Morning News Update for Tuesday, September 29, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your Morning News Update for Tuesday, September 29, 2015:


ABC Buys Car Dealership Comedy From ‘Benched’ Co-Creator & Annie Mumolo

ABChas bought Wheeler Dealer, a half-hour comedy pitch from Benched co-creator Damon Jones, with Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo. Wheeler Dealer is inspired by the true story of Jones’ sister, a suburban housewife and mother who inherits her deceased husband’s struggling car dealership in rural West Texas. Jones will write and executive produce. Mumolo and Tim Lovestedt also executive produce, along with Thruline Television’s JB Roberts and Willie Mercer. ABC Studios is the studio.

NBC’s ‘Blindspot’ Gets Back-Nine Script Order

The freshman drama starring Jaimie Alexander grew from a 3.1 to a 4.5 among adults 18-49 with three days of delayed viewing.

Steve Harvey Inks Overall Deal With Endemol Shine North America

Under the pact, Harvey’s 112th Street Productions will develop original unscripted, scripted and digital content. Gerald Washington serves as president and Donna-Marie Reid as director of development of 112th Street, which is now based at Endemol Shine’s Los Angeles offices.

(sched) A & E To Premiere Three-Part Supernatural Miniseries ‘The Enfield Haunting’ October 9

A&E Network presents the supernatural thriller “The Enfield Haunting,” a dramatization of the terrifying real-life events that took place in a seemingly ordinary home in northern London during the fall of 1977. Written by Joshua St. Johnston and directed by Kristoffer Nyholm, the miniseries premieres Friday, October 9th at 10PM ET/PT on A&E.


Nashville Casts Gilmore Grad as ‘Hipster’ Love Interest, But for Whom?

Scout Taylor-Compton, whose many TV roles include that of Dean’s little sister on Gilmore Girls, is joining the cast in the recurring role of Erin.

‘Orphan Black’ Adds ‘Rookie Blue’ Alum as Series Regular

Rookie Blue alum Joel Thomas Hynes has joined the BBC America and Space drama as a series regular. Orphan Black is also adding Emmy-nominated Mad Men scribe Semi Chellas as a consultant.


‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Zombie Airplane Web Series to Launch this Fall

AMC has launched a web series for “Fear the Walking Dead,” which will premiere this fall during “The Walking Dead’s” Season 6 run. Titled “Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462,” the 16-part web series follows a group of passengers aboard a commercial airplane during an early outbreak.


Kim Fields Joins ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Season 8

After much speculation, Bravo has confirmed “The Facts of Life” alum Kim Fields is joining the cast of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” for Season 8.


FremantleMedia debuts Swedish crime, new Nigella

FremantleMedia International will debut Swedish drama Modus, the TV adaptation of John Lanchester novel Capital and a Nigella Lawson cooking series at MIPCOM. Modus comes from FremantleMedia-owned Miso Film and was for TV4 in Sweden. The crime drama, based on Anne Holt’s novel series, follows a psychologist and profiler who, along with her autistic daughter, is drawn into an investigation around a series of brutal killings. Capital is billed as “witty, vivid and sharply observant drama about the interconnected lives of a diverse group of Londoners linked to a fictional London street”.


ABC ‘Agents of SHIELD’ Characters to Join ‘Marvel Future Fight’ Mobile Game

Marvel Entertainment is engaging in its first-ever collaboration between TV and gaming divisions: The studio will bring nine characters from ABC’s “Agents of SHIELD” to the free-to-play “Marvel Future Fight” mobile game. The idea behind the Mouse House synergy: to both promote season 3 of “Agents of SHIELD.”


ABC Family Taps Sabrina Padwa As SVP Business Affairs

Sabrina Padwais moving from sister-company ABC Studios to ABC Familyin the newly created position of SVP Business Affairs. The move was announced by Tom Ascheim, President, ABC Family, to whom Padwa will report. ABC Family’s business affairs was previously under the perview of Adina Savin, who oversees business affairs for Disney Channel. With growth in both businesses, ABC Family decided it was time to have its own dedicated head for business affairs.

Steve Mosko Promoted to Chairman of Sony Pictures Television

Steve Mosko has been promoted to chairman of Sony Pictures Television. The move promises stability on the TV side of the Sony Pictures lot after a major shakeup earlier this year in its film division.

Katie O’Connell Exiting Newly Rebranded Gaumont TV; Gene Stein Named President

Gaumont is consolidating all television divisions, now under the name Gaumont Television. Gene Stein will serve as president, stepping in, as current CEO Katie O’Connell departs. The newly rebranded Gaumont Television will house the Los Angeles-based Gaumont International Television, plus the Paris-based Gaumont Television Europe and Gaumont Animation.

Discovery Shuffles Execs, Taps New Leaders for Science and Destination America

Marc Etkind is moving into the general manager post at Science after serving in the same capacity at Destination America. Jane Latman, formerly g.m. of Discovery Life Channel, will succeed Etkind, and she will continue to perform double duty as senior VP of development for Investigation Discovery channel.

eOne Expands Pact with Ilana Frank

Entertainment One (eOne) has expanded its partnership with Rookie Blue and Saving Hope producer Ilana Frank, inking a new three-year overall deal with her outfit, ICF Films (ICFF).

Hulu brings in former Xbox exec

Hulu has appointed former Sonos and Xbox executive Ben Smith as its new senior vice president and head of experience.

Rain Management Group Taps Garrett Greer As Literary Manager; Michael Kolodny Joins Kaplan Stahler

Garrett Greerhas joined Rain Management Group as Literary Manager. Greer began his career in television as an assistant at the Kaplan Stahler Agency. He went on to work as a production fellow at ABC Studios. Former Fineman Entertainment manager Michael Kolodny has joined Kaplan Stahler Agency as a literary agent. Kolodny worked in development at ABC Network and Fox Television Studios.

(stage) ‘CSI’ Creator Anthony Zuiker to Write ‘Soul Train’ Musical for Broadway

The brewing Broadway musical version of “Soul Train” has found its conductor, and it’s Anthony Zuiker, the creator of the “CSI” franchise. In Zuiker’s conception, the “Soul Train” musical will tell the backstage story of producer and host Don Cornelius as well as a handful of the “Soul Train” dancers.


Ken Jeong Rips Critic Accusing Him of ‘Yellowface Buffoonery’

Ken Jeongfired off a series of tweets after Asian blogger Christian Fan referred to Jeong’s comedy style as “blackface yellowface buffoonery.” “Invited [Christian Fan] to set for a day of discussion and he proceeded to call me a blackface yellowface buffoon,” Jeong tweeted. “I call him a cowardly blogger.”

TV Ad Prices: Football, ‘Empire,’ ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘Big Bang Theory’ Top The List

The Variety numbers are based on deals made during TV’s “upfront” market, when advertiser buy commercial inventory in advance. They may be quite different in TV’s “scatter” market, when inventory is purchased much closer to the ads’ actual air date. Click the link for a list of TV’s 25 most expensive programs for advertisers, with year-to-year comparisons.

Nielsen Says Total Audience Measurement Is Coming ‘by the End of the Year’

"By the end of this year, we’ll have most of these pieces in place," said Steve Hasker, Nielsen’s global president, referring to the firm’s total audience measurement, which he said will provide a total audience read across all linear and digital platforms daily. The new data, he added, will give advertisers, buyers and networks "the ammunition to move beyond C3 and C7" when it comes to advertising metrics. Nielsen’s total audience measurement is "trying to create a level playing field between television and digital video," with "like-for-like metrics," said Lynda Clarizio, president of U.S. media for Nielsen.

FastCo: What You Know About Audience Engagement Is Wrong. And Viacom is Fixing It

"What our audiences and consumers see is influenced by who they trust," Hubert says. It should come as no surprise that consumers are more likely to watch, listen to, or read content that’s recommended to them by a trusted source—and the numbers in Scratch’s study only serve to bolster this idea, with 84% saying they’re influenced to watch content recommended by someone they know and 75% saying they’d watch content because "a lot of people are talking about it."

(essay) NYT: Stop Googling. Let’s Talk.

I’ve been studying the psychology of online connectivity for more than 30 years. For the past five, I’ve had a special focus: What has happened to face-to-face conversation in a world where so many people say they would rather text than talk?