The Morning Update for Wednesday, October 28, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, October 28, 2015:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

ABC Nabs Murder Mystery ‘The Party’ From Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage
Josh Schwartzand Stephanie Savageare set to write and executive produce The Party, a drama project for ABC and ABC StudiosThe Party is an adaptation of an existing property, a Brazilian TV format from Grupo Globo. The Party is described as a twisted family drama that follows a murder investigation told over the course of 24 hours. http://deadline.com/2015/10/the-party-murder-mystery-josh-schwartz-stephanie-savage-fox-1201595770/

ShondaLand Teaming With ‘Scandal’s’ Kerry Washington, Katie Lowes for ABC Nanny Dramedy
Kerry WashingtonKatie Lowes and her husband, Adam Shapiro, are teaming with ShondaLand to develop an hourlong nanny dramedy. The untitled drama is described as an edgy and comedic upstairs-downstairs look at the insanity of modern child-rearing. Bess Wohl will pen the script and executive produce the ABC Studios dramedy. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/shondaland-teaming-scandals-kerry-washington-834897

CBS Developing ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ Crime Drama With Marc Webb
Marc Webb has set up another drama project at CBS through CBS TV StudiosSmoke & Mirrors, written/executive produced by Dave Kalstein, centers on a mysterious detective in the LAPD Robbery Homicide Division, a contemporary Houdini-like character who uses her knowledge of deception and misdirection to solve seemingly impossible crimes committed by criminal masterminds. http://deadline.com/2015/10/smoke-mirrors-drama-marc-webb-cbs-1201595381/

Ja Rule Says He & Irv Gotti Have Partnered Up With Paramount for a Murder Inc Drama Series
Ja Rule shared that a drama series based on Murder Inc. Records, the record label, owned by Irv Gotti, is currently in development.  He doesn’t share much in terms of specifics, but does say that Paramount studios is on-board, and suggests that the project is being shopped to one of the premium cable TV networks. http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/ja-rule-says-he-irv-gotti-have-partnered-up-with-paramount-for-a-murder-inc-drama-series-20151027

Common Inks 2-Year First-Look Deal with HBO
Common has now inked a two-year first-look TV deal with premium cabler HBO, which will see him develop and produce projects for the network through his Freedom Road Productions shingle. http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/common-inks-2-year-first-look-deal-with-hbo-20151027

CBS Orders Full Season of ‘Life in Pieces’
The back-nine pickup comes just a week before the comedy moves to Thursday. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/life-pieces-gets-a-full-834999

‘The Grinder’ Gets a Full-Season Order at Fox
The comedy joins drama ‘Rosewood’ in getting a back nine at the network. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/grinder-gets-a-full-season-834914

NBC Trims ‘Truth Be Told’ Order
NBC has trimmed the order for rookie comedy Truth Be Told from 13 episodes to 10. The rookie comedy will remain on Fridays at 8:30 p.m. for the rest of its run. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbc-trims-truth-be-told-834860

HBO’s ‘The Brink’ Canceled — After Season 2 Renewal
The Jack Black and Tim Robbins comedy generated mixed reviews and drew a respectable 1.6 million total viewers. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/hbos-brink-canceled-season-2-834973

CASTING NEWS:

Nashville Scoop: Once’s Cinderella Joins Cast
Nashvillehas cast Jessy Schram — AKA Once Upon a Time‘s “Ella” — to join the Season 4 cast in a major recurring role. http://tvline.com/2015/10/28/nashville-jessy-schram-season-4-cast-cash-gray/

‘Sleepy Hollow’ Promotes Jessica Camacho to Series Regular
The actress made her debut this month on the Fox drama. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/sleepy-hollow-promotes-jessica-camacho-834757

‘Once Upon a Time’ Casts Merida’s Parents
Caroline Morahan and Glenn Keogh will portray Queen Elinor and King Fergus in the Nov. 15 two-hour episode. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/once-a-time-brave-meridas-834971

Barbara Hershey Will Return for Once Upon a Time’s 100th Episode
Barbara Hersheywill return as Cora (also known as the Queen of Hearts) for the show’s landmark 100th episode. http://www.tvguide.com/news/once-upon-a-time-barbara-hershey/

FEATURE NEWS:

Martin Scorsese Extends Paramount Deal to 2019
Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions has extended its overall feature deal with Paramount Pictures through 2019. http://variety.com/2015/film/news/martin-scorsese-paramount-deal-extension-1201628822/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Why Yahoo’s Foray Into Original TV Series Failed
Ultimately, Yahoo didn’t have the time — or the willingness to make long-term investments — reach the scale to make ad-supported TV shows work, lacking subscription revenue or pay-TV fees the traditional ecosystem relies on. The dilemma is that if Yahoo had acquired  additional shows, the endeavor might have been an even costlier debacle. http://variety.com/2015/digital/news/yahoo-community-other-space-money-loss-1201627039/

Afrostream Signs Multi-Year Deal With Sony Pictures Television
Afrostream, the streaming platform dedicated to Black movies and skeins, has inked a multi-year deal with Sony Pictures Television. Kicking off in November, the pact will allow Afrostream to expand its catalogue of premium content. http://variety.com/2015/digital/markets-festivals/afrostream-signs-output-deal-with-sony-pictures-classics-exclusive-1201628227/

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

‘Botched’ Spinoff Series Ordered at E!
“Botched” doctors Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif are hitting the road in a spinoff series of the popular E! program. “Botched By Nature” will follow the plastic surgeons’ nationwide pursuit to help patients suffering from genetics or traumatic incidents and allowing these people to share their powerful stories with the world. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/botched-by-nature-botched-spinoff-e-1201627493/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Channel 4 Picks Up Arash Amel’s ‘Butterfly’; BOOM! Studios To Exec Produce With 42 And Automatik
Channel 4 has picked up Arash Amel’s series Butterfly with Bo Odar attached to direct the pilot. The show is based on the BOOM! Studios comic book created by Arash Amel and written by Amel & rising comic book star Marguerite Bennett. Our heroine is Rebecca Faulkner, codenamed Butterfly, a deep cover US intelligence operative who is set up for a murder that she didn’t commit. http://deadline.com/2015/10/channel-4-arash-amel-butterfly-boom-studios-42-automatik-humans-protocol-humans-the-woods-1201595275/

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

Warner Horizon Television Sets New Scripted Team
Warner Horizon Television announced that it has promoted Leigh London Redman to senior vp scripted as part of its new scripted development and programming team. Additionally, WBTV current programming exec Stephanie Groves has joined Warner Horizon as vp scripted programming. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/warner-horizon-television-sets-new-834884

Leftfield Entertainment’s Brent Montgomery Tipped For Top ITV Studios U.S. Job
Leftfield Entertainment founder and CEO Brent Montgomery is reportedly set to take over the role of head of ITV Studios U.S. Group. http://deadline.com/2015/10/brent-montgomery-itv-studios-us-leftfield-paul-buccieri-1201596281/

Variety: Hollywood’s New Leaders: Television
Alex Baskin / PARTNER, EXEC VP, EVOLUTION MEDIA
Nick Bernstein / VP, LATE NIGHT PROGRAMMING, WEST COAST, CBS
Jennifer Gerstenblatt / VP CURRENT PROGRAMMING, ABC FAMILY
Robert Jordan / MUSIC SUPERVISOR, FOX SPORTS MARKETING
Tara Long / EXEC VP, U.S. ALTERNATIVE TELEVISION PROGRAMMING, ENTERTAINMENT ONE TELEVISION
Suzanna Makkos / EXEC VP, COMEDY DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRAMMING, FOX
Tim Pastore / PRESIDENT, ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING AND PRODUCTION, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Liz Paulson /  VP, CASTING AND TALENT, 20TH CENTURY FOX TV
Ken Segna / SENIOR VP, ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING, STARZ
Alex Sepiol / SENIOR VP, ORIGINAL SCRIPTED PROGRAMMING, USA NETWORK
Maria Zuckerman / VP, DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION, HBO FILMS http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/hollywoods-new-leaders-tv-cbs-abc-family-fox-1201626796/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

AdWeek: With So Many Americans Dropping Cable, Will Cord Cutting Doom TV as We Know It?
“It’s a sexy idea,” Lisa Herdman, RPA svp, director of national programming, said of the alleged unsubscribe stampede. “But it’s not quite happening yet.” For millions of Americans, “TV” increasingly can mean both cable and over-the-top services. http://www.adweek.com/news/television/so-many-americans-dropping-cable-will-cord-cutting-doom-tv-we-know-it-167749

 

 

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