Morning News Update for Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Tuesday, September 15, 2015:


‘Sugarland’ Workplace Comedy From ‘New Girl’ Duo Lands At Fox As Put Pilot

Foxhas given a put pilot commitment toSugarland, a single-camera comedy from Matt Fusfeldand Alex Cuthbertson, producer Aaron Kaplanof Kapital Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV. Loosely based on Fusfeld and Cuthbertson’s real-life experiences working together and the challenges that puts on their relationship, Sugarland centers on two friends who try and fail to keep work life and personal life separate while working for two difficult bosses.

‘The Searcher’ Optioned By eOne, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way

A new book from author Simon Toyne, The Searcher, has just been optioned for television by eOneand Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions. The book, which debuts October 6 from Harper Collins, is a high-concept thriller. Toyne’s novel is the first book in a new series about Solomon Creed, a man who has no memory of his past who ends up in a small Arizona town called Redemption.

Starz Nabs Stephen Poliakoff’s Post-WW2 Miniseries ‘Close to the Enemy’

Starz has nabbed U.S. rights to Stephen Poliakoff’s miniseries “Close to the Enemy.” Poliakoff wrote and directed the six-part series starring Jim Sturgess and executive produced by Helen Flint. Sturgess plays British intelligence officer Captain Callum Ferguson in the post-World War II thriller set in a bomb-rattled London hotel. His final task for the Army is to convince a captured German scientist (August Diehl) to hand over cutting-edge military technology.

‘The Blacklist’ Exec Producer Michael Watkins Inks Overall Deal With Sony TV

The Blacklist executive producer-director Michael Watkinshas signed a two-year overall deal with Sony TV. The pact includes a development component, on which Watkins is teaming with his producing partner Brian Gersh. The pair will focus on developing half-hour and hourlong series for network and cable, along with limited event series and docuseries.

‘The Comedians’ Co-Creator Ben Wexler Boards ‘The Grinder’ as Showrunner

Fox’s new fall comedy “The Grinder,” starring Rob Lowe and Fred Savage, has found a new showrunner: Ben Wexler. Wexler’s showrunner appointment is part of his new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV.

OWN’s Megachurch Drama ‘Greenleaf’ Adds ‘The Wire’ Alum as EP and Director

Clement Virgo has joined OWN’s upcoming megachurch drama “Greenleaf,” coming on board as an exec producer. Virgo will also direct the first episode of the series.

Atlantic: The Heartening Success of The Carmichael Show

The Carmichael Show premiered on NBC in the summer, after the network television season had formally concluded. Only six episodes were aired. But the show—a resolutely old-school multi-camera sitcom that smartly addressed current events without forgetting to be funny—overcame those obstacles to get a second season from NBC after its brief run was hailed by critics and set a summer ratings record. The Carmichael Show’s success was mostly thanks to how it offered a fresh perspective on age-old issues.


AdWeek: CBS Has the Strongest Crop of New Fall Shows, But Only One Is Truly Super

Adweek’s week-long look at each broadcast network’s new fall shows continues with CBS, which came in No. 2 in adults ages 18-49 last season, while, as usual, winning in total viewers. The network’s biggest swing this fall is also its best new show: CBS flies onto the superhero bandwagon with Supergirl, which arrives in late October and will kick off the network’s first sitcom-free Monday night lineup since 1949.

AdWeek: A Look at NBC’s New Fall Shows, Ranked From Worst to Best

NBC’s six new fall shows are mostly still works in progress. Just a week before some of them are set to debut, NBC has a final version of just two series ready to go: Blindspot, which is also its strongest freshman show, and Heroes Reborn, which was made available just two days ago.

AdWeek: Why NBC Is Betting Big This Fall on Live TV—and Neil Patrick Harris

NBC’s mantra this fall seems to be Every Night Live. The network, hoping to stay No. 1 this season in adults 18-49, will try to entice audiences with live programming on five different nights: Sunday (Sunday Night Football), Monday (The Voice), Tuesday (The Voice and Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris), Friday (Undateable) and Saturday (SNL).


Eric Lange Joins Netflix Drama Series ‘Narcos’ As Regular

The Bridge alum Eric Langehas booked a series regular role on Netflix‘s drama series Narcos.

Sarah Wynter Joins David E. Kelley’s Amazon Drama ‘Trial’

Sarah Wynterhas landed a series regular role opposite Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby and Maria Bello in Trial, the Amazon Studiosdrama from David E. Kelley.


New ‘Mary Poppins’ Movie in the Works from Disney

The new story will be set around 20 years after the tale of the classic 1964 movie that starred Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke. It will also take its cues from the book series that P.L. Travers wrote. Rob Marshall will helm the new feature, which will also be a musical. Songwriting team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will compose new original songs as well a new score. David Magee is board to write the screenplay.

Rachel McAdams to Star in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’

Rachel McAdamswill star in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. Scott Derricksonis directing the comic book movie, which is slated to start shooting in November. Disney will release the film on Nov. 4, 2016.


Arnold Schwarzenegger to Replace Donald Trump As Host of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

NBC has tapped Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace Donald Trump as host of “The Celebrity Apprentice.” NBC said the reality-competition show will return to the air in the 2016-17 season.

VH1 Renews ‘Dating Naked’ for Third Season

Season 2 of the unscripted series wraps Wednesday.

A&E to Air TV Special on Bill Cosby Accusers

‘Cosby: The Women Speak’ is set for Sept. 17.


Kudos Ups Three Execs; Names Jo Strevens As Head Of Development

Kudos, the maker of such shows as Humans, Broadchurch and The Tunnel, will have a new head of development in Jo Strevens.

Showtime’s David Nevins, CBS’s Armando Nuñez To Give Joint Keynote at MIPCOM

Showtime Networks’ president David Nevins and CBS Global Distribution’s president and CEO Armando Nuñez will deliver a joint keynote at MIPCOM.


Variety: Women Exec Producers Strongly Influence Female Employment in TV: Study

During the 2014-15 season, on shows with at least one female exec producer, 42% of characters were female, compared to 35% of characters on shows with no female exec producers. Among writers, the difference was stark: 32% of writers were female on shows with a female exec producer, compared to 8% on shows with only male exec producers. Among directors, the difference was 18% vs. 10%, and among editors it was 37% vs. 13%.