The Morning Update for Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, March 29, 2017:


Investigation Discovery Orders Scripted True Crime Series ‘The Von Bulow Affair’
Investigation Discovery
has ordered Universal Cable Production’s six-part scripted true crime series The Von Bulow Affair (working title). Based on Williams Wright’s book of the same name, The Von Bulow Affair drama chronicles one of the murder trials of Danish-born aristocrat Claus von Bulow who attempted to murder his heiress wife Sunny twice by insulin overdose to inherit her millions and marry his mistress. Former New York Times writer Ilene Rosenzweig (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce) will write the project, and exec produce with Meryl Poster and ID’s Angela Bromstad.

Drew Barrymore Comedy ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix
has ordered a second season of its new dark comedy Santa Clarita Diet, starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, to air in 2018.

Adult Swim Renews ‘Dream Corp LLC’ for a Second Season
Daniel Stessen’s
trippy new animated/live-action hybrid Dream Corp LLC will return to Adult Swim for another season. The network made the season 2 renewal official for the show, which is co-executive produced by John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant.


CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Real Life’ Casts Male Lead Role With Ryan Hansen As Guest Star, Mulls Potential Premise TweakAfter an extensive search, Ryan Hansen has been tapped to guest star as Drew, the male lead opposite Rebecca Rittenhouse in Real Life, CBS’ half-hour hybrid comedy pilot written/executive produced by Bad Teacher creator Hilary Winston.

‘American Horror Story’ Enlists Billy Eichner for Season 7The ‘Billy on the Street’ host joins Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters in the upcoming election-themed installment.

Amazon’s ‘Lore’ TV Adaptation Adds ‘Scorpion’s’ Robert PatrickIt’s a Terminator 2: Judgment Day reunion of sorts with Mr. T-1000 himself Robert Patrick joining producer Gale Anne Hurd on Amazon‘s adaptation of the horror podcast Lore. Patrick will be filming his Lore part later this spring during the hiatus for the recently renewed for a fourth season CBS drama.


Hulu Inks Pacts for Telenovelas, Other Spanish-Language Content From Telemundo, Sony Pictures Television
has set new multiyear agreements with Telemundo and Sony Pictures Television that will add several hundred episodes of popular telenovelas, as well as nine Pedro Almodóvar films and other Spanish-language programming from Telemundo to the subscription video-streaming service.

Stand-Up Comedy Streaming App Laughly Adds 3 Executives
, a streaming app dedicated to stand-up comedy, announced three strategic hires Tuesday. The company, which boasts albums and routines from more than 700 funnymen and women and was named Best New Startup in the Entertainment & Content category at South by Southwest this year, named Mark Seman as Head of Programming & Original Content, Kelly Anneken as Head of Product, and Elliott Peters as acting General Counsel and Strategic Advisor.


Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman Reuniting for NBC Reality CompetitionThe former Parks and Recreation co-stars are returning to NBC with a six-episode reality competition, The Handmade Project, which they will both host. Handmade Project will pit eight makers against one another to build crafts that will impress both the hosts and a panel of judges.

Animal Planet Orders ‘Animal House’ Starring HGTV ‘Design Star’ Winner
Animal Planet
has ordered new series “Animal House,” which will follow HGTV Design Star winner Antonio Ballatore — and his pooch Chewie, of course The new show will see Ballatore, his project manager Grace, and a team of designers “convert drab spaces into dream living arrangements for homeowners and their pets,” per the cable channel.

‘Trading Spaces’ Revived at TLCThe show, in which neighbors swap houses for two days to make over a room, will return in 2018.

(sched) NBC To Broadcast 2018 Winter Olympics Live In All Time ZonesNBC’s primetime coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics from PyeongChang, South Korea, will be broadcast live across all time zones, a first for the Winter Games.


New life for New Statesman at Corona TVThe writers behind 1980s UK sitcom The New Statesman are developing a new version of the show in response to events such as Brexit and the election of US president Donald Trump. LocomoTV is working with Corona TV to develop The B’Stard Legacy. The New Statesman followed fictional politician Alan B’Stard, played by the late Rik Mayall, and the new series will follow Alan’s long-lost son, Arron B’Stard.

Azteca first to take Dori’s DumbMexico’s TV Azteca has become the first international broadcaster to pick up Israeli crime drama format Dumb. The original was produced by Dori Media Darset for Israeli broadcaster Hot, which has already ordered a second and third season. It follows a frustrated actress who joins the police as an undercover agent, posing as a high school senior class student.

ABC Oz orders Conway late showAustralian pubcaster ABC has commissioned a late-night satirical series, which it bills as the world’s smallest Tonight Show. GNWTV will produce John Conway Tonight, starring the stand-up comic. Conway will dance, entertain and interview guests from the confines of a bar while the walls collapse around him.

(kids) CBBC feels Creeped Out
in the UK has commissioned a series that combines sci-fi, horror, adventure, suspense, fantasy and mystery, to be coproduced with DHX Media in Canada. Creeped Out is a 13-part anthology created by Bede Blake and Rob Butler that will be filmed in the UK and Canada later this year. “The unnerving tales and compelling characters range from enigmatic time travellers to macabre puppets. The whole family will be able to enjoy these mysterious stories,” said Taylor.


Disney film executive delivers sobering message to theater owners on the ‘changing lives of our consumers’Remarks by Disney’s film distribution head, Dave Hollis, took a slightly more sober look at the troubling trends affecting the film business, including long-term pressure on attendance because of digital media. Hollis acknowledged stagnation in the actual number of tickets sold (1.32 billion last year, compared with 1.4 billion a decade ago). Moreover, he said, per capita attendance, the average number of times each person bought a movie ticket, is on the decline. Last year, per capita attendance fell by 1%. …Hollis gave some jaw-dropping numbers on the proliferation of social media use. The number of tweets sent per minute has grown from 98,000 per minute in 2011 to 430,000 last year, he told the crowd, joking. …“This is disruption personified,” Hollis said.

What to expect from Disney’s new ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ rideThe “Guardians of the Galaxy” ride opening May 27 at Disney California Adventure will replace the venerable Twilight Zone Tower of Terror as the anchor of a new Marvel themed land.

Disney’s Dilemma: Can Bob Iger Ever Find a Successor?The CEO says he’s "serious this time" about retiring in 2019, but few possible heirs have emerged as Paramount finds a film chief and speculation centers on the next moves at Sony and Legendary.


Kerry Washington Taps ‘Django’ Producer to Head Development
Pilar Savone
will head development for the ‘Scandal’ star’s Simpson Street production company.

Google Ventures Taps Former Universal Studios Exec Craig Kornblau
Google Ventures
has tapped former Universal Studios home entertainment chief Craig Kornblau as its first-ever advisor in the media and entertainment space. Alphabet’s venture-capital arm will look to Kornblau for consultation on potential investment opportunities, which currently range from Uber to Nest.


Deadline: WGA East’s Council Asks Members To Authorize StrikeIn the second of a one-two punch that puts the WGA further along the road to a threatened strike against the film and TV industry, the WGA East’s council voted Tuesday night in New York to seek strike authorization from the guild’s members.

THR: How Scripted TV Is Taking Aim at President TrumpThe Trump camp is particularly bothered by recent episodes from two political dramas, ABC’s Designated Survivor and CBS’ Madame Secretary, according to a new report from the New York Daily News. The story quoted a source close to Trump, who referenced the two series as examples of how the "Hollywood elite" is using scripted TV to make "disparaging" innuendos about the president.

Variety: Comcast Plans to Launch Low-Cost Broadband Skinny TV Bundles Across U.S. Footprint in Q3
, looking to build another TV on-ramp for subscribers, is rebranding its broadband-delivered “skinny bundle” service as Xfinity Instant TV and plans to roll out the service across its U.S. footprint in the third quarter of 2017.

(audio) Mashable: ‘Serial’ team’s new podcast is a murder mystery ripe for bingeing
is about a lot of things, with a voice distinct from Serial and production quality of equal caliber. John, a This American Life listener, asks producer Brian Reed and the investigative team to come to his "pathetic little Baptist shit town" and explore a murder and a sexual assault allegation. All eight episodes dropped Tuesday morning, so it’s binge time for everyone, starting with reviewers. USA Today’s quick take was "You’ll want to binge" this "delightfully unexpected" series of twists and turns.

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