The Morning Update for Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, March 8, 2016:


DC Comics’ ‘Scalped’ Among WGN America’s Pilot Orders
is described as a modern-day crime story set in the world of a Native American Indian reservation. Banshee’s Doug Jung will pen the script and executive produce the drama, which hails from Warner Horizon Television.

Roadside Picnic, meanwhile, explores a near-future world where aliens have come and gone, leaving humankind to explore the wondrous and dangerous mysteries left behind as well as the societal ramifications of their visit. Jack Paglen will pen the script and exec produce alongside Alan Taylor, with the latter set to direct the pilot. The project is produced by Sony Pictures Television and studio-based Original Film.


Les Moonves Says CBS Plans to Renew Freshman Shows

Speaking at an investor conference in Palm Beach on Tuesday morning, Moonves expressed optimism about the fate of the network’s new shows: “We have five new shows on the air. Of the five, I believe all five of them will be renewed.” That means likely renewals for “Code Black,” “Limitless,” “Life in Pieces” and “Supergirl,” although the fifth show is in question, given that new dramas “Rush Hour” — based on the 1998 film — and “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” have yet to premiere.

‘Young & Hungry’ Renewed for Season 4 at FreeformThe Emily Osment-led comedy starts production Monday.

Shondaland ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Toast’ Taps Gregg Mettler As ShowrunnerThe Muppets co-executive producer Gregg Mettlerhas been tapped as showrunner onToast, ABC‘s hybrid comedy pilot from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondalandas well as actors and long-time friends Scott Foley and Greg Grunberg.

‘Sneaky Pete’ Amazon Series: Graham Yost Named New ShowrunnerExecutive producer/showrunner David Shore, who wrote the pilot script from a story he co-penned with Bryan Cranston, has left the project, from Sony TV and Amazon Studios. He will be succeeded by Justified creator Graham Yost, who is taking the reins as executive producer and showrunner.

AdWeek: How Commercial-Free Series Premieres Are Paying Off for Cable Networks
WGN America
opted to forego ads for the series premieres of its two winter dramas: Outsiders in January and Underground on March 9. "We’re obviously an ad-supported network and our advertising partners are really important to us, but for me, nothing is more important than the shows launching successfully," said Matt Cherniss, president and gm, WGN America and Tribune Studios, who weighed "the short-term experience of how much money you might generate off one episode of television versus the long-term of keeping an audience involved and getting them hooked on a show to the extent that they’re going to come back for weeks two, three, four and beyond."


Andie MacDowell to Star in ABC Soap ‘Model Woman’She’ll take on the character inspired by Eileen Ford.

Geena Davis to Star in Fox’s ‘The Exorcist’ RebootMarking the Oscar winner’s return to series-regular broadcast television.

‘The Office’ Grad Jenna Fischer to Star Opposite Matt LeBlanc in CBS ComedyShe’ll play the ‘Friends’ alum’s wife in the pilot formerly called ‘I’m Not Your Friend.’

Jonathan Groff Joins David Fincher’s New Netflix Series Mindhunter
Jonathan Groff
has signed on to star in Mindhunter, David Fincher’s forthcoming Netflix series based on the 1996 nonfiction book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit.

Eric Close To Play A Lead In ABC Pilot ‘The Death Of Eva Sofia Valdez’Nashville alum Eric Close is set as the male lead opposite Gina Torres in ABC’s drama pilot The Death Of Eva Sofia Valdez.

Eddie Cahill To Play Male Lead In ‘Conviction’ ABC Drama PilotCSI: NY alum Eddie Cahillis set as the male lead opposite Hayley Atwellin ABC’s legal drama pilot Conviction, from The Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios.

‘Midnight, Texas’: François Arnaud Set As The Lead In NBC Drama Pilot
François Arnaud
, who recurs on NBC’s breakout freshman drama Blindspot, has been cast as the lead in the network’s drama pilot Midnight, Texas.

‘Mr. Robot’ Books ‘The Office’ Alum Craig Robinson for Recurring RoleThe gig marks a rare dramatic turn for the actor, who starred on the NBC comedy for nine years.


Amazon is about to start releasing its movies in a very old-fashioned way
is preparing to allow a 90-day window between movie theaters and Prime streaming for many of its upcoming films, allowing for more robust and mainstream cinema runs.


E! Renews ‘Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry’ for Season 2
has renewed “Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry” for a second season.


BBC Orders ‘King Lear’ With Anthony Hopkins, Whitney Houston DocumentaryThe U.K. public broadcaster also orders a TV adaptation of play ‘King Charles III,’ which sees Prince Charles ascending to the throne.


Deadline: Ben Silverman In Discussions To Launch New Company, Eyes Electus ExitWill Ben Silverman, founder of Reveille and Electus, start anew, launching a third production company? Silverman is at the end of a negotiating window with Electus’ parent company, Barry Diller’s IAC, as his contract is coming up. But unlike the 2013 renegotiations, when Silverman ended up re-upping, he is leaning toward leaving this time.

Mip TV: Ben Pyne, Rola Bauer Among ‘Medailles’ Honorees
Ben Pyne
, Disney Media Networks’s global distribution prexy, and Rola Bauer, Tandem Productions CEO/Studiocanal exec are among the five Medailles d’Honneur recipients who will be feted at the upcoming MipTV showcase in Cannes for their leadership and contribution to the international film and TV world.

Legendary SVP Jillian Share Exits Company Following Regime ChangeLongtime Legendary executive Jillian Share is leaving the company following a regime change that saw Mary Parent replace Jon Jashni in the top post beneath CEO Thomas Tull.

Exec Shuffle for 3/7/16Nancy Cotton has been named the U.S. President of Production at Heyday Television, the joint venture of feature producer David Heyman and NBCUniversal International Studios. – Michael Lang has been named the EVP of International Development & Digital at Discovery Communications (as of April 2016) He was formerly the President of the Lang Media Group.

Peter Salmon has been named the Chief Creative Officer at Endemol Shine Group, which will take effect this summer.

Nathaniel Hargress has been named the Senior Counsel of Business & Legal Affairs at Viacom Media Networks. He was formerly the Associate Attorney of Business & Legal Affairs at Discovery Communications.

David Shaye has been named the SVP of Development at Rogue Atlas Productions.

Alan Wieder has been named the VP of Series Development at MTV.


Amazon to open a second bookshop, this one in Southern California
will open its second physical bookstore in the summer — this time in Southern California — venturing further into the business that it squeezed over two decades. Called Amazon Books, the store will be located at Westfield UTC mall near UC San Diego.