The Morning Update for Thursday, March 3, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, March 3, 2016:

PILOT NEWS:

‘Cruel Intentions’ NBC Pilot Sets Becky Hartman Edwards As ShowrunnerFormer Switched at Birth executive producer Becky Hartman Edwardsis set as showrunner of Cruel Intentions,NBC‘s pilot that reboots the cult 1999 movie. http://deadline.com/2016/03/cruel-intentions-nbc-pilot-becky-hartman-edwards-showrunner-1201712986/

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Freeform Developing Drama Series About Grand Duchess Anastasia From McGFreeformhas bought an hourlong pitch from writers Daniel Mackeyand Seth Fisherfor McG to executive produce under his deal at the network, ABC Studios and ABC Signature. The show takes on one of the biggest mysteries of the early 20th century, that of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova of Russia. Set in vibrant Paris during the roaring 1920’s, this reimagining follows Anastasia after her escape from Communist Russia. While her sights are set on avenging the death of her family, she joins forces with an elite espionage agency that’s working to prevent another world war. http://deadline.com/2016/03/freeform-drama-series-grand-duchess-anastasia-mcg-1201711943/

AMC Orders ‘The Terror’ Anthology Drama Series From Scott FreeAMChas greenlighted The Terror, an anthology drama series based on the 2007 bestselling novel by Dan Simmons. Scott Free, Alexandra Milchan’s Emjag Productions, Entertainment 360 and AMC Studios are producing the 10-episode straight-to-series drama for a 2017 premiere. Written by feature writer David Kajganich (True Story), the series is set in 1847, when a Royal Naval expedition crew searching for the Northwest Passage is attacked by a mysterious predator that stalks the ships and their crews in a suspenseful and desperate game of survival. http://deadline.com/2016/03/the-terror-anthology-series-scott-free-1201712908/

Freeform Nabs TV Rights for Sofia Carson’s ‘Cinderella Story’ Sequel“A Cinderella Story” is coming back with a new, modernized version of the classic Disney tale, starring Disney Channel starlet Sofia Carson, and Freeform has nabbed the TV rights with plans to air the movie by early 2017. Titled “A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits.”http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/cinderella-story-if-the-shoe-fits-sofia-carson-freeform-1201685626/

Bryan Singer Developing R-Rated Red Sonja Series For Television

Bryan Singer is currently developing a TV series based on Red Sonja. Singer will be directing and producing it along with Stephen L’Heureux and his Solipsist Films. And the money is coming from TWC/Dimension. http://www.bleedingcool.com/2016/03/02/bryan-singer-developing-r-rated-red-sonja-series-for-television/

THR: ‘Black-ish’ and ‘American Crime’ Are the Best Shows on Broadcast With diverse casts and creative teams and their smart, unflinching examinations of race, these ABC shows are standouts (industry, take note). http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/fien-print/critics-notebook-black-ish-american-871604

(review) Atlantic: The Real O’Neals: Daring, Disguised as OrdinaryLike The Middle or The Goldbergs, the show is a sunny, single-camera comedy with occasional flights of fancy, but like Black-ish, it’s not afraid to go after tougher issues in a funny way. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/03/the-real-oneals-is-not-ordinary-sitcom/471966/

(review) THR: ‘Slasher’
Chiller’s
first original series about a masked killer terrorizing a small town is more hack than slash. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/slasher-tv-review-872180

CASTING NEWS:

Piper Perabo to Star in ABC Drama Pilot ‘Notorious’Marking her return to series television following USA Network’s ‘Covert Affairs.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/piper-perabo-star-abc-drama-872187

Penelope Ann Miller Boards ABC’s Reese Witherspoon Divorce DramaThe actress is currently co-starring in ‘The Birth of a Nation.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/penelope-ann-miller-boards-abcs-872157

Ian McShane to Star in ‘American Gods’ for StarzHe’ll take on the central role of Mr. Wednesday in the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/ian-mcshane-star-american-gods-872269

‘Training Day’: Drew Van Acker Joins Cast Of CBS Drama PilotDrew Van Acker(Pretty Little Liars) has been cast opposite Bill Paxtonand Katrina Law in CBSdrama pilot Training Day. http://deadline.com/2016/03/training-day-drew-van-acker-cast-cbs-pilot-1201713680/

CBS Casts Female Lead in Greg Garcia, Stephnie Weir Comedy Pilot
Lenora Crichlow
has been cast in CBS’s comedy pilot from Stephnie Weir and Greg Garcia. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/lenore-crichlow-cast-greg-garcia-stephnie-weir-comedy-cbs-1201721292/

Peter Facinelli & Kim Raver To Star In Fox Drama Pilot ‘Zoobiquity’Peter Facinellihas been tapped as the male lead opposite Marsha Thomason in Zoobiquity, Fox‘s light medical procedural pilot written by Bones executive producers Stephen Nathan and Jon Collier and directed by Kevin Bray. Also set for a lead role in the project is 24 alumna Kim Raver. http://deadline.com/2016/03/peter-facinelli-kim-raver-cast-zoobiquity-fox-pilot-1201713126/

‘Exorcist’: Alfonso Herrera & Ben Daniels To Star In Fox Drama PilotAlfonso Herreraand Ben Danielsare set to topline The Exorcist, Fox’s drama pilot inspired by William Blatty’s 1971 book. http://deadline.com/2016/03/exorcist-alfonso-herrera-ben-daniels-cast-fox-pilot-remake-1201713164/

‘Four Stars’ CBS Pilot Casts Ashley Zukerman; Ali Wong In ABC’s ‘Second Fattest Housewife’Ashley Zukerman has joined the cast of Four Stars, CBS’ drama pilot from playwright/TV writer Becky Mode. Comedian-actress Ali Wong is set as a series regular opposite Katy Mixon in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport. http://deadline.com/2016/03/four-stars-cbs-pilot-cast-ashley-zukerman-ali-wong-in-abc-second-fattest-housewife-1201713123/

‘Zoolander 2’ Star Cyrus Arnold Lands Lead in ABC Pilot ‘Chunk and Bean’ “Zoolander 2” star Cyrus Arnold has landed the lead role in ABC comedy pilot “Chunk & Bean.” http://www.thewrap.com/zoolander-2-star-cyrus-arnold-lands-lead-in-abc-pilot-chunk-and-bean-exclusive/

ABC’s ‘Designated Survivor’ Casts ‘Girl Meets World’s’ Tanner Buchanan
Tanner Buchanan
will be a series regular and McKenna Grace will recur on the drama, which was ordered straight to series in December. http://www.thewrap.com/abcs-designated-survivor-casts-girl-meets-worlds-tanner-buchanan-exclusive/

‘Mistresses’: Tia Mowry Cast As Recurring; Christopher Backus Joins ‘Six’

Tia Mowry (The Game) has landed a recurring role on the fourth season of ABC’s soapy summer drama series Mistresses. http://deadline.com/2016/03/mistresses-tia-mowry-cast-recurring-abc-summer-series-1201713192/

Wayward Pines: Carla Gugino to Return to Fox Drama for Season 2 Encore
Carla Gugino
will return to Fox’s Wayward Pines for Season 2. http://tvline.com/2016/03/02/wayward-pines-carla-gugino-season-2-return/

FEATURE NEWS:

(video) First ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Trailer Debuts Online"I love the idea that a new generation is going to have their own ‘Ghostbusters.’ … It was important to capture the heart of what we loved about the original but also bring something new," director Paul Feig said. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/first-female-ghostbusters-trailer-melissa-872425

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Facebook Actively Recruiting Celebs, Media Companies for Live-Video Broadcasts
Facebook
has stepped up efforts to encourage more celebrities, social influencers, media firms and other notable personalities to use its live-streaming video features — and in some cases will proffer payments to those broadcasting over the social service. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/facebook-celebs-media-companies-live-video-1201720804/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Netflix in Talks to Acquire BBC’s Revamped ‘Top Gear’ Starring Matt LeBlanc
Netflix
is in talks with BBC Worldwide, the sales arm of the U.K. broadcaster, to acquire the rebooted “Top Gear,” according to reports. http://variety.com/2016/tv/global/netflix-bbc-top-gear-matt-leblanc-1201721705/

J.J. Abrams Producing Docu-Series on Google’s $30 Million Moon-Landing ProjectOscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel (Netflix’s “Virunga”) directs. “Moon Shot” will follow a selection of the teams, ranging from Silicon Valley tech experts to hackers in Germany, and from IT specialists in India to a father and son working out of a spare bedroom in Vancouver. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/j-j-abrams-google-lunar-xprize-docuseries-1201721636/

NFL Star Rob Gronkowski Set to Host Nickelodeon Series ‘Crashletes’
“Crashletes”
will feature guest personalities from the worlds of sports and entertainment, along with the funniest, craziest viral sports clips and user-generated content from around the world, according to the network. As host, Gronkowski will offer funny commentary on the clips, alongside his co-hosts and guest stars. http://www.thewrap.com/nfl-star-rob-gronkowski-set-to-host-nickelodeon-series-crashletes/

WaPo: CMT is trying to be less ‘Party Down South,’ more Johnny Cash and Elvis
CMT
recognizes it needs a balance of modern and traditional. While “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge” and “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” are still performing solidly, executives admit they’re looking for more “sophistication” in the network’s unscripted slate. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2016/03/02/cmt-is-trying-to-be-less-party-down-south-more-johnny-cash-and-elvis/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

ITV tackles Bobby Moore drama
Tina and Bobby
, from ITV Studios, tells the story of the late World Cup-winning England captain and his life with his childhood sweetheart, Tina Dean, from their humble beginnings to the dizzying heights of superstardom. http://www.c21media.net/itv-tackles-bobby-moore-drama/

TV4 prescribes Swedish NursesSwedish commercial broadcaster TV4 has ordered two seasons of Finnish medical drama format Nurses. http://www.c21media.net/tv4-prescribes-swedish-nurses/

Last Panthers emerge in CEE

Sky Atlantic and Canal+ crime drama The Last Panthers has been picked up for broadcast across Central and Eastern Europe. The 6×60’ show is inspired by the true story of Balkan jewel thieves The Pink Panthers and is based on an idea by French journalist Jérôme Pierrat. http://www.c21media.net/last-panthers-emerge-in-cee/

TWDC NEWS:

(animated) ‘Big Hero 6’ TV Series Set for Disney XDThe small screen adaptation of the Academy Award-winning feature will premiere in 2017. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/big-hero-6-tv-series-872040

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Ryan Seacrest Hires New Unscripted Chief
Teri Kennedy
will serve as executive vp development and original unscripted programming at Ryan Seacrest Productions. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ryan-seacrest-hires-new-unscripted-872249

Spotify Hires Former VH1 President Tom Calderone

Tom Calderone, formerly president of MTV Networks’ VH1, has joined Spotify as global head of content partnerships. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/spotify-tom-calderone-vh1-1201721751/

AWARDS NEWS:

New Emmy Rules Open Categories to YouTube and Other Streaming ShortsStarting this year, the Emmys will give more attention to digital and emerging platforms by adding new short form categories and expanding its definition of the genre to include more projects from the likes of Maker Studios, Fullscreen, Crackle, Awesomeness TV, YouTube Red and Adult Swim. Additionally, the Academy is opening up the writing and directing categories for comedy and drama from five to six nominees — among several other rule changes. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/new-emmy-rules-open-categories-872055

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

AT&T will launch online-only packages for DirecTV this yearIn an effort to appeal to cord cutters, AT&T will launch three new services that allow users to stream DirecTV online without an annual contract, satellite dish, or set-top box. The plans—called DirecTV Now, DirecTV Mobile, and DirecTV Preview—will be available in the fourth quarter of this year. http://techcrunch.com/2016/03/02/att-will-launch-online-only-packages-for-directv-this-year/

Netflix Caused 50% of U.S. TV Viewing Drop in 2015 (Study)In 2015, Netflix accounted for about half of the overall 3% decline in TV viewing time among U.S. audiences, according to a new study by Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson. The analyst calculated that based on an estimate that Netflix’s domestic subs streamed 29 billion hours of video last year, representing 6% of total American live-plus-7 TV viewing reported by Nielsen (up from 4.4% in 2014). http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/netflix-tv-ratings-decline-2015-1201721672/

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