The Morning Update for Thursday, November 10, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, November 10, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Elizabeth Banks Developing Family Comedy ‘Something to Celebrate’ at CBS
Elizabeth Banks is on board to exec produce “Something To Celebrate,” a family comedy series in development at CBS. Vera Santamaria is writer on the project, which based on the original series created for Secuoya Distribution and Antena 3. The single-camera comedy follows four adult siblings work in their family’s popular bakery and enjoy the fun of being in a second-generation American family that loves a celebration. Warner Bros. is the studio. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/something-to-celebrate-elizabeth-banks-cbs-comedy-1201914109/

The CW Orders More ‘Legends of Tomorrow’The comic book adaptation will have 17 episodes this season in lieu of the original order of 13. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/cw-orders-more-legends-tomorrow-945991

THR: ‘Big Bang Theory’ to ‘Goldbergs’: What’s Behind TV’s Spinoff Trend
With so few new series delivering big ratings, pressure to keep hits going is growing. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/big-bang-theory-goldbergs-whats-behind-tvs-spinoff-trend-945591

CASTING NEWS:

Rosie O’Donnell Plots TV Return With Showtime Pilot ‘SMILF’
The actress-comedian will also appear in NBC’s upcoming staging of ‘Hairspray.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/rosie-odonnell-plots-tv-return-showtime-pilot-smilf-945728

‘Big Bang Theory’ Enlists Christopher LloydThe ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Taxi’ grad will appear on the Dec. 1 episode. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/big-bang-theory-enlists-christopher-lloyd-945714

Leonard Roberts Joins TNT’s ‘Major Crimes’ As Recurring
Leonard Roberts (American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson) has joined the cast of TNT’s drama series Major Crimes. http://deadline.com/2016/11/leonard-roberts-major-crimes-recurring-tnt-mary-mcdonnell-1201851750/

Alison Wright Joins Ryan Murphy’s FX Anthology Series ‘Feud’

The Americans standout Alison Wright has landed a regular role in Ryan Murphy’s latest anthology series Feud for FX. http://deadline.com/2016/11/alison-wright-series-regular-ryan-murphy-fx-anthology-series-feud-1201851829/

‘Outlander’ Season 3 Casts The Dunsany Sisters, Geneva & Isobel
Outlander has cast two more key characters for Season 3 of Starz’s hit time-travel saga. Newcomers Hannah James and Tanya Reynolds will play the Dunsany sisters, Geneva and Isobel, respectively. http://deadline.com/2016/11/outlander-season-3-cast-the-dunsany-sisters-geneva-isobel-1201852205/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Karl Marx Drama Series in Works at James Schamus’ Symbolic Exchange
James Schamus’ Symbolic Exchange is joining forces with Germany’s X-Filme, France’s Haut et Court, and the U.K.’s Potboiler to produce an adaptation of Mary Gabriel’s book about Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and their families, “Love and Capital,” as a limited TV series. Playwright and screenwriter Alice Birch will write the show. http://variety.com/2016/tv/global/karl-marx-drama-series-james-schamus-symbolic-exchange-1201914842/

US scribe writing Sky Atlantic comedy
David Cross is penning a comedy starring Stephen Mangan and Heather Graham for the Sky Atlantic pay TV channel in the UK. Bliss will follow Mangan (Episodes) as a travel writer, who leads a double life with families on both sides of the English city of Bristol. Graham and Jo Hartley play the wives. http://tbivision.com/news/2016/11/us-scribe-writing-sky-atlantic-comedy/676272/

ITV Predicts 7% Q4 Ad Drop Due To “Political And Economic Uncertainty”
British commercial broadcaster ITV, the home of shows like The Voice and The X Factor, said it’s expecting a 7% year-on-year drop in fourth-quarter ad revenues due to increasingly cautious advertisers and the current uncertain political climate. http://deadline.com/2016/11/itv-adam-crozier-the-voice-the-x-factor-q4-ad-drop-brexit-poldark-1201852175/

TWDC NEWS:

Shanghai Disneyland to add Toy Story Land
Construction of Toy Story Land has begun at Shanghai Disneyland, the giant theme park and resort that opened in mainland China in June. The land will be the seventh at the park and is set to open in 2018. http://variety.com/2016/biz/asia/shanghai-disneyland-to-add-toy-story-land-1201914430/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

TED Hires MTV’s Colin Helms as Head of Media
Colin Helms is departing MTV after more than a decade to join TED, the organization famous for its thought-provoking “talks” and conferences. As head of media for TED, Helms will oversee strategy and operations of the org’s core media business, including video production, new format development, distribution, social media, mobile and design. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/ted-colin-helms-mtv-1201913985/

The Black List & The Hasty Pudding Institute Name Screenwriting Fellow
The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770, in partnership with The Black List, has named Alex Rollins Berg as the second recipient of the second Hasty Pudding Institute Screenwriting Fellowship. http://deadline.com/2016/11/the-black-list-the-hasty-pudding-institute-screenwriting-fellow-1201846244/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

THR: CBS-Viacom Merger Intrigue as Les Moonves Pushes for Clear Control
Sources say Viacom and Shari Redstone are looking to wrap up a quick deal by year’s end, but governance (and compensation) issues could complicate a combination. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cbs-viacom-merger-intrigue-as-les-moonves-pushes-clear-control-945477

Variety: Why the Diversity in Hollywood Conversation Also Needs to Include Age
In an ageist society — and an industry that puts a premium on anyone who’s shiny and new — it’s hard for actors to sustain a career, much less expand on one. When many stars find success, they hold onto characters and mannerisms that have been crowd-pleasers and, as a result, they become stale or self-parodies. So it’s especially impressive when an actor grows. http://variety.com/2016/film/spotlight/diversity-in-hollywood-also-extends-to-age-1201913076/

Deadline: New York Times & Wall Street Journal Prepare To Slash Entertainment Coverage And Staff As Print Ads Vanish
As print advertising revenues continue to fall off the cliff, reviews and features related to film, theater and the rest of the arts are being cut at New York’s two prominent broadsheets, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. http://deadline.com/2016/11/new-york-times-wall-street-journal-entertainment-coverage-staff-as-print-ads-vanish-1201850080/

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