Morning News Update for Monday, October 5, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your Morning News Update for Monday, October 5, 2015:


‘Macbeth’ Producer and Writer Re-Teaming On Event TV Series ‘The Axeman’s Jazz’

See-Saw Filmsand writer Michael Lesslie are re-teaming on an event TV series adaptation of Ray Celestin’s debut novel The Axeman’s Jazz. The book, which has been critically acclaimed, is based on the true story of a serial killer who terrorised New Orleans for more than a year after the First World War.

(MIPCOM) EuropaCorp TV’s ‘Janus’ In Development At ABC; Thor Freudenthal To Direct Pilot

EuropaCorp Television Studios USAhas set a third project at a U.S. network. Janus, an adaptation of the Austrian drama, has been put into development at ABC. The pilot is being written by Kevin O’Hare. Thor Freudenthal is attached to direct and co-exec produce. When a rash of murder-suicides breaks out, Protagonist Leo teams with a homicide detective and together they discover a shocking link between the victims and shadowy medical trials conducted by pharmaceutical corporation Janus.

(MIPCOM) ‘These Final Hours’ TV Series Adaptation From EuropaCorp Set At Fox With Penalty

Foxhas given a script commitment plus penalty to These Final Hours, an apocalyptic drama project from EuropaCorp TV Studios USA. The series is inspired by the Australian feature. These Final Hours was one of the first projects put in development at EuropaCorp TV Studios USA, launched last year with Matthew Gross as President. The film’s writer/director Zak Hildizactch is on board to write and direct the project, originally eyed for cable. These Final Hours, set after a world-ending meteor strike, follows three siblings in the San Francisco Bay Area as they race to get to their estranged father’s bomb shelter that can withstand the end of days.

(from Fri) ABC Buys ‘Notorious’ Drama Based On Mark Geragos & Producer Wendy Walker From Josh Berman & The Firm As Put Pilot

Notorioushas landed at ABCwith a put pilot commitment. The project, from Sony Pictures TV and Jeff Kwatinetz’s The Firm, was inspired by the relationship between famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and long-time Larry King Live executive producer Wendy Walker. Written by Josh Berman and Allie Hagan, Notorious is described as a provocative look at the interplay of criminal law and the media. It follows the professional and personal relationship between a charismatic attorney and a powerhouse television producer as they attempt to control the media, the justice system, and ultimately – each other.

(from Fri) ABC Prepping Marvel Comedy ‘Damage Control’

Marvel Television is getting into the comedy business. ABC has ordered a script for a half-hour, single-camera comedy. Marvel’s Damage Control centers on the overworked and underpaid cleanup crew of the Marvel Universe. Ben Karlin developed the project and will exec produce with David Miner and Marvel’s head of television, Jeph Loeb. ABC Studios and Marvel Television will produce.

(from Fri) Comedy From Tina Fey, Jack Burditt & Robert Carlock Gets Big CBS Commitment

CBShas landed a multi-camera project from thetrio of Tina Fey, Jack Burdittand Robert Carlock. Written by Burditt, the untitled comedy centers on an oddball athlete who drives family, friends and strangers bonkers after he unexpectedly finds himself retired. Universal TV is the studio.

(from Fri) CBS Rebooting ‘MacGyver’ for TV With James Wan

The CBS take is described as a reimagining of the television series of the same name, following a 20-something MacGyver as he gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening. NCIS: Los Angeles’ R. Scott Gemmill will pen the script and executive produce the CBS Television Studios drama. James Wan will exec produce and direct the potential pilot and would segue into TV with the project.

(from Fri) ‘Lethal Weapon’ TV Reboot in the Works at Fox

Fox has handed out a hefty put-pilot commitment to a TV reboot of Lethal Weapon. Based on the feature film franchise starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, the reboot hails from Warner Bros. Television. Fox’s take will be written by Matt Miller, who will executive produce via his Good Session banner. Lin Pictures’ Dan Lin and television topper Jennifer Gwartz are set to exec produce.

(from Fri) CBS Renews Summer Drama ‘Zoo’ for Season 2

A decision on the future of Halle Berry series ‘Extant’ is still being discussed.

(from Fri) ABC Family’s ‘Chasing Life’ Canceled After Two Seasons

The drama starring Italia Ricci will not return for a third season.

(sched) ‘Quantico’ Gets 2nd Encore After Strong L3 Ratings, ‘Beyond the Tank’ Pushed

ABC announced that the Beyond the Tank season premiere, slated for Tuesday, Oct. 6, will be pushed another week, so the second episode of Quantico can get an encore in the time slot too. A hold or a reasonable Week 2 drop would seal a Back 9 order for the terrorism thriller.


(from Fri) Laurence Fishburne Will Star in BET’s Nelson Mandela Miniseries, Directed by Kevin Hooks

Emmy and BAFTA winner Nigel Williams was penning the mini-series, which would comprise of six 1-hour episodes, covering Mandela’s early life, how he became a political activist, his lengthy imprisonment, his eventual release, his Nobel Peace Prize win, and his election as president of South Africa. Filming is set to begin in early 2016 in South Africa.

(from Fri) Devious Maids’ Grant Show Joins ABC’s Midseason Thriller The Family

Grant Show is now a member of The Family, ABC’s midseason drama from Jenna Bans. Show will recur as Charlie Lang, the Democratic incumbent Governor of Maine who is poised to face off against Joan Allen’s character.


‘Thor 3’ Finds Its Director in Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi is in negotiations to direct “Thor: Ragnorak,” the third installment in Marvel’s “Thor” franchise. The New Zealand native helmed several episodes of the TV series “Flight of the Conchords.”


iTunes Offering Free Downloads of AHS: Hotel, Fargo and More

iTunes is offering free downloads of several new and returning shows this fall. The day after select shows premiere, iTunes users will be able download the first episode:

Code Black (available now)

Dr. Ken (available now)

American Horror Story: Hotel (Oct. 8)

Billy on the Street (Oct. 8)

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Oct. 13)

Fargo (Oct. 13)

Kingdom (Oct. 15)


(MIPCOM) Disney Racks Up Strong Sales For Shondaland’s ‘The Catch’ And ABC Studio’s ‘The Muppets’

Disney Media Distribution has racked up strong sales on a clutch of projects. ABC Studios’ latest Shondalanddrama series, The Catch, has been licensed to broadcasters in 186 territories worldwide. Disney’s distribution slate also includes the return of the much-loved The Muppets, which has been licensed to broadcasters in 122 territories worldwide.

Netflix Orders First Italian Original Series ‘Suburra’

The 10-episode organized crime series set on the Roman coast will premiere on the streaming service globally in 2017. "Suburra is a captivating story that involves politics, the Vatican, the mafia, corruption, money laundering, drugs and prostitution," Netflix said.

(MIPCOM) SundanceTV Joins ‘The Last Panthers’ As Co-Producer; Sets Spring Air Date

Sky Atlanticand Canal Plus’ heist drama The Last Panthersand has a new co-producer aboard. SundanceTV is partnering on the six-part crime series with a spring 2016 air date planned in the U.S. Production is inspired by a real-life gang of Balkan jewel thieves.

(MIPCOM) SundanceTV boards Irish drama

SundanceTV has become a coproduction partner on buzzy Irish drama Rebellion. Rebellion is a five-part serial charting the birth of modern Ireland, beginning with the outbreak of World War I. Rebellion will air on SundanceTV and RTÉ One in early 2016.

(MIPCOM) ‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunner Frank Doelger Teams with Beta on ‘Perished Land’

Beta Film is working with “Game of Thrones” showrunner Frank Doelger on an action-adventure fantasy series titled “The Perished Land.” The show is set in a fictional world called Talanton — a place of great natural beauty — in which five tribes are attacked by an outside force.

Another high-profile production on the Beta slate is 10-hour miniseries “Hitler,” which follows the dictator-to-be from World War I to the start of World War II. Beta is also backing eight-hour miniseries “Breaking News,” based on the novel by “The Swarm” author Frank Schatzing. Set in Israel, the thriller follows a journalist who comes across secret documents belonging to Israel’s secret service. This has deadly consequences.

MIPCOM Cancels Opening Night Red Carpet Amid Flooding

The heavy rains in the French Riviera have left at least 16 people dead ahead of the international TV market.


Disney revises Annual Passholder Program at Disneyland and Walt Disney World

In a move that places a premium on unrestricted access to Disneyland and Walt Disney World, the two resorts have revised their annual passholder programs. If you want to visit Disneyland any day of the year, you’ll have to pay more than $1000 for the privilege.


AdWeek: These 27 Young Influentials Are Shaking Up Media, Marketing, Tech and Entertainment

Adweek introduces the 2015 class of Young Influentials, 27 individuals from media, marketing, tech and entertainment who are remaking business and culture.

THR: The 20 Most Powerful Women in Global TV 2015

These 20 female decision-makers from Berlin to Beijing are the creative minds determining what the world watches and where the business of international television is headed.

Once Upon a Time’s Emilie de Ravin Expecting Her First Child

Life is truly a fairy tale for Emilie de Ravinand her boyfriend Eric Bilitch. The Once Upon a Timestar announced on Friday that the couple is expecting their first child.


NYT: Social Media Takes Television Back in Time

The emergence of social TV hits like “Scandal” suggests how, over the next few years, technology could transform television into something more than a one-way, disconnected, time-shifted experience. Largely because of social media, TV is becoming an interactive, communal experience. And in an unexpected throwback to the earliest days of television, the best stuff, rather than playing out whenever we like, is best experienced live, because that’s when everyone else is watching, too.

For ‘Limitless,’ ‘Rosewood’ And Other New Shows, Is 15 Minutes All It Takes To Win?15 minutes may be all it takes to predict which new TV shows are most likely to make the cut to return next season, if Peel Smart Remote App data is as accurate this year as it was in 2014. This season’s top 5 new shows holding on to an average of 70.2% or more of their viewers for 15 minutes were Limitless(CBS) with 73.8%, Rosewood(Fox) with 73.3%, Blindspot (NBC) at 72.5%, The Muppets (ABC) with 72.2% and Grandfathered (Fox) with 70.2%. Last year, Peel contends the majority of shows that retained 70% or more of their viewers for at least 15 minutes during debut episodes were renewed.

NYT: Big City: ‘Friends’ Has New BFFs: New York Teenagers

The 1990s sitcom is suddenly popular with high school students, drawn by the stress-free life it depicts. The dreamscape dimension of “Friends” lies in the way schedules are freed up for fun and shenanigans and talking and rehashing, always. “In the back of our minds we know it’s unrealistic,” Maggie Parham, a 15-year-old who lives on the Upper West Side, told me. The characters “have nice apartments and lots of free time but there is something about that perfect lifestyle that is fun to watch,” she said, adding, “They all work, but they seem to be able to get out of work easily.”

UTA & ICM Accused Of Forming TV “Cartel” with WME & CAA In New Complaint From Boutique Agency

Two weeks to the day that Lenhoff & Lenhoff saw a chunk of their antitrust and anti-packaging suit against UTAand ICM Partners tossed by the courts, the boutique agency is back today with a second amended complaint – and they are pulling mega-agencies WMEand CAAfurther into the multi-claim case now as well.