The Morning Update for Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, October 5, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Co-Ed Special Forces Team Drama From ‘Nashville’ EPs Lands At ABC With Penalty
The project, from 20th Century Fox TV, landed at ABC with a script commitment plus significant penalty that could qualify as a put pilot. Written/executive produced by Meredith Lavender and Marcie Ulin based on their idea, the untitled ensemble drama centers on an elite co-ed Special Forces team that will be forced to find a way to navigate both the treacherous waters of their external missions and the equally dangerous undercurrents of tensions — romantic and otherwise — within the unit. http://deadline.com/2016/10/co-ed-special-forces-team-drama-nashville-meredith-lavender-marcie-ulin-1201830883/

‘Redliners’ Drama Based On Charlaine Harris Works From Shaun Cassidy, Kelly Sue DeConnick & David Janollari Set At NBC
David Janollari has set up another project at NBC based on Thomas Harris’ literary works. Redliners, which will be written by Emerald City executive producer Shaun Cassidy and comic creator Kelly Sue DeConnick. In the tone of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Redliners mixes humor, romance and espionage. It follows a pair of former spies living in suburbia who are reactivated when a failed hit on one of them leaves the assassin dead. http://deadline.com/2016/10/redliners-drama-charlaine-harris-shaun-cassidy-kelly-sue-deconnick-david-janollari-nbc-1201830906/

Alex Kurtzman and Justin Lin Team for Modern-Day Robin Hood Drama at CBS
CBS has given a hefty put-pilot production commitment to a drama about a group of modern-day Robin Hoods to be executive produced by Alex Kurtzman and Justin Lin. A Burglar’s Guide to the City follows a team of modern-day Robin Hoods who, led by a brilliant architect with a troubled past, use their unique skills to gain access to any stronghold in order to steal from rich criminals and give to those that have been wronged by a corrupt system. Paul Grellong will write the project, which is based on the book by Geoff Manaugh. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/modern-day-robin-hood-drama-934982

Paul Giamatti Drama ‘Lodge 49’ Gets Series Order at AMC
The Paul Giamatti-produced drama “Lodge 49” has just received a straight-to-series order at AMC. The series, from writer and creator Jim Gavin, was picked up for a 10-episode first season at the cable net. Peter Ocko serves as showrunner. Described as a “modern fable set in Long Beach,” “Lodge 49” is centered on Dud, a deadbeat but charming ex-surfer who joins a fraternal order hoping to reclaim the simple, happy lifestyle he lost when his father died. http://www.thewrap.com/paul-giamatti-lodge-49-amc-series-order/

‘Let The Right One In’: Euros Lyn Set To Direct TNT Vampire Drama Pilot
Doctor Who and Happy Valley helmer Euros Lyn has been tapped to direct Jeff Davis’ TNT drama pilot Let the Right One In, based on the best-selling novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist. http://deadline.com/2016/10/let-the-right-one-euros-lyn-direct-tnt-vampire-drama-pilot-1201830803/

‘American Horror Story’ Renewed for Season 7 at FX
The horror anthology series will return in 2017. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/american-horror-story-renewed-season-7-fx-934914

(sched) ‘Outsiders’ Sets Season 2 Premiere Date, Unveils New Trailer
WGN America has set Tuesday, January 24, for the second-season premiere of its hit original drama series Outsiders. http://deadline.com/2016/10/outsiders-season-2-premiere-date-trailer-1201830529/

(review) Variety: USA’s ‘Falling Water’
It’s hard to describe what USA’s new drama “Falling Water” is about, and that’s largely because it’s hard to tell what it’s trying to be about. When it’s not producing an interesting image, “Falling Water” is so perplexingly opaque that it becomes deadly boring. http://variety.com/2016/tv/reviews/falling-water-review-usa-1201878241/

CASTING NEWS:

‘Fresh Off The Boat’: Ray Wise Promoted To Series Regular For Season 3
Fresh Off the Boatstandout Ray Wise, who recurred on the ABC family comedy for the first two seasons, has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming third season. http://deadline.com/2016/10/fresh-off-the-boat-ray-wise-promoted-series-regular-season-3-1201830786/

Grey’s Anatomy: Bridget Regan to Guest
The wonderfully ubiquitous Bridget Regan will add ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy to her IMDb listing this fall. She will guest-star in Season 13’s sixth episode, “The Room Where it Happens,” she announced via social media on Tuesday. http://tvline.com/2016/10/04/greys-anatomy-season-13-bridget-regan-guest-star/

FEATURE NEWS:

Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Sets Release Date
Walt Disney is fast-tracking production on its live-action, 3D take on the female-warrior tale “Mulan.” The movie will hit theaters on November 2, 2018, the studio announced. http://www.thewrap.com/disneys-live-action-mulan-sets-release-date/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Hulu Drops Price Of ‘Limited Ads’ Streaming Option
Hulu lowered the price of the “limited ads” plan to $5.99/month, perhaps realizing that the number of ads didn’t feel so limited to customers, or maybe that $7.99/month with any amount of ads didn’t seem like such a bargain when Netflix and Amazon Prime charged $9.99/month and $9/month, respectively, for their ad-free video streaming services. http://www.thevideoink.com/news/hulu-drops-price-of-limited-ads-option-to-5-99month/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Anderson Cooper Renews Deal With CNN
Anderson Cooper has set a long term deal to remain at CNN, where he is the face of the cable news network. The deal is believed to run as long as five years. Cooper will continue to host his evening news program “Anderson Cooper 360” and make appearances on CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes.” http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/anderso-cooper-cnn-1201878200/

Simon Cowell Extends ‘America’s Got Talent’ Deal Through 2019
The co-creator, who saw his first season on camera bring ratings spikes, will stick around for three more seasons. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/simon-cowell-extends-americas-got-934935

MTV News Launches Docu Division With Macklemore And Obama Talking Opioid Addiction In ‘Prescription For Change’
President Obama will talk to Macklemore in MTV’s Prescription For Change: Ending America’s Opioid Crisis, a one-hour documentary on Tuesday, October 11 at 9 PM ET. The docu officially launches the Viacom network’s new MTV Docs unit. The division plans to launch two more docus by the year. http://deadline.com/2016/10/mtv-macklemore-obama-docu-prescription-for-change-opioid-addiction-1201830404/

(ratings) ‘ABC World News Tonight’ scores second straight weekly ratings win over ‘NBC Nightly News’
The race for evening news viewers is getting tighter. “ABC World News Tonight With David Muir” has topped the usual leader, “NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt,” in overall viewers in the first two weeks of the 2016-17 TV season. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-evening-news-ratings-20161003-snap-story.html

TWDC NEWS:

Disney gives a glimpse of its upcoming ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ attraction
Walt Disney Co. has received a lot of negative reaction to its plan to overhaul the popular Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction at California Adventure Park, remaking it to feature Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” heroes. Disney on Monday released new images of the proposed attraction, hoping pictures of a scale model of the new ride, dubbed Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout, will win over fans. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-disney-guardians-20161003-snap-story.html

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Shondaland Promotes Alison Eakle & Ghazal Moshfegh, Brings In Chris DiIorio
Shondaland has promoted Alison Eakle to Head of Comedy and Drama and Ghazal Moshfegh to Director of Development. Additionally, the company has hired veteran PMK*BNC PR executive Chris DiIorio as VP of Strategy and Development. http://deadline.com/2016/10/shondaland-alison-eakle-ghazal-moshfegh-promoted-chris-diiorio-1201830715/

Paul Buccieri Promoted to Lead A+E Studios, Networks Portfolio Group
He’ll now oversee all business aspects of A&E, History, Lifetime, FYI and LMN. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/paul-buccieri-promoted-lead-a-934966

Gina Brogi Takes Over As President of Global Distribution At Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution
Company veteran Gina Brogi officially has been promoted to President of Global Distribution at Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. http://deadline.com/2016/10/gina-brogi-president-twentieth-century-fox-television-distribution-global-distribution-1201830551/

A&E Exec Drew Tappon Joins SallyAnn Salsano’s 495 Productions as CCO
The unscripted veteran starts his new gig, leading creative for the reality house, this week. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/a-e-exec-drew-tappon-935146

NYT: How Shari Redstone Turned the Tide
Ms. Redstone and her father, Sumner, have made great strides in their personal relationship and the fight for control of his $40 billion media empire. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/05/business/media/how-shari-redstone-turned-the-tide.html

John Ridley Reteams with DC for New ‘American Way’ Comic Series
‘The American Way: Those Above and Those Below’ follows the 2006 release of Ridley’s first ‘American Way’ series. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/john-ridley-american-way-comic-935081

AWARDS NEWS:

Streamy Awards 2016: The Complete Winners List
Comedian, prankster and popular YouTube personality Yousef Erakat and founding generation YouTube star Philip DeFranco won the top awards at the 6th annual Streamy Awards on Tuesday night, taking home “Entertainer of the Year” and “Show of the Year,” respectively. http://www.thewrap.com/streamy-awards-2016-the-complete-winners-list/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

(tech) Deadline: Google Promotes VR With New Headset And Deals With J.K. Rowling And Others
Google used its big product event today to serve up some interesting virtual reality announcements — including plans for an experience with J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and deals to offer content from Netflix, HBO and Hulu. The company is promoting the Daydream View VR headset controller, that it says is lighter and more comfortable than predecessors — and can fit over glasses. It will be available in November for $79. http://deadline.com/2016/10/google-promotes-virtual-reality-new-headset-fantastic-beasts-1201830489/

Adult Swim’s excuse for not hiring women is a perfect example of TV’s problem
Earlier this week, Adult Swim’s executive vice president and creative director Mike Lazzo was accused of purposely not taking on any female creators or showrunners by anonymous employees at the network because "when you put women in the writers room, you get conflict, not comedy." Adult Swim, according to a recent Buzzfeed report, has the lowest number of female writers on staff out of any network. Only 1 in 34 credits on any given series were by a woman, which pales in comparison to the other television networks’ 1 in every 5. According to Buzzfeed’s anonymous sources who worked at Adult Swim, Lazzo was one of the main reasons why more female writers weren’t being brought on board. http://www.polygon.com/2016/10/4/13156398/adult-swim-female-writers

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