The Morning Update for Monday, March 28, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, March 28, 2016:


(from Fri) The CW To Redevelop ‘The Notebook’ & ‘Weaveworld’ Series AdaptationsThe CWplans to redevelop The Notebook, based on the romance novel by Nicholas Sparksand the 2004 feature, and Weaveworld, an adaptation of the horror/fantasy novel by Clive Barker. Both projects will get new writers to pen new incarnations which again will be executive produced by Sparks and Barker, respectively.

(from Fri) Spike Puts Scripted Series ‘Red Mars’ on Hold Following Showrunner Exit
has pressed pause on its forthcoming series Red Mars following the departure of showrunner Peter Noah.

(from Fri) CBS Renews 11 Returning Series, No Decision On ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘CSI: Cyber’ & All Freshman Shows
CBShas given early renewals to 11 returning series: dramas Blue Bloods, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, Elementaryand Scorpion; comedies Mom and 2 Broke Girls; and reality veterans Survivor and The Amazing Race. They join flagships NCIS and The Big Bang Theory, which already have deals for next season.

(from Fri) HBO Cancels ‘Togetherness’ After Two SeasonsThe series hailed from co-creators and brother Mark and Jay Duplass.


Quantico Adds Gossip Girl’s Kelly RutherfordGossip Girlstar Kelly Rutherfordhas landed a pivotal recurring role on Quantico.

(from Fri) ‘Marvel’s Most Wanted’ Adds to CastActors Oded Fehr and Fernanda Andrade join previously announced Adrianne Palicki, Nick Blood and Delroy Lindo.

ER Alum Sherry Stringfield Joins Criminal Minds: Beyond BordersER vet Sherry Stringfield is joining CBS’ just-launched spinoff as the longtime wife of Gary Sinise’s Unit Chief Jack Garrett.


‘Orphan Black’ Gets Weekly Aftershow
BBC America’s ‘After the Black’
premieres Thursday, April 14.

(from Fri) Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys Join ‘The Voice’ as Coaches for Season 11The new additions will replace Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.


‘Zootopia,’ ‘Star Wars’ Push Disney to $1 Billion at International Box Office for 2016Propelled by “Zootopia” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Disney is crossing the $1 billion mark at 2016’s international box office on Friday. It’s the earliest that Disney has ever reached the milestone.


‘Sons of Anarchy’ Creator Announces New Comic
Boom Studios
will be publishing a new series from Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter. Titled Lucas Stand, the book will be co-written by Sutter and Caitlin Kittredge, with art by Jesús Hervás. The series revolves around the titular anti-hero, a former special-ops soldier who attempts suicide and is instead spared by the angel Gadriel. Gadriel tasks Stand with executing renegade and helping to restore the balance between heaven and hell. For each kill, Stand will remove one sin from his bloodstained past.

(from Fri) Sonar Entertainment Appoints Thomas Lesinski Permanent CEO
Sonar Entertainment
has named Thomas Lesinski CEO. Lesinski, a longtime Sonar board member, had served since September as interim chief of the production company.


NYT: Charter’s $67 Billion Cable Merger Hinges on the Cord Cutters
Charter Communications
is poised to gain F.C.C. approval to join with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, and streaming looms large in the deal.

‘The Carmichael Show,’ ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Talent Added to ATX Television Festival
Jerrod Carmichael
will moderate a conversation with Norman Lear at the festival. Also added to the festival itinerary is "The (New) American TV Family" panel, which will feature Fresh Off the Boat showrunner Nahnatchka Khan and The Real O’Neals showrunners Casey Johnson and David Windsor.

Vulture: Is Friends Still the Most Popular Show on TV?It is, of course, slightly strange that a 20-year-old sitcom still retains such a magnetic appeal. Yet Friends’ popularity seems to be on the rise. Between its various syndicated airings, the show still draws a weekly audience of 16 million in the U.S., a big enough viewership to make it a viable hit on current network TV (and that’s not even including streaming). And as of January 1, 2015, the entire run of Friends — all 236 episodes, or 88 hours’ worth — has become available on Netflix; the company paid an undisclosed sum for the rights to stream it. (The best industry guess put the price at roughly $118 million.)

Georgia Governor to Veto Anti-Gay BillGeorgia Gov. Nathan Deal will veto a religious liberty bill — House Bill 757 — after mounting pressure from major corporations and media companies, he annouced Monday morning.