The Morning Update for Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, April 13, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

‘New Girl’ Renewed for Season 6
The ensemble show ranks as Fox’s longest-running and highest-rated comedy. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/new-girl-renewed-season-6-883195

FXX’s ‘Man Seeking Woman’ Renewed for Third Season
The Jay Baruchel comedy will be back for another round of 10 episodes in 2017. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/man-seeking-woman-renewed-third-882911

Black Label Media Inks First-Look TV Deal With ABC Signature & ABC Studios
Black Label Media, the 3-year-old financing and producing company founded by Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill, is making a push in television with a two-year, first-look deal at ABC Studios and its cable/digital division ABC Signature. Under the pact, BLM will develop series projects for cable and broadcast. The deal stems from Smith’s relationship with ABC Signature SVP Tracy Underwood. http://deadline.com/2016/04/black-label-media-ifirst-look-deal-abc-signature-1201736187/

(sched) ‘Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Surviving Life’ Pre-empted By Fox – Likely Permanently
This Sunday we may see the last of Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Surviving Life. The underperforming Fox comedy series, which was downgraded to the Sunday 7: 30 PM time slot three weeks ago, is being pre-empted next Sunday, April 24. http://deadline.com/2016/04/cooper-barretts-guide-to-surviving-life-canceled-preempted-fox-bordertown-1201736690/

Variety: Why the Usually Frantic Pilot Season is Less Frenzied This Year
It’s too soon to tell which projects have the goods to go the distance. But early buzz has been building on a few projects, notably Candice Bergen’s ABC comedy “Pearl,” Marlon Wayans’ laffer for NBC, and Matt LeBlanc’s “I’m Not Your Friend” at CBS. Drama-wise, ABC’s “Model Woman,” the 1970s-set fashion biz vehicle starring Andie MacDowell, has promise, as does Sarah Michelle Gellar’s return to “Cruel Intentions” at NBC. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/2016-pilot-season-less-frantic-kevin-james-chicago-justice-1201750549/

CASTING NEWS:

‘Mistresses’ Casts Micky Shiloah; Amanda Brugel Joins ‘Eyewitness’
Micky Shiloah has booked a major recurring role on the upcoming fourth season of ABC’s summer drama series Mistresses. Amanda Brugel (Orphan Black) has been cast in a recurring role on USA Network’s 10-episode straight-to-series drama Eyewitness, an adaptation of the Norwegian crime thriller Øyevitne. http://deadline.com/2016/04/mistresses-cast-micky-shiloah-amanda-brugel-eyewitness-1201736387/

Adam Long Cast In Hulu Pilot ‘When The Street Lights Go On’
British actor Adam Long(Happy Valley) is set as a series regular in When the Street Lights Go On, Hulu‘s drama pilot adapted from the Black List feature script by writers Chris Hutton and Eddie O’Keefe. The project hails from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. In the vein of Stand by Me, When the Street Lights Go On is a coming-of-age thriller about a sleepy suburban town that is rocked by the brutal murder of a high school girl and her teacher in the summer of 1983. http://deadline.com/2016/04/adam-long-cast-hulu-pilot-when-the-street-lights-go-on-1201736629/

‘School Of Rock’: Jama Williamson Upped To Regular On Nickelodeon Music Comedy Series
Jama Williamson(Parks and Recreation), who recurred on the first season of Nickelodeon’s School of Rock, has been promoted to series regular for Season 2. http://deadline.com/2016/04/school-of-rock-jama-williamson-upped-promoted-series-regular-nickelodeon-musical-comedy-series-1201736652/

FEATURE NEWS:

Modern Dating Pitch ‘Swiped’ Sold To CBS Films
CBS Films has boughtSwiped, an original pitch described as a comedic takedown of modern dating from writers Alisha Brophyand Scott Miles. http://deadline.com/2016/04/dating-pitch-swiped-sold-cbs-films-alisha-brophy-scott-miles-1201736019/

Ben Affleck Will Direct and Star in a Standalone Batman Movie for Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. wants to keep Batfleck in action, as the latest Caped Crusader will also star in and direct his own standalone movie. Studio chief Kevin Tsujihara confirmed the news Tuesday at CinemaCon. http://www.vulture.com/2016/04/ben-affleck-batman-standalone-movie.html

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Netflix Stock Pops After Key Analyst Says Studios Can’t ‘Starve’ the Streaming Service
“We do not believe studios will be able to starve Netflix of content at this point,” BTIG’s Rich Greenfield said in a note Wednesday. He added that studios are also under pressure as “bundling,” a practice that packages the desirable programming with the weak, continues to unravel. That makes it hard for studios to raise their licensing prices. Netflix has a $5 billion budget for content this year. To put that in context, HBO spent just shy of $2 billion on programming in 2014. http://www.thewrap.com/netflix-stock-pops-after-key-analyst-says-studios-cant-starve-the-streaming-service/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

‘CBS This Morning’ Exec Producer Tapped as Showrunner of ‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert’
“CBS This Morning” exec producer Chris Licht has been tapped to serve as showrunner of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” a move to strengthen the production team on CBS’ late-night franchise that has struggled at times to find its sea legs since Colbert took over the show last September. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/stephen-colbert-late-show-chris-licht-showrunner-1201752457/

CBS Sets Ryan Kadro At Top of ‘CBS This Morning’ In Showrunner Shift
Ryan Kadro, who has worked with “CBS This Morning” as a top producer since the current edition of the program was in development in 2011, will become executive producer of the show. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/cbs-this-morning-ryan-kadro-1201752471/

In $8.8 Billion Deal, CBS and Turner Add 8 More Years of March Madness
CBS and Turner have extended their rights deal that covers television and digital—including platforms that haven’t even been created yet—for March Madness through 2032, adding eight years to the current pact, which was to expire in 2024. http://www.adweek.com/news/television/88-billion-deal-cbs-and-turner-add-eight-more-years-march-madness-170768

TWDC NEWS:

(ratings) Disney Junior’s ‘The Lion Guard’ Hits Series Highs
Disney Junior’s “The Lion Guard” continues to roar, hitting series highs in its most recent full-week viewing numbers. The first-year original series, a revival of the Disney animated classic “The Lion King,” averaged a best-yet 2.6 million viewers and 1.5 million kids 2-11 (3.8 rating) for its March 25 episode, according to Nielsen’s “live plus-7”. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/ratings-disney-junior-the-lion-guard-series-highs-1201751788/

‘Star Wars’ Original Trilogy Returning to Theaters
Alamo Drafthouse is bringing the first three “Star Wars” movies to more than 20 cities in August with its “Return of the Trilogy” roadshow program. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/star-wars-trilogy-showings-theaters-1201752139/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Disney Junior Promotes Joe D’Ambrosia to Senior VP Original Programming
He will continue to oversee production and creative development of series including ‘Sofia the First’ and the upcoming ‘Elena of Avalor.http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/disney-junior-promotes-joe-dambrosia-882731

51 Minds Ups Head Of Development Chris Kinsella To SVP Amid Promotions & Hires
Endemol Shine-owned unscripted production company 51 Minds Entertainmenthas made several promotions — including two in the development department — and new hires. Head of development Chris Kinsellahas been upped to SVP and Jessica Bofshever to VP of Development. http://deadline.com/2016/04/51-minds-promotes-expands-executive-team-chris-kinsella-svp-1201736253/

AWARDS NEWS:

Peabody Awards to Honor David Letterman, ‘The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,’ Names Finalists
A total of 60 finalists for a selection of 30 honorees were unveiled Tuesday as the awards ceremony takes a new approach to this year’s show. Scripted finalists: Beasts of No Nation (Netflix); Black-ish (ABC); Book of Negroes (BET Networks); Catastrophe (Amazon Video); Deutschland 83 (SundanceTV); Fargo Installment 2 (FX Networks); Fresh Off the Boat (ABC); Gravity Falls (Disney XD); Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Netflix); Master of None (Netflix); Mr. Robot (USA Network); The Leftovers (Season 2) (HBO); Transparent (Amazon Video); Unreal (Lifetime); Veep (Season 4) (HBO); Wolf Hall (PBS). http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/peabody-awards-2016-finalists-882973

Ryan Murphy to Receive Inaugural Award From Film in California
The ‘American Horror Story’ creator will be honored for his commitment to filming in California. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/ryan-murphy-receive-inaugural-award-882681

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Vulture: What HBO’s Vinyl Shake-up Tells Us About the Network’s Drama Problem
HBO finds itself in the middle of a years-long creative recession when it comes to dramas. Fact is, HBO hasn’t come up with an undeniable drama hit since GoT bowed in 2011. http://www.vulture.com/2016/04/hbo-vinyl-drama-problem.html

THR: TV Research Execs Say Netflix Ratings Transparency Is Inevitable
Hyping multiplatform data, FX also announces that an average 12.6 million have been watching ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-research-execs-say-netflix-883073

THR: After Prominent Casting Director Is Dismissed, Dueling Petitions Circulate in Hollywood
Petition urging DA’s office to take action yields 36 times more signatures than one to reinstate casting director Scott David. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/prominent-casting-director-is-dismissed-883302

NYT: Hollywood Discovers That It May Be Missing Out on Date Night
The report, which was released on Tuesday, showed that per capita attendance among people age 18 to 24, a group that made up Hollywood’s strongest audience as recently as 2012, fell to its lowest level in five years. Furthermore, the plummet occurred even as per capita attendance by teenagers and adults 25 to 39 increased. The clear message: Date night moviegoing is in a slump. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/13/business/media/hollywood-discoversthatit-may-be-missing-out-on-date-night.html

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