The Morning Update for Monday, November 30, 2015

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, November 30, 2015:


‘Supergirl’ Gets Order For 7 More Episodes From CBS
is joining the rest of CBSnew fall series in receiving a back episodic order. The network has given a seven-episode pickup to the superhero drama, bringing its freshman run to 20 episodes, two shy of a full-season 22.

(last wk) Disney adds more Girl Meets World

Disney Channel has ordered a third season of its comedy series Girl Meets World, a sequel to Boy Meets World, with production due to begin in LA in January for a spring debut.

(last wk) ‘Mad Men’s’ Matthew Weiner Directing ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Episode
, a longtime friend of ‘OITNB’ creator Jenji Kohan, will helm an installment in the upcoming season four.


Billy Campbell & Karine Vanasse Cast As Leads In CTV Drama ‘Cardinal’Billy Campbelland Revenge alum Karine Vanasse have been cast as leads in CTV’s six-part one-hour drama series Cardinal. The cinematic murder mystery, adapted from Giles Blunt’s novel Forty Words For Sorrow, the first of the John Cardinal Mysteries series, stars Campbell as the intelligent, reflective, and dogged detective named John Cardinal, from the northern city of Algonquin Bay, who is burdened by a wrong he committed years ago. Vanasse will play Cardinal’s partner Lise Delorme.


‘Transparent’ Season 2 First Episode Available On Amazon Prime
is premiering the first episode of Transparent‘s second season tonight at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT exclusively for Prime members in the U.S. This comes ahead of the series full season premiere December 11 in the U.S., UK, Germany and Austria.

(last wk) Amazon Getting Ready to Bundle Other Video Services with Prime
has been pitching the idea to add third-party video subscription services to its Prime subscription service to TV networks and online video services, offering them offering them Amazon’s huge Prime customer base with its existing billing relationships as an incentive. At least one significant subscription service declined to be part of the offering, according to a source with knowledge of the plans.

AdWeek: Heading Into Season 2, Has Serial Sold Advertisers on Podcasting?
Season 2, which reportedly will focus on ex-POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who was held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan for five years, is expected to launch in the coming weeks. Serial’s audience rivaled the monthly uniques of some of the biggest digital players, such as The New York Times, Vice and ESPN. It’s also lifted the audiences for other podcasts. McCrery said most of the top podcasts on iTunes saw a 30 percent audience increase over the last year.


Amazon Greenlights Oliver Goldstick’s ‘The Collection’, Its First Original UK DramaAmazonhas commissioned The Collection, its first original UK drama series, from producers Lookout Point. The 8 hour-long episode series was created by Pretty Little Liars and Ugly Betty exec producer Oliver Goldstick, in association with BBC Worldwide. The show tells the story of an illustrious Paris fashion house (think: Dior) just after World War II.

(last wk) BBC Trust Approves BBC Three Move, iPlayer Expansion
BBC Trust
has made decisions on a range of proposals for the public broadcaster, including moving BBC Three online and expanding the iPlayer to be more than a catch-up service.


(last wk) Disney Suffers Severe Cable Subscriber Losses
The Walt Disney Company
has lost 7 million subscribers to its cable networks in the last two years, according to a regulatory filing posted by the company Wednesday. Among the networks posting losses is ESPN, which at 92 million subscribers is down from the 95 million reported in 2013. Disney Channel, Disney XD and ABC Family, all Disney-owned, each had 4-5 million lost subscribers over the two year period, according to the company’s annual 10K report.


X-Files prodco fills French role
Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions
, the company behind Fox’s X-Files reboot, has hired an executive to oversee its French projects. Lorraine Sullivan is joining the prodco, which also made Amazon original The Man in the High Castle, to develop television, film and documentary projects from a newly opened office in Paris.

Duchess Street Productions Taps Miriam Brent As Script ExecDuchess Street Productions has appointed former Raw TV development editor Miriam Brent as script executive. Brent will now help to develop Duchess Street’s slate of high-end, original drama and dramatic adaptations.

AdWeek: Bonnie Hammer Is Shaking Up Her NBCU Cable Portfolio, One Network at a Time
The chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group and Adweek’s TV Executive of the Year has spent the past year shaking up the 10 networks she oversees keeping them fresh, exciting and relevant for audiences in a turbulent TV landscape. "What scripted provides that reality hasn’t yet, and probably won’t, is back end. If you can own content that has a nice, long tail, that is a moderate to amazing hit, it’s money in the bank—it’s just good business," explains Hammer, who also runs the in-house studios Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios.

AdWeek: How Superproducer Greg Berlanti Juggles 6 (and Counting) TV Shows
Greg Berlanti
, Adweek’s TV Producer of the Year, never intended to oversee six TV shows at once (he serves as co-showrunner on the four superhero series and is executive producer of Blindspot and Laura). Berlanti employs the same mantra for all his projects: "Heart. Humor. Spectacle." "My favorite episodes of TV as a viewer, and certainly as a writer or producer, have those elements," he explains.


(opinion) Variety: Prime-Time TV Hasn’t Yet Gotten the Terrorism Issue RightIn this era of peak TV, will any network — broadcast, network or streaming — give creative carte blanche to writers who want to delve into the amorphous and ever-evolving war that is being fought with the Islamic State? It seems strange that today, “Homeland” is the only drama even attempting to explore our present geopolitical predicaments.

AdWeek: Hot List: Here Are the Top TV Shows, Stars and Networks of 2015Adweek’s annual Host List is a two-part celebration of the best that TV, print magazines and digital culture have to offer, with our editors selecting their picks and readers voting on their favorites. Hottest Broadcast Network in Prime Time, Editors’ Choice: ABC