The Morning Update for Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, March 14, 2017:


‘Big Bang Theory’ Prequel ‘Young Sheldon’ Picked Up Straight to Series at CBS
Lance Barber, Raegan Revord
and Montana Jordan have joined the cast of the Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro comedy, with Jim Parsons set to narrate.

Paramount TV & Anonymous Content Team With Shonali Bose To Adapt ‘The Windfall’ Indian Novel As TV Series
Paramount TV
and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to develop Indian author Diksha Basu’s upcoming debut novel The Windfall as a TV series. Indian filmmaker Shonali Bose is attached to write and direct the potential pilot, with Rosalie Swedlin and Doreen Wilcox Little executive producing for Anonymous Content under the company’s first-look deal with Paramount TV. The Windfall tells the story of an Indian couple in Delhi who are suddenly catapulted from their humble middle class origins into massive wealth. When they leave their safe and yet claustrophobic environs of their East Delhi home, and move to a mansion in the plush new suburb of Gurgaon, the family discovers what it means to be nouveau riche in modern India as they struggle to fit in.

‘Trump: It Happened Here’: Tomorrow Studios Nabs Hot TV Series ProjectTomorrow Studios, Marty Adelstein’s co-venture with ITV Studios, has acquired the pilot and second episode scripts of Trump: It Happened Here — the ripped-from-the-headlines dramatization of Trump’s rise to the White House from political reporter Scott Conroy and Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment. Tomorrow Studios is eying the project as a potential ongoing series, which is expected to be pitched to broadcast, cable and streaming networks shortly.

Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
Neil Patrick Harris
stars as Count Olaf in the adaptation of the popular book series.

(review) THR: ‘Trial & Error’
true crime documentary spoof ‘Trial & Error’ never really comes together, but John Lithgow, Sherri Shepherd and Steven Boyer deliver some laughs.

(review) THR: ‘Dear White People’ on Netflix
Retaining all of its razor-sharp wit and then some, Dear White People, Justin Simien’s acclaimed 2014 big-screen satire of racial relations and identity set at a fictional Ivy League college, has transferred impressively to TV (Netflix) based on the first two episodes previewed at the SXSW Film Festival.


The West Wing’s Richard Schiff Joins ABC Drama Pilot The Good Doctor
Richard Schiff
has joined the cast of ABC’s medical drama pilot The Good Doctor as a series regular.

Rochelle Aytes Cast In ‘Doomsday’ ABC Drama PilotMistresses alumna Rochelle Aytes has landed a prominent series-regular role in ABC‘s thriller drama pilotDoomsday, from producer Carol Mendelsohn and Sony TV.

‘The Crossing’: Jay Karnes, Simone Kessell & Grant Harvey Join ABC Drama Pilot
Jay Karnes, Simone Kessell
and Grant Harvey have been cast in key roles opposite Steve Zahn and Sandrine Holt in the ABC drama pilot The Crossing.

Quantico Recruits Krysta Rodriguez
is staging a Smash grab, casting Krysta Rodriguez as a take-charge Washington, D.C., insider.

‘Salamander’ ABC Drama Pilot Casts Elaine Tan; Glynn Turman Joins ‘Brothered Up’ CBS Comedy PilotHand Of God alumna Elaine Tan is set for a series regular role opposite John Leguizamo, Allison Miller and Neil Sandilands in Salamander, ABC‘s drama pilot based on a Belgian format.

Glynn Turman (House Of Lies) has booked a series regular role opposite Romany Malco in Brothered Up, CBS’ multi-camera buddy cop comedy from CBS TV Studios.

‘S.W.A.T.’: Jay Harrington To Star In CBS Drama Pilot Inspired By MovieFollowing his recurring stint on CBS medical drama Code Black this season, Jay Harrington has been tapped by the network for a lead role opposite Shemar Moore in the drama pilot S.W.A.T.

David Giuntoli, Poppy Montgomery to Lead CBS’ Mission Control Drama PilotGrimm vet David Giuntoli and Unforgettable star Poppy Montgomery will headline CBS’ drama pilot Mission Control, from sci-fi novelist Andy Weir (The Martian).

‘Instinct’: Khandi Alexander Cast In CBS Drama PilotCSI: Miami alumna Khandi Alexander is returning to CBS with a co-starring role opposite Alan Cumming and Bojana Novakovic’s in the drama pilot Instinct.

‘Drama High’: Marley Shelton & Casey Johnson Join Jason Katims’ NBC Drama PilotThe Lottery alumna Marley Shelton is set for a key role opposite Josh Radnor in NBC drama pilot Drama High, from Jason Katims and Jeffrey Seller. Also cast as a regular in the project is Casey Johnson (G.L.O.W.).

Jeff Daniels to Star in Hulu’s 9/11 Drama ‘Looming Tower’The 10-episode project marks the latest TV role for the ‘Newsroom’ grad.

Susan Sarandon Books Sizable ‘Ray Donovan’ ArcThe actress, currently starring on FX anthology ‘Feud,’ will join the Showtime drama for season five.


Vice to Produce Original Snapchat Shows, Starting With Action Bronson’s Dating Series
continues to beef up its lineup of premium short-form shows: Snap Inc. and Vice Media have struck an expanded deal under which Vice will produce shows exclusively for Snapchat. The first show under deal is “Hungry Hearts with Action Bronson,” a dating series hosted by rapper-chef Action Bronson.

Snapchat Receives Poor Grades From MarketersIt might be early days, but marketers are seeing little return when advertising on Snapchat. They also seem more interested in spending ad dollars on the company’s newfound rival: Instagram. That’s according to a series of studies published by RBC Capital Markets in partnership with Ad Age, where some 1,600 marketers were surveyed in an attempt to gauge the pulse of the digital advertising industry.


HLN Adds S.E. Cupp To Primetime Line-Up; Adds 3 New Unscripted SeriesConservative political commentator S.E. Cupp is joining HLN as host of her own nightly program. The soon-to-be named show will air live from CNN’s New York bureau and will launch in early June. In addition, HLN announced three new unscripted series as part of its 2017 original series slate, and the Season 2 renewal of docuseries, How It Really Happened with Hill Harper.

‘Expedition Unknown’ Renewed For Season 4 By Travel Channel
Travel Channel
has ordered a 14-episode fourth season of its top-rated travel adventure series Expedition Unknown.

Producer Greg Heller Inks Development Deal With Wilshire StudiosBehind the Music producer Greg Heller has signed a development deal with Wilshire Studios, the unscripted production arm of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, to develop and produce original unscripted projects.


Fox readies high-end miniseries for China
Fox Networks Group’s
Asian pay TV business is producing a high-end drama miniseries for Chinese audiences. Stained will debut on Fox’s Chinese movie channel, SCM, later this year, and will run to five one-hour episodes.The series, from director Patrick Kong and starring Kara Wai and Anthony Wong, is billed as a “high-end crime drama” shot entirely in Hong Kong.It will follow Wai as a detective who faces mounting pressure through a series of difficult cases, including one involving the disappearance of her husband.

Blue Ant enters scripted salesThe distribution arm of Canada’s Blue Ant Media will take its first scripted programming to MipTV in Cannes next month, in the form of The Inspectors (44×30′). Set in Washington DC and produced by Litton Entertainment, the CBS series follows a determined teen who is thriving after being paralysed in a car accident and works as an intern for the US Postal Inspection Service.


Disney | ABC Television Group Head Of HR Steve Milovich To DepartSteve Milovich, SVP Human Resources for Disney | ABC Television Group, is leaving the company. The Disney-ABC veteran has been in the top HR post since 2009, most recently reporting to Ben Sherwood, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney | ABC Television Group.

Michael De Luca Turns Down Paramount OfferThe ‘Fifty Shades’ producer and veteran executive has decided against returning to the studio fold.

Viacom Promotes Kern Schireson to Chief Data Officer
Kern Schireson
has assumed the newly created role of chief data officer for Viacom, where he’s tasked with applying data science to grow all areas of the media conglomerate’s business including TV, film, digital media, and consumer products.

Ricardo Coeto Named Executive VP Production For Telemundo StudiosTelemundo has named Ricardo Coeto EVP Production for Telemundo Studios. In this newly created role, Coeto will be responsible for oversight of the scripted productions of Telemundo Studios, as well as the weekend prime entertainment properties.

Willow Bay Appointed Dean Of USC Communications & Journalism SchoolJust under three years after she became the director of USC Annenberg School for Journalism, Willow Bay has shattered a glass ceiling at the SoCal institute. The former Good Morning America/Sunday co-anchor has been named the dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Bay is the first woman to hold the post in the school’s 45-year history. She will take over from current dean Ernest Wilson III on July 1.

Jeff Bezos has a new top adviser at Amazon
Jeffrey Helbling
, most recently a vice president of the Kindle business, is the new technical adviser to the CEO — otherwise known as Jeff Bezos’s “shadow”. The “shadow” role is one of the most coveted positions at Amazon, since the executive spends one to two years working by Bezos’s side on a daily basis, and traveling with the CEO, as well. These executives often end up running important businesses inside of Amazon afterward.


MTV Rebrands Annual Movie Awards to Include TV HonorsThe expanded show will air live from L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium and be preceded by a daylong Movie and Television Festival.


Wrap: Michelle Obama Wrote ‘Black-ish’ Star Yara Shahidi a College Recommendation LetterIn an interview for W Magazine, the ABC star revealed that she included a letter of recommendation from former First Lady Michelle Obama in her application to such schools as Barnard, Brown, New York University and Harvard.

(stage) Variety: ‘Hamilton’ on Tour: Musical to Expand With Second National Tour
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s
Broadway smash “Hamilton” will continue to conquer the world — or at least the U.S. — with a second national tour, launching next year in Seattle before moving on to Vegas and Cleveland, among other stops.

(tech) Variety: Google’s New Uptime App Turns Video Viewing Into a Group Experience
Area 120, an experimental R&D unit tasked with turning left field ideas from Google engineers into actual products, has released a new app that makes it possible to watch YouTube videos with friends. Uptime, as the app is called, includes chat functionality and emoji, and is best suited for vertical video viewing.

Atlantic: The Backstory Behind That ‘Fearless Girl’ Statue on Wall StreetOn the eve of International Women’s Day last Tuesday, State Street Global Advisors, which manages some $2.5 trillion in assets, signaled its solidarity with the day’s demonstrators. The company installed a roughly 50-inch-tall bronze statue of a defiant girl in front of Wall Street’s iconic charging-bull statue. The reaction to the statue, which was designed by artist Kristen Visbal, was immediate and powerful. The statue is a powerful symbol, but there is also substance behind it. Fearless Girl is part of State Street’s campaign to pressure companies to add more women to their boards.