The Morning Update for Friday, April 8, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, April 8, 2016. Have a great weekend!


(upfronts) ‘Misfits’ Reboot, ‘Young & Hungry’ Spinoff, Late-Night Talk Show Set at Freeform
The former ABC Family is readying seven dramas, four comedies and six short-form projects as well as a ‘Greek’ reunion and more. Leading the offerings are a reboot of British series Misfits from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage; a spinoff of Young & Hungry starring Ashley Tisdale; and the previously announced Marvel drama Cloak and Dagger and Bella Thorne drama Famous in Love and pilot Issues. The network is developing seven dramas and four comedies.

Freeform Orders ‘Issues’ Pilot for Scripted Series Inspired by ‘Cosmo’ Editor Joanna Coles
Freeform has ordered a pilot for “Issues,” a scripted series inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine. The project had previously been in development with NBC, and hails from Universal Television. “Issues” gives a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for a global women’s magazine.

Antoine Fuqua Signs First-Look TV Deal With Weinstein Co.
Director Antoine Fuqua has signed a first-look television deal with the Weinstein Company. The agreement is the Weinstein Company’s first overall deal in television since expanding into TV production.

‘Lucifer,’ ‘Rosewood’ Renewed for Second Seasons at Fox
Broadcast networks continue to stick with what works for the 2016-17 season.

(review) Variety: ‘The Detour’
It’s not exactly highbrow or subtle, the episodes and narrative arc are structured in a more ambitious way than initially meets the eye. Not only do individual chapters start with some enormous foul-up and then go back to illustrate how the family got there, but the overarching plots – both about Nate’s work and why the feds are after him – are spooned out in such a way as to lend a nice serialized component to the broader hijinks.

Salon: James Franco’s lesbian vampires: For prestige drama overload, a self-aware Lifetime spoof could be the campy antidote
Terrible television is having a bit of a moment. Terrible, in a certain kind of way; that type of bad art that turns into a good laugh. James Franco’s remake of the Lifetime film “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger” will not just be about a “danger-seeking” daughter, but also a “lesbian vampire romance.” Tori Spelling played the lead role in the original; in the remake, she’ll be the wary mother, suspicious that something is up. This is going to be terrible, and that is the point.

Universal Cable Productions Sets First Pitch Fest For Storytellers
Universal Cable Productionshas set its first pitch fest on April 28 for storytellers who have ideas for a scripted television show but don’t have access to development executives. In order to be eligible, applicants must complete a submission release form and know a UCP employee or have a direct connection to someone who does business with the studio. Selected entries will be contacted for a 10-minute pitch meeting with Olmstead and her team.


Melissa McCarthy Returning for ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival
The actress confirmed the news on ‘Ellen.’

TNT’s ‘Animal Kingdom’ Casts C Thomas Howell in Recurring Role
C. Thomas Howellis entering the food chain in TNT’s new drama “Animal Kingdom”.


‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Adds Hugh Dancy
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are returning for the sequel to Universal’s hit adaptation of EL James’ erotic novels.

THR: Warner Bros. Mulls Releasing Fewer Films as ‘Batman v. Superman’ Stalls
Several executives and agents say Warners seems to be greenlighting fewer homegrown movies as it focuses on silos that echo those that generate so many hits for Disney (Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar and Disney Animation). In Warners’ case, the silos are DC Comics, Lego and a planned franchise spun off from the Harry Potter series.


Hulu Becomes a Channel on Cablevision
Hulu is becoming a channel on Cablevision. The cable operator will make Hulu available on its Optimum TV programming guide on all current-generation set-top boxes. This essentially makes Hulu similar to other pay-TV channels like HBO and Showtime.

Facebook Said to Face Decline in People Posting Personal Content
Facebook is working to combat a decline in people sharing original, personal content, the fuel that helps power the money machine at the heart of its social network, according to people familiar with the matter. Original sharing of personal stories — rather than posts about public information like news articles — dropped 21% year over year as of mid-2015, The Information, a tech news site, reported Wednesday.


CBS Orders Unscripted True-Crime Anthology Starting With JonBenet Ramsey Case
Emmy winner Tom Forman and Critical Content will produce the series, which is targeted for fall 2016 and pegged to the 20-year anniversary of her death. While the subject will change every season, Forman and Critical Content will remain as producers. A title and episode count have not yet been determined, though sources say it will be a limited run similar to Netflix’s 10-episode phenomenon Making a Murderer.

Adam Carolla to Host Live Talk Show on Spike
‘Adam Carolla Builds Stuff Live’ will be produced by the team behind AMC’s ‘Walking Dead’ post-show ‘Talking Dead.’ The 10-episode series is described as interactive talk show meets build show meets comedy. Carolla will take on unique building projects with celebrity friends in need of his carpentry expertise.


MIPTV: Drama Reigns as King of TV While Reality Goes Downmarket
The shiny, primetime reality juggernauts that Idol exemplified used to reign supreme at MIPTV. No longer. Now drama series are king. The biggest buzz on the Croisette were for fictional series like A&E’s Roots reboot, which had its world premiere here on Monday, BBC/AMC spy series The Night Manager or red-hot Korean drama Descendants of the Sun. Reality TV has had to change its pitch. Instead of promising the next big thing, non-scripted producers are pushing the “cost effectiveness” of reality compared to big-budget drama.

MIPTV: Is German TV Ready to Go Global?Another market pressure driving the German TV renaissance is Netflix. The SVOD giant has moved aggressively into Germany, commissioning its first series, Dark, from the production company behind German foreign-language Oscar winner The Lives of Others. Amazon is also betting on German TV, ordering up the drama Wanted from Matthias Schweighofer, one of the country’s biggest film stars.


NYT: Behind the Scenes at Disney as It Purged a Favorite Son
In mid-March, Mr. Iger summoned Mr. Staggs to his office and dropped a bombshell: Mr. Staggs lacked the full confidence of both Mr. Iger and the Disney board, which had been discussing Mr. Staggs’s performance at recent board meetings. Mr. Iger told him Disney was going to broaden its search for his successor.


Ben Silverman Rejoins Ex-Partner Howard Owens as Propagate Content Co-CEO
Ben Silverman, who resigned last month as chairman of the IAC-owned premium-content studio Electus, has been named chairman and co-chief executive officer of Propagate Content. There, he will reunite with former partner and longtime collaborator Howard T. Owens, the other co-CEO.

Tara Long Re-ups With eOne TV In Multiyear Deal
Tara Longsigned a new long-term deal with Entertainment One Television to continue running its U.S. Alternative Programming.

Polly Hill Defects From BBC To ITV In Dramatic Exec Reshuffle
In a fairly seismic move for the British broadcasting scene, the BBC’s drama chief Polly Hill has joined ITV as their new head of drama. Also joining ITV is Optomen managing director Sue Murphy as the commissioner for factual entertainment. ITV Studios’ Siobhan Greene becomes the commissioning team’s head of entertainment and Peter Davey has been promoted to head of comedy.

(feature) NYT: Chris Hardwick, King of the Nerds, Is Expanding His Empire
From “Talking Dead” to “@Midnight,” from stand-up to the Nerdist podcast, Mr. Hardwick has become a multiplatform phenomenon. And more is on the way. The imperatives of being an entertainment personality now require more than unmediated conversations with the audience. There has to be new content, tailored to the different social-media platforms. “We had it so easy for so long because we only ever had to focus on one platform,” Mr. Hardwick said. “But particularly in television, you’ve got to chase the audience a bit.”


‘West Wing,’ ‘Rescue Me’ Reunions Round Out ATX Festival Lineup
The cast of ‘Ugly Betty’ also will reunite for closing night of the festival, which is heading into its fifth year.

Verizon to Make Yahoo Bid, Google Mulling Offer: Report
Verizon plans to submit a bid to acquire Yahoo’s core Internet business next week, while Google is also considering making a bid, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing anonymous sources. Reps for Yahoo, Verizon and Google declined to comment.

New Yorker: Was “Horace and Pete” Even Television?
The independence of the production, and the novelty of its mode of distribution, strains the category to its outer limits. “Horace and Pete” is perhaps the next step out from the model established by Netflix and Amazon for making original content, in which ambitious shows might be judged successful if they reach a targeted few—it’s truly bespoke television, something that you could press on your friends like you might a book or an old album. Would Emmy voters celebrate a show that was created with near complete independence from the industry, or would they shun it?