The Morning Update for Thursday, February 25, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, February 25, 2016:


Jason Katims Comedy Anthology Ordered to Pilot at Showtime
Dating comedy ‘Mating’ will revolve around a different protagonist every season and the pilot order is contingent on finding a lead.

THR: TV Pilot Season’s Obsession With Family ComediesAs ‘Modern Family’ grows old, the Big Four networks desperately seek the next all-ages comedy hit as THR sorts through all the eerily similar projects in development.

THR: HBO’s High-Class Problems: $100M ‘Vinyl’ Disappoints Amid ‘Westworld,’ David Fincher WoesIn recent months, HBO has seen several troubled shows go expensively into and then out of production. Those include the mega-budgeted futuristic Westworld, which was halted in December with several episodes shot but needing additional work. Other projects shut down well into the process include two shows from David Fincher, a limited series from Steve McQueen and another on Lewis and Clark from producers Brad Pitt and Tom Hanks. HBO says some of these may be revived.


Eliza Coupe Set as Female Lead in Hulu’s Seth Rogen Comedy ‘Future Man’The casting brings the ‘Happy Endings’ alum back into the Sony Pictures Television family.

Elisabeth Shue to Star in Fox Baseball Drama ‘Pitch’She’ll play the image consultant and personal guru for the first woman to pitch in the big leagues.

Adam Pally to Star in Fox Time-Travel Comedy From ‘Last Man on Earth’ Creators
‘Making History’
is written by ‘The Grinder’s’ Julius "Goldie" Sharpe and exec produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

Wilmer Valderrama Boards CBS Military Drama
He’s the first person cast in drama pilot ‘Four Stars.’

Dermot Mulroney to Star in CBS’ Jason Katims Drama ‘Bunker Hill’The actor is currently recurring on Showtime’s ‘Shameless.’

Erinn Hayes to Star Opposite Kevin James in CBS Family ComedyThe ‘Childrens Hospital’ star will play James’ wife on the sitcom.

CBS’ Nancy Drew Drama Casts ‘ER’ Alum Anthony EdwardsHe’ll play Nancy’s father.

Sarah Michelle Gellar Reprising ‘Cruel Intentions’ Role for NBC PilotThe actress announced on Instagram that she’ll be back to play Kathryn Merteuil.

John Magaro & Rachel Brosnahan Join Woody Allen’s Amazon SeriesJohn Magaroand House Of Cards alum Rachel Brosnahanhave been set to join the cast of Woody Allen’s upcoming series set up at Amazon. They will play the young leads of the six-episode half-hour series alongside the previously cast Allen, Elaine May and of course Miley Cyrus.

‘Good Fortune’: Jessy Hodges To Star, Blake Lee To Co-Star In NBC PilotJessy Hodges (Hindsight) is set to lead the ensemble cast of NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Good Fortune. Rounding out the core quintet in the project, from Rashida Jones and Will McCormack’s Le Train Train, is Blake Lee (Mixology, Parks & Recreation).

ABC’s ‘Death of Eva Sofia Valdez’ Pilot Adds Two to Cast
drama pilot “Death of Eva Sofia Valdez” has added Zabryna Guevara and Marta Milans in series regular roles.

Bailey Chase & Jessica Szohr To Star In Kevin Williamson’s Paranormal CW PilotGossip Girl‘s Jessica Szohris returning to the CWwith a starring role in Kevin Williamson‘s untitled paranormal drama pilot, and she also has booked a role on David Lynch’s Twin Peaks revival for Showtime. Additionally, Longmire alum Bailey Chasehas been tapped as the male lead in Williamson’s pilot.


‘Hamilton’ Star Lin-Manuel Miranda Joining Emily Blunt in ‘Mary Poppins’ Sequel
Rob Marshall
is directing Disney’s film, which will be set 20 years after events in the 1964 title.


Amazon is live streaming a Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concert this Friday
is partnering with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to live stream an intimate hometown show the hip-hop duo is playing in Seattle this Friday night.

AdWeek: 6 Ways Netflix Viewing Habits Vary Around the WorldDuring a keynote speech on Wednesday at Mobile World Congress, Scott Mirer, vp of the device partner ecosystem at Netflix, said working with providers across dozens of countries is working well. Here are six insights about Netflix’s mobile consumption gleaned from the early months of its global expansion:


SVT books restaurant drama
in Sweden has ordered a multi-generational drama set at the end of the Second World War and set in a family-run restaurant. Vår Tid är Nu (Our Time is Now) explores the lives of the family and delves into the ambitions of each child following the end of the conflict.


Adam Stotsky Named President Of E! EntertainmentAdam Stotskyhas been named President of E! Entertainment, expanding his responsibilities to include all unscripted programming and development for the pop culture network. Stotsky previously served as General Manager for E! He will also continue his role as president of Esquire Network.

Jessica Chastain, Queen Latifah Help Launch Female-Driven Production CompanyA collective of the film industry’s leading voices have announced the formation of We Do It Together, a non-profit production company created to finance and produce films, documentaries, TV and other forms of media dedicated to the empowerment of women. The We Do It Together Board of Directors is comprised of: Jessica Chastain; Freida Pinto; Queen Latifah; Catherine Hardwicke; Hany Abu-Assad; Ziyi Zhang; Amma Asante; Juliette Binoche; Marielle Heller; Katia Lund; Małgorzata Szumowska; Alysia Reiner; Henry Louis Gates; and Haifaa Al Mansour, among others.

(q&a) ‘Black-ish’ Boss on Tackling Police Brutality: "I Didn’t Want to Politicize the Show"Q: You guys have obviously had network support on this episode and throughout, so I wanted to get a sense of how you’re feeling after last week’s big executive shift at the network.

Barris: I don’t know how it’s going to impact us. It’s been seamless thus far. I’m always going to be a fan of [former ABC Entertainment president] Paul [Lee]. He bought the show and was unbelievably supportive in a way that I don’t think most network presidents would have been. At the same time, I know Channing [Dungey] and we’ve talked and you ask around town and she a beloved and very competent executive under [Disney-ABC Television Group president] Ben Sherwood who, as a chairman, has been supportive of the show since he got here. I’m not expecting a lot of change. If anything, as we move into the really important years of our series, maybe we get even more support.


Tax Incentives Lure Film and TV Production to IrelandChanges to Ireland’s film and TV production tax incentive now make the country one of the most generous production environments in the world. On Jan. 1, 2015, Ireland upped its tax incentive, known as Section 481, from 28% to 32% and amended the credit so that non-European Union talent, including Hollywood actors and actresses, will count as part of the qualifying expenditure.

Movies With Diverse Casts Make More Money, Study FindsMovies with diverse casts make more significantly more money at the box office and TV shows with lineups that reflect the general population of the U.S. get much higher ratings, according to the study, which has been charting the relationship between the casting of minorities and box office grosses and TV ratings since 2011.

NYT: What It’s Really Like to Work in Hollywood* (*If you’re not a straight white man.)The statistics are unequivocal: Women and minorities are vastly underrepresented in front of and behind the camera. Here, 27 industry players reveal the stories behind the numbers — their personal experiences of not feeling seen, heard or accepted, and how they pushed forward.

NBCUniversal Will Start Selling TV Advertising Programmatically This FallAfter two years of selling its digital video and display inventory programmatically, NBCUniversal is finally allowing programmatic buys on its linear networks as well. Today, the company announced NBCUx for Linear TV, which will launch as part of this year’s upfront. "It’s the industry’s first national programmatic TV offering at scale," Krishan Bhatia, evp of business operations and strategy, said during a conference call with reporters.

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Stan Pham

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