The Morning Update for Thursday, July 28, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, July 28, 2016:


‘The Last Tycoon’ Ordered to Series at Amazon
Matt Bomer and Kelsey Grammer star in the drama from Sony Pictures TV and TriStar TV. The series revolves around Monroe Stahr (Bomer), Hollywood’s first high-profile studio executive in the 1930s as he climbs to the height of power pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio, the brawny, imposing, charming and vain Pat Brady (Grammer). Billy Ray serves as showrunner alongside Chris Keyser.

Starz to Adapt British Comedy ‘Peep Show’ for US
Starz plans to adapt the hit half-hour British sitcom “Peep Show” for U.S. audiences. Shot entirely from the first-person point of view of its two main characters, the series centers on two dysfunctional friends who share their lives while trying to adjust to the professional world. Series creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong will be consulting producers on the stateside version.

Ballers Renewed for Season 3 at HBO
Two episodes into Season 2, the premium cabler has re-upped its sports comedy for a third go-around, star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced Thursday via Instagram.

Chelsea Handler’s Netflix Talk Show, ‘Lady Dynamite’ Score Second Seasons
The streaming service also doled out a second season order for Rob Schneider’s comedy series, ‘Real Rob.’

Pop to Air Australian Horror Series ‘Wolf Creek’
The psychological thriller will premiere on the U.S. television network on Oct. 14.


John Malkovich to Star in Marijuana Drama Series
John Malkovich has been tapped to star in Humboldt, a drama series inspired by Emily Brady’s best-selling book Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier. Written on spec by Michael A. Lerner, the project is set up at Sony Pictures Television and Anonymous Content and will be taken out to premium cable networks and streaming services. The book revolves around the Northern California community that for nearly 40 years has existed primarily on the cultivation and sale of marijuana.

‘American Housewife’: Meg Donnelly Added To New ABC Comedy In Recasting
Meg Donnelly (Netflix’s Teen Toon) is set for a series regular role in ABC‘s new family comedy series, American Housewife. Donnelly will play Taylor, the eldest of the three Otto children who was an awkward homely dork up until about three months ago when she suddenly got beautiful and is embarking on a new stage in her life. Donnelly replaces Johnny Sequoyah who was originally cast in the pilot.

CBS’ ‘MacGyver’ Adds Tristin MaysShe’ll play a highly unpredictable computer hacker with a chip on her shoulder.

Laura Linney to Star in Netflix’s Jason Bateman Drama ‘Ozark’
Laura Linney has been tapped to star opposite Jason Bateman in the Netflix drama Ozark. From MRC and star/executive producer Bateman’s Aggregate Films, Ozark is set in the world of drug-money laundering and takes its name from the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Grounded in dark reality, the money-centric present-day story revolves around financial planner Marty (Bateman) and Wendy Bird (Linney) and their family’s sudden relocation from the suburbs of Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozarks. Rather than the familiar skyscrapers and trading floors, Ozark explores capitalism, family dynamics and survival through the eyes of (anything but) ordinary Americans.

‘Snowfall’: John Singleton FX Pilot Adds Four To Cast
Carter Hudson, Angela Lewis (Top Five), Juan Javier Cardenas, and Filipe Valle Costa have been cast as series regulars in FX’s Snowfall, John Singleton’s 1980s cocaine-epidemic drama pilot.


‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot Nabs Playwright David Auburn to Adapt
The Pulitzer Prize winner behind ‘Proof’ will tackle the Elizabeth Banks-helmed film for Sony in an effort to create richer characters.


(sched) ‘Gilmore Girls’ Netflix Revival Gets Premiere Date, First Promo
The four-part event, ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,’ will launch on November 25th on the streaming giant.

(sched) One Day at a Time Reboot Gets Premiere Date at Netflix
Premiering Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, the new series follows a Cuban-American family led by a recently separated, former military mom as she navigates a new single life while raising her radical teenaged daughter and ‘tween son, with the “help” of her old-school, Cuban-born mom and a friends-without-benefits building manager named Schneider.

Legendary Pictures Is Adapting Life Is Strange
Life Is Strangeis more about individual decisions and character development than action, which is probably why Legendary Pictures has picked up the rights to adapt the video gameas a digital series. The game follows Max Caulfield, an aspiring photographer who discovers she has time-travel powers, as she uses these powers to prevent her friend from getting murdered.


Spike TV Orders Late Night Talk Show Pilot from ‘Bar Rescue’ Host
The Viacom-owned cabler has greenlit a pilot for an untitled late night talk show, hosted by “Bar Rescue’s” Jon Taffer. While details on the talk show are scarce, Taffer will serve as an exec producer on the potential series, in addition to appearing on camera.

(rumor) Vulture: Is CBS Getting Ready to Launch a Streaming Season of Big Brother?
Reality Blurred reports that the eye network is readying a new season of the show that would premiere as early as mid-September, almost immediately after the current cycle of the series wraps. Dehnart speculates that CBS is planning to put the new Brother on another CBS-owned outlet, either cable channel Pop or subscription-streaming service CBS All Access. Assuming this extra season happens, All Access would be the natural home for it since the network already has thousands of viewers who watch Big Brother live feeds via that platform.

Ice Cube and VH1 Are Making a Hip-Hop Version of Hollywood Squares, Creatively Named Hip Hop Squares
Ice Cube is teaming up with VH1 to reboot the classic game show Hollywood Squares as Hip Hop Squares. The network has reportedly ordered at least 20 episodes of the series, which will quiz big names in hip-hop, comedy, and entertainment on various kinds of pop culture trivia.


CW Promotes Paul Hewitt to Exec VP Communications
He has been with the younger-skewing network since its formation in 2006.

Geoff Johns Is Now President As Well As Chief Creative Officer Of DC Entertainment
Geoff Johns
is now President & Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment. Diane Nelson is still President of DC Entertainment, and Geoff still reports to Diane.

Ted Sarandos on Netflix Programming Budget: "It’ll Go Up" From $6 Billion
Sarandos used his time at TCA to address the streaming giant’s ratings secrets, Peak TV challenges and what it takes for a Netflix show to be canceled after one season.

Netflix Boss Ted Sarandos Still Insists Ratings Have ‘No Relevance for Us’
Ted Sarandos, content chief of the streaming giant, told reporters Wednesday that despite two companies recently introducing ratings of shows such as “Orange Is the New Black,” Netflix is less than impressed. “The focus of ratings companies has no relevance for us,” Sarandos said. Nielsen and Symphony Media have recently began tabulating results for Netflix, which has attracted criticism within the TV industry for not providing measurements of its audience size. Sarandos said that in the case of “OITNB,” Amazon and Symphony arrived at wildly different viewing totals for the show. “Both Nielsen and Symphony claim accuracy,” he said, implying that neither company has the right data.

Ellen Pompeo Reveals Hollywood Ageism Kept Her From Leaving ‘Grey’s Anatomy’“My decision to stay on ‘Grey’s’ was based solely on age,” Pompeo said in a recent interview. “At 33, I was wise enough to know my clock was already ticking in Hollywood.”


EW: Netflix: Why we didn’t rescue Agent CarterWe asked Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos what about the series did not work for his company. “We’re looking for truly original brands to own,” he says, “and in that Marvel space we already have [original comic book shows] – so that was mostly why.” Netflix also tries to own and distribute its titles worldwide, releasing seasons globally and simultaneously, and the structure of Marvel’s existing international deals for Agent Carter made that tricky.

Wrap: ‘GMA’ Makes Shonda Rhimes ‘Spit Out’ Her Coffee After Erroneous ‘Scandal’ Report
“Good Morning America” apparently made Shonda Rhimes“spit out” her coffee Wednesday morning. “GMA” correspondent Lara Spencer misquoted the Shondaland creator, and said the upcoming season of “Scandal” would be the ABC drama’s last. Rhimes immediately hopped on Twitter to set the record straight. “Whoa, GMA: I never said this was the final season of #scandal,” she tweeted. “Way to make me spit out my coffee!” Spencer avoided a scandal of her own and apologized for her mistake a little later on air during the morning show.

Variety: How TV Tuned in More Upfront Ad Dollars: Soap, Toothpaste and Pushy Tactics
Madison Avenue is flirting with TV more seriously than it has in years, but behind the winks and kisses are signs of a relationship that continues to fray. The nation’s five big English-language broadcast networks secured between $8.41 billion and $9.25 billion in advance ad commitments for primetime as part of the annual “upfront” market, according to Variety estimates. It’s the first time in three years they’ve managed to break the $9 billion mark. The upfront finish is a clear signal that Madison Avenue is putting more faith in TV even as digital-video options abound.