The Morning Update for Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, April 20, 2016:


Idris Elba, John Ridley Miniseries ‘Guerrilla’ Ordered at Showtime
Showtime has ordered “Guerrilla,” a limited series from “American Crime” creator John Ridley, starring Idris Elba. Ridley will write the bulk of the episodes and direct the first two. A love story set in one of the most explosive political times in U.K. history, the miniseries tells the story of a 1970s London couple who liberates a political prisoner and forms a radical underground cell. “Guerrilla” will be co-produced by Fifty Fathoms and ABC Signature, and will begin production in London late this summer.

Selena Gomez Autobiographical Drama In the Works At Lifetime With Kevin Spacey
Selena Gomez
is set to executive produce a scripted drama inspired by her own life experiences for Lifetime, which also is executive produced by Trigger Street’s Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti. Search is underway for a writer to pen the untitled Selena Gomez project, which draws from the young actress’ experience navigating a career in Hollywood as seen through the eyes of her friends who quickly become her most trusted inner circle. The project is among the highest-profile entries on the network’s development slate, which is being unveiled today in conjunction with Lifetime’s upfront presentation. It also features the Shakespeare-themed horror drama A Midsummer’s Nightmare.

A Midsummer’s Nightmare (working title), which was originally set up at Lifetime in late 2014, is an anthological concept where each season takes a classic Shakespearean tale and twists it into a modern-day horror-mystery. A Midsummer Night’s Dream inspires the first season as two young lovers escape their lives on a romantic getaway into the woods until their journey takes an unexpected twist when their friends arrive trying to lure them back home. Feature writer Anthony Jaswinski wrote the pilot script for the project, from A+E Studios and The Firm, with Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry executive producing.

Corey Nickerson Re-Ups ABC Studios Overall Deal, Upped To EP On ‘Black-Ish’
Black-ishco-executive producer Corey Nickersonhas extended her overall deal with ABC Studiosfor three more years, through 2019.

NBC’s ‘Aquarius’ to Launch Second Season With Two-Hour, Commercial-Free Episode
NBC will premiere the second season season of its Charles Manson-themed drama “Aquarius” with a two-hour, commercial-free episode. NBC said Tuesday that the Thursday, June 16 premiere of “Aquarius” will air from 9 to 11 p.m. with no breaks for commercials or network promos.

(sched) ABC summer 2016 schedule: ‘Uncle Buck’ and game shows, ‘Secrets and Lies’ to fall
Season 2 of the drama “Secrets and Lies” is being bumped into the 2016-17 season, with a fall launch now looking likely. It had tentatively been set for spring or summer, though no premiere date was ever announced. “Uncle Buck” will premiere in June and air back-to-back episodes on Tuesdays. “Mistresses” also returns for its fourth season. ABC is betting heavily on game shows, with new versions of “To Tell the Truth” and “The $100,000 Pyramid” joining returnees “Celebrity Family Feud” and “500 Questions.”


‘Fuller House’ Ups Lola Actress to Series Regular for Season 2
“Fuller House” is getting a bit more crowded. Ashley Liao, who plays Lola on the Netflix series, has been promoted to a series regular for season two.

One Day at a Time: Netflix Reboot Finds Its Schneider in Todd Grinnell
Todd Grinnell will co-star in Netflix’s 13-episode comedy as off-beat building superintendent Schneider, the only character from Normal Lear’s original series to appear in the reboot.


Snoop Dogg Roast Set by Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital
Cannabis-enabled rapper-actor Snoop Dogg will be the first celeb raked over the coals in the forthcoming “All Def Roast” special from Russell Simmon’s All Def Digital media company.

Netflix Considers Offline Viewing: It’s All About Conquering the World
Netflix is considering to let its subscribers download content for offline viewing, suggested CEO Reed Hastings during the company’s Q1 2016 earnings call Monday.

Amazon Video To Offer Subscriptions To NBCU Comedy Service Seeso
Here’s the latest sign of Amazon’s eagerness to make subscription streaming services a big part of its retail offerings. It just agreed to offer Amazon Prime customers the opportunity to use their accounts to buy Seeso, NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises’ $3.99 a month ad-free comedy service.


ITV Studios America Alum Rob Shaftel Launches Unscripted Production Company ‘Hit+Run’
Rob Shaftel, who most recently served as SVP of development at ITV Studios America, has launched his own production company, Hit+Run. The new shingle will specialize in unscripted content.


Acorn Media Boards ITV Thriller ‘The Level’ As North American Co-Producer
Acorn Media Enterprises, the development division for the Acorn brand of RLJ Entertainment, has partnered with Hillbilly Television and DRG on new ITVdrama, The Level. Written by Gaby Chiappe and Alex Perrin, The Level centers on Nancy Devlin (Karla Crome), a Detective Sergeant whose exemplary career masks a covert attachment to Frank Le Saux (Philip Glenister), a shady businessman and drug trafficker who is the father of her best friend (Laura Haddock).


Endemol Shine Names Rob Day EVP, Unscripted TV
Endemol Shine North America has named Rob Day executive vice president, head of unscripted production for the company’s unscripted division, Endemol Shine USA. The company also tapped Jesse Kerns as senior vice president, unscripted production and Kirk Anderson as vice president, unscripted production for the unit.

Shade VFX Taps David Van Dyke as President
David Van Dyke has been named president of Shade VFX. Shade’s credits include “The Wolverine,” “22 Jump Street,” “Chef,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and the Netflix shows “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones.”

Veteran Executive Michael Joe Joins STX Entertainment
Veteran business, finance and studio executive Michael Joe has joined STX Entertainment as chief operating officer of the motion picture group.


‘Real Sports,’ ‘This American Life’ Among Peabody Awards Winners
“This American Life’s” exploration of desegregation and HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryan Gumbel’s” investigation of the ivory trade are among the winners of the coveted Peabody Awards, which recognize excellence in television and radio. Other winners in the news, radio/podcast, web, and public service category include PBS News Hour’s “Desperate Journey,” BBC’s “European Migrant Crisis,” and NPR News’ “Secret Mustard Gas Experiments.”

Golden Globes tightens rules so dramas can’t slide into the comedy category
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has just revised its award consideration rules to say that "dramas with comedic overtones should be entered as dramas," Indiewire reports.


Mashable: ‘Empire’ is affecting the TV business in more ways than you realize
Advertisers have taken note of the show’s success and particularly the creative way the series has approached brand integration. No scene is more an example of this than one from earlier this season, where Jussie Smollett’s character Jamal had the chance to film a Pepsi commercial, the final product of which actually aired during an act in the show. They’re now hearing from "many, many big advertisers who are saying, ‘We want our Pepsi moment.’"

Variety: Los Angeles Location Production Surges 11.4% in First Quarter
Thanks to gains in films, TV and ad shoots, first-quarter location production in greater Los Angeles jumped 11.4% to 9,703 shoot days, according to the Film L.A. permiting agency. Gains were due in part to the impact of California’s increased state tax credit, which was boosted last year to $330 million annually from $100 million.

Verge: Apple said to be ‘disorganized’ in attempt to launch original TV series
Apple has been moving forward with plans to develop original video series, but its efforts have been "disorganized," according to industry sources. Apple has yet to present a totally coherent strategy for making and developing content to its partners, which could explain its slow movement into the space. The report suggests that Apple is taking two approaches to original video. First, it wants to create shorter series specifically for Apple Music. And second, Apple is moving in the direction of creating its own original TV shows the same way Netflix has. It’s reportedly hoping to find "several massive hits" at once.

Vulture: Kelly Ripa Didn’t Show up to Live! Today, Which Is Just Not How You Want to Start the Morning
Things are not great at Live! With Kelly and Michael today after Kelly Ripa declined to show up to this morning’s taping. Ana Gasteyer stepped in as co-host. The Live! host’s decision was allegedly not a response to Michael Strahan’s plan to join Good Morning America itself, but a response to the fact that Ripa was not told about his decision before it was announced to the public.