The Morning Update for Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, March 1, 2017:


1920s Harlem Music Soap From L.A. Reid, ‘Smash’ Duo, Kenny Leon Set at Fox
has put into development Cotton Club, a 1920s music drama from Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Kenny Leon and L.A. Reid. The project, from Sony Pictures Television and Zadan and Meron’s Storyline Entertainment, is being envisioned as an event series. The drama is described as a sexy, soapy music series based in the hottest club in Harlem in the Roaring ’20s, chronicling the interconnected lives of the black entertainers who performed there and the white gangsters who ran it. Ayanna Floyd will pen the script and serve as showrunner should Cotton Club move forward.

Netflix Boards BBC Drama ‘Troy’ From ‘Night Manager’ Writer
is joining forces with the BBC and David Farr on Troy: Fall of a City, a limited series set during the Trojan War. The drama, which BBC One and U.K.-based Wild Mercury previously said they produce in association with Kudos, is described as an epic tale of love revenge and intrigue focusing on the war and the love affair between Paris and Helen of Troy. Owen Harris, who directed the acclaimed San Junipero episode of Netflix series Black Mirror, will helm Troy, with Derek Wax (Humans) executive producing together with Farr and Barney Reisz (Black Mirror) producing.

FX Orders Ryan Murphy’s ‘Charles and Diana’ for ‘Feud’ Season 2The second installment will air in 2018 with a focus on the Royals.

Neil Gaiman Inks TV Development Deal With FremantleMediaThe comic book legend will develop projects from his library as well as original ideas.

(animated) Disney XD Renews Al Yankovic’s ‘Milo Murphy’s Law,’ Eden Sher’s ‘Star vs. The Forces of Evil’
‘Star vs. The Forces of Evil’ returns for its third season in the summer; ‘Milo Murphy’s Law’ is getting a second-season renewal.

(review) Variety: ‘Making History’ on FoxIn its first four episodes, it provides some skilled actors with a couple of historical scenarios in which they make a series of mostly predictable jokes about the customs and conventions of the past. Occasionally, “Making History” makes an amusing observation, but there’s no overwhelming reason to sign up for repeated journeys with this crew.


ABC’s Marvel Drama ‘Inhumans’ Finds its Black Bolt in Anson MountThe ‘Hell on Wheels’ grad will star alongside ‘Game of Thrones’ alum Iwan Rheon.

Jenna Fischer to Star in ABC’s Emily Kapnek Comedy

‘The Office’ grad will topline ‘Splitting Up Together’ from the ‘Suburgatory’ creator.

Lyndon Smith To Star In Shondaland ABC Drama Pilot; Ben Shenkman Co-StarsParenthood alumna Lyndon Smith has been cast as a lead in ABC‘s untitled legal drama pilot from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland and ABC Studios. Also cast in the pilot, written by Written by Paul William Davies and directed by Tom Verica, is Ben Shenkman (Royal Pains).

Mary Holland To Co-Star In Carol Burnett ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Household Name’
Mary Holland
(Blunt Talk) has landed a lead role opposite Carol Burnett and Matt Oberg in the ABC multi-camera comedy pilot Household Name, written/executive produced by Michael Saltzman and executive produced by Amy Poehler through her Paper Kite banner.

Shemar Moore to Star in ‘S.W.A.T’ Reboot for CBSThe ‘Criminal Minds’ grad will return to the network and take on the role portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson in the feature film.

Archie Panjabi to Star in Fox’s Sheldon Turner DramaShe’ll play a crisis management consultant in the show formerly known as ‘Controversy.’

Rita Wilson Joins Fox’s Sheldon Turner DramaShe joins ‘Good Wife’ grad Archie Panjabi, who will star in the project.

Sean Teale To Co-Star In Fox Marvel Pilot As Newly Created Mutant CharacterSean Teale, star of the Syfy series Incorporated, has been cast in a lead role opposite Stephen Moyer in Fox‘s Marvel action-adventure pilot.

‘Saturday Night Live’ Alum Jon Rudnitsky To Star In NBC Pilot ‘Relatively Happy’Jon Rudnitsky is set as the male lead opposite Genevieve Angelson in Relatively Happy(fka Happy Peppers), NBC‘s multi-camera comedy from Will & Grace creator Max Mutchnick and Friends alum Jeff Astrof.

NBC’s Charlaine Harris Drama ‘Redliners’ Casts Its Lead
Hannah Ware
will star in the pilot from the ‘True Blood’ author.

‘Chicago Fire’ Adds Kamal Angelo Bolden To Cast As New FirefighterChicago Fire Department’s Truck Company 81 is getting a new recruit. Kamal Angelo Bolden (Rosewood) has joined the cast of Dick Wolf’sNBC series Chicago Fire.


YouTube Unveils Live TV Bundle for $35 Per Month With 40 Channels
has a new pitch for younger consumers disenchanted with cable and satellite TV: YouTube TV, a new “skinny” bundle of about 40 TV channels including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN, priced at $35 per month. The TV programming will be accessible both live and on-demand — and with no DVR recording restrictions.


‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 24: Full Celebrity Cast Announced
“Dancing With the Stars”
is returning to the ballroom next month for Season 24, and a new cast of celebrity contestants was revealed Wednesday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Bonner Bolton with Sharna Burgess

Charo with Keo Motsepe

Chris Kattan with Witney Carson

David Ross with Lindsay Arnold

Erika Jayne with Gleb Savchenko

Heather Morris with Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Mr. T with Kym Herjavec

Nancy Kerrigan with Artem Chigvintsev

Nick Viall with Peta Murgatroyd

Normani Kordei with Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Rashad Jennings with Emma Slater

Simone Biles with Sasha Farber

Kendis Gibson Named Co-Anchor Of ABC’s ‘America This Morning’ & ‘World News’
Kendis Gibson
has been named co-anchor of ABC NewsAmerica This Morning and World News Now, joining Diane Macedo.


Billy Campbell Crime Drama ‘Cardinal’ Renewed for Second and Third SeasonsCanada’s CTV has made its first-ever order for consecutive seasons of a homegrown drama by handing a second- and third-season pick-up to Cardinal, a crime drama starring Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse. No word yet on a U.S. sale, but eOne is understood to be in active negotiations on additional sales.

Netflix Invests Nearly $2 Billion in European Productions, Promises More
CEO Reed Hastings said Wednesday that the company had invested more than $1.75 billion in European productions, including licensed programming, original content and co-productions, as the U.S.-based streaming giant increasingly turns to the international side of its business to drive growth. Netflix currently has more than 90 original productions in various stages of development.

NBCU takes a Chance on Hugh Laurie Hulu drama
has acquired Hugh Laurie drama Chance for a raft of its international nets. NBCUniversal International Networks (NBCUIN) has bought the series for its nets in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Poland. The series has Hugh Laurie as a forensic neuro-psychiatrist who gets dragged into a world of violence and crime. It is based upon the Kem Nunn thriller and went out on Hulu in the US. Chance is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and Groundswell Productions.

MTG makes Disney dealScandinavian broadcaster Modern Times Group (MTG) has extended its content deal with Disney, with the US company’s shows set to air across Viaplay and Viasat services. MTG’s on demand service Viaplay will also allow fans to access ABC Studios On Demand, featuring the likes of Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Scandal and Quantico.

Wuaki races towards SVOD deal with DisneySpanish streaming service Wuaki has scored an exclusive SVOD agreement to bring programming from Disney-owned US cable channel Freeform to its subscribers. The deal includes teen- and young adult-focused shows such as Beyond, Stitchers, Dead of Summer, The Fosters, Young & Hungry and Secret Life of an American Teenager.

Kim Cattrall To Play POTUS In Swedish Crime Series ‘Modus’Kim Cattrall is adding to her international TV credits with Modus, the Swedish crime series originated by TV4’s streaming service C More. The erstwhile Samantha Jones will play the U.S. President in the psychological thriller’s second season which is currently in production for air this fall. Modus’ first season followed psychologist and profiler Inger Johanne Vik (Melinda Kinnaman) as she found herself, and her autistic daughter, drawn into an investigation surrounding a series of disturbing and brutal deaths. The case led her to team up with detective Ingvar Nymann (Henrik Norlen) in order to uncover the shocking crimes.


Disney Airs Its First Animated Same-Sex KissThe scene took place on Disney XD’s Star vs. the Forces of Evil, which is a comedy adventure show that focuses on the adventures of princess Star Butterfly.


Jonathan Wald Exits CNN, Heads To MSNBC As SVP Programming And DevelopmentJonathan Wald is bowing out of CNN, where he has been EP-ing Don Lemon’s primetime show, to become SVP Programming and Development at MSNBC.

Comedy Central Names Tanya Giles General Manager, Replacing David BernathComedy Central General Manager David Bernath is leaving the company after 12 years effective March 15. He will be replaced by Viacom veteran Tanya Giles, who is being promoted to that role, reporting to Comedy Central President Kent Alterman. As GM, Giles will oversee Brand Strategy, Marketing, Programming, and Digital/Social Strategy. She will be based in Comedy Central’s SoHo offices.

Valerie Meraz Upped To SVP Content Acquisitions & Strategy For Turner NetsValerie Merazhas been promoted to SVP Content Acquisitions & Strategy for Turner’s entertainment networks. Based in Atlanta, she’ll be negotiating deals for movies and off-network series on behalf of TBS, TNT, truTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, Turner Classic Movies and FilmStruck.

(books) Barack and Michelle Obama Sign Multimillion-Dollar Book Deals With Penguin Random House
Penguin Random House
has won a hard-fought battle for bidding rights to two new post-White House books by Barack and Michelle Obama. The Financial Times reported that the auction among rival book publishers had topped a record-breaking $60 million. The former president and his first lady will write separate memoirs under terms of the deal.

Will Disney’s Bob Iger Run for President in 2020? Hollywood Friends Are Nudging
told THR in June that "a lot of people have urged me to seek political office," and now he’s considering the prodding for him to lead the Democratic ticket.


Comedy Central Will Launch 3-Day Comedy and Music Festival
Comedy Central
wants to move stand-up comedy out of the clubs and into the realm occupied by massive outdoor events like Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza. The Viacom-owned cable network plans to launch the “Colossal Clusterfest,” a three-day event that will feature comedy showcases, music, podcast recordings and collaborations by the artists attending, all held at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium from Friday, June 2 to Sunday June 4. Comedy Central plans to air a 90-minute live special from the event on June 4.

Ars Technica: Americans have fewer TVs on average than they did in 2009Americans went from having an average of 2.6 TVs per household in 2009 to having 2.3 TVs in 2015, according to survey data from the US Energy Information Agency (EIA). The latest data shows that in 2015, 2.6 percent of households had no TV at all, a jump from the previous four surveys in 2009, 2005, 2001, and 1997 in which a steady 1.2 to 1.3 percent of households didn’t own a TV.

(gaming) Polygon: Nintendo Switch reviewCompared to the Wii U on its merits, the Nintendo Switch is a slam dunk. It takes the basic concept of the Wii U, of a tablet-based console, and fulfills the promise of it in a way Nintendo simply wasn’t capable of realizing in 2012. …The hardware lives up to its name in how easily and smoothly it moves between [handheld device and a television-connected portable], in how dead simple it all is to make something pretty magical happen.