The Morning Update for Monday, August 8, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, August 8, 2016:


‘Game of Thrones’ Author Readying Superhero Show for TV
George R.R. Martin took to his Live Journal account over the weekend to reveal that NBCUniversal-owned Universal Cable Productions has acquired the rights to his anthology series Wild Cards. Here’s how Martin described Wild Cards: "The shared world of the Wild Cards diverged from our own on Sept. 15, 1946, when an alien virus was released in the skies over Manhattan, and spread across an unsuspecting Earth."

(from Fri) Showtime Developing Medical Drama From Antoine Fuqua & Amy Holden Jones
Showtimehas put in development The City, a dark medical drama project executive produced by Antoine Fuquaand Amy Holden Jones. The idea for The City originated with Fuqua, who then brought the project to Jones. The Black Box creator in turn brought in Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi to co-write the script with her. The City centers on an idealistic young doctor who begins his first day of residency under the supervision of a senior resident who appears tough and brilliant, but turns out to be a cunning and deadly psychopath.

(from Fri) ‘Lizzie McGuire’ Creator Returns to Disney Channel With New Series
Disney Channel has handed out a series order to Terri Minsky’s Andi Mack, a single-camera family comedy about a young girl whose life is thrown into disarray on the eve of her 13th birthday when her moody sister moves back home.

Fox Orders Animated Pilot Presentation From NBA Star Blake Griffin & Imagine TV
Foxhas given a pilot presentation order to Okies of Bel Air, an animated comedy executive produced by Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin. The project, written by writer-comedian Sean O’Connor, hails from Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV. It borrows some elements from Griffin’s life. Okies of Bel Air is the story of a family of humble Oklahoma catfish farmers who, after their basketball prodigy son is chosen first overall in the NBA draft, pack up and move to the tony enclave of Bel Air, where they’ll struggle to preserve their down-home sensibilities.

(from Fri) Nasim Pedrad Comedy Pilot ‘Chad’ Not Going Forward At Fox, Will Be Shopped
Foxhas passed on Chad: An American Boy, the single-camera Middle-Eastern family comedy pilot starring Saturday Night Live alumna Nasim Pedradas a teenage boy. 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind the project created by Pedrad and Rob Rosell and directed by Jason Winer, is planning to aggressively shop it.

Bravo’s ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce’ to End After Season 5

In April, Bravo handed out a rare supersized three-season renewal for the hourlong dramedy starring Lisa Edelstein. The fifth season of Girlfriends’ Guide will be its last. The series, which is produced in-house by Universal Cable Productions, will film 19 more episodes all at once over the course of the next eight to nine months in Vancouver. Bravo will then air them as three distinct seasons with shortened windows in between. A seven-episode third season will be followed by six-episode fourth and fifth seasons.

‘Alpha House’ Is Effectively Canceled, Amazon’s Roy Price Confirms
Amazon’s “Alpha House” is effectively (and officially) canceled, studio head Roy Priceconfirmed Sunday during his executive session at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour. Oh, and “The Interestings” won’t be going beyond the pilot stage.


‘Scandal’ Recasts Jake’s Wife With Jessalyn Gilsig
The ‘Vikings’ alum replaces Joelle Carter as the bride to Scott Foley’s character.

Rachel Brosnahan Cast As the Lead In Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Amazon Pilot
Amy Sherman-Palladinohas cast rising young actress Rachel Brosnahanin the title role of her Amazondramedy pilot The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Set in the 1950s, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel centers on Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel, who goes on to become one of the first female standup comics.

Life in Pieces Casts Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman as ‘Too Close’ Siblings
Real-life husband and wife duo Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally will will guest-star in the CBS comedy’s Season 2 premiere as the mother and “Uncle Dad” to Clementine (played by recently promoted series regular Hunter King).

Raymond J. Barry Cast In Antoine Fuqua’s Audience Drama Series ‘Ice’
Justified alum Raymond J. Barryhas been tapped for a co-starring role opposite Cam Gigandet, Jeremy Sisto, Ray Winstone and Donald Sutherland in Ice, Antoine Fuqua’s drama series for AT&T’s Audience network.

Jennifer Grey Turned Down Role in ABC’s ‘Dirty Dancing’ Remake
Jennifer Grey wants ABC’s Dirty Dancing remake to stand on its own. The actress was offered a role in the network’s forthcoming TV movie but turned it down.


YouTube Red Making ‘Lazer Team’ Sequel, Picks Up ‘The Thinning’ Digital Film
YouTube Red announced the pickup of Legendary Digital Studio’s The Thinning, starring digital star Logan Paul and Disney darling Peyton List. The feature, premiering in the fall, is set in a dying world where population control is achieved by an aptitude test taken in high school. When the heroes discover that the test is all smoke and mirrors that hides a larger conspiracy, they must expose it to take it down.

Could Netflix’s ‘Luke Cage’ Deliver a Misty Knight Spinoff Series?
With its upcoming Luke Cage, Marvel’s third Netflix series is set to introduce the first live-action adaptation of Misty Knight. And with the introduction of the fan-favorite character comes the opportunity for another spinoff series. "We’re very lucky in a sense that our casts are so rich and deep and so diverse," said Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb. He pauses to laugh and continues, "At a certain point, we have to be careful that we’re not becoming the Marvel channel on Netflix."

Hulu is ending its free streaming service, Yahoo will pick it up
Hulu will be ending its free, ad-supported service and go to an entirely subscription model. Hulu’s free service will go offline in the next few weeks. In its place, Yahoo is picking up the slack with Yahoo View, a new online TV platform that will be free to watch (as long as you can handle the ads) and feature the last five episodes of shows from ABC, NBC, FOX and other network sitcoms. Those episodes will be up eight days after first airing.

(sched) Amazon preps launch of Allen’s Crisis
Amazon has revealed the release dates for some of its forthcoming original series including its eagerly awaited Woody Allen project. Crisis in Six Scenes follows a middle class family in the US during the political turmoil of the 1960s and will be available on Prime Video from September 30. The series joins other new comedies coming to the retail giant’s SVoD service next month including comedian Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi and British series Fleabag.

NBCUniversal to Produce Snapchat Shows for ‘The Voice,’ ‘SNL’ and More
NBCUniversal has cut a deal with Snapchat under which the Peacock will produce original episodic shows for the social service from “The Voice,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Saturday Night Live” and other franchises.


Martha Stewart & Snoop Dogg To Host A ‘Dinner Party’ Reality Series On VH1
VH1 has greenlit a new weekly reality series starring Martha Stewartand Snoop Dogg for premiere this fall. In Martha & Snoop’s Dinner Party(wt), Stewart and Snoop Dogg will invite celebrity friends over for a half-baked evening of cocktails, cooking, conversation, and fun where nothing is off limits.

(ratings) NBC Stumbles Into the Olympics With Lowest Opening Ceremony Ratings Since 1992
Ratings for the opening ceremony dropped 28 percent from the 2012 Summer Games in London, according to metered-marked overnight ratings. Even more alarming for the network, the 17.2 overnight rating reflects the lowest opening ceremony ratings since the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Meanwhile, viewers who did tune-in took to social media with two major complaints: NBC’s decision to air and stream the ceremony on a one-hour delay, and what they saw as an excessive number of commercials during the ceremony.

Here’s Why NBC Believes Viewers Are So Frustrated With Olympics Ads
NBC Sports told Adweek that the ad load was "very similar" to that for the London opening ceremony, but because viewing habits have changed so much in the past four years, the commercial breaks are now more noticeable to audiences.

‘Entertainment Tonight’ Executive Producer Brad Bessey Departs Before Season 36
“Entertainment Tonight” executive producer Brad Bessey is departing the show ahead of its 36th season.


(q&a) Fifty Fathoms Execs Talk Recent Success, Upcoming Series With John Ridley, Idris Elba
Q: So how did you manage to hook up with John Ridley and Idris Elba? They’re both rather in demand.

PS: I met John Ridley when he was in Ireland filming All is By My Side. We discussed Guerrilla then; this was before 12 Years a Slave had come out. When I asked him what he most wanted to write, he told me about this idea for a show about black activists fighting against a racist police force in 1970s San Francisco.


Layoffs impact Walt Disney ImagineeringLike clockwork after every big project led by Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), there is a layoff. The finish of Shanghai Disneyland is no different. Hearing that between 200 and 300 were either laid off or took advantage of early retirement packages.


‘Scream’ Producer Cathy Konrad Signs First-Look Deal With Fisher Stevens’ Insurgent Media
Veteran film and TV producer Cathy Konrad has signed a first-look deal with Insurgent Media, the production house headed by Fisher Stevens. The first project to be developed under the deal is Cicada 3301, an espionage TV thriller based on the real-life global code-breaking phenomenon that has, since 2012, posted puzzles online with the reported aim of recruit "highly intelligent individuals."


The People v. O.J. Simpson, Black-ish Win Top TCA Awards
The Ryan Murphyanthology series took home Program of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials. Black-ish won the Outstanding Achievement in Comedy award.


Deadline: FilmL.A. Raises Permit Fees For First Time in 8 Years
Effective August 1, FilmLA, the city’s film permit office, raised its fees for a wide range of services including a $35 increase in film permit application fees, which now costs $660 – a 5.6% increase from the $625 it cost a week ago. The fees, which haven’t been raised since 2008, were adopted in June by the FilmLA board of directors as part of the organization’s fiscal year 2017 budget.

AdAge: FTC Cracking Down on Social Influencers’ Labeling of Paid Promotions
This uptick in celebrities peddling brand messages on their personal accounts, light on explicit disclosure, has not gone unnoticed by the U.S. government. The Federal Trade Commission is planning to get tougher: Users need to be clear when they’re getting paid to promote something, and hashtags are not always enough. The agency will be putting the onus on the advertisers to make sure they comply. It’s a move that could make the posts seem less authentic, reducing their impact.