The Morning Update for Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, August 30, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

ABC Nabs ‘Doomsday’ Drama From Carol Mendelsohn, VJ Boyd & Mark Bianculli With Big Pilot Production Commitment
ABC has landed Doomsday, a thriller drama from producer Carol Mendelsohn (CSI), writers Mark Bianculli & VJ Boyd (Justified) and Sony TV. ABC got the project in a three-network bidding by giving it a pilot production commitment that has series penalty behind it. Written by Bianculli and Boyd, Doomsday starts in the aftermath of 9/11, when the U.S. government institutes a secret think tank featuring the most creative minds in science and entertainment that is tasked with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. Because the hypothetical ideas are deemed extremely dangerous, the list is sealed and the program shut down. But when a catastrophe occurs that’s ripped from the pages of the missing doomsday book, the team is brought back years later to prevent the disasters of their own making. http://deadline.com/2016/08/doomsday-drama-carol-mendelsohn-abc-production-commitment-1201809837/

ABC Nabs ‘Start Up’ Comedy Starring & Directed By Zach Braff As Put Pilot
Scrubs
star Zach Braffis returning to series television and to ABCas the star of Start Up, a single-camera comedy, which has received a put pilot commitment. Braff, who also is set to direct, is reuniting with Scrubs co-executive producer Matt Tarseson the Sony TV/Davis Entertainment project. Written by Tarses, Start Up is based on the podcast Start Up by Alex Blumberg. It is a show about all the things that happen when a guy (Braff) in his mid-30s with a wife and two kids makes the crazy decision to quit his good job and dive into the brave new world of starting a business. http://deadline.com/2016/08/abc-start-up-comedy-zach-braff-star-direct-put-pilot-1201810558/

‘Splitting Up Together’ Comedy From Emily Kapnek & Ellen DeGeneres Gets ABC Put Pilot Commitment
Splitting Up Together, a single-camera comedy from Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Prods. and Warner Bros TV, has landed at ABCwith a put pilot commitment. The project will be written by Emily Kapnek. Based on the 2016 Danish series created by Mette Heeno, Splitting Up Together is the story of a couple whose marriage is reignited by their divorce. http://deadline.com/2016/08/splitting-up-together-comedy-from-emily-kapnek-ellen-degeneres-gets-abc-put-pilot-commitment-1201810492/

‘Let the Right One In’ Reboot Scores TNT Pilot Pickup
‘Teen Wolf’ boss Jeff Davis penned the script for the project, which was previously in development at A&E. Let the Right One In is an eerie drama about a young boy, long tormented by his classmates, who finds solace in a friendship with a charismatic female vampire who appears to be near his age. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/let-right-one-reboot-scores-923956

“Brutally Honest” Roc-A-Fella Records TV Series In Works From Damon Dash & Lemuel Plummer
Music and film producer Damon Dashhas partnered with Preachers Of L.A. executive producer Lemuel Plummerfor a TV series that will tell the story of the storied rap label co-founded in 1996 by Dash, Kareem Burke, and rap superstar Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. The show will examine the meteoric rise of the company that established Jay-Z as a leading voice in hip-hop, and later launched the career of Kanye West, while looking at the high cost of fame and the pursuit of it. http://deadline.com/2016/08/roc-a-fella-records-damon-dash-lemuel-plummer-1201810247/

‘Grimm’ to End With Sixth and Final Season on NBC
The genre drama will return with a shortened season in January along with ‘The New Celebrity Apprentice’ and ‘Emerald City.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/grimm-end-sixth-final-season-924078

It’s Official: ‘Pretty Little Liars’ to End With Season 7
The final 10 episodes will air starting in April, with Freeform using the series to launch showrunner I. Marlene King’s new drama, ‘Famous in Love.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/pretty-little-liars-end-season-923990

‘The New Celebrity Apprentice’ & ‘Emerald City’ Get Premiere Dates On NBC
The New Celebrity Apprentice, set in Los Angeles with new host Arnold Schwarzenegger reigning over the boardroom, will premiere at 8 PM Monday, January 2. NBC also set a premiere date for its new Wizard of Oz drama series Emerald City. It will debut at 9 PM Friday, January 6. http://deadline.com/2016/08/the-new-celebrity-apprentice-emerald-city-premiere-dates-nbc-1201810475/

CASTING NEWS:

Alison Brie To Star In Netflix Comedy Series ‘G.L.O.W.’ From Jenji Kohan
Community alumna Alison Brie is set as the lead in G.L.O.W., Netflix’s 10-episode straight-to-series comedy executive produced by Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan. Created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, G.L.O.W. was inspired by the real story of the 1980s female wrestling league. http://deadline.com/2016/08/alison-brie-star-glow-netflix-wrestling-comedy-series-jenji-kohan-1201810007/

‘White Famous’ Showtime Pilot Casts Megalyn Echikunwoke & Utkarsh Ambudkar
Megalyn Echikunwoke (Damien) and Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect) are set to co-star opposite Jay Pharoah in Showtime’s half-hour comedy pilot White Famous, from Jamie Foxx and Californication creator Tom Kapinos. White Famous centers on a talented, young African-American comedian (Pharoah) whose star is rising, forcing him to navigate the treacherous waters of maintaining his credibility as he begins to cross-over towards becoming "white famous." http://deadline.com/2016/08/white-famous-cast-megalyn-echikunwoke-utkarsh-ambudkar-as-regulars-1201810114/

Yvonne Strahovski Joins Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale as Commander’s Wife

For her latest TV gig, erstwhile astronaut’s wife Yvonne Strahovski will try her luck as a commander’s spouse. The Chuck MVP has joined Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale in the role of Serena Joy, wife of Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes). http://tvline.com/2016/08/29/yvonne-strahovski-handmaids-tale-hulu-cast-serena-joy/

Cheyenne Jackson & Jennifer Bartels Join ‘American Woman’ TV Land Pilot
Cheyenne Jackson (American Horror Story: Hotel) and Jennifer Bartels (Friends of the People) have been cast opposite Alicia Silverstoneand Mena Suvari in TV Land pilot American Woman. http://deadline.com/2016/08/cheyenne-jackson-jennifer-bartels-cast-american-woman-tv-land-pilot-kyle-richards-1201810057/

‘Empire’: ‘The Cosby Show’ Star Phylicia Rashad to Recur in Season 3
The Emmy winner will play the mother of Taye Diggs’ character. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/empire-phylicia-rashad-season-3-923923

‘Riverdale’: Robin Givens Cast As Riverdale’s Mayor In The CW Series
Riverdalehas found its mayor. Robin Givens has been cast in the recurring role of Mayor Sierra McCoy in the CW’s Greg Berlanti-produced Riverdale from WBTV. http://deadline.com/2016/08/riverdale-robin-givens-cast-riverdale-mayor-the-cw-series-1201810705/

(animated) Hamilton Star Renee Elise Goldsberry Roars for Disney Junior’s Lion Guard
Renee Elise Goldsberry‘s career is coming full circle (of life) with her next small-screen role. The Tony Award-winning star of Broadway’s Hamilton will lend her voice to Dhahabu the Golden Zebra on an upcoming episode of Disney Junior’s The Lion Guard. http://tvline.com/2016/08/29/the-lion-guard-renee-elise-goldsberry-cast-new-character/

FEATURE NEWS:

Russo Brothers to Form Production Venture with China’s Huayi
The Chinese studio is putting up $250 million in financing for the new venture, which will produce English-language tentpoles for the global market. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/russo-brothers-form-production-venture-924191

‘Modern Family’ Star Julie Bowen Joins Melissa McCarthy in ‘Life of the Party’
McCarthy co-wrote the script with her husband, Ben Falcone, who is directing. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/modern-family-star-julie-bowen-923931

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Rick Perry, Amber Rose, and Laurie Hernandez Join Ryan Lochte on Dancing With the Stars Because America
There’s retired Texas governor Rick Perry, Amber Rose, former Detroit Lions player Calvin Johnson, Indy race-car driver James Hinchcliffe, the Brady Bunch’s Maureen McCormick, actress Marilu Henner, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, actor Jake T. Austin, Terra Jolé from Little Women: LA, country music singer Jana Kramer, and rapper Vanilla Ice. But of course, the one to beat is Laurie Hernandez. Dancing With the Stars premieres September 12. http://www.vulture.com/2016/08/dancing-with-the-stars-season-23-cast.html

‘Good Morning America’ to Add Live Audience Segment Upon Michael Strahan’s Debut
“Good Morning America” is making some serious changes once Michael Strahanmakes his debut. The long-running morning show will add a live audience during its final half hour once Strahan debuts on the show Sept. 6. The hosts of the show will move to a newly constructed set for that half hour, and will appear in front of approximately 100 audience members. http://www.thewrap.com/good-morning-america-to-add-live-audience-segment-upon-michael-strahans-debut/

Nickelodeon Renews ‘Crashletes,’ Launches New Sports-Themed Friday Night Block
‘Jagger Eaton’s Mega Life’ and ‘All In With Cam Newton’ will join the Friday night lineup. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nickelodeon-renews-crashletes-launches-new-923916

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Lifetime Names CW Vet Joanna Klein Head of Scripted Development
Lifetime has hired Joanna Klein, a veteran drama executive at the CW, to head its scripted development efforts. Klein will serve as senior VP, scripted development. She replaces former development chief Nina Lederman. At the CW, Klein was co-head of drama development alongside Gaye Hirsch, a position the two had shared since 2011. Hirsch will now carry on solo in that role, and continue to report to Thom Sherman, exec VP for the broadcast network. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/lifetime-joanna-klein-1201844912/

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Won’t Become A Media Company
The social media giant is “a tech company, not a media company,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg told a student gathering in Rome, where he visited with Pope Francis, Reuters reports. “We build the tools, we do not produce any content," Zuckerberg said at Luiss University. "The world needs news companies, but also technology platforms, like what we do, and we take our role in this very seriously.” http://deadline.com/2016/08/mark-zuckerberg-facebook-wont-become-media-company-1201810287/

AWARDS NEWS:

Student Academy Award Winners Announced
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the winners of the 43rd Student Academy Awards . For 2016, the Academy selected 17 winners in seven categories. For the first time, the foreign film category has been expanded to include awards for narrative, animation and documentary entries. http://variety.com/2016/film/awards/student-academy-award-winners-announced-1201846967/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Wrap: Almost a Million People Cut the Premium TV Cord in Last Quarter
Another quarter, another not-insignificant loss for the pay-TV market. All told, 812,000 pay TV subscribers cut the cord from April through June of this year, according to research firm SNL Kagan. That’s up from the industry’s loss of 625,000 in the same quarter a year ago. http://www.thewrap.com/812000-cut-the-cord-q2-2016-cord-cutting-accelerates-comcast-dish-directv-time-warner-cable-verizon/

AdAge: These Are the Top TV Shows for Trump Ads So Far
Olympics, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Judge Judy, Good Morning America (Saturday), Today Show, Big Bang Theory, Wheel Of Fortune, Family Feud, Fox News Satuday. From mid-June through Aug. 23, Sec. Clinton has outspent Mr. Trump $68 million to $1.7 million, according to estimates from ad tracker Kantar Media/CMAG. http://adage.com/article/campaign-trail/tv-shows-Trump-campaign-placing-ads/305619/

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