Morning News Update for Thursday, October 1, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your Morning News Update for Thursday, October 1, 2015:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

‘Genes’ Medical Soap Based On Michael Crichton Script Set At CBS As Put Pilot

CBShas given a put pilot commitment to Genes, fromWarner Bros. TV. Written by Rick Eidbased on a screenplay by the late Michael Crichton, Genes, from WBTV and CrichtonSun LLC, is described as a high-concept medical soap about a brilliant doctor who saves his dying patient’s life using a miraculous gene therapy — infused with his own DNA — only to realize the side effects have turned her into a dangerous sociopath. http://deadline.com/2015/09/genes-medical-soap-michael-crichton-cbs-1201562054/

Phil Lord, Christopher Miller to Adapt ‘Serial’ Podcast for TV

Sarah Koenig and her ‘This American Life’ team will serve as producers on the Fox 21 TV Studios scripted cable series. Though details are being closely guarded, the plan is to create a cable series based on the experience of making the hugely successful podcast. It will not follow the Adnan Syed case that host Sarah Koenig chronicled week to week. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/serial-podcast-tv-version-phil-828409

NBC Scraps 1970s Miniseries From Adam Levine

NBC has scrapped plans for The 1970s, a miniseries produced by Adam Levine and his 222 Productions banner and Sony Pictures Television. Hayden Christensen and Kelsey Grammer were engaged to play the leads. Producers went back to NBC to see if the casting would get the network to go straight- to-series on the project, instead of the planned pilot presentation. NBC didn’t want to take the gamble and pulled the plug completely. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbc-scraps-1970s-miniseries-adam-828521

(sched) ‘Unforgettable’ Season 4 Gets November Premiere On A&E

The resurrectedUnforgettablewill make its fourth season premiere on Friday, November 13 at its new home on A&E. The network, which picked up the cancelled CBS series, will debut the 13-episode Season 4 with back-to-back episodes at 8 PM and 9 PM. http://deadline.com/2015/10/unforgettable-season-4-november-premiere-ae-poppy-montgomery-dylan-walsh-1201563704/

CASTING NEWS:

Bethany Joy Lenz Set As Female Lead In TNT Pilot ‘Home’, Which Rounds Out Cast

Bethany Joy Lenzhas been tapped as the female lead opposite Andrew Buchan in TNT’s drama pilot from writer Aron Eli Coleite and Jerry Bruckheimer TV. http://deadline.com/2015/09/bethany-joy-lenz-star-home-tnt-pilot-jerry-bruckheimers-cast-1201560974/

Bob Saget to Guest Star on John Stamos’ ‘Grandfathered’

It’s a “Full House” reunion for Fox’s “Grandfathered.” Bob Saget will guest star on the comedy series as Jimmy’s longtime best friend. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/bob-saget-john-stamos-grandfathered-1201606531/

‘Magic Mike’ Star Adam Rodriguez Set for ‘Jane the Virgin’ Arc

The ‘CSI: Miami’ alum will also return to CBS to direct an episode of ‘Scorpion.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/jane-virgin-adam-rodriguez-arc-828348

‘Powers’ Enlists Michael Madsen for Season 2

The ‘Hateful Eight’ actor will play an iconic character in the comic book adaptation. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/michael-madsen-powers-season-two-828352

‘Once Upon a Time’ Alum Joins USA’s ‘Queen of the South’

Peter Gadiot will be a series regular on the drama based on the book and subsequent telenovela. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/once-a-time-alum-joins-828237

Carly Rae Jepsen Lands Iconic Role in Fox’s ‘Grease: Live’

‘You’re the Worst’ breakout Kether Donohue and David Del Rio have also joined the musical. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/carly-rae-jepsen-grease-live-828217

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Amazon Acquires Streaming Rights To ‘BrainDead’, 2 More New Summer Series

The new multi-year, multi-series agreement makes Amazon Prime Video the exclusive subscription streaming home for three new CBS summer series through 2018. Next summer’s BrainDeadwill be the first new show included in the deal. http://deadline.com/2015/10/amazon-streaming-rightscbs-braindead-licensing-deal-1201563610/

Netflix Orders 7 Original Kids’ Series, Including Lego’s ‘Bionicle’ and DreamWorks’ ‘Croods’

Netflix is ratcheting up its lineup for kids, announcing orders for seven original series, including one based on Lego Group’s “Bionicle” and another on DreamWorks Animation’s movie “The Croods.” http://variety.com/2015/digital/news/netflix-orders-7-original-kids-series-including-legos-bionicle-and-dreamworks-croods-1201607216/

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

(sched) NBC Delays ‘Best Time Ever’ Time Slot Move — Again

After delaying the variety hour’s move to 8 p.m. by a week, the network announced it will keep the show at 10 p.m. one more Tuesday — before Chicago Fire returns to occupy the slot on Oct. 13. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbc-delays-best-time-ever-828433

CBS Orders Manhunt Reality Competition Series ‘Hunted’

The hourlong alternative series is based on the U.K. format from Shine TV. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/cbs-orders-manhunt-reality-competition-828349

NBC Orders Interactive Game Show Based on QuizUp App to Series

Users at home will be able to compete with in-studio contestants for cash prizes. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbc-orders-interactive-game-show-828177

Gabrielle Reece to Host NBC Fitness Competition ‘Strong’

The professional volleyball player will join the reality series from ‘The Bigger Loser’ EP Dave Broome. The unscripted entry will follow the group as they work together to compete in a series of grueling challenges that will test their strength, endurance and mental stamina — with one pair getting eliminated each week. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/gabrielle-reece-host-nbc-fitness-828440

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

David Schwimmer to Star in New C4 Comedy

David Schwimmer has joined the cast of the new Julia Davis sitcom Morning Has Broken, due to air in 2016 on Channel 4. The 6×30-minute series is produced by Brown Eyed Boy. Davis will play the role of Gail Sinclair, the star of a TV morning show. Schwimmer will play an American producer brought in to try to save the floundering fictional series. http://worldscreen.com/articles/display/52816

Kate Bosworth Set To Star In ‘SS-GB’ For The BBC

Kate Bosworth has just been set to star in the new, period drama SS-GBfor the BBC. Based on the novel by Len Deighton and adapted by screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the story takes place in London 1941 and a ‘what-would-have-happened-if’ scenario. http://deadline.com/2015/09/kate-bosworth-ss-gb-bbc-drama-series-1201560941/

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

Susie Fitzgerald Upped to EVP of Scripted Programming for AMC and SundanceTV

AMC Networks has promoted Susie Fitzgerald to executive vice president of scripted programming for both AMC and SundanceTV. Kristin Jones has officially joined the network as senior vice president of international programming, development, acquisitions and co-productions. Kristi Felton has joined AMC as vice president of scripted programming.

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/susie-fitzgerald-amc-sundancetv-scripted-programming-1201606385/

MTV President Stephen Friedman Exits; Discovery’s Sean Atkins Takes Over

The Discovery alum will take over the role and report to Doug Herzog. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/mtv-president-stephen-friedman-exits-828430

NBCU Promotes Jean Dietze To President Of Affiliate Relations

It’s a big day for promotions at NBC’s Affiliate Relations unit. The operation will continue to be run by Jean Dietze, lifted to President from EVP, who reports to NBC Broadcasting Chairman Ted Harbert. http://deadline.com/2015/09/nbcu-promotes-jean-dietze-president-affiliate-relations-1201561162/

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