The Morning Update for Tuesday, September 13, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, September 13, 2016:


CBS Developing Legal Drama From ‘American Pastoral’ Writer & Joel Silver
CBS has put in development Southern/Eastern, a legal drama from American Pastoral writer John Romanoand producer Joel Silver. Lionsgate TV, where Silver’s Silver Pictures Television has a first-look deal, is the studio. Written by Romano, Southern/Eastern is based on the upcoming nonfiction book of the same name by Johnny Dwyer. It centers on the young and ambitious Assistant U.S. Attorneys of the Southern Federal Court District as they duke it out with their rival Eastern District for the most high-profile federal criminal cases in New York City.

Ryan Murphy FX Series ‘Feud’ Sets Tim Minear As Co-Showrunner, Adds Jackie Hoffman To Cast
Ryan Murphy has enlisted longtime American Horror Story collaborator Tim Minear as co-showrunner on his latest anthology series for FX, Feud, which explores famous feuds. Additionally, Jackie Hoffman has been added to the cast of the eight-episode first installment of the series, which tells the story of the legendary rivalry between two of the greatest movie stars of all time, Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon).

BYUtv Greenlights Network’s Second Scripted Series, ‘Extinct’
BYUtv has greenlit sci-fi series “Extinct,” hailing from “Ender’s Game” author Orson Scott Card and writer Aaron Johnston. “Extinct” takes place 400 years after the extinction of the human race and follows a small group of humans who are revived by an alien civilization. “Extinct” will be produced by Adam Abel and directed by Ryan Little.


Kirstie Alley Joins ‘Scream Queens’ as Season 2 Series Regular
The Emmy and Golden Globe winner will play a brilliant and devious administrator.

Judy Reyes Joins TNT’s Nail Salon Dramedy ‘Claws’
Judy Reyes has booked a series-regular role in TNT’s nail salon hourlong dramedy pilot Claws. The actress joins a cast that includes Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston and Karrueche Tran.

‘Nurse Jackie’ Alum Joins ‘Homeland’ Season 6
“Nurse Jackie” alum Dominic Fumusa has joined the Showtime hit in a recurring role.

The Punisher: Ben Barnes Joins Netflix’s Latest Marvel Spinoff as Series Regular
Netflix’s latest Marvel spinoff, The Punisher, has cast English actor Ben Barnes in a series-regular role opposite Jon Bernthal’s titular vigilante.

‘The Mindy Project’ Enlists ‘Smash’ Alum Jack Davenport for Season 5
Davenport will play an English stage actor who takes an interest in Mindy.

‘Saturday Night Live’ Adds Three Cast Members for Season 42
“Saturday Night Live” has added three new cast members for Season 42: Mikey Day, Alex Moffat and Melissa Villaseñor, who will join the Oct. 1 season premiere as featured players.


Toni Collette, Gillian Anderson, Joanna Lumley Headed To ‘Andorra’ With Clive Owen
Andorra, the romantic thriller from Roxanne helmer Fred Schepisi, has added further cast to join the previously-setClive Owen. Toni Collette, Gillian Anderson, Joanna Lumleyand Riccardo Scamarcio have all become attached to the pic that’s based on Peter Cameron’s novel of the same name. Production is scheduled to start in Italy next April.

‘Devious Maids’ Roselyn Sanchez Joins ‘Stranded’
Roselyn Sanchez has joined Paula Patton, Omar Epps and Laz Alonso in Stranded.


Gregg Sulkin & David Henrie Sell Series Pitch To AwesomenessTV
Faking It
‘s Gregg Sulkinand Wizards of Waverly Place alum David Henriehave sold their series pitch Downtown Earl to AwesomenessTV. The project is in development with D2 Management attached to produce. The project centers on Duke Ashley Earl Winthrop (Sulkin) who, after royally embarrassing the crown one last time, is shipped away. He’ll be stripped of the crown and forced to learn humility the American way by living with a working-class family in downtownLos Angeles with his chaperone, and polar opposite, MI6 agent Balt (Henrie), who is forced to document the journey via vid-log.

Keith Olbermann to Host Online Show for GQ
Beginning Tuesday morning, Sept. 13, Olbermann will be delivering that commentary for GQ. The Closer With Keith Olbermann will bow at 8 a.m. on


History Orders Military-Inspired Unscripted Series From Peter Berg
The Selection: Special Operations Experiment will see 30 men and women between the ages of 21 to 45 years old with no military background go through intense physical and mental challenges to see if they have what it takes to be the best of the best. The eight-episode first season will launch this December.

‘American Ninja Warrior’ Renewed at NBC
The series wraps its fifth season on NBC on Monday and also is competing for its first-ever Emmy.

(sched) CBS Trims JonBenet Doc to 4 Hours, Supersizes ‘NCIS: LA’ Sunday Premiere
CBS’ The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey has been trimmed to a four-hour, two-night event. The network’s big true-crime swing was originally supposed to wrap up with a third two-hour episode on Sept. 25, but recent talks with producers Critical Content led to a decision that the documentary miniseries would be better served with a four-hour run. In its place, CBS has moved up the Sunday debut of NCIS: Los Angeles.

Ryan Lochte Rushed By Audience Members as ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Cuts to Commercial
The Olympian appeared shocked as his debut on the live ABC reality competition show was plagued by protesters: "We had a bit of a scary moment."


Televisa tunes into teen drama
Latin American broadcaster Televisa has partnered with the prodco behind Disney’s hit telenovela Violetta on a new music-related teen drama. Love, Divina (60×45′) will be coproduced by Televisa and Pol-ka Producciones. The series features pop star Laura Esquivel as a kind and conscientious teenager who grew up without a family and dreams of being a pop star.


Fox Networks Ad Sales Chief Toby Byrne to Step Down
Toby Byrne, who has supervised advertising sales for TV’s Fox broadcast network, Fox Sports and, more recently, the 21st Century Fox general entertainment cable networks, stepped down unexpectedly Monday, another sign of the increasing pressure being put on the position across the TV-industry landscape.

A+E Networks Names Amanda Hill Chief Marketing Officer
Amanda Hill has been named chief marketing officer for A+E Networks. She had previously served as chief creative officer for the company’s international division.

LMNO CEO Eric Schotz Launches New Production Company, Eyes History Project
Eric Schotz, president and CEO of embattled LMNO Productions, has formed a new company, Anvil 1893 Entertainment. The company already is said to have a project set at History, a historical documentary. A source close to Schotz says that with Anvil, the nine-time Emmy winner is looking to expand into areas of programming beyond the reality TV fare that LMNO is known for, both in terms of genre and types of content. Anvil will produce a range of content – scripted and unscripted – for television, film (including feature documentaries) and digital platforms.

(TIFF) THR: Canada’s Rising Stars: 15 Newcomers Grabbing Hollywood’s Attention
These up-and-comers from north of the border are making a major impact at home while steadily gaining the attention of Tinseltown talent watchers.


Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Shortlist Unveiled
Eleven individuals and one writing team have been shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting:
Michele Atkins, “Talking About the Sky” (Seattle)

Josh Barkey, “Marlene the Divine” (Waxhaw, NC)

Beanie Barnes, “Little Toro” (New York City)

Todd Condie, “John Wayne Slept Here” (Brooklyn)

Spencer Harvey and Lloyd Harvey, “Photo Booth” (Balgowlah, Australia)

Geeta Malik, “Dinner with Friends” (Los Angeles)

Danielle Ownbey, “The Blast-Off Inn” (Glendale)

Elizabeth Oyebode, “Tween the Ropes” (Sunnyvale, CA)

Justin Piasecki, “Death of an Ortolan” (Los Angeles)

Michael Toner, “Hey Jude” (Van Nuys)

Arun K. Vir, “Suburban Turban” (Los Angeles)

Kirk Weddell, “Alone” (Wimbledon, England)


THR: Study: Little Improvement in Hiring of Women and Minority TV Directors
Women directed 17 percent of all episodes from the 2015-16 season, while non-Caucasians made up 19 percent of directors. The study also ranks the eight largest studios and their subsidiaries based on their employment of women and ethnic minorities. The scorecard shows that CBS, Twentieth Century Fox, NBCUniversal and Disney/ABC held the top four spots. Viacom, which lagged in the hiring of women, and Warner Bros., which fell behind in the hiring of ethnic minority directors, followed. By a significant margin, Sony and HBO came in last.

THR: Why Hollywood Loves Canada: 4 Cities Offering Big Filming Incentives
From rural Quebec standing in for West Virginia to Manitoba cheating for small-town Texas, versatile locations and tax breaks are luring L.A. producers north in record numbers.

Lionsgate and Starz to Spend $1.8 Billion on New Films, TV Shows
Lionsgate will spend $1.8 billion annually on new films and television shows, Lionsgate Chairman Jon Feltheimer said during a shareholders meeting in Toronto on Tuesday.