The Morning Update for Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, February 28, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Benedict Cumberbatch and Showtime Team for ‘Melrose’ Miniseries
Benedict Cumberbatch
is teaming with Showtime for a five-part limited series. Cumberbatch will star in and executive produce Melrose, a mini based on the fictional works of author and journalist Edward St. Aubyn. He’ll play the titular character, Patrick Melrose, whose been the focus of five novels — including the the 2006 Man Booker Prize-winning Mother’s Milk. David Nicholls is set to adapt all five installments, with each episode focusing on a different one of St. Aubyn’s Melrose books. The character is described as an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy struggling with considerable parent issues. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/benedict-cumberbatch-showtime-team-melrose-miniseries-981383

‘Incorporated’ Canceled By Syfy After One SeasonSyfy has opted not to renew freshman drama series Incorporated for a second season. http://deadline.com/2017/02/incorporate-series-canceled-syfy-one-season-matt-damon-ben-affleck-1202004872/

‘Modern Family’ in Limbo: Actors Without New Contracts as Season 8 Wraps
ABC
and studio 20th Century Fox TV are said to be fighting over the top-rated series’ costs. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/modern-family-limbo-actors-new-contracts-as-season-8-wraps-981026

(review) Variety: ‘National Treasure’ on Hulu, With Robbie Coltrane and Julie WaltersOver the course of that handful of installments, which arrive on Hulu all at once, “National Treasure” manages to build more suspense and have greater impact than many dramas that chew up far more airtime. Thanks in part to a uniformly phenomenal cast, it makes intelligent and unsentimental observations about the costs of fame and the routine concessions made to celebrity. http://variety.com/2017/tv/reviews/national-treasure-review-hulu-robbie-coltrane-julie-walters-1201993384/

CASTING NEWS:

Rob Riggle to Topline ABC Single-Dad ComedyThe half-hour hails from ‘Telenovela’ writing duo Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/rob-riggle-topline-abc-single-dad-comedy-981366

Rachelle Lefevre To Star In ‘Doomsday’ ABC Drama Pilot

Former Under The Dome star Rachelle Lefevre is set as a lead opposite Jack Davenport in ABC‘s thriller drama pilot Doomsday, from producer Carol Mendelsohn and Sony TV. http://deadline.com/2017/02/rachelle-lefevre-cast-doomsday-abc-drama-pilot-1201976625/

Jeremy Piven to Star in CBS Tech Drama ‘Wisdom of the Crowd’The Emmy winner recently wrapped a four-season run on ‘Mr. Selfridge.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/jeremy-piven-star-wisdom-crowd-981148

Annie Mumolo to Star in Melissa McCarthy-Produced Family Comedy for FoxThe project reunites the two, who worked together on ‘Bridesmaids.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/annie-mumolo-star-amys-brother-981377

Stephen Moyer to Star in Fox Marvel DramaThe ‘True Blood’ grad joins a cast that includes Blair Redford and Jamie Chung. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/stephen-moyer-star-fox-marvel-drama-981395

‘Moana’ Star Auli’i Cravalho Joins Jason Katims NBC Pilot ‘Drama High’“Moana” star Auli’i Cravalho has joined NBC’s Jason Katim pilot “Drama High.” http://www.thewrap.com/moana-star-aulii-cravalho-joins-jason-katims-nbc-pilot-drama-high/

Derek Hough Cast In NBC’s Kourtney Kang Comedy PilotDerek Hough, the Dancing With The Stars regular who is a judge on NBC’s upcoming competition series World Of Dance, has been set as a guest star on the network’s Kourtney Kang single-camera comedy pilot. http://deadline.com/2017/02/derek-hough-comedy-pilot-paula-abdul-kourtney-kang-nbc-1202017633/

USA’s ‘Queen of the South’ Casts Ryan O’Nan in Season 2
USA
drug cartel drama “Queen of the South” has added actor and writer Ryan O’Nan, both as a cast member and a story editor, in Season 2. http://www.thewrap.com/usa-queen-of-the-south-casts-ryan-onan-season-2-exclusive/

Diana Rigg Joins Court For Season 2 Of PBS’ ‘Victoria’Diana Rigg, who recently played the shrewd matriarch of the Tyrell family on HBO’s Game of Thrones, has joined the cast of Masterpiece on PBS Victoriaopposite Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes. http://deadline.com/2017/02/diana-rigg-cast-victoria-season-2-masterpiece-on-pbs-1202018430/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

(sched) ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ to Premiere in Late Summer or Fall, CBS CEO Says"We’re not going to rush it in. There’s lots of postproduction, but I’m very confident based on what I’ve seen so far," Leslie Moonves told investors. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/star-trek-discovery-premiere-summer-early-fall-cbs-ceo-says-981164

Netflix to Hit 100 Million Subscribers Worldwide Soon, CEO SaysMore than half come from the company’s international expansion. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflix-hit-100-million-subscribers-worldwide-soon-ceo-says-981085

YouTube viewers watch 1bn hours of content per day
YouTube
viewers are now watching a billion hours of content a day on the video service, according to company stats. http://www.digitaltveurope.net/665872/youtube-viewers-watch-1bn-hours-of-content-per-day/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

(sched) ABC & John Ridley’s L.A. Riots Documentary Gets Airdate
Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992
, the two-hour documentary from John Ridley and ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions, will air on ABC on Friday, April 28 from 9-11 PM. http://deadline.com/2017/02/let-it-fall-john-ridley-los-angeles-riots-documentary-airdate-abc-1202025962/

Showtime Revives Election Show ‘The Circus’ for Trump’s First 100 DaysThe new season kicks off March 19, shifting its focus from the campaign trail to the new administration. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/showtime-revives-election-show-circus-trumps-first-100-days-981092

Beyond ‘O.J.:’ How ESPN Became The Most Powerful Platform for Docs To Make a Difference“This is where I think the of reach of ESPN, in a weird way, is sort of subversive,” said Edelman. “Everyone watches ESPN, and so people who otherwise would not engage in a story that involves a lot of the issues of this film are lured into it. [Sports] is the one unifying thing in our country where the proverbial red and blue states can all enjoy it together.” http://www.indiewire.com/2017/02/oj-made-in-america-espn-sports-documentaries-30-for-30-1201786598/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

ITV Orders Five-Part Drama ‘Desire’ From ‘Last King of Scotland’ Co-WriterU.K. TV giant ITV has ordered Desire, a five-part drama serial, written by Jeremy Brock. ITV has commissioned the show from production firm Mammoth Screen. Desire was developed by Rebecca Keane, Mammoth’s creative director, and the company’s Damien Timmer and Julia Stannard will executive produce it. The story focuses on Leia, "who is just about managing to hold her life together in the face of a messy divorce when she finds herself falling in love with an intensity she’s never experienced before," according to a plot summary. “Desire looks at what happens when a passion is so powerful it starts to jeopardize your job, your home, and even your kids." http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/itv-orders-five-part-drama-desire-last-king-scotland-writer-981447

Amazon gets Locked UpAmazon has licensed two seasons of a Spanish drama that explores life inside a prison. Locked Up (aka Vis a Vis) debuted on Atresmedia’s Antena 3 in Spain. The show is produced by Spanish media giant Mediapro’s Globomedia. http://www.c21media.net/amazon-gets-locked-up/

TWDC NEWS:

As ‘Kids’ Upfront’ Kicks Off, Disney Woos Madison Avenue“We are optimistic it’s going to be a strong marketplace,” said Rita Ferro, president of ad sales for the company’s Disney ABC Television, which encompasses ABC, Freeform and a suite of kids-focused cable networks. The kids-TV market – valued at approximately $800 million in advance advertising commitments from Madison Avenue – gets underway this week, with presentations expectd from Disney as well as Viacom’s Nickelodeon. Early indicators from toy manufacturers and movie studios looks strong, added Ferro, in an interview. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/disney-tv-upfront-2017-advertising-kids-1201998365/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

PR Exec Jennifer Solari Departs MTV for Sony Television
Jennifer Solari
has been named senior vice president of media and talent relationships at Sony Pictures Television. The publicity executive comes from MTV where she was for nearly four years. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/jennifer-solari-sony-television-mtv-publicity-1201996293/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

(gaming) Kotaku: Microsoft Unveils $10 Monthly Gaming Subscription Service For Xbox OneComing this spring to the Xbox One, the Xbox Game Pass will give console owners access to over 100 Xbox One and backwards compatible games for $9.99 a month.The Xbox Game Pass is not a streaming service, like PlayStation Now, but a game download subscription. http://kotaku.com/microsoft-unveils-10-monthly-gaming-subscription-servi-1792818880

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