The Morning Update for Monday, April 10, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, April 10, 2017:


Amy Sherman-Palladino’s ‘Mrs. Maisel’ Gets 2-Season Series Order At AmazonAmazon has picked up Amy Sherman-Palladino’s dramedy pilotThe Marvelous Mrs. Maiselto series with a two-season order, the first multi-season new series greenlight at the streaming network. Written and directed by Gilmore Girls creator Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel stars Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) as Miriam "Midge" Maisel, a 1958 New York City woman who has everything she’s ever wanted… But her perfect life suddenly takes an unexpected turn and Midge discovers a previously unknown talent—one that changes her life forever.

(from Fri) Netflix Orders Multi-Camera High School Comedy Series ‘Alexa & Katie’Netflix is making a move in the original comedy series space targeting tweens and teens with Alexa & Katie, a multi-camera sitcom toplined by Disney XD star Paris Berelc (Mighty Med, Lab Rats: Elite Force) and newcomer Isabel May. Alexa & Katie, which has received a 13-episode order, marks the first multi-camera comedy series produced by Netflix. Created by Heather Wordham (Hannah Montana, Reba), with comedy veteran Matthew Carlson serving as showrunner, Alexa & Katie is about two lifelong best friends who are eagerly anticipating the start of their freshman year of high school. The friends confront a crisis that leaves them feeling like outsiders at a time when what seems to matter most is fitting in.

(from Fri) Rod Lurie Pilot ‘Monsters Of God’ Not Going Forward At TNT
has opted not to proceed withMonsters of God, its period drama pilot from Rod Lurie, Plan B Entertainment and Turner’s in-house studio. The project will be shopped to other outlets. In Monsters of God, written and to directed by Lurie, savagery and violence are the cornerstones of Colonel "Terrible" Bill Lancaster (Garrett Dillahunt)’s holy war against the Comanche in post-Civil War Texas.

(from Fri) Fox’s ‘Star’ Taps New Showrunner for Season Two‘Grey’s Anatomy’ alum Karin Gist has signed an overall deal with producers 20th Century Fox Television.

(from Fri) ‘Designated Survivor’ Bringing in Fourth Showrunner Ahead of Likely Second Season A search is underway for a new showrunner to take over for an expected second season of the political thriller. Jeff Melvoin, who replaced Jon Harmon Feldman, will stay on as an executive producer and help train the new showrunner.

(from Fri) ‘UnReal’ Co-Creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro Inks Overall Deal With A+E StudiosUnReal co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro has signed a multi-year overall deal with A+E Studios, the studio behind the hit Lifetime series. Under the pact, Shapiro will continue her duties as writer and executive producer on the show. She’ll also work closely with the A+E Studios team to develop, create and produce new original programming for the A+E portfolio of networks, as well as outside buyers.

(from Fri) ‘Better Call Saul’ Writer Gordon Smith Inks Overall Deal With Sony TVBetter Call Saul writer-producer Gordon Smith has closed an overall deal with the studio behind the acclaimed AMC series, Sony Pictures TV. Under the pact, he is currently a consulting producer on Sony TV’s WGN America drama series Outsiders and will return to Better Call Saul for the fully expected fourth season.

(from Fri) ‘Criminal Minds’ Renewed for Season 13 at CBSThe procedural continues to pull in solid numbers for the network despite several recent cast departures.

‘American Crime’ EP Teases A Possible Season 4; ‘When We Rise’ EP On The Fight For Social JusticeABC’s American Crime just debuted its third season in March, and though it hasn’t been renewed for a fourth, EP Michael J. McDonald hinted at the next topical venture. “There is a story that we want to tell,” he said. “Seeing what’s happening on Fox News and what’s happening with Uber, you’re seeing the role that women play in the workforce,” he shared, possibly teasing the topic of sexual harassment.


(from Fri) Ricky Martin Joins FX’s ‘Versace: American Crime Story’He joins Penelope Cruz, Edgar Ramirez and Darren Criss in the third season of the FX anthology from Ryan Murphy.

(from Fri) ‘Mr. Robot’ Enlists ‘The Magicians’ Alum for Season 3 Recurring Role
Rizwan Manji
will play the new partner of Grace Gummer’s character.

(from Fri) ‘9J, 9K and 9L’: Paul Feig Guest Stars In CBS Comedy PilotFeature writer-director Paul Feig is revisiting his acting roots with a guest starring role in the CBS multi-camera comedy pilot 9J, 9K and 9L, headlined by Mark Feuerstein.


It Looks Like Teen Vogue Writer Who Clashed With Tucker Carlson Is Getting Own Show
Lauren Duca
— the Teen Vogue writer, best known for her viral, scathing op-eds and for calling Fox News host Tucker Carlson a “partisan hack” on his own show — might be getting an additional platform of her own. The news was first reported by lifestyle website Brit + Co, who said Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth announced the show, Thigh High Politics, during a panel at the Women in the World Summit Friday morning.

Pop Artist Ashley Longshore To Topline Unscripted Project From Evolution Media & Regan Arts
Evolution Media
(Real Housewives franchise, Botched) is partnering with Judith Regan’s Regan Arts on an unscripted project featuring pop artist Ashley Longshore. The companies are currently shopping the potential series to cable networks and other platforms. Longshore is known for her Warhol-esque pop-art, “where bedazzled flowers sit next to diamonds and Valium boxes, Jesus holds a black Amex and Wonder Woman dresses in Chanel.”


Netflix’s Product Chief Neil Hunt to Depart After 18 Years
longtime product chief Neil Hunt is leaving his post at the streaming service. After 18 years at the company, he’ll depart in July. At that time, international executive Greg Peters will be named the new chief product officer, responsible for designing, building and delivering the Netflix experience.


Location Managers Unveil Award WinnersOscar nominees La La Land and Hidden Figures, The Night Manager and rookie series Westworld and The Crown were among the winners Saturday night at the fourth annual Location Managers Guild International Awards on the Warner Bros lot.


Variety: Strike Fears Grow as WGA, Studios Resume Contract TalksContract talks between the Writers Guild of America and the major studios are scheduled to resume Monday after a 17-day break that has heightened anxiety in Hollywood about the possibility of a strike. Two weeks of initial talks ended March 23 amid plenty of finger-pointing.

Deadline: WGA Contract Talks Resume Today With Data A Devil In The Details As negotiations resume today on a new WGA film and TV contract, one of the guild’s main goals is to address the declining fortunes of TV writers. But two sets of competing earnings data, each pointing in a different direction, may make it difficult for negotiators to crunch the numbers — or even to agree on which numbers to crunch — as the writers and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers attempt to avert a threatened strike.

(Podcast) Nerdist: The Writer’s Panel with Ben Blacker – Negotiations Special Former WGA President Christopher Keyser (co-creator, Party of Five) is joined by guild members Marqui Jackson (Rosewood; Battle Creek) and Deirdre Mangan (iZombie) to talk about today’s return to the negotiating table with the AMPTP (the studios and networks), what the WGA is asking for, what’s at stake, bagels, and more.

Wrap: 13 Podcasts That Should Be Turned into TV ShowsWith a slew of podcast to TV adaptations coming our way or already here — from “My Brother, My Brother, and Me,” to “Lore,” and “Startup” — the industry is primed for even more adaptations. But there are so many podcasts to choose from, so which ones should get the small screen treatment? We looked at ones that make for the best longform series, that tackle a unique subject, and that have the elements to translate into a visual medium.

NYT: Marvel Comics May Have Slumping Sales, but Don’t Blame Its Diverse HeroesFan fatigue with weak story lines and good-turned-bad characters are bigger problems than a black Captain America and a female Thor.