The Morning Update for Thursday, February 11, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, February 11, 2016:

PILOT NEWS:

Nasim Pedrad to Play 14-Year-Old Boy in Fox Comedy Pilot
Fox
has greenlighted Chad: An American Boy, a single-camera comedy pilot written by Nasim Pedrad. Pedrad will star as a 14-year-old boy in the throes of adolescence who is tasked with being the man of the house, which leaves him with all the responsibilities of being an adult without any of the perks. Pedrad will pen the script alongside Rob Rosell. Michael Rotenberg and Dave Becky of 3 Arts as well as Jason Winer will exec produce, with the latter on board to direct the 20th Century Fox Television pilot.http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nasim-pedrad-play-14-year-864076

THR: Pilot Season 2016: The One Where the ‘Friends’ Come Back
Courteney Cox
and Matt LeBlanc have pilots in contention at the broadcast networks, with Lisa Kudrow fielding offers as David Schwimmer earns praise for ‘People v. O.J. Simpson.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/pilot-season-2016-friends-returns-863700

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Art & John Linson Developing ‘Lawrence In Arabia’ Middle East Drama For HBOFormer Sons Of Anarchy executive producers Art Linsonand John Linsonare developing Lawrence In Arabia, an HBOperiod drama series set in the Middle East. The project is based on Scott Anderson’s bestselling book. The drama is described as chronicling the adventure of T.E. Lawrence, David Hogarth, William Yale, and Rudolph McGovern as they dangerously navigate the burgeoning Arab Revolt in the Middle East in the years leading up to World War I. http://deadline.com/2016/02/lawrence-in-arabia-middle-east-drama-hbo-art-john-linson-1201699694/

‘Shooter’ Remake Starring Ryan Phillippe Picked Up to Series at USA Network
Omar Epps
co-stars in the 10-episode drama based on the 2007 feature film of the same name. Ryan Phillippe takes on the role of Bob Lee Swagger, an off-the-grid former Marine sniper who is coaxed into action to thwart the killing of the president. The series is a co-production between Paramount Television — which produced the original feature — and Universal Cable Productions. John Hlavin (The Shield) wrote the pilot and will exec produce. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/shooter-remake-starring-ryan-phillippe-863866

CASTING NEWS:

Candice Bergen to Star in ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Pearl’She’ll play the larger-than-life family matriarch in the comedy from ‘Friends’ grad Andrew Reich. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/candice-bergen-star-abc-comedy-863827

‘Agent Carter’ Star Hayley Atwell Cast in ABC Legal Pilot ‘Conviction’“Agent Carter” star Hayley Atwell has been cast as the lead in ABC drama pilot “Conviction.” Atwell will star as Carter Morrison, the brilliant but rebellious daughter of a former president, who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/conviction-hayley-atwell-abc-agent-carter-1201702277/

‘Once Upon a Time’ Alums Elizabeth Mitchell & Elizabeth Lail Cast in Freeform’s ‘Dead of Summer’
Freeform’s
upcoming camp horror series “Dead of Summer” from the “Once Upon a Time” creators has cast “OUAT” alums Elizabeth Mitchell and Elizabeth Lail in starring roles. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/dead-of-summer-casting-elizabeth-mitchell-elizabeth-lail-freeform-1201701827/

CBS’ ‘American Gothic’ Adds ‘Once Upon a Time’ Alum
Elliot Knight
will play the husband of Megan Ketch’s character, Tessa. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/cbs-american-gothic-adds-elliot-863558

‘The Trail’ NBC Pilot Casts Steven BoyerSteven Boyer, star of the 2015 Broadway comedy Hand To God, has been cast in The Trail. http://deadline.com/2016/02/the-trail-steven-boyer-cast-nbc-pilot-1201699670/

‘The Good Wife’ Enlists Blair Underwood for Guest RoleThe ‘In Treatment’ alum will appear in an upcoming episode centered on gun violence ahead of the May series finale. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/good-wife-blair-underwood-guest-863820

‘Revenge’ Alum Gabriel Mann Joins Showtime’s ‘Ray Donovan’
Gabriel Mann
has been cast in Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” in a recurring role. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/ray-donovan-gabriel-mann-casting-season-4-1201701786/

Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve to Star in Joe Wright-Directed ‘Black Mirror’ EpisodeJoe Wrightis set to direct an episode of “Black Mirror” for Netflix, with Bryce Dallas Howardand Alice Eveset to star. The streaming service is in the midst of producing 12 all-new episodes of the critically-acclaimed sci-fi anthology series.http://www.thewrap.com/bryce-dallas-howard-alice-eve-to-star-in-joe-wright-directed-black-mirror-episode/

‘Six’: Kyle Schmid To Co-Star In History’s Military Drama SeriesKyle Schmid(Copper, Being Human) has signed on for a lead role in History‘s new military drama Six, from A+E Studios and The Weinstein Company. http://deadline.com/2016/02/six-kyle-schmid-star-history-series-1201700547/

FEATURE NEWS:

‘Rogue One’ Writer Chris Weitz Adapting Gay Rights Drama ’21 Years to Midnight’
Fox 2000
has hired “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” writer Chris Weitz to adapt the screenplay for the gay rights movie “21 Years to Midnight.” The studio began development of the movie shortly after the June 26 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court case that effectively legalized same-sex marriage. Fox acquired the life rights of Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit that went to the court, and life rights to Obergefell’s attorney, Al Gerhardstein. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/rogue-one-chris-weitz-gay-rights-movie-21-years-to-midnight-1201702209/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Johnny Depp Plays Donald Trump in Faux ‘Art of the Deal’ MovieThe popular comedy website Funny or Die began streaming a 50-minute, faux film based on Trump’s best-selling book, The Art of the Deal. The only thing bigger than Depp playing the part of the GOP presidential hopeful is the fact that the project was kept a secret until it premiered. The Art of the Deal has an all-star cast, which includes Alfred Molina, Robert Morse, Patton Oswalt, Jacob Tremblay, Jack McBrayer, Michaela Watkins, Henry Winkler, Stephen Merchant and Christopher Lloyd, to name some. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/johnny-depp-as-donald-trump-863722

YouTuber Freddie Wong’s Sci-Fi Anthology Series Lands at Hulu
Freddie Wong
is moving into the realm of scripted television: Dimension 404, a sci-fi anthology series from Lionsgate that will stream on Hulu. The scripted series, which will explore the wonders and horrors of the digital age in six hourlong episodes, marks Wong’s digital production company RocketJump’s second longform network series. Dimension 404 was created by Dez Dolly and Will Campos, with Dan Johnson and David Welch credited as co-creators. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/youtuber-freddie-wong-s-sci-863938

Amazon Orders Four Seasons of ITV’s Kids Series ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’The reinvention of the 50-year-old classic, a mix of live action and CGI Animation, features ‘Gone Girl’s’ Rosamund Pike voicing Lady Penelope. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/amazon-orders-four-seasons-itvs-863714

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

(sched) John Cena’s Fox Competition Series ‘American Grit’ Sets Premiere DateJohn Cenas new competition series on Fox, “American Grit,” has gotten an official premiere date and first trailer. The new military-inspired competition series will debut April 14 at 9 p.m/8c following the spring return of “Bones” on Fox. http://www.thewrap.com/john-cenas-fox-competition-series-american-grit-sets-premiere-date-video/

FYI Orders 15 Additional Episodes of Khloé Kardashian’s Talk Show ‘Kocktails With Khloé’
FYI
has ordered 15 additional episodes of Khloé Kardashian’s primetime talk show “Kocktails With Khloé.” The episodic order comes after the show debuted on Jan. 20 to the network’s highest-rated series premiere in FYI’s history. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/kocktails-with-khloe-kardashian-fyi-network-episode-order-1201701708/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Amazon orders first German original
Amazon Prime Instant Video
has ordered its first original German-language TV series. Wanted will star German actor-writer-director Matthias Schweighoefer and will roll out on the SVoD service in Germany and Austria next year. The series will follow the story of a Berlin convention centre project manager who becomes the victim of a mysterious hacking attack. http://www.c21media.net/amazon-orders-first-german-original/

BBC buys Swedish dramaUK pubcaster the BBC has bought another foreign-language drama for BBC Four, picking up Swedish series Modus. The eight-part drama follows an FBI profiler Inger Johanne Vik as she returns to her native Sweden for family reasons. http://tbivision.com/news/2016/02/bbc-buys-swedish-drama/547422/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

HBO Promotes Longtime Network Exec Nancy LesserThe 31-year HBO vet will take on the role of executive vp media and talent relations. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/hbo-promotes-longtime-network-exec-863908

Sundance Selects/IFC Films Ups Lisa Schwartz To Co-PresidentLisa Schwartzhas been promoted to the post of co-president of IFC Films/Sundance Selects. She most recently was EVP Distribution, Operations and Business Development for the label. http://deadline.com/2016/02/ifc-films-sundance-selects-lisa-schwartz-co-president-1201699991/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

HBO Now Service Has Roughly 800,000 Paying Subscribers
HBO Now
has roughly 800,000 paying subscribers since launching last April, HBO CEO Richard Plepler told analysts on Wednesday. That is lower than the 1 million to 2 million subscribers that Wall Street had expected the streaming service to boast at this point. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/hbo-now-subscribers-1201702220/

HBO vs. Hulu vs. Netflix: Here’s Who’s Winning in Streaming Subscribers – By a LotWe figured this was as good a time as any to update comparisons among the existing streaming options. So here they are, with pretty pictures and variably pretty statistics. http://www.thewrap.com/hbo-vs-hulu-vs-netflix-heres-whos-winning-in-streaming-subscribers-by-a-lot/

Obamageddon’s Back As POTUS In Town Thursday For ‘Ellen’ & FundraisersHis first LA stop is at 4:25 PM over on the Warner Bros lot in Burbank to tape a sit-down with DeGeneres that will run on her syndicated show. In the past, POTUS has used Marine One to get that far across town from the airport, and it looks like he might do so tomorrow, but the Secret Service and the LAPD never give out the precise details of his travel for obvious security reasons. We do know that there will be some snarls later in the evening Thursday around Hancock Park as two separate fundraisers are scheduled there. http://deadline.com/2016/02/barack-obama-road-closures-fundraisers-ellen-degeneres-hollywood-1201700227/

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