The Morning Update for Monday, March 7, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, March 7, 2016:


SCRIPTED NEWS:

(from Fri) Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Exec Produce ‘Soldier Girls’ Miniseries for HBO
HBO
is developing the miniseries “Soldier Girls” with Julia Louis-Dreyfusattached to executive produce. Based on Helen Thorpe’s 2014 nonfiction book, “Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War,” the miniseries tells the stories of three real-life women who enlisted in the National Guard and served their country during the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, which led them to form life-long friendships. Nicole Riegel will write and co-executive produce. http://www.thewrap.com/julia-louis-dreyfus-to-exec-produce-soldier-girls-miniseries-for-hbo/

(from Fri) Post-Apocalyptic Series ‘Aftermath’ Acquired By Syfy For Summer LaunchAftermath, a 13-episode Canadian post-apocalyptic thriller series from Noreen Halpern’s Halfire Entertainment, is set to premiere on Syfy in the U.S. and Bell Media’s Space in Canada later this summer. Created by William Laurin and Glenn Davis, Aftermath centers on couple Karen and Joshua Copeland and their children Dana, Brianna and Matt, who must battle for survival after civilization comes to an apocalyptic end, triggered by massive storms, meteor strikes, earthquakes and plague – and the rise of supernatural creatures. http://deadline.com/2016/03/post-apocalyptic-thriller-series-aftermath-syfy-1201713857/

‘Kevin From Work’ Canceled at FreeformThe news comes after the cable network extended options on the cast and was attempting to make a deal with Netflix for season two. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/kevin-work-canceled-at-freeform-872746

Amazon’s ‘Ripper Street’ to End With Season 5The last outing for the Victorian-era crime series has started filming in Dublin. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/amazon-uks-ripper-street-end-873079

‘Childrens Hospital’ to End With Season 7Creator-star Rob Corddry announced Friday that the Adult Swim show’s current run will be its last. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/childrens-hospital-end-season-7-872867

Vulture: Why Downton Abbey Became a Massive Cultural PhenomenonIf anything, Downton Abbey enabled us to feel better about the 21st century’s increasingly wide gap between rich and poor by watching how symbiotically rich and poor co-existed under one roof. …And while there was never any question that there was a difference in stature between, say, Mrs. Hughes and Lady Edith, the relationships across classes slowly morphed into emotional bonds between equals. http://www.vulture.com/2016/03/downton-abbey-why-it-mattered.html

CASTING NEWS:

(from Fri) ‘Suits’ Star Gina Torres to Topline ABC Drama ‘Death of Eva Sofia Valdez’The actress is set to return to the USA Network drama in its upcoming sixth season. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/suits-star-gina-torres-topline-872805

(from Fri) Blair Underwood Joins ABC’s Reese Witherspoon Divorce Drama
Blair Underwood
has boarded ABC’s divorce drama pilot produced by Reese Witherspoon, from writer Meaghan Oppenheimer. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/blair-underwood-joins-abcs-reese-872860

(from Fri) Wanda Sykes to Co-star in ABC Soccer Comedy ‘Dream Team’She joins a cast that includes leading man Justin Long as the coach. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/wanda-sykes-star-abc-soccer-872870

(from Fri) ‘Episodes’ Star to Play Candice Bergen’s Daughter in ABC Comedy ‘Pearl’
Kathleen Rose Perkins
joins the project, which hails from ‘Friends’ alum Andrew Reich. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/episodes-star-play-candice-bergens-872855

(From Fri) ‘Scandal’s’ Dan Bucatinsky Among Trio Cast in Fox’s ’24: Legacy’‘Mad Men’s’ Charlie Hofheimer and ‘Blue Bloods’ Coral Pena have also joined the franchise reboot. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/scandals-dan-bucatinsky-trio-cast-872854

(from Fri) Courteney Cox’s Assistant Cast in Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Charity Case’
Diona Reasonover
has been cast in “Charity Case,” Courteney Cox’s Fox pilot. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/charity-case-fox-diona-reasonover-cast-courteney-cox-1201723210/

(from Fri) ‘Mr. Robot’ Promotes Two, Adds Rapper Joey Bada$$ for Season 2
Mr. Robot
has promoted Michael Cristofer and Stephanie Corneliussen to series regulars, and added rapper Joey Bada$$ and Chris Conroy in recurring roles. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/mr-robot-promotes-two-adds-872729

(from Fri) Lady Gaga Says She’s Returning to ‘American Horror Story’In an interview with New York radio station Z100, she answered simply "yes" when asked whether she would return. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/lady-gaga-returning-american-horror-872731

FEATURE NEWS:

Disney Developing ‘Nutcracker’ Pic; Lasse Hallstrom to Direct
Disney
is developing “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” with Lasse Hallstrom set to direct, continuing its model of developing classic fairy tales. The project is based on “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffmann, with Ashleigh Powell onboard to write the script. Mark Gordon is producing with Lindy Goldstein exec producing. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/disney-nutcracker-lasse-holstrom-1201722973/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

ABC recruits Quantico for VR
ABC
has launched its first scripted virtual reality (VR) experience, allowing viewers to assume the role of an FBI recruit in cop show Quantico. The VR content became available yesterday to coincide with the drama’s midseason premiere and has been scripted by show writers and produced by ABC Studios. The experience enables fans to join two FBI trainees as they track down and apprehend their assigned target. The experience is available online (QuanticoVR.com) and includes instructions for accessing the content on desktop and via Littlstar’s app for headsets, mobile and Apple TV. http://www.c21media.net/abc-recruits-quantico-for-vr/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Jimmy Kimmel Confirmed To Host Primetime Emmy Awards
ABC
confirmed this morning its late night host would return to host the Primetime Emmy Awards when the network broadcasts the ceremony, on Sunday, September 18. http://deadline.com/2016/03/jimmy-kimmel-confirmed-host-primetime-emmy-awards-1201715505/

(from Fri) Amazon Attracted To ‘Endorsed’ With Cindy CrawfordAmazonhas fast-tracked development of a new reality series, Endorsed. This show is a behind-the-scenes look at celebrity endorsements, and stars supermodel Cindy Crawford. Each episode will focus on pairing a celebrity looking for a brand attachment with a budding business. http://deadline.com/2016/03/amazon-exposed-cindy-crawford-celebrity-endorsement-1201714363/

Novogratz Family Fixer Up Series ‘The Castle Next Door’ Set By Madica, People.comMadica Productions has partnered with Content 23 and People Productions to produce The Castle Next Door – The Novogratz Family Takes Hollywood, a 10-episode reality series that will stream simultaneously on People.com and be promoted across the magazine’s platforms. The series follows Robert and Cortney Novogratz, known for designing boutique hotels and residential properties around the world and starring on shows on Bravo and HGTV, as they move from New York to renovate a 1920s-era castle in the Hollywood Hills as their new home. http://deadline.com/2016/03/robert-cortney-novogratz-the-castle-next-door-people-dot-com-reality-series-1201713112/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Sony Pictures Television to Launch True Crime Channel in U.K.
Sony Pictures Television
is to launch True Crime as a free-to-air channel in U.K. on March 22. True Crime, which will be available on the Freeview platform, will host back-to-back crime-related programming, making it the platform’s only dedicated crime channel. http://variety.com/2016/tv/global/sony-pictures-television-true-crime-channel-u-k-1201723856/

TWDC NEWS:

(from Fri) Disney XD Orders Pair of Original Animated Series
Billy Dilley’s
hails from Aaron Springer (SpongeBob SquarePants) and will premiere in 2017, while Country Club comes from comic book creators Chris and Shane Houghton (Harvey Beaks) are is slated to launch in 2018. Both are produced by Disney Television Animation (TVA). http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/disney-xd-orders-pair-original-872355

(from Fri) Disney Junior Orders Animated Series From ‘Doc McStuffins’ Creator, Renews ‘Lion Guard’
The network also has greenlighted an animated series from comedian Harland Williams and renewed ‘Goldie & Bear’ for a second season. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/disney-junior-orders-animated-series-872616

‘Frozen’ show at California Adventure sets its opening date: May 27Elsa and Anna have set a move-in date for their new home at Disney California Adventure: "Frozen," the new live show adapted from the hit 2013 movie, will officially begin performances May 27. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-frozen-california-adventure-20160303-story.html

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

James Schamus on Venturing Into TV, Ties To China, and Admiration for DFI’s Qumra
James Schamus
held a packed master class Saturday at the Doha Film Institute’s innovative Qumra workshop/festival in Doha, where the former Focus Features topper recently turned director also revealed plans to move into making a TV series. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/james-schamus-on-venturing-into-tv-ties-to-china-and-admiration-for-dfis-qumra-1201723753/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

TVBTN: Safety in numbers: Mass renewals are a survival strategy for broadcast networks
ABC was going against recent trends with its early renewals; for the past several years, the news has come days before its May upfront presentation to advertisers. The tactic has its advantages: It’s a signal to viewers that some of their favorite shows will be back, and to the people that make those shows that they can rest easy and calibrate the endings of the current season to flow into the next one, if they wish. It likely also provides a clearer picture for networks about what they actually need going into the teeth of pilot season. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2016/03/04/safety-in-numbers-mass-renewals-are-a-survival-strategy/

Wrap: Sony Entertainment ‘Leadership Vacuum,’ Poor Studio Results Create Tension, Insiders Say
…There is a widespread perception that CEO Michael Lynton has been absent in recent months, according to multiple insiders, feeding an internal sense of aimlessness exacerbated by the February resignation of the much-respected Nicole Seligman, president of both Sony Entertainment and Sony Corp. of America. http://www.thewrap.com/sony-entertainment-leadership-vacuum-poor-studio-results-create-tension-insiders-say/

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