The Morning Update for Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, March 9, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Julie Delpy Developing Comedy Series With U.S. Streaming Service
Julie Delpy
spoke about “On The Verge,” a series she’s developing as a writer with a prominent U.S. streaming service. Set in the U.S., the English-language comedy series will turn on a group of forty-something woman tackling singlehood and will depict their relationships with men. http://variety.com/2016/tv/global/julie-delpy-developing-comedy-series-with-u-s-streaming-service-exclusive-1201725540/

Amazon Studios Adapting Sci-Fi Short ‘True Skin’ for TV
Stephan Zlotescu’s
acclaimed short film True Skin is getting another shot at the screen, this time as a television show. Amazon Studios has optioned the short and is developing it as a one-hour series. Zlotescu is on board to direct the adaptation of the short, while Scott Glassgold and his newly minted production company, Ground Control, are attached to produce the series. A search for writers is underway. The short is set in the not-too-distant future where everyone is augmenting their bodies. The story’s hero can’t afford to augment in the U.S., so he heads to the black market of Bangkok, where he gets hold of a mysterious chip that he discovers is slowly turning him robotic. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/amazon-studios-adapting-sci-fi-873653

PBS Gives Second-Season Nod To ‘Mercy Street’
“Mercy Street”
has a longer road ahead of it. PBS has renewed the drama – its first original scripted production in more than a decade – for a second season.http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/mercy-street-second-season-pbs-1201726283/

‘Into the Badlands’ renewed for second season by AMC
AMC
has officially renewed its post-apocalyptic martial arts drama, “Into the Badlands,” for a second season. The cable network will be bringing the series back with a ten-episode second season, though the show is not expected to return until 2017. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2016/03/08/into-the-badlands-renewed-for-second-season-by-amc/

CASTING NEWS:

Goran Visnjic Joins NBC’s Time Travel Drama Pilot as the Big Bad
Goran Visnjic
has boarded the NBC drama pilot Time, as the time-hopping villain whose mission of mayhem sets things in motion. http://tvline.com/2016/03/08/goran-visnjic-nbc-time-travel-pilot-villain/

Vanessa Lachey Nabs Female Lead in NBC’s ‘Sebastian’The ‘Truth Be Told’ alum will play Sebastian Maniscalco’s wife in his autobiographical comedy pilot. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/vanessa-lachey-nabs-female-lead-873701

Anna Torv Joins Netflix’s Mindhunter, Serial Killer Series From David FincherFormer Fringe detective Anna Torv will be hunting down real-life monsters as the female lead in Mindhunter, David Fincher’s forthcoming Netflix series. http://tvline.com/2016/03/08/anna-torv-mindhunter-netflix-cast-david-fincher/

Bruce Greenwood Boards CBS Military Drama ‘Four Stars’He’ll play a four-star general in the drama pilot. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/bruce-greenwood-boards-cbs-military-873552

Katie Walder Set As Female Lead In ‘Square Roots’ ABC Comedy Pilot
Katie Walder
has been cast as the female lead in ABCsingle camera comedy pilot Square Roots, written and exec produced by Vijal Patel. http://deadline.com/2016/03/katie-walder-cast-female-lead-square-roots-abc-comedy-pilot-1201716281/

‘CSI’ Alum George Eads to Co-Star in ‘MacGyver’
David Von Ancken
will take over directing the pilot, as James Wan has a scheduling conflict. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/csi-alum-george-eads-star-873518

‘Time After Time’ ABC Pilot Casts Regina TaylorI’ll Fly Away alumna Regina Tayloris set for a key co-starring role opposite Freddie Stroma, Josh Bowman and Genesis Rodriguez in Kevin Williamson‘s ABCpilot Time After Time. http://deadline.com/2016/03/time-after-time-regina-taylor-cast-abc-pilot-1201716636/

‘Toast’: Jono Kenyon To Star, Tessa Ferrer To Co-Star In Shondaland ABC PilotJono Kenyon (Step Dave) has landed the male lead in Toast, ABC‘s hybrid comedy pilot from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland, Scott Foley and Greg Grunberg. Also cast in the project is Grey’s Anatomy alumnaTessa Ferrer. http://deadline.com/2016/03/shondaland-abc-comedy-pilot-toast-jono-kenyon-male-lead-tessa-ferrer-cast-1201716708/

Wilmer Valderrama Joining ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ for Multi-Episode Arc

Wilmer Valderrama is joining the cast of “Grey’s Anatomy.” The “That ’70s Show” alum will appear in a multi-episode arc, with his first episode set for early April in the current 12th season. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/wilmer-valderrama-greys-anatomy-season-12-kyle-diaz-1201725372/

FEATURE NEWS:

‘Transparent’ Creator Jill Soloway to Direct Coming-of-Age Film for Amazon Studios
Amazon Studios
has tapped Transparent showrunner Jill Soloway to co-write and direct Ten Aker Wood. Sarah Gubbins will pen the coming-of-age film with Soloway, with Andrea Sperling and Robin Ruzan producing. Ten Aker Wood portrays a young woman in a crumbling marriage who flees Los Angeles for a pot farm in northern California, only to fall in love with a biker, his old lady and their outlaw lifestyle. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/transparent-creator-jill-soloway-direct-873532

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

HBO Orders ‘Outpost’ Docu Series, ‘Hate in America’ Special From Jorge Ramos and Fusion
HBO
has ordered 10 half-hour episodes of “Outpost,” which is described as an “immersive exploration of Latin America” looking at various aspects of the culture of in Latin American countries. Also, the hourlong “Hate in America With Jorge Ramos” examines the state of hate groups in the United States with a focus on why intolerance seems to be spreading. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/fusion-hbo-jorge-ramos-outpost-latin-america-1201725154/

(upfronts) AdWeek: Why GSN Will Do ‘More of the Same’ as Other Networks Scramble for New Ideas
GSN
has a pair of pilots in contention—Breaking App, a competition to launch the next big mobile app, and The Investigation, an hour-long crime-solving game with two sets of "detectives" competing to submit the most accurate pieces of evidence to the "District Attorney." A third show, Glass Wars, a glassblowing competition, is also in development. http://www.adweek.com/news/television/why-gsn-will-do-more-same-other-networks-scramble-new-ideas-170060

YouTube Star Mike Stud Docuseries Ordered By Esquire For Summer PremiereEsquire Networkhas ordered eight episodes of The Mike Stud Project(working title) docuseries, which follows baseball player-turned-rapper and YouTube star Mike Stud for premiere this summer. https://deadline.com/2016/03/youtube-mike-stud-rapper-docuseries-esquire-network-1201716299/

Netflix Orders More ‘Chef’s Table’Season two, which will consist of six new installments, will premiere May 27, followed by four special episodes debuting later this year specifically focused on the world’s most renowned French chefs. Season four, which will run for six episodes, is set to premiere sometime in 2017. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/netflix-orders-more-chefs-table-873478

’60 Days In’ Renewed for Season 2 Ahead of Series Premiere on A&E
A&E
has renewed new docu-series “60 Days In” for Season 2 ahead of its series premiere on Thursday, the cabler announced Tuesday. The series follows innocent participants who enter the dangerous world of incarceration at the Clark County Jail in Jeffersonville, Indiana, to shed light on the realities of the correctional system. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/60-days-in-renewed-season-2-series-premiere-1201725214/

TWDC NEWS:

Jeffrey Tambor, Ashley Judd Join Disney Channel’s Animated Rapunzel Series ‘Tangled’
Richard Kind, Paul F. Tompkins, Jeff Ross, Sean Hayes
and more also land voice roles in the show, based on the 2010 hit movie. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/jeffrey-tambor-ashley-judd-join-873438

(video) ‘Agents of SHIELD’ Favorites Fitz and Simmons Get Animated for ‘Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man’
Fans of “FitzSimmons” will be able to see a lighter side of their favorite duo thanks to an upcoming cameo on Disney XD animated series “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6.”Henstridge and De Caestecker will lend their voices to the March 13 episode of “USM.” http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/agents-shield-fitz-simmons-ultimate-spider-man-sinister-6-crossover-video-1201725235/

Disney Expects $75 Million Loss on ‘The Finest Hours’

Disney CEO Robert Iger said the company expects to take a loss of $75 million on “The Finest Hours,” the sea-going ocean rescue film that opened the year as one of the conglomerate’s few flops. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/disney-expects-to-lose-75-million-on-the-finest-hours-1201725537/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

BBC Studios names comedy headThe BBC has upped Chris Sussman to the role of head of comedy for its BBC Studios production division, replacing Myfanwy Moore who left last month. http://www.c21media.net/bbc-studios-names-comedy-head/

Working Title Television U.K. Names Andrew Woodhead Managing DirectorHe will focus on high-end scripted British programming with wide international and commercial appeal as the company looks to expand its TV business, a joint venture with NBCUniversal International Studios. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/working-title-television-uk-names-873792

(q&a) AdWeek: How Quantico’s Priyanka Chopra Cultivated a ‘Personal Mafia’ on Social Media
Q: Quantico just came back after a three-month hiatus. Did it seem like it had been a long time since the show was on the air?

A: We’re still filming, so it doesn’t feel like a break at all for us, but for the audience, it’s been really annoying. When I landed in L.A. for the SAG Awards, one of the immigration officers told me that he wouldn’t stamp my passport until I told him who the terrorist is [on the show]. [Laughs] But we’re coming back better and stronger.http://www.adweek.com/news/television/how-quantico-s-priyanka-chopra-cultivated-personal-mafia-social-media-169969

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

HBO to Increase Original Programming by 50 Percent, Time Warner CEO Says
HBO
is planning to increase its original programming by 50 percent in the coming year, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said Tuesday. Speaking at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom Conference, the exec said that the premium cable channel plans to increase the number of global original series hours to nearly 600, with a content budget of about $2 billion. http://www.thewrap.com/hbo-to-increase-original-programming-by-50-percent-time-warner-ceo-says/

Digital Ad Spending Set to Top TV in U.S. Next Year for First Time: StudyMadison Avenue is still plowing billions of bucks into television advertising — but digital is poised to eclipse TV for the first time in 2017. Next year, led by Internet heavyweights Google and Facebook, total digital ad spending in the U.S. will hit $77.4 billion, or 38.4% of total ad spending, according to a forecast by research firm eMarketer. TV ad spending is projected to total $72.0 billion, or around 36% of total media ad spending in the U.S. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/digital-ad-spending-tv-us-2017-1201725198/

NYT: Netflix Finds a Home With Younger and Wealthier HouseholdsThe biggest takeaway: The Netflix effect is more pronounced in younger, more affluent households. Here is a breakdown of some of the findings from Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson Research. His analysis was based on a combination of metrics from the media measurement firm Nielsen, company data and proprietary research. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/09/business/media/netflix-finds-a-home-with-younger-and-wealthier-households.html

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