The Morning Update for Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, August 9, 2016:


Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore to Star in David O. Russell TV Series
David O. Russell is prepping a TV series starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore. Details about the plot are being kept under wraps. There is neither a production company attached nor a network, but CAA already has multiple offers for the project sight unseen. Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan and Megan Ellison are attached to produce the series with Russell at the helm.

Rob Reiner Period Drama ‘The Tap’ Gets Pilot Order at USA Network
Rob Reiner’s period drama The Tap has been picked up to pilot at USA Network. The Tap is set at Yale University circa 1969. Three students struggle to find their true identities, including the ambitious and self-consciously conservative Jay, who desperately aspires to join the powerful secret society of Skull and Bones. The pilot hails from writers Andrew Lenchewski and Aaron Tracy. Lenchewski will executive produce with Reiner and Alan Greisman of Reiner/Greisman and Charlie Ebersol. Tracy will serve as a co-executive producer on the drama, which hails from Universal Cable Productions.

‘Grease: Live’s Thomas Kail & Marc Platt Ink Deals With 20th Century Fox TV
20th Century Fox TVhas signed deals with two of the key auspices behind Fox’s well received and highly rated Grease: Live, director Thomas Kailand producer Marc Platt.

Ben Winston, Fulwell 73 Sign Production Deal With CBS Television Studios
CBS Television Studios announced today a development deal with Fulwell 73, the independent UK-based production company founded by Ben Winston, Leo Pearlman, Ben Turner and Gabe Turner. Executive producers of CBS’s Emmy Award-nominated The Late Late Show with James Corden, Fulwell 73 and Winston will create scripted, alternative and digital TV for the studio, with an eye to broadcast, cable, streaming and other digital platforms.

‘Shadowhunters’: Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer Tapped As New Showrunners
Former Smallville showrunners Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer have been named as new executive producers/showrunners of Freeform‘s fantasy seriesShadowhunters.

‘New Girl’ and ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Will Stage a Rare Comedy Crossover This Fall
Fox’s two longest-running comedies will crossover for a one-hour episode on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Per Fox’s latest schedule, New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine already air back-to-back on Tuesday nights.

(sched) Fox’s ‘Son of Zorn’ to Premiere Early After NFL Doubleheader
Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s animation-live-action hybrid will sample on Sept. 11.

(sched) ‘High Maintenance’ HBO Comedy Series Gets Premiere Date
HBOhas set September 16 for the premiere of its new comedy series High Maintenance, based on the hit web series. The six-episode series, created by Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, who also stars, explores the private lives of some eccentric New Yorkers through a common thread: their weed deliveryman.


Michael Imperioli Joins ‘Lucifer’ Season 2
He will play a new brother to Lucifer and Amenadiel.

Mariah Carey Set for ‘Empire’ Season 3 Role
Carey will play Kitty, a superstar working with Jamal on a new tune.

‘Pretty Little Liars’ Adds Ava Allan In Season 7B
Ava Allanis the latest addition to the cast of Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars.

‘Training Day’ Casts Christina Vidal; Tawny Newsome Joins ‘The Comedy Get Down’
Christina Vidal has booked a series regular role opposite Bill Paxton and Justin Cornwell on the upcoming CBS drama Training Day. Tawny Newsome has signed on as a supporting cast member on The Comedy Get Down, BET’s new scripted series about what really happens behind the scenes of a massive stand-up comedy tour.

SNL Vets Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah Not Returning for Season 42
Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah are leaving NBC’s late-night institution and will pursue other opportunities. Both had been with the show for six seasons. Killam recently told Uproxx that NBC’s long-running late-night series decided not to pick up the final year of his seven-season contract, but he’s not sure why. “I was never given a reason why, really.”

‘Saturday Night Live’ Featured Player Jon Rudnitsky To Depart
Jon Rudnitsky joins Saturday Night Liveveterans Taran Killam & Jay Pharoah on the list of cast members who won’t be returning next season.


MyLifeAsEva’s Eva Gutowski to Star in YouTube Red Original Comedy Series
Eva Gutowski, the fashion and beauty star behind YouTube channel MyLifeAsEva, will topline YouTube Red’s latest original series: a scripted buddy comedy about her attempts to make it big in Hollywood with her sixty-something grandmother. “Me and My Grandma,” a half-hour single-camera series, will premiere on the YouTube Red in 2017. The show is executive produced by Gutowski and SelectNext’s Adam Wescott and Scott Fisher, along with Annie Stamell and showrunner Jill Condon.


Mark Burnett Musical Game Show Based on Shazam App Ordered at Fox
Fox has picked up an interactive musical game show based on the Shazam app from Mark Burnett. Beat Shazam centers on individuals competing to identify a particular song, much the way the Shazam app helps users find out the title and artist behind a track. Those who are successful will then have to go up against the app for the top prize. Burnett will exec produce with Jeff Apploff.


Stephen Moyer Moves Into ‘Safe House’; ITV Event Drama Back With New Cast & Crime
True Blood alum Stephen Moyer is returning to his native Britain to star in ITV’s four-part drama Safe House. This is the second season for the four-part series that’s produced by Eleventh Hour Films and returns with an all new cast and crime story. The first season starred Christopher Eccleston and aired on ITV in 2015. In the new iteration, Moyer will play charismatic yet impulsive ex-cop Tom Brook who runs a police safe house on the rugged coastline of Anglesey, a wild and beautiful sanctuary.


Studio 8 Hires Film Executives John Graham And Jessica Switch
Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 has just made two new executive hires for its film creative team. John Graham has been named senior VP. Jessica Switch has been hired as a VP.


(TCA) Vox: The real reason networks keep resurrecting old TV hits
At Fox’s executive session at the 2016 Television Critics Association summer press tour, Dana Walden, the network’s co-president, said that one of the reasons the network decided to bring back Prison Break was that Netflix indicated it was seeing strong streaming numbers for the show, which originally ran from 2005 to 2009. It was an unusually candid admission, because it indirectly revealed why TV (or Fox, at least) is so interested in making reboots and sequels right now.

(TCA) Wrap: ‘Son of Zorn’ Character Trashes ABC’s ‘Wicked City’ as a ‘Dumpster Fire’
In a hilarious (obviously) pre-recorded video message a few minutes into the freshman Fox show’s panel, the “Son of Zorn” warrior popped up from a coffee house via Facetime. “Got ourselves a roomful of television critics,” Zorn began his address to the media members in attendance. “Sure, I defend Zepheria, but you guys and gals defend the American public from accidentally tuning in to a dumpster fire like “Blood & Oil” or “Wicked City. Who are the real heroes?” At the tail-end of the panel “Zorn” executive producer Sally Bradford McKenna explained how writers chose the defunct ABC series for their punchline. “Low-hanging fruit,” she summed up.

(video) TED: The jobs we’ll lose to machines — and the ones we won’t
Machine learning isn’t just for simple tasks like assessing credit risk and sorting mail anymore — today, it’s capable of far more complex applications, like grading essays and diagnosing diseases. With these advances comes an uneasy question: Will a robot do your job in the future?