The Morning Update for Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, September 6, 2016:


(from Fri) NBC Turning ‘Oliver Twist’ Into Contemporary Female-Driven Procedural
NBC is putting a new twist on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. The network is teaming with Joel Silver and Lionsgate to develop drama Twist. Twist’s logline is as follows: A sexy contemporary take on Oliver Twist with a struggling 20-something female (Twist) who finally finds a true sense of family in a strange group of talented outcasts who use their unique skills to take down wealthy criminals. Writing duo Chad Damiani and J.P. Lavin will pen the script.

‘Narcos’ Renewed For Seasons 3 & 4 By Netflix
Netflix has given a two-season renewal of its drug trade drama series Narcos. Season 3 will be released in 2017. The pickup comes on the heels of last Friday’s release of the series’ second season, which wrapped the show’s original storyline with the death of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. José Padilha and Eric Newman will continue to serve as executive producers of the series, produced by Gaumont International Television.

(from Fri) ‘Feed The Beast’ Canceled By AMC After One Season
AMChas opted not to renew Clyde Phillipsdrama Feed the Beastfor a second season. The decision comes a month after the series, based on a Danish format, ended its 10-episode freshman run.

Code Black Boss Reflects on Season 2’s ‘Tough’ Creative Decision
“We went back and forth on this a lot,” executive producer Michael Seitzman tells TVLine when asked how the CBS medical drama will address the departures of Bonnie Somerville and Raza Jaffrey. Every scenario felt like it was “generated in a writers’ room and not in the real world,” he continues. “We pride ourselves on the show on being as authentic as possible… By not mentioning it at all, it felt like the least offensive way to deal with it,” which, the EP recognizes is “also not realistic.”

(review) Variety: ‘Queen Sugar’
“Queen Sugar” is a visually stunning production, making the most of the waterlogged bayous and swampy farmland of rural Louisiana. …In fairness, it’s not that surprising that the plot of “Queen Sugar” is so poorly rendered. The slow start, confounding pacing, difficult-to-follow plot points, and chronic lack of urgency are all hallmarks of someone who has never written for television before. And in changing the source material, the thematic throughlines of the original book become harder and harder to locate.

(review) Variety: ‘The Young Pope’
The joys of back-stage machinations are joined to waggish digs at the Church hierarchy, set off by nervy writing and Paolo Sorrentino’s usual visual feast.

(review) Vox: FX’s Atlanta is a terrific comedy — and the best new show of the fall
FX’s Atlanta, about a man who hopes to manage his rapper cousin to the top of the hip hop world, is my favorite new show of the fall. The series is a comedy, but in the Louie or Girls sense, where it aims less to provide a constant stream of laughs and more to present a skewed slice of life. There are a few things Atlanta needs to work on, but it’s a great appetizer for the fall TV season to come, one whose best shows are dominated by very specific points of view and strong voices.


‘Krypton’: Georgina Campbell Cast As Female Lead In Syfy Superman Prequel
British actress Georgina Campbellhas landed the female lead of Lyta Zod in Krypton, Syfy’s Superman prequel pilot from David S. Goyer and Warner Horizon Television.

Shadowhunters: Alisha Wainwright Cast as Werewolf Maia in Season 2
Alisha Wainwright has been cast as werewolf Maia, a bartender at the Hunters Moon and a new member of Luke’s pack.

Britney Young & Sydelle Noel Join Netflix Comedy Series ‘G.L.O.W.’ From Jenji Kohan
Britney Young andSydelle Noel have been cast as series regulars opposite Alison Brie and Marc Maron inG.L.O.W., Netflix‘s 10-episode straight-to-series comedy executive produced by Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan.


Fox Backs Digital Platform Drivetribe With Former ‘Top Gear’ Hosts On Board
21st Century Fox has invested $6.5 million in Drivetribe, the digital-media platform for auto enthusiasts created by tech entrepreneur Ernesto Schmitt, former “Top Gear” hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, and the show’s former exec producer Andy Wilman.


Netflix Greenlights ‘White Rabbit Project’ Reality Series From ‘Mythbusters’ Producers
Netflixhas ordered White Rabbit Project, an unscripted original series starring Mythbusters’ alums Kari Byron, Tory Belleciand Grant Imahara, from Beyond Productions, producers of the long-running Emmy-nominated Mythbusters series. In the Netflix series, the three head down the rabbit hole to investigate weird and wonderful events from pop culture, science and history. Under their microscope are topics as diverse as jailbreaks, superpower technology, heists and crazy world war two weapons.

Greta Van Susteren Will Leave Fox News Channel
Greta Van Susteren, who has anchored early evening and primetime programs for Fox News Channel since 2002, will leave the cable-news outlet, a separation that one person familiar with the matter attributed to “a financial disagreement.”


Foxtel adapts novel, grows HBO deal
Picnic at Hanging Rock (6×60′) is based on the book of the same name, which was released in 1967 and turned into a hugely successful feature film eight years later. The TV version is currently in pre-production locally with FremantleMedia after the production company secured investment from Screen Australia. The drama will plunge viewers into the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and their governess on Valentine’s Day 1900 and the far-reaching aftermath.

ARD orders Disappearance
Germany’s national broadcast group ARD has ordered a crime drama about a woman who disappears under mysterious circumstances near the country’s border with the Czech Republic.

BBC returns to Red Rock
The BBC has picked up the second season of Irish drama Red Rock from distributor All3Media International. BBC1 and Amazon in the US picked up the first season earlier this year. The second run is set to debut on TV3 later this month.


Fox Animation Hires Exec for Live-Action/CG Hybrid Initiative
Nate Hopper will spearhead an initiative to expand the studio’s portfolio to include what are being described as family hybrid movies.

NBCU formats boss exits
David Mortimer, the NBCUniversal exec brought into to spearhead international formats growth, is leaving the company.


Fox News Settles Sexual Harassment Suit With Gretchen Carlson
Fox News has agreed to settle Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes, the network announced Tuesday. According to Vanity Fair, Carlson will receive $20 million. Fox News, however, did not disclose a figure, but did offer an apology.

AdAge: Gens Y&Z Aren’t Big Impulse Shoppers
Impulse shopping could soon be a thing of the past, according to research by Iris Worldwide, which found that 0% of Generation Y and Z shoppers surveyed admitted to making spontaneous purchases while shopping in a store. They appear to be so caught up in both gaining approval and exerting influence on social media that every purchase comes in the context of a whole cycle of posts, likes and tags. Peter Wilson, planning director at Iris London, said, "It’s claimed behavior. But the important thing is that it’s true in their eyes. It even applies to relatively disposable, trivial purchases like choosing KFC over McDonald’s everything needs to be pre-validated.