The Morning Update for Friday, March 25, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, March 25, 2016. Have a Good weekend!


Bravo Orders Con-Artist Dark Comedy ‘My So Called Wife’ to Series
has given a series order to the dark comedy My So Called Wife (working title). The project centers on Maddie (Inbar Lavi), a master-of-disguise con artist who gets men and women to fall in love with her, marries them and then disappears with their money and just enough dirty inside information to guarantee they will never go to the police. But things get complicated when her latest victims, Ezra (Rob Heaps) and Richard (Parker Young), track her down just as she eyes her next mark, Patrick (Stephen Bishop). My So Called Wife hails from Adam Brooks and Paul Adelstein, who will exec produce. Universal Cable Productions will produce. The 10-episode first season will premiere in 2017.

Netflix orders Hill, Stone drama
has handed a straight-to-series order to a drama starring Superbad actors Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. Maniac, directed by Cary Fukunga, is about a man who lives a fantasy life in his dreams but, in reality, is locked up at a mental institution. Paramount TV and Anonymous Content are behind the 10-episode series.

‘Luther’ Creator Boards Patricia Highsmith’s ‘Ripley’ TV Adaptation
Neil Cross
will serve as writer, exec producer and showrunner on the project, which does not yet have a network attached. Highsmith’s Ripley was the focal point of five novels over four decades: The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955), Ripley Underground (1970), Ripley’s Game (1974), The Boy Who Followed Ripley (1980) and Ripley Under Water (1991).

‘Burn Notice’ Creator Matt Nix to Overhaul Fox Pilot ‘A.P.B.’ After Production Shut Down
procedural pilot “A.P.B.” will undergo some changes behind the scenes, with “Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix joining the show as an executive producer to overhaul the script. The pilot’s creator and original writer, David Slack, has left the project due to creative differences. Nix will be co-running the pilot with director and executive producer Len Wiseman, with a new showrunner to be named at a later date if the show is picked up to series.

Fox Renews a Pair of Comedies
is starting to make decisions about which comedies will return next season. And the first two confirmed for the schedule are Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Last Man on Earth.

Hitfix: ‘Nashville’ is about to do something behind the scenesNow, series change showrunners all the time. But Herskovitz and Zwick are different. The only historical precedent I could come up with was Steven Bochco (an even bigger deal) coming into Commander in Chief midway through the Genna Davis drama’s first and only season. And yet… if this really happens, it will get me to watch my first Nashville episode since late in the first season. I’m not exactly the show’s target demo, but I want to see what on earth HerskoZwick are going to do to put their stamp on things.

TNT’s ‘Animal Kingdom’ & Starz’s ‘The Dresser’ Get Premiere Dates
Animal Kingdom
, toplined by Ellen Barkin will debut Tuesday June 7 on TNT, and The Dresser, starring Ian McKellan and Anthony Hopkins will bow at 9 PM Monday, May 30 on Starz.


Tony Winner Nina Arianda Joins Amazon’s David E. Kelley Drama Series ‘Trial’Tony Award-winning actress Nina Ariandahas been cast in Amazon’s upcoming original drama series “Trial.”


Garry Shandling’s The Larry Sanders Show Is Returning to HBO
Garry Shandling
, who passed away Thursday, made his name in stand-up, but solidified his legacy through the guise of another name on The Larry Sanders Show. Now, thanks to a deal with HBO that Shandling negotiated before his death, Larry Sanders will return to the network and appear for the first time on its streaming services, HBO Go and HBO Now.

The O.C. Is Heading to HuluRed alert, fans of The O.C.: The early aughts teen drama classic is headed to Hulu next month, marking the first time the show will be available on one of the Big Three major streaming services.

NYT: Apple’s First Foray Into Original TV Is a Series About Apps
announced on Thursday that it was working with the entertainer and two veteran TV executives, Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens, on a new show that will spotlight the app economy. Details about the production are scant, and it was unclear how directly the show would promote or refer to Apple’s own app store. The series represents Apple’s first original effort outside the music category.


O.J. Simpson Trial Revisited As 12-Hour Esquire Network SpecialEsquirehas set aside half a day for The Real O.J. Simpson Trial, a 12-special marathon of highlights from the America’s most famous courtroom drama. It’s set to from 9 AM-9 PM on April 3.


Stan Lee’s ‘Lucky Man’ Renewed for Second Season by SkyThe show from ‘Downton Abbey’ producer Carnival Films has become U.K. network Sky 1’s most successful original drama series. Set in the heart of London, the story follows down-on-his-luck murder detective Harry Clayton, played by James Nesbitt, who finds himself the owner of a magical charm and learns to deal with the consequences of a reversal in fortune.


20th TV’s Casey Kyber Shifts From Research to Drama Development
Casey Kyber
is making the leap from research and marketing to creative. The 16-year veteran of 20th Century Fox Television has been named vp drama development, a post she assumes immediately. Kyber will report to development exec vp Michael Thorn, working alongside vp Chloe Dan and manager Jenna Dim.

Ben Silverman, Electus Part Ways as Partners Buy Out Founder
Ben Silverman
has formally bowed out as chairman of the company he founded with IAC in 2009. Chris Grant and Drew Buckley remain at the helm as CEO and COO, respectively. The former partners this week finalized a deal to buy out Silverman’s ownership interest in the company although he will remain a profit participant in numerous TV series produced during his tenure.


CBS Leads Daytime Emmy Nominations
led the way with 77 Daytime Emmy nominations. The network’s long-running soap opera “The Young and the Restless” was the most nominated program, with 27 nominations. ABC’s “General Hospital” landed 24 nominations, CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” got 23 and NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” garnered 16.


AdWeek: Georgia Faces Boycotts From TV Networks and Movie Studios Over Anti-Gay Bill
On Wednesday, Disney, Viacom and AMC Networks spoke out against the bill. Disney, which filmed several Marvel movies at Pinewood Studios outside Atlanta, threatened to stop filming in Georgia if the law passes. Thursday, most of the other major Hollywood companies, including Time Warner, 21st Century Fox, Comcast (which includes NBCUniversal), Sony Pictures, CBS, Discovery Communications, Lionsgate and Starz, released statements opposing the law and urging Deal to veto it.

AdWeek: How Millennials Consume TV Depends on Which Stage of Life They’re InThere’s a reason that millennials are so hard for advertisers to pin down: Their media consumption is in constant flux, given that adults in that 18-34 demo are in "rapid transition." That’s according to Nielsen’s Q4 2015 Total Audience Report, which delved into the media consumption habits of advertising’s most elusive, and often mystifying, demographic. The report found millennials who have started a family spend significantly more time watching TV—an average of an hour per day more than those who don’t have children or still live with their parents.