The Morning Update for Monday, November 9, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your Morning Update for Monday, November 9, 2015:


(from Fri) Shane Brennan To Produce ‘Freeman’ & ‘Bob The Valkyrie’ Dramas For CBS & CW
Shane Brennan has sold two drama projects: Freeman to CBS and Bob The Valkyrie to the CW. Brennan will executive produce both shows with Shane Brennan Prods.’ Grant Anderson for CBS TV Studios. CBS’ Freeman, written/executive produced by Dustin Lee Abraham, centers on an Oakland parole officer with a checkered past who tries to “make the bad guys good again” and keep former inmates from being sent back to prison. The CW’s Bob The Valkyrie, written/executive produced by Matt Greenberg, focuses on three women chosen by fate to defend humanity against evil.

(from Fri) Amazon Gives Pilot Orders To ‘The Last Tycoon’ & ‘The Interestings’ From TriStar
Amazon Studios has ordered two more hourlong pilots. The long-gestating The Last Tycoon, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel, has received a cast-contingent pilot order, while The Interestings, an adaptation of the Meg Wolitzer bestseller, has gotten a director-contingent pilot pickup. Both projects hail from TriStar Television

(from Fri) MTV’s ‘Scream’ Replaces Showrunners
Jill Blotevogal will remain on as a consultant, while Jaime Paglia will exit the sophomore drama. Instead, frequent collaborators Michael Gans and Richard Register will serve as showrunners for the second season of the horror remake from Dimension Television

(sched) ABC Slots Season Two of ‘American Crime’ for Wednesdays Starting in January
ABC has slotted the second season of its acclaimed anthology series “American Crime” for Wednesdays starting Jan. 6, the network announced. It will occupy the timeslot currently occupied by “Nashville,” which will be taking a winter hiatus.

(from Fri) Activision Blizzard Launches Production Arm For Video Game-Based Film, TV Projects
Video game giant Activision Blizzard is continuing its expansion push with the launch of a production arm to develop film and TV properties based on “Call of Duty” and other game titles. Disney alum Nick van Dyk has signed on as co-president of Activision Blizzard Studios. Activision is likely to partner with established networks and studios for distribution of its content, even though it has a massive audience through its various gaming channels.

(video) ‘Shades of Blue’: Watch the First Trailer for Jennifer Lopez’s NBC Cop Drama
The lines between good cop and bad cop are blurred in the first look at Jennifer Lopez’s upcoming NBC drama “Shades of Blue,” which Lopez debuted on her Facebook page Sunday ahead of the show’s January premiere.


Marcia Cross Joins ‘Quantico’ in Recurring Role
Marcia Cross has joined the cast of ABC’s “Quantico.” The actress will play Claire, the mother of FBI analyst Caleb Haas, played by Graham Norton, and wife of FBI Deputy Director Clayton Haas, played by Mark Pellegrino

‘Nashville’: Steve Kazee Cast As Recurring
Tony- and Grammy-winning actor, singer and guitarist Steve Kazee has joined the cast of ABC’s country music drama Nashville in the recurring role of Riff. He will make his debut on the show in early 2016.

Castle Hosts OLTL Reunion With Guest Stars Kassie DePaiva, Tuc Watkins
Castle‘s New York City will meet Llanview, Pa. when not one or two but three One Life to Live alumni guest-star on the ABC series. Kassie DePaiva revealed on Twitter late Friday that she as well as former OLTL castmates Tuc Watkins and Darlene Vogel are currently shooting an episode of Castle.

Molly Parker Gets The Gavel For David E. Kelley’s Amazon Drama ‘Trial’
Molly Parker has landed a key role in Trial, the Amazon Studios legal drama from David E. Kelley. It centers on Billy McBride (Billy Bob Thornton), a once-powerful lawyer who has become a shell of his former self after losing a case that saw an innocent kid murdered.

Parker Young & Stephen Bishop Cast In Bravo Pilot ‘My So Called Wife’
Parker Young and Stephen Bishop have been cast opposite Inbar Lavi in My So Called WifeBravo Media’s hourlong dark comedy pilot from Adam BrooksPaul Adelstein and Universal Cable Prods


(from Fri) Chloe Moretz to Star in ‘Little Mermaid’ for Working Title; Richard Curtis to Pen Script 
Chloe Moretz is set to play the title character in Working Title and Universal’s “The Little Mermaid” retelling with Richard Curtis in talks to pen the script.


Netflix To Premiere ‘Making A Murderer’ Documentary Crime Series
Making A Murderer, a 10-part original documentary crime series from directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, will premiere December 18 worldwide on NetflixMaking A Murderer chronicles the story of Steven Avery, who spent 18 years in prison for rape and was freed after DNA linked another man to the crime.


New Line Taps Jake Bauman For Newly Created Literary Scout Role
Stepping up efforts to mine literature for new projects, New Line Cinema has created the new internal position of Literary Scout, and the company has tapped Jake Bauman, formerly of Chernin Entertainment, for the job. Bauman will serve as the studio’s primary liaison with the publishing industry, and in that capacity will identify book-to-film opportunities alongside New Line’s existing outside literary agency.


(tech) Online iPad Pro orders start Wednesday, arrives in stores this week
Apple has officially announced that the new iPad Pro and its accessories will go on sale this Wednesday, November 11. Online orders can be placed Wednesday, and the tablet will arrive in stores “later this week” (usually this means Friday).

MondayNote: The quasi-impossibility of changing a company’s culture
Every successful company, at some point or another, faces the dreaded moment where their existing business model no longer works, where the world has changed around them and they need to pivot or die. Jean-Louis Gassée, writing for MondayNote, lays out some notable examples.