The Morning Update for Monday, March 13, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, March 13, 2017:


(from Fri) Will Smith’s Overbook Tackling Max Brooks’ ‘Harlem Hellfighters’ for History Channel
Harlem Hellfighters
, the fact-based graphic novel by World War Z author Max Brooks, is getting the limited-series treatment from History Channel. Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio are on board to pen what is being developed as a six-hour series that will hail from A+E Studios in association with Overbrook Entertainment and Immersive Pictures. Hellfighers, illustrated by Caanan White, was based on the real-life U.S. Army’s 369th infantry division, an African American unit fighting in Europe during World War I.

(from Fri) Emmett/Furla To Develop Series Based On ‘The Dirty’ Blogger Nik Richie
partners Randall Emmett and George Furla have aligned with Nik Richie to produce a scripted TV series based on his memoir Sex, Lies, And The Dirty. The memoir details Richie’s rags-to-riches rise to success as the founder of the infamous celebrity gossip blog The site was conceived in a Scottsdale, AZ garage, where Richie dished on Scottsdale socialites.

‘The Vampire Diaries’ Could Get a Second Spinoff"I see … a future for either ‘The Originals’ or another piece of the franchise to launch off of the end of ‘The Originals,’" showrunner Julie Plec tells THR.

(from Fri) CBS’ Paul Attanasio Drama Pilot RolledCBS has pushed the untitled Paul Attanasio Latino cop family drama pilot, executive produced by Leonard Goldberg, for casting reasons. Written by Homicide creator Attanasio, the drama revolves around the multi-generational members of a Mexican-American family with deep roots in San Diego intertwine personally and professionally due to their powerful careers in law enforcement.

(from Fri) ‘The 100’ Renewed for Fifth Season at The CWThe Jason Rothenberg-produced series has posted solid returns in its fourth season.

(from Fri) ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Renewed for Season 4 at PopThe Canadian comedy is currently in the middle of its third season on the cabler.

(sched) CBS Sends ‘Training Day’ to Saturdays, ‘Amazing Race’ Returning EarlyThe freshman drama, starring the late Bill Paxton, has underperformed after the network’s popular block of Thursday comedies.

Variety: ‘American Crime’ Season 3, With Its Focus on the Collapse of Rural America, Becomes Heir to ‘The Wire’With Season 3, the show has struck pay dirt — perhaps because Ridley and the rest of the cast and crew, with two years of experience, have found a way to make their unique formula work. …There is a truth-telling clarity here that feels much more vital than the last two seasons of “American Crime”; this is a story of institutional failure, not just personal guilt.

(review) Variety: ‘Prison Break’ on FoxThere are apparently reasons that Scofield — who was presumed dead at the end of “Prison Break’s” first run — is alive and wound up in a prison halfway around the world. But this new incarnation doesn’t make those mysteries as tantalizing as they need to be to overlook its reliance on unfortunate stereotypes, an often unpleasant atmosphere, and unexceptional plot turns.

(review) THR: ‘The Son’ on AMCAs I started The Son, I found myself less-than-engaged with the things that were supposed to be its calling cards, including the story and Pierce Brosnan. As I worked my way through 10 episodes, I found ideas to latch onto and a number of supporting performances to appreciate.


(from Fri) ‘Once Upon a Time’ Zeroes In On 4 Cast Members For Potential Season 7 Reboot
ABC Studios
, which produces Once, is in talks with original cast members Jennifer Morrison (Emma), Lana Parrilla (Regina), Robert Carlyle (Mr. Gold) as well as Colin O’Donoghue (Hook), who has been a staple on the show for the past few seasons, about a potential Season 7. The list does not include Ginnifer Goodwin (Mary), Josh Dallas (David) and Jared Gilmore (Henry), who had been on the show since the start.

(from Fri) Peter Cambor Joins ‘Unit Zero’ ABC Dramedy Pilot; Lombardo Boyar & Bernard Jones Cast In Comedy Projects
Peter Cambor
has signed on as a series regular in ABC pilot Unit Zero, an action dramedy starring Toni Collette from the Black-ish duo of exec producer Kenya Barris and supervising producer Lindsey Shockley. Murder in the First alum Lombardo Boyar is set as a series regular opposite Rob Riggle in ABC’s multi-camera, single-dad comedy written by Dannah Phirman & Danielle Schneider. Bernard Jones has booked a series regular role opposite Brandon Micheal Hall in ABC’s untitled City Mayor comedy pilot.

(from Fri) ‘Brothered Up’ CBS Comedy Pilot: Romany Malco To Star, Nishi Munshi Also CastRomany Malco (Weeds) has been cast as the co-lead opposite Adhir Kalyan in Brothered Up, the network’s multi-camera buddy cop comedy from CBS TV Studios. Also cast as a regular in the project is Nishi Munshi (The Originals).

(from Fri) ‘What About Barb?’: Ben Lawson Cast In NBC’s Reboot PilotFormer The Deep End star Ben Lawson is set as the male lead opposite Leah Remini in What About Barb?, NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot.

(from Fri) NBC’s Seth Meyers Comedy Pilot Casts Nick Peine; CBS’ ‘The Get’ Adds Alex Fitzalan
Nick Peine
(Office Christmas Party) has booked a series-regular role in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot from Seth Meyers. Newcomer Alex Fitzalan has booked a series-regular role in CBS drama pilot The Get, from 11.22.63 developer-showrunner Bridget Carpenter.

(from Fri) ‘Amy’s Brother’: Ursula Parker & Miguel Pinzon Cast In Fox Comedy PilotLouie‘s Ursula Parker and Miguel Pinzon (Mystery Girls) are set as series regulars opposite Annie Mumolo in Amy’s Brother, Fox‘s single-camera comedy produced by the husband-and-wife duo of Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone and Warner Bros TV.

(from Fri) Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie Snags Title Role in Fox’s Melissa McCarthy-Produced Comedy Pilot Amy’s Brother
Melissa McCarthy
has welcomed Michael Urie into her showbiz family, tapping the Ugly Betty alum to play the titular role in her Fox comedy pilot Amy’s Brother.

(from Fri) Bobby Cannavale Joins ‘Mr. Robot’ as Series Regular
BD Wong
has also been promoted to series regular for the third season, which will premiere in October.

(from Fri) ‘Scalped’: Gil Birmingham, Irene Bedard & Chaske Spencer Round Out Lead Cast For WGN America Pilot
WGN America
has rounded out its lead cast for drama pilot Scalped, which begins production next month, in Santa Fe, NM. Gil Birmingham (Hell or High Water, Twilight films), Irene Bedard (The New World, Smoke Signals) and Chaske Spence (Sneaky Pete, Banshee) join previously announced Alex Meraz and Lily Gladstone in the project, which features a predominantly Native American cast.


(from Fri) Jason Alexander & Son To Topline ‘Dinner With Dad’ Freeform Digital SeriesSeinfeld alum Jason Alexander and his real-life son Gabe Greenspan will headline Dinner With Dad, a new digital short-form series greenlighted by Freeform for premiere March 10. The duo wrote all episodes and will play heightened versions of themselves in the show, which chronicles a young man’s weekly get-together meal with his father. It takes place in a deli, where each week father and son get together to catch up on life.

Hulu Adds A+E Networks to Live TV Service, Viacom OutThe video streaming service will carry six popular A+E brands like History, Lifetime and Viceland.


Tyra Banks Named ‘America’s Got Talent’s’ New HostShe’s replacing Nick Cannon.

Nat Geo spies more StarTalk
National Geographic
has made a 20-episode order for Emmy-nominated science series StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson.


Andy Lau to Produce TV Series for FoxHong Kong multihyphenate Andy Lau is producing a new television drama miniseries for Fox Networks Group to launch the company’s Chinese-language television production arm. Trading Floor will be broadcast globally through Fox’s SCM (formerly Star Chinese Movies) and through OTT platforms. Season one of the series will contain five hourlong episodes to be directed by K.K. Wong.

Fox is also prepping Stained, a police procedural miniseries, based on true events, to be directed by Hong Kong rom-com veteran Patrick Kong and starring Kara Wai, Anthony Wong and Kwan-ho Tse.

Star India readies Fatmagul remake
Star India
is preparing to launch a local version of hit Turkish drama Fatmagul. Amala will premiere April 3 on Star Plus and ollows a young woman who must overcome a horrific group assault while confronting conflicting feelings for one of her attackers.


Focus Features Taps Dani Weinstein For PR Chief Post
Dani Weinstein
has been named executive vice president of publicity by Focus Features. Weinstein, who last August left her post as The Weinstein Company’s head of publicity, will replace Adriene Bowles.

Viacom Promotes Christa D’Alimonte To General Counsel
CEO Bob Bakish stayed close to home to find a general counsel to replace Michael Fricklas, who has been with the company since 1993 but was seen as too close to ousted CEO Philippe Dauman. Christa D’Alimonte will run the company’s legal affairs beginning April 15.

Panoply Taps John Dryden to Lead a New Effort Into Scripted ProgrammingPodcast network Panoply Media is expanding into scripted programming, hiring longtime radio producer and director John Dryden to lead a new division dedicated to creating scripted programming of both the comedic and dramatic variety.

Asian Video Platform Iflix Hires Netflix’s Sean Carey as Content Head
, the subscription video group that last week raised $90 million for its international expansion, has appointed Sean Carey as its new chief content officer. He joins the Malaysia-based startup from Netflix. Carey was VP, global television at Netflix.


THR: Hollywood and China, a Relationship Doomed to FailThe industry is pushing forward with a policy of engagement, but as shown by the recently scrapped megadeals and the Trump administration’s hostility, Chinese money is hardly the savior some envision.