The Morning Update for Thursday, October 13, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, October 13, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

MTV Developing Thriller ‘Socio’ From Judy McGrath, Digital Veteran Bernie Su
MTV has teamed with Judy McGrath’s Astronauts Wanted and digital studio Canvas to develop drama series Socio, which will dive into the mind of a teenage sociopath who operates on social media. Socio will follow Jordan, a teen tech savant who teams with a morally questionable police detective to catch a serial killer. With every case, Jordan must confront the darkness inside her. The drama thriller was created by digital media veteran Bernie Su, Canvas co-founder and creator of the hit YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/mtv-developing-thriller-socio-judy-937573

Aubrey Plaza’s ‘Nightmare Time’ Gets Pilot Order At TBS
TBS has given a pilot order toNightmare Time, a comedy horror anthology from Parks and Recreation alum Aubrey Plaza. Written by Plaza, Darcy Fowler, Kieran Valla, and Seth Kirschner, Nightmare Time is set in Aubrey Plaza’s Nightmare Clinic, where celebrity guests check in to overcome recurring nightmares. According to the logline: Every episode features two insane nightmares, inspired by the horrors of modern society and uses tropes and touchstones of the horror genre to guide audiences through its absurd universe. http://deadline.com/2016/10/aubrey-plaza-nightmare-time-pilot-order-tbs-1201835512/

Fox’s ‘Lethal Weapon’ Scores Full-Season Order
The network has added five additional episodes for a total of 18 this season. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/foxs-lethal-weapon-scores-full-937717

‘UnREAL’: Lifetime Names Stacy Rukeyser Showunner
Lifetime has tapped a new showrunner for UnREAL. The network has appointed Stacy Rukeyser, an executive producer who’s been with the show since the beginning, to oversee the third season of the Emmy-nominated drama. She takes over for Carol Barbee, a veteran producer who served as UnREAL’s showrunner last season. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/stacy-rukeyser-named-showrunner-lifetimes-937643

(review) THR: ‘Falling Water’
‘Falling Water,’ USA’s very ambitious drama about dreams, has many things going for it — but answers, logic and pacing are not among them. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/falling-water-review-937820

(ratings) ‘Empire’ is Still the Queen of C3 Ratings, but Don’t Sleep on ‘Designated Survivor,’ ‘This Is Us’
All told, the Big Four nets’ primetime C3 ratings were down 10% versus last season’s opening week, a decline that has much to do with mushy NFL ratings and the ongoing disintegration of the 10 p.m. time slot. http://adage.com/article/media/empire-queen-c3-ratings-sleep-designated-survivor/306274/

CASTING NEWS:

‘Game of Thrones’ Star Rose Leslie Joins ‘The Good Wife’ Spinoff
She will play the goddaughter of Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski). http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/good-wife-spinoff-rose-leslie-937710

Lee Daniels’ ‘Star’ Casts Darius McCrary; Frank Whaley Joins ‘Empire’
Family Matters alum Darius McCrary has booked a recurring role opposite Queen Latifah in new Fox series Star, created/executive produced by Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy. Veteran actor Frank Whaley has booked a recurring role on Season 3 of Fox’s hit Empire, co-created and executive produced by Daniels. http://deadline.com/2016/10/lee-daniels-star-cast-darius-mccrary-frank-whaley-empire-1201835218/

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Enlists Jimmy Smits
The star of Fox’s ’24: Legacy’ will play a key family member to someone at the precinct. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/brooklyn-nine-nine-enlists-jimmy-937825

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Warner Bros. Nears Deal to Acquire Machinima
Warner Bros. is close to clinching a deal acquire full control of Machinima, the gamer-and-fandom-oriented digital network in which the studio is already an investor. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/warner-bros-machinima-acquisition-talks-1201887244/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

ABC Orders Ricky Gervais Game Show With Kids ‘Five To Survive’ From Banijay
ABC has given a series order to Five to Survive, an hourlong game show from Ricky Gervais and Banijay Studios North America. Five to Survive is an original studio-based game show that features one adult contestant who must answer 10 questions correctly to earn the top prize. If they answer incorrectly, the contestant has a chance to be saved by a group of five kids who have been asked the same question. http://deadline.com/2016/10/abc-orders-ricky-gervais-game-show-five-to-survive-1201835468/

Steve Harvey Reviving ‘Showtime at the Apollo’ With Fox Special
The two-hour event will air in December. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/steve-harvey-reviving-showtime-at-937806

Comedy Central Orders Stand-Up/Music Hybrid Series ‘The Comedy Jam’
The format is based on a popular Los Angeles live show and first aired as a special on the cabler in August. Each episode showcases stand-ups performing in front of a live audience, where they share memorable moments from their lives that are linked with an iconic hit song. After the telling of each story, the comedians live out their rock star fantasy, performing the song while backed by “The Comedy Jam Band.” http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/comedy-central-comedy-jam-series-937748

Esquire Orders ‘Joyride’ Series With Mischa Barton From ‘Car Matchmaker’ Producers
Esquire Network is staying with the car theme, ordering six half-hour episodes of Joyride from the team behind the popular Car Matchmaker franchise. It’s set to premiere November 15 at 10 PM on Esquire. Hosted by rapper T-Pain, professional race car driver Brian Vickers, The OC alumna Mischa Barton and actor Oliver Trevena, each episode will feature the four celebrity auto fanatics as they go on a quest to find the best of new and vintage cars. http://deadline.com/2016/10/esquire-ordering-joyride-series-car-matchmaker-producers-1201835258/

Finding Prince Charming Renewed for Season 2; Logo Seeking New Suitor
Logo is readying the search for its next gay bachelor. The reality dating series has been renewed for a second season, the network announced, and an online casting call for Season 2 will soon be underway. http://tvline.com/2016/10/13/finding-prince-charming-renewed-season-2-new-suitor-logo/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Hill unveils debut ITV dramas
The broadcaster has commissioned four new dramas – Trauma, Girlfriends, White Dragon and Next of Kin. Each will be shot during 2017.

Trauma, by Mike Bartlett, is set in a London hospital and tells the story of a 15-year-old who dies under the care of a high-achieving consultant.

Kay Mellor has created and written Girlfriends, a 6×60’ series from her indie Rollem Productions. The show follows three women who are each dealing with major life crises.

White Dragon, from writers Mark Denton and Jonny Stockwood, will be an eight-part series shot on location in Asia. The series will be made by drama indie Two Brothers.

Finally, thriller Next of Kin, from Paul Rutman and Natasha Narayan, follows the story of a psychologist who is left grief-stricken when her brother is brutally murdered.

http://www.c21media.net/hill-unveils-debut-itv-dramas/

SVOD net gets porn drama after Swedish DicksScandinavian subscription video-on-demand service Viaplay’s latest original will be a ten-part drama about a film director who takes a job in the porn industry. Veni Vidi Vici comes from Rafael Edholm and Santiago Gil, who co-write with the former also acting and producing for MTG Studios. http://tbivision.com/news/2016/10/svod-net-gets-porn-drama-swedish-dicks/662142/

‘The Good Wife’ to Get Russian Remake
Sony Pictures Television will also adapt ‘Doc Martin’ and ‘Mad Dogs’ for the country. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/good-wife-get-russian-remake-938055

Idris Elba to Executive Produce Africa-Set Drama Series ‘Brazza’
Idris Elba is heading to Africa for his next TV series, teaming with Germany’s Tandem Productions (a StudioCanal company) and Havas Media’s Save Ferris in France on Brazza, a Narcos-like drama set in the criminal underworld of Brazzaville, the capital of Republic of the Congo. Paul Viragh is attached to write the series, in which a Congolese man living in Paris is forced to return home after his father dies under suspicious circumstances. Once there he gets drawn into a bloody family feud that threatens the country’s uneasy truce. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/idris-elba-african-series-brazza-936074

BBC Studios cuts 300 jobs
BBC Studios, the fledgling TV production arm of the UK public broadcaster, has announced restructuring plans that will result in around 300 job losses. The cuts mean that in some cases staff may need to be brought in for fixed periods for specific programmes, while in others staff will be retained to work on year-round programming. http://www.c21media.net/bbc-studios-cuts-300-jobs/

TWDC NEWS:

The Disney Princess Gets A Rebrand
To fight accusations of contributing to body image problems among young girls and studies showing that the Disney Princess brand encourages gender stereotypes, Disney has issued a 10-point guide for the modern princess—and none of them has to do with tiaras or happily ever afters. The Disney Princess is getting a makeunder. https://www.fastcodesign.com/3064593/the-disney-princess-gets-a-rebrand

Disney Sued by ‘Doc McStuffins’ Actress Over Merchandise Revenue
The suit claims the young actress is owed money and signs single-day contracts so the show can replace her at will. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/disney-sued-by-doc-mcstuffins-937708

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Lionsgate Extends CEO Jon Feltheimer’s Contract To 2023
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer plans to keep his job there until at least May 2023 as part of a new contract that replaces the previous one due to expire in 2018, the company disclosed this morning. http://deadline.com/2016/10/lionsgate-extend-jon-feltheimer-contract-2023-1201835653/

Lionsgate Taps Gisela Asimus-Minnbergh for TV Sales Post
Lionsgate has hired veteran exec Gisela Asimus-Minnbergh to the newly-created position of VP of alternative programming sales ahead of Mipcom. She will report to Senior VP of Alternative Programming Sales Ted Bookstaver. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/lionsgate-gisela-asimus-minnbergh-tv-sales-1201886758/

VH1 Promotes Producer Dara Cook to VP, Strategic Development
VH1 has promoted executive producer Dara Cook to vice president, strategic development. In her new role, Cook will continue to produce topical programming for the network, and will take on responsibility for branding opportunities and cross-channel priorities. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/vh1-promotes-producer-dara-cook-to-vp-strategic-development-1201887074/

Hollywood’s 50 Most Powerful Showrunners 2016
Yes, it’s THR’s annual rundown of those reigning and rising (alongside the swelling number of series), as stalwarts and upstarts alike — including the newbies behind ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ and ‘Underground’ — spill all. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/hollywoods-50-powerful-showrunners-2016-935844

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize in Literature
Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first American to win the top honor since Toni Morrison in 1987. http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/bob-dylan-nobel-prize-1201887783/

(q&a) Why Premium Cable Network Epix Is Leaping Into the Crowded Scripted Series Field
Q: How did you decide what to search for?

Mark Greenberg: You have to say, what’s your filter for that brand? And authenticity is an important part of it. So when we looked at Berlin Station, it’s really easy to do a spy thriller that blows them up every other week right. It’s 24 all over again. But our decision on that show was we think the storytelling was a little bit smarter. For our brand, for our audience, that will reflect our attitude to what we do. And if you take that and you take Graves, which is an opportunity to take on a lot of social issues in an entertaining way, those are brand definers. http://www.adweek.com/news/television/why-premium-cable-network-epix-leaping-crowded-scripted-series-field-173993

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Variety: From ‘Supergirl’ to ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,’ Women Are the Real Heroes of the CW
The CW has carved out a distinctive niche by using hourlong shows that use music, telenovelas, superpowers and comedic flourishes to explore serious ideas about duty, the pressure to conform, ambition and frustrated expectations; these are all themes that have special relevance for women (and thus it’s a particular relief that most of its shows return this month, which has been challenging for everyone, but particularly women). In any event, what a difference a decade makes: The characters at the center of “Jane the Virgin,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and “No Tomorrow” are, essentially, anti-antiheroes. http://variety.com/2016/voices/columns/cw-gilmore-girls-crazy-ex-girlfriend-1201885544/

Vox: Netflix or Hulu won’t win the streaming wars. Your cable company will.
Cord cutting is bound to fail. In fact, it’s already doing so. The reason for this is simple: Cord-cutting is rapidly becoming an expensive proposition, especially if you want the amount of content most TV viewers are accustomed to. And that problem is only going to get worse in the years to come. http://www.vox.com/new-money/2016/10/13/13156848/netflix-hulu-amazon-cable

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