The Morning Update for Wednesday, November 25, 2015.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, November 25, 2015. Have a great Thanksgiving weekend!

SCRIPTED NEWS:

College Sex Scandal Drama From Jessica Mecklenburg & Rod Lurie Lands At NBCNBChas put into development a university-set hourlong drama penned by Jessica Mecklenburgthat has Rod Lurieattached to direct the pilot and executive produce. The project, titled Fated, is from Michael Eisner’s Tornante TV and Universal Television. The plot revolves around two brothers at the top of their game — one the president of a Texas university and the other the revered football coach — and the sex scandal that threatens to unravel their family legacy. http://deadline.com/2015/11/college-sex-scandal-drama-nbc-jessica-mecklenburg-1201635547/

Kevin Bacon Signs on for ‘Tremors’ TV Reboot
Kevin Bacon
has signed on to star and exec produce a television series adaptation of “Tremors.” Based on the 1990 film, Bacon will reprise his role of Valentine McKee, 25 years later. He will also serve as an exec producer. No network is yet attached to the “Tremors” remake, which hails from the NBCUniversal-based Universal Cable Productions and Blumhouse Productions, though insiders say multiple venues are hot on the project. Andrew Miller will pen the script. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/kevin-bacon-tremors-tv-series-1201648032/

(sched) ABC Family Sets Midseason Premiere Dates for ‘The Fosters’ & New Series ‘Recovery Road’
ABC Family
has announced more premiere dates as part of its midseason schedule, which will help christen the network as Freeform starting in the new year. Family drama “The Fosters” returns on Monday, Jan. 25 at 8:00 p.m., and will be followed by the series premiere of “Recovery Road.” http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/the-fosters-midseason-3-premiere-date-1201647990/

CASTING NEWS:

Drake Bell, Josh Peck to Reunite on ‘Grandfathered’Drake Bell and Josh Peck, the former stars of Drake & Josh,” will reunite on Peck’s new Fox sitcom “Grandfathered.” Bell will play a wealthy tech entrepreneur to whom Gerald (Peck) and Vanessa (Christina Milian) are desperate to pitch their app idea. http://www.thewrap.com/drake-bell-josh-peck-to-reunite-on-grandfathered/

black-ish First Look: Wanda Sykes Takes Charge, Faizon Love Moves Inblack-ish‘s Dre better straighten up and fly right, because there’s a new boss in the office… and she’s played by Wanda Sykes. http://tvline.com/2015/11/24/blackish-wanda-sykes-photos-faison-love-season-2/

Netflix’s Marvel Series ‘Luke Cage’ Casts Mom to Rosario Dawson’s ClaireThree-time Golden Globe nominee Sonia Braga will play Claire’s mom, Soledad Temple. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/netflixs-marvel-series-luke-cage-843620

Quantico Scoop: HTGAWM, Damages Actors Among Season 1 Additions
Quantico is bringing on three new recurring characters to mix it up with the NATs/agents. Drew Perales is played by Lenny Platt. Will Olsen played by Jay Armstrong Johnson.

Lastly, Iris Chang is played by Li Jun Li. http://tvline.com/2015/11/24/quantico-lenny-platt-drew-season-1-cast/

‘Famous In Love’ Drama Pilot Rounds Out Cast
Georgie Flores
(CSI), Perrey Reeves (Entourage), Pepi Sonuga (Life Of A King) and Mark Valley (Human Target) have rounded out the cast of ABC Familydrama pilot Famous In Love. http://deadline.com/2015/11/famous-in-love-drama-pilot-cast-bella-thorne-georgie-flores-perrey-reeves-1201637542/

FEATURE NEWS:

(video) ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Trailer DebutsThe film comes out May 6. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/captain-america-civil-war-trailer-843843

Tom Cruise in Talks for ‘The Mummy’ Reboot
Alex Kurtzman
is directing the movie, which is set to launch Universal’s new monster universe. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/tom-cruise-talks-mummy-reboot-843684

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

CollegeHumor Launches Weekly Comedy ‘Fatal Decision’ On Verizon’s Go90
Josh Mullen is a badly paid and under-appreciated IT support technician who doubles as an action hero in his very own TV show. That’s the premise behind “Fatal Decision,” a new scripted comedy that CollegeHumor’s TV production arm Big Breakfast is exclusively launching on Verizon’s mobile G090 video service. http://variety.com/2015/digital/news/collegehumor-launches-weekly-comedy-fatal-decision-on-verizons-go90-exclusive-1201648441/

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Showtime Greenlights Docuseries ‘Dark Net’ About Disturbing Digital World
Showtime has greenlit a new unscripted series, which will delve into the ominous and disturbing perspective of a digitally connected world. “Dark Net” is set to premiere on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 11:00 p.m. The eight-part docuseries explores the netherworld where virtual and physical lives collide in ways surprising, disturbing and seemingly inevitable. Each half-hour episode will cover themes including bio-hacking, cyber-kidnapping, digital warfare, online cults, pornography addiction and the webcam sex trade. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/dark-net-showtime-series-digital-world-1201647942/

How These Cable Networks Have Been Able to Grow Their Unscripted AudiencesBravo, home to reality hits like The Real Housewives and Top Chef, recently looked at viewership for some 330 unscripted programs on cable over a two-year period to see how many grew their audience from one season to the next. By continuously getting feedback from their viewers, Bravo is able to keep shows fresh, which is crucial for reality programs that tend to run much longer than scripted series. Take The Real Housewives of Orange County, for example—the show’s 10th season, its most recent, was also its highest rated. http://www.adweek.com/news/television/how-these-cable-networks-have-been-able-grow-their-unscripted-audiences-168307

‘Dancing with the Stars’ Crowns Winner of Season 21
ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”
has crowned Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough as the winners of Season 21, beating Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess to take home the Mirror Ball trophy. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/dancing-with-the-stars-winner-bindi-irwin-nick-carter-season-21-champion-1201648400/

(sched) ‘Sesame Street’ HBO Premiere Date Set
“Sesame Street”
will make its debut on HBO on January 16. Two 30-minute episodes will kick off the 46th season of the iconic former PBS children’s program at 9 a.m. This season, stars including Gwen Stefani, Pharrell, Nick Jonas, Sara Bareilles, Alan Cumming and Ne-Yo will make guest appearances, and a new Muppet character, Nina, who is bilingual and Hispanic, will be introduced. http://www.thewrap.com/sesame-street-hbo-premiere-date-set/

TWDC NEWS:

Atlantic: May the Profits Be With YouOn Force Friday alone Star Wars merchandise sales are estimated to have neared $1 billion. Following the movie’s release date on December 18, those sales are projected to grow to a potential $5 billion in its “first year of release,” according to Macquarie Securities analyst Tim Nollen. He notes that this could translate to $500 million in licensing and retail revenue for Disney, which purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012. http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/11/the-force-awakens-sales/417642/

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

ABC Promotes Keli Lee to London-Based Development Post
Keli Lee
, ABC’s longtime head of casting, is relocating to London for a newly created development post to scout for talent and program formats across the Pond. Lee will serve as managing director of international content and talent for ABC Entertainment Group. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/abc-keli-lee-promoted-london-talent-1201647772/

John Stamos Pleads No Contest to DUI, Will Not Face Jail Time
John Stamos
, who was charged with a DUI this summer, pleaded “no contest” Tuesday morning in his Los Angeles arraignment hearing, a L.A. District Attorney’s Office spokesperson confirmed. The star will not face any jail time or community service, and will be put under three years of probation. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/john-stamos-dui-jail-time-probation-1201648017/

CBS CEO Leslie Moonves Announced as Keynote Speaker for Variety’s Dealmakers Event
CBS
Corporation President and CEO Leslie Moonves will serve as the keynote speaker at Variety’s Dealmakers breakfast on Dec. 2. The event, held in Beverly Hills, fetes the powerbrokers and kingmakers of the entertainment industry. http://variety.com/2015/tv/variety-events/leslie-moonves-dealmakers-keynote-speaker-1201648483/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Wrap: Weinstein Company to Slash Annual Movie Releases, Amp Up Television
The Weinstein Company
has plans to slash its annual film release count and shift focus to its profitable television department. TWC intends to release roughly 10 theatrical films per year while allocating resources to several new TV projects, the insider said. http://www.thewrap.com/weinstein-company-to-slash-annual-movie-releases-amp-up-television/

Hitfix: Why your TV show doesn’t have to be a novel: In defense of the episode
Now, intensely-serialized dramas are my favorite kind of television show. But even with my deep affection for this kind of show, it feels like the industry is going too far in an all-serialized direction. It ignores not only the fact that most shows are still consumed weekly by their audience, but that even in a binge, an hour of TV crafted to exist independently of the chapters before and after it still has enormous appeal. http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/why-your-tv-show-doesnt-have-to-be-a-novel-in-defense-of-the-episode

Variety: Superhero TV Thrives After Warner Bros. Loosens Film’s Grip on DC Entertainment
Soon after Kevin Tsujihara took over as Warner Bros. chairman-CEO, he made the decision to break with protocol from the previous regime — a change that would have a profound effect on the studio. At an early strategy session, senior execs recall him issuing a new edict: DC Entertainment is open for business across the lot. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/the-cw-warner-bros-dc-the-flash-arrow-1201646970/


(gaming)
PS4 sales top 30 million units worldwide
Sony
has sold more than 30.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles as of Nov. 22, citing internal sales estimates. http://www.polygon.com/2015/11/25/9797984/playstation-4-sales-reach-30-million-units-worldwide

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