The Morning Update for Thursday, September 8, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, September 8, 2016:


NBC Developing Series Based on ‘The Curve’ Novel with ‘Mysteries of Laura’ Creator
NBC is developing a series based on “The Curve: A Novel” by Jeremy Blachman and Cameron Stracher, which was published this June, the project is a satire on legal education. The potential series follows an attorney who decides to leave his white shoe law firm and give back by teaching, but he finds his idealism challenged when he signs on to work at the worst academic institution in the country — Manhattan Law School, located in Gowanus, Brooklyn. “The Mysteries of Laura” creator Jeff Rake is penning the TV adaptation.

TV Series Adaptation Of ‘Throne of Glass’ Books From Mark Gordon Co. Set at Hulu
Sarah J. Maas’ best-sellingThrone of Glassbook series is headed to television. Huluis developingQueen of Shadows, an epic fantasy adventure TV series based on the books, from the Mark Gordon Company, which will serve as a studio on the project. Kira Snyder will write the adaptation, with Anna Foerster set to direct the potential pilot episode. Queen of Shadows follows Celaena Sardothien, a complicated female assassin with a mysterious past who only wants her freedom. Now beholden to an increasingly tyrannous king, Celaena will become a reluctant hero against the multitudes of forces that threaten to destroy her world.

FX Developing AI Horror Drama ‘Basilisk’ From Francis Lawrence & Curtis Gwinn
FX has put in development Basilisk, a drama from writer Curtis Gwinn and director Francis Lawrence. Written by Gwinn, Basilisk is described as a gritty horror series that follows an atheistic college therapist and her computer-genius patient as they find themselves pulled into a plot to awaken a malevolent, god-like artificial intelligence.

USA Orders ‘The Sinner’ Crime Drama Pilot Starring & Produced By Jessica Biel
USA Networkhas given a pilot order to The Sinner, a crime thriller executive produced by and starring Jessica Biel. Created and written by Derek Simonds based on Petra Hammesfahr’s book of the same name, the project is being produced by Universal Cable Prods. Antonio Campos will direct the pilot. In The Sinner, overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage, a young mother (Biel) commits a startling and very public act of violence – and to her horror has no idea why. The event launches an inverted and utterly surprising crime thriller whose driving force is not the who or the what – but the why.

‘Entourage’ Director Teams with ‘Fortitude,’ ‘The A Word’ Producers on TV Drama
Julian Farino is set to helm the TV adaption of Lisa McInerney’s award-winning novel The Glorious Heresies, re-teaming with production banner Fifty Fathoms. McInerny will adapt her own novel, which was first published in 2015 and looks at the lives of a collection of misfits living in modern-day Cork in Ireland.

Lifetime Greenlights Romantic Comedy Starring Kelly Rowland, Cat Deeley & ‘UnReal’ Star
Lifetime has greenlit “The 10th Date,” a TV movie with a star-studded ensemble cast. The two-hour romantic comedy follows four friends at different life stages in their search for love. The cast includes Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, “UnReal’s” Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Cat Deeley, Keri Hilson, Kellee Stewart, Brandon T. Jackson and Meagan Good, who is pulling double duty as a producer on the film, as well. Nzingha Stewart wrote the screenplay and will direct the film.

Jamie Tarses, Scott Stuber & Dylan Clark Launch Bluegrass FanFare With ABC Studios Overall Deal
Veteran TV producer Jamie Tarseshas teamed with Bluegrass Films partners Scott Stuberand Dylan Clarkto form Bluegrass FanFare. The television production company will be based at ABC Studios, where it has entered a two-year overall deal. Under the pact, Tarses, Stuber and Clark will develop comedy and drama projects for the studio.

Showrunner on Lee Daniels Fox Music Drama ‘Star’ Exits
Charles Murray, the showrunner on Fox’s Lee Daniels– and Tom Donaghy-created midseason drama Star, has departed. A search is underway for a replacement to join Daniels and existing co-showrunner Donaghy. Sources say the split was amicable after Murray had a different vision for Star than Daniels and Donaghy. A replacement is expected to be announced shortly.

‘Tyrant’ to End Run With Season 3
Producers Fox 21 president Bert Salke, meanwhile, says the studio would prefer to keep the drama going at another outlet.

(review) THR: ‘One Mississippi’

Tig Notaro’s Amazon half-hour series is another smartly told reflection on her health and personal struggles. Another fine entry in Amazon’s "It’s not exactly a comedy, but based on running time, you’ll look for chuckles even in things that might otherwise be distressing" half-hour genre, One Mississippi is effectively quiet and understated in many of the ways that Transparent is demonstrative and confrontational, while both shows share an interest in family histories and personal pain.

(review) Variety: ‘High Maintenance’
And though some of these characters’ realities are quite sad, “High Maintenance” approaches the idiosyncratic denizens of New York with a lighthearted touch, finding droll amusement and even gentle appreciation for the otherwise weird, pathetic, and lonely New Yorkers who simply want a bit of weed.


‘Pitch’ Adds Kevin Connolly in Key Recurring Role
Connolly will appear in multiple episodes as Charlie Graham, the interim San Diego Padres president of operations.

Camryn Manheim Is Heading to Major Crimes
Camryn Manheimis joining the cast of Major Crimes. Manheim will come on board in a recurring role as the deputy chief of operations at the LAPD.

Alexandra Grey Cast in Guest Role on CBS’s Doubt
CBS has cast Alexandra Grey in the sixth episode of its new legal drama Doubt, starring Katherine Heigl and Laverne Cox.


‘Black-ish’ Creator Kenya Barris Signs Overall Movie Deal With Fox
Kenya Barris, creator of ABC’s “Black-ish” and co-writer of “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” has signed an overall deal at Fox for the development of feature projects.

Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling in Talks to Join Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’
Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling are in talks to join Disney’s adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time.” Ava DuVernay is on board to direct with Oprah Winfrey also attached to join the pic. Jennifer Lee is penning the adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s book for Disney.

Viola Davis Takes Lead In ‘The Personal History Of Rachel Dupree’
Viola Daviswas already set to produce period drama The Personal History Of Rachel Dupree, and has now been confirmed to star in the pic. Also attached are House Of Cards Emmy nominee Mahershala Aliand Beasts Of The Southern Wild Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis. Claire McCarthy wrote the screenplay and will direct what’s billed as a unique take on the pursuit of the American Dream.


Crackle Exec Announces Plans to Produce Virtual Reality Originals
Crackle is looking to produce original virtual reality (VR) programming, revealed Crackle GM and SVP Eric Berger at Variety’s Entertainment and Technology Summit in Los Angeles Wednesday. Crackle is currently focused on producing VR videos based on and attached to its existing original shows, but Berger said that the Sony subsidiary would make “direct to virtual reality programming” down the line as well.

ESPN to Launch ’30 for 30’ Podcasts in 2017
ESPN announced “30 for 30 Podcasts”, with original storytelling in audio form launching in early 2017. The audio series will attempt to follow the highly successful “30 for 30” documentary series, made specifically with an oral narrative approach. Jody Avirgan will lead a five-person production team and stories will be produced both in-house and in collaboration with outside reporters and documentarians.

Starbucks Unveils Content Series ‘Upstanders’
Starbucks will unveil its first content series, "Upstanders," which will be available via written stories, videos and podcasts. The free series, which the company began working on in January, is designed to highlight 10 positive and inspiring tales from across the country. Consumers can read the stories through Starbucks’ website and download podcasts, produced by Panoply, on a weekly basis.

Pac-12 Networks Strike First Over-The-Top Deal With Sling TV
Pac-12 Networks, the multimedia company of the Pac-12 Conference that is wholly owned by the 12 university members, has struck a pact with Dish Network’s Sling TV service that makes all six of its regional feeds available to customers who subscribe its “Sports Extra” add-on package. Sling TV is Pac-12 Networks’ first over-the-top provider and deal will make the Pac-12 feeds available on a national basis, helping fans avoid regional broadcasting restrictions.

LAT: Can YouTube make it big on the small screen?Because of the growing competition for eyeballs, YouTube can no longer rely solely on amateur snippets and user-generated videos to drive traffic and advertising to its site. So it is financing and distributing a roster of original productions targeting younger audiences who aren’t watching traditional television shows and movies the way their parents did. …YouTube distributes and finances the projects, giving talent access to infrastructure and resources they wouldn’t otherwise have. Most are half-hour comedies and dramas with budgets from $400,000 to $1 million, according to people familiar with the financials.


(ratings) ABC in Paradise: Disney Net Snaps NBC’s 9-Week TV Ratings Win Streak
‘Twas a good run while it lasted, NBC. ABC just snapped the summer champ’s nine-week winning streak in both the key 18-49 demographic’s TV ratings and among total viewers. The Disney broadcaster held four of the top 15 shows last week, with “Bachelor in Paradise” and some primetime college football leading the way. Those shows had to contend with “America’s Got Talent,” “Big Brother,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “Better Late Than Never” and “MasterChef,” among other chief competition.

Producer Datari Turner Inks First-Look Deal With Entertainment One
Producer Datari Turner is expanding his relationship with independent studio Entertainment One, signing a first-look deal via his Datari Turner Productions banner for unscripted programming.


Amazon Japan Launches Space Series ‘Ucho no Shiguto’
Amazon Japan has begun streaming a new series on its Prime Video service. Titled “Uchu no Shigoto” (translation: “Outer Space Work”,) the 10-part series is a quirky take on the alien invasion genre.


Freeform Taps Media Vet Sarah Tomassi Lindman As SVP Content Planning & Strategy
Media veteran Sarah Tomassi Lindmanhas joined Freeformas SVP Content Planning and Strategy. In her new role, Lindman will oversee the deployment of original series, acquired content, library series and tentpole events, including 13 Nights of Halloween and 25 Days of Christmas, across Freeform and its digital footprint.

The Black List for Female Directors? New Survey to "Shine a Spotlight" on Rising Talent
On Wednesday, a group of female film executives launched The Alice Initiative to highlight 30 promising untapped talents, as voted on by more than 40 top industry players. The group members, who are so far remaining anonymous but who represent mid- to top-level film executives at every major studio and several top production companies, had found that when searching for directors for their projects, they ended up calling one another for suggestions of talented women, hence the desire for a formal list. (List at the link)

Michael Vartan Weighs In on Potential ‘Alias’ Reunion Movie
"I’m not sure if there would be an audience for it, to be honest with you," the star of E!’s new scripted series ‘The Arrangement’ tells THR.


‘Veep’, ‘Blackish’, and Other Emmy Nominees Honored for Filiming in California
The Los Angeles City Council has honored 18 Emmy-nominated television shows for shooting in California. In ceremonies on Wednesday at the 1600 Vine property, “Scandal” star Joe Morton and former city councilman Tom Labonge presented the 2016 Made in Hollywood Honors for Television.


(gaming) Variety: Sony Announces PlayStation 4 Pro With HDR, 4K Support and Slimmer PS4
At a press conference on Wednesday, Sony announced the PlayStation 4 Pro and a slimmer, cheaper PlayStation 4. The PlayStation 4 Pro is a version of the PS4 that supports high dynamic range (HDR) and 4K video and releases on Nov. 10 for $399.

(tech) Ars Technica: Apple introduces iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and wireless earbuds
As expected, Apple has taken the wraps off of its next-generation iPhones at it’s September product event.