The Morning Update for Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, August 23, 2016:


Showtime Developing Comedy From Nina Tassler & Liz Tigelaar
Showtimehas put in development The Middlesteins, a half-hour comedy series based on the 2012 book by Jami Attenberg, from Nina Tassler, former chairman of Showtime sibling CBS Entertainment, and Casual showrunner Liz Tigelaar. The Middlesteins is about a suburban couple who splits up after 30 years, partly because of the wife’s obsession with food. Girls scribe Jason Kim will pen the TV adaptation. Tigelaar will serve as showrunner and executive produce with Tassler.

Rupert Grint to Star in ‘Snatch’ Series from Crackle
“Harry Potter” star Rupert Grint will executive produce and star in upcoming Crackle series “Snatch,” an adaptation of the Guy Ritchie movie of the same name. The hourlong scripted drama, consisting of 10 episodes, will debut on Sony’s streaming network in 2017.

John Legend to Develop Black Wall Street Series for WGN America
John Legendis continuing his relationship with WGN America by executive producing a new series based on the true story of the so-called Black Wall Street. Black Wall Street was a nickname given to the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the early part of the 20th century, the area was one of the wealthiest and most affluent black communities in the United States. However, a race riot broke out in 1921, during which white citizens destroyed much of the neighborhood and killed upwards of 300 black people.

‘Anne of Green Gables’ TV Adaptation Picked Up at Netflix
Anne of Green Gables is headed for Netflix. The streaming giant is teaming with CBC on the forthcoming TV adaptation of the popular book. First announced in January, Anne hails from Emmy-winning writer Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad) and the two-hour series premiere will be directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider). The eight-episode drama will stream globally on Netflix and air on CBC in Canada in 2017.

Acorn Falls For Irish Drama ‘Striking Out’ In Co-Production Deal
Acorn Media Enterprisesis continuing its move into originals, teaming with Blinder Films, DCD Rights and RTÉ as the North American co-producing partner on Irish legal drama Striking Out. The series will premiere on Ireland’s RTÉ in early 2017 and make its U.S. debut on Acorn TV next year. The four-part drama is eyed as a returnable and centers on the tumultuous professional and personal life of Dublin-based solicitor Tara (Moone Boy‘s Amy Huberman) and her fledgling law firm.

Jonathan Nolan Inks New Deal With Warner Bros Television
Person Of Interest creator and Westworld co-creator Jonathan Nolanhas signed a new overall deal with Warner Bros Television, the studio behind the two series. The new pact with Nolan and his Kilter Films is among the richest for a drama writer-producer.

McG Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox Television
Director-producer McGhas signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the multi-year pact, McG will develop, direct and produce projects for the studio through his Wonderland Sound & Vision production company.

TV Land’s ‘Jim Gaffigan Show’ to End With Season 2
The star, creator and exec producer made the announcement on Twitter.


Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Fred Savage Lead Cast of Nick Stoller Netflix Comedy
Annie Parisse, Nat Faxon, Fred Savage and Jae Suh Park will round out the cast of ‘Friends From College,’ which is produced by the ‘Neighbors’ grad and his wife/writing partner Francesca Delbanco. The eight-episode comedy centers on a group of friends who went to Harvard together and are now facing down their 40s and experiencing a range of success, or lack thereof, professionally and domestically.

VH1’s Star Jones Drama Series Sets Cast; Chris Alberghini & Mike Chessler To Showrun
VH1has rounded out the cast and tapped Awkward showrunners Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler as showrunners/executive producers of hourlong scripted drama series Daytime Divas(formerly Satan’s Sisters). Vanessa Williams stars as Maxine, the creator/host of the popular talk show “The Lunch Hour.” Joining her as co-hosts of “The Lunch Hour” are Tichina Arnold as Mo, Chloe Bridges as Kibby, Camille Guaty as Nina and Fiona Gubelmann as Heather. McKinley Freeman is Shawn, Maxine’s son and ‘The Lunch Hour’ producer.

‘Faking It’ Star Katie Stevens to Topline Freeform Cosmopolitan Drama ‘Issues’
She’ll be joined by Meghann Fahy and Aisha Dee in the pilot from ‘Parenthood’ grad Sarah Watson.

‘Black-ish’ Actress Catherine Reitman Casts Real-Life Husband as Fictional Spouse in Comedy ‘Workin’ Moms’
Black-ish actress Catherine Reitman has added real-life husband and producing partner Philip Sternberg to the cast for her upcoming original comedy, Workin’ Moms. Sternberg will play Reitman’s fictional spouse in the 13-episode series that follows four young women in a judgmental mommies group who form an unlikely friendship. The half-hour, created by Reitman for the CBC and produced by Wolf & Rabbit Entertainment, has started production in Toronto. Reitman and Sternberg, who are executive producing the comedy, are expected to shop Workin’ Moms to the U.S. market once episodes are in the can.

‘Pitch’ Casts Ryan Dorsey & Jeff Torres As Recurring
Ryan Dorsey andJeff Torres have booked recurring roles on Fox’s Pitch, Dan Fogelman’s baseball drama series.

‘American Crime’: Benito Martinez To Return For Season 3 Of ABC Series
Benito Martinez, who co-starred in the first season and guest starred in Season 2, will return toAmerican Crimefor season 3. He joins fellow retuning players Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman, Regina King, Lili Taylor, Richard Cabral and Connor Jessup in the acclaimed series.


Surprise! This Summer’s Box Office Is Up 3 Percent Over Last Year’s
Contrary to widespread reports bemoaning this year’s summer box office slump, North American ticket sales are actually up 2.84 percent over last year’s at this time — 108 days after the first Friday in May — to a whopping $4.14 billion. According to comScore, this year’s movies are pacing ahead of 2015 hits like “Jurassic World” and “Inside Out,” which racked up $4.02 billion in the 108 days after the first Friday in May.


‘Quantico,’ ‘American Crime’ to Stream Exclusively on Netflix
The streamer has struck deals with ABC Studios to become the sole U.S. subscription video home of Quantico and American Crime. Both shows, which also stream on and the WatchABC app, are available to stream in full beginning Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Slow TV comes to Netflix
Earlier this month, Netflix debuted a number of slow TV shows on their service, including shows about knitting and firewood, which were very popular in Norway.


‘Below Deck Mediterranean’ Renewed For Second Season By Bravo
Bravo Mediahas greenlighted a second season of its breakout original series Below Deck Mediterranean.

Gabby Douglas Joins Miss America Judges Panel
‘Austin & Ally’ actress Laura Marano also will serve as a judge for the Sept. 11 event, airing on ABC.

Idris Elba To Train As Pro Kickboxer For Discovery’s ‘Fighter’ Limited Series
Idris Elba is buffing up for Idris Elba: Fighter, a limited series that will see Elba undertake the physically and mentally demanding task of training to become a professional kickboxer — ultimately competing against a seasoned brawler in a no-holds-barred bout.


Variety Announces 10 Actors to Watch for 2016
Riz Ahmed, Mahershala Ali, Rachel Brosnahan, Ana de Armas, Alden Ehrenreich, Lucas Hedges, Aja Naomi King, Tavi Gevinson, Kara Hayward, John Legend.

Jennifer Lawrence Tops Highest Paid Actress List for Second Straight Year1. Jennifer Lawrence–$46 million

2. Melissa McCarthy–$33 million

3. Scarlett Johansson–$25 million

4. Jennifer Aniston–$21 million

5. Fan Bingbing–$17 million

6. Charlize Theron–$16.5 million

7. Amy Adams–$13.5 million

8. Julia Roberts–$12 million

9. Mila Kunis–$11 million

10. Deepika Padukone–$10 million


Variety: Comcast Completes $3.8 Billion Purchase of DreamWorks Animation
Comcast Corp. has closed its $3.8 billion acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, four months after announcing its plans to buy the studio. Dreamworks Animation will become part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, which includes Universal Pictures, Fandango and NBCUniversal Brand Development and is headed by Jeff Shell.

THR: Prominent TV Casting Director: "Workshops Are Dying" After Pay-to-Play Investigation
Will Stewart, who worked most recently on ‘Scandal,’ deleted a Facebook page advertising his own casting workshop classes.

(tech) FastCo: Facebook’s New Teen App Freaks Me OutFacebook has announced Lifestage, billed as a "video yearbook of people at your school." Lifestage lets users make a profile composed of short videos that reveal different parts about themselves: their happy face, their likes and dislikes, their locker, their favorite song, their best friend, their dancing and singing skills. The videos are strung together into a profile video, creating a multidimensional amalgamation of who you are that is viewable by anyone else who’s on the app. You have to be in school to get access so it’s clearly geared toward middle- and high-schoolers—if you list your age as over 21 initially, you get locked out for good. If Snapchat is built on the more intimate sharing pictures and videos among friends (and followers), Lifestage is meant to be much more public. In fact, joining the app comes with a caveat. "Everything posted is public. Audience cannot be limited in any way," the app declares. And, the more sinister: "We can’t promise that anyone in a school actually goes to that school."

(gaming) ArsTechnica: Pokémon Go loses its luster, sheds more than 10 million users
Pokémon Go is starting to lose its buzz, with the latest tracking data seeming to suggest the game is simply a fad. It had almost 45 million daily users in July, but this figure appears to have sunk by more than 12 million since the start of August, to just over 30 million said to be playing Pokémon Go. Further decline is expected, as downloads, engagement, and the time users spend on the app have all also visibly flopped.