The Morning Update for Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, March 8, 2017:


Amazon Developing Jill Soloway-Produced Limited Series About Texas Female RodeoAmazon is developing a limited drama series about an all-girl rodeo to be produced by Jill Soloway and Andrea Sperling’s Topple Productions. Written by Cassie Pappas, the period drama is set in 1942. While the men are away fighting during World War II, women in small-town Texas form the first All Girl Rodeo, riding to unprecedented fame and fortune — as long as they can hold on.

‘Riverdale’ Scores Early Season 2 Renewal From The CWThe reimagining of characters from the popular Archie Comics stories marks the first freshman success for the No. 5 net this season.

(ratings) NBC Touts 12 Series Doubling Demo Ratings In Live+35 DaysOne day after CBS announced its audience jumped 54% in total viewers this TV season going from Live+Same Day ratings to Nielsen’s new TCR Live+35 Day ratings, NBC sent out its own announcement boasting that This Is Us heads a list of 12 NBC series more than doubling their demo rating in L+35 ratings, combining linear and non-linear sources.

Pilot Locations 2017: NY, Vancouver & Atlanta Tick Up; LA, Toronto, Chicago SlipFor the first time since California in 2015 implemented a new $330 million-a-year tax credit program to stem runaway production, the state is seeing a drop in the number of broadcast drama pilots this season with 7 shows, down from last year’s 11.

(review) Variety: ‘Marvel’s Iron Fist’ on Netflix
“Marvel’s Iron Fist”
is deadly — in all the wrong ways. Quite a few dramas in the streaming arena have pacing problems, and even Netflix’s better Marvel programs have displayed an affinity for contrived, time-killing subplots. But “Iron Fist” is the most frustrating and ferociously boring example of Netflix Drift in some time.

(review) THR: ‘Marvel’s Iron Fist’After the successes of ‘Daredevil,’ ‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘Luke Cage,’ Marvel and Netflix have their first big misstep with ‘Iron Fist.’


Cristela Alonzo Returns to ABC for Drama ‘Gospel of Kevin’The actress, writer and stand-up comedian will star opposite Jason Ritter in the pilot.

John Leguizamo To Co-Star In ABC Drama Pilot ‘Salamander’
John Leguizamo
is set to co-star opposite Allison Miller inSalamander, ABC‘s drama pilot based on a Belgian format.

Laverne Cox Cast as Co-Lead in ABC Pilot ‘The Trustee’
Laverne Cox
has already found her next broadcast TV gig. Cox will be the co-lead on ABC’s “The Trustee,” a female buddy cop pilot from Warner Bros. TV and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s company Brownstone Productions.

Roslyn Ruff Joins Marc Cherry’s ABC Drama Pilot; Dana Powell In ‘Unit Zero’
Roslyn Ruff
is set for a series-regular role opposite Reba McEntire in ABC‘s Marc Cherry drama pilot, from ABC Studios. Dana Powell has joined the series-regular cast of ABC pilot Unit Zero.

Richard T. Jones Cast In ‘Wisdom Of The Crowd’ CBS Drama PilotRichard T. Jones has been cast in a lead role opposite Jeremy Piven inWisdom of the Crowd, CBS drama pilot from Ted Humphrey and Keshet Studios.

Coby Bell To Co-Star In Fox Marvel PilotBurn Notice alum Coby Bell is set for a co-starring role opposite Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker in Fox‘s untitled Marvel action-adventure pilot.

Tim DeKay & Zachary Knighton To Co-Star In ‘Linda From HR’ Fox Comedy PilotFormer White Collar star Tim DeKay and Happy Endings alum Zachary Knighton are set as male leads opposite Lauren Graham on Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Linda From HR.

Nestor Carbonell and Colm Feore Join Fox’s ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ RebootThe two join the previously cast Marg Helgenberger.

Erin Moriarty To Co-Star In Fox University Thriller Pilot From Sheldon TurnerJessica JonesErin Moriarty has been cast in a key role opposite Archie Panjabi, Austin Stowell and Rita Wilson in Fox’s untitled university thriller drama pilot (formerly known as Controversy).

‘The O.C.’ Alum Alan Dale Joins CW’s ‘Dynasty’ Reboot
Alan Dale
has joined the CW’s “Dynasty” pilot

Patricia Clarkson to Star in HBO’s Gillian Flynn Drama ‘Sharp Objects’She joins the straight-to-series Amy Adams drama from Marti Noxon.

Jason Isaacs, Mary Wiseman to co-star in ‘Star Trek: Discovery’
will play Lorca, the ship’s captain, and Wiseman will portray Tilly, a Starfleet Academy cadet.


Spike Lee’s ‘Rodney King’ Starring Roger Guenveur Smith Acquired by Netflix
has bought the rights to “Rodney King,” directed by Spike Lee and performed as a one-man show by Roger Guenveur Smith. The streaming service has scheduled the project to premiere on April 28.

BBC and ITV’s BritBox Launches With ‘Fawlty Towers,’ ‘Prime Suspect,’ ‘Absolutely Fabulous’
, the streaming child of British media giants BBC Worldwide and ITV, has officially launched stateside. For $6.99 a month, Americans get access to a plethora of past BBC and ITV-produced series.

(animated) Time Warner to Launch Boomerang Cartoon Streaming-Subscription Service for $5 MonthlyBugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo, the Flintstones and other cartoon favorites will play a starring role in a new subscription-video service version of Boomerang, from Time Warner’s Turner and Warner Bros. The Boomerang internet-video service — which will not carry any ads — will launch sometime in the spring of 2017, priced starting at $4.99 per month.

AMC Networks’ Shudder Acquires Swedish Drama ‘Jordskott’ For StreamingShudder, the premium streaming service backed by AMC Networks, has acquired the Scandi-noir drama Jordskottfrom ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The first two episodes of Season 1 will launch April 6, with two new episodes premiering each week thereafter.


Fred Savage To Host ABC Game Show ‘Child Support’ From Ricky Gervais
Fred Savage
has been honing his talk-show chops as a frequent guest host on ABC’s Live with Kelly — and is rumored to be in the running for the permanent job. In the meantime, The Grinder alum has landed a different gig at the network: hosting its upcoming game show Child Support from Ricky Gervais and Banijay Studios North America.

‘Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars’ & ‘Growing Up Hip Hop’ Spinoffs In Works At WEtv
WE tv
is expanding two of its most successful franchises Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars and Growing Up Hip Hop through new spinoff series Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition and Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta.

MGM Television & Jukin Media Team To Produce Unscripted Original SeriesMGM Television and entertainment company Jukin Media have signed a co-production deal to create, develop and produce unscripted original series for network, cable and premium SVOD. The initial focus will be on competitions, game shows and talent shows that feature user-generated content.

‘Kindred Spirits’ Ghost-Hunting Series Renewed For Season 2 By TLCThe ghost hunters are returning for a second go-round. TLC has picked up its hit series Kindred Spirits for a second season.


Altice Studio, Sky Vision Join Forces on ‘Riviera’
Sky Vision
, the production and distribution arm of Sky, is joining forces with Altice Studio on Neil Jordan’s anticipated series “Riviera.” Altice Studio is co-producing the 10-episode thriller series which is set on the French Riviera and stars Julia Stiles, Lena Olin, Adrian Lester, Iwan Rheon and Roxane Duran.


Scott Stuber To Netflix As Jim Gianopulos Front-Runner For Paramount With Mike De Luca For Film UnitScott Stuber is expected to take the Netflix motion picture job as word comes that after a second round of talks with a number of candidates, the former chairman of 20th Century Fox Jim Gianopulos has emerged as the front-runner to run Paramount along with Michael De Luca overseeing the motion picture division of the studio.

MTV Development Head Eli Lehrer Exits, Will Be Replaced by VH1’s Lily NeumeyerThis marks the latest restructuring at the Viacom-owned cable network, which continues to merge VH1 and MTV under one unified team.

MTV Trims Trio From Development Team in Latest ConsolidationSenior vp series development of West Coast reality programming Colin Nash, senior director MTV series development Laurel Stier and Eli Lehrer’s assistant/junior development exec have all been let go.

Korea’s Titan Platform Hires Former Endemol Shine Exec Adrian Sexton for U.S. ExpansionKorean hardware and content startup Titan Platform has hired former Endemol Shine and Lionsgate executive Adrian Sexton as its first U.S. CEO, tasked with heading the company’s North American expansion. As a first step, Titan Platform is set to announce its own streaming device next month.

Time Warner Chief Jeff Bewkes Says Streaming Won’t Pass Big Cable for 3 to 5 Years“You’re going to see still in three to five years the majority of subscribers existing through the ecosystem and existing business we know,” he said at the Deutsche Bank 2017 Media & Telecom Conference in Palm Beach, Florida. However, Bewkes does believe pay-TV will “evolve into a bigger variety of skinnier and fuller packages,” saying, “you’ll have some genre-focused packages in sports and other things.”


(gaming) Verge: Nintendo says Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon video ‘will come in time’ to the Switch“We’re talking to a range of companies about other services, companies like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon — things that will come in time,” said Fils-Aime. “In our view, these are not differentiators. What differentiates us is the way you play with the Nintendo Switch and what you can play.”