Morning News Update for Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your Morning News Update for Wednesday, September 30, 2015:


Esquire Orders Scripted Drama ‘Beowulf’ From ITV Studios

Esquire Network has given a series order to ITV Studios’ “Beowulf,” which marks the NBCUniversal cabler’s second scripted project. “Beowulf,” a re-imagining of the mythological historical poem, revolves around a troubled warrior who experiences love and loss yet shares a deep binding comradery with his fellow kinsmen. Esquire has ordered 13 episodes. James Dormer wrote the script and exec produces with Tim Haines and Katie Newman. The series, set to debut next year, follows Esquire’s order for “Spotless,” a dark drama about brothers that bows Nov. 14.

Liz Feldman Comedy ‘Hello Again’ Gets CBS Put Pilot Commitment

Hello Again, a comedy about second thoughts and second chances fromLiz Feldman, has landed at CBSwith a put pilot commitment. The multi-camera comedy, produced by Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Warner Bros. TV, centers on a mostly happily married woman whose life gets turned upside down when the only other man she’s ever loved moves in next door.

Greg Garcia Teams With Writers Stephnie Weir & Bobby Bowman For CBS Comedies

Greg Garcia has partnered with Stephnie Weir and Bobby Bowman for two new comedy projects at the eye network through CBS TV Studios, where Garcia’s company Amigos de Garcia Productions is based. The untitled Stephnie Weir multi-camera comedy, also known as Y’all in the Family, is set in Texas and centers on a conservative, small town family who is forced to reconcile their family values when they discover their children’s lives are less than perfect.

How To Speak American, written by Bowman, is a hybrid comedy about a coddled millennial who teaches ESL to a variety of immigrants, who in turn, teach him about grit, courage and hustle.

‘Hosed’ Firefighter Comedy Produced By Ty Burrell Gets Fox Put Pilot Commitment

Ty Burrellhas landed his first major sale: a put pilot commitment at Foxfor single-camera comedyHosed. Written by Luvh Rakhe, Hosed is a workplace comedy about volunteer firefighters in America’s second-rainiest town.

NBC Developing WWII Miniseries with BBC About Jews Who Fought Nazis in Britain

NBC is developing a World War II miniseries, in collaboration with the BBC. Titled “The 43,” the six-part drama would chronicle the true story of a Jewish vigilante group who, between the years of 1946 and 1950, fought the rise of fascism that was emerging on the streets of Britain. Erik Jendresen will pen the project.

‘Jack Ryan’ TV Series From Carlton Cuse Lands at Amazon

Amazon has handed out a straight-to-series order for the drama based on Tom Clancy’s popular CIA books following a competitive bidding process. The drama hails from Carlton Cuse and writer Graham Roland, Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, Skydance Media and Paramount Television. The series is described as a new take on the Jack Ryan movies that follow the character in his prime as a CIA operative but use the books as a jumping off point.

ABC Family Picks Up Nicki Minaj Comedy to Series

Minaj will exec produce and appear in the series, which will begin shooting in Queens this winter. The half-hour, single-camera comedy is based on Minaj’s family’s immigration from Trinidad in the early ’90s. Kate Angelo penned the pilot and will write the project. She will exec produce the series with Minaj, Aaron Kaplan, Stella Bulochnikov and Brian Sher, as well as Gee Roberson.

Rob Schneider’s Comedy Series ‘Real Rob’ Coming to Netflix

Rob Schneider’s comedy series Real Rob is coming to Netflix. The eight-episode scripted series, starring, produced and directed by Schneider, will come to Netflix on Dec. 1. The series mixes scripted comedy with Schneider’s stand-up performances and is "an exaggerated yet brutally honest depiction of Schneider’s real life."

Neal Moritz Inks Deal with Sony TV, Hires Pavun Shetty as Head of Original Film’s TV Division

Neal Moritz has inked an overall deal with Sony Television. His production company Original Film is also currently under a long-term Sony deal on the feature side. Along with the new deal, which covers drama and comedy for both network and cable, Moritz has brought on Pavun Shetty from Chernin Entertainment to head Original’s television division.

Starz Inks Overall Deal With ‘Power’ Producer 50 Cent

Curtis Jackson will develop new projects for the premium cable network.

(sched) Castle, Nashville Latest ABC Series to Adopt Extended Winter Break Plan

Castle and Nashville, ABC’s last two “holdouts,” this winter will adopt the extended midseason break plan originated by such sister series as Once Upon a Time, Scandal and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

AdWeek: Which New TV Shows Are Emerging as Winners and Losers So Far This Season?

The first week of the 2015-2016 TV season is in the books. And while there are still several new shows debuting in the next few weeks, we already have a good snapshot of how this season is shaping up, which new shows already seem likely to receive full-season pickups and which seem destined for early exits.


T.I. Inks Talent/Development Deal With Warner Bros TV

Warner Bros Television has signed a talent holding/development deal with actor and hip-hop artist Tip “T.I.” Harris. Under the pact, the studio will develop potential new series for Harris and also could cast him in an existing project.

Elisha Cuthbert Joins Ashton Kutcher’s Netflix Comedy Series ‘The Ranch’

Happy Endings alumnaElisha Cuthberthas landed a major recurring role opposite Ashton Kutcherin Netflix‘s multi-camera straight-to-series comedy The Ranch.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse Joins Will Arnett in Netflix Series ‘Flaked’

The actor will play a tech whiz in the series.

Carl Edwards to Appear on Fox’s ‘The Grinder’

The NASCAR driver is stopping by the new comedy starring Rob Lowe and Fred Savage.

‘Happy Endings’ Favorite Joins Showtime Pilot ‘I’m Dying Up Here’

Stephen Guarino will play an over-the-top comedian in the dark comedy from Jim Carrey.


Marvel Movies Will Eventually Reference the TV Shows

During a Q&A promoting the home video release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige called the situation "inevitable." "I think that’s inevitable at some point as we’re plotting the movies going forward and they’re doing the shows." The issue thus far, he said, is that the schedules for the TV shows and movies "do not always quite match up to make that possible."


E!’s ‘WAGS’ Renewed for a Second Season

The wives and girlfriends will be back next year.


Red Arrow lines up drama for Cannes

German distributor Red Arrow International has unveiled its Mipcom catalogue with shows from ProSieben, ITV, the BBC and SundanceTV top of its slate. Scripted shows include CBC Canada’s espionage thriller The Romeo Section, which follows spies using seduction to extract state secrets, while zombie drama Cleverman is from ABC Australia and SundanceTV and stars Iain Glen and Frances O’Connor.

Sky1 travels with Hooten & The Lady

Sky1 in the UK has ordered a globetrotting drama starring Michael Landes that follows a pair of explorers searching for lost treasure. Hooten & The Lady, which will also star Ophelia Lovibond, is being produced by Red Planet Pictures and follows the duo as they track down fabled relics around the world. Red Planet founder Tony Jordan is showrunner and heads a writing team including co-creators James Payne, Sarah Phelps, Jeff Povey and Richard Zajdlic.

Dramedy Liaisons Part of Imagina International Sales’ MIPCOM Slate

The Bulgarian dramedy Liaisons is one of the top offerings Imagina International Sales will be showcasing at MIPCOM. Produced by Emo Vision for Bulgaria’s BTV national channel, the scripted series portrays the crisis of a married couple when their lovers enter the scene. The distributor will also present the series Olmos & Robles, a detective comedy format that aired on Televisión Española.


Esquire Network Ups Matt Hanna To EVP Original Programming

Matt Hannahas been elevated to EVP, Original Programming for Esquire Network.

2015 Nicholl Fellowship Winning Screenwriters Selected

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced the winners of the 30th annual Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. The winners are: Elizabeth Chomko, What They Had; Andrew Friedhof, Great Falls; Anthony Grieco, Best Sellers; Sam Regnier, Free Agent; Amy Tofte, Addis Abeka.

Sony nabs Fox exec to build int’l production

Sony Pictures Entertainment has a new senior VP, international television production after the hire of Fox21 executive Diego Suarez.

Anna Culp Upped To EVP Of Motion Pictures At Imagine Entertainment

Imagine Entertainmenthas promoted Anna Culp to be the company’s new EVP of Motion Pictures, the company has announced.


Wrap: How ABC Is Trailblazing Path for Asians on TV With ‘Fresh Off the Boat,’ ‘Dr. Ken,’ ‘Quantico’

ABC will feature 18 Asian series regular characters during the 2015-16 season, according to findings by the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition (APAMC). That number beats the previous record set by NBC in 2008, when the network featured 16 Asian characters across its shows. ABC will also be the first network in history to have three shows featuring Asian leads on the air at the same time.

ABC Issues Apology For Priyanka Chopra Photo Error

After mistaking a photo of Indian actress Yukta Mookhey for one of its Quanticostar Priyanka Chopra, ABCapologized to Chopra on Twitter this afternoon. The mistake happened during a video promo for Chopra’s upcoming interview on Nightline. The footage included a photo of Mookhey when she was crowned Miss World in 1999. The error resulted in part because Bollywood star Chopra herself was crowned Miss World the next year.

AdWeek: ABC Touts the Power of VOD While Decrying Its Inability to Fully Monetize It

VOD took center stage at an Advertising Week session in New York, where ABC unveiled its ABC Unified: Videobiquity Insights, a multiplatform audience analytics tool. The network touted the advantages of video on demand over other platforms while decrying its inability to monetize that audience. VOD use among MVPDs (multichannel video programming distributors) was up 14 percent last season, while streaming was up 25 percent.

NYT: Millennials Reconnect the Cable Cord as Children Arrive

About 80 percent of millennials with their own homes who have started families subscribe to cable television, and an additional 14 percent get TV with an antenna, according to Nielsen.

The Creative Flowchart Used by Walt Disney

This chart offers a fascinating look at how the studio functioned during its early years.