The Morning Update for Monday, April 4, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, April 4, 2016:


(mipTV) Cable Network UP TV, Reel One Sign Scripted Series Development Deal

Reel One Entertainment and cable network UP TV, which airs family-focused series from “Gilmore Girls” to “Growing Pains,” have inked a deal to develop original scripted series. The series will premiere on UP TV in the U.S. and will be distributed worldwide by Reel One. The UP TV deal allows Reel One, best known as a producer and distributor of TV movies, to continue its expansion in scripted series programming.

(mipTV) Netflix Takes World Rights To ‘Marcella’ Crime Drama Starring Anna Friel

Netflixhas acquired exclusive worldwide streaming rights to crime series Marcella, which hails from Hans Rosenfeldt, creator of the original Swedish/Danish co-production The Bridge (Bron). The eight-part drama, sold by Cineflix Rights, will be available globally, outside the UK and Ireland, on Netflix beginning July 1. Anna Friel, Laura Carmichael, Nicholas Pinnock, Sinéad Cusack and Harry Lloyd lead the cast. Marcella delves into the psychology of the eponymous troubled detective (Friel) as she investigates a serial murder case upon returning to duty after a 10-year hiatus.

(mipTV) Ovation TV Picks Up U.S. Rights To Canal Plus’ ‘Versailles’

Ovation TV has acquired U.S. premiere rights to Canal Plus’ hit period drama “Versailles” from Zodiak Rights. The ambitious English-language series was created and exec produced by Simon Mirren (“Criminal Minds”) and David Wolstencroft (“The Escape Artist”).

(from Fri) HBO Lands Gillian Flynn’s ‘Sharp Objects’ Starring Amy Adams

Jean-Marc Vallee will direct the adaptation of the book by the ‘Gone Girl’ author, which hails from Entertainment One and Blumhouse.

(from Fri) ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Renewed for Record-Tying Seasons 13 and 14

The pickup ties the FXX series with ‘The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet’ as the longest-running live-action comedy in history.

(from Fri) Amazon Renews ‘Bosch’ for Third Season

The crime procedural stars Titus Welliver.

(from Fri) Liz Feldman Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios

One Big Happy creator Liz Feldmanhas signed an overall deal with CBS TV Studios. Under the two-year pact — Feldman’s first overall agreement — she will develop new projects for network, cable, and streaming services.

(sched) NBC Adds to Summer Premieres With ‘The Night Shift,’ ‘Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge’

“The Night Shift” will kick off its third season on Wednesday, June 1 at 10. “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” makes its debut Monday, June 13 at 10 p.m., with a special preview episode airing behind “American Ninja Warrior.”

AdWeek: Will Scandal’s Sixth Season Be Its Last?

"I am not watching [Washington’s character] Olivia Pope grow up," explained Rhimes. "I am watching a specific moment in time, and I feel like in order to tell the story correctly, you have to end it." Rhimes has remained silent about when she plans to wrap up the series, however.


Faye Dunaway Joins ‘Hand Of God’ Season 2 As Recurring
Faye Dunaway
has joined the second season cast of Amazondrama series Hand of Godin a recurring role.

Alexander Siddig Joins ‘Kennedys’ Sequel, MGM Shops ‘Generation Gap’

“Game of Thrones“ trouper Alexander Siddig has signed on to play Aristotle Onassis in “The Kennedys — After Camelot.”

Caitlyn Jenner Joining Cast Of Amazon’s ‘Transparent’

Caitlyn Jenneris joining the cast of Amazon’s Transparent, and will begin filming scenes next week, says creator and executive producer Jill Soloway.

Marvel’s Iron Fist: Netflix Series Casts Thrones Actress as Female Lead

Jessica Henwick, who plays the Sand Snake known as Nymeria on Game of Thrones, has landed the female lead in Netflix’s upcoming comic-book drama.

‘Doctor Who’ Spinoff ‘Class’ Taps Katherine Kelly to Lead Ensemble Cast

“Happy Valley” alum Katherine Kelly has been tapped to lead an ensemble of newcomers in the “Doctor Who” spinoff “Class.” Kelly will play a teacher at Coal Hill School, an institution that has been part of the “Doctor Who” universe since its inception in 1963.


(from Fri) J.J. Abrams to Produce Adaptation of Greg Grunberg’s Graphic Novel, ‘Dream Jumper’

Greg Grunberg’s upcoming graphic novel, Dream Jumper, is getting the movie treatment. Paramount has picked up movie rights to the two-part tome, with Grunberg teaming up with pal J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot banner, which will produce the adaptation. The story follows a boy who discovers he can jump into other people’s dreams. But that power turns into a nightmare, literally, when his friends begin falling into an endless sleep and something in the dream world wants the boy’s abilities for itself. No writer is onboard to adapt the material at this stage.


Ellen DeGeneres Launches Digital Dance Series

‘tWitch & Allison’s Dance Challenge,’ from the ‘Ellen’ DJ and his ‘DWTS’ wife, is the first original digital series created exclusively for DeGeneres’ video website, EllenTube. The eight-episode digital show will follow six contestants between the ages of 10 and 14, as they perform various dance styles, including contemporary, hip-hop and pop animation.

Facebook Said to Back Off Bid to Stream NFL Thursday Games

Less than a month after Facebook Inc. confirmed its interest in live-streaming the National Football League next season, the social media giant has withdrawn from the bidding for Thursday games. Facebook likes its live videos to be commercial-free and balked at the NFL’s traditional advertising model. Early morning London games that come with the deal were also a turn-off, according to the person. Verizon Communications Inc., Yahoo! Inc., and Inc. are considered contenders for the rights.

AdWeek: Snapchat Is Suddenly Attracting a Lot More Millennial Women Than Men

"At first, millennial men were using Snapchat to communicate with friends, capture funny moments and share inside jokes," Berger said. "Once word got out that brands cared about spending money on Snapchat, the popular fashion bloggers and celebrities who used to covet Instagram flocked to the social platform. These VIPs are using Snapchat to capture their busy days, trendy clothes and fancy lifestyles—with them comes the millennial female—eager to get what feels like a behind-the-scenes look at their favorite celebs and personalities."

Here’s How to Watch ‘Outlander’ Season 1 for Free Before Season 2 Premiere

All 16 Season 1 episodes of “Outlander,” starring Caitriona Balfeand Sam Heughan, will be available through April 10th via linear, on-demand and online on select U.S. cable, satellite and telco affiliates as well as, Starz On Demand and the free Starz Play app for all users in the U.S.

Showtime Offers Free Online Preview of ‘Dice’ Pilot, ‘House of Lies’ Premiere

Showtime has made the first episode of its Andrew Dice Clay comedy and the fifth season premiere of “House of Lies” available for free online prior to their April 10 linear bows in an effort to generate sampling and buzz for both series.


Samantha Bee’s ‘Full Frontal’ Extended to Run Through 2016 at TBS

Samantha Bee, who has delivered scathing topical humor at the helm of TBS’ new “Full Frontal” for the last several weeks, has lot more to laugh about. TBS said it had ordered an additional 26 episodes of her comedic talk show, which means the program will air 39 episodes in total through the end of the year.

CAA to shop American Supergroup

CAA is to represent a new singing competition format in which an aspiring musician vie for a place in a supergroup. American Supergroup has been commissioned by an unnamed US broadcaster. The format sees 25 musicians, who must sing, play and write songs, guided by a music expert panel forming five groups of five members that play pop, pop-country, traditional country, pop-rock, R&B, metal, Latin American or alternative songs. The broadcaster will be named “in coming weeks”.

(from Fri) ‘#RichKids Of Beverly Hills’ Spinoff ‘EJ And The City’ Set At E!

E! Entertainmentsaid a new six-part series, EJ and the Cityfeaturing EJ Johnsonwill premiere at 11 PM Sunday, June 19, after the Season 4 finale of #RichKids. Johnson, the son of NBA star Magic Johnson, will topline the show that also features his sister Elisa Johnson; Samaria Smith, daughter of LL Cool J; and Persian real estate development heir Sanaz Panahi among others from Johnson’s fashion-first crew as they jet-set from coast to coast.

(from Fri) Freddie Prinze Jr. Joins Dana Carvey Comedy Competition Series at USA

Steve Carell and Jay Leno have also signed on to make guest appearances on the unscripted series, which will launch this May. Picked up to series in November, First Impressions puts America’s best amateur impressionists against each other in a weekly battle.

(from Fri) USA Network Extends ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ Season 4 Order

The eight additional episodes will launch this fall on the NBCUnivesal-owned cable channel.


THR: MIPTV Hot List: 10 TV Shows Set to Heat Up the Croisette

The A Word (Keshet International); The Collection (BBC Worldwide); Embassy (Beta Cinema); The Grinder (20th Century Fox Television Distribution); Ku’damm 56 – Rebel With a Cause (ZDF Enterprises); MacGyver (CBS Studios International); Roots (A+E Networks); Section Zero (StudioCanal); Top of the Lake 2 (BBC Worldwide); Wolf Creek (Zodiak Rights)

(mipTV) Harlan Coben, Sky Eying Sequel to ‘The Five’

Harlan Coben is in talks for a sequel series to The Five, his first original TV drama, which bows on British pay-TV network Sky One and on France’s Canal Plus later this month. The Five stars Tom Cullen, Hannah Arterton, Lee Ingleby and Sarah Solemani as four friends haunted by their involvement in the disappearance of one of their playmates 20 years earlier. When the boy’s DNA turns up at a murder scene, they are forced to revisit the past and find out if he is still alive.

(mipTV) Federation Ent. Nabs Belgian Crime Drama ‘The Break’

Federation Entertainment has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Belgian crime thriller drama “The Break.” “The Break” revolves around the murder of a 19-year old footballer with Heiderfield football club in a small town of the Belgian Ardennes. The show follows the complex and perilous investigation of a cop who recently relocated in the village after a domestic tragedy and has to team up with an idealistic and inexperienced young police officer.

(mipTV) Endemol Shine Group Launching Scripted Drama Studio in Israel

Endemol Shine Group is launching a new hub dedicated to developing and producing scripted drama in Israel, where it will invest in local writers, showrunners and thesping talent, in a move that clearly aims to further capitalise on Israel’s status as a hot territory in the international scripted content arena.


Shonda Rhimes to Receive International Emmy Founders Award

Shonda Rhimes will add another award to her trophy case later this year when she receives the International Emmy Founders Award. The prolific writer and showrunner will be feted by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Nov. 21 as part of the 44th annual International Emmy Awards in New York City.

(q&a) AdWeek: More Than a Spokeswoman: How Kerry Washington Is Forging True Partnerships With Brands

Q: In addition to producing Confirmation, you also developed a show for ABC this season. What have you learned from that process? And what other projects are you working on?

Washington: I just really love producing. I love being able to be part of a solution. I love being able to create opportunities for other people to do what they do, to be part of the collaborative process that is filmmaking and television making. And I enjoy being proactive. I enjoy not sitting at home, waiting to be invited to a party [laughs]. I do have a couple of different projects in the works and a couple of different films.


2016 GLAAD Media Awards Winners; Lilly Wachowski, ‘Bessie’ & More

Outstanding Reality Program (TIE)

I Am Cait (E!)

I Am Jazz (TLC)

Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series

Bessie (HBO)

Outstanding Drama Series

Sense8 (Netflix)

Outstanding Comedy Series

Transparent (Amazon Instant Video)


Salon: TV’s quiet 12-step revolution: Prestige comedies are changing the way we see addiction, sobriety and AA

A batch of TV shows, all of them streaming or online, are showing more nuanced portraits of recovery than we’ve ever seen on television, and they’re asking the same questions problem drinkers ask themselves: What is addiction, exactly? What is the larger purpose of sobriety? And what the hell would a life without alcohol or drugs even look like?

Variety: Incentives Scorecard: Minnesota Touts ‘Snowbate’ to Lure Productions

Minnesota, home of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, is also the land of two local incentives, alongside a statewide “Snowbate” incentive.

25% – State “Snowbate” incentive

$1m – Minimum spending to qualify for “Snowbate,” or

60% – Shooting days in Minnesota outside the Twin Cities with minimum spending of $100,000

20% – Rebate with $100,000 minimum spending ($50,000 for post)

15% – Minnesota local “Maple Lake” rebate

20% – Northeastern Minnesota local rebate

Variety: Why Understanding Fans is the New Superpower

I’ve watched many of our clients come to similar conclusions about the importance – and value – of fans and fandom. Many of them have shifted their language, now targeting “fans” instead of “viewers” or “audiences.” Marketing strategies are increasingly crafted to drive not just breadth but depth of engagement. Why the shift? …In research we conducted last September, 85% of those surveyed reported being fans of something – 97% in the 18-24 age range. And when we define ourselves as fans, we do more – we watch more, share more, buy more, evangelize more, participate more, help more.*

Nielsen Will Tap Set Top Box Viewing Data In Deal With Dish Network

Nielsensaid it has a “multi-year agreement” with Dish Networkto tap information from its set top boxes. The Dish info is “the first nationwide dataset to be integrated with our panel data, reaching the perfect balance of deep viewing characteristics and the granularity of large datasets," says Nielsen’s COO Steve Hasker. Set top box data is especially helpful in small markets where the sample sizes for Nielsen’s surveys often are too small to give advertisers a clear sense of what niches of viewers watch.

(video) TED: The surprising habits of original thinkers

How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. "The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most," Grant says. "You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones."