The Morning Update for Monday, August 22, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, August 22, 2016:


(from Fri) NBC Buys ‘Blackmail’ Drama From Aaron Paul & Sonntag Brothers
NBChas put in development Blackmail, an hourlong drama from Aaron Paul(The Path) and John and Thomas Sonntag. Written by the Sonntag brothers, the project centers on a young married couple who, after suffering a life-changing incident, decide to get back at the man responsible by threatening to reveal his infidelity to his fiancée.

(from Fri) Freeform Developing Comedy From ‘Greek’ Creator & Gary Sanchez Prods.
Freeformis developingSanta Monica Shores, a high-concept comedy from Greek creator Patrick Sean Smith and Gary Sanchez Productions.

(from Fri) Deadline: Dramas Wanted: TV Networks & Studios Grapple With Slow Start To Pitch Season
While the lack of major sales is not that alarming given the recent timeline pattern of delayed pitching kickoff, more troubling is the fact that there is little on the horizon, with few projects coming together at the studios to be taken out. …The broadcast networks are pushing hard for projects from big-name auspices, while the studios are finding it harder than ever to deliver as many of their top writers are either tied on shows and not available or only interested in development for cable or streaming services.


‘The Leftovers’: Katja Herbers To Recur In Season 3
Manhattan alumna Katja Herbers has booked a recurring role on the third and final season of HBO’s supernatural dramaThe Leftovers.

This Is Us Casts Janet Montgomery as Justin Hartley’s ‘Intense’ Love Interest
Salem‘s Janet Montgomery will enchant Justin Hartley on NBC’s This Is Us. The actress will recur on the freshman dramedy as an alluring and intense love interest for Hartley’s character.


‘Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer Attaching To Direct Movie Based On TV Show ‘COPS’
Ruben Fleischer is attached to direct COPS, a feature adaptation of the famous police reality procedural TV series. The idea is to turn that vibe — best known for its catchy theme song — into an edgy narrative feature with a buddy comedy bent on the order of a Lethal Weapon. Cameron Fay will write the script, and Boies/Schiller Film Groupwill finance the film.


(from Fri) Amazon’s Three New Comedy Pilots Premiere
Amazon just released three new comedy pilots on Friday for Prime members to watch and rate, including shows starring Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Hahn, Peter Serafinowicz, and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Wrap: Live Streaming Services Are All the Rage – But Are There Too Many?
The bundle is dying. Long live the new bundle? With Dish Network’s Sling TV, Sony’s PlayStation Vue and the forthcoming offerings from AT&T’s DirecTV and Hulu, over-the-top streaming live-TV replacement services are popping up from seemingly every major media company. However, customers are unlikely to subscribe to all of them — and growth has been slow even in a less crowded field. That could result in consolidation of the type we’ve seen with cable companies and content producers.


Willie Geist Turns Over ‘Today’ Hour 3 Hosting To Billy Bush
NBC’s Today show this morning confirmed what press reports have been saying for months: Billy Bushis replacing Billy Geist on the third hour of Today.


ITV returns to Grantchester
UK commercial broadcaster ITV has renewed crime drama Grantchester for a third season and is also set to air a Christmas special. The drama is set in the real-life Cambridgeshire hamlet and follows a vicar who becomes involved when one of his parishioners dies in suspicious circumstances.

Nippon lines up drama, format pair
Japan’s Nippon Television has created a new drama and pair of new formats, which will launch at MIPCOM. The shows are the 10x60mins drama Pretty Proofreader and formats Burning Questions! and The Character. Pretty Proofreader follows an aspiring fashion magazine editor who joins the unglamorous sub-editing team of a large publishing house.


(sched) Disney Channel movie ‘The Swap’ gets October premiere
“The Swap,” starring Peyton List and Jacob Bertrand will premiere Friday, Oct. 7 on Disney Channel, the Disney Channel app and on demand. “The Swap” follows friends Ellie (List) and Jack (Bertrand), who, after a text argument over whose life is tougher, find themselves mysteriously inhabiting each other’s bodies.


Eli Roth & Blumhouse-Backed CryptTV Partners With Inkshares On Hunt For New Horror Talent
Eli Roth & Blumhouse Productions-backed video platform CryptTV is partnering with crowdsourcing book publisher Inkshares on the launch of a collection of new books published under the CrypyTV name and targeted at the platform’s audience as well as the broader horror community. In addition, authors included in the CrypyTV line of books will have opportunities to develop their stories for other media including film, television and digital.

Fox Studio Shake-Up: Paul Hanneman Out, Fox Searchlight Ups Pair
Fox Searchlight Pictures has just promoted DanTram Nguyen to Senior VP Production and Katie Goodson-Thomas to VP Production and Acquisitions UK. The moves come as word comes that Paul Hanneman, Fox’s worldwide president of marketing and distribution, is exiting the studio.

Fox News SVP’s Exit In Wake Of Roger Ailes Departure
Exits continue at Fox News. Latest to leave: SVP’s Brigette Boyleand Nikole King. The moves were made by new leadership team Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine who, last week had been named co-Presidents of Fox News.


Variety: TV Ad Growth Overshadowed by Surge of Digital Giants Like Facebook, Google
Ad revenue in the U.S. TV industry is enjoying a brief rebound thanks to higher pricing in the upfront and scatter marketplaces. But while the Big Four TV conglomerates celebrate single-digit ad-revenue growth, they may want to look outside their sector for a reality check. Over the past few months, Facebook has managed to surpass the domestic ad revenue of Comcast, CBS Corp., Disney, and 21st Century Fox. The $13.1 billion that the social-media company and Google brought in together in the second quarter dwarfs the Big Four’s combined take.

C21Media: It’s about content, stupid
To dismiss Pivot network’s end as merely a product of cord-cutting, online video and the skinny bundles cable operators are using to try to temper both, thereby putting pressure on the independent channels with smaller viewership, wouldn’t tell the whole story. After all, there are success stories among linear channels targeting 16- to 34-year-olds. Pivot just didn’t have enough content people were scared to miss.