The Morning Update for Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, April 12, 2017:


John Ridley and Regina King Developing ‘No Place Safe’ for FX
John Ridley
and Regina King are developing “No Place Safe” about the Atlanta child murders in the late 1970s and 1980s from ABC Signature Studios for FX. King is also set to star in the project based on Kim Reid’s memoir, which the Oscar-winning producer optioned back in 2015. Wendy Calhoun (“Empire,” “Nashville”) is adapting the book by Kim Reid. Along with Ridley and King, Michael McDonald and Reina King are also producing. Part mystery thriller, part coming-of-age story and part civil-rights history, “No Place Safe” is a memoir set in 1979 at the time of the Atlanta child murders and told through the eyes of a young African-American teenager.

CBS TV Studios, Timberman-Beverly To Adapt Meg Gardiner Novel ‘UNSUB’ About Chase of Zodiac Killer As TV SeriesCBS Television Studios has pre-emptively bought the rights to Edgar-winning author Meg Gardiner‘s forthcoming novel UNSUB, ahead of an auction, to adapt for television. It will be developed as a TV series by Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman, who’ll be executive producers through their studio-based Timberman-Beverly Productions banner, along with The Story Factory’s Shane Salerno. The thriller follows a female detective on the trail of an infamous serial killer when he breaks his silence and begins killing again. Her work brings her to the attention of the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, where she goes to work hunting other UNSUBs while being tormented by the killer her father never caught.

(sched) USA Sets ‘The Sinner’ For August; Return Dates For ‘Shooter,’ ‘Suits’ & MoreUSA Network will bow The Sinner, about a young mother (Jessica Biel) who commits a startling act of violence but has no idea why, at 10 PM Wednesday, August 2.


Hulu Acquires CBC Crime Drama ‘Pure’In their first SVOD deal, Cineflix Rights and Hulu have pacted on Cineflix Media’s new Canadian crime drama Pure. The Michael Amo-created Pure launched at MIPTV earlier this month and recently premiered on the CBC, winning its timeslot and becoming the network’s top new drama. Inspired by true events, it’s the story of a Mennonite pastor trying to protect his family and preserve his faith while battling drug trafficking within his community.


James Corden’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Gets Second Primetime SpecialThe hourlong telecast will air May 22 on CBS.

Cat Deeley to Host Celebrity Game Show for USA Network
‘Big Star Little Star’
will launch in May as the cable network sets its summer schedule. Based on the format from 12 Yard Productions, the series pairs stars and their kids as they test their knowledge of one another in a bid to win money for charity. Each episode will feature three famous families as they reveal behind-the-scenes moments from their lives.

MTV to Revive Reality Series ‘Fear Factor’
is reviving the reality franchise “Fear Factor” for a new generation. The Viacom cabler has ordered new episodes of the series from Endemol Shine North America. Rap star Ludacris is set to host.

CBS Announces ’48 Hours: NCIS’ Narrated by Rocky CarrollThe new CBS newsmagazine ’48 Hours: NCIS’ will introduce viewers to real-life NCIS agents that have worked the investigations that inspired the network’s top-rated ‘NCIS’ franchise.


Amazon Orders Indian World War II Series
is expanding its Indian content offerings worldwide. The e-commerce and streaming video giant on Tuesday unveiled its latest original series with the working title The Forgotten Army. Set during World War II and based on true events, the project will revolve around historical Indian figure Subhash Chandra Bose and his Indian National Army, which was forged out of Britain’s defeat in Singapore during World War II while India was still under British colonial rule. The series, which will be streamed worldwide, is set to go into production by the end of the year and will be directed by Bollywood helmer Kabir Khan.

John Cleese to Star in ‘Edith,’ First BBC Sitcom Since ‘Fawlty Towers’British comedy legend John Cleese will co-star along with Alison Steadman in “Edith,” a six-part comedy series created and written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Charles McKeown. The series follows a widow — named Edith, of course — whose life is put on hold after her son hits rock bottom and moves back in with her. Cleese will play Phil, an old boyfriend and neighbor of Edith’s who dreams of marrying her. On the day she finally says yes to his proposal, her son Roger appears on her doorstep.


Jesse Collins Entertainment Names Scripted Development SVP; Ups TwoJesse Collins Entertainment is bolstering its scripted division, naming industry vet Andrew J. Horne as Senior Vice President of Scripted Development, its first such designated position. In addition the TV and film production company has promoted Jeannae Rouzan-Clay to Vice President of Specials and upped Dionne Harmon to Vice President of Development.

Grey’s Anatomy’s Camilla Luddington Gives Birth to Baby GirlWelcome baby Hayden to the Grey’s Anatomyfamily! Grey’s star Camilla Luddington gave birth to a daughter, the actress announced on Instagram Tuesday.


‘This Is Us,’ ‘Speechless,’ ‘Last Week Tonight’ Nab Television Academy Honors
“This Is Us,” ABC’s “Speechless” and HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” are among the 2016 selections for Television Academy Honors. The kudos presented annually by the Television Academy, which also administers the Primetime Emmy Awards, aim to recognize programs that tackle social issues and use television as a forum advocate for social change.

Norman Lear & ITVS To Be Honored With Peabody Awards For Contributions To StorytellingThe Peabody Awards Board of Jurors have chosen Norman Lear to receive an Individual Award and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) an Institutional Award for their contributions to storytelling in television.


Variety: WGA, AMPTP Contract Talks Inch Forward on Options and ExclusivityAfter two days back at the bargaining table, there is cautious optimism that the WGA and major studios could be inching closer to compromise on at least one key issue on the table: options and exclusivity terms for TV writers. …The WGA proposal calls for studios to pay writers the weekly equivalent of their negotiated episodic fee for each week that the writer is engaged beyond the standard two weeks per episode. The extended working terms has become a concern as more producers and showrunners seek longer periods of writing prep time before lensing begins.

Variety: Measurement Mess: TV Industry Struggles to Agree on Ratings InnovationIt’s not easy to embrace new ways of doing business after decades of sticking to the same methodology that has been in place since the “The Honeymooners” first flickered on screen. But if the industry can’t come to a consensus on which solution is best to evolve TV’s hopelessly broken measurement system beyond its current reliance solely on Nielsen monitoring of linear TV audiences, it risks losing no small portion of the approximately $44 billion in advertising dollars that ad-buyer Magna Global says was spent on national TV last year.

Wrap: United Talent Agency Hacked: Work Disrupted, Ripples Throughout HollywoodA virus affected computer terminals at the UTA’s Beverly Hills headquarters, resulting in cancelled meetings set for their clients and other businesses like talent management companies, two knowledgeable individuals said.