The Morning Update for Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, February 10, 2016:


Courteney Cox Comedy Lands Pilot Order at Fox
Fox has ordered Courteney Cox’s comedy Charity Case to pilot. From ABC Studios and 20th Century Fox Television, the half-hour single-camera effort stars Cox as Hailey, a woman who quickly finds that changing the world is far less glamorous than she had imagined after she inherits her late billionaire husband’s charity. Cox also will serve as an executive producer on the project, alongside Robert Padnick (The Office) and James Griffiths. Padnick will pen the script and Griffiths will direct the pilot.

Michael Engler To Direct ABC Drama Pilot ‘Notorious’Michael Englerhas been tapped to direct ABCdrama pilot Notorious, from Josh Berman and The Firm.


‘White Queen’ Sequel Series a Go at Starz
has greenlighted The White Princess, the sequel to the award-winning The White Queen. Based on Philippa Gregory’s best-selling novel of the same name and part of The Cousins’ War book series, The White Princess will center on England’s War of the Roses as told from the female perspective. The story, which is set in 1485, follows the rise of the House of Tudor and the rocky marriage between Princess Elizabeth of York and King Henry Tudor. Writer Emma Frost returns to serve as showrunner and will executive produce along with Gregory. The eight-episode limited series is currently in preproduction.

Bonnie Hammer Unveils Major NBCUniversal Cable Shakeup
Bonnie Hammer
has restructured her network group, consolidating all scripted programming efforts and promoting several from within. Hammer is moving her long-tenured Syfy chief Dave Howe into a broader, more strategic role as president of strategy and growth for the network group, where he’ll bridge the creative and business needs across her collection of cable networks. As a result, USA president Chris McCumber will now add Syfy as well as smaller nets Chiller and Cloo to his purview. Hammer will centralize all scripted development under NBCU veteran Bill McGoldrick. His new title will be executive vp scripted content, and he will oversee scripted fare at USA, Syfy, E! and Bravo.

CBS’ ‘Star Trek’ Taps Bryan Fuller as Showrunner
Bryan Fuller
has been tapped to serve as co-creator and showrunner on CBS’ Star Trek reboot and will serve alongside Alex Kurtzman.

(animated) Frozen Holiday Special to Air on ABC; Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel to Return
announced that it will air an original animated Frozen special, serving as a follow-up to the insanely popular 2013 film. The currently untitled project will once again feature the voices of Idina Menzel as Elsa, Kristen Bell as Anna, Jonathan Groff as Kristoff, Josh Gad as Olaf and Frank Welker as Sven. ABC’s Frozen special will air during the 2017 holiday season.

‘Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn’ Renewed For Season 3 By Nickelodeon; Creator ExitsNickelodeonhas ordered a 14-episode third season of its live-action comedy series Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn. Series creator Matt Fleckenstein is stepping down as executive producer. Michael Feldman, who developed the comedy with Fleckenstein and served as executive producer and showrunner for the first two seasons, will continue in the same capacity.


Jeremy Sisto Boards ABC Anthology ‘The Jury’
Jeremy Sisto
has booked a co-starring role on the network’s anthology drama pilot The Jury. Sisto will portray Dan, a juror described as professorial, well dressed and handsome and who is widely liked within the group of jurors.

John Ridley’s ABC Pilot ‘Presence’ Casts Rick GonzalezRick Gonzalez(USA’s Rush) is set as a male lead opposite Stephanie Sigmanin Presence, John Ridley‘s drama pilot for ABCand ABC Studios.

John Ridley’s ABC Pilot ‘Presence’ Casts Marcus AndersonMarcus Andersonhas booked a series regular role in Presence, John Ridley’s drama pilot for ABCand ABC Studios. Anderson will play Tre Davis, Presence’s openly gay, half-brother who works as an event planner for high end clubs.

Adam Campbell Cast In NBC’s Tracey Wigfield Comedy PilotAdam Campbell, who recurred on the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, is set to co-star in the project written/executive produced by 30 Rock alumna Tracey Wigfield.

Jermaine Fowler to Produce and Star in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Superior Donuts’
comedy pilot “Superior Donuts” has found its first cast member in Jermaine Fowler. Along with co-starring in the potential series, the comedian will also serve as a co-exec producer.

CW’s Archie Adaptation ‘Riverdale’ Casts Jughead and Betty
The CW
has cast the first two members of Archie’s gang in its “Riverdale” pilot. Lili Reinhart is set to play Betty Cooper and Cole Sprouse will play Jughead Jones.

Colm Feore, Alex Kingston & Jacob Vargas Cast In Hulu Comedy Pilot ‘Crushed’Colm Feore(House Of Cards), Alex Kingston(Doctor Who) and Jacob Vargas (Sons Of Anarchy) will co-star opposite Regina Hall in the HulupilotCrushed, from Peeples writer-director Tina Gordon Chism and Lionsgate TV.


Amy Schumer Joins PTSD Drama ‘Thank You for Your Service’The ‘Trainwreck’ star joins Miles Teller in the adaptation of the David Finkel book. The film will look at post-traumatic stress disorder through the story of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life.


YouTube Red Unveils New Projects As Service Goes Live
stars Jenn McAllister (JennxPenn) as Andie, an undateable sophomore — thanks to her older brother Alec, who makes sure no guy comes near her. Andie must rely on the unbreakable bond she has with her three best friends, as they navigate the hormone-induced journey, known as high school.


Showtime Orders Pilot for Docuseries Based on Rolling Stone StoriesThe cabler is in the early stages of developing the pop-culture focused project that’s described as being "in the vein" of the magazine. Sources say the show would mine stories from the publication. Should it be ordered to series, it would join other TV extensions of a magazine brand including HBO’s Vice and Amazon’s New Yorker Presents.


Elena Ferrante’s ‘Neapolitan Novels’ to Get TV AdaptationItaly’s leading TV production company, FremantleMedia’s Wildside, has teamed up with Fandango Productions to co-develop and co-produce a television adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s popular quartet of books The Neapolitan Novels. Portraying life in 1950s Naples through the lives of friends Elena and Lila, the books have been a literary sensation. The novels depict the close relationship of the two women amid a backdrop of radical feminism, corruption, and family and social upheaval.


NYT: ‘Star Wars’ Sales Propel Disney Earnings, but ESPN SlipsOperating income at Disney’s vast media networks division, which includes ESPN, ABC and Disney Channel, fell by 6 percent, largely because of the timing of a half-dozen college football bowl games, which increased programming costs. Christine M. McCarthy, Disney’s chief financial officer, told analysts that the division experienced a 14 percent year-on-year increase in ad sales, after adjusting for comparability.

Wrap: ESPN Subscribers Growing, Disney Chief Bob Iger Claims“We’ve seen an uptick recently in ESPN subs,” Iger told CNBC’s Julia Boorstin on “Closing Bell” Tuesday just after the company reported first-quarter earning for 2016. “We did reference in the August call that we had seen some sub erosion and that was the case. But the last few months in particular have been encouraging.” Iger said that the growth in subscriber levels was due in part to increased consumer interest in so-called “skinny bundles” such as Dish Network’s Sling, and that the trend would not be reflected until the second quarter of 2016.

(stage) ‘Frozen’ Musical Sets Broadway Timeline, Creative TeamThe stage musical adaptation of Disney animated megahit “Frozen” is targeting a Broadway opening in spring 2018, following an out-of-town tryout in the summer of 2017, with exact dates still to be nailed down. Directed by Alex Timbers, the production reunites three key members of the movie’s creative team: songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who’ll pen additional original songs for the stage incarnation, and screenwriter and co-director Jennifer Lee, who will write the musical’s book.


Nina Lederman Joins All3Media America As Head Of Scripted ProgrammingAll3Media Americais signaling a push in the original scripted arena with the appointment of former Lifetime executive Nina Ledermanas EVP of Scripted Programming.

BET Taps Brie Miranda Bryant As SVP Unscripted, Original ProgrammingBET Networkshas named Brie Miranda BryantSenior Vice President of Unscripted, Original Programming. Reporting to Zola Mashariki, EVP, Head of Original Programming, Bryant will be responsible for overseeing all unscripted development and production for the network.


(stage) Aaron Sorkin to Adapt Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ for BroadwayAaron Sorkinis set to adapt Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” for Broadway — the first time the often put-on play has made its way to the biggest stage. Scott Rudin, who acquired the rights, will produce the New York City show. Barlett Sher is set to direct it.

Second City Launches the Harold Ramis Film SchoolComedy brand name the Second City has announced what it’s billing as the world’s first film school dedicated to comedy, which it has dubbed the Harold Ramis Film School. Students will be immersed in comedy training, film history, storytelling and film production classes. At the end of the one-year program, a graduate will leave with produced content of some form.

Buzzfeed: The Professional Trolls Trying To Keep Sex And Violence Off TVThe PTC’s four full-time TV analysts watch, record, and archive all primetime broadcast television — 8 to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 to 11 p.m. on Sundays — as well as some cable shows, and track their findings. A dark side room in their slick skyscraper office houses huge stacks of DVRs and servers. Another room is taken up by dozens of boxes of VHS tapes of TV shows from their pre-digital days, which represent about half of a catalogued library that comprises tens of thousands of hours of footage, all in the effort to track television’s moral transgressions.

NYT: Beyoncé Song Lifts Sales 33% at Red Lobster ChainThe seafood restaurant chain Red Lobster said sales surged 33 percent on Sunday after Beyoncé released a song, “Formation,” in which she sings about taking a romantic partner to the restaurant.