The Morning Update for Thursday, August 25, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, August 25, 2016:


Julie Plec to Develop New Drama ‘Rise’ at CW
Julie Plecis looking at her next project with The CW. The writer and producer is developing “Rise” with writing team Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux. The drama, from Warner Bros TV and Plec’s My So-Called Company, is set in the aftermath of a terrorist attack, when martial law has been declared, and will follow a disparate group of people who start to uncover that the attack may have been a cover-up.

CMT Orders Soapy Hourlong Pilot ‘His Wives & Daughters’
CMT continues its expansion into original scripted programming with a pilot order for His Wives & Daughters. Created and produced by Dina Chapman and Steve Sessions, the soapy, comedic hourlong series centers on the eclectic and cunning wives and daughters of larger-than-life country music legend (and infamous womanizer) Eddie Ray Banks.

Jayson Rothwell To Adapt Ken Follett’s ‘Code To Zero’ For Tandem Productions
Studiocanal-owned Tandem Productions has attached Jayson Rothwell to adapt Ken Follett’s bestseller Code To Zero as an international event series. The eight-part Code To Zero, which was originally unveiled at Mipcom last year, will transfer the original 1950s Cold War setting to today’s global war on terrorism.

Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael are developing a comedy for Hulu
Casey Wilson and her frequent writing-production partner, June Diane Raphael, have created a new comedy series project for the streaming network. Tentatively titled Unhinged, the potential show — produced by John Riggi — revolves around a woman with anger issues. Wilson said that she and Raphael have been working on the project for over a year.

Starz Renews ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ for Season 4
The basketball comedy is currently in the midst of its third season.

Jon Favreau to Direct Fox’s Seth MacFarlane Space Dramedy
The prolific filmmaker boards the straight-to-series project and will continue to consult after helming its first episode. The hourlong show, ordered straight to series in May, is set 300 years in the future and centers on the crew of the motley ship Orville as they explore the challenges of space and cohabitating with their colleagues.

Britney Spears TV Movie Set at Lifetime
Natasha Bassett will star in the female-skewing cable network’s ‘Britney Jean’ biopic. Britney will be produced by Asylum Entertainment (The Kennedys, Ring of Fire). Anne-Marie Hess will pen the script with Leslie Libman (Manson’s Lost Girls) directing.

Bella Thorne To Produce YA Vampire Movie ‘Drink, Slay, Love’ For Lifetime Starring Cierra Ramirez
Bella Thorneis re-teaming with the group behind Lifetime’s Perfect High, this time as a co-executive producer of Drink, Slay, Love, a TV movie based on Sarah Beth Durst’s novel of the same name. Directed by Vanessa Parise, the film follows Pearl, played by The FostersCierra Ramirez, a typical 16-year-old vampire — fond of blood, allergic to the sun, and generally pretty evil. After a mysterious attack leaves her able to survive in the daylight, Pearl’s powerful family quickly takes advantage of this new ability.

(sched) ‘Nashville’ Gets Season 5 Premiere Date On CMT, Anchors Net’s Scripted Lineup
Nashvillefans can mark their calendars — the upcoming fifth season of the country music drama will have a two-hour premiere on Jan. 5, 2017 on its new network, CMT. The cable net will use the high-profile new addition to launch its 2017 original scripted lineup.

(review) THR: ‘Queen Sugar’
Ava DuVernay’s new drama takes its time, but it’s another summer winner for OWN.


‘Nashville’: Connie Britton Eyes Reduced Role in CMT Revival
The actress, who also is a producer on the country music drama, has only signed on for 10 episodes.

WGN America’s ‘Underground’ Casts Its Harriet Tubman
Aisha Hinds has been tapped to play the famed abolitionist on season two of the cable network’s drama.

‘The Deep’ Pilot Casts Eline Powell & Rena Owen; ‘Claws’ Adds Jason Antoon
Eline Powell(Game of Thrones) and Rena Owen (The Last Witch Hunter) are set as series regulars on Freeform drama pilot The Deep. Based on a story by Eric Wald and Dean White, The Deep is set in Bristol Cove, a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. Jason Antoon has booked a series regular role 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.

‘Black-ish’ Actress Cast as Lead on Amazon Live-Action ‘American Girl’ Special
“Black-ish” actress Marsai Martin must be a real doll — the ABC star has been cast in the title role on Amazon’s upcoming American Girl live-action special, “Melody, 1963: Love Has to Win, an American Girl Story.” Based in 1963 Detroit during the civil rights movement, “Melody” centers around a 10-year-old girl whose eyes are opened to the racial inequality surrounding her, including the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing, according to Amazon.


Comedy Central Greenlights Series from Snapchat Breakout James Davis
Comedian James Davis is making the leap to a bigger screen. Comedy Central announced it has ordered a television series created, executive produced and starring the host of its most-watched Snapchat original series. Without providing too many details, the network is billing the series as a hybrid style of comedy that bridges the gap between “urban” and “mainstream” comedy. Davis is expected to share his perspective on both the world he grew up in and the world he grew up next to.

WE TV Orders Docuseries About Brooklyn’s Pink Tea Cup Restaurant
WE tv has ordered six, hourlong episodes of Hustle & Soul, a docuseries focused on the owner and staff of Brooklyn’s Pink Tea Cup restaurant, for premiere early next year. Produced by Big Fish Entertainment, Hustle & Soul follows owner and head chef Lawrence Page on a quest to make the Pink Tea Cup the first soul food restaurant to garner the coveted Michelin Star, all while trying to manage staff in-fighting, power moves and love triangles.

Ryan Lochte Dips Toe In ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Pool
Ryan Lochteis diving into a new competition. The Olympic gold medalist and Rio Public Enemy No. 1 is joining ABC’s hoofer competition show Dancing with the Stars. The deal apparently was in the works before the Olympics — and before he and some Team USA buddies swam into trouble with Brazilian authorities.


BBC Announces New Dramas From ‘Suffragette’ Writer, ‘Happy Valley’ Producer
Among the newly announced productions is The Split, from acclaimed writer Abi Morgan and exec producer Jane Featherstone. Produced by Featherstone’s new banner, Sister Pictures, the drama will be set in the world of female divorce lawyers. The four-part Trust Me comes from Red Production Co. and tells the story of a nurse who loses her job for whistleblowing.

Following on his hit procedural series Line of Duty, Jed Mecurio has created and written Bodyguard, a six-part thriller featuring the specialist branch of London’s Metropolitan Police Service dealing with the protection of royalty. The fourth series of Line of Duty, meanwhile, will star Thandie Newton as a guest lead, it was announced.

Channel 4 Orders ‘The Bisexual’ Comedy From Desiree Akhavan
The UK’s Channel 4has ordered three new projects including contemporary comedy The Bisexualfrom Iranian-American filmmaker Desiree Akhavan. The Bisexual is a look at the difference of dating men and women from the perspective of a person who finds herself doing both. Naomi de Pear is exec producing via Sister Pictures. Akhavan’s co-writer is Cecilia Frugiuele.

Irish period comedy Derry Girls is written by Indian SummersLisa McGee. Derry Girls is billed as a funny and honest look at the lives of ordinary people living under the specter of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, as seen through the eyes of a local teenager.

BBC lines up young adult sci-fi adaptation
BBC One is lining up an adaptation of young adult novel book series Noughts and Crosses. Levi David Addai will create the TV series, which will be based on Malorie Blacman’s books about a dystopian alternate history in which Earth’s land mass never broke apart an led to radically different racial politics to those that have developed in reality. ITV Studios-owned Mammoth Screen is attached to produce, with Preethi Mavahalli and Damien Timmer executive producing.

ITV2 orders time-travel comedy
UK digital terrestrial channel ITV2 has ordered a 6x30mins comedy in which south London jazz musicians travel back in time to the 1920s. Timewasters comes from Daniel Lawrence Taylor, who also stars as one of four struggling jazz musicians who become stuck in the past after travelling back through “a urine-sodden lift in a dilapidated block of flats”. ITV Studios-owned Big Talk Productions is attached to produce with Kenton Allen and Saurabh Kakkar executive producing.


Disney Channel Greenlights Supernatural Vampire Pilot Starring Teen Boy Band
Disney Channel has greenlit a supernatural comedy pilot starring the boy band Forever In Your Mind. The pilot, titled “Forever Boys,” will star the three members of the Hollywood Records band, Ricky Garcia, Emery Kelly and Liam Attridge. The potential series follows three brothers, played by the band, who were bitten by a vampire during their debut concert in 1957. The “Forever Boys” pilot hails from Bob Smiley (“Yes, Dear”) who will write the pilot and serve as co-exec producer. Other writers are David Light, Joseph Raso and Stephen Engel. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” director Adam Stein will direct the pilot.

Disney Set to Break Market-Share Record
A ragtag team consisting of the Avengers, a surgeonfish and the Rebel Alliance are teaming up to help Disney claim a bigger share of the annual box-office than any other studio in Hollywood’s modern age. As of Aug. 21, Disney had a robust 26.9 percent share of this year’s movie market. It also became the fastest studio to hit the $1 billion mark domestically, doing so on May 7 — 37 days earlier than the previous best set by Universal last year.


Viceland Taps Ex-NBC Late-Night PR Exec Marc Liepis As Head of Communications
TV veteran Marc Liepishas been named VP Communications for Viceland. He will oversee communications for the recently launched cable channel, reporting to Alex Detrick, Chief Communications Officer of Vice Media, and Viceland General Manager Guy Slattery.

Marketing EVP Loren Schwartz Leaving Warner Bros
After a little over a year at the studio, EVP Loren Schwartzis leaving Warner Bros, where he held the title of EVP Genre Marketing and Advertising as the studio decided to integrate genre marketing duties across its team.

Vice boss predicts M&A ‘bloodbath’
Vice Media CEO Shane Smith has used this year’s MacTaggart Memorial Lecture to slam mainstream media and predict a frenzy of consolidation in the TV industry. “The big five will become the big three. Apple has made a bid for Time Warner. They also want to buy Netflix. And if Viacom continues its Shakespearean implosion –which is a glory for me to watch – then everybody is going to be snapping off bits,” Smith said.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Ends Robert Downey Jr.’s Reign as Highest Paid Actor in the World
Dwayne Johnson‘s nonstop work ethic is paying off — literally. The Rock is now the world’s highest paid actor, according to Forbes, who estimate his earnings for the last year at a staggering $64.5 million, taking down three time list-topper Robert Downey Jr., who slipped into ninth place on this year’s annual ranking with $33 million.

1.Dwayne Johnson = $64,500,00

2. Jackie Chan = $61,000,000

3. Matt Damon = $55,000,000

4. Tom Cruise = $53,000,000

5. Johnny Depp = $48,000,000

6. Ben Affleck = $43,000,000

7. Vin Diesel = $35,000,000

8. Shah Rukh Khan = $33,000,000

9. Robert Downey Jr = $33,000,000

10. Akshay Kumar = $31,500,000