalie Kelley as its female lead. The project also cast “Carrie Diaries” alum Lindsey Gort. http://www.thewrap.com/fox-urban-cowboy-pilot-nathalie-kelley-lindsey-gort/

Urban Cowboy: Edward James Olmos Joins Fox Adaptation as Series Regular

Edward James Olmos has landed a series regular role in Urban Cowboy, Fox’s in-the-works adaptation of the 1980 John Travolta film. http://tvline.com/2015/09/09/edward-james-oleos-urban-cowboy-fox-cast/

‘Empire’ Casts Clarence Williams III as Lucious Lyon’s Mentor

“Empire” has cast Clarence Williams III in a guest-starring role for season two. Williams will play Huey Jarvis, a legendary music mogul and mentor to Lucious Lyon. http://www.thewrap.com/empire-casts-clarence-williams-iii-as-lucious-lyons-mentor-exclusive/

Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ Adds Frank Whaley

Frank Whaleyhas joined the cast of Netflix’s Marvel series Luke Cage. He will play the recurring role of Detective Scarfe. http://deadline.com/2015/09/marvel-luke-cage-frank-whaley-cast-netflix-1201519838/

OWN Megachurch Drama Series ‘Greenleaf’ Rounds Out Cast

Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorneand Deborah Joy Winans have landed the last three series regular roles on OWN’s megachurch drama Greenleaf. http://deadline.com/2015/09/own-megachurch-drama-series-greenleaf-cast-lamman-rucker-1201519681/

FEATURE NEWS:

Patrick Dempsey Joins Working Title’s ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’

Patrick Dempsey is set to join Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth in Working Title and Universal’s sequel “Bridget Jones’s Baby.” http://variety.com/2015/film/news/patrick-dempsey-bridget-jones-baby-1201589096/

‘Supergirl’ Melissa Benoist, Matthew Gray Gubler Comedy Headed to St. Lawrence International Film Festival

Melissa Benoist, Matthew Gray Gubler, “Harry Potter” alum Timothy Spall, Eric Christian Olsen and more are headed to the inaugural St. Lawrence International Film Festival. The event will feature competitive screenings, galas and panels over four days from October 22-25. Benoist and Gubler star with Hannibal Buress in “Band of Robbers,” which will have its marquee screening at the fest. http://www.thewrap.com/supergirl-melissa-benoist-matthew-gray-gubler-comedy-headed-to-st-lawrence-international-film-festival-exclusive/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

YouTube, Awesomeness Films Announce First Movie: ‘Dance Camp’

YouTube and Awesomeness Films have announced “Dance Camp,” a music-and-dance teen drama, as the first feature-length film under their co-production deal. The movie, produced by Jon M. Chu, stars popular YouTuber Meg DeAngelis and Vine celeb Jake Paul, alongside Nadji Jeter. The film will be directed by British female duo Bert & Bertie. http://variety.com/2015/digital/news/youtube-awesomeness-films-dance-camp-movie-1201588834/

NBCU Will Tap Vox, BuzzFeed To Improve Streaming-Video Distribution

“We need to get better in terms of taking our existing video content and bringing it to consumers directly via the Internet,” said Steve Burke, the company’s chief executive. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/nbcu-steve-burke-buzzfeed-vox-1201588819/

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

(ratings) ‘The View’ Season Premiere Down 22 Percent From Last Year

Ratings for the 19th-season premiere of ABC’s “The View” dropped 22 percent from last year’s season opener, which hit an eight-year high due to the return of Rosie O’Donnell after a seven-year absence. The revamped syndicated talk show earned a 2.5 rating among households and a 1.0 rating among its targeted demographic of women aged 25-54 — a steep 47 percent drop from a year ago. http://www.thewrap.com/the-view-season-premiere-down-22-percent-from-last-year/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Second Season for Endemol Shine’s Turkish Drama Broken Pieces

Broken Pieces, a Turkish drama created by Endemol Shine Turkey and distributed by Global Agency, has been renewed for a second season on Star TV. In the series, two women from vastly different economic backgrounds give birth at the same hospital on the same day. Their babies are switched by mistake, and issues arise when the truth about the children finally comes to light. http://worldscreen.com/articles/display/52320

ITV Orders Second Season of Safe House

The event thriller Safe House, starring Christopher Eccleston, has been recommissioned by ITV. Season two will be written by Ed Whitmore with Marc Evans returning to direct. http://worldscreen.com/articles/display/52318

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

Logo’s Pamela Post Upped to SVP Original Programming and Series Development

Logo TV announced Wednesday that it has elevated Pamela Post to the role of senior v.p. of original programming and series development. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/logo-pamela-post-svp-original-programming-1201589042/

Patrick Kelly Promoted in Business Affairs at TBS, TNT

Patrick Kelly has been promoted to exec VP of business affairs for TBS and TNT. Kelly, who is based in Los Angeles, reports to Sandra Dewey, president of TNT and TBS Productions and business affairs for TBS/TNT parent Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/patrick-kelly-business-affairs-tbs-tnt-1201589155/

David Glasser, the Sequel: Weinstein Executive Who Left Is Back

Mr. Glasser announced his departure in August, but, in a turnabout, he will remain as president of the independent film and television studio. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/10/business/media/david-glasser-the-sequel-weinstein-executive-who-left-is-back.html

Ovation’s Lori Hall Promoted to Vice President, Program Planning, Scheduling and Acquisitions

Ovation TV has promoted Lori Hall to vice president of program planning, scheduling and acquisitions. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/ovation-lori-hall-promoted-vp-program-planning-acquisitions-1201589151/

Onetime Chairwoman of NBCUniversal News Announces Her Exit

Patricia Fili-Krushel’s tenure has coincided with a difficult time for NBCUniversal’s news division, marked by ratings slides of valued properties. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/10/business/media/onetime-chairwoman-of-nbcuniversal-news-announces-her-exit.html

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

(tech) Apple unveils 64GB Apple TV for $199, 32GB model for $149

The Apple TV just got its first big update since March of 2012, and it’s a substantial upgrade for both hardware and software. The fourth-generation box should be much faster, and it will use that extra speed to run apps and games from its all-new app store. It also comes with a redesigned remote control to improve navigation, which has long been one of the Apple TV’s weak points. http://arstechnica.com/apple/2015/09/apple-unveils-huge-apple-tv-upgrade-with-app-store-siri-more/

(tech) Apple’s new iPad Pro is an expansive 12.9 inches, available in November

The newly named iPad Pro is 6.9mm thick and weighs 1.57 lbs—slightly heavier than the 1.54 lb first-generation iPad. According to Apple, it will have a 10-hour battery life. http://arstechnica.com/apple/2015/09/apples-new-ipad-2-pro-is-an-expansive-12-9-inches/

California’s Bid to Bring Production Back to State Striking Gold

Now that the California Film Commission has unveiled the first round of feature films to receive incentives under the state’s recently expanded tax credit program, producers are indicating that the new scheme is an anti-runaway success. http://variety.com/2015/artisans/production/california-bid-to-bring-production-back-to-state-wins-1201588106/

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