The Morning Update for Friday, November 20, 2015

Hi all! Here’s your Morning Update for Friday, November 20, 2015. Have a great weekend!

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Fox Plots Demon Drama ‘Haunted’ With ‘Devil Inside,’ ‘Fast & Furious’ Duo
Fox
is adapting Bob Cranmer’s book The Demon of Brownsville Road as a potential drama series. The network has handed out a script commitment to Haunted, with William Brent Bell set to write and helm the serialized drama. Haunted is described as a chilling horror series about a military agent who is partnered with her ex-boyfriend, now a rogue demonologist, to help a family overcome a deadly demonic infestation of their home. The season-long case investigates the true story of one the most haunted houses in America. The drama is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, with Chris Morgan set to executive produce alongside Ainsley Davies. Lisa Arianna is on board to produce. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/fox-plots-demon-drama-haunted-842214

TBS Developing Miami Comedy ‘Hype’ From ‘Trainspotting’ AuthorTBShas put in development Hype, a gritty half-hour comedy from Irvine Welsh. Welsh will write and executive produce the project, set in the world of the Miami art scene. http://deadline.com/2015/11/hype-miami-comedy-trainspotting-irvine-welsh-tbs-1201629600/

Syfy doubles up Channel Zero
Syfy
has ordered two six-part seasons of a horror series being developed with Hannibal scribe Nick Antosca. Antosca is writing Channel Zero and will exec produces alongside Max Landis. The show’s first season is from Universal Cable Productions and is based on Candle Cove by Kris Straub, which originates from the user-generated internet horror phenomenon known as creepypasta. The show, which went into development earlier this year, tells the story of a mysterious children’s TV series from the 1980s and its role in a series of murders and one man’s dark secret. http://www.c21media.net/syfy-doubles-up-channel-zero/

‘Harold & Kumar’ Duo Ink First-Look Deal With Lionsgate TV
Jon Hurwitz
and Hayden Schlossberg’s first project with the studio is ABC’s Kal Penn comedy ‘Fair and Balanced.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/harold-kumar-duo-ink-first-842171

CASTING NEWS:

Evan Jonigkeit Joins Netflix Drama ‘Frontier’; Dawn Olivieri Recurring On ‘Secrets And Lies’Evan Jonigkeit has landed a role in Netflix’s Frontier, a Canadian action-adventure series starring Jason Momoa. Dawn Olivieri has signed on for a recurring role on the second season of ABC’s Secrets and Lies. Shell play Detective Felicia Sanchez, described as a down-and-dirty street cop who worked narcotics before transferring to vice. http://deadline.com/2015/11/dawn-olivieri-joins-secrets-and-lies-evan-jonigkeit-joins-netflix-drama-frontier-1201629560/

Harry Hamlin Joins Epix Comedy Series ‘Graves’ As Recurring
Harry Hamlin
is set for a recurring role opposite Nick Nolte and Sela Ward in Epix‘s 10-episode original single-camera comedy seriesGraves, from Lionsgate TV. http://deadline.com/2015/11/harry-hamlin-cast-graves-epix-comedy-series-1201630152/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Netflix and Amazon go head to head in streaming’s first blockbuster battle
Jessica Jones
and Man in the High Castle launch on the very same day. Friday, November 20, 2015, will mark a momentous event in TV history. For the first time ever, Netflix and Amazon are pitting two of their biggest properties head to head, after investing big production budgets and lots of promotional dollars into each of them. http://www.vox.com/culture/2015/11/19/9764392/jessica-jones-netflix-man-high-castle-amazon

Vice’s Broadly Debuts Series Spotlighting Women in Male-Dominated Fields
Vice’s
4-month-old digital channel Broadlyhas hit the ground running. Today the female-focused site is rolling out its first Web series under a new partnership with Unilever. The sponsored program focuses on women in workplaces typically dominated by men and includes an ad campaign highlighting Unilever’s TRESemmé brand. http://www.adweek.com/news/television/vice-s-broadly-debuts-series-spotlighting-women-male-dominated-fields-168214

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Acclaimed British ’90s Comedy Series ‘Cold Feet’ To Return to ITV
Cold Feet
, one of the most successful British TV series of the 1990s, it set to return. ITV announced that the comedy-drama, following the ups and downs of three couples in their 30s living in Manchester, which premiered in 1997 and lasted for 32 episodes over five seasons, would be coming back to U.K. screens over eight episodes, with its original creator Mike Bullen exec producing. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/acclaimed-british-90s-comedy-series-842161

Das Erste adapts Suter novelsGerman national broadcaster Das Erste has started production on its latest drama series, inspired by the novels of Swiss author Martin Suter. Allmen, from UFA Fiction and Mia Film in the Czech Republic, tells the story of a rich bon vivant who is embroiled in a murder after turning to crime to pay off mounting debts. http://www.c21media.net/das-erste-adapts-suter-novels/

HBO Asia Launches ‘Halfworlds’ Fantasy Series
HBO Asia
will next week begin broadcasting “Halfworlds,” a fantasy horror series that extends its foray into original content production. The eight part show is directed by Indonesian movie maker Joko Anwar. The story features a parallel world of bloodthirsty creatures from Indonesian mythology, who have lived among humans for centuries, but whose hidden existence is uncovered as a supernatural day of reckoning draws near. http://variety.com/2015/tv/asia/hbo-asia-launches-halfworlds-series-1201644410/

TWDC NEWS:

Disney XD Renews ‘Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything’ for Season 2 It’s game-on for another season of Disney XD’s live-action comedy series “Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything,” which has been renewed for Season 2. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/gamers-guide-to-pretty-much-everything-renewed-season-2-disney-xd-1201644995/

‘Star Wars’ Has Already Sold Over $50 Million in Advanced Tickets
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
is breaking records and it’s still a month to go before the hotly anticipated space opera opens in theaters. Insiders confirm that the seventh film in the hugely popular franchise has generated more than $50 million in advance ticket sales. http://variety.com/2015/film/box-office/star-wars-the-force-awakens-budget-1201645026/

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

Lionsgate Extends Brian Goldsmith, Wayne Levin Contracts
Lionsgate
announced it has extended the contracts of two key deal-making execs, Brian Goldsmith, co-COO, and Wayne Levin, chief strategic officer and general counsel. The new agreements follow Liberty Global and Discovery acquiring 3.4 percent stakes in the studio. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lionsgate-extends-brian-goldsmith-wayne-842239

Fox Searchlight International Promotes Rebecca Kearey to President
Fox Searchlight Pictures
has promoted veteran executive Rebecca Kearey to president of Fox Searchlight International. Kearey had been exec VP of Fox Searchlight International and Fox International Productions. http://variety.com/2015/film/news/fox-searchlight-international-rebecca-kearey-1201644931/

(q&a) (video) NYT: Corner Office: Cindy Holland of Netflix: Learning to Lead on a Pair of Water Skis
Ms. Holland, the vice president for original content at Netflix, says managers should avoid micromanaging their employees. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/22/business/cindy-holland-of-netflix-learning-to-lead-on-a-pair-of-water-skis.html

(video) Warner Bros. TV Head Peter Roth on ‘Too Much TV’ Debate: ‘Good Is No Longer Good Enough’
Speaking on stage next to his frequent collaborator, producer Greg Berlanti, during a Paley Center conversation Thursday, Peter Roth disagreed with Landgraf’s take on the current state of television. “I think that quote, ‘there’s too much TV,’ was amended by another very wise TV executive, who said, ‘there is not enough great TV,’” Roth said, who could have been referencing similar remarks made by AMC Networks CFO Sean Sullivan. “Great has to win out. Good is no longer good enough.” http://www.thewrap.com/warner-bros-tv-president-peter-roth-too-much-tv-debate-quality-matters-now-more-than-ever/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Amazon Studios Opens Script Submissions to WGA Members
Amazon Studios
is no longer taking free options on scripts submitted to its site — opening up the process to screenplays from Writers Guild of America as well as Animation Guild members. In addition, the company Thursday launched Amazon Storywriter, a free, cloud-based screenwriting tool for writers to create movie and TV screenplays in a standard format. http://variety.com/2015/digital/news/amazon-studios-wga-script-submissions-storywriter-1201644506/

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