The Morning Update for Wednesday, August 10, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, August 10, 2016:


Action Drama From Greg Berlanti & Martin Gero Gets ABC Put Pilot Commitment
Criminal, a drama from the Blindspot team of creator/executive producer Martin Gero, executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter and co-executive producer Brendan Gall, has landed at ABCwith a put pilot commitment. Warner Bros. TV is the studio. In Criminal, written by Gero and Gall, after falling prey to a CIA sting, a fast-talking, hedonistic con man and his ragtag team of criminals must complete an ongoing series of missions to clear their names and steal an unknown number of long-forgotten relics that could change the fate of the world.

Carlton Cuse Developing Global Conspiracy Thriller for Hulu
Carlton Cuse is developing global conspiracy drama Obicera One for streaming service Hulu. Produced by A+E Studios, where Cuse is under an overall deal, the drama follows a group of desperate people whose lives become entangled and endangered when they each gain knowledge of a secret project known as Obicera One. Cuse will exec produce alongside Lindsey Springer. William Bridges (Black Mirror) will pen the script as well as executive produce.

Stana Katic Movie Lands at Lifetime
Sister Cities, an indie film which Castle vet Stana Katic filmed in 2015, will make its television world premiere on Lifetime on Saturday, Sept. 17.


Showtime’s ‘The Affair’ Adds French Actress Irène Jacob as New Love Interest in Season 3
French actress Irène Jacob has joined the cast of Showtime’s “The Affair”in a prominent recurring role for the third season.

American Horror Story: Sarah Paulson Confirmed for Season 6
AHS vet Sarah Paulson confirmed Tuesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that she is indeed a member of the top-secret Season 6 ensemble.

Criminal Minds: Aisha Tyler Promoted to Series Regular for Season 12
The doctor is in, more than ever. Criminal Minds has promoted Aisha Tyler to series regular, as Dr. Tara Lewis, CBS announced on Wednesday.


New ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ Movie Planned by TriStar, Mark Gordon
‘Life of Pi’ scribe David Magee will adapt C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Silver Chair’ for the big screen.

‘Ghostbusters’ Heading for $70M-Plus Loss, Sequel Unlikely
Confronted by tepid box office for the reboot, the studio will instead focus on animated spinoffs.


Fox Cancels Late Night Sketch Comedy Series ‘Party Over Here’
The Lonely Island was behind the sketch comedy series, which aired for 10 episodes this spring.

Olympic ratings fall short of expectations for NBC’s TV advertisers
Television ratings for NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have lagged well behind those of the 2012 Games in London. Although the ratings improved Monday, the jury is still out on whether they will be big enough to satisfy advertisers that spent $1.2 billion on the Games.


RTP plays scripted gaming drama
Portuguese pubcaster RTP is gearing up to air a drama claiming to be the first scripted series set in the world of e-sports. Multiplatform producer BeActive wrapped production on The Players in Lisbon last month. The series follows a group of friends’ journey to the European Championship Finals of League of Legends, a popular online video game.

Moran fights for C4’s culled Wolves
Channel 4 in the UK has cancelled its comedy Raised By Wolves, written by author and columnist Caitlin Moran, who has launched a campaign to save the show. The series is based on Moran’s unconventional childhood with sister Caroline and is set on an estate near the English city of Wolverhampton.


Disney Beats Earnings Estimates And Plans ESPN Streaming Service
The company reported quarterly net income of nearly $2.60 billion, up 4.6% vs the period last year, on revenues of $14.3 billion, up 9.0%. At the ABC-led Broadcasting unit, revenues rose 5% to $1.7 billion while operating income fell 6% to $282 million.

Disney is investing $1 billion in streaming tech and will launch a streaming sports network — but it won’t include ESPN
Disney is buying a one-third stake in streaming video company BAM Tech for $1 billion and will eventually launch what it calls an ESPN-branded subscription streaming service that — here’s the important part — won’t include ESPN. The deal values BAM Tech, backed by Major League Baseball, at $3 billion.

Bob Iger Says Disney Is “Neutral” About Channels Appearing Online Vs Pay TV
Streaming video and skinny bundles were on analysts’ minds today as they peppered DisneyCEO Bob Igerwith questions about his plans in a conference call to discuss June quarter earnings. The CEO was ready, kicking things off with an announcement that AT&T’s upcoming DirecTV Now streaming service will carry several Disney channels including ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, Freeform, Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior.


AdWeek: FX Chief Says There Could Be 500 Scripted Series Airing By 2017
Last year, 419 scripted series aired on linear and digital platforms, which is almost double the 216 scripted series that aired five years earlier, according to FX’s research team. That number could increase to as much as 450 this year, said Landgraf, while 2017’s output could reach a whopping 500 scripted shows. That’s in addition to the 750-some unscripted shows that also air. …He predicted that the number of scripted series will finally start to drop off by 2019 at the latest (a revision from his earlier assessment that it would start to happen by this year or next).

Variety: Artisans So White: Minority Workers and the Fight Against Below-the-Line Bias
…What #OscarsSoWhite did not address, though, is the racial divide that exists for people of color working in entertainment crafts such as art direction, costume design, editing, sound, and cinematography. For a business that often prides itself on progressive values, it’s a telling point that discrimination and racism are facts of life for minorities in so-called below-the-line jobs, according to a number of artisans who were interviewed by Variety.

Techpinions: Netflix and the future of entertainmentThe model Netflix, and even HBO and Amazon Prime video, are using with their approach of original content investment is the beginning of this shift to storytelling as a service. …TV networks are, in my opinion and analysis, not well positioned for this shift given their business model. Due to their advertising focus, they are incentivized to release content over long periods of time due to how they structure ad deals. Netflix, HBO, and Amazon are not subsidizing these shows by ads but by my consumer dollars, so I’m paying for these stories as a service.

Variety: Juiciest CAA Book Reveals: Ron Meyer’s Gambling Debts, Mike Ovitz’s ‘Incredibly Stupid’ Deal and More
“Powerhouse: The Inside Story of CAA,” released Tuesday, details the birth of the super-agency, its internal struggles and, in particular, extreme behavior by two of its founders, Michael Ovitz and Ron Meyer.