The Morning Update for Wednesday, August 3, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, August 3, 2016:


Sky, Amazon Team on Roman Invasion Drama ‘Britannia’
‘True Detective’ star Kelly Reilly will appear in the historical period drama about the Roman Empire’s AD43 invasion of Britain, penned by ‘Spectre’ scriptwriter Jez Butterworth.

Freeform Developing ‘Stuff’ Comedy Series From Darlene Hunt & Aaron Kaplan
Freeformhas put in developmentStuff, a single-camera comedy series from The C Word creator Darlene Huntand producer Aaron Kaplanof Kapital Entertainment. Sony Pictures TV is the studio. Written by Hunt, Stuff is about the family of women who own and run a consignment shop in Kentucky called Been There Wore That.

‘NCIS’ Producer Developing Live-Action Series About African Female Warriors
NCIS producer Charles F. Johnsonhas teamed with French producer-director-writer Joy Fleury and producer Karen Gordy to develop Amazons, a multi-episode live-action TV series about African female warriors. A network is not yet attached.

NBC Orders Pilot From Warren Leight and Paul Haggis, Developing ‘Waking Lions’ From Gideon Raff
NBC has ordered Warren Leight and Paul Haggis’ “Salvation” to pilot, and is developing the Gideon Raff drama “Waking Lions.”“Salvation” is a medical series being described by NBC as the “first real-time hospital ‘extreme event’ drama.” The story begins on the Fourth of July weekend, when a massive storm hits New York City and leaves Our Lady of Salvation hospital as the last open trauma center in Brooklyn. “Salvation” is a Sony Pictures Television production.

Raff’s “Waking Lions” will be based on the novel of the same name by Israeli author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen. In the international best-seller, Beverly Hills doctor Eitan Green hits and kills an African immigrant on his drive home one night; he flees the scene, but soon finds himself being blackmailed by the victim’s wife. Worse for him, his own wife becomes the lead investigator on the resulting case. The project comes from Keshet and Universal TV.

Dick Wolf Developing FBI Drama at NBC

In addition to four (soon-to-be-five) current scripted shows on the network, news broke Tuesday that the prolific producer is also developing an FBI drama for his longtime network. "We are developing programming that could be another franchise out of New York," Wolf told reporters.

Cruel Intentions Update: NBC Considering ‘Alternative Platform’ for Sarah Michelle Gellar Revival
Cruel Intentions may be headed online. At the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday, NBC president Jennifer Salke confirmed to reporters that the revival — which failed to score a series pickup last May — remains alive at the network. And all options are being explored, including a streaming-only rollout.

‘Donny!’ Canceled By USA After 1 Season
USA Network
has opted not to order a second season of its comedy series Donny!, starring Donny Deutsch.

‘Aquarius’ Renewal Chances Slim After Time Slot Downgrade
For a second consecutive year, NBC has downgraded Aquarius‘ time slot, this time without a renewal in hand. The Charles Manson drama will move to Saturdays after the Olympics on August 27. At TCA on Tuesday, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke did not sound optimistic about Aquarius’ renewal chances.

Fox’s ‘Houdini and Doyle’ Not Returning for Season 2
The limited series premiered in May to tepid numbers.

(review) THR: ‘The Get Down’
Your tolerance for Baz Luhrmann might be the decisive factor in whether you like the 90-minute pilot about the birth of hip-hop in New York City, but the Netflix series regains its footing once its creator’s fingerprints become less evident.


Kevin Nealon Joins Matt LeBlanc CBS Comedy ‘Man With a Plan’
He will play LeBlanc’s brother and business partner.

Fox’s ‘Lethal Weapon’ Recruits ‘American Crime’ Star for Recurring Role
Fox’s TV iteration of “Lethal Weapon” has cast “American Crime” star Richard Cabral in a recurring role.

Katey Sagal and Brad Garrett Are Heading to This Is Us
Katey Sagal and Brad Garrett will appear in the show’s second episode as a high-powered agent and a television network president, respectively, who are both involved in the career of TV actor Kevin (Hartley).

Rosie O’Donnell, Sean Hayes Join NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live’
NBC’s “Hairspray Live” has cast Sean Hayesand Rosie O’Donnellin the upcoming live musical.


Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Gets Chunk of $109 Million California Tax Break
Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” has been selected to receive part of $109 million in tax credits, according to the California Film Commission. A total of 28 feature film projects have just been selected.


Time Warner Acquires 10% Stake in HuluThe deal, which will go into effect early next year, is part of a push by the company to expand viewing options for its customers.

NBC planning major OTT expansion
NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said he expects to formally announce plans “in the next couple of months”, with an NBCUniversal-branded US SVOD service that would rival CBS All Access expected to be revealed.

Funny or Die Slashes 37 Jobs, Closes Silicon Valley Office
Funny or Die has cut 30 percent of its staff and closed its San Mateo, California, office. In total, 37 members of the company lost jobs, across a variety of departments.


ESPN Enters True Crime Genre with Doc ‘Pin Kings’
ESPN is getting into the true crime genre with a multi-platform initiative that could be a model for future storytelling at the sports network. Pin Kings follows the story of high school wrestling teammates whose paths diverge wildly – one becomes a drug trafficker and the other a DEA agent. The network already has debuted the first two episodes of a podcast, which will be released daily and culminate in a one-hour primetime special Aug. 22 on ESPN2.

‘America’s Got Talent’ Renewed for 12th Season at NBC
All the current judges will return for the new season.

Iggy Azalea Inks TV Deal With Universal Cable Productions, Wilshire Studios
The rapper, songwriter and model will create unscripted programming for both companies.


C4 preps Hebrew drama first
Channel 4 is set to become the first UK terrestrial broadcaster to air a Hebrew-language drama after picking up an Israeli romcom from Keshet International. The first episode of Beauty and the Baker will air on Channel 4 later this month.


Lionsgate TV Adds Chad Kennedy as Senior VP of Current Programming
The studio’s TV team is getting a new head of current programming in the form of former Warner Bros. veteran Chad Kennedy. Kennedy will oversee current series, and report to Chris Selak, Lionsgate’s executive VP of TV, joining the current team of Andy Richley (senior VP, television), A.J. Morewitz (senior VP, development), and Marcello Bellisario (VP, talent and casting).

Academy: Cheryl Boone Isaacs Re-Elected to 4th Term as President
The board of governors held its annual officer elections on Tuesday evening.


Jimmy Fallon to Host 2017 Golden Globe Awards
He follows recent repeat hosts Ricky Gervais, and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.


Salon: If you lease it, they will come: Cash-strapped, tech-savvy Millennials are ditching car ownership, but not cars
Americans under the age of 35, aka Millennials, are renting more than buying. They’re delaying marriage and childbirth while job-hopping more than any generation before them. They flock to online subscription services and are cutting cords wherever they can. Oh, and like to share stuff, too. And when it comes to cars, Millennials feel leasing is the new buying. According to the latest data from automakers, the largest generation in US history is eschewing car ownership to avoid being weighed down by long-term commitment and debt — and in so doing, young adults are shaking up the automotive industry and bringing changes to its business model.