The Morning Update for Thursday, May 26, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, May 26, 2016:


‘Mirror’s Edge’ Video Game To Be Adapted As TV Series By Endemol Shine Studios
Endemol Shine Studios, the scripted division of Endemol Shine North America, has acquired the action-adventure video game property Mirror’s Edge to adapt for television as a female-centered action series. Mirror’s Edge is set in a quasi-futuristic dystopian society in which a network of “runners” act as couriers to transmit messages while evading government surveillance.

‘Mr. Mercedes’ Series, Starring Brendan Gleeson, Anton Yelchin, Lands at Audience Network
AT&T’s Audience Network has handed out a 10-episode straight-to-series order for David E. Kelley’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes. Brendan Gleeson and Anton Yelchin have been tapped to star in the project produced by Sonar Entertainment. Mr. Mercedes centers on a demented killer who taunts a retired police detective with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he can strike again. Kelley and Jack Bender will executive produce the series, with the former set to write the first episode and serve as showrunner.

‘The Americans’ Renewed for Last Two Seasons, FX Show to End in 2018
FX has renewed “The Americans” for a final two seasons. A 13-episode seventh season will air in 2017. The eighth and last season will consist of 10 episodes and air in 2018. Series creators Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields have also signed a new overall deal with FX Productions to develop their next series.

CBS Re-Piloting Comedy ‘Superior Donuts’ with Midseason Plans
CBS is giving another go at “Superior Donuts.” The network is officially re-piloting the comedy, which is based on the play of the same name. “Superior Donuts” is expected to shoot again this summer, eyeing a potential midseason debut. Rising star Jermaine Fowler leads the multi-camera sitcom and also serves as an exec producer.

‘NCIS’ Showrunner Gary Glasberg Inks New Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios
Gary Glasberg, executive producer/showrunner ofNCIS and creator/executive producer of NCIS: New Orleans, has signed a three-year overall deal extension with CBS Television Studios.

CBS’ ‘Limitless’ Officially Canceled
Showrunner Craig Sweeny noted that the reboot of the feature film will "not continue on any platform."

(sched) Starz Moves ‘Power,’ ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ to Sundays This Summer
Premium cabler Starz, which has aired most of its scripted originals on Saturday, is making a move to Sunday nights this summer.


‘Sense8’ Casts Ben Cole; Alexander DiPersia Joins ‘Good Girls Revolt’
Ben Cole (Demolition) has joined the Season 2 cast of the Wachowski siblings’ Netflix drama series Sense8. Alexander DiPersia has booked a recurring role on Amazon’s ensemble drama series Good Girls Revolt.

Chicago P.D.: Brian Geraghty Not Returning for Season 4
Brian Geraghty, who began walking the beat in the NBC drama’s second season, will not return as a series regular for Season 4.


(sched) ‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 3 Premiere Date Set by Netflix
The animated comedy will return Friday, July 22. Season 3 will consist of 12 new episodes.

I’d Watch That Crowd-Sourced Ratings Site Lands First TV Deal
Is the wisdom of crowds better than TV network execs at picking hits? That’s the premise of I’d Watch That, a website from startup venture Big Picture that lets viewers rate teasers for potential TV shows to determine if there’s a viable audience — a concept that will now be put to the test, after the company has signed its first development deal for a project submitted through the site. The show, “Metro,” was created by writer-director PJ Posner and placed into development by 3311 Productions. The proposed 1960s-era drama tells the story of Metropolitan Magazine – a fictionalized version of Cosmopolitan — through the eyes of four women who worked there, exploring “their lives, their loves, their sexual awakening.”

Atlantic: Is Vine Dying?
Vine engagements are at an all-time low,” said Sarah Ware, the CEO of Markerly, an advertising firm that focuses on blogs and social media campaigns. Markerly recently analyzed nearly 10,000 of the Vine users with the most followers—15,000 followers or more—and found the majority of them haven’t posted since last year. Their analysis, Ware says, represents a “mass exodus” of Vine’s most influential group of users.


Bravo Developing 7 New Series, Including Game Show & New Andy Cohen Project
Bravo is beefing up their development slate with seven new unscripted series, including a new Andy Cohen celebrity-filled project, “Look Who’s Hosting Live.” The new development slate also includes a show hosted by “Million Dollar Listing New York” star Ryan Serhant, a new real estate show and even a game show.

IFC Developing Unscripted Series Inspired By New York Magazine’s Vulture
IFCis developing a new unscripted series inspired by New York magazine’s entertainment site Vulture.The Vulture Show“will deliver smart, irreverent and ‘slightly off’” entertainment news covering TV, movies, music, art, books, theater and celebrities.

Spike TV Eyes First Game Show Series
Spike is fast-tracking a new hourlong original game show where parents and their adult children compete to win a large cash prize while learning cringe-worthy truths about their next of kin.

Joel McHale, Alec Baldwin to Guest Host ‘Live With Kelly’
Joel McHaleand Alec Baldwinwill take turns as guest co-hosts on “Live With Kelly” the first week of June. Radio personality Ryan Seacrestand comedian D.L. Hughley are also slated to host the syndicated daytime show alongside Kelly Ripa.

Erin Andrews and JJ Watt Set as Emcees of CMT Music Awards
NFL superstar J.J. Watt will tackle the hosting duties at this year’s CMT Country Music Awards alongside Fox Sports broadcaster and “Dancing With the Stars” host Erin Andrews, who presented last year’s show. The big event airs live on CMT on June 8 at 8 p.m. ET. from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.


‘Peaky Blinders’ Renewed For 4th & 5th Seasons Amid Host Of BBC Drama Orders
The Shelby clan is set to return for two more seasons with Peaky Blindersreceiving a double order from BBC Two. There’s currently no word on Netflix’s role in Seasons 4 and 5, although it wouldn’t be surprising to see it follow suit on picking up the popular drama.


Disney’s Bob Iger Blasts Bernie Sanders on Private Facebook Post: ‘What Have You Contributed to the US Economy?’
Disney CEO Bob Iger erupted in frustration against Bernie Sanders’ attacks on Disney’s low wages and Iger’s sky-high salary, asking in a private Facebook post obtained by TheWrap: “How many jobs have you created?”

Netflix’s big exclusivity deal for Disney’s latest movies starts in September
The blockbuster deal that Netflix and Disney reached all the way back in 2012 will soon take effect. Beginning in September, Netflix will be allowed to stream all Disney films — including Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm titles — in the same window that they’d typically be made available to HBO, Starz, and other paid TV networks. All Disney films released theatrically in 2016 and beyond are included in the agreement, for which Netflix is reportedly paying hundreds of millions per year.


20th Century Fox Promotes Chelsey Summey to VP, Corporate Communications
The former executive director joined the studio in 2012 after a stint at Paramount.

Shawn Dunn Boards Original Force As CTO; Pamela Wolfe Named HR Executive VP At Starz
Shawn Dunn, formerly an executive at Weta Digital, has joined Original Force, LTD as the company’s new Chief Technology Officer. Pamela Wolfe has been named Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Starz.

ITV Studios America Taps Michael Azzolino As EVP Creative Affairs
Former Jerry Bruckheimer TV SVP Michael Azzolinois moving to ITV Studios Americaas EVP Creative Affairs. Based in Los Angeles, Azzolino will oversee development and current operations for the growing roster of scripted television programming produced by ITV Studios in the U.S. market.

ABC’s Dungey Tapped as UCLA School of Theater, Film and TV Keynote Speaker
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey will give the 2016 commencement speech for the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. The ceremony will be held June 10 at UCLA’s Royce Hall from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dungey graduated magna cum laude from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.


Wrap: Will the Amount of Original TV Content Ever Stop Growing?
Looking ahead, consensus estimates indicate that the development and production of original content will continue to expand. Overall spend on original content is expected to increase 15 percent per year from 2014 through 2017. Low-end cable networks and premium networks will increase their spend the most, growing it by 32 percent and 25 percent, respectively. By the end of 2017, high-end, low-end and premium cable networks are all expected to spend more on original content than broadcast networks do.

Variety: USA, Syfy Lay Off Employees in Reorganization
NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s Entertainment Networks group has laid off 25 employees, part of the reorganization that was initiated in February and saw USA and Syfy align operations under executive Chris McCumber. The layoff affects fewer than 10% of employees at USA and Syfy.

Deadline: Vice Media’s Latest Move As It Ramps Up TV Operations: Layoffs
Vice Media has laid off about 15 staffers in New York and Los Angeles – as well as its entire UK editorial team, and its only two foreign correspondents.

Variety: AT&T Bids for Yahoo, Countering Verizon Offer
AT&T has submitted an offer to acquire Yahoo’s Internet business, after initially staying on the sidelines. Verizon has been widely considered by Wall Street as the leading candidate to acquire Yahoo.

Financial Times: Apple had preliminary discussions about buying Time Warner last year as spending on original content set to increase
A top Apple executive raised the prospect of the iPhone maker buying Time Warner at a meeting with the owner of HBO, CNN and Warner Brothers, according to three people who were briefed on it. Apple intends to ramp up its spending on original content to “several hundred million dollars a year”, according to people familiar with the matter. It has also not ruled out acquiring a media company, a person close to Apple told the Financial Times.

Boing Boing: More single adults living with parents than on their own for first time since 1880s
A new Pew Research report finds that the number of single adults still living with their parents is at historically high levels — in the US, the number of singles still at home outnumber the cohort of those living out of the house, something last seen in the 1880s.