The Morning Update for Monday, March 20, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, March 20, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

(from Fri) Rev. Run Family Comedy Gets Pilot Presentation Order From ABC Studios
Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons
and his wife, Justine Simmons, are getting another crack at their TV comedy. ABC Studios and Amblin TV are reteaming to film a pilot presentation for the untitled comedy that would star the couple. The comedy — in which the Simmons couple will play themselves — centers on a legendary rapper whose plans for slowing down are thwarted when his wife decides to pursue her own dreams and stardom. The multicamera project, from Amblin Television and creator Jeremy Bronson, landed at ABC in October following a multiple-network bidding war with a sizable penalty attached. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/rev-run-family-comedy-gets-pilot-presentation-order-abc-studios-987081

(from Fri) FX’s Getty Anthology Series from Danny Boyle Set for January 2018 Debut
FX’s “Trust”
is moving into production. The 10-episode first season of the Getty family series will begin shooting in June in London and Rome, and will bow on the network in January 2018. The story centers on John Paul Getty III, heir to the Getty oil fortune. The network ordered the anthology series back in March 2016 from executive producers Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, and Christian Colson. Written by Beaufoy and directed by Boyle, the first installment will be produced by FX Productions, Cloud Eight Films, Decibel Films and Snicket Films Limited. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/fx-getty-series-danny-boyle-jan-2018-1202010794/

(from Fri) Jennifer Lopez Drama ‘Shades of Blue’ Renewed for Season 3 at NBCSeason three will consist of 10 episodes. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/shades-blue-renewed-season-3-987123

(from Fri) ‘Mom’ Close to Season 5 Renewal at CBS
CBS
is closing in on a deal with Warner Bros. TV to renew the Anna Faris-Allison Janney comedy “Mom” for a fifth season. The news that a pickup is near comes as the sitcom wraps production tonight on its fourth season. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/mom-renewed-season-5-cbs-1202010339/

(from Fri) ‘Scream’ TV Series Eyes Reboot For Season 3 On MTVThe upcoming 6-episode third season of MTV’s series Scream will be hitting the reset button. The network and producing company, Dimension TV, are looking to reboot the show, based on the hit teen movie franchise, with a new storyline and new cast. The plan is tentative as the project is still searching for a new showrunner who would shape the concept for Season 3, but MTV, which just went through a major regime overhaul, remains committed to the series. http://deadline.com/2017/03/scream-tv-series-reboot-season-3-mtv-new-cast-1202045550/

‘Black-ish,’ ‘Insecure,’ and Others Aren’t Just ‘Black Shows,’ As Nielsen Study ProvesWhile the nation may seem divided, its TV watching isn’t: A new report reveals the popularity of shows with African-American casts among non-black audiences. Around 79% of the “Black-ish” audience is non-black, while the “Insecure” audience is 61% non-black. http://www.indiewire.com/2017/03/blackish-insecure-this-is-us-empire-scandal-african-american-nielsen-1201794477/

CASTING NEWS:

(from Fri) Jamey Sheridan Joins ‘Unit Zero’ ABC Drama Pilot; Marcuis W. Harris In ‘The Crossing’Jamey Sheridan (Sully) has joined cast of ABC pilot Unit Zero. Marcuis W. Harris has booked a series-regular role opposite Steve Zahn and Sandrine Holt in the ABC drama pilot The Crossing. http://deadline.com/2017/03/jamey-sheridan-unit-zero-marcuis-w-harris-the-crossing-abc-1202045390/

(from Fri) Tim Kang Joins ‘The Trustee’ ABC Drama Pilot; Michael Rady In CBS’ ‘The Get’The Mentalist alum Tim Kang is set for series-regular role opposite Meaghan Rath and Laverne Cox in The Trustee, ABC’s comedic one-hour pilot. Michael Rady has landed a series-regular role in to The Get, CBS’ drama pilot from 11.22.63 developer/showrunner Bridget Carpenter. http://deadline.com/2017/03/tim-kang-the-trustee-abc-drama-pilot-michael-rady-cbs-the-get-1202045523/

(from Fri) Bobby Lee Joins ABC Pilot ‘Splitting Up Together,’ Diona Reasonover Cast in NBC’s ‘Relatively Happy’
Bobby Lee
will appear in the ABC pilot “Splitting Up Together” opposite Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson. Diona Reasonover has joined the NBC pilot “Relatively Happy,” which will star Genevieve Angelson, Jon Rudnitsky and Jane Lynch. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/bobby-lee-splitting-up-together-diona-reasonover-relatively-happy-1202010584/

(from Fri) Benito Martinez Joins Fox Pilot ‘Behind Enemy Lines’, Replacing Nestor CarbonellBenito Martinez(American Crime) has joined Fox‘s drama pilotBehind Enemy Lines, loosely based on the 2001 movie, in a recasting. http://deadline.com/2017/03/benito-martinez-fox-pilot-behind-enemy-lines-recasting-nestor-carbonell-1202045788/

(from Fri) Alyssa Milano Cast In The CW Drama Pilot ‘Insatiable’Mistresses alumna Alyssa Milano is set for a key role opposite Dallas Robertsand Debby Ryan in the CW drama pilot Insatiable, from former Dexter co-executive producer Lauren Gussis, Ryan Seacrest Productions, Storied Media Group and CBS TV Studios. http://deadline.com/2017/03/alyssa-milano-cast-the-cw-drama-pilot-insatiable-1202045961/

(from Fri) ‘Chicago P.D.’ Enlists ‘Revolution’ Grad for Recurring Role
Tracy Spiridakos
will make her debut on the cop drama in May. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/chicago-pd-tracy-spiridakos-recur-987021

(from Fri) Chicago Med Casts Westworld Alum Louis Herthum will guest-star in an upcoming episode as Pat, the father of the Brothers Halstead, Will (Med‘s Nick Gehlfuss) and Jay (P.D.‘s Jesse Lee Soffer). http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/chicago-pd-tracy-spiridakos-recur-987021

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

First Impressions: How Do Amazon’s Spring 2017 Pilots Stack Up?Homemade superheroes, lady comics, space priests and a whole lotta white dudes take the lead in the latest batch of potential Amazon Prime shows. https://www.tvinsider.com/139991/amazon-prime-2017-pilot-season/

How Netflix Wants to Rule the World: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at a Global TV NetworkDubbed “Netflix Lab Days,” the event included a number of talks from executives and engineering leaders about the work that goes on behind the scenes to make and distribute shows like “Iron Fist” to the company’s 93-plus million members. One common thread throughout these talks was Netflix’s international reach, and the technology and business decisions necessary to run the streaming service as a new type of global internet TV network. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/netflix-lab-day-behind-the-scenes-1202011105/

One in five US OTT homes now pay for ‘three or more’ servicesOne in five US streaming subscribers now pay for three or more services, with investment in original content increasingly cited as a key reason for signing up, according to a report by 451 Research. http://www.digitaltveurope.net/675402/one-in-five-us-ott-homes-now-pay-for-three-or-more-services/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

BBC America Doubles Up on ‘Top Gear’ With New U.S. Version
BBC America
has ordered an eight-episode season of Top Gear America. Set to debut later in 2017, it will join the U.K. version of the car-centric talk show (and its revamped presenter lineup) on the anglophile-friendly lineup. On board for hosting this iteration are actor William Fichtner, champion drag racer Antron Brown and British car journalist Tom “Wookie” Ford. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/bbc-america-doubles-up-top-gear-new-us-version-987149

AARP Studios Launches With First Project Starring Don RicklesAARP today announced the launch of in-house production entity AARP Studios and set its first project, Dinner With Don, starring Don Rickles. The 10-episode Dinner With Don will featuring Rickles dining with friends and fellow comedians at some of his favorite LA-area restaurants, with a guest list that includes Billy Crystal, Robert De Niro, Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Poehler, Vince Vaughn, Paul Rudd, Marisa Tomei and Martin Scorsese. http://deadline.com/2017/03/aarp-studios-launches-first-project-don-rickles-1202046774/

A&E Network Sets Los Angeles Riots ‘25 Years Later’ Documentary From John Singleton
A&E Network
will mark the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots next month with a two-hour documentary from filmmaker John Singleton. “L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later,” set to debut April 18. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/john-singleton-los-angeles-riots-25-years-later-1202010709/

(sched) NBC’s Jennifer Lopez Dance Show to Launch out of ‘The Voice’The network’s ‘Little Big Shots’ spinoff arrives in June as the network sets its alternative-heavy summer schedule. On the scripted front, The Carmichael Show’s long-awaited return arrives May 31, airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m., before freshman entry Marlon occupies the space later in the summer — Aug. 16, to be exact. Drama Night Shift is back on June 22, with thriller Midnight, Texas starting July 25. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbcs-jennifer-lopez-dance-show-launch-voice-987059

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Keshet nabs Nordic Noir for Cannes
Keshet International
has picked up international rights to Fallet, a new Scandi Noir series out of Sweden.The eight-part drama follows a Swedish and a British detective – Lisa Henni (Easy Money) and Adam Godley (Breaking Bad) – as they investigate a gruesome murder.Swedish prodco FLX made the drama/comedy, which is 60% Swedish and 40% English. http://tbivision.com/miptv/2017/03/keshet-nabs-nordic-noir-cannes/729552/

TWDC NEWS:

Disney Agrees to Pay Back Wages to Florida Employees in Department of Labor SettlementTwo divisions of The Walt Disney Co. will pay $3.8 million in back wages to nearly 16,400 Florida resort employees under an agreement with the Department of Labor. The DOL’s wage and hour division found violations of minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/disney-department-of-labor-back-wages-1202010920/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Comcast Taps Dave Watson To Replace Neil Smit As CEO Of Cable Operation
Comcast
just announced a big change at its cable operation, the nation’s largest: Beginning April 1, Dave Watson will move to CEO from COO of Comcast Cable, replacing Neil Smit who becomes the parent company’s Vice Chairman. http://deadline.com/2017/03/comcast-cable-promotes-dave-watson-replace-neil-smit-1202046755/

(from Fri) Sony Pictures’ CEO Search: Jason Kilar Emerges as Candidate
Sony Corp.’s Kaz Hirai
is expected to meet with potential successors to Michael Lynton over the coming week. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sony-pictures-ceo-search-jason-kilar-emerges-as-candidate-987000

(from Fri) Machinima CEO Chad Gutstein Out, Russell Arons Named GM
Machinima
CEO Chad Gutstein is leaving the company, a move that comes four months after Warner Bros. acquired full control of the gamer and fandom digital network. Warner Bros. has named Russell Arons, previously Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s senior VP of worldwide marketing, as general manager of Machinima. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/machinima-chad-gutstein-russell-arons-warner-bros-1202010873/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

AdWeek: New Study Says Sitcoms Give TV Advertisers the Best Return on Their InvestmentAdvertisers looking for the biggest return on their investment should take a closer look at purchasing inventory on sitcoms, according to new research from CBS and Nielsen Catalina. That comes from an ongoing study about the impact of context on advertising effectiveness. http://www.adweek.com/tv-video/new-study-says-sitcoms-give-tv-advertisers-the-best-return-on-their-investment/

Variety: Savannah Adds 10% City Incentive to Georgia’s 20%-30% Transferrable Tax CreditsA 10% rebate on qualified spend on top of Georgia’s 20-30% transferable tax credit sweetens the allure. Specifically, Savannah provides a 10% rebate on qualified spend for film and TV pilots. The maximum rebate per TV episode is $25,000. Producers must spend a minimum of $500,000 per movie and $400,000 per TV project. The project cap is $150,000 for film and $200,000 for television. At least 60% of filming days must take place within Chatham County. http://variety.com/2017/artisans/production/savannah-production-incentives-1202008162/

AdWeek: Infographic: Who Is the Millennial Female Micro Influencer?From Ariana to Zendaya, we’re all familiar with the names of Instagram’s top millennial female influencers. But the social platform is also home to a huge number of of "micro influencers," or users who might command just a few thousand followers yet whose style and brand affiliations are closely followed–and emulated–by their dedicated fans. http://www.adweek.com/digital/infographic-who-is-the-millennial-female-micro-influencer/

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