The Morning Update for Friday, April 1, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, April 1, 2016. Have a great weekend!

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Discovery Greenlights Unabomber Drama ‘Manifesto’ From Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti
Discovery Channel
has given the green light to Manifesto, a scripted series from Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti’s Trigger Street Productions that will focus on the FBI’s efforts to bring down "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski. The pilot was written by Andrew Sodroski. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/discovery-greenlights-unabomber-drama-manifesto-879609

Bob Daily Re-Ups Overal Deal With CBS TV StudiosVeteran comedy writer-producerBob Daily has extended his overall deal with CBS TV Studios for two more years. Daily currently serves as executive producer/showrunner on the studio’s comedy series Odd Couple. http://deadline.com/2016/03/bob-daily-overal-deal-cbs-tv-studios-1201727188/

‘Jessica Jones’: Raelle Tucker Joins Netflix Series As Executive ProducerRaelle Tucker, who most recently served as executive producer/showrunner on the A&E drama The Returned, has been tapped as an executive producer on the upcoming second season of Netflix’s Marveldrama series Jessica Jones, which is coming off a well-received freshman run. She will work alongside creator/executive producer/showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. Tucker is filling a top-level writer void left by the departure of executive producer Liz Friedman. http://deadline.com/2016/03/jessica-jones-raelle-tucker-executive-producer-season-2-netflix-1201729664/

A+E plots scripted pact with Harlequin
A+E Networks
has created a creative partnership with book publisher Harlequin.This will see the pair co-create original scripted movies, web series, books and digital content for international audiences. A+E will play the resulting content on its channels and through its channel partners worldwide.HarperCollins Publishers-owned Harlequin is a female-focused company, which means the original content will target genres such as mystery, romance, thriller and suspense. http://tbivision.com/news/2016/04/ae-plots-scripted-pact-harlequin/569472/

(sched) Lifetime Sets Premiere Dates for UnReal and Devious MaidsSummer just got a lot more dramatic: UnRealand Devious Maidswill return to Lifetime on Monday, June 6, Entertainment Weekly reports. http://www.tvguide.com/news/lifetime-sets-premiere-dates-for-unreal-and-devious-maids/

(review) THR: ‘Confirmation’Most familiar to TV audiences as a sexy, ultra-confident, always prepared Beltway fixer, Kerry Washington gives a performance of real subtlety and quiet power. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/confirmation-tv-review-879818

CASTING NEWS:

Brooks Wheelan Joins ABC Pilot ‘Toast’; Clare-Hope Ashitey Lines Up Fox’s ‘Shots Fired’Brooks Wheelan (Saturday Night Live) has landed a series regular role on Toast, ABC’s hybrid comedy pilot executive produced by Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes. Clare-Hope Ashitey (Suspects) has booked a series regular role in the Fox event series Shots Fired. http://deadline.com/2016/03/brooks-wheelan-toast-clare-hope-ashitey-shots-fired-1201729683/

Evan Handler Upped To Regular On VH1’s ‘The Breaks’Evan Handler, currently playing Alan Dershowitz on FX’s The People vs OJ Simpson, has been upped to series regular on VH1’s hip-hop drama The Breaks. http://deadline.com/2016/03/evan-handler-the-breaks-series-regular-vh1-1201729383/

Johnny Kostrey To Recur On NBC’s ‘Aquarius’; Christina Ochoa Joins TNT’s ‘Animal Kingdom’Johnny Kostrey has landed a recurring role on Season 2 of NBC’s Aquarius. Christina Ochoa has booked a recurring role on TNT’s upcoming drama series Animal Kingdom, from John Wells Prods. http://deadline.com/2016/03/johnny-kostrey-aquarius-christina-ochoa-animal-kingdom-1201728965/

Criminal Minds Scoop: Frances Fisher Is a ‘Creepy’ Blast From Gideon’s PastAs revealed via social media, Frances Fisher is set to guest-star on CBS’ Criminal Minds. http://tvline.com/2016/03/31/criminal-minds-frances-fisher-cast-season-11-episode-21-unsub/

FEATURE NEWS:

Disney Plans Live-Action Film About Snow White’s Sister
Walt Disney
is going back to the fairy-tale princess well with Rose Red, the story of Snow White’s sister. The studio has picked up a project which has a script by Justin Merz and a pitch by Evan Daugherty that reworks the original script. Tripp Vinson is producing via his Vinson Films banner. The story is a revisionist take that transposes Rose Red into the Snow White tale, making her a key player in the later part of the classic story. When Snow White takes a bite from the iconic poison apple and falls into her Sleeping Death, her estranged sister, Rose Red, must undertake a dangerous quest with Grumpy and the other dwarves to find a way to break the curse and bring Snow White back to life. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/disney-plans-live-action-film-879528

‘Paper Magician’ Movie Adaptation in Works at Disney With ‘Rogue One’ Producer
Disney
has picked up the film rights to Charlie N. Holmberg’s “The Paper Magician” book trilogy, and set up the project with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” producer Allison Shearmur. The book series is focused on a young student at the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined. She ultimately learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/paper-magician-movie-adaptation-disney-1201743228/

Amazon Films Lands Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney Novel ‘The Nest; ‘Transparent’s Jill Soloway & Andrea Sperling ProduceAmazon Filmsjust made a pre-emptive acquisition of The Nest, the new novel by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. Amazon cornerstone talent Jill Soloway will produce this with Andrea Sperling through Topple Productions. D’Aprix Sweeney will adapt the novel. The novel tells the story of the four adult siblings of the Plumb family and the pending shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives. They call the joint trust fund The Nest, and it has been endangered by the reckless choices of one of the siblings. http://deadline.com/2016/03/the-nest-cynthia-daprix-sweeney-novel-amazon-films-movie-jill-soloway-andrea-sperling-transparent-1201729285/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

‘UnReal’ Launches Digital Spinoff Series for Fan-Favorite Contestant

Lifetime launched “The Faith Diaries,” marking the network’s first-ever scripted digital short series. All 10 episodes of the digital show are available on Lifetime’s website. Written and produced by “UnReal” co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, “The Faith Diaries” follows the fictional contestant Faith and her girlfriend Amy as they travel to Los Angeles to pursue their Hollywood dreams and learn about their relationship along way. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/unreal-season-2-premiere-date-1201743172/

(animated) Netflix Orders ‘Home’ Alien-Buddy Comedy TV Series From DreamWorks Animation
Adorable misfit alien Oh and his Earth friend Tip from DreamWorks Animation’s hit movie “Home” are coming to Netflix in an original animated series this summer. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/netflix-home-series-dreamworks-animation-1201743080/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

‘Making A Murderer’ Defense Attorney Dean Strang To Host ‘Road To Justice’ Docuseries For Covert MediaFormer Steven Avery co-counsel Dean Strang, one of the breakout stars of Netflix’s hugely popular docuseries Making A Murderer, is toplining his own docuseries that examines legal cases. Titled Dean Strang: Road To Justice, the eight-episode series, now in development, is the first TV project for Covert Media. http://deadline.com/2016/03/making-a-murderer-dean-strang-to-road-to-justice-docuseries-covert-media-1201729505/

Alyson Hannigan Named New Host of Penn & Teller: Fool Us at the CW

The CW announced Thursday that Alyson Hannigan has replaced Jonathan Ross as host of Fool Us, which is set to return this summer. http://tvline.com/2016/03/31/alyson-hannigan-penn-teller-fool-us-host-the-cw/

Fox News Adds ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Willie Robertson as ContributorThe reality personality simultaneously gets a podcast with Fox News Radio. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fox-news-adds-duck-dynasty-879769

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Turkish TV Series ‘The End’ Scores First European RedoPopular Turkish psychological thriller series “The End” is being adapted into a Dutch version in what is being touted as the first redo of a Turkish drama in Western Europe. Shooting started this week on the 10-episode remake which is titled “Vlucht HS13” (“Flight HS13”) with popular Dutch actress and TV personality Katja Schuurman in the lead as a happily married woman who at first thinks her husband has died in a plane crash and then learns he never boarded the plane. She then has to find her way through a web of lies and intrigue to ultimately find him. http://variety.com/2016/tv/global/miptv-turkish-tv-series-the-end-scores-first-european-redo-1201743633/

Sportsnet Goes Direct to Consumers to Target Cord-CuttersParent Rogers Media is selling access to NHL, NFL and other sports leagues via a $24.99-a-month OTT service as Canadians increasingly abandon the traditional pay TV bundle. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sportsnet-goes-direct-consumers-target-879659

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Amy Friedman Named Head of Programming at NBCUniversal Kids Channel SproutThe news comes on the heels of Frances Berwick adding oversight of the channel to her duties. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/amy-friedman-named-head-programming-879670

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

(feature) THR: New Hollywood Economy: Pay-for-Play Auditions for Actors Gain Dominance
On any given night, hundreds of struggling actors dole out cash for the privilege of reading brief scenes in an attempt to impress many of the town’s gatekeeper casting directors and their assistants. An enterprising aspirant could spend an average of $50 on a session, helmed by casting directors on shows including CBS’ medical drama Code Black, NBC’s soap Days of Our Lives or ABC’s Emmy-winning Modern Family. These aren’t auditions, the actors are perfunctorily told. They’re called "workshops," a chance for entry-level and other actors to show their skills to a casting professional and get constructive criticism. While numerous operators follow the rules and stick to an educational focus, more than 65 interviews with industry professionals involved in the workshop realm suggest that in many cases, both the spirit and the letter of the law are being ignored. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/pay-play-acting-auditions-gain-878886

Women In Film & The Black List Launch TV Lab For Female WritersWomen In Filmand Franklin Leonard’s The Black Listsaid today they are launching the Women In Film/The Black List Episodic Lab, a television lab for female writers. The inaugural lab will run for eight weeks beginning in August, with eight women writers to be selected. The initiative will feature script development, workshopping sessions and master classes with established writers and industry execs. http://deadline.com/2016/03/women-in-film-the-black-list-episodic-lab-female-writers-launch-1201729511/

NYT: F.C.C. Approves Broadband Subsidy for Low-Income HouseholdsThe move is aimed at bridging the digital divide at a time when one in five people don’t have broadband Internet access at home. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/01/technology/fcc-approves-broadband-subsidy-for-low-income-households.html

(video) TED: Two reasons companies fail — and how to avoid them Is it possible to run a company and reinvent it at the same time? For business strategist Knut Haanaes, the ability to innovate after becoming successful is the mark of a great organization. He shares insights on how to strike a balance between perfecting what we already know and exploring totally new ideas — and lays out how to avoid two major strategy traps. http://www.ted.com/talks/knut_haanaes_two_reasons_companies_fail_and_how_to_avoid_them

(video) Netflix Gives John Stamos the April Fool’s Day Treatment in ‘Stamos: A Human, Being.’
Netflix, in an attempt to promote both "Fuller House" and its slew of original documentaries, have combined the most *ahem* attractive elements of both in a faux doc trailer for "Stamos: A Human, Being." http://www.indiewire.com/article/watch-netflix-john-stamos-april-fools-day-stamos-a-human-being-20160401

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