The Morning Update for Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, March 2, 2016:


20th TV’s Lisa Katz, Dana Honor to DepartSenior vp drama development Lisa Katz and senior vp comedy development Dana Honor will be exiting when their current contracts expire in July. The women, both of whom were promoted to their current positions in June 2012, will remain focused on the studio’s current crop of pilots. Their replacements are unlikely to be named prior to the upfront.

The Next ‘Making a Murderer’? TV Series Based on Sunny Von Bulow Trial in the Works
Universal Cable Productions
has put into development a potential series based on true-crime book The Von Bulow Affair by author-playwright William Wright. Published in 1983, the book follows the infamous trial of British socialite Claus Von Bulow, who faced murder charges for the slaying of his wife, Sunny. Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce’s Ilene Rosenzweig is attached to pen the script for UCP. A network is not yet attached, though UCP is expected to shop the project to broadcast and cable networks.

Netflix Sets ‘Godless’ Limited Series From Scott Frank & Steven SoderberghNetflixis prepping Godless, a limited period drama series from the Out of Sight duo of Steven Soderberghand Scott Frank. Written, directed and executive produced by Frank, Godless is a Western set in an 1800s New Mexico mining town. The project, which is currently casting, is set to film in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Showtime Developing ‘The Brand’ Prison Gang Drama From ‘Narcos’ José PadilhaShowtimehas put in development The Brand, a 10-episode limited series from Narcos executive producer/director José Padilha. Written by Padilha and Alessandro Camon, The Brand is inspired by the 2004 New Yorker article by author David Grann. It tells the epic tale of the rise of prison gangs, particularly the Aryan Brotherhood, in the 1970s and 1980s, when mass incarceration resulting from the war on drugs caused the prison population to explode.

Nat Geo Orders Cop Drama From ‘Selma’ Star David Oyelowo
National Geographic Channel
is teaming with Selma star David Oyelowo for its latest scripted endeavor. The cabler has landed The Black 22s, a cop drama pilot executive produced by the actor. The project is based on the true story of an African-American detective and one of America’s first all-black police squads in St. Louis. The Librarians creator John Rogers and writer Paul Guyot will also serve as exec producers, along with Kung Fu Monkey’s Jennifer Court and Bharat Nalluri, who is set to direct. Guyot would also serve as showrunner if the pilot is picked up to series.

‘Fuller House’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
“Fuller House”
has been renewed for Season 2 at Netflix. The pickup comes just days after the “Full House” revival series debuted on the streaming giant.

Disney Channel Plans ‘High School Musical 4’
Peter Barsocchini
, who wrote all three previous movies, will co-write the new project with ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie’s’ Dan Berendsen. The fourth movie in the franchise will center on a new group of students at East High, as well as their crosstown rivals, the West High Knights.

(opinion) TVGuide: Why ABC Should Renew Agent Carter Despite Its Dismal Ratings
Agent Carter
is one of the best shows on television, but you wouldn’t know it from the ratings. …Agent Carter deserves better. It’s a uniquely charming series that blends the best parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, spy procedurals, period pieces and caper comedies into a single show that’s unlike anything else out there.

(opinion) Variety: Why ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’ Should Battle OnUnlike most superhero and superhero-adjacent properties, “Agent Carter” is light, semi-comedic and has a jaunty tone. And there’s no doubt that the show works like gangbusters as presently constituted.


‘Dirty Dancing’ ABC Remake Adds ‘Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland
Modern Family
co-starSarah Hyland has been cast as Lisa Houseman opposite Abigail Breslin’s Baby inDirty Dancing, ABC’s three-hour remake of the hit Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey movie.

Nicole Scherzinger to Co-Star in ABC’s ‘Dirty Dancing’ RebootShe’ll take on the role of Penny, played by Cynthia Rhodes in the 1987 feature.

Jason Lee to Star in CBS Family Comedy ‘What Goes Around Comes Around’Marking the broadcast series regular return for the ‘My Name Is Earl’ alum.

Superior Donuts: Brian d’Arcy James to Star in CBS Comedy PilotHot on the heels of Spotlight‘s Oscar triumph, co-star Brian d’Arcy James has booked the lead role in CBS’ multi-cam comedy pilot Superior Donuts.

NBC’s ‘Cruel Intentions’ Casts Its New Reese Witherspoon‘Drop Dead Diva’ alum Kate Levering will take on the role of Annette Hargrove in the network’s drama pilot.

‘Race’ Star Stephan James Set as Male Lead in Fox Series ‘Shots Fired’He’ll co-star opposite Sanaa Lathan in the limited series.

Vanessa Williams to Topline VH1’s Star Jones Drama ‘Satan’s Sisters’She’ll play the creator and host of the show within the show.


Brad Pitt, Disney Developing Immigrant Doctor Movie ‘Dr. Q’
and Brad Pitt’s Plan B are developing “Dr. Q” — a movie based on the life story of an illegal immigrant who became the head of brain tumor surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Matt Lopez has been tapped to write the screenplay about Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa.


Fusion Launches ‘Trump vs. Bernie’ Satirical Series to Play Up the Camp in Campaign
has hired gifted impressionists Anthony Atamanuik and James Adomian to play Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, respectively, in “Trump vs. Bernie,” a new cross-platform video series that will see the Republican billionaire and the Democratic socialist senator argue over the issues driving the 2016 presidential election. The digital series and corresponding television specials will be produced by Serious Business, an Emmy-winning production company that created and executive produces Comedy Central’s late-night show “@midnight.”


‘Superhumans’ will return with eight new episodes ordered by FoxAfter airing a two-hour special on Jan. 4, 2016, Fox will bring “Superhumans” back for eight more, one-hour episodes. Kal Penn is set to return as the host as well. The unscripted competition series brings ordinary people into the spotlight to let them test their extraordinary abilities and skills. Online casting calls have begun for the new series of episodes, looking for people to showcase their near-superhuman abilities in fields like memory, touch, taste, smell, and sight.

‘Nightline’s Dan Harris To Host ‘500 Questions’ Season 2 On ABCNightline co-anchor Dan Harrishas been tapped as host for Season 2 of ABC‘s event game show500 Questions, from Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell. Produced by MGM Television in association with Warner Horizon Television, the series will return this year.

(sched) Sylvester Stallone-Produced NBC Reality Series ‘Strong’ Gets Thursday Slot, Preview Behind ‘The Voice’NBChas slotted upcoming fitness competition reality series Strong, executive produced by Sylvester Stallone, in the Thursday 8 PM slot, leading to The Blacklist. Strong will succeed in the hour limited series You, Me and the Apocalypse after it finishes its run.

Dancing With the Stars: Jodie Sweetin In, Derek Hough Out In Season 22Stephanie Tanner’s dreams of becoming a dancer are finally coming true. Fuller House star Jodie Sweetin will compete on Dancing With the Stars Season 22 with pro Keo Motsepe. The announcement was first made on Good Morning America.

Josh Elliott to Join CBS NewsThe former ‘Good Morning America’ co-anchor was most recently with NBC Sports.


Comcast’s Brian Roberts: Rising Programming Costs Fuel ‘Real Tension’ in Cable Biz
chairman-CEO Brian Roberts told a group of investors Tuesday that rising programming costs and contractual commitments to carry suites of channels are flashpoints that have to be addressed as operators adjust to consumer demands for smaller channel packages.


Jeffrey Katzenberg Floats Idea of DreamWorks Animation Merger With ParamountSpeaking at an investor conference, the CEO says television is DWA’s most important segment nowadays.

HBR: Signs You Might Be a Toxic ColleagueNo one likes a toxic coworker. Even the most difficult people themselves would probably be the first to agree.Which raises a question: If you were “toxic,” would you even know it? Is it possible that you are the one wreaking havoc on your team, making everyone else less productive and more miserable?There is remarkably little overlap between how other people see us and how we think we’re coming across.