The Morning Update for Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, March 30, 2017:


‘War And Peace’ Helmer Tom Harper To Direct ‘The Rocks’ For Entertainment One
Entertainment One
has picked up television rights to Peter Nichols’ best-selling novel The Rocks, with War & Peace helmer Tom Harper on board to direct. Laura Eason is attached to adapt the series. Set on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, The Rocks is a love story and a mystery, told in reverse. It begins in the present day with the death of an older married couple who fall from one of the island’s many cliffs after an argument. The story then rewinds through time following the intertwined lives of the duo and their families over the course of half a century.

Amazon Tuning Grateful Dead TV Series; ‘Straight Outta Compton’s Jonathan Herman To WriteIn the works, say sources: a biographical TV series that will be written by Jonathan Herman. Herman will adapt the untitled series based on Home Before Daylight: My Life On The Road With The Grateful Dead, the memoir by longtime Grateful Dead roadie Steve Parish. That will fuel a series whose ambition is to capture the long-running phenomenon that is The Grateful Dead, a band of musical misfits who came of age during the apex of the 1960s San Francisco counter-culture movement.

‘The Mindy Project’ Renewed for Sixth and Final Season at HuluThe final season will premiere in September.

‘Time After Time’ Canceled at ABCThe Kevin Williamson time-travel drama aired only five episodes and will be replaced by ‘Match Game’ on Sundays for the time being.

Why the ‘Big Bang Theory’ Stars Took Surprising Pay CutsBialik and Rauch’s five colleagues each took a $100,000 per episode pay cut (they’ll be making $900,000 an episode) in a show of support. Sources say that Rauch and Bialik are likely to score more than $425,000 per episode, up from the $175,000 they negotiated three years ago. The multicamera comedy comes with a hefty production cost of $10 million per episode.


Jay R. Ferguson To Topline CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Living Biblically’The Real O’Neals star Jay R. Ferguson has been cast as the lead in the CBS comedy pilotLiving Biblically, from The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki and Warner Bros TV. The casting is in second position to ABC’s series.

Lindsey Kraft To Co-Star In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Living Biblically’Lindsey Kraft is set as the female lead opposite Jay R. Ferguson in the CBS comedy pilotLiving Biblically, from The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki and Warner Bros TV.

‘Linda From HR’: Michael Landes Cast In Fox Comedy Pilot, Replacing Tim DeKayMichael Landes (Save Me, Hooten & the Lady) has landed a series regular role opposite Lauren Graham in Fox‘s single-camera comedy pilot Linda From HR in a recasting. Landes is taking over for Tim DeKay.

‘Sharp Objects’: Will Chase, Jackson Hurst & Jennifer Aspen Join HBO’s Amy Adams Series
Will Chase
(Nashville), Jackson Hurst (NCIS: Los Angeles, Drop Dead Diva) and Rodney and Party of Five alumna Jennifer Aspen are set for recurring roles opposite Amy Adams in HBO’s eight-episode drama series Sharp Objects, from Entertainment One and Blumhouse Television.


Go90 takes on terrorism comedy
has ordered a scripted comedy set in the US National Counterterrorism Center for its streaming service Go90. Liberty Crossing (8×30′) will premiere later this year. Created and executive produced by Daniel Radosh and Michael Harrison, the series follows a hapless young intelligence analyst who must untangle a terror plot while navigating the office’s petty backstabbing and bureaucracy, all the while tolerating his meddling family.


Ken Burns Producing Muhammad Ali Documentary For PBS
announced that Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon are producing and directing a two-part, four-hour documentary about boxer/civil rights figure Muhammad Ali.

(ratings) NBC Is Switching From Households to Total Audience Guarantees for the Winter OlympicsFor these Olympics, NBCU is switching its guarantee for advertisers from the households demo, which it has used for all of the recent Olympics, a total viewer guarantee of viewership across broadcast, cable and digital (what it calls Total Audience Delivery numbers).


Jimmy Fallon’s Longtime ‘Tonight Show’ Head Writer A.D. Miles ExitsThe late-night talk show’s longtime head writer A.D. Miles is leaving his post after eight years of working with Fallon. The 45-year-old plans to go back to narrative writing and acting, mainly for films and half-hour series. He’ll also return to Los Angeles from The Tonight Show’s home in New York along with his wife and two daughters.

CBS Chief Glenn Geller on Leave After Heart AttackThe 45-year-old programming executive, who informed staff in a Wednesday email, will take time off through May.

BET Programming President, Head of Originals Exiting Amid Latest Viacom Shake-UpBET president of programming Stephen Hill and executive vp and head of original programming Zola Mashariki are exiting the network. Connie Orlando, senior vp specials, music programming and news, will take over as interim head of programming at BET.

Annapurna Taps Adrienne Becker As COO As Ramp-Up ContinuesKiller Content CEO Adrienne Becker is joining Annapurna to be its Chief Operating Officer, the latest exec movie at Megan Ellison’s growing operation. Becker will be tasked with leading the company’s business strategy across Annapurna Pictures, Annapurna TV and Annapurna Interactive.

Dick Clark Productions Names Todd Waks As SVP Strategic AlliancesTodd Waks has been named SVP Strategic Alliances at dick clark productions. Waks will spearhead brand revenue initiatives across dcp’s roster of shows including American Music Awards, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest and others, along with a variety of other projects.

Comcast Hires Amazon Exec Euan McLeod to Head Internet Video Engineering Team
has tapped Euan McLeod — formerly global head of live video at Amazon — as VP of IP video engineering for its cable division, tasked with leading the operator’s migration to an internet-based video platform.


Emmys’ Acting Races Poised for Shake-Up Amid Glut of Ensemble ShowsThis year, awards hopefuls are finding themselves competing against more of their co-stars within certain categories.


Variety: WGA Says It Wants to Keep Negotiating Despite Strike VoteThe WGA is telling the major studios that it wants to go back to the negotiating table. The guild said in a statement Wednesday that it is ready to rerun whenever the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers is ready to meet.

AdAge: Digital Advertising Tops TV in the U.S. for the First TimeDigital advertising sales surpassed linear TV ad sales in the U.S. for the first time in 2016, pulling in $70 billion compared with $67 billion for national and local TV, according to IPG Mediabrands’ Magna. The agency expects 3.7% growth in advertising spend domestically in 2017, a slowdown from the 4.7% increase seen in 2016, which was driven by the presidential election and Olympics.