The Morning Update for Friday, April 15, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, April 15, 2016. Have a great weekend!


Amazon, Lionsgate TV Developing Series Based on Bob Dylan Songs
Amazon Studios and Lionsgate TV are developing a series based on Bob Dylan’s song catalog. The series will be written and directed by Josh Wakely, an Australian filmmaker who received permission from Dylan to use his songs for the development of a project based on the character found within them. Called Time Out of Mind after Dylan’s 1997 album, the project is being conceived as an hourlong drama.

‘Tales From the Crypt’ Anthology a Go at TNT With "Reinvented" Crypt Keeper
The 10-episode series hails from M. Night Shyamalan and will be part of a horror block as the Turner network also adds seasonal anthology pilot ‘Time of Death.’ Time of Death is described as a season-long horror tale that unfolds in real time, with each episode taking viewers hour-by-hour through a single "long night of hell." Season one will follow a murderous psychopath who returns to his Midwestern hometown during the annual county fair to exact revenge on a community he believes destroyed his life.

Stephen King’s ‘The Mist’ Ordered to Series at Spike
The 10-episode drama will begin production in the summer for a 2017 debut. Originally published in 1980, The Mist — based on Stephen King’s novella — centers on a seemingly innocuous mist that seeps into a small town and subsequently creates havoc. The drama hails from Dimension Television, with Christian Torpe (Denmark’s Rita) set as a writer and executive producer.

(upfronts) TV One Sets First Scripted Drama Series, Expands Primetime Schedule
TV One unveiled seven new series, including its first scripted drama as part of its 2016-2917 programming slate its upfront. Its first scripted drama series Sneaker Pawn centers on 17-year-old Chase Reed whose sneaker business turns him into the hottest mogul in New York City.

’12 Monkeys’ Showrunner Inks Overall Deal With Universal Cable Productions
Terry Matalas will create and develop new scripted programming for broadcast and cable networks.

‘Chicago Fire’ Creators Ink Overall Deal With Universal TV
Chicago Fire creators Michael Brandt and Derek Haas have signed a multiyear overall deal with Universal Television. Under the pact, Brandt and Haas will continue to executive produce Chicago Fire, as well as spinoffs Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med.

Starz Taps Tanya Saracho As ‘Pour Vida’ Showrunner
Starzhas tapped Mexican-born playwright and television writer Tanya Saracho(How To Get Away With Murder, Looking, Girl) as showrunner for Pour Vida, a series in development. Inspired by a short story by Richard Villegas Jr., Pour Vida follows twin sisters, Brook and Lyn Hernandez, who inherit an East LA building from their recently deceased mother. They open Pour Vida, a new wine and tapas bar, in a building in Boyle Heights which houses a failing lesbian bar below and a village-like collection of Eastside denizens in three units above.

Gay Rights Mini ‘When We Rise’ Adds Dee Rees, Tommy Schlamme
They’ll each direct two hours of the eight-hour ABC series from Dustin Lance Black and Gus Van Sant.

(sched) TV Land Sets Summer Premieres For ‘Jim Gaffigan Show’ & ‘Impastor’
TV Landhas booked premiere dates for a pair of sophomore comedies. The Jim Gaffigan Showwill bow at 10 PM on Father’s Day, June 19, and Impastorarrives the following Sunday, June 26, at 10:30 PM.


CBS Comedy Pilot ‘My Time/Your Time’ Casts Tone Bell As 2 Roles Are RetooledTruth Be Told star Tone Bellhas been cast opposite Nicholas Braun and Jane Levy in My Time/Your Time, CBShybrid comedy pilot from Hilary Winston and How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, which is currently filming. The late addition of Bell stems from a last-minute tweak the producers made, combining two supporting series regular characters in the original script into one new character.

Starz’s ‘American Gods’ Enlists Crispin Glover
‘Parenthood’ alum Jonathan Tucker has also joined the cast of the drama from Bryan Fuller and Neil Gaiman.

‘Suits’: Erik Palladino, Paul Schulze & Malcolm-Jamal Warner Join USA Network Drama Series
Erik Palladino (ER, 666 Park Avenue), Paul Schulze(Nurse Jackie) and Malcolm-Jamal Warner(American Crime: The People vs. OJ Simpson) have booked recurring roles on the upcoming sixth season of USA Network’s drama series Suits.

Ethan Suplee Joins Hulu’s Hugh Laurie Drama Series ‘Chance’
My Name Is Earl alum Ethan Supleehas booked a series regular role opposite Hugh Laurie in Hulu‘s drama seriesChance.

Joe Manganiello Drops Out of History Military Drama ‘Six’
The role will be recast on the series, which is being produced by The Weinstein Company. Manganiello had to pull out of the project due to a health issue, which sources say is a very manageable pre-existing condition.


Will Ferrell Pitch Lands at Universal in 7-Figure Deal
‘Neighbors’ writer Brendan O’Brien will pen the comedy about an escaped convict who teams up with an unlikely partner (Ferrell) to stop his girlfriend from getting married.


AwesomenessTV Horror Series ‘Freakish’ Headed to Hulu
Hulu has acquired exclusive streaming rights to Freakish, a horror series from teen-centric digital producer AwesomenessTV. Freakish will debut on Hulu later this year as a 10-episode series that centers on students at a small-town high school who must fight for survival after mutants take over following a meltdown at the local chemical plant. Freakish was created by Beth Szymkowski, who previously collaborated with AwesomenessTV on the series Runaways.

Instagram’s New Feature Hints at Its Video Marketing Potential for Brands
Instagram unveiled a new feature that recommends videos in its Explore section based on a user’s interests. Over the past year, the Facebook-owned app has slowly pumped more videos into news feeds and has also started curating clips around specific events like the Golden Globes and college football games. Featured video should help users discover more clips while increasing the amount of video uploaded to the app.

Next Up on ESPN? Drone Racing
ESPN said that it has signed a multi-year international deal with the International Drone Racing Association (IDRA), a global organization for first-person-view drone racing. Under the partnership ESPN 3 will live stream this year’s U.S. and worldwide National Drone Racing Championships.


Bravo revisits Washington wives
Bravo Media has renewed The Real Housewives of Potomac, the Washington DC-based spin-off in its popular The Real Housewives of… franchise for a second season.


Movistar Plus, Apaches Team on ‘Shame,’ Service’s First Comedy Series
Telco giant Telefonica’s Movistar Plus, Spain’s leading pay TV operator, has teamed with Enrique Lopez Lavigne and Belen Atienza’s Apaches to produce irreverent romantic TV comedy “Verguenza” (Shame). Spanish thesps Javier Gutierrez and Malena Alterio play a couple in permanent crisis, in which he’s a wedding photographer who feels he has a more artistic calling, and she, suffering an unstable job situation, fear she won’t achieve the dreams of youth.

Sky picks Content horror drama
UK digital terrestrial channel Pick has acquired US-Canadian horror drama Slasher from London-based distributor Content Television. The eight-part show will make its UK debut on Tuesday, May 10 in a 10pm slot. The anthology series follows a women who moves back to her home town, where her parents were murdered 1988, only for a new ‘executioner’ to begin killing residents for committing the seven deadly sins.


Disney Starts Work on Star Wars Land, Debuts First Glimpse
Disney officially broke ground Thursday at Disneyland on its “Star Wars”-themed attractions, which will also be installed at Hollywood Studios at Disney World.


‘Nashville’ Star Connie Britton: Tennessee Anti-LGBT Legislation Is "Un-American"
The actress says she won’t "feel comfortable" filming in the state if the legislation becomes law.

NBCUniversal TV Distribution Taps Betsy Bergman as Marketing Exec
NBCUniversal has named Betsy Bergman as senior VP of marketing and brand strategy for its TV distribution division.

(q&a) Brotherly Love: Ken Jeong and Randall Park Swap Stories as They Swap ShowsTV Insider: …In the late 2000s there did seem to finally be some effort in TV to start casting more diverse. Did you start to see any better roles?

Jeong: …On ABC you have two Asian-American family shows, which is historic.

Park: It’s amazing. It’s mind-blowing.

Jeong: Mind-blowing and it’s a testament to the network. It really is because of Fresh Off The Boat’s success I have my own show. I really give ABC so much props. Even while developing the show, what was so refreshing in the development process they never compared us. Not once. It was just judged on its own merit. I love that. To me, that’s a step forward in diversity even among Asian men.


Deadline: NBCU Will Use Non-Nielsen Data To Guarantee Audiences For Targeted Ads
Here’s the latest nail in the coffin of TV ad deals based solely on Nielsen measures of viewers’ age and sex. NBCUniversalsays today that it will offer “select advertisers” in this year’s upfront market guarantees that their spots will reach more narrowly targeted audiences. The new offering from NBCU’s Audience Targeting Platform, called ATP 2.0, will use data from multiple sources to measure its success, or failure, to fulfill its guarantees.

Deadline: PILOTS 2016: Very Early Buzz EditionT-minus 1 month until the start of the broadcast upfront week, we are launching Deadline’s annual Pilot Buzz feature. As usual, the first installment is very incomplete as many pilots are sill filming, and some have not even started production. We will be adding feedback on more pilots in the upcoming Pilot Buzz editions.