The Morning Update for Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, March 22, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Presidential Anthology Drama in the Works at History
The Commanders
will include limited series ranging from four to 10 hours long and will tackle former presidents including Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. (History is also internally developing projects on George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Dwight Eisenhower.) Those involved include Emmy winner R.J. Cutler and Stephen J. Rivele, as well as Matthew Sand, Cyrus Nowrasteh, Michael Hirst and Leslie Greif. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/presidential-anthology-drama-works-at-history-987748

Showtime Buys ‘Los Hermanos’ Brothers Comedy From Kapital Entertainment
Showtime
has put in development Los Hermanos, an edgy comedy series from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Written by Hayes Davenport (Vice Principals), Los Hermanos is about two brothers from Chula Vista, California – a town close to the U.S. Mexican border near San Diego – who start an unconventional business together to pay for their mom’s healthcare. http://deadline.com/2017/03/showtime-los-hermanos-comedy-mexican-border-1202047741/

Anjelica Huston, Elizabeth Smart Set for Lifetime Movies
Huston
will star in a reimagining of the 1980 film The Watcher in the Woods, to be directed and exec produced by Melissa Joan Hart. Smart, who was famously abducted from her home in 2002 at the age of 14 and rescued nine months later, is teaming with the network for the authorized movie about her kidnapping, titled I Am Elizabeth Smart. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/anjelica-huston-elizabeth-smart-set-lifetime-movies-987736

Ed Redlich Joins CBS Navy SEAL Drama Pilot As ShowrunnerDrama veteran Ed Redlich has been tapped as showrunner of CBS/CBS Studios’ untitled Navy SEAL drama pilot. http://deadline.com/2017/03/ed-redlich-cbs-navy-seal-drama-pilot-showrunner-1202048043/

‘The Path’ Co-EP Annie Weisman Inks Overall Deal With Universal TV
Annie Weisman
has signed a two-year overall deal with Universal TV. This marks the first overall pact for the TV writer/playwright who serves as a co-executive producer on the studio’s Hulu drama series The Path. http://deadline.com/2017/03/the-path-annie-weisman-overall-deal-universal-tv-1202047557/

(review) Variety: ‘13 Reasons Why’ on Netflix
“13 Reasons Why”
is undoubtedly sincere, but it’s also, in many important ways, creatively successful. http://variety.com/2017/tv/reviews/13-reasons-why-review-netflix-selena-gomez-dylan-minnette-katherine-langford-1202013547/

CASTING NEWS:

Chris Sacca To Play Himself In ABC Start Up Comedy PilotShark Tank‘s frequent “guest shark” venture capitalist Chris Sacca will make his acting debut in ABC’s untitled Start Up comedy pilot (formerly known as Start Up). http://deadline.com/2017/03/chris-sacca-play-himself-abc-startup-comedy-pilot-shark-tank-zach-braff-1202048429/

Amy Brenneman To Topline CBS’ ‘The Get’ Drama Pilot About Internet JournalismAnother popular CBS drama star is returning to the network as the lead of an hourlong pilot this season. Judging Amy‘s Amy Brenneman, coming off a starring turn on HBO’s The Leftovers, is set to headline The Get, CBS’ drama pilot from 11.22.63 developer/showrunner Bridget Carpenter. http://deadline.com/2017/03/amy-brenneman-star-cbs-the-get-drama-pilot-internet-journalism-1202047857/

‘Hannah Royce’s Questionable Choices’: Kyle Howard Cast In CBS PilotFormer My Boys and Your Family or Mine star Kyle Howard is set for a lead role opposite Alice Eve in CBSsingle-camera comedy pilot Hannah Royce’s Questionable Choices. http://deadline.com/2017/03/hannah-royces-questionable-choices-kyle-howard-cast-cbs-pilot-1202047779/

Ashley Judd Joins ‘Berlin Station’ Season 2 as Series RegularThe Emmy-nominated actress will play the new head of the Berlin CIA station. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/ashley-judd-joins-berlin-station-987687

‘Agents of Shield’ Star Natalia Cordova-Buckley Joins ‘Bates Motel’
Rihanna
isn’t the only star checking into “Bates Motel” for its final season. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” star Natalia Cordova-Buckley has been tapped for a multi-episode guest star role in the A&E drama. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/agents-of-shield-natalia-cordova-buckley-bates-motel-1202013621/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

MGM Television Is the First Big Entertainment Studio to Create Original Shows for Snapchat
MGM Television
will be the first major entertainment studio to develop and produce original series for Snapchat’s Discover platform, the companies announced. http://www.adweek.com/tv-video/mgm-television-is-the-first-big-entertainment-studio-to-create-original-shows-for-snapchat/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

‘Biography’ Revival Ordered by A+E NetworksUpcoming subjects include Biggie Smalls, Vladimir Putin, Elizabeth Smart and Mike Tyson. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/biography-revival-ordered-by-a-e-networks-987634

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Jim Gianopulos Getting Greenlight Authority for Movies Up to $100 Million in Paramount Deal

Negotiations for the former Fox chief to take over the helm at the struggling studio are coming to a conclusion. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jim-gianopulos-getting-greenlight-authority-movies-up-100-million-paramount-deal-987791

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Deadline: Most Pay TV Subscribers Stay Because It’s Bundled With Broadband, Survey FindsThe rumbling under the ground of traditional television is growing louder according to the results of Deloitte’s latest annual Digital Democracy Survey, which polled 2,131 U.S. consumers in early November. The audit, consulting, tax and advisory firm found that 74% of U.S. households subscribe to pay TV and about two-thirds of these people say they keep it because it’s bundled with internet service. http://deadline.com/2017/03/most-pay-tv-subscribers-stay-because-bundled-broadband-deloitte-survey-1202048111/

FastCo: Ideo Studied Innovation In 100+ Companies–Here’s What It FoundIn the end, Ideo identified six basic vectors that it says are instrumental to an innovative, adaptive company: Purpose, experimentation, collaboration, empowerment, looking out (i.e. staying informed about what’s happening in the industry), and refinement (the ability to successfully execute new ideas). https://www.fastcodesign.com/3069069/ideo-studied-innovation-in-100-companies-heres-what-it-found

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