The Morning Update for Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, July 13, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Marvel ‘X-Men’ Series from Matt Nix, Bryan Singer Lands Put Pilot Commitment at Fox
Fox has made a put pilot commitment for a new “X-Men” action-adventure series, hailing from writer Matt Nix. The untitled series will focus on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television will co-produce the series with 20th handling physical production. Nix will serve as exec producer with Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, plus Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/marvel-fox-series-matt-nix-pilot-commmitment-1201812851/

Emmy-Winning Filmmaker Lands Rights To Irving Berlin Story; Prepping For TV Series
Emmy winner Max Lewkowicz and his New York-based Dog Green Productionshave acquired the rights to legendary songwriter Irving Berlin’s life and music to develop a scripted TV series. Lewkowicz, Dog Green’s Valerie Thomas, and Elena Berger Melman will produce the series, which is not attached to a network. The hourlong series, tentatively titled Irving, is being developed with an eye toward pilot production in 2018. http://deadline.com/2016/07/irving-berlin-story-tv-series-rights-1201785475/

‘Notorious’ Producer Jennifer Cecil Inks Overall Deal With Sony TV
Notorious executive producer Jennifer Cecilhas signed a two-year overall deal with Sony TV, the studio behind the ABC drama series. Under the pact, she will continue working on Notorious and develop new projects. http://deadline.com/2016/07/notorious-producer-jennifer-cecil-overall-deal-sony-tv-1201785447/

(review) Variety: ‘Stranger Things’
“Stranger Things” is the kind of genre entertainment that doesn’t forget the second word of that phrase, but it is primarily interested in watching believably flawed people wrestle with the idea that some things are unknowable, and that having “answers” doesn’t necessarily prevent the arrival of pain and confusion. http://variety.com/2016/tv/reviews/stranger-things-review-winona-ryder-netflix-matthew-modine-1201808737/

(review) Variety: ‘The A Word’
“The A Word” is guilty of some sloppy plotting and an over-investment in maudlin plots better left to more masterful chroniclers of the charms of small-town life. But at its core, there is a fascinating and unique story of one child’s difficult-to-understand world, and his parents who are being dragged into compassion, kicking and screaming all the way. http://variety.com/2016/tv/reviews/the-a-word-review-sundancetv-bbc-autism-1201812875/

CASTING NEWS:

‘Quantico’ Casts Pearl Thusi As New Series Regular For Season 2
South African actress Pearl Thusiis set to play a new series regular on Season 2 of ABCdrama series Quantico.http://deadline.com/2016/07/quantico-cast-pearl-thusi-series-regular-1201785594/

‘Vikings’ Star Alyssa Sutherland Boards Spike’s ‘The Mist’
The actress joins ‘American Horror Story’ grad Frances Conroy, who will topline the Stephen King adaptation. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/alyssa-sutherland-joins-mist-910429

‘Supergirl’ Adds ‘Cougar Town’ Alum in Recurring Role
“Supergirl” is getting a new boss. “Cougar Town” alum Ian Gomezhas joined the second season of the CW superhero drama in a recurring capacity. http://www.thewrap.com/supergirl-adds-cougar-town-alum-in-recurring-role/

FEATURE NEWS:

Zack Snyder, Geoff Johns and Allan Heinberg Wrote The ‘Wonder Woman’ Movie
A new press release from Warner Bros reveals some surprising new names as the credited screenwriters for the DC Comics adaptation: Zack Snyder, Geoff Johns and Allan Heinberg. http://www.slashfilm.com/wonder-woman-screenwriters/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

ABC Relaunches Free Streaming Service With 7 Short-Form Originals, Full Seasons of 38 Older Shows
ABC is relaunching its video-streaming service with seven original digital short-form series, including shows starring Ty Burrell and Iliza Shlesinger, plus full seasons of 38 older shows — all available on the free, ad-supported service. “We hope this will be an opportunity for our existing talent to flex their creative muscles, and also an opportunity for audiences to discover and champion new emerging content creators,” Samie Falvey, executive VP of comedy and international scripted development, ABC Entertainment, said in a statement. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/abc-free-streaming-app-7-abcd-originals-1201813330/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Apple’s First TV Show, ‘Planet of the Apps,’ Will Feature 100 Developers in Competition Series
Apple’s original reality-competition TV show about app developers — “Planet of the Apps,” which is more like a huge branded-content project — has opened a call for entries to find 100 aspiring tech entrepreneurs to be featured in the series. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/apple-planet-of-the-apps-tv-show-developers-1201813365/

CMT Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Kellie Pickler’ & ‘Cowboys Cheerleaders’, Renews ‘Broken Skull Challenge’
CMTtoday announced premiere dates for a pair of docuseries and renewed a competition show for athletes. Set to premiere August 25 are Season 2 ofI Love Kellie Picklerand Season 11 of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team, and the cable net announced a fourth-season pickup for Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge. http://deadline.com/2016/07/i-love-kellie-pickler-pickler-dallas-cowboys-cheerleaders-premiere-dates-broken-skull-challenge-renewed-1201785770/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Frank Spotnitz’ Big Light Productions Names Jamie Hall As COO
Frank SpotnitzLondon- and Paris-based Big Light Productionshas appointed TV exec Jamie Hallas Chief Operations Officer. http://deadline.com/2016/07/frank-spotnitz-big-light-productions-jamie-hall-named-coo-1201785797/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

THR: Filming on Location in Los Angeles Increases by 5.8 Percent
Overall television production posted a 1.4 percent increase during the second quarter. Among the three big TV subcategories, TV reality production slipped 8.6 percent (to 1,298 shooting days), TV comedy production slipped 16.8 percent (to 420 shooting days), and TV drama production increased 3.8 percent (to 1,042 shooting days). http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/filming-location-los-angeles-2016-910212

HBR: Emerging Demographics Are the New Emerging Markets
A recent report by the McKinsey Global Institute, Urban World: The Global Consumers to Watch, has identified three key groups of urban consumers with the numbers and purchasing power to shape the consumer landscape over the next 15 years. The first of these is the 60-plus age group in the United States, Western Europe, and Northeast Asia. The second group is China’s working-age consumers age 15–59. Third is North America’s working-age consumers. https://hbr.org/2016/07/emerging-demographics-are-the-new-emerging-markets

Vox: Pokémon Go was destined to go viral. These charts explain why.
This was back in 1996, when the first Pokémon game was released on Game Boy. So surely young Pokémon trainers like me grew out of the phase and started doing adult things. For some, that was the case — but others kept playing. In fact, Nintendo has something called the "same generation hypothesis," which says that certain audiences stick with their childhood games even after they’ve grown out of the perceived target audience. Pokémon was one of those games, and Nintendo saw it in the data. http://www.vox.com/2016/7/11/12150538/pokemon-go-app-popular-adults

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