The Morning Update for Thursday, December 10. 2015.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, December 10, 2015:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Stephnie Weir & Greg Garcia Adapting British Comedy ‘The Job Lot’ For ABC With Weir StarringABChas landed a single-camera comedy written and executive produced by writer-actress Stephnie Weir and Greg Garcia. Tentatively titled The Job Squad, the project is based on the British comedyThe Job Lot. It is set at an unemployment office in Burlington, VT, with Weir starring as Trish, the office manager who heads up a staff of colorful characters doing their best to turn Un-Employment into Fun-Employment. http://deadline.com/2015/12/stephnie-weir-star-greg-garcia-the-job-lot-abc-comedy-1201663409/

Fox’s ‘Wayward Pines’ Renewed for Second SeasonExec producer Chad Hodge will not return for the summer drama’s sophomore run. Mark Friedman will take over as showrunner.. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/foxs-wayward-pines-renewed-second-847500

‘Homeland,’ ‘The Affair’ Renewed at Showtime
Both dramas will return for additional seasons in 2016. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/homeland-affair-renewed-at-showtime-847392

Ashley Tisdale Inks Development Deal With Warner Horizon Television
Ashley Tisdalehas signed a two-year exclusive development deal with Warner Horizon Televisionfor her Blondie Girl Productions. Under the two-year pact, Blondie Girl will develop scripted dramas and comedies, as well as unscripted programming and digital projects. Under the pact, Ally Lattman, VP scripted development at Warner Horizon, is joining Blondie Girl as Head of Development. http://deadline.com/2015/12/ashley-tisdale-deal-warner-horizon-tv-1201662768/

Syfy’s ‘Bitten’ to End With Third and Final SeasonThe Canadian werewolf drama will conclude in 2016. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/syfys-bitten-end-third-final-847189

(sched) ‘The Magicians’ First Episode To Air Ahead Of January Premiere On SyfyThe first episode of the network’s adaptation of Lev Grossman’s bestselling fantasy book trilogy will air commercial-free at 10 PM December 16, following the final installment of miniseriesChildhood’s End. http://deadline.com/2015/12/the-magicians-first-episode-syfy-1201662390/

CASTING NEWS:

‘Madam Secretary’ Casts ‘Scandal’ Favorite as Henry’s Sister
Kate Burton
will appear in episode 13 of the political drama’s second season. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/madam-secretary-casts-scandal-favorite-847454

Adam Scott to Co-Star in HBO’s Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman Drama Limited series ‘Big Little Lies’ hails from David E. Kelley and also stars Shailene Woodley. The comedic drama centers on three mothers of kindergartners whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/adam-scott-star-hbos-reese-847232

‘Aquarius’ Adds ‘Star-Crossed’ Alum as Season 2 Series Regular

Cameron Deane Stewart has joined the David Duchovny NBC drama.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/aquarius-adds-star-crossed-alum-847465

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

ABC Family Orders Unscripted Series ‘The Letter’
ABC Family (soon to become Freeform) has ordered The Letter to series. Each stand-alone episode will feature four friends drawing names anonymously and writing letters to the chosen one and revealing what they think needs to be changed in order to improve and transform the recipient’s life for the better. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/abc-family-orders-unscripted-series-847366

T.D. Jakes Talk Show Gets Greenlight For National Launch Next Fall
After flirting with the launch of a daytime TV talk show for years, pastor T.D. Jakes is taking the plunge with Tegna Media on a syndicated series targeted for a fall 2016 debut. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/t-d-jakes-talk-show-tegna-national-launch-1201657332/

‘MadTV’ Cast to Reunite on the CW in January
“MadTV”
cast members will reunite for an hour-long special on the CW to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the comedy sketch series. Keegan-Michael Key, Bobby Lee, Michael McDonald, Ike Barinholtzand Alex Borsteinare among the former cast members of the Fox series set to return. The storyline will involve the group attending an awards ceremony where nothing goes right. http://www.thewrap.com/madtv-cast-to-reunite-on-the-cw-in-january/

TWDC NEWS:

(sched) Disney’s ‘Lion King’ Revival Series ‘The Lion Guard’ to Premiere in JanuaryFollowing huge ratings for its precursor TV movie, Disney’s “The Lion Guard” series will premiere Friday, Jan. 15 at 9:30 a.m. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/the-lion-guard-disney-premiere-january-1201657485/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

FremantleMedia Intl Names Caroline Kusser As U.S. SVP Sales & DistributionFremantleMedia Internationalhas hired former Red Arrow International exec Caroline Kusseras SVP, Sales and Distribution of its U.S. arm.

http://deadline.com/2015/12/fremantlemedia-international-us-caroline-kusser-svp-sales-distribution-1201664084/

Richard Fox to Head China Operations For Warner BrosVeteran studio executive Richard Fox will relocate from Los Angeles to Beijing to take over expanded China operations for Warner Bros. http://variety.com/2015/film/asia/richard-fox-to-head-china-for-warner-1201658139/

The Hollywood Reporter’s 2015 Women in Entertainment Power 100
THR’s 24th annual list highlights the industry’s top figures — the executives, reps, dealmakers, producers, showrunners and stars — who made an impact this year. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/hollywood-reporters-2015-women-entertainment-845947

AWARDS / END OF THE YEAR NEWS:

Golden Globe Nominations: The Complete ListThe 2016 film-and-TV fete will take place Jan. 10, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/golden-globe-nominations-complete-list-847494

Golden Globes: Noms By TV Shows & NetworksHere are the lists of Golden Globe nominations announced this morning by TV series and networks: NOMINATIONS BY TV SERIES OR PROGRAM American Crime – 3 Fargo – 3 Mr. Robot – 3 Outlander – 3 Transparent – 3 Wolf Hall – 3 http://deadline.com/2015/12/golden-globes-nominations-2016-tv-series-networks-list-1201664377/

Atlantic: How Comedy Soared in 2015It can be safely said that 2015 was the year of the comedy auteur. TV networks took chances on a wider range of shows, Netflix became a new booster of the venerable one-hour stand-up special, and the free-wheeling world of podcasts continued to grow. As a result, talents that might formerly have been squeezed into formulaic sitcom or late-night boxes were given more room than ever to indulge their specific tastes. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/12/best-comedy-2015/419697/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Variety: Lifetime Sets Hiring Program For AFI Directing Workshop For Women Graduates
Lifetime has set a program with AFI to place graduates of the institute’s Directing Workshop for Women in production roles across A+E Networks’ various TV and digital outlets. The goal is to give graduates immediate access to the opportunities and experience that have the potential to boost their careers for the long time. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/lifetime-ae-networks-afi-directing-workshop-for-women-1201657575/

FiveThirtyEight: Most Americans Aren’t Middle Class AnymoreFor the first time since at least the 1960s, the majority of Americans aren’t in the middle class. In 2015, just under 50 percent of American adults lived in middle-income households. (The chart above rounds the number to 50 percent.) That’s down from 54 percent in 2001 and 61 percent in 1971. http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/most-americans-arent-middle-class-anymore/

‘Serial’ Season 2 Lets Bowe Bergdahl Tell His Side of Afghan StoryIn the premiere episode of the podcast’s new season, Sergeant Bergdahl recalls publicly, for the first time, the night he walked away from his Army post in Afghanistan. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/11/business/media/serial-season-2-bowe-bergdahl-recalls-his-afghan-odyssey.html

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