The Morning Update for Tuesday, January 5, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, January 5, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

(animated) Louis C.K., Albert Brooks Team for Animated FX Pilot
Louis C.K.
and Albert Brooks are co-creating, co-writing and providing the two lead voices for an untitled animated pilot for FX. While details about the half-hour animated project are being kept under wraps, C.K. and Brooks will voice two of the lead roles and executive produce.http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/louis-ck-albert-brooks-team-851795

(animated) ‘Cassius and Clay’ Animated Series Dead at FXX
The comedy from the ‘Archer’ creator will not move forward. Picked up to series in August, the project from Archer creator Adam Reed and Modern Family’s Megan Ganz produced only the pilot and was slated to be paired with the fellow animated comedy on the younger-skewing cable network. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/cassius-clay-animated-series-dead-852077

(review) Variety: ‘American Crime,’ Season 2
Ridley’s
series is thoughtful, sobering and spare — this time, shifting its focus from race to class distinctions. Whether critical acclaim can help bring more viewers to the show in its new Wednesday slot is probably a long shot. But for those with the patience to invest in it, missing out on “American Crime” would indeed be criminal. http://variety.com/2016/tv/reviews/american-crime-season-2-review-felicity-huffman-regina-king-timothy-hutton-john-ridley-abc-1201668921/

CASTING NEWS:

Lily Collins To Star In ‘The Last Tycoon’ Amazon PilotLily Collinshas been cast as the young female lead opposite Matt Bomerin The Last Tycoon,Amazon‘s drama pilot based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel. The project, written and directed by Billy Ray, from Sony TV’s TriStar Television, was inspired by the life of film mogul Irving Thalberg. http://deadline.com/2016/01/lily-collins-cast-the-last-tycoon-amazon-pilot-1201675730/

Victoria Justice, Disney Star Ryan McCartan Join Fox’s ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ RemakeThe duo will play Janet and Brad, respectively, and join ‘Orange Is the New Black’s’ Laverne Cox. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/victoria-justice-disney-star-ryan-851968

‘Preacher’ Ups Derek Wilson To RegularDerek Wilsonhas been promoted to series regular on AMC’s upcoming drama series Preacher. http://deadline.com/2016/01/preacher-derek-wilson-series-regular-promotede-1201675846/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Yahoo Shuts Down Video Service Yahoo Screen
Yahoo
has shut down video service Yahoo Screen, moving video content elsewhere to its digital-magazine properties. Yahoo Screen had famously acquired the NBC-canceled “Community.” The company took a public pause on creating longform video content in Q3 of 2015, when it wrote down $42 million. http://www.thewrap.com/yahoo-screen-shut-down-digital-magazine/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Renewed Through 2020
“The
Ellen DeGeneres Show” will be on the air until at least 2020, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations announced Monday. http://www.thewrap.com/ellen-degeneres-show-renewed-through-2020/

Animal Planet Renews ‘Treehouse Masters’ and ‘Yankee Jungle’
Animal Planet
has renewed “Treehouse Masters” and “Yankee Jungle,” as well as ordered special “Panda Republic,” which chronicles the challenges and triumphs at two Chinese panda centers dedicated to saving the species. http://www.thewrap.com/treehouse-masters-yankee-jungle-panda-republic-animal-planet/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

‘The Family Law’ is Australia’s answer to ‘Fresh Off The Boat’Australia is getting its own TV version of Fresh Off The Boat. Based on the bestselling memoir by Benjamin Law, The Family Law is a drama-comedy series set on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast over one hot summer, following "a sprawling Chinese-Australian family of seven who are unlike any you’ve ever met." The six-episode series premieres on January 14 on SBS. http://blog.angryasianman.com/2015/12/the-family-law-is-australias-answer-to.html

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

(audio) John Stamos Opens Up About That DUI, Divorce and His Sex TapesJohn Stamos, who got a DUI last year and spent a month in rehab for substance abuse, got really candid on The Howard Stern Show Monday. Stamos laid it all out there, talking about kicking Ambien, divorcing Rebecca Romijn and deciding to terminate a pregnancy with a woman he impregnated in his 20s. http://www.tvguide.com/news/john-stamos-talks-howard-stern-dui-divorce-sex-tapes/

Straight Up Films Names Sandra Condito Production President
Sandra Condito, a onetime Miramax/Dimension Films exec, has been hired as president of production at Straight Up Films. She most recently oversaw acquisitions, development and production at the Lionsgate-Televisa joint venture Pantelion Films. http://deadline.com/2016/01/straight-up-films-sandra-condito-production-president-1201675871/

END OF 2015 / 2016 PREVIEW NEWS:

Salon: Best TV of 2015: Our critic’s picks for the 10 best shows of the year
10. “Inside Amy Schumer,”season three.9. “Mr. Robot,”season one.8. “Fresh Off the Boat,”seasons one and two.7. “Penny Dreadful,”season two.6. “Mad Men,”season seven.5. “The Leftovers,”season two.4. “Black-ish,”seasons one and two.3. “Show Me a Hero,”miniseries.2. “BoJack Horseman,”season two.1. ‘Transparent,”season two.http://www.salon.com/2016/01/01/best_tv_of_2015_our_critics_picks_for_the_10_best_shows_of_the_year/

Variety: The Most Anticipated TV Series of 2016With the Television Critics Assoc. winter press tour upon us and kicking off Tuesday from the Langham hotel in Pasadena, Calif., Variety’s TV staff chronicles the programs it’s most looking forward to in 2016. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/most-anticipated-tv-shows-2016-american-crime-story-oj-simpson-fuller-house-1201671911/

(comics) Vox: 5 comic books to look forward to in 2016
In addition to a bevy of new comics that include a superhero story about a plus-sized woman named Faith, we’ll also see the continuation of the riveting Paper Girls, and the reinvention of one of Batman’s most iconic villains in Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death. Meanwhile, Jupiter’s Legacywill offer a re-introduction to one of the most thrilling superhero stories in recent years. We’ll also find out the fate of the X-Men in a post-Secret Wars world. http://www.vox.com/2015/12/29/10681770/comic-books-2016

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Wrap: 5 TCA Burning Questions: Will ‘Preacher,’ ‘Fuller House’ Break Out? How Scary Is Cord Cutting?
Big questions face the industry heading into the 15-day event, from how big cord-cutting’s impact will be to who will emerge as TV’s next breakout star. TheWrap looks at the biggest of those big questions. http://www.thewrap.com/5-tca-burning-questions-will-preacher-fuller-house-break-out-how-scary-is-cord-cutting/

Deadline: Chinese Conglom Wanda Acquiring Majority Stake In Legendary PicturesChinese conglom Dalian Wanda Group, which has been looking to delve deeper into the entertainment industry, has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Legendary Entertainment. http://deadline.com/2016/01/china-dalian-wanda-group-acquiring-majority-stake-in-legendary-pictures-1201675991/

Cord Cutting’s Not-So Imaginary Any More: One Fifth Of Consumers Could Ditch Cable TV Next YearA new study by PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) indicates that while traditional TV customers get 194 channels, they only watch, on average, about 17 of them. And while the study found that 79% of US consumers subscribe to some form of traditional pay-TV, 23% said they engaged in "cord-trimming" in the past year (reducing their overall package where they could), and 16% said they had unsubscribed from pay-TV services in the past year. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20151213/08264333063/cord-cuttings-not-so-imaginary-any-more-one-fifth-consumers-could-ditch-cable-tv-next-year.shtml

LAT: A virtual-reality adventure inspired by ‘The Martian’ is about to be unveiledMany people who watched the Ridley Scott film "The Martian" in theaters this fall were struck by the scope and immediacy of hero Mark Watney’s world. Some executives at 20th Century Fox, though, had a different idea on how to make the Red Planet visceral: Offer it up in virtual reality. Now the studio’s digital-minded Fox Innovation Lab has created "The Martian VR Experience," a set of episodic first-person adventures culled from the movie and lightly layered with a level of interactivity. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-martian-vr-20160104-story.html

(from break) Verge: A hacker allegedly targeted celebrities to steal unaired TV scriptsAccording to the complaint, 23-year-old Alonzo Knowles reached out to a popular radio show host earlier this month with screenshots of upcoming TV episode scripts and an offer to sell them (the host and TV shows in question are not identified in the complaint). He claimed to already possess the first six episodes of an upcoming season and promised to get the rest once filming wrapped. http://www.theverge.com/2015/12/23/10658540/hacker-phishing-celebrity-steal-scripts

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