The Morning Update for Monday, January 11, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, January 11, 2016:


(from Fri) Fake Empire & Mila Kunis To Produce ‘Made In LA’ Comedy For Freeform About Juicy Couture Founders
Josh Schwartz
and Stephanie Savage are taking on another fashion-themed series project. The duo’s Fake Empire has teamed with Mila Kunis’ Orchard Farms Productions for Made In LA, a half-hour comedy about friendship and fashion for Freeform (formerly ABC Family). It is based on The Glitter Plan, the memoir from Juicy Couture founders Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor.

AMC Drama ‘Marvel’ From Scott Free To Set Writers Room, Eyeing Series OrderAMCis opening a writers room for Marvel(working title), a drama from Scott Free Prods. inspired by the story of Jet Propulsion Laboratory co-founder Jack Parsons. Written by Mark Heyman, Marvel is based on the book Strange Angel by George Pendle.

(from Fri) Starz Targeting Latino Audiences With Three New Projects
is making a major push for Latino viewers and adapting three Spanish-language formats, all from Hispanic creators, writers and producers. In development are Maleficio, based on the popular Mexican production that originally aired in 1983-84 with 320 episodes and was one of the most successful telenovelas of all time; Pour Vida, inspired by a Richard Villegas Jr. short story; and Santeria, an original idea produced by The Blair Witch creators.

(from Fri) BBC America Sets ‘Doctor Who’ Spinoff ‘Class’ for 2016“Doctor Who” spinoff series “Class” will air stateside in 2016 on BBC America. The eight-part series is from young-adult author Patrick Ness. BBC America also announced that it will air thriller “Prey” at 10 p.m. on Feb. 25. Produced by Red Production Company, the BAFTA-nominated drama airs as two three-part stories and is created and written by TV newcomer Chris Lunt.

(from Fri) SundanceTV’s ‘Rectify’ to End After Four Seasons
AMC Networks
also announced a new family drama, ‘The A-Word,’ which will air on SundanceTV later this year after its spring premiere on BBC. The A-Word centers on a family after their five-year-old son is diagnosed with autism.

(from Sat) ‘Person of Interest’ Likely Ending With Season 5, J.J. Abrams Says"I think the idea is essentially that this would be the finale," the exec producers told reporters Saturday at TCA.

(from Fri) (sched) ‘Rush Hour’ Series Sets Premiere Date, CBS Shifts ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’
“Rush Hour”
will premiere on March 31 at 10 p.m. ET. In addition, CBS has shifted the premiere date of “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.” The show will now premiere on March 16 at 10 p.m. ET, instead of on March 2. Finally, “Elementary” will shift to “CSI: Cyber’s” time slot on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET, beginning March 20. “CSI: Cyber” will move to the temporary time slot of Wednesdays at 10 on March 2 and March 9. It is not known at this time when new episodes of “Cyber” will air following these airings.

Vox: The end of Girls tells us a lot about how TV cancellations are changingThe way cancellations work is slowly but surely changing. Shows that would have been axed after two or three episodes even a couple of years ago are running for full seasons — or longer — before networks pull the plug. Shows are still being canceled, but they’re being canceled in myriad new ways, some of which you may not be aware of. Just ask HBO’s Girls, which has essentially scheduled a cancellation for 2017 — one that both network and creative personnel have agreed upon.


CW President Preaches Patience in ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ and Support for ‘Vampire Diaries,’ ‘Originals’
Mark Pedowitz
used his TCA platform to support his low-rated critical darling and address the future of DC Comics fare on his network.

ABC Chief on ‘Muppets’ Troubles, ‘Wicked City’s’ Demise and the Future of ‘Quantico’
Paul Lee
also addressed the potential confusion between his ‘American Crime’ and FX’s ‘American Crime Story.’

ABC Chief Addresses ‘The Bachelor’s’ Race Problem"We’re doing a whole lot of tweaks," says Paul Lee. "I’d be very surprised if ‘The Bachelorette’ in the summer isn’t diverse."

A Castle Spin-Off? ABC Is Exploring "Ideas" to Continue the ShowThough ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee said Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter previews that he hopes the procedural to continue, he is already exploring spin-off and other opportunities should Nathan Fillionand Stana Katicnot return.

ABC Drama ‘Of Kings and Prophets’ May Offer Racier Edits of Episodes Online
is wrestling internally with the level of sex and violence that will be included in its midseason Biblical drama “Of Kings and Prophets.” There’s a chance the network will offer racier edits of the show online compared to the episodes that air on the network.

ABC Family President Talks Freeform Name Change, Ditching ‘Hallowed’ Brand AssociationThousands of other names were considered, including ABC Freeform and Disney Freeform.

THR: TCA Journal No. 2: A Cable Revolution No One Saw Coming
Kevin Reilly
is turning TNT and TBS into destinations for high-end scripted fare in a bold move that could shake up the cable landscape. What Reilly is doing stems from a combination of what is hopefully a battle-honed perspective on dramatic changes needed to compete in the cluttered Too Much TV era; probably some hubris; and ultimately a desire to run TV channels making shows that matter creatively, rather than gloating about the very good ratings of an existing empire nobody creative really respects.


‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Promotes Giacomo Gianniotti to Series RegularThe actor plays intern Andrew DeLuca on the ABC medical drama.

‘Once Upon A Time’ Casts Gaston in ‘Beauty & the Beast’ Storyline
“Once Upon A Time”
has found Belle’s dangerous suitor, Gaston. The chiseled hunter will be played by “True Blood” alum Wes Brown who’s been cast in an upcoming episode.

Jeffrey Donovan To Star In Hulu’s Psychic Drama Series ‘Shut Eye’Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan is set to headline another series. The actor has been cast as the male lead in Hulu’s original drama Shut Eye. The series, from creator Les Bohem, Tri-Star Television and Mark Johnson’s Gran Via Productions, takes a darkly comedic look at the underground world of Los Angeles storefront psychics and the organized crime syndicate that runs them.

‘Twin Peaks’: Sherilyn Fenn To Return For Showtime SeriesSherilyn Fenn, who played Audrey, has signed on to reprise the role that’s expected to have a major presence in the new installment.

Castle/S.H.I.E.L.D. Alum Maya Stojan Heads to NCIS, Grey’s Anatomy
Maya Stojan
will guest-star in a February episode of CBS’ NCIS. Stojan also will appear in an upcoming episode of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.


Fox Developing Joe Hill’s ‘The Fireman’ as Movie
is developing Joe Hill’s upcoming horror novel “The Fireman” with Louis Leterrier directing and Temple Hill partners Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen producing. Hill’s book takes place amid a worldwide plague of spontaneous combustion called Dragonscale, giving rise to ruthless Cremation Squads to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. The titlular Fireman is a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.


Hulu Nabs Brit Comedy ‘My Mad Fat Diary’ From Endemol Shine Intl.
has acquired exclusive streaming VOD rights to three seasons of the British comedy-drama series “My Mad Fat Diary” from Endemol Shine Intl.. Based on the real-life diaries of Rae Earl, the critically-acclaimed series is a coming-of-age show turning on an overweight, funny and music-mad 16-year-old in the mid-90’s Lincolnshire, at the height of the Britpop era.

Hulu Inks Multi-Year Licensing Deal with Sony: Acquires ‘Dawson’s Creek,’ ‘Party of Five,’ More
is stepping up its game in 2016, signing a multi-year licensing deal with Sony. The new pact will amp up the streaming service’s library, adding full seasons of TV series and films from Sony to Hulu. Among the content heading to Hulu is all episodes of “Dawson’s Creek,” “Party of Five,” “The Shield” and “Damages.”


ABC Orders ‘$100,000 Pyramid’ Revival Hosted by Michael StrahanThe classic game show, formerly hosted by Dick Clark, will return for 10 episodes this summer.

(from Sat) ABC Renews Steve Harvey’s ‘Celebrity Family Feud’ for Season 2
has ordered a second season of Steve Harvey’s “Celebrity Family Feud.”


Warner Bros. Re-Ups Greg Silverman With Multi-Year DealThe new deal calls for Silverman to stay on as one of the three key heads under chairman/CEO Kevin Tsujihara for at least three years.


Amazon, USA Top Golden Globe TV Winners as Broadcast Takes Home Only Two
‘Mozart in the Jungle’ and ‘Mr. Robot’ lead the pack, while Amazon, Universal Cable Productions and 20th Century Fox Television topped the studio tally. Netflix, which led the pack of nominees, was completely shut-out.


THR: When ‘The X-Files’ Became A-List: An Oral HistoryOn the eve of a six-episode reunion series, creator Chris Carter, stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, and the executives who put the risky show on the air in 1993 recall how the pop sensation all but minted money for a fledgling network.