The Morning Update for Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, February 16, 2016:


(from Fri) Damon Wayans Sr. to Star in Fox’s ‘Lethal Weapon’ PilotThe ‘In Living Color’ alum will take on the role originated by Danny Glover in the drama, which has now officially been picked up to pilot, with McG directing. Fox’s reboot hails from Matt Miller, who will executive produce via his WBTV-based Good Session banner. Lin Pictures’ Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz also will exec produce.

(from Fri) Syfy Orders Thriller ‘Prototype’ to Pilot
has picked up a pilot based on an original idea from 24: Live Another Day’s Tony Basgallop. The drama centers on three unlikely cohorts who inadvertently stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics — a discovery which in turn puts their lives in grave danger. Basgallop will pen the script, with Oscar nominee Juan Carlos Fresnadillo attached to direct.

(from Fri) Marcos Siega Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TVHe’ll also reunite with Kevin Williamson for a third time and direct his ABC pilot ‘Time After Time.’

(from Fri) Leslye Headland To Direct ABC’s Gay-Straight Buddy Comedy PilotLeslye Headland, the writer-director whose latest feature film was this summer’s Jason Sudeikis-Alison Brie romantic comedy Sleeping With Other People, is set to make her pilot directing debut. She has closed to helm ABC’s untitled Weeks/Mackay pilot, a lesbian-straight duo comedy from writers Ed Weeksand Hannah Mackayand executive producer Andrew Reich.

(from Fri) Jennifer Getzinger To Helm ‘Miranda’s Rights’, Only Female Director Hire On Drama Pilot This Season
Jennifer Getzinger(Mad Men, The Big C) is set to direct NBC/Universal TV’s legal drama pilot Miranda’s Rights, written by Katie Lovejoy. Surprisingly, given the current push in the industry to open up the field to female directors, Getzinger is the only woman hired to direct a broadcast drama pilot this season with just 1-2 open assignment left.


Daniel Craig to Star in TV Adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s Purity Novel
Daniel Craig
will star in Purity, a limited series based on Jonathan Franzen’s book of the same name being shopped to multiple networks. Showtime, Netflix, FX and several other outlets are in talks to land the project, which is seeking a 20-episode order. Franzen’s novel centers around an aimless young woman named Purity but known as Pip, who was raised in unusual circumstances in Northern California. She winds up bouncing around after college from Oakland to Bolivia to Denver through a series of jobs and relationships with equally offbeat characters. Todd Field will direct and share writing duties with Franzen.

TV Remake of Angelina Jolie’s ‘Salt’ in Works at SonyAngelina Jolie‘s “Salt” is the latest film to get the TV-series-adaptation treatment. Sony Pictures Entertainment is developing the 2010 CIA spy thriller as a potential TV show and is selling it to buyers and co-production partners at the European Film Market at the Berlin Film Festival. Phillip Noycedirected the original film, about Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent released from a North Korean prison camp who turns out to be a Russian double-agent.

(from Fri) Dr. Dre Filming Apple’s First Scripted Television Series
is making its first original television show, backing a top-secret scripted series starring Dr. Dre. Multiple sources say the mogul is starring in and executive producing his own six-episode vehicle, dubbed Vital Signs, and the production is being bankrolled by Apple. Those who have seen descriptions of the Dr. Dre show say it is billed as semi-autobiographical, with each episode focusing on a different emotion and how Dre’s character deals with it. Sources say that Sam Rockwell and Mo McCrae are among the additional cast. It is described as a dark drama with no shortage of violence and sex.

Neema Barnette Joins OWN Drama Series ‘Queen Sugar’ As Director & Producer
Neema Barnette
has boarded OWN‘s new original drama seriesQueen Sugar, from Ava Duvernayand Warner Horizon Television, as a director and producer.

(opinion) TVBTN: FOX Renew/Cancel standings, week 21: ‘Cooper Barrett’ likely won’t survive to Season 2The first Sunday after the end of the NFL season was not terribly kind to FOX — especially so for new shows “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” and “Bordertown.” Neither show had put up stellar ratings in their first three weeks on the air, and then a three-week hiatus took them out of circulation completely. When they did return, it was to identical 0.7 ratings.


Anne Dudek & Adam Lustick To Co-Star In Comedy Central Pilot ‘Corporate’Mad Men and House alumna Anne Dudekand Adam Lustick(The Office) are set as series regulars opposite Matt Ingebretson and Jake Weisman in Comedy Central‘s pilot Corporate.

Ashley Judd Joins ‘Twin Peaks’ Sequel Series
Ashley Judd
has joined the cast of the “Twin Peaks” revival series.

(from Fri) ‘Walking Dead’ Favorite Cast in ABC Legal Drama
Emily Kinney
has joined Hayley Atwell starrer ‘Conviction.

(from Fri) NBC’s Matt Hubbard Comedy Pilot Adds Three To FamilyFrancois Chau, Susan Chuang and Concetta Tomeihave landed series regular roles on NBC’s untitled Matt Hubbard single-camera comedy pilot.

(from Fri) Natalie Martinez To Star In Fox Drama Pilot ‘A.P.B.’Natalie Martinez(ABC’s Secrets & Lies) has been cast as the female lead in Fox’s drama pilot A.P.B.


‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Adds Benicio Del Toro, Laura DernNewcomer Kelly Marie Tran also has joined the cast of the film, which started shooting Monday.

(review) THR: ‘Zootopia’Boasting a pitch perfect voice cast led by a terrific Ginnifer Goodwin as a righteous rural rabbit who becomes the first cotton-tailed police recruit in the mammal-centric city of Zootopia, the 3D caper expertly combines keen wit with a gentle, and very timely, message of inclusivity and empowerment.

‘Deadpool’ Breaks Box Office Records for R-Rated FilmThe film, starring Ryan Reynolds, took in about $135 million domestically over the weekend. The previous record-holder was “The Matrix Reloaded,” which took in $118.3 million in May 2003, after adjusting for inflation.


(from Fri) Maya Rudolph-Martin Short Variety Series a Go at NBC
has officially picked up Maya and Marty in Manhattan, a long-gestating variety show starring Maya Rudolph and Martin Short. The series will debut in May and will air live from NBC’s New York headquarters inside 30 Rock. An episode count has not yet been determined. The series is expected to be a blend of musical numbers, comedy sketches and celebrity guests — effectively a continuation of Rudolph’s 2014 variety special.


Hong Kong Disneyland Slips Into Loss
Hong Kong Disneyland
last year lost HK$148 million following a drop in Chinese visitor numbers. In 2015 it welcomed 6.8 million visitors, compared with 7.5 million in 2014.


Kendrick Lamar Sweeps Rap Field at Grammys; Taylor Swift Wins Best Album
Mr. Lamar
, with 11 nominations in nine categories, took home five prizes over all, while Ms. Swift won for “1989.”

Writers Guild TV Winners: ‘Mr. Robot,’ ‘Better Call Saul’ Gain Steam in Emmy Race
“Mr. Robot”
and “Better Call Saul” have gained important endorsements going into Emmy season by winning key votes from the scribe tribe. USA’s “Mr. Robot” prevailed at the Writers Guild Awards in the race for best series, topping “Better Call Saul.” The comedy series win went to HBO’s “Veep.”