The Morning Update for Monday, May 2, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, May 2, 2016:


(from Fri) John Krasinski to Star in Amazon’s ‘Jack Ryan’ TV Series
John Krasinski has landed the coveted role in Amazon’s TV series from Carlton Cuse, based on Tom Clancy’s famed CIA character. Cuse and “Lost” alum Graham Roland are shepherding the Jack Ryan adaptation. Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, Paramount TV and Skydance TV are producing.

(from Fri) Hulu Orders ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Series Starring Elisabeth Moss from MGM TV
Hulu announced a straight-to-series order for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a drama from MGM Television starring Elisabeth Moss. The series, based on the 1985 bestselling novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, will debut its first season on Hulu in 2017. Moss will play Offred, a one of the caste of Handmaids who are forced into sexual servitude by the male-dominated Gilead totalitarian regime as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. The show will be created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller with Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears and Warren Littlefield serving as executive producers.

(from Fri) ‘Wheel of Time’ TV Series Moving Forward, Author’s Widow Says
It looks like “The Wheel of Time” TV adaptation is finally moving forward.

Harriet McDougal, the widow of the novel series’ author Robert Jordan, has announced that a “major studio” will be bringing the project to the small screen. “The Wheel of Time” is a series of 14 novels that follows the quest to locate the Dragon Reborn who will help unite the forces of good to stop the rise of The Dark One.

(from Fri) Netflix Renews Ashton Kutcher’s ‘The Ranch’ for Season 2
Netflix has renewed “The Ranch” for a second season.

(from Fri) USA Passes on ‘Poor Richard’s Almanack’ Pilot, Will Redevelop ‘Brooklyn Animal Control’
USA network will not pick up “Poor Richard’s Almanac” to series. The pilot, from Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions, was ordered by USA in July. Exec produced by Jim Danger Gray with director Miguel Sapochnik serving as a consulting producer, it tells the story of a group of heroes who emerge as the United States’ “new founding fathers” as the country teeters on the verge of collapse. The studios will now begin shopping the pilot elsewhere. “Brooklyn Animal Control,” another hour-long pilot ordered in July, will be redeveloped by the network with UCP and executive producer JT Petty. The pilot takes place in the world of a secretive New York Police Department unit that deals with werewolves.

(from Fri) ‘Son of Zorn’ Co-Creator Exits Fox Comedy Over Creative Differences
Eli Jorne has exited Fox’s upcoming comedy “Son of Zorn.” The live-action and animated hybrid series landed a straight-to-series order for the 2016-17 season, after being developed off-cycle.

(review) Variety: ‘Houdini and Doyle’
Unlike Mulder and Scully, or, for that matter, the title character and Dr. Wilson on “House” — which “Houdini and Doyle” executive producer David Shore created — this unlikely duo doesn’t have the kind of chemistry that can carry them past some palpable rough spots. The explanation is simple enough: Though parts of the show are tricked up enough to have potential, “Houdini and Doyle” lacks magic.


Mark Gordon to Produce ‘Fellini Black and White’
Mark Gordon will finance and produce “Fellini Black and White,” a drama that imagines Italian film icon Federico Fellini’s 1957 visit to Los Angeles. The project had been in development with the late Henry Bromell attached to direct from his own script before Bromell died in 2013.

Disney, Paramount and Warners Flunk GLAAD’s LGBT Report Card
When it comes to portraying LGBT people on screen, the Hollywood studios are falling behind the rest of the media, with three of the studios — Disney, Paramount and Warner Bros. — all receiving failing grades, accord to GLAAD, the LGBT advocacy group, which released its annual studio report card today. The group’s fourth annual Studio Responsibility Index found that of 126 releases from the major studios, only 22 of them, or 17.5 percent, included LGBT characters. That percentage was exactly the same as the percentage recorded in 2014.


WSJ: Hulu hopes to launch an online TV service that streams popular broadcast and cable TV channels in Q1 2017
Hulu is developing a subscription service that would stream feeds of popular broadcast and cable TV channels, people familiar with the plans said, a move that would make the company a competitor to traditional pay-TV providers and other new digital entrants. Disney’s ABC, ESPN and Disney Channel are expected to be available on the service along with the Fox broadcast network, Fox News, FX and Fox’s national and regional sports channels. Hulu hasn’t set a price for its planned service but media analyst Todd Juenger estimated that it would likely cost around $40 a month.

You’ll be able to watch Olympics highlights on Snapchat
Snapchat will host highlights from the 2016 Summer Games for two weeks. The highlights will appear in the "live stories" feed and will include a mix of content licensed from NBC and snaps from athletes and fans. The Snapchat deal marks the first time NBC has allowed Olympics highlights to be broadcast anywhere but on NBC-owned properties.

Why YouTube Star Hannah Hart Is Remaking a 1970s Cult Superhero Series
Sid and Marty Krofft’s 1976 cult superhero series, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, is getting an update from the most unlikely of places: YouTube stars. The film will be released on all major digital platforms through Legendary Digital. A 12-episode serialized version will play on Fullscreen’s subscription service.

After 11 Years in Digital Video, YouTube Wants to Take on TV-Sized Budgets
EMarketer expects digital advertising to surpass TV spend for the first time next year, accounting for $77.4 billion—or 38 percent of spend—compared to TV’s predicted $72 billion (36 percent). On the surface, YouTube’s strategy is intentionally simple for brands chasing millennial cord-cutters. It promises to reach more 18- to 49-year-olds than any TV network on mobile alone.


WWE’s Paul Heyman Pins Down New Reality Show
Left/Right Productions is tag teaming with the legendary squared-circle personality for an unscripted series. The show will feature what one person at the company called Heyman’s “ingeniously dysfunctional” approach to advertising and marketing.


Magic Kingdom wedding available for first time ever
The dream of exchanging vows inside the Magic Kingdom is now available as one of the “wishes collection” offered by Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings. Premiere locations, like inside the Magic Kingdom, will start at $75,000 and go up from there. The new East Plaza Gardens location is the first time guests have been able to get married in front of the castle. You can also include a grand entrance aboard Cinderella’s glass coach or horse-drawn carriage along with any number of reception areas across Walt Disney World.


Veteran Disney Theatrical Exec Exits for Independent Producing
David Schrader, the longtime executive at Disney Theatrical Productions, will depart his current position as the company’s exec vice president/managing director next month to strike out on his own as an independent stage producer.

The Orchard Promotes Paul Davidson To Exec VP
Distribution company The Orchardhas just promoted Paul Davidsonto Exec VP Film and TV, reporting to CEO Brad Navin.


Daytime Emmy Winners: Complete List
Just as they are preparing to split up, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on Sunday won their second consecutive Daytime Emmy Award for entertainment talk show hosts for their syndicated chat show “Live with Kelly and Michael.” ABC’s “General Hospital” won the top prize for daytime drama series, and it also won for daytime drama directing.


Indiewire: The Lexa Pledge Gains Traction, Urging TV Writers To Be More Considerate When Killing LGBT Characters
As a result of fiery reactions from rightfully disappointed fans, a group of women from the Canadian show "Saving Hope" have banded together to create the Lexa Pledge, a written promise to treat LGBTQ characters with respect, named for a lesbian character on the CW’s "The 100," who met an untimely end. …Now a total of fifteen signatures on the Lexa Pledge, including "The Catch" executive producer Sherry White and "Rookie Blue" creator Ellen Vanstone

Wrap: After $3.8 Billion DreamWorks Animation Deal, Does Hollywood Consolidation Continue?
The question is: is the consolidation going to continue? The short answer is Yes. Viacom is aggressively hunting for an investor in Paramount Pictures while Lionsgate is years into its pursuit of a sale. DreamWorks’ top-shelf price tag means Hollywood’s winnowed field of studios look like even an better investment. That means they may not stay independent for long.

Deadline: Sony Second Studio To Reach Settlement In Animation Anti-Poaching Suit
First Fox’s Blue Sky Studios reached a multi-million dollar settlement and now tellingly Sony has come to an 8-figure deal to exit the on-going potential class action suit against itself, DreamWorks Animation, Pixar, LucasFilm, Disneyand the now shuttered Imagemovers Digital over wage-fixing and anti-poaching allegations.