The Morning Update for Tuesday, August 16, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, August 16, 2016:


Amazon Greenlights ‘Jack Ryan’ Series Starring John Krasinski From Carlton Cuse & Paramount TV
Amazon has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, starring John Krasinski as the popular CIA hero. The drama, from Carlton Cuseand writer Graham Roland, Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes, Skydance Media and Paramount TV, landed at Amazon in April with a series commitment and the intention to go straight-to-series. Jack Ryan further solidified its series chances when it landed Krasinski for the lead.

Robert Downey Jr., Nic Pizzolatto Eyeing TV Project at HBO
Nic Pizzolatto and Robert Downey Jr. are in talks for a drama project, with the “True Detective” creator attached to write and the “Iron Man” actor attached to star. Plot details are scarce, but insiders say the project is based on Downey Jr.’s “Perry Mason” reboot, which he had been developing as a feature film at Warner Bros. for several years. Pizzolatto, Joe Horacek, Downey Jr., and his producing partner and wife, Susan Downey, of Team Downey will serve as exec producers. Sources indicate the project will be a series, rather than a TV film, and that the project has been gestating at HBO since as early as May.

Fox Developing ‘Mattress World’ Comedy with Gail Berman’s Jackal Group
Gail Berman’s Jackal Group has reunited with writer Jay Lacopo to develop a workplace comedy set in a San Fernando Valley mattress store. “Mattress World” revolves around a failed entrepreneur who retreats to the mattress store he once managed with the goal of making it the valley’s No. 1 mattress store. Lacopo is writing the pilot and exec producing with Berman and Jackal Group’s Joe Earley.

Jill Soloway Developing Musical Comedy Series at Amazon with ‘Transparent’ Writer
Jill Soloway, along with former “Transparent” scribe Ethan Kuperberg, is developing a half-hour musical comedy series with Amazon. Kuperberg sold the project as a pitch, and will serve as writer on the series. Soloway is on board as executive director, along with another producer from the Andrea Sperling. Though details on the untitled project are scarce, the show will be set in Los Angeles and will follow a woman’s search for love and self-discovery in Los Angeles.

Lifetime Greenlights Pilot for Shakespeare Anthology Thriller ‘A Midsummer’s Nightmare’
Lifetime is ramping up their scripted slate, picking up psychological thriller “A Midsummer’s Nightmare” to pilot. The potential series marks Lifetime’s second project from A+E Studios. The first prospective season of the hourlong anthology series is based on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” but with a modern-day twist. “The Shallows” writer Anthony Jaswinski wrote the pilot and will serve as a co-executive producer. “Royal Pains” alum Jeff Kwatinetz and “Salem’s” Josh Barry of The Firm are exec producers.

‘Greenleaf’ Season 2 Adds Kathleen McGhee-Anderson as Executive Producer
Kathleen McGhee-Anderson will join OWN Network’s “Greenleaf” as an EP for Season 2. McGhee-Anderson will work alongside “Greenleaf” executive producers Craig Wright, Oprah Winfrey and Clement Virgo for the sophomore season, which will begin production in the fall.


Carrie Preston Cast In TNT Pilot ‘Claws’Carrie Preston(The Good Wife, True Blood) is set to co-star opposite Niecy Nash and Karrueche Tran in TNT‘s pilot Claws, an hourlong scripted dramedy set in a South Florida nail salon, from Rashida Jones and Will McCormack’s Le Train Train and Warner Horizon.

‘Power’: Matt Cedeño Upped To Series Regular On Starz Drama
Devious Maids‘ alum Matt Cedeño, who recurred in three episodes on the third season of Starz’s Power has been promoted to series regular for Season 4.

Geoffrey Rush to Play Albert Einstein in Nat Geo’s First Scripted Series
Newcomer Johnny Flynn will play the younger version in the anthology series ‘Genius.’

‘Masters Of Sex’ Casts Rondi Reed; Tanjareen Thomas In ‘Famous In Love’
Mike & Molly alumna Rondi Reed has booked a recurring role on the upcoming fourth season of Showtime’s drama series Masters of Sex.Tanjareen Thomas (Family Time) has signed on for a recurring role in Freeform’s upcoming drama series Famous In Love.


Eva Longoria Signs First-Look Film Deal With Universal Pictures
At the same time, the studio picks up ‘My Daughter’s Quinceañera,’ a pitch from Lauren Iungerich, who created the MTV series ‘Awkward.’ Iungerich is attached to write, direct and co-produce in what would be her first venture into feature film.


Amazon Developing Ida Tarbell-John D. Rockefeller Movie
Amazon Studios is developing a movie about pioneering investigative journalist Ida Tarbell and her battle against industrial magnate John D. Rockefeller. Amazon has acquired movie rights to Mark McDevitt’s “Ida Tarbell,” which was named to the 2015 Black List, and set it up with Tom Drumm of Think Tank Management & Production.

‘Black-ish’ Season 2 Available For Free On iTunes Through Wednesday
On the heels of its three recent Emmy nominations, Season 2 of ABC’s comedy seriesBlack-ishwill be available for free on iTunesthrough Wednesday, August 17. All 24 episodes, including the praised "Hope," about the family’s reaction to a verdict in a trial involving alleged police brutality, are available.


Brian Williams’ Redemption Road Likely Leading To 11 PM Tryout On MSNBC
Brian Williamsrehabilitation is expected to enter a new phase in which he gets his own, half-hour MSNBCshow at 11 PM, to recap each day’s presidential election news.

ID studies more Vegas Law
Investigation Discovery (ID) has ordered a second season of real-life crime series Las Vegas Law. Theshow follows the work of a district attorney’s office in the US city as its staff deal with murders, robberies, gang-related crimes and assaults.


‘Homeland’ Scribe Teams With ‘Poldark’ Producer on ITV Legal Thriller
Fearless, set to star Helen McCrory, comes from Homeland writer and executive producer Patrick Harbinson and is billed as a visceral political thriller. McCrory will play Emma Blunt, a solicitor known for defending lost causes, who suspects a man convicted for killing a schoolgirl was wrongfully imprisoned and is forced to battle dark forces from within the police and intelligence services.


Netflix Taps Jennifer Breslow to Oversee International Series
Netflix is bulking up its international team. Former ABC and Lifetime exec Jennifer Breslow has joined Netflix’s international team. As the streaming giant continues to expand its global footprint with local original programming, Breslow has joined the International Originals department and will oversee creative and production for international series.

Entertainment One Taps Amazon Studios’ Carolyn Newman As VP Scripted Programming
Entertainment Onehas named industry vet Carolyn Newmanto the newly created role of VP Scripted Programming, eOne Television. Based in Los Angeles, she reports to Pancho Mansfield, President of Global Scripted Programming at eOne Television.

eOne Promotes Trio Of Execs In Realignment Of Global Film Leadership
Entertainment One
has promoted Alex Hamilton, Troy Lum and Patrick Roy in a move that will introduce a new regionally focused leadership structure across the global film group. The realignment is designed to further support partnership activities, reflecting an increasing number of multi-territory relationships. Those include Amblin Partners and the Mark Gordon Company.

Sharri Berg Promoted to COO of News, Operations at Fox TV Stations
Sharri Berg has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of news and operations for the Fox Television Stations, 21st Century Fox announced Monday. The 30-year veteran of Fox will remain in her current role of running news operations at Fox News Channel.


New York Television Festival Announces Independent Pilot Competition Selections
The New York Television Festival has announced the official selections for the Independent Pilot Competition, Variety has learned exclusively. This year, a record 63 pilots have been chosen from the largest pool of submissions to date.


Ars Technica: Every major cable TV company lost subscribers last quarter
The second quarter of each year is generally bad for pay-TV companies, but subscriber losses this year reached new heights. The 11 biggest pay-TV providers in the US, representing 95 percent of the market, lost 665,000 net video subscribers in Q2 2016, Leichtman Research Group reported today. This is more than double the losses of two years ago. Previously, the companies lost 545,000 subscribers in Q2 2015, 300,000 in Q2 2014, and 350,000 in Q2 2013.