The Morning Update for Monday, February 22, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, February 22, 2016:

PILOT NEWS:

(from Fri) Antoine Fuqua Will Not Direct ‘Training Day’ Pilot at CBSAntoine Fuquahas dropped out as the director of the pilot for the CBS TV adaptation of “Training Day” due to scheduling conflicts. Danny Cannon, who serves as an executive producer and director for Fox’s “Gotham,” will direct instead. http://www.thewrap.com/antoine-fuqua-will-not-direct-training-day-pilot-at-cbs/

SCRIPTED NEWS:

(from Fri) Amy Adams to Star in Gillian Flynn’s ‘Sharp Objects’
Jean-Marc Vallee
will direct the adaptation of the book by the ‘Gone Girl’ author, which is being shopped to cable and streaming by Entertainment One and Blumhouse. Sharp Objects centers on reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) — fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital — who faces a troubling assignment: She must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/amy-adams-star-gillian-flynns-867862

(from Fri) ‘You’re the Worst’ Creator, Cameron Esposito Team for Gay-Straight FX ComedyYou’re the Worst creator Stephen Falk is teaming with Cameron Esposito for an untitled comedy that is based on the life of the stand-up comedian. The single-camera entry follows the relationship between Cameron (played by Esposito) and Eve, two very different sisters in their early 30s — one straight and one gay. It’s described as an update on the "can she have it all" premise to "What if she had it all and it sucked so bad she had to start again." Falk and Esposito are set to pen the script and exec produce alongside Brillstein Entertainment Partners. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/youre-worst-creator-cameron-esposito-867499

Wrap: Will ‘The X-Files’ Go the ’24’ Route to Stay Alive?
“The X-Files”
is coming to a close on Monday, but Fox is probably already mapping out a way to keep its valuable property alive. Or at least, the network should be. Per Nielsen’s “most current” ratings, which include seven-day delayed viewing where available, the only higher-rated Fox entertainment program is “Empire” — and the next-closest one is the ending “American Idol.” http://www.thewrap.com/x-files-finale-24-legacy-live-another-day-mulder-scully-einstein-miller-spinoff-fox/

Vox: CBS’s Mom has an ingenious solution to TV sitcoms’ biggest problem
Mom’s stories never end. Each episode introduces a rough situation and then spins out a few scenes around that situation. By episode’s end, however, the show has twisted into some other story entirely. That story leads into the next week’s episode, which then turns toward something else. http://www.vox.com/2016/2/21/11082868/mom-review-cbs-jodi

CASTING NEWS:

(from Fri) ‘Review’s’ Andy Daly to Co-Star in ABC Comedy ‘Chunk and Bean’He’ll star opposite ‘Breaking Bad’ grad Anna Gunn. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/reviews-andy-daly-star-abc-867529

(from Fri) Tony Danza Sets Sitcom Return in Greg Garcia Comedy ‘Sebastian’
Danza
fielded multiple pilot offers before choosing the multicam comedy from the creator of ‘My Name Is Earl.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tony-danza-sets-sitcom-return-867750

(from Fri) ‘Chicago Fire’ Spinoff ‘Chicago Law’ Casts Philip Winchester in Lead Role
NBC’s
fourth “Chicago” show, “Chicago Law,” has cast Philip Winchester as the lead. http://www.thewrap.com/chicago-fire-spinoff-chicago-law-casts-philip-winchester-in-lead-role/

(from Fri) Briga Heelan To Topline Tracey Wigfield NBC Comedy Pilot Produced By Tina FeyBriga Heelan(Ground Floor, Undateable) has been cast as the lead in NBC‘s untitled Tracey Wigfieldcomedy pilot from Tina Feyand Robert Carlock. http://deadline.com/2016/02/briga-heelan-star-tracey-wigfield-nbc-comedy-pilot-tina-fey-1201706268/

(from Fri) ‘The Jury’ Pilot Casts Hina Abdullah; Brenda Song Joins ‘Bunker Hill’Hina Abdullah has been cast as a series regular in ABC’s murder trial drama pilot The Jury, from Sony TV and ABC Studios. Brenda Song has been cast in CBS pilot Bunker Hill, a medical drama written/executive produced by Parenthood‘s Jason Katims. http://deadline.com/2016/02/the-jury-pilot-cast-hina-abdullah-brenda-song-bunker-hill-1201706243/

(from Fri) ‘Miranda’s Rights’ NBC Pilot Sets Rebecca Breeds As The LeadRebecca Breeds(The Originals) has landed the lead in NBCpilot Miranda’s Rights. http://deadline.com/2016/02/rebecca-breeds-star-mirandas-rights-nbc-legal-soap-pilot-1201705940/

(from Fri) ‘Lethal Weapon’ Pilot: Golden Brooks CastGirlfriends alumna Golden Brooksis set to co-star opposite Damon Wayans Sr. inLethal Weapon. http://deadline.com/2016/02/lethal-weapon-golden-brooks-cast-trish-fox-1201705928/

(from Fri) Mistresses Season 4: Alyssa Milano Still Out, [Spoiler] Back as Series Regular

Alyssa Milano will not return as a series regular to the role she played in Seasons 1 and 2. Meanwhile, Tabrett Bethell (Legend of the Seeker) will bring some single-and-childless mischief to the mix when she returns to the now series-regular role of Harry’s sister Kate. http://tvline.com/2016/02/19/mistresses-season-4-alyssa-milano-not-returning-tabrett-bethell-cast/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Business Insider: HBO is coming after Netflix using its own battle planFirst, HBO intends to ramp up production, which will increase by 50% this year. Second comes international expansion. This echoes Netflix almost exactly, which has said it will double its production of originals this year, and produce a whopping 600 hours of original content, and which recently added 130 new countries. This two-step plan is built on the assumption that the variations in TV show preferences within countries are greater than those between countries, a stance that Netflix CPO Neil Hunt stressed to Business Insider. This means that a show considered “niche” can still find audiences all over the world. http://www.businessinsider.com/hbo-is-ramping-up-production-and-expanding-internationally-2016-2

TWDC NEWS:

Disney Offers First Look at ‘Star Wars’ Parks ExperienceHarrison Ford introduced a segment about the new themed lands during ABC’s ‘Disneyland 60’ special on Sunday night. According to the video shown, guests will be able to sit behind the controls of the Millennium Falcon, experience a battle between the First Order and the Resistance, taste local delicacies and visit a cantina. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/star-wars-experience-photos-first-868092

(video) FaceDirector: Continuous Control of Facial Performance in Video
Disney Research
: We present a method to continuously blend between multiple facial performances of an actor, which can contain different facial expressions or emotional states. Disney’s FaceDirector let’s directors change facial expressions in post production. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-nJpaCXL0k

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

(q&a) (from Fri) Variety: ABC Heads Ben Sherwood and Channing Dungey on Paul Lee’s Exit, Making History and Live ProgrammingQ: What kinds of shows are you looking for? There’s talk that you’re going to be looking for more procedurals?

Sherwood: Let me just set the record straight on that; that is wildly overblown. We’re not sitting here talking about genres here; we’re not talking about more of X or less of Y, these are Channing’s decisions and these are going to be Patrick’s decisions. What we want to do is what’s going to be great for our network business and our studio business, and we’re going to make decisions with everything on the table about how to drive growth here and also around the world. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/abc-ben-sherwood-channing-dungey-paul-lee-changes-challenges-1201710443/

(video) Recode: Hulu Finally Gets Serious With Original TV Series — But Is It Too Little, Too Late?“There are two types of subscribers: Ad-avoiders and ad-accepters,” said Mike Hopkins. “You find that people who are ad-avoiders are rabidly so. They wouldn’t come and subscribe to Hulu if we didn’t do this. What we found was it was eating away at the core of our brand. http://recode.net/2016/02/18/hulu-finally-gets-serious-with-original-tv-series-but-is-it-too-little-too-late/

Russell Simmons, Elizabeth Banks Set for 2016 Produced By ConferenceThe Producers Guild of America’s annual event will take place June 4-5 on the Sony Pictures lot. The 2016 edition of the Produced By Conference will be chaired by PGA members Ian Bryce, Tracey Edmonds, Mark Gordon, Marshall Herskovitz and Rachel Klein. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/produced-by-2016-initial-line-867535

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

THR: Hollywood Studios ‘Whitewashed,’ Given Failing Diversity Grades in New StudyIn the 414 studied films and series, only a third of speaking characters were female, and only 28.3 percent were from minority groups — about 10 percent less than the makeup of the U.S. population. Behind the camera, the discrepancy is even greater. Directors overall were 87 percent white. Broadcast TV directors (90.4 percent white) were the least diverse. Just 15.2 percent of directors, 28.9 percent of writers and 22.6 percent of series creators were female.

Each [studio] was rated by their percentage of female, minority and LGBT characters; and of female writers and directors. None of the six major studios rated better than 20 percent overall; Time Warner fared poorest of all with a score of zero. Some of the same companies, however, scored better when their TV and digital offerings were evaluated. Disney, the CW, Amazon and Hulu all scored 65 percent and above. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hollywood-studios-whitewashed-given-failing-868097

Incentives Scorecard: France Raises Tax Rebate to Lure More International ProductionsThe land of iconic locations such as Versailles and the Eiffel Tower just raised its tax rebate from 20% to a hefty 30%, effective Jan. 1, creating a buzz in the international production community, and luring a growing number of film and TV projects to the land of brie, baguettes — and romance. http://variety.com/2016/artisans/production/france-raises-production-tax-rebate-1201707331/

Polygon: Why Hollywood is looking to video games as its post-comics gold mineVideo games are on the verge of becoming the next movie gold mine after comics, or so director Roy Lee, co-founder of Vertigo Entertainment, believes. "It’s like how the comic book movies rose to such prominence," he said. "Video games are the next big deal." http://www.polygon.com/2016/2/19/11075140/why-hollywood-is-looking-to-video-games-as-its-post-comics-gold-mine

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