The Morning Update for Friday, April 14, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, April 14, 2017. Have a great Easter weekend!

SCRIPTED NEWS:

TNT Not Proceeding With ‘Let The Right One In’ Pilot, Vampire Drama ShoppedTNT has opted not to proceed with its pilot order toLet the Right One In, a drama based on the best-selling novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist. The project, written byJeff Davis, was picked up to pilot in August but it didn’t go into production. Tomorrow Studios, which developed the project and was to produce the pilot with Turner’s Studio T, is shopping it to other networks in its current iteration or as a potential redo of the concept. http://deadline.com/2017/04/tnt-let-the-right-one-in-pilot-dead-shopped-1202069970/

(sched) ABC Pairs Shonda Rhimes’ ‘Still Star-Crossed’ With ‘Bachelorette,’ Sets Summer Schedule
Still Star-Crossed
will air after The Bachelorette, which will return the Monday prior, May 22. Downward Dog, will get an in-season sampling after the May 17 Modern Family finale before it shifts to Tuesdays the following week. In addition to the slew of throwback game shows that it’s been spinning — Celebrity Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid, To Tell the Truth — there’s also a revival of The Gong Show set to air Thursdays after new competition Boy Band. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/abc-pairs-shonda-rhimes-still-star-crossed-bachelorette-sets-summer-schedule-993693

‘Queen Sugar’ Unveils Season 2 Female Directors, Sets Hulu SVOD DealLike season one, season two will feature an all-female directing team that includes returning producer-director Kat Chandler, DeMane Davis, Cheryl Dune, Aurora Guerrero and Amanda Marsalis, who will make her episodic television debut on Queen Sugar. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/queen-sugar-season-2-directors-premiere-date-993655

(review) Variety: ‘The White Princess’ on Starz
“The White Princess”
is not as clear or polished as say, “The Crown,” when it comes to creating a portrait of the monarchy. But it is at its best when it portrays the complex negotiation and manipulation between Henry and Lizzie. It’s a love story, but one that feels rather unfamiliar to a Western audience: The couple hardly knows each other, and sets about the hard work of having children and reconciling their in-laws without much enjoying each other’s company. http://variety.com/2017/tv/reviews/white-princess-review-starz-jodie-comer-michelle-fairley-1202030398/

CASTING NEWS:

‘Arrow’ Ups Rick Gonzalez & Juliana Harkavy To Season 6 Series RegularsRick Gonzalez and Juliana Harkavy have been promoted to series regulars for next year. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/dark-web-robert-davi-hayley-marie-norman-1202030530/

‘Divorce’: Steven Pasquale Joins HBO Comedy SeriesSteven Pasquale has signed on for a recurring role opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in HBO’s dark comedy seriesDivorce, created and executive produced by Sharon Horgan. http://deadline.com/2017/04/divorce-steven-pasquale-hbo-comedy-series-sarah-jessica-parker-1202069622/

‘Dark/Web’ Series Adds Robert Davi, Hayley Marie Norman, Dora Madison
Robert Davi, Hayley Marie Norman, Dora Madison, Griffin Freeman, Cole Bernstein, Duane Shepard Sr.
and Amin El Gamal have boarded forthcoming anthology thriller “Dark/Web.” The eight-part series deals with the horrors of the tech crazed world. The independently financed “Dark/Web” is now in post-production and will be shopped to buyers this summer. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/dark-web-robert-davi-hayley-marie-norman-1202030530/

Ryan Phillippe to Guest Star on ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’Ryan Phillippe star will guest on an upcoming episode of the Fox comedy as Milton, a potential love interest for Gina (Chelsea Peretti). http://www.thewrap.com/ryan-phillippe-brooklyn-nine-nine/

FEATURE NEWS:

John Ridley to Write, Direct Time-Travel Film ‘Needle in a Timestack’
Miramax
has tapped John Ridley to write and direct time-travel film “A Needle in a Timestack.” Based on a short story by Robert Silverberg, “Needle in a Timestack” centers on a devoted husband who will stop at nothing to save his marriage when it is destroyed by a time traveling rival. http://variety.com/2017/film/news/john-ridley-needle-in-a-timestack-1202030033/

Robert Duvall Joins Viola Davis in Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’
Robert Duvall
has rounded out the cast of Steve McQueen’s thriller “Widows,” starring Viola Davis. The pic opens with four armed thieves being killed during a robbery. Their surviving widows come together to try to finish the failed job. http://variety.com/2017/film/news/robert-duvall-viola-davis-steve-mcqueen-widows-1202029340/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Instagram Clocks 200 Million Daily Users for Its Snapchat Stories Clone
Instagram’s
Stories feature may not be original, but it’s clearly working for the Facebook-owned photo sharing app: More than 200 million people use Stories every day. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/instagram-stories-200-million-users-1202029987/

NBC Reaches Deal With TV Affiliates for Opting In to Internet Video Distribution Agreements
NBC
announced an agreement with the board representing its independent TV station affiliates for opting in to NBCUniversal’s distribution deals for new over-the-top streaming services. The deal also provides a framework for “TV Everywhere” distribution rights for pay-TV subscribers. ABC rolled out a similar initiative last year, dubbed Clearinghouse, which provides a framework for affiliated station groups to reach OTT and TV Everywhere agreements. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/nbc-tv-affiliates-internet-video-ott-distribution-agreements-1202030200/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

VH1 Renews ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ Adds Ricky Martin DocuseriesThe cabler’s upfront slate also features a Lance Bass-hosted ’90s version of ‘Big Brother’ as president Chris McCarthy talks with THR about his growth plans for the Viacom network. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/vh1-renews-rupauls-drag-race-adds-ricky-martin-docuseries-993469

‘Missing Richard Simmons’ Podcast Could Be Adapted for TVSources say that First Look Media has begun meeting with would-be buyers for a small screen narrative adaptation of the investigative show searching for the reclusive fitness guru (who dropped out of sight in 2014). http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/rambling-reporter/missing-richard-simmons-podcast-could-be-adapted-tv-993315

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Studio Lambert Ramps Up Drama Slate on Both Sides of the Atlantic
Studio Lambert
is one of the world’s leading unscripted producers, best known for shows like Emmy-winner “Undercover Boss” and “The People’s Couch.” Two years ago the London- and L.A.-based company moved into drama series. Chief executive Stephen Lambert and drama chief Susan Hogg talk about their plans. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/studio-lambert-drama-slate-1202030689/

Sony Pictures Television Networks Launches Pop in ItalyThe company’s first free-to-air channel brings fan favorites like ‘The Deep’ and ‘Power Rangers Ninja Steel.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sony-pictures-television-networks-launches-pop-italy-993571

10 Highlights From Series Mania 2017“American Gods,” David Lindelof, Denmark’s SAM Productions, Dutch drama, French sci-fi, series zetgeist, and other highlights from this year’s Series Mania. http://variety.com/2017/tv/festivals/series-mania-2017-10-highlights-1202030753/

TWDC NEWS:

‘Star Wars: Forces of Destiny’ Focuses on Female Heroes of a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Disney
and Lucasfilm have partnered for new animated series, merchandise and book lines based on Leia, Rey and the other women of the Rebellion and Resistance. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/star-wars-forces-destiny-launches-new-female-focused-promotion-993670

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Scott Aversano Negotiating To Join 20th Century Fox As Exec VP ProductionScott Aversano is expected to be hired by 20th Century Fox as exec VP production. While his hiring comes after Mark Roybal left the studio with the same job title last month, we were told that Aversano’s deal had been in the offing since before Roybal’s decision to leave. http://deadline.com/2017/04/scott-aversano-fox-exec-vp-production-1202068287/

Sony Pictures Television Networks Ups Pamela Parker To EVP Business AffairsSony Pictures Television Networks has promoted Pamela Parker to EVP Business Affairs and Acquisitions. http://deadline.com/2017/04/sony-pictures-television-networks-promoted-pamela-parker-evp-business-affairs-acquisitions-1202069852/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Variety: Writers Guild Urges Members to Support Strike Authorization Via VideoWith negotiations with producers in their third week, Writers Guild of America leaders have released a video urging their 12,000 members to support a strike authorization. http://variety.com/2017/film/news/writers-guild-strike-authorization-video-1202030136/

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