The Morning Update for Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, March 21, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Colin Farrell To Star In Oliver North Iran-Contra Limited Series In Works At AmazonAmazon is developing a limited drama series about Oliver North and the Iran-Contra affair, with Colin Farrellattached to star as North. Written by Enzo Mileti and Scott Wilson, the Untitled Oliver North Project follows the Iran-Contra affair through the eyes of a man at the center of it all – Oliver North. The series will be executive produced by Red Hour’s Ben Stiller and Nicky Weinstock. Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) is set to direct. http://deadline.com/2017/03/colin-farrell-star-oliver-north-iran-contra-limited-series-amazon-1202047393/

Bad Robot To Produce Period Dramedy Series Based On RuPaul’s LifeJ.J. AbramsBad Robot has teamed with RuPaul and reality production company World of Wonder for a half-hour dramedy series project, a fictionalized version of RuPaul’s rise from club kid to drag queen, gay icon, and global star. Written by Power executive producer Gary Lennon, the drama is set in New York City during the Reagan era 1980s. Warner Bros TV, where Bad Robot is based, is the studio. http://deadline.com/2017/03/bad-robot-period-dramedy-series-rupaul-1202044943/

Netflix Eyeing BBC Supernatural Thriller ‘Requiem’; Emerging Brit Helmer Mahalia Belo To Direct
Netflix
is looking to board BBC psychological thriller Requiemwith up-and-coming Brit helmer Mahalia Belo set to direct. The 6×60 series focusses on the story of a young woman, who in the wake of her mother’s death, sets out to learn the truth about herself, even to the point of unravelling her own identity. It’s a subtle tale of the supernatural that plays on uncertainty, mystery and ambiguity. Belo will direct all six episodes. http://deadline.com/2017/03/netflix-supernatural-thriller-requiem-bbc-one-emerging-brit-helmer-mahalia-belo-set-to-direct-1202047643/

‘Big Bang Theory’ Officially Renewed for Two Seasons as Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch Await DealsThe pickup takes the CBS/Warner Bros. Television comedy through season 12. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/big-bang-theory-officially-renewed-two-seasons-as-mayim-bialik-melissa-rauch-await-deals-9

‘Bull’ Enlists Glenn Gordon Caron as Season 2 Showrunner
“Bull”
is getting a new showrunner in the form of television veteran Glenn Gordon Caron. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/bull-glenn-gordon-caron-season-2-showrunner-1202012644/

‘Shut Eye’ Renewed for Season 2 at Hulu, John Shiban to Take Over as Showrunner
Hulu
has renewed “Shut Eye” for Season 2, but John Shiban will take over as showrunner for the outgoing David Hudgins. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/shut-eye-season-2-hulu-1202012602/

Comedy Central’s ‘Detroiters’ Scores Season 2 Pickup
Lorne Michaels
and Jason Sudeikis are among the exec producers on the scripted comedy. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/detroiters-renewed-season-2-987305

(kids) ‘Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn’ Renewed For Season 4 By NickelodeonNickelodeon has ordered a 14-episode fourth season of its live-action comedy series Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn. http://deadline.com/2017/03/nicky-ricky-dicky-dawn-renewed-season-4-nickelodeon-1202045866/

Annapurna Television Animated Comedy ‘Amberville’ in the Works at Amazon
Annapurna
is developing a new animated comedy for Amazon Studios called Amberville. Created by Chris McCoy and Sausage Party’s Conrad Vernon, the show is based on Tim Davys’ Mollisan Town book series. Amberville is a darkly comedic animated crime show set in a city populated by living, breathing stuffed animals. The story follows a reformed Teddy Bear who is pulled back in to the criminal underworld when his former boss enlists him for an impossible new job. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/amazon-sets-annapurna-television-animated-comedy-amberville-987361

The Carmichael Show to Air Episode Featuring Uncensored N-WordHold the bleeps: NBC’s The Carmichael Show will broadcast the racial slur “n—-r” in its entirety during an upcoming Season 3 episode. http://tvline.com/2017/03/20/the-carmichael-show-the-n-word-season-3-nbc/

CASTING NEWS:

Omar Metwally To Co-Star In CBS’ Jenny Lumet Drama PilotOmar Metwally (The Affair) is set to co-star opposite Sharon Leal CBS untitled Jenny Lumet drama pilot. http://deadline.com/2017/03/omar-metwally-co-star-cbs-jenny-lumet-drama-pilot-1202046963/

Brian Stokes Mitchell Cast In CBS Pilot ‘Perfect Citizen’Brian Stokes Mitchell is set for a series-regular role opposite Noah Wyle in Perfect Citizen, CBS legal drama pilot from The Good Wife executive producer Craig Turk. http://deadline.com/2017/03/brian-stokes-mitchell-cast-cbs-pilot-perfect-citizen-1202047488/

Peyton List To Co-Star In ‘Mission Control’ CBS Pilot With ‘Frequency’ Fate In LimboPeyton List, star of the CW’s freshman series Frequency, is set as a series regular opposite David Giuntoli and Poppy Montgomery in CBS drama pilot Mission Control, from The Martian author Andy Weir, The Martian producer Simon Kinberg and CBS TV Studio. List’s casting is in second position to the Warner Bros TV-produced Frequency. http://deadline.com/2017/03/peyton-list-cast-cbs-drama-pilot-mission-control-frequency-season-2-1202047472/

Penelope Cruz to Star in ‘Versace: American Crime Story’She will take on the role of Donatella Versace in FX’s Ryan Murphy anthology. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/penelope-cruz-star-versace-american-crime-story-987324

‘Sharp Objects’: Chris Messina To Star In HBO’s Amy Adams Series
Chris Messina
is set as the male lead opposite Amy Adams in HBO’s eight-episode drama series Sharp Objects, from Entertainment One and Blumhouse Television. http://deadline.com/2017/03/sharp-objects-chris-messina-co-star-hbo-amy-adams-series-1202046084/

‘Harry Potter’ Alum Timothy Spall Joins ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’ Series at Amazon
Timothy Spall
has been cast in the starring role of an episode of the upcoming Amazon anthology series “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.” http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/timothy-spall-philip-k-dick-electric-dreams-series-amazon-1202012764/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

‘Spring Breakers’ Set As Digital Series From Movie’s Producers & BlackpillsThe 2012 pic’s producers, Chris Hanley and Fernando Sulichin, will revisit party central via Blackpills, a soon-to-launch digital platform. The project kicks off a slate of four scripted series from the producers and Blackpills. Hanley’s Muse Productions has secured digital rights to the film along with Blackpills and will produce the series. The movie’s writer-director Harmony Korine is not involved in the new project, for which casting is in the works. http://deadline.com/2017/03/spring-breakers-digital-series-blackpills-chris-hanley-fernando-sulichin-1202046868/

Kevin James Set for Netflix Stand-Up SpecialThe special will shoot later this year for a 2018 debut. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/kevin-james-netflix-stand-up-special-987265

How Netflix Took Over Stand-up ComedyThe rise of Netflix has aligned perfectly with the desire of comics to push beyond the boundaries of linear television. …Comics have always felt more accessible than movie stars, and their work is tied up in fewer Byzantine production contracts than films, scripted shows, or live sports. It makes sense that the genre would be rife with digital experimentation aimed at connecting directly with fans. https://theringer.com/netflix-stand-up-comedy-specials-market-chris-rock-dave-chappelle-amy-schumer-mike-birbiglia-f3f000772c61#.f48jr6sk6

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

John Ridley’s Doc About L.A. Riots ‘Let It Fall’ Gets Theatrical Release, Marking An ABC News FirstJohn Ridley‘s Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 — the feature documentary that looks at the years and events leading up to the April 1992 riots after the Rodney King verdict — is getting a theatrical release April 21 on both coasts. This film marks ABC News first theatrical production and release. Let It Fall was produced in partnership with ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions. A broadcast version of the documentary will air April 28 (9-11 PM) on ABC. http://deadline.com/2017/03/la-riot-documentary-john-ridley-let-it-fall-theatrical-release-date-gets-theatrical-release-1202047118/

Rob Lowe (and Sons) to Play Detective in A&E Reality Show
Rob Lowe
has now boarded his own unscripted vehicle. A&E has given a nine-episode series order to The Lowe Files, a docuseries that will follow Lowe and his two sons, Matthew and John Owen, around the country in search of various unsolved mysteries and folklore. Each episode will find the trio diving into a different story, blending the innate humor of the scenario with actual scientific investigations and expert interviews. Critical Content is producing The Lowe Files, with Tom Forman, Jon Beyer, Brad Bishop, Douglas McCallie, Amy Savitsky and Devon Hammonds joining Lowe and Frontain Bryant as executive producers. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/rob-lowe-sons-play-detective-a-e-reality-show-987453

TWDC NEWS:

(video) Disney experiment lets you catch real objects while in VRWe’re still getting used to the immersive magic virtual reality offers, but a new experiment from Disney Research pushes the technology into another realm: interaction with real objects while in VR. A demonstration of the experiment was revealed via video that shows a VR headset wearer accurately catching a real ball thrown at him. However, the VR headset wearer can’t see the real ball. Instead he’s reacting to a virtual ball that is tracked to correspond to the real-world object. http://mashable.com/2017/03/20/vr-catching-real-ball-disney-research/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Shonda Rhimes Gives Endowment to Los Angeles’ IAMA Theater CompanyLos Angeles’ IAMA Theater Company is getting an endowment from Shonda Rhimes. The “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” creator will be the company’s first Patron of the Arts, providing the nonprofit ensemble with funding. Part of the Rhimes endowment will go toward the new Rhimes Unsung Voices Playwrighting Commission, which will give budding playwrights the chance to develop new plays with IAMA. http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/shonda-rhimes-endowment-iama-theater-company-1202012108/

Mission Control Media Names Brent Burnette VP of Development
Mission Control Media
has hired producer and development executive Brent Burnette as the new vice president of development. In his new role at Mission Control Media, the production company behind unscripted series like “Hollywood Game Night” and “Face Off,” Burnette will be tasked with creating and developing original formats in addition to forging new creative and talent partnerships, with a focus on comedy and digital. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/mission-control-media-brent-burnette-vp-development-1202012228/

‘Moonlight’ Casting Director Named Fox Film VP Feature Casting
Yesi Ramirez
, a casting director on Oscar Best Picture winner Moonlight, has been named VP Feature Casting at 20th Century Fox Film. http://deadline.com/2017/03/moonlight-yesi-ramirez-fox-film-vp-feature-casting-1202047294/

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises Names Beau Ferrari Executive VPBeau Ferrari has joined NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises as Executive VP, where he will oversee finance, operations, corporate strategy and development to manage growth and profitability for the company. http://deadline.com/2017/03/nbcuniversal-telemundo-enterprises-beau-ferrari-executive-vp-1202047096/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

THR: Will Hollywood Writers Go on Strike? The Tricky Economics of ‘Peak TV’As the number of scripted series and TV writers surge, shorter orders stall the volume of produced episodes and staff writer earnings, while screenwriter’s wages drop 21 percent. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/will-hollywood-writers-go-strike-tricky-economics-peak-tv-985676

(tech) Verge: Apple’s new Clips app makes social videos for other social networks
Apple
wants in on social video sharing — just not with its own social network. The company just announced a new Apple-made app called Clips, which borrows features from Snapchat, Instagram, Vine, Prisma, iMovie, and Qwiki, and puts them all into a video-making mobile app that’s completely separate from Apple’s core camera app on iPhone and iPad. http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/21/14992146/apple-clips-social-video-app-filters-text-emoji-ios

(tech) Verge: Apple replaces iPad Air 2 with cheaper 9.7-inch iPad
Apple
has refreshed its iPad lineup, dropping the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2 and replacing it with a device simply called the iPad. The specs of the tablet remain largely the same as that of the Air 2, but with the old A8X chip replaced with the 64-bit A9. The price of the iPad has also been dropped in comparison to its predecessor, with a 32GB Wi-Fi model starting at $329, and 32GB Wi-Fi and Cellular model going for $459. The new iPad appeared on Apple’s store this morning, along with a couple other minor updates. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are now available in a red aluminum finish, and the iPhone SE now has storage options of 32GB and 128GB — double its previous specs. http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/21/14998464/apple-replaces-ipad-air-with-cheaper-9-7-inch-ipad

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