Morning News Update for Monday, September 14, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Monday, September 14, 2015:


(from Fri) ABC Buys Autobiographical Kat Coiro Family Comedy Set In South Beach

ABChas put in development a single-camera comedy pilot from Kat Coiro, which Julie Anne Robinson may direct. The semi-autobiographical family comedy is set in a South Beach Haitian restaurant. Coiro’s parents both are from European descent but have strong ties to the Caribbean country and had previously taken in six Haitian refugees into their home in Key Largo. Coiro is writing the script and will executive produce with Robinson and 3 Arts’ David Miner, Tom Lassally and Oly Obst.

(from Fri) YouTube Star Chester See To Topline ABC Family Dramedy From Maker Studios

Actor-musician Chester See, whose YouTube channel has 1.6 million subscribers, is heading to traditional media withOver The Top, a dramedy series project set up at ABC Family. See is set to star in the project, which he will write and executive produce with John Strauss through Maker Studios. This is believed to be the first Maker project for a Disney TV network since Disney’s acquisition of the online video. Over The Top is based on See’s real-life experiences and features him as a struggling artist trying to make a name for himself in the L.A. music scene.

(from Fri) Eva Longoria Producing Texas Ranger Comedy For NBC

The new project — a comedy penned by Rob Sudduth— has landed at NBC. Set against the world of Texas Rangers, the comedy follows train wreck Texas Ranger “Cathy Cruz,” who after inadvertently catching a serial killer, is recruited by the rough-and-tumble Texas Rangers. Cruz butts heads with her straight-laced macho partner at work as well as her judgmental Mexican family at home, and the biggest question that remains is: which world does she fit into less?

(from Fri) ‘Warrior’ Martial Arts Drama To Be Redeveloped By Fox

The martial arts drama from David DiGilioand Parkes/MacDonald is returning to pilot contention, this time at Fox. The network has ordered a new script for the project, originally developed and piloted by NBC last season. It centers on a broken woman who works undercover – with physical and spiritual guidance from a mysterious martial arts master – to bring down an international crime lord. Produced by Universal TV.

(from Fri) ‘Roadside Picnic’ Strugatsky Bros. Drama From ‘Transcendence’ Writer & ‘Game Of Thrones’ Director Set At WGN America

Alien saga Roadside Picnic, one of the most famous novels of top Soviet/Russian science fiction writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, is headed to American television. WGN Americais developing a series adaptation written by Jack Paglen, directed by Alan Taylorand produced by Neal Moritz. Sony Pictures TV, is the studio, partnering with Tribune Studios. Roadside Picnic is about an alien visitation to planet Earth, whose aftermath has led to the creation of “Zones” in the areas where the aliens had possibly landed. Such zones exhibit strange and dangerous phenomena not understood by humans, and contain artifacts with inexplicable, seemingly supernatural properties.

(from Fri) (TIFF) Weinstein Co. Acquires U.S. Rights to Icelandic TV Drama ‘Trapped’

The Weinstein Co. has acquired U.S. rights to the Icelandic TV drama series “Trapped,” created by director Baltasar Kormakur. The deal was sealed hours before “Trapped” had its world premiere as part of Toronto’s first-ever TV showcase. “Trapped” revolves around a grisly murder in a small Icelandic village and a blizzard that traps the likely killer in the area with the villagers. Olafur Darri Olafsson, Ilmur Kristjansdottir and Ingvar E. Sigurdsson star.

ABC’s ‘Dr. Ken’ Stars Talk Diversity, Which Jokes Are Off-Limits

At the PaleyFest Fall TV Preview, the cast fielded questions from fans during the panel, speaking candidly about ABC’s push for diversity in its programming and touching briefly on the importance of Margaret Cho’s 1990’s series, All-American Girl, in breaking new ground for Asian-Americans on television. Cho will guest star as Jeong’s sister in the first season of Dr. Ken.

New York Comic-Con To Get First Look At ‘Marvel’s Jessica Jones’

Marvel Television will unveil a first look at its new Netflix series Marvel’s Jessica Jonesat New York’s Comic-Con on October 10, more than a month before the original series’ November 20 streaming debut. The clip will run during a Saturday panel moderated by Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s head of television.

(review) THR: ‘The Bastard Executioner’

In a major leap, FX and ‘Sons of Anarchy’ creator Kurt Sutter create an intriguing and vast medieval epic that surprises and entertains on a number of fronts.


Creative Arts Emmys 2015: Full Winners List

The full list of winners from the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, presented at the Microsoft Theater at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles.


(WINNER) “Shark Tank”


(WINNER) Modern Family • Connection Lost • ABC • Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television


(WINNER) Dancing With The Stars • Routine: Elastic Heart • ABC • BBC Worldwide Productions


(WINNER) The Oscars ABC • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Creative Arts Emmys By The Numbers

WINS BY NETWORK (Program and individual winners combined):


NBC 11

FX Networks 8


Cartoon Network 4

Comedy Central 4



Amazon Instant Video 3


Discovery Channel 3

Netflix 3


‘Urban Cowboy’ Fox Pilot Adds Riley Smith To Cast

True Blood alum Riley Smithhas landed the last series regular role in Fox‘s drama pilot Urban Cowboy.

Shiri Appleby Joins CBS Medical Drama ‘Code Black’

Shiri Appleby is set to appear in “Code Black.” Though she is expected to be in as many as six to eight episodes of the CBS medical drama this season, she is currently signed on to guest star in one episode.

ABC’s Quantico Recruits Glee Grad Jacob Artist for Recurring Role

Glee alum Jacob Artist has booked a multi-episode arc on the Priyanka Chopra-fronted freshman FBI drama.

‘Chicago Fire’ Actor Boards ‘Secrets and Lies’ Season 2

Edwin Hodge will recur on the ABC anthology.

‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Recruits ‘Sniper’ Franchise Star Chad Michael Collins for Recurring Role

Chad Michael Collins is set to recur on this coming season of “NCIS: New Orleans.” The actor will play a Navy fighter pilot on the sophomore effort of the CBS procedural.

Patrick Schwarzenegger Joins ‘Scream Queens’ Cast

Patrick Schwarzenegger has joined the cast of Fox’s hotly anticipated horror-comedy show.

Vanessa Lengies Named ‘Lookinglass’ Regular On Fox, Nancy Lenehan Joins TBS Pilot ‘The Group’ In Recasting

Glee alumna Vanessa Lengies is returning to Fox as a new series regular on the network’s midseason drama Lookinglass(formerly The Frankenstein Code). Nancy Lenehan is set as a regular in The Group, TBS’ comedy pilot from Greg Daniels, writer David Jenkins, Conan O’Brien’s Conaco and Warner Horizon TV.

Hannibal’s Richard Armitage Cast as Lead, The Killing’s Michelle Forbes to Co-Star in EPIX Spy Drama

Richard Armitage is pulling into Berlin Station, EPIX’ upcoming 10-part contemporary spy drama. Additionally, Michelle Forbes has joined the ensemble.


Robert Redford, Jane Fonda in Talks for Netflix’s ‘Our Souls at Night’

‘Fault in Our Stars’ writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber will pen the script. The film is an adaptation of Kent Haruf’s novel, which hit shelves in May. It centers on two older neighbors who have both lost their spouses and are alone in their big houses. They build a connection and reminisce about their lives.


Time spent inside mobile apps has exceeded that of time spent watching TV in the US for the first time

The average US consumer is spending 198 minutes per day inside apps compared to 168 minutes on TV. It is hard for us to quantify how much of that time spent in apps overlaps with time spent on TV, as the second screen phenomena is clearly prevalent especially among generations Y and Z. So, while time-spent on TV hasn’t decreased, it is hard to say how much of that time is actual watching, versus having background noise to the plethora of apps being actively consumed on mobile devices.


eOne launches Canadian development lab

Entertainment One Television is creating an initiative that will workshop and develop Canadian pilot scripts of underlying literary works and creative properties for TV. Selected properties and creators will receive support in developing pilots through top-level professional and international expert support.


From Mickey to Mowgli: Who was the real Walt Disney?

The Walt Disney Company gave PBS’ American Experience the keys to the Magic Kingdom and promised not to interfere. The result is the four-hour documentary, Walt Disney, airing over two nights, September 14 and 15, on PBS. The footage depicts a complex man, both beloved and feared, in his own struggles: wanting mass acceptance while pushing artistic boundaries, trying to control a burgeoning empire, driving his staff while wanting a workplace family.


Kathy Savitt Departs Yahoo to Lead Digital at STX Entertainment

One of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s first hires, Savitt oversaw marketing and original content as CMO and head of media.


Vox: There will be more than 400 scripted TV series this year. That bubble’s bound to burst.

Most [executives] will agree on some version of what [television model] will eventually result from all of this — a world where pretty much everything looks like a streaming service, and you order episodes of shows you want to watch one by one or pay some sort of subscription fee for them. And it’s a world where networks don’t matter nearly so much as branding, where you watch an "ABC show" because it’s a certain type of show, not because it’s on ABC.

Atlantic: Stephen Colbert’s Writing Staff: 17 Men, 2 Women

Stephen Colbert’s new show has a writing staff that includes 17 men. And only two women. And: All 19 of those writers are white. A writing staff is, in many ways, the soul of a show. The 19 people Colbert selected for The Late Showwill decide much about how his influential platform will do its influencing.

Vulture: The Terrible World of Casting Notices

For those of who have never tried to make it as an actor, you might assume these are unusual instances of discrimination in the world of commercial casting. But if you receive casting notices regularly you probably don’t find them all that surprising. These are relatively tame examples of the sort of casual prejudice embedded in casting notices that go out to thousands of people every single day.

Vulture: How Pop Stars Make Money Now

Vulture crunched the numbers, speaking with agents, managers, and industry vets on how today’s artists make their mint, if not record sales. The numbers we received were all ranges, but they do to capture the earning potential of an artist today, both well-established and emerging.

Atlantic: The Rise of Twitter Fiction

The award-winning author David Mitchell is writing a new short story, and you can read his work-in-progress on Twitter. Over the past four days, Mitchell has intermittently posted tweets from the perspective of his narrator, an obsessive stalker and hacker.