The Morning Update for Friday, February 17, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, February 17, 2017. Have a great holiday weekend!

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Amazon Developing ‘Late Bloomers’ Aging Comedy From Ben Stiller’s Red HourAmazon has put in development Late Bloomers, a half-hour comedy series from Ben Stiller & Nicky Weinstock’s Red Hour, Deb Spera and Maria Grasso’s One-Two Punch Productions, Survivor’ Remorse executive producer Victor Levin and ITV Studios. Created and written by Donal Lardner Ward, the series explores the be-careful-what-you-wish-for reality of extending life and the unexpected ways it impacts marriage, children, friendships, career ambitions and the eternal quest for meaning. http://deadline.com/2017/02/amazon-buys-late-bloomers-comedy-from-ben-stiller-red-hour-one-two-punch-itv-1201914001/

IFC Orders Comedy ‘Living With Yourself’ From ‘Daily Show’ Scribe
IFC
is giving an eight-episode order to Living With Yourself. Created and written by The Daily Show writer Tim Greenberg. Living With Yourself follows George Elliot, a burned-out man in need of personal and professional change who undergoes a treatment to become a better person. The unexpected result is George being replaced by a better version of himself. The comedy will be told from multiple perspectives with intersecting storylines. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/ifc-orders-comedy-living-yourself-daily-show-scribe-976911

Women’s Rights Anthology Series Piloted By Stonestreet Studios
Gary O. Bennett
and Allysa Rallo Bennett’s Stonestreet Studios is prepping a pilot for Dot, a 50-episode anthology series focused on women’s issues — particularly abortion rights — across the U.S., with each episode set in a different state. Stonestreet is financing the pilot, which is being pitched to networks and streaming services. et in Texas, the pilot episode follows a high school student who becomes pregnant, her boyfriend and the wedge that is driven between them — not by family but by state — as they struggle to decide what to do next. http://deadline.com/2017/02/dot-womens-rights-abortion-anthology-series-stonestreet-studios-1201905245/

Jonathan Krisel To Direct Fox’s ‘Ghosted’ Pilot; Dean White To Helm The CW’s ‘Searchers’Jonathan Kriselis set to direct and executive produce Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Ghosted from Tom Gormican. Dean White has been tapped direct and executive produce The CW drama pilot Searchers, from WBTV and CBS TV Studios. http://deadline.com/2017/02/jonathan-krisel-direct-fox-ghosted-pilot-dean-white-searchers-1201914370/

(sched) Comedy Central Sets ‘Review’ Final Season Premiere for MarchThe final season of Comedy Central’s “Review” has a premiere date: March 16. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/andy-daly-review-final-season-premiere-comedy-central-1201990091/

(review) Variety: ‘Crashing’ From Pete Holmes and Judd Apatow on HBO
“Crashing”
may be a bit slight, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing: It knows what it’s going for and more often than not, fulfills its modest ambitions in amusing and diverting ways. http://variety.com/2017/tv/reviews/crashing-review-pete-holmes-hbo-comedy-artie-lange-1201981717/

(review) THR: ‘The Good Fight’ on CBS All AccessThrough two episodes, The Good Fight feels appropriately like an extension on the brand and unless you discover that what you really liked about The Good Wife was the soap opera of Alicia Florrick’s life, you’ll find this a welcome return. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/good-fight-review-976923

CASTING NEWS:

‘Salvation’: Santiago Cabrera To Star In CBS Summer Drama Series, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo To DirectSantiago Cabrera (Heroes) is set to star opposite Charlie Rowe and Jennifer Finnigan in CBS summer drama series Salvation, from Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout and CBS Television Studios. In addition, Oscar-nominated Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Esposados) will direct and executive produce the first episode. http://deadline.com/2017/02/salvation-santiago-cabrera-co-star-juan-carlos-fresnadillo-to-direct-cbs-summer-drama-series-1201913936/

‘Reverie’: Jessica Lu & Sendhil Ramamurthy Cast In NBC’s VR Drama PilotJessica Lu (Awkward) and Heroes alum Sendhil Ramamurthy have landed series-regular roles opposite Sarah Shahi in NBC’s drama pilot Reverie, from the Extant team of creator Mickey Fisher and Amblin TV. http://deadline.com/2017/02/reverie-jessica-lu-sendhil-ramamurthy-cast-nbc-vr-drama-pilot-1201914009/

Retta Joins NBC Soap ‘Good Girls’The pilot brings the ‘Parks and Rec’ alum back to her longtime network. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/retta-joins-nbc-soap-good-girls-976809

Mouzam Makkar Joins Mindy Kaling/Charlie Grandy NBC Comedy Pilot; ‘For God & Country’ Adds Natacha Karam;Mouzam Makkar is set for a series-regular role on NBC’s Mindy Kaling/Charlie Grandy comedy pilot. Newcomer Natacha Karam has landed a series-regular role opposite Mike Vogel in NBC’s military drama pilot For God and Country, from writer Dean Georgaris, Keshet Studios and Universal TV. http://deadline.com/2017/02/mouzam-makkar-mindy-kaling-charlie-grandy-nbc-comedy-pilot-for-god-country-natacha-karam-1201914389/

‘Good Behavior’ Ups Joey Kern To Regular; ‘The Chi’ Adds Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
Joey Kern,
who recurred in the latter half of the first season of TNT dramaGood Behavior, has been promoted to series regular for Season 2. Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (Queen of Katwe) has been cast as a series regular in Showtime’s upcoming hourlong drama The Chi, from Lena Waithe, Elwood Reid, Common, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Fox 21 TV Studios. http://deadline.com/2017/02/good-behavior-promoted-joey-kern-regular-the-chi-ntare-mwine-1201913740/

Chris Colfer to Star in Sci-Fi TV Drama ‘Indigo’
Sonar Entertainment
will produce the project, which the ‘Glee’ grad created and will direct. The project explores the mysterious world of Indigo children — those who are misdiagnosed but wildly believed to possess extraordinary paranormal abilities — and the dark forces working to exploit their powers. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/chris-colfer-star-sci-fi-tv-drama-indigo-976895

Constance Zimmer to Guest Star on ‘Angie Tribeca’
Constance Zimmer
has booked a guest role on the TBS comedy “Angie Tribeca.” http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/constance-zimmer-angie-tribeca-guest-star-1201954458/

FEATURE NEWS:

YouTube Star Hannah Hart Signs First-Look Deal With Lionsgate
Lionsgate
has signed a first-look deal with YouTube star and author Hannah Hart for her to star in and executive produce films, starting with an untitled LGBTQ romantic comedy. http://variety.com/2017/film/news/hannah-hart-youtube-first-look-deal-lionsgate-1201989547/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Discovery to provide exclusive content for Snapchat
Discovery
is to provide premium short-form video content exclusively for US users of social media platform Snapchat. Under the terms of the deal, Discovery and Snapchat will collaborate to produce new series created specifically for Snapchat’s mobile-centric audience as well as shows inspired by existing Discovery titles including Shark Week and Mythbusters. http://www.digitaltveurope.net/661902/discovery-to-provide-exclusive-content-for-snapchat/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Chelsea Handler’s Netflix Talk Show Moves to Weekly Format for Season TwoThe new season will launch Friday, April 14. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/chelsea-handler-netflix-talk-show-season-2-changes-976858

Yvette Nicole Brown to Host Syfy Cosplay Competition Series
‘Cosplay Melee,’
which is set to debut March 21, will give participants a chance to win $10,000. In Cosplay Melee, the world’s most innovative cosplayers will face off each week for a chance to win a cash prize. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/yvette-nicole-brown-host-syfy-cosplay-competiton-series-976873

MTV Revives ‘Parental Control’ Reality Series For New Season
MTV is bringing back comedy reality series Parental Control. The network has ordered a new season of the dating show, in which parents get to pick who their son or daughter would be dating, replacing the offspring’s current love interests whom they disapprove of. Casting is currently underway for the new installment of the series. http://deadline.com/2017/02/parental-control-reality-series-revived-mtv-new-season-1201914476/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Natalie Dormer Leads ‘Picnic At Hanging Rock’ As Foxtel Sets Aussie Event Series CastFoxtel has cast numerous roles in Picnic at Hanging Rock, its 21st century re-imagining of Joan Lindsay’s literary classic. Game of ThronesNatalie Dormerwill star as English headmistress Mrs Hester Appleyard in the project produced by FremantleMedia Australia and co-financed by Screen Australia and Film Victoria. Published in 1967, the novel centers on the mysterious disappearance of three schoolgirls and their governess on Valentine’s Day 1900 and the far-reaching aftermath. Beatrix Christian and Alice Addison are writing the the six-part event series. http://deadline.com/2017/02/natalie-dormer-picnic-at-hanging-rock-as-aussie-event-series-sets-cast-1201914361/

Channel 4 Appoints Jack Bayles As Commissioning Editor For Comedy
Channel 4 has appointed Catastrophe producer Jack Bayles to Commissioning Editor for comedy. He will join the channel in April. http://deadline.com/2017/02/jack-bales-channel-4-commissioning-editor-comedy-catastrophe-sharon-hogan-russell-brand-1201914637/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

The Lonely Island Production Company Party Over Here Hires Becky SloviterThe former Ink Factory exec will serve as head of production and development for the production shingle formed by Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/lonely-islands-production-company-hires-becky-sloviter-976845

Former TV Land President Joins Virtual Reality Firm
Larry Jones
will serve as CEO of Blackthorn Media. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tv-land-president-joins-virtual-reality-firm-976533

Black Label Media Ups Jon Schumacher & Rachel SmithBlack Label Media has promoted two execs from within — Jon Schumacher to Senior VP Development and Rachel Smith as VP Development. http://deadline.com/2017/02/black-label-media-jon-schumacher-rachel-smith-promotion-1201914262/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Major Hollywood Studios ‘Systematically Discriminated’ Against Female Directors, EEOC Finds The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has completed its investigation into charges that the Hollywood studio system engages in systematic discrimination against female filmmakers, and the results are explosive. The outlet reports that “the EEOC is currently in settlement talks with the major studios to resolve charges that they systemically discriminated against women directors.” http://www.indiewire.com/2017/02/major-hollywood-studios-discriminated-female-directors-eeoc-1201783475/

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