The Morning Update for Friday, September 2, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, September 2, 2016. Have a great holiday weekend!

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Black Superhero Drama From Greg Berlanti, Salim and Mara Brock Akil in the Works
Greg Berlanti is teaming with Salim and Mara Brock Akil to develop Black Lightning, a drama about one of DC Comics’ first major African-American superheroes. Here’s the official logline: Jefferson Pierce made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend — Black Lightning. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/black-superhero-drama-greg-berlanti-924999

NBC Developing Sci-Fi Thriller Drama ‘Unidentified’ Produced By Zachary Levi
NBChas put in development Unidentified, a drama from Universal Television and Zachary Levi‘s Middle Man Productions. Written by Sean Finegan, Unidentified is described as a high octane thriller with sci-fi elements, which centers on a CIA operative trying to protect his family from an unimaginable secret. http://deadline.com/2016/09/nbc-sci-fi-thriller-drama-unidentified-zachary-levi-1201812469/

‘Firewall’ Vigilante Drama From Jeff Rake & Bruno Heller Lands At CBS As Put Pilot
The Mentalist creator Bruno Helleris back at CBS as an executive producer on another procedural drama, Firewall. The project, written/executive produced byThe Mysteries of Laura creator Jeff Rake, has received a put pilot commitment from the network. Warner Bros. TV is the studio. In Firewall, in the wake of personal tragedy, a charming but ruthless San Francisco billionaire decides to use his wealth for good, putting together a team of various experts to exact justice on criminals who’ve slipped through the cracks of the legal system. http://deadline.com/2016/09/firewall-drama-jeff-rake-bruno-heller-cbs-put-pilot-1201812247/

‘Killjoys,’ ‘Dark Matter’ Renewed for Third Seasons at Syfy
The news comes as both head into their sophomore finales this month. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/killjoys-dark-matter-renewed-third-924966

‘MECH-X4’ Renewed For Second Season By Disney XD Ahead Of Season 1 Premiere
Disney XDhas given an early second-season renewal to MECH-X4, its live-action sci-fi adventure series, ahead of the Season 1 premiere. The first season will debut in two episodes simulcast Saturday, November 12 at 8 PM EDT, on Disney Channeland Disney XD. http://deadline.com/2016/09/mech-x4-renewed-second-season-disney-xd-ahead-of-season-1-premiere-1201811963/

‘Devious Maids’ Canceled: No Season 5 For Lifetime Series
Lifetime has opted not to renew Devious Maidsfor a fifth season. The decision comes a couple of weeks after the series ended its Season 4 run on the network. http://deadline.com/2016/09/devious-maids-canceled-lifetime-4-seasons-no-season-5-1201812326/

‘Gone Girl’ Producers Reese Witherspoon & Bruna Papandrea Parting
Reese Witherspoonand Bruna Papandrea, who co-founded and co-ran the production company Pacific Standardthat produced such hits as David Fincher’s Gone Girl and the Jean-Marc Vallee-directed Wild, are ending their long partnership. Papandrea will be leaving to start a new venture. They also will continue to work together under Pacific Standard’s overall deal at ABC. http://deadline.com/2016/09/reese-witherspoon-bruna-papandrea-split-pacific-standard-gone-girl-1201812345/

CASTING NEWS:

‘Nashville’ Casts Grammy Winner in Recurring Role for Season 5
Rhiannon Giddens is a co-founder of the group Carolina Chocolate Drops. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nashville-season-5-rhiannon-giddens-925266

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

ABC Bows 4 More Digital-Only Originals, Including Comedy From YouTube Star Lisa Schwartz
The new short-form series, which go live Friday on the ABC apps for web, mobile and connected TV devices, are: “This Isn’t Working”: From Lisa Schwartz who stars as Sarah Turner, an aspiring actress with a negative bank-account balance, taking on an endless stream of embarrassing part-time jobs to make ends meet. “What to Text Him Back”: Relationship expert Matthew Hussey, best-selling author of “Get The Guy,” breaks down dating protocol in the digital age. Tastemade’s “Farm to Plate”: Aussie chef Guy Turland explores the foraging phenomenon, trekking over land and sea to find the freshest local ingredients. “She Talks”: Docu-series profiles women entrepreneurs who share their stories about sacrifice and success after striking out on their own. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/abc-digital-originals-lisa-schwartz-1201850984/

‘Big Brother’ Digital Edition Gets Title, Premiere Date On CBS All Access
Big Brother: Over the Topwill begin streaming live on Wednesday, September 28 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT on CBS All Access. Hosted by Julie Chen, Big Brother: Over the Top will kick off its 10-week season with a new cast of houseguests in a reimagining of the Big Brother format for multi-platform audiences. http://deadline.com/2016/09/big-brother-digital-edition-title-premiere-date-cbs-all-access-1201812383/

Charlie Hunnam Drama ‘Lost City of Z’ Lands at Amazon Studios
The streaming giant has acquired North American rights to the film, which is set in the Brazilian rain forest. Set in 1925, the true-life drama centers on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett (Hunnam), who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/charlie-hunnam-drama-lost-city-924979

Amazon Using Twitch Audience as Focus Group for New TV Shows
Amazon.com has discovered a new use for Twitch Interactive, which it purchased two years ago for about $1 billion. Seeking feedback from Twitch’s highly engaged audience of 10 million daily users, Amazon streamed two original TV-show pilots produced by its own studios on the gaming website. The first-time move highlights how Twitch can potentially be used to advantage against video-streaming rival Netflix, giving Amazon a vast audience on which to test new shows before committing to producing entire seasons. http://adage.com/article/media/amazon-twitch-audience-focus-group-tv-shows/305696/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

ABC Reorganizes West Coast Daytime Execs After ‘FABLife’ Disaster
ABC
is in the midst of reshuffling its West Coast daytime division.Daytime chief Lisa Hackner is in talks for a possible new role at the company, sources close to the situation say, while her top lieutenants Sheila Bouttier and Jill Mullikan-Bates are likely leaving. http://www.thewrap.com/abc-reorganizes-west-coast-daytime-execs-after-fablife-disaster-exclusive/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Ron Meyer-Michael Ovitz’s ‘Powerhouse’ Showdown Postponed
The most highly anticipated chat in Hollywood — between longtime bitter rivals and one-time CAA partners Michael Ovitz and Ron Meyer — has been postponed for three weeks. Word came Thursday afternoon that the Live Talks Los Angeles event at the DGA theater on Sept. 7 has been moved to Sept. 29 because Ovitz is said to still be recovering from back surgery. http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/ron-meyer-michael-ovitz-caa-powerhouse-postponed-1201850715/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Lionsgate, Starz Detail Integration PlansThe two companies revealed merger-related details in internal communications to employees, with no word on possible layoffs. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lionsgate-starz-detail-integration-plans-925337

LAT: Beyond the buzz, a world of good TV is out there for the watching
Most series do not regularly land on magazine covers or nomination lists; most shows don’t get big reviews of their season premieres and season finales or enjoy a vast and influential social media following. This does not mean they aren’t enjoyable, important or good, it just means they aren’t considered remarkable. As in worthy of being remarked upon repeatedly by critics and commentators and/or publicly obsessed over by fans. Whodunits like “Bones,” “Elementary” and, until this season, “Castle” are the workhorses of television, consistently providing endless hours of entertainment that are smart, sad, funny and surprising. Franchises like “NCIS,” “Criminal Minds,” “CSI” and the “Chicago” empire of Dick Wolf are franchises because people really like them. Do they have buzz? Not really. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-et-st-beyond-the-buzz-shows-20160829-snap-story.html

GQ: We Built This S#!tty: An Oral History of the Worst Song of All Time
“We Built This City” was written and recorded in stages, by an assembly line of songwriters. (Cancer, too, develops in stages.) Today, its creators are ambivalent about what they’ve wrought. It has made them wealthy, but years of ridicule have taken a toll. Among the people who now say they hate it are two band members and the guy who wrote the lyrics. “I don’t think anybody can take all the credit,” says Starship guitarist Craig Chaquico, “or all the blame.” http://www.gq.com/story/oral-history-we-built-this-city-worst-song-of-all-time

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