The Morning Update for Monday, April 3, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, April 3, 2017:


(from Fri) Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos to Develop Book ‘Geek Girl Rising’ as TV Series
Kelly Ripa
and husband Mark Consuelos will develop the book “Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech” as a scripted television series. ABC Studios optioned the book, which will be released by St. Martin’s Press on May 23. Ripa and Consuelos will executive produce along with Albert Bianchini through their Milojo Productions banner, which is currently under an overall deal with the studio. The book, written by journalists Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens, introduces readers to the female entrepreneurs and technologists who are building the next generation of tech start-ups, investing in each other’s ventures, upending male hacker stereotypes, and rallying women and girls everywhere to join the digital revolution.

(from Fri) ‘Law and Order: True Crime’ Taps Lesli Linka Glatter to DirectThe ‘Homeland’ veteran will helm the first two episodes of the NBC drama.

(from Fri) ‘Chicago P.D.’ Showrunner Matt Olmstead to Exit
deal with producers Universal Television is up. The split, which is amicable, comes as the Chicago franchise has plenty of other executive producers involved who could easily be considered to take over as showrunner. Olmstead, meanwhile, is expected to draw interest from every studio as he looks to ink a new overall deal that could fetch in the eight-figure range.

Kingdom Cancelled After 3 Seasons
is punching out after Season 3. The mixed martial arts drama — which stars Frank Grillo, Matt Lauria and Nick Jonas, among others — has been cancelled. The announcement was made on Saturday by AT&T Audience Network and Endemol Shine Studios.

‘Donald Trump’ Announces His Comedy Central Talker, The President Show
Comedy Central
is going all in on the notion that people like a semi-decent President Donald Trump impression. After teasing the new series last week, the cabler has officially announced that The President Show will premiere Thursday, April 27 at 11:30/10:30c, airing weekly leading out of The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.


(from Fri) Ed Weeks Set To Topline Fox Comedy Pilot ‘LA -> Vegas’Just two days after Hulu announced that The Mindy Project will end its run after one more season, the series’ male star Ed Weeks has been tapped to lead the ensemble of Fox‘s comedy pilotLA -> Vegas, from Gary Sanchez Prods.

(from Fri) ‘The Good Fight’: Jason Biggs to Reprise ‘Good Wife’ RoleThe ‘Orange Is the New Black’ grad will appear in the first season finale.

(from Fri) ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Enlists Rainn Wilson as Original Franchise CharacterHe’ll play Harry Mudd, who was first introduced in the initial ‘Star Trek’ TV series.

‘Sons of Anarchy’ Spinoff Adds ‘Breaking Bad’ Favorite
Raymond Cruz
will play a member of the Mayans MC charter in the FX pilot.


Apple wants to sell HBO, Showtime and Starz in a single bundleHere’s Apple’s latest proposal: It wants to sell consumers a premium TV bundle, which combines HBO, Showtime and Starz. Apple already sells each of those channels individually. But it has approached the three networks about rolling them up into a single package.


(from Fri) NBC Greenlights ‘Genius Junior’ Game Show Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris
has greenlighted a new game show to test the smarts of the most brilliant children in the country. Genius Junior will group children 12 and under into 12 teams of three. Each of five rounds will be tougher than the last and will test spelling, mathematics and memory, among many other subjects. The winning team will take home the Genius Junior Grant. The first season will run 10 episodes. Neil Patrick Harris will host and executive produce the game show.

(from Fri) CBS Orders ‘Ambulance’ Docuseries from Endemol Shine North America
has given the greenlight to Ambulance, a new one-hour reality series from Endemol Shine North America. The show takes a revealing look into the intense world of emergency medical workers and the 911 dispatchers who make split-second decisions during life-threatening emergencies. On the new CBS series, Eden Gaha, Rob Smith and Robin Feinberg will serve as executive producers for Endemol Shine North America.

(sched) NBC Shifts ‘World of Dance’ to Premiere Alongside ‘Talent’
World of Dance
, hosted and executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, is said to have earned a lot of internal fans at the network after recent screenings. And the May 30 premiere will allow more time for promotion — as well as less of a conflict with the NHL postseason, which would have prompted time-slot shifts. It also gets summer’s most auspicious lead-in with the return of America’s Got Talent. Other minor changes include a new date for Hollywood Game Night (June 22) and new time slots for The Wall (9 p.m.) and The Night Shift (10 p.m.), each of which will also return on June 22.


European Networks Go for Italian Political Thriller From ‘Young Pope’ Producers European pay-TV networks have voted for Italian political thriller 1993 from Wildside, the producers behind HBO’s hit The Young Pope producer. 1993 picks up where the first season of 1992 left off, after the Clean Hands anti-corruption investigation has decimated Italy’s main political parties. The eight-hour second season tracks the collapse of a political system and the chaos that results.

Jason Priestley’s ‘Private Eyes’ Nabs Further Sales for eOne
Entertainment One
has added further territory sales on the crime-solving procedural “Private Eyes,” starring Jason Priestley and Cindy Sampson. Latest buyers include ION Television (U.S.), Universal Channel (Australia), Fox Networks Group (Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria, Balkans).

France’s CanalPlus Takes ITV’s ‘Fearless’ and ‘Bancroft’
Patrick Harbinson’s
Fearless premiered at MIPTV’s Drama Screenings on Sunday night. The six-episode legal thriller follows a local legal defense attorney who investigates the killing of a young girl and faces off against the police. It hails from Mammoth Screen. CanalPlus also grabbed police thriller Bancroft, which follows a female detective on a cold case and is currently in production. The four-episode series comes from Home Fires exec producer Francis Hopkinson.

Pelé Scripted Series Kicks Off With Bunim/Murray; Soccer Legend Among EPs
and his manager Paul “PK” Kemsley are teaming with Bunim/Murray Productionsfor a scripted limited series based on the Brazilian fútbol diety’s life. The untitled program will focus on his life in New York while playing for the NASL’s Cosmos alongside other international footballers in the mid-1970s.

Disney, ABC will Find Me in ParisTwo European Disney channels and the ABC in Australia are among the buyers of teen drama Find Me in Paris(fka Paris Opera).Disney’s French and Italian networks will run the show, along with ABC, France Télévisions and VRT in Belgium.The drama focuses on a young dancer and princess poised to become a ballet star in 1905 who is hurled into the 21st century.

Banijay sticks to the script at MIPTV
Banijay Rights
is hitting the Palais des Festivals with a slate of new scripted programmes. Toplining the shows are TV4’s Rebecka Martinsson, CBC’s Baroness von Sketch Show and TVNZ’s Dear Murderer. Rebecka Martinsson is an 8x45mins / 4x90mins drama from Yellowbird for Sweden’s TV4. It is based on novels from Asa Larsson and is part is a remote and spectacular part of Sweden.

From ‘Taboo’ to ‘The Young Pope,’ Peak TV’s International InvasionThe Golden Age of television drama that has saturated screens during the past decade might soon be considered the Global Age of drama as well. The volume and profile of international series co-production efforts between Hollywood’s studios and networks and their overseas counterparts has been steadily rising.

Film Companies Fight to Get a Piece of TV Drama ActionMovie world folks are increasingly migrating into high-end television drama, and many of the new series on offer at MipTV are the progeny of this cross-pollination. “Babylon Berlin,” which is screening at the market, is produced by X Filme and creatively led by filmmaker Tom Tykwer.

‘Funny or Die’ to go Worldwide via IM GlobalThe exclusive deal with IM Global Television will see content from Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy’s digital comedy company available to international broadcasters for the first time.

Sky Content Chief Talks $750 Million Originals Push, Brexit and Fox Deal
Gary Davey
says it’s not all about about drama at the European pay TV giant, which is also backing comedy and feels good about its position amid competition from Netflix and Amazon.


Paramount Names Former Disney EVP Dan Cohen President of Worldwide Television Licensing
Paramount Pictures
has named longtime Disney executive Dan Cohen the new president of worldwide television licensing. In his new role, Cohen will oversee the global licensing and distribution of all Paramount films, television series and other content across multiple platforms including mobile, pay television, broadcast, cable and SVOD as well as emerging digital arenas.

MGM appoints Vimeo exec Sam Toles
MGM Studios
has appointed the head of Vimeo’s entertainment group, Sam Toles, as senior vice president of digital and new platforms.

USA Network’s Eric Lehrman Joins Wattpad Studios as Head of Content Development, Production
Wattpad Studios
, the entertainment division of user-fiction site Wattpad, has tapped Eric Lehrman — previously VP of original scripted programming at NBCUniversal’s USA Network — as head of content development.

(from Fri) CBS Reality Boss Chris Castallo to ExitWith the network a decade, he became executive vp alternative programming in 2013.

(from Fri) Hulu Marketing Head Jenny Wall to ExitThe streamer is searching for a CMO who would oversee all marketing, including the forthcoming live TV service.

(from Fri) BET Executive on Leave With Breast Cancer Threatens Legal Action Over TerminationThe Viacom cable network refutes those claims and says in a statement to THR that Zola Mashariki’s claims are "without merit."


Wrap: WGA Says It Will Resume Talks Once AMPTP Revises ProposalThe Writers Guild of America says it is ready to resume negotiations on April 10 once the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) revises its proposal, which the WGA said failed to “address our essential economic issues.”

Variety: WGA Details How Writers Are Earning Less in Peak TV EraThe Writers Guild of America is making the case to members for why the Peak TV era is fueling the need for significant changes to the pay scales for writers working in television. The guild on Sunday released a slew of statistics to buttress the argument that writers are working longer but making less despite the abundance of jobs on TV series. The WGA also laid bare the financial straits of its health insurance plan in order to press for higher contributions from studio employers.

(podcast) Variety: The ‘Serial’ Team’s New Podcast, ‘S-Town,’ Tops 10 Million Downloads in Four DaysEpisodes of “S-Town,” the new Southern Gothic-esque investigative-journalism podcast from the creative team behind 2014 breakout hit “Serial,” have been downloaded more than 10 million in the first four days of its release — setting a new record in the podcasting world. The original “Serial” first season took seven weeks to reach 10 million downloads, setting a record at the time in reaching that milestone.

Buzzfeed: The Vicious Cycle Holding Female Directors BackExperienced women directors are penalized first for their gender, and then for the toll that bias takes on their careers; then they’re penalized again if a child or a sick relative interrupts, and then they’re forgotten. Matia Karrell is part of a lost generation of women — middle-aged and accomplished directors. They’re women who have the experience to deliver great work but aren’t given the chance to continue to do so.

Wrap: ‘Smash’ Creator Says Misogyny in TV Writers’ Rooms Is ‘Beyond Anything that People Believe’Rampant misogyny runs through many of television’s writers’ room where your favorite shows are created, according to “Smash” creator Theresa Rebeck. The creator detailed how she got fired from the show (which she created, wrote and ran the room for in Season 1) in a new book “Double Bind”. In the personal essay, Rebeck got candid about her firing, saying male writers on “Smash” “conspired” to have her fired, and replaced her with someone far less qualified.