The Morning Update for Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, March 22, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Joel Silver Transgender Drama ‘New People’ Is in the Works at Freeform
Freeform is developing “New People,” a drama series from writer Don Roos, who is executive producing with Joel Silver and Rodney Ferrell. Freeform has given a script order to the project, which is produced by Lionsgate Television and Silver’s shingle Silver Pictures. The series is based on the novel “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family,” which tells the story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother and their family. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/joel-silver-transgender-freeform-1201735765/

(sched) Fox Comedy ‘Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life’ Gets Schedule Downgrade
Starting April 3, “Cooper Barrett” moves to 7:30 p.m. ET/PT in a timeslot switch with “Bob’s Burgers,” which will now air regularly in the higher-profile 8:30 time period. “Burgers,” now in its sixth season, will also air a second original episode at 9 that night. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/fox-comedy-cooper-barretts-guide-to-surviving-life-schedule-downgrade-1201735192/

(sched) ‘Bloodline’: Netflix Reveals Season 2 Premiere Date
The Netflixseries’ 10-episode second season will premiere on May 27. http://deadline.com/2016/03/bloodline-netflix-season-2-premiere-date-kyle-chandler-1201723685/

CASTING NEWS:

Guy Pearce, Mary Louise-Parker, Rachel Griffiths to Star in ABC’s Gay Rights Drama
The limited series follows the LGBT civil rights movement and was created and written by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/guy-pearce-mary-louise-parker-877089

CBS Finds Its New ‘MacGyver’ in ‘X-Men’ Star
Lucas Till will take on the character originally made famous by Richard Dean Anderson. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/macgyver-lucas-star-cbs-pilot-877109

Esai Morales To Co-Star In Fox Workplace Comedy Pilot
Esai Moralesis set to co-star opposite Judy Greer and Patton Oswalt in Fox‘s untitled Laura Steinelcomedy pilot (aka HR). http://deadline.com/2016/03/esai-morales-cast-fox-comedy-pilot-hr-1201723923/

‘Prison Break’: Paul Adelstein to Return for Event Series
The ‘Scandal’ alum will reprise his role as Paul Kellerman. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/prison-break-paul-adelstein-returning-877192

‘Shots Fired’: Will Patton Cast In Fox Event Series
Will Patton(The Good Wife) has booked a series regular role opposite Sanaa Lathan and Stephan James in the Foxevent series Shots Fired. http://deadline.com/2016/03/shots-fired-will-patton-cast-fox-event-series-regular-1201723987/

‘Games of Thrones’ Star Joining Elisabeth Moss in ‘Top of the Lake’ Season 2
Gwendoline Christie signs on for significant role in Jane Campion’s revisit to the 2013 miniseries, dubbed ‘China Girl.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/games-thrones-star-joining-elisabeth-877218

‘Taboo’: Franka Potente Joins Tom Hardy In FX/BBC Period Drama Series
Franka Potentehas been cast opposite Tom Hardyin Taboo, the FX/BBCperiod drama series from Ridley Scott and Steven Knight. http://deadline.com/2016/03/taboo-franka-potente-cast-bbc-fx-tom-hardy-period-drama-series-1201723856/

Lorraine Toussaint Will Reprise Law & Order Role for Chicago JusticeLorraine Toussaintwill appear in an upcoming episode of Dick Wolf’s Chicago P.D.as defense attorney Shambala Green, a character she first played on Wolf’s Law & Order in 1990. http://www.tvguide.com/news/lorraine-toussaint-will-reprise-law-order-role-for-chicago-justice/

FEATURE NEWS:

Ava DuVernay to Direct ‘The Battle Of Versailles’ Movie for HBO
The film will center on the 1973 Palace of Versailles fashion show that pitted five top American designers against the best French designers. DuVernay will co-write the project with Michael Starrbury, adapting the book The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled Into the Spotlight and Made History by Robin Givhan. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ava-duvernay-direct-battle-versailles-877168

Lily Collins to Star in Marti Noxon’s Dark Anorexia Comedy ‘To the Bone’
British actress Lily Collins will star in Marti Noxon’s dark comedy “To the Bone,” with Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn and Karina Miller producing. “To the Bone” is inspired by Noxon’s own struggles with anorexia. She would direct from her own script. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/lily-collins-to-the-bone-marti-noxon-1201735287/

‘The Perfect Guy’ Star Michael Ealy Joins ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ Reboot
Michael Ealy has been attached to LD Entertainment’s reboot of supernatural thriller “Jacob’s Ladder.” The reboot is a modern-day paranoid action thriller about two brothers. David Rosenthal is set to direct. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/michael-ealy-jacobs-ladder-reboot-1201735399/

Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke to Star in WWII Drama ‘Mud Bound’
Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke and Jason Mitchell are in negotiations to star in the indie drama “Mud Bound.” Dee Rees is directing the film. Virgil Williams (“Criminal Minds”) penned the screenplay based on Hillary Jordan’s 2008 novel of the same name. It revolves around a city worker in a WWII-torn country who relocates his family to a failing Mississippi farm and is forced to overcome insurmountable hardships, including his brother’s return from war. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/carey-mulligan-jason-clarke-garrett-hedlund-ww2-movie-mud-bound-1201729904/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

NFL Bringing Behind-the-Scenes Series to Amazon Video
‘All or Nothing’ follows the Arizona Cardinals during the 2015 season. It will consist of eight hourlong episodes that explore the week-to-week drama in the lives of the players, coaches and owners during the regular season. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nfl-bringing-behind-scenes-series-877090

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Australian sci-fi web drama heads to TVAustralian-produced a sci-fi web drama Airlock has been repurposed and will run as a TV movie on the Australian Syfy channel. The series stars Mark Coles Smith as a security officer investigating events after a derelict spaceship docks with an isolated space station, revealing a dead crew and a band of stowaway refugees. It was funded by Screen Australia, and produced by Deadhouse Films. http://tbivision.com/news/2016/03/australian-sci-fi-web-drama-heads-tv/563552/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

BBC appoints Studios boss

The BBC is expected to formally appoint Mark Linsey the boss of its new in-house production unit BBC Studios later today. http://tbivision.com/news/2016/03/bbc-appoints-studios-boss/563652/

SSN: Exec Shuffle for 3/21/16David Eilenberg has been named the President of ITV Entertainment, ITV America’s in-house reality production company.

Chris Deaux has been named the President at Two Fifteen West Entertainment. Joanne Yang has been named the Senior Director of Development at Two Fifteen West Entertainment.

Jed Meyer has been named the EVP of Corporate Research at Univision Communications in New York.

Colin Devenish has been named the SVP, Development at Intuitive Entertainment. http://www.ssninsider.com/exec-shuffle-for-32116-bravo-and-mashable-teaming-up-tom-rothman-appointed-to-national-council-on-the-arts-viacom-signs-pact-with-comscore/

(q&a) Emmys: Women with Criminal Minds
Q: Do you get letters to that effect from women or fans who are into this stuff? Or scary letters?

Messer: Yeah, but really, a huge part of audience are women over 50 years old and I think they do like to be scared, they like to be saved and they like to unravel a mystery. We offer that every week. And hopefully they’re learning something to protect themselves along the way. http://m.emmys.com/news/online-originals/women-criminal-minds-part-i

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Spotify Now Has 30 Million Paying Subscribers
Music streaming service Spotify now has 30 million paying subscribers. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/spotify-30-million-subscribers-1201735482/

Amazon Now Wants to Sell You TV and Internet Packages
Amazon
quietly launched an e-commerce channel in the last couple of days that’s selling TV-and-Internet-bundles from Comcast Xfinity. Called Amazon Cable Store, the channel represents a partnership between the two companies. http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/amazon-now-wants-sell-you-tv-and-internet-packages-170327

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