The Morning Update for Monday, April 11, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, April 11, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Skydance adapts AR comic for TV
The television arm of Skydance Media is developing a TV series based on an augmented reality comic book property. Faster Than Light joins Netflix sci-fi series Altered Carbon, Spike TV’s Red Mars and Amazon’s Jack Ryan on Skydance Television’s slate of forthcoming projects. The books imagine a near future where humans have discovered how to travel at faster than light speed, opening up the entire universe for exploration. http://www.c21media.net/skydance-adapts-ar-comic-for-tv/

(from Fri) Wolf Films’ Head of Development Danielle Gelber Exits for NBC Production Deal
The move reunites her with NBC chief Bob Greenblatt, with whom she worked at Showtime for seven years. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/wolf-films-head-development-danielle-882236

(from Fri) ‘Vinyl’ Showrunner Terence Winter Departs
Showrunner Terence Winter has exited the Martin Scorsese-produced series after one season. He will be replaced by executive producer Scott Z. Burns going into the sophomore season of the series, which was renewed after one episode back in February. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/vinyl-showrunner-terence-winter-departs-882181

Ian Somerhalder Says The Vampire Diaries Is Ending After Season 8
The end is nigh for The Vampire Diaries. Star Ian Somerhaldersaid the upcoming eighth season would be the drama’s last at WalkerStalkerCon in Nashville on Sunday. http://www.tvguide.com/news/ian-somerhalder-the-vampire-diaries-ending-after-season-8/

(ratings) ‘Walking Dead’ Officially Top-Rated Show on TV for Fourth Straight Year
“The Walking Dead’s” sixth season is officially the top-rated show on TV in the advertiser coveted 18-49 demographic in live-plus-three ratings for the fourth straight year in a row. The show had an average live-plus-three viewership across the season’s 16 episodes of 18 million total viewers, 11.5 million in the 18-49 demo alone. http://www.thewrap.com/walking-dead-officially-top-rated-show-on-tv-for-fourth-straight-year/

CASTING NEWS:

(from Fri) ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Shocker: Series Star Exits After Major Twist
Fox’s Sleepy Hollow did the seemingly unthinkable during its third season finale Friday when series star Nicole Beharie’s Abbie Mills shockingly was killed off the genre drama. …Sources say the Fox drama is likely to return for season four. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/sleepy-hollow-nicole-beharie-exits-882206

(from Fri) ‘Young & Hungry’ Co-Star Aimee Carrero To Reprise Role In Spinoff Series
Young & Hungry‘s Aimee Carrero is set to star opposite Ashley Tisdale in the Young & Hungry spinoff series, in development at Freeform. The proposed Young & Hungry spinoff will follow Sofia (Carrero) as she lands a job working for an overbearing boss. Tisdale is playing Logan Rawlings, the magazine editor/lesbian character she originated in two guest starring appearances on Young & Hungry. http://deadline.com/2016/04/young-hungry-aimee-carrero-star-spinoff-freeform-1201734508/

(from Fri) Tony Roberts Joins ABC’s ‘Dirty Dancing’ Remake
The ‘Annie Hall’ actor will play Max Kellerman in the TV remake of the 1987 film. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tony-roberts-joins-abcs-dirty-882147

(from Fri) TNT’s ‘Good Behavior’ Adds Joey Kern in Recurring Role
TNT’s new drama series “Good Behavior” has added Joey Kern in a recurring role. The series also stars “Downton Abbey” alum Michelle Dockery. http://www.thewrap.com/tnts-good-behavior-adds-joey-kern-in-recurring-role-exclusive/

(from Fri) ‘Toast’: Frankie Faison Joins Shondaland ABC Pilot
Banshee’s Frankie Faisonhas booked a series regular role onToast,ABC’s hybrid comedy pilot from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland, Scott Foley and Greg Grunberg. http://deadline.com/2016/04/toast-frankie-faison-series-regular-shondaland-abc-pilot-1201733987/

(from Fri) Paul Adelstein To Co-Star In Hulu’s Hugh Laurie Drama Series ‘Chance’
Paul Adelsteinis set to co-star opposite Hugh Laurieand Gretchen Mol in Hulu‘s drama series Chance. http://deadline.com/2016/04/paul-adelstein-cast-chance-hulu-drama-series-hugh-laurie-1201734355/

(from Fri) ‘Dirk Gently’: Hannah Marks Cast As Female Lead In BBC America Series
Hannah Marksis set as the female lead opposite Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett in Dirk Gently, BBC America‘s eight-episode series based on the cult Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency novels by Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy author Douglas Adams. http://deadline.com/2016/04/dirk-gently-hannah-marks-cast-female-lead-max-landis-bbc-america-series-1201734532/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Netflix to Raise Subscription Price for Longtime Subscribers
Netflix is raising its subscription price for subscribers who have been with the service for over two years. Everyone who has been enjoying a grandfathered price of $7.99 per month for the streaming service will see the charge bumped up to $9.99 in May. http://www.tvguide.com/news/netflix-to-raise-subscription-price-longtime-subscribers/

(q&a) AdWeek: These 4 Multichannel Networks Plan to Capitalize on the Cord-Cutting Generation
On the eve of the annual Digital Content NewFronts where the freshest programming ideas will get pitched and some $3 billion in ad business will be up for grabs, Adweek caught up with top executives from Maker Studios, Defy Mediaand Studio71(formerly Collective Digital Studio) to learn about the issues they face as they chase coveted millennial consumers and talent, and all those advertiser dollars. http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/how-4-multichannel-networks-plan-attract-millennial-viewers-170709

Netflix 4K Shows Go Live on Dish’s Hopper 3
The streaming service will start to deliver shows like “Daredevil” and “House of Cards” in 4K through its app on the Hopper 3, Dish announced. Netflix first introduced 4K streaming in 2014, and has slowly been growing its 4K content slate. By the end of this year, the streaming service aims to have around 600 hours of 4K programming available for streaming. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/netflix-4k-dish-hopper-3-1201749103/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

(from Fri) MTV Orders Unscripted Pilot Starring Comedian Leonard Ouzts
MTVhas orderedBackup Plan, an unscripted pilot starring Leonard Ouzts, a 23-year-old former IHOP waiter-turned-standup comedian. Ouzts has seen what happens when people hit their 15th minute of fame and realizes he should be thinking about a more realistic career. Each episode of the show follows Leonard’s search for a backup job, just in case the one he has doesn’t work out. http://deadline.com/2016/04/mtv-comedian-leonard-ouzts-unscripted-pilot-1201734567/

(from Fri) Esquire Network Renews ‘Car Matchmaker’ for Season 3, Jerry Seinfeld & Keanu Reeves to Guest Star
Esquire Network has renewed “Car Matchmaker” for a third season. Car aficionado and host Spike Feresten is set to return when the new season premieres Wednesday, June 22, at 9 p.m. with 16 half-hour episodes. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/car-matchmaker-renewed-season-3-esquire-network-1201749262/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Playground Adapting Hot UK Books ‘The Widow’ & ‘Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories’
In its latest book acquisitions, Colin Callender’s prestige drama producer Playground Entertainment has secured the rights to two new bestsellers with plans to adapt them into TV series. The Widow is a psychological thriller by Fiona Barton and published by Penguin Random House Books while Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories is a non-fiction account of the famed UK lawyer’s life by Thomas Grant and published by John Murray. http://deadline.com/2016/04/playground-entertainment-acquires-the-widow-jeremyy-hutchinsons-case-histories-tv-series-adaptations-1201735325/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Jane Tranter’s prodco staffs upFledgling producer Bad Wolf has hired Miles Ketley as its chief operating officer and brought on three execs from BBC Worldwide.Bad Wolf has hired Amy Hodge, Ryan Rasmussen and Matthew Ariail. All three previously worked with Tranter at BBCWW’s LA operation. Hodge, a former HBO exec, was director, scripted programming, and Rasmussen and Ariail were in development and production at Worldwide. http://tbivision.com/news/2016/04/jane-tranters-prodco-staffs/574412/

AWARDS NEWS:

MTV Movie Awards Winners: Complete List
Ryan Reynolds won a golden popcorn statue for his box-office hit “Deadpool,” Daisy Ridley won for her breakout performance in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Straight Outta Compton” was also victorious. “Star Wars” emerged the biggest winner, however, taking home the prize for movie of the year. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/mtv-movie-awards-winner-list-2016-complete-1201748543/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

(q&a) AT&T Entertainment Boss John Stankey On Plan To Double Content Spending In 2016
DEADLINE: What types of scripted shows interest AT&T?

STANKEY: Our goal is not to out-Netflix Netflix. Our goal is to offer our customers a little different experience. So we’re looking to be a place where the creative community can come to try some things that maybe haven’t worked in what I’ll call mainstream media. We’re looking for good bang for the buck. http://deadline.com/2016/04/john-stankey-att-interview-content-spending-plan-1201732912/

Atlantic: Hear the Fear: The Rise of the Horror Podcast
Terry Miles, enticed Paul Bae into the world of podcasting, and the pair now channel tales of the supernatural to 200,000 listeners a month with The Black Tapes. The podcast follows an affable journalist named Alex Reagan as she explores a series of terrifying cases—involving séances, demonic possessions, or apparitions—that have no apparent scientific or rational explanation. …Over the last few years, other horror podcasts have risen to the top of the iTunes charts. Spurred by the true-crime dramatics of Serial, series including Myths and Legends, Welcome to Night Vale, Limetown, and the alien thriller The Message have turned many smart phones and laptops into a new kind of campfire. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/04/the-rise-of-the-horror-podcast/476802/

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