The Morning Update for Wednesday, February 24, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, February 24, 2016:


Jean-Claude Van Damme to Star in Amazon Action-Comedy ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’
Jean-Claude Van Damme
is set to topline an original scripted comedy for Amazon, with the streaming service picking up Jean-Claude Van Johnson to pilot. Dave Callaham is attached to pen the script and executive produce alongside Scott Free Television’s Ridley Scott and David Zucker. Peter Atencio will direct. Jean-Claude Van Johnson will star Van Damme as a version of himself — a famous actor and martial-arts pro who comes out of retirement to resume his alter-ego: an undercover private contractor by the name of Jean-Claude Van Johnson.

‘Chicago Law’: Jean de Segonzac To Direct Backdoor Pilot For ‘Chicago’ Legal SpinoffNBC’s proposed legal drama spinoff from Dick Wolf’s Chicagofranchise, starring Philip Winchester, has locked in a key auspice. Jean de Segonzac has been tapped to direct the upcoming episode of Chicago PD that will serve as a embedded pilot for the potential legal Chicago offshoot, tentatively titled Chicago Law.

Adam Davidson To Direct Fox Drama Pilot ‘Recon’Veteran TV helmer Adam Davidsonis set to direct Fox’s drama pilot Recon, from Warner Bros TV.

Claire Scanlon To Direct Matt Hubbard/Michael Schur NBC Comedy PilotClaire Scanlonhas been tapped to direct NBC’s untitled single-camera comedy pilot from Matt Hubbardand Mike Schur.


Demi Moore Returning to TV in Drama From ‘Rookie Blue’ Co-Creator
Demi Moore
has signed on to star in the drama 10 Days in the Valley from Rookie Blue co-creator Tassie Cameron. Moore will play Jane Sadler, an overworked writer and single mother in the middle of a tumultuous separation. When her 5-year-old daughter is taken from her bed in the middle of the night, Jane must put everything on the line to get her child back. Cameron wrote the project and will serve as executive producer and showrunner on the series, which is being produced by Skydance Television. The drama is currently being shopped to networks.

NBC Renews ‘Superstore’The America Ferrera starrer will get at least 13 episodes for the 2016-17 season.

Zach Galifianakis’ FX Comedy ‘Baskets’ Renewed for Second SeasonThe series ranks as the most-watched basic cable primetime comedy series premiere since 2014.

(ratings) CBS Claimed All 10 of Broadcast’s Most-Watched Shows for the Second Straight WeekFor the week ending Feb. 21, CBS aired all of the top 11 broadcast shows in total viewers, marking the second consecutive week that the network claimed the 10 most-watched broadcast programs. It’s the first time any network has accomplished that feat since Nielsen began reporting live-plus-same-day ratings in December 2005.

(ratings) Vulture: Bad Ratings Doomed ABC’s Boss, But What About the Other Networks?We analyzed the pros and cons of ABC’s performance, but what about the Alphabet network’s main rivals? A little more than halfway through the 2015–16 season, and less than three months before the networks announce yet another crop of new programming, Vulture dug deep into the ratings trends and talked to industry insiders to see where things stand.

(review) Hitfix: How ‘Agent Carter’ became the best comic book show nobody’s watchingThis is a business, and between the ratings, the exit of the man who greenlit the show, and the development of Marvel’s Most Wanted as the thing to fill in at mid-season for Agents of SHIELD, the writing seems on the wall. I could tell you that Agent Carter is my favorite of all the current network superhero shows, but that feels like damning it with faint praise. In its focus on character and theme, in its confidence, and in its execution, it’s just an incredibly entertaining television show, genre, source material, or parent company be damned.

(review) Variety: ‘Black-ish’ Is the Ideal Sitcom for the Age of Black Lives Matter
The Feb. 24 episode is different. As Dre might say, it gets real. Really real. “It was such a scary episode for us,” said “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris. His fear is understandable: No network comedy wants to take on a serious subject and fail to hit its targets. The episode is more serious than most in the show’s short history; more than one character ends up near tears. But “Black-ish” acquits itself well, in part because the show was constructed to bear just this kind of thematic weight.


ABC’s ‘Dirty Dancing’ Remake Casts Colt Prattes as JohnnyThe singer-dancer-actor will star alongside Abigail Breslin, who is playing the iconic role of Baby.

Jenna Elfman to Star in ABC’s Imaginary-Friend Comedy From ‘The Goldbergs’ DuoThe untitled live-action/CGI pilot comes from Adam F. Goldberg and David Guarascio.

NBC’s DC Comics Comedy ‘Powerless’ Adds Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk‘A to Z’ alum Christina Kirk also will join the ‘Community’ and ‘Suburgatory’ stars in the Vanessa Hudgens starrer.

Julianne Nicholson to Star in USA Crime Thriller ‘Eyewitness’‘Empire’ alum Tyler Young will star as Nicholson’s character’s foster son. Picked up straight to series in January, the drama is based on the Norwegian crime thriller Oyevitne and centers on two innocent teenage boys who secretly witness a shooting in the forest and barely escape with their lives.

Fox’s 24: Legacy Pilot Adds The Flash’s Teddy Sears as CTU Head Honcho
Teddy Sears has been cast in 24: Legacy, Fox’s in-the-works reboot of the clock-watching Kiefer Sutherland drama.

NBC’s ‘Cruel Intentions’ Pilot Casts Young Lead
NBC’s “Cruel Intentions”
pilot, which is a sequel set 15 years after the movie, has found its young lead in actor Taylor John Smith.

Kathryn Hahn To Star In Jill Soloway Amazon Pilot ‘I Love Dick’Kathryn Hahn, who is recurring on Jill Soloway’s acclaimed Amazoncomedy series Transparent, has been tapped as the female lead in Soloway’s followup project for Amazon — comedy pilotI Love Dick.

Ken Jeong To Play Randall Park’s Twin Brother On ‘Fresh Off The Boat’On the heels of Randall Parksigning on for a guest stint on Ken Jeong’s freshman ABCcomedyDr. Ken, Jeong is returning the favor with a guest stint on Park’s sophomore ABC comedy seriesFresh Off The Boat.


Ava DuVernay to Direct ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Movie Adaptation“Selma” director Ava DuVernay has come on board to helm Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” movie adaptation. Jennifer Lee is penning the adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s book for Disney. The story follows children as they travel through time and visit strange worlds in order to find their missing scientist father.

Amazon Studios Paid Staggering $15M for Woody Allen’s Next FilmThe untitled movie, starring Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively and Kristen Stewart, was acquired sight unseen — and at three times what Sony Pictures Classics paid for Allen’s previous film.


Warner Bros. to Acquire Korean-TV Streaming Service DramaFever
Warner Bros
. has purchased streaming video service DramaFever from Japan’s Softbank for an undisclosed price. Seven-year-old DramaFever launched as a subscription streaming service for U.S. audiences of Korean dramas. The company, backed in its early days by AMC, has since expanded into international programming in a variety of languages and now offers its service in more than 20 countries.

‘Bourne Identity’ director Doug Liman is making a VR action miniseries
Doug Liman
is now working on a six-part virtual reality miniseries. Invisible is described as an action-adventure series about a Manhattan family with supernatural powers. Dallas Buyers Club screenwriter Melisa Wallack will write the series, and the episodes are being directed by Liman, Michael Witlak and Jerome Sable. They’re partnering with virtual reality cinema company Jaunt. It’s supposed to premiere "later this year" on the Gear VR and Jaunt’s Android and iOS apps


‘The View’ Renewed for Season 20
Candi Carter
, who served as interim showrunner, has been promoted to executive producer effective immediately.

VH1 Bringing Back ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Minus Host Tyra Banks
will remain with the show as an exec producer. The new host and judges team will be announced at a later date.

‘Divorce Court’ Renewed Through 2019
Lynn Toler
hosts the show, which has been on the air since 1999.


Netflix Sets First German Series ‘Dark’ From Director Baran bo OdarNetflixhas set its first original German series Darkfor premiere in 2017. Described as a family saga with supernatural twist, Dark is set in a German town in present day where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families. Dark is directed by Baran bo Odar.

(rumor) Wanda Chairman Wang Says “Major Deal” Coming Friday; Is Paramount In Play?Dalian Wanda GroupChairman Wang Jianlinhas set the speculation wheel spinning with comments he made Tuesday at Oxford University. The billionaire mogul said the Chinese conglomerate is poised to announce a “major deal” on Friday. Much of the focus right now is on Paramount, especially because of the timing. On Tuesday, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman announced that he has been “approached by several potential strategic investors in Paramount” and is “pursuing a transaction with a strategic minority investor.”


LAT: How Leslie Moonves continues to guide CBS to the top of the TV industry
hard line in getting affiliates, cable and satellite operators to pay to carry its signal has also paid off — the company is on track to generate $2 billion in retransmission fees next year, up from $250 million in 2012.

Funny Or Die Hires Former President Obama Speechwriter to Head Up DC Staff
Funny Or Die
has hired former Obama administration Senior Presidential Speechwriter David Litt to lead its Washington, D.C. shenanigans.


LAT: How TV beats film in giving women and minorities greater opportunities on screenBy most accounts, the small screen has become a more culturally inclusive place over the last decade, and for several reasons. The TV audience itself is diverse — one estimate is that black viewers spend 37% more time watching TV than other racial groups — which has forced network executives to find programming that reflects the people watching at home. The TV industry is also significantly larger than the movie business, meaning more opportunities overall, and lately there has been an explosion of new programming.