The Morning Update for Friday, March 3, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, March 3, 2017. Have a great weekend!

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Matthew Weiner’s Amazon Series Revealed: Russian Royals, ‘Mad Men’ Ties, $50M BudgetThe showrunner finally shares details about ‘The Romanoffs’ — including its anthology structure of 8 standalone episodes and plans to film around the world. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/matthew-weiners-amazon-series-revealed-russian-royals-mad-men-ties-50m-budget-982167

‘Like Water for Chocolate’ TV Adaptation in the Works From Endemol Shine Studios
Endemol Shine Studios
is developing classic Mexican novel “Like Water for Chocolate” (“Como Agua Para Chocolate”) into a TV series. The TV series will be in English, though the company plans to adapt it into other languages as well. The story follows a young woman, Tita, who yearns to marry her lover but has been tasked with being the unmarried daughter who takes care of her mother until she dies. http://www.thewrap.com/like-water-for-chocolate-in-the-works-as-tv-series-adaptation/

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s MRC Series ‘The One Percent’ No Longer At Starz, Moves Forward With Greg Kinnear As New Lead
The One Percent
, MRC’s drama series from Oscar-winning filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu, is on the move. The project, which originally was picked up by Starz in summer 2014 with a 10-episode straight-to-series order, is now in turnaround after several production start delays led to the pay cable network pulling out as U.S. broadcaster. Greg Kinnear was recently cast as the male lead, replacing Ed Helms who was originally set to play the role. MRC will look for a new distributor. http://deadline.com/2017/03/alejandro-g-inarritu-the-one-percent-starz-exit-greg-kinnear-cast-mrc-series-1202035083/

(review) THR: ‘The Arrangement’ on E!
If The Arrangement isn’t going to be bound by telling audiences the truth about a real couple that captivated us, then it ought to have the leeway to be more outlandish and thrilling than the actuality. I don’t know whether I wanted The Arrangement to be realer or trashier or funnier, but it needed to be something more. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/arrangement-review-982485

(review) Variety: Dick Wolf’s ‘Chicago Justice’ on NBCOf course, the “Chicago” franchise is a bit boilerplate. But in investing in so many diverse characters united by common mission, it feels like a broadcast formula with a necessary jolt of contemporary vision. “Chicago Justice” is not going to change our notion of courtroom dramas, but for what it is, it’s solid, satisfying stuff. http://variety.com/2017/tv/reviews/chicago-justice-review-nbc-dick-wolf-philip-winchester-1202000342/

CASTING NEWS:

Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ Enlists Ken LeungThe ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ alum has booked a key role in the straight-to-series ABC drama. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/marvels-inhumans-enlists-ken-leung-982464

‘Deception’: Vinnie Jones Cast In ABC Drama Pilot
Vinnie Jones
(Galavant) is set for a series regular role opposite Jack Cutmore-Scott in ABC‘s drama pilot, Deception, from Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti TV. http://deadline.com/2017/03/deception-vinnie-jones-cast-abc-drama-pilot-1202035003/

‘Las Reinas’: Daniella Alonso To Play the Lead In ABC Crime Drama Pilot

Daniella Alonso (Animal Kingdom) has been cast as the lead in Las Reinas, ABC’s drama pilot from feature writer Dean Georgaris, ABC Studios and the Mark Gordon Co. http://deadline.com/2017/03/las-reinas-daniella-alonso-star-abc-crime-drama-pilot-1202034880/

The Originals’ Claire Holt Joins Cast of ABC’s Apocalyptic Pilot DoomsdayThe Originals star Claire Holt has joined the cast of ABC’s apocalyptic drama pilot Doomsday. http://tvline.com/2017/03/02/claire-holt-cast-doomsday-abc-drama-pilot-kayla/

‘Big Bang Theory’ Prequel Casts Young Sheldon and His MotherThe half-hour comedy has found its young Dr. Sheldon Cooper in Big Little Lies actor Iain Armitage, as well as Sheldon’s young mother with Zoe Perry (Scandal) set to play Mary Cooper. Meanwhile, CBS has yet to confirm that the project has been picked up to pilot. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/big-bang-theory-prequel-casts-young-sheldon-his-mother-971016

Amy Acker Set as Female Lead in Fox’s Marvel DramaAlso joining the cast of the Matt Nix drama are Emma Dumont and Percy Hynes White. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/amy-acker-set-as-female-lead-foxs-marvel-drama-982489

Leah Remini to Star in NBC’s ‘What About Bob?’ Reboot
Jessica Gunning
will also star in ‘What About Barb?,’ the female-driven remake of the Bill Murray-Richard Dreyfuss film. Writing duo Joe Port and Joe Wiseman penned the script and will executive produce. Barb hails from ABC Studios. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/leah-remini-star-what-bob-reboot-982486

Dynasty Reboot: Grant Show Set to Star as Blake Carrington in CW PilotMelrose Place vet Grant Show is moving into tonier digs, having signed on to star as wealthy patriarch Blake Carrington in The CW’s Dynasty reboot. http://tvline.com/2017/03/02/dynasty-reboot-grant-blake-carrington-the-cw-cast/

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson YouTube Series ‘Lifeline’ Casts Two Leads
Sydney Park
and Zach Gilfordwill star in “Lifeline,” the new YouTube series executive produced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The series, set in the not-too-distant future, is a half hour series about a little known life insurance company that sends its agents forward 33 days in time to prevent the accidental deaths of its clients. http://www.thewrap.com/dwayne-rock-johnson-youtube-series-lifeline-casts-two-leads/

‘Sense8’: Netflix Reassembling Cast After Options Had Expired, Raising Prospects For Season 3As Season 2 episodes are being edited, Netflix recently reached out to the core cast with offers for new contracts to make them available for a potential third season. About half of the eight leads have closed deals, and the rest are in negotiations. Insiders are optimistic all would come back. http://deadline.com/2017/03/sense8-netflix-cast-new-deals-options-had-expired-season-3-renewal-1201955448/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

‘Battle of the Network Stars’ Reboot in the Works at ABC
ABC
is preparing to add “Battle of the Network Stars” to its roster of primetime game-show revivals. The network is developing a rebooted version of the ’70s and ’80s television classic, which pitted teams of TV stars against one another in athletic competitions. ABC has begun a casting search for what would be a new event series airing this summer. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/battle-of-the-network-stars-abc-1202000808/

NBC Orders Ellen DeGeneres Game Show ‘Ellen’s Game of Games’
NBC
has given a six-episode order to a primetime game show based on segments from Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime series. The hourlong “Ellen’s Game of Games” will raid the cupboards of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” drawing from a well of games like “What’s In the Box?” and “Know Or Go?” http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/ellen-degeneres-game-show-nbc-1202000792/

‘Lip Sync Battle Shorties’ Grabs Series Order From NickelodeonThe collaboration among Viacom cable networks is stepping up a notch with Nickelodeon handing a 10-episode order to a kid-centric spin on Spike TV’s “Lip Sync Battle” franchise. “Lip Sync Battle Shorties” will feature everyday kids competing to perform pop songs in lip-sync challenges. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/lip-sync-battle-shorties-nickelodeon-series-order-1202000882/

TWDC NEWS:

(analyst) Smaller 2017 Slate Means More Risk at Disney
Disney
dominated the box office last year thanks to several big franchises among its 13 releases. In fact, Disney has been the most profitable studio for the last three years, with the other majors well behind, particularly over the past two years. But the studio has just eight movies on its 2017 slate, a reduction that makes each of its bets that much riskier. http://variety.com/2017/voices/columns/disney-2017-slate-1201998419/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Lionsgate TV’s Marcello Bellisario Expands Casting Duties to Starz in New Multiyear DealBellisario will work closely with the premium cable channel on original programming. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lionsgate-tvs-marcello-bellisario-expands-casting-duties-starz-new-multiyear-deal-982214

Freeform Adds Naomi Bulochnikov-Paul as VP of Communications
Freeform
has named Naomi Bulochnikov-Paul its new vice president of communications. Bulochnikov-Paul, who will report to Disney-ABC Television Group Global Communications EVP Kevin Brockman, fills the void left by Jori Arancio, who moved over to Disney’s ABC in the fall. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/freeform-naomi-bulochnikov-paul-vp-communications-1202001083/

Disney Media Nets Distribution Chief Ben Pyne Stepping DownThe veteran exec has been with the company for 25 years. Pyne plans to stay on to assist with the transition, though no replacement has been named. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/disney-media-nets-distribution-chief-ben-pyne-stepping-down-982459

(q&a) E! Network President Discusses Scripted Push, Kim Kardashian Paris Trauma and Peak TV
Q: Right now, you have two original scripted dramas, but where do you stand on scripted comedy? How important is it to you to add that kind of series to your lineup?

Adam Stotsky: Several years ago, we acquired the rights to Sex and the City, and that was certainly a dramedy, I guess. So anything’s possible for us. We’re taking a measured approached to our investment in scripted. E! does about 600 hours of original programming a year. This year we’ll do 20 hours of scripted — 10 hours of The Royals and 10 hours of The Arrangement. So we’ll take it in a modest, measured way as we develop, but comedy is certainly plausible. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/e-network-president-arrangement-kim-kardashian-robbery-982407

Steve Martin to Teach Online Comedy CourseComedy legend Steve Martin will offer tips, tricks and insights from his 50-year showbiz career in his first-ever online class, set to launch this spring. The class, which will cost $90, will be available through internet-education startup MasterClass. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/steve-martin-online-comedy-course-masterclass-1202000779/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

DTVE: Millennials watch 27% less TV than over 35sMillennials spend about 27% less time watching traditional TV than people aged over 35, according to new research by Nielsen. The ‘Millennials on Millennials’ report claims that adults aged 18-34 spend on average 66% of their gross weekly video-viewing minutes watching traditional TV. This compares to 89% for adults aged 35 and over. http://www.digitaltveurope.net/667622/millennials-watch-27-less-tv-than-over-35s/

NBCUniversal Invests $500 Million in Snap
NBCUniversal
has invested $500 million in Snap as part of the digital media firm’s IPO process this week. http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/nbcuniversal-snap-invests-500-million-1202001470/

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