Morning News Update for Wednesday, October 7, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, October 7, 2015:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Author James Frey Sells Three TV Projects

James Frey’s Full Fathom Five has sold three TV projects through its newly extended Universal Cable Productions deal. There’s KissnTell, the Marc Halsey-penned comedy, now set up at E!, follows two young women who start an anonymous gossip blog. At Syfy, FFF sold Haunted from Noga Landau, about the four adult children of self-proclaimed paranormal experts who are reunited following their parents’ sudden and mysterious deaths. Finally, NBC bought FFF’s Michael Golamco-written supernatural kung fu drama Middle Kingdom, which is set in San Francisco, the "Middle Kingdom" between Asia and America, East and West, heaven and hell. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/author-james-frey-sells-three-829854

A&E Takes ‘Frankenstein Chronicles’ for U.S.

‘Game of Thrones’ star Sean Bean headlines the six-part ITV crime drama, billed as re-imagining of the Frankenstein story set in 19th century London.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/mipcom-frankenstein-chronicles-us-deal-830217

ABC Buys Dramas ‘Deja Vu’ & ‘The Invaders’ Produced By Mandeville

ABC has bought two drama projects from ABC Studios-based Mandeville. Deja Vu, described as a metaphysical love story, comes from Ringer creators Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder; The Invadersis a dark, humorous soap based on the book by Karolina Waclawiak. http://deadline.com/2015/10/deja-vu-the-invaders-abc-drama-mandeville-1201567859/

Fox Developing Racially-Charged Police Shooting Project from ‘Love & Basketball’ Team

Fox is developing a new event series revolving around a racially-motivated police shooting. The project hails from “Love & Basketball” writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood and will star Sanaa Lathan. The untitled event series examines the dangerous aftermath of a police shooting when an African-American cop kills a white teen in Tennessee. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/fox-police-shooting-series-gina-prince-bythewood-sanaa-lathan-1201611918/

Miss Marple Series Inspired by Agatha Christie’s Books in the Works at CBS

CBS is developing a series inspired by Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple books. Simply titled “Marple,” the crime drama comes from scribe David Wolstencroft who will serve as an exec producer with Hilary Strong of Agatha Christie Ltd., and Christie’s grandson Matthew Prichard. “Marple” revolves around a young lady who, after inheriting her grandmother’s bookstore and realizes that things in her small California town aren’t what they seem, begins working as a private investigator to get to the bottom of the town’s mysteries. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/marple-cbs-series-agatha-christie-1201611878/

(sched) TV One Sets Airing of Original ‘Roots’ Miniseries

TV One will showcase the original 1977 miniseries “Roots” in primetime later this month. The original series aired over eight consecutive nights on ABC in January 1977. TV One’s airings of a remastered and enhanced episodes will begin Sunday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/roots-original-1977-miniseries-tv-one-1201611554/

THR: ‘Empire’ in a Winery? 5 Hot Trends of TV’s Development Season

TV’s breakout hit is influencing pilot pitches as reboots and family comedies dominate and networks chase a ‘Serial’-style crime thriller.

1. The Empire Effect

2. More High-Concept Comedies

3. All About the Family

4. The Serial Draw

5. What’s Old Is New Again

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/empire-a-winery-5-hot-830117

CASTING NEWS:

Wanda Sykes Joins ‘Black-ish’ in Recurring Role

The Emmy winner will kick off her multi-episode arc on the ABC comedy in December. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/wanda-sykes-joins-black-ish-828696

NBA Star Jeremy Lin to Guest Star on ‘Fresh Off the Boat’

Jeremy Lin has booked a guest-starring role on ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat.” Lin, who plays basketball with the Charlotte Hornets, will play Chau, a worker with Louis (Randall Park) in a factory, who frustrates Louis with his opinions on the movie “Pretty in Pink.” http://www.thewrap.com/jeremy-lin-to-guest-star-on-fresh-off-the-boat-photos/

TNT Drama Pilot ‘Good Behavior’ Casts Lusia Strus & Terry Kinney

Lusia Strusand Terry Kinneyhave been cast opposite Michelle Dockery and Juan Diego Botto in TNTdrama pilot Good Behavior.http://deadline.com/2015/10/tnt-drama-pilot-good-behavior-cast-lusia-strus-terry-kinney-1201568295/

Stephen Graham To Star In USA Pilot ‘Brooklyn Animal Control’

Boardwalk Empire alum Stephen Grahamis set to topline USA Network’s drama pilot Brooklyn Animal Control, based on the IDW Publishing comic created by JT Petty. http://deadline.com/2015/10/stephen-graham-cast-brooklyn-animal-control-john-crean-usa-pilot-1201568492/

FEATURE NEWS:

Laurence Fishburne, Thomas Jane Thriller ‘Standoff’ Bought by Saban for U.S.

Saban Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Laurence FishburneThomas Jane thriller “Standoff” and plans a first-quarter release. http://variety.com/2015/film/news/laurence-fishburne-thomas-jane-thriller-standoff-saban-1201611622/

Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Movie Finds Writer

Marvel may have found the screenwriter to pen its upcoming “Black Panther” movie. Joe Robert Cole, who comes from Marvel’s in-house writing program, is in negotiations to write the script to the comic book adaptation starring Chadwick Boseman. http://variety.com/2015/film/news/black-panther-movie-writer-joe-robert-cole-1201611691/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Facebook Enhances Tools for TV Producers to Engage Fans

Facebook, eager to encourage more TV shows to use the world’s biggest social platform, has expanded the suite of tools available to producers to connect with viewers. The new tools, which have been tested in early iterations with partners, will let TV production teams introduce live polling and voting, as well as provide the ability to more easily curate fan-submitted photos. http://variety.com/2015/digital/news/facebook-enhances-tv-tools-producers-live-polling-1201611725/

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

National Geographic to Air First Live Brain Surgery on TV

Hosted by Bryant Gumbel, the two-hour event will take viewers inside an awake deep brain stimulation surgery via handheld and robotic cameras in the operating room. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/national-geographic-brain-surgery-live-829677

WE tv Greenlights Atlanta-Based Real Estate Docuseries

WE tv has greenlit a new docuseries, “Selling It: In The ATL.” The new series will debut six, one-hour episodes and comes hot on the heels of WE tv freshman series “Cutting It: In The ATL.” “Selling It: In The ATL” will follow seven female professionals changing the face of Atlanta real estate. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/selling-it-in-the-atl-wetv-docuseries-1201612050/

Kevin Pereira To Host Celebrity Series ‘Super Into’ For TruTV

TruTVhas ordered 12 half-hour episodes of Super Into, a series in which celebrities take us inside their private passions, with Kevin Pereiraas host. http://deadline.com/2015/10/kevin-pereira-celebrity-passion-series-super-into-tru-tv-1201568172/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Chile’s Parox Unveils ‘Weirdos’

Santiago de Chile-based TV house Parox is set to produce teen TV drama “Weirdos.” Structured as a 13 one-hour series, “Weirdos” follows a family that moves from Santiago de Chile to a smaller city –Valdivia– due to the mother’s career. Series focuses on 15-year-old Alicia and portrays all her sudden physical and emotional changes. http://variety.com/2015/tv/global/mipcom-parox-atuel-weirdos-happy-together-1201612285/

Canal Plus’ Epic Drama ‘Versailles’ Gets Greenlit For Second Season

Ahead of its November premiere on Canal Plus, “Versailles,” the upscale epic drama penned by David Wolstencroft and Simon Mirren, has been greenlit by the French pay TV giant for a second season. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/canal-plus-epic-drama-versailles-gets-greenlit-for-second-season-exclusive-1201611306/

France TV locks up UK police drama

French public broadcaster France Télévisions has picked up the latest UK drama from Shameless and State of Play creator Paul Abbott. Distributor FremantleMedia International sold Abbott’s No Offence to France Télévisions in Cannes this week. The plot focuses on a close-knit policing unit in North West England, following a team of officers as they crack down on crime in a chaotic community. http://www.c21media.net/france-tv-locks-up-uk-police-drama/

TWDC NEWS:

ABC Family to Rebrand Network ‘Freeform’ in January

ABC Family will be renamed and rebranded as Freeform in January 2016, network president Tom Ascheim announced Tuesday. The relaunch, which will coincide with the cabler’s popular “25 Days of Christmas” and winter premieres, marks a continued effort to evolve the young-skewing network past traditional family viewing and toward its target audience of “Becomers.” http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/abc-family-freeform-rebranding-network-1201610697/

ESPN Pulls DraftKings Sponsored Ads After Insider Trading Scandal

ESPN on Tuesday removed sponsored content for DraftKings from its programs on the heels of allegations of insider trading within the fantasy sports company. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/espn-pulls-draftkings-sponsored-ads-829929

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

Amy Doyle Named Executive VP of VH1 and Logo

In the newly created role, she’ll work directly with GM Chris McCarthy with the oversight of management and creative of both Viacom brands. She’ll also be directly responsible for live programming, tent-pole events and specials, network talent development and celebrity relations, as well as VH1’s Save The Music Foundation. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/amy-doyle-named-executive-vp-829873

Kevin McKeon Joins The Firm As Creative Executive

Former Relativity Media exec Kevin McKeonhas been tapped by The Firm’s new film president and partner Robbie Brenneras creative executive at the recently relaunched indie management and production company. http://deadline.com/2015/10/kevin-mckeon-the-firm-hire-creative-executive-relativity-1201567854/

Kerry Washington, Rocker Tom Morello Named 2015 ACLU Honorees

The Southern California chapter of the ACLU will honor “Scandal” star Kerry Washingtonand guitarist Tom Morello this year for its annual Bill of Rights Awards Dinner, the organization announced Tuesday. http://www.thewrap.com/kerry-washington-tom-morello-rage-against-the-machine-named-2015-aclu-honorees/

Variety’s Power of Women 2015

In the seventh annual Power of Women issue, Variety celebrates five women who are using their clout to bring attention to worthy causes: Anna Kendrick, Oprah Winfrey, Susan Wojcicki, Salma Hayek Pinault and Gwyneth Paltrow. http://variety.com/2015/film/news/varietys-power-of-women-2015-1201610927/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

New Tax Credits Boost Filming In L.A. In Q3

California’s new film tax credit already is paying dividends in Los Angeles, which saw a 3.8% increase in on-location filming during the third quarter of 2015 compared with the same period last year. The first round of TV projects that qualified under the incentives program entered production during the quarter, and the impact was dramatic, with on-location TV shoot days hitting a five-year high. http://deadline.com/2015/10/los-angeles-production-rises-third-quarter-tax-credits-1201568228/

Variety: It’s Up to Men in Power to Take the First Step Toward Diversity in TV

It’s exciting to see that Pete Nowalk, creator of “How to Get Away With Murder,” and Kenya Barris, creator of “Black-ish,” have given Viola Davis and Tracee Ellis Ross wonderfully juicy, high-profile roles. Too often, women of color on television don’t get to be as memorable as Annalise Keating and Rainbow Johnson, but those shows, along with “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Scandal” and “Empire,” have proved (once again) that viewers will flock to characters who make them laugh and gasp and think — and who look like an America that is 37% non-white. http://variety.com/2015/voices/news/tv-diversity-women-men-in-power-1201610583/

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