The Morning Update for Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, May 11, 2016:


‘Pitch,’ ‘Exorcist,’ ‘Lethal Weapon,’ ‘Making History,’ ‘Mick,’ ‘APB’ Ordered to Series at Fox
Fox has handed out series orders to dramas Pitch, The Exorcist, Lethal Weapon and APB and comedies Making History and The Mick. All six projects had been among the network’s early frontrunners. All, save for Lethal Weapon, hail from studio sibling 20th Century Fox Television as the network looks to have an ownership stake in as much of its new series as possible.

Deadline: ‘Time After Time’ Among Pilots Making Tentative Writers Deals As Field Narrows
As the broadcast networks are preparing to make the bulk of their new series orders this week, there a handful of pilots that already are making “if-come” deals with writers that will come into effect in the event a pilot is picked to series. Among them is Kevin Williamson’s Time After Time, inspired by Karl Alexander’s 1979 novel. The time-travel drama has been gaining momentum at ABC, where it is considered a very strong contender, along with Conviction, which is also making if-come deals, Notorious and Marvel’s Most Wanted, with The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez also said to be prepping if-come orders and Shondaland’s Still Star-Crossed heating up.

Deadline: Fox Post-Pickups: Which Pilots Are Still Alive?
Of the rest, drama Recon, executive produced by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, has been left in consideration, possibly for midseason. There is also interest in revisiting the idea of Laura Steinel‘s workplace comedy (aka HR), possibly redeveloping it or doing another pilot.

(sched) You’re the Worst, The Strain Get Summer Return Dates at FX Networks
FXX comedy You’re the Worst will return for its 13-episode third season on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 10/9c. Also set for a late-summer launch is Season 3 of The Strain, which begins on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 10/9c.


Game of Thrones’ Michelle Fairley Joins Starz’ The White Princess
Michelle Fairleyis taking on the role of Margaret Beaufort in the Starz limited series The White Princess.The series is a follow up to 2013’sThe White Queenand will chronicle England’s War of the Roses from the perspectives of the women involved.

‘Longmire’: Dylan Walsh Cast As Recurring In Season 5
Unforgettable alum Dylan Walshhas booked a recurring role on Season 5 of Netflix’s Longmire.

Pretty Little Liars Casts The Flash’s Nicholas Gonzalez to Play Detective
Pretty Little Liars has just cast Nicholas Gonzalez as a detective.

Tom Sizemore Joins USA Series ‘Shooter’ As Recurring

Tom Sizemore(Saving Private Ryan) has signed on for a recurring role inShooter,USA Network‘s upcoming drama series from Paramount TV and Universal Cable Prods.

‘Narcos’ Casts Florencia Lozano; Chris Greene Heads To ‘Atlanta’
Florencia Lozano (One Life To Live) has booked a series regular role opposite Wagner Moura and Pedro Pascal in Season 2 of Netflix drama seriesNarcos.Chris Greene (The Birth of a Nation) has landed a role in FX comedy series Atlanta, created by and starring Donald Glover and directed by Hiro Murai.


Dwayne Johnson Launching New YouTube Channel With Studio71
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is muscling his way onto YouTube in a big new way. Seven Bucks Productions, co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, this summer will launch a new YouTube channel in partnership with Studio71. The new channel, Seven Bucks Digital Studios, will feature the Rock’s own videos as well as showcase his production shingle’s other projects along with other creators.


Disney Misses Estimates as Profits Dip at ABC, Consumer Unit
Walt Disney Co. posted second-quarter results that missed analysts’ estimates as earnings fell at the company’s ABC TV network and the strong dollar cut profit from "Star Wars" merchandise. At Disney’s TV networks, cable profit led by ESPN increased 12% to $2.02 billion on lower revenue. Broadcast profit fell 8% to $278 million because of higher programming and marketing costs. Profit at the film division grew 27% to $542 million, with revenue advancing 22%.

Disney Folds Infinity Console Video Game Business, Takes $147 Million Charge
Disney is getting out of the video game publishing business. The company disclosed Tuesday that it has scrapped its Infinity-branded console games business, resulting in a $147 million charge against its fiscal-second quarter earnings. The Infinity games venture bowed in August 2013 and was published by Disney Interactive Studios.

Bob Iger Says He Has No Current Plans to Continue as Disney CEO Beyond 2018
Disney CEO Bob Iger said he currently doesn’t have “any plans” to extend his contract beyond its June 2018 expiration date, despite the departure last month of his heir apparent. Iger made the comment Tuesday in response to a question during an earnings call with analysts.


Michael Lynton Names Philip Rowley as Sony Pictures CFO
Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lyntonhas named former AOL colleague Philip Rowley as the movie studio’s chief financial officer. Rowley, who held several high-ranking positions at AOL Europe including that of CEO, replaces David Hendler who will retire in June.

(q&a) Showrunner Roundtable: 12 A-List Writers Dish About Lesbian Weddings, Race and Why "Black People Don’t Get to Write for White People"
Q: What can’t you believe you got away with — or didn’t get away with — on your shows today?
RIDLEY: On ABC you can’t say "asshole," but you can say "ass" in any other combination of words. So we have this litany of ass fill-in-the-blanks: ass-can, ass-hat, ass- … anything.

BARRIS: There’s a famous picture from the Vietnam War of a little girl running who has just gotten her clothes napalmed off [that we wanted to use in
Black-ish’s police-brutality episode]. I think it won a Pulitzer Prize. To me that was an iconic symbol, and they were like, "That’s not allowed."


Univision to Launch ‘Story House’ Production Studio
Spanish-language broadcaster Univision is launching Univision Story House, a new unit that will produce original content for the company’s portfolio of networks as well as third parties. The studio will create content in both English and Spanish and will be part of the company’s recently announced Fusion Media Group.

Two Industry Assistants Team to Launch Private Membership Club Gatekeepers
Los Angeles is about to get another exclusive private membership club — but this one is for assistants only. Onetime industry assistants Michael Torbiak and Jess Zobler have teamed up to launch Gatekeepers, which aims to offer high-end access to brands, events and products to low-level staffers who often have the power of influence over their high-ranking bosses.