The Morning Update for Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, August 1, 2017:


Starz Wins Bidding War for ‘Sweetbitter’ TV Drama From Brad PittSweetbitter, the best-selling novel by Stephanie Danler, is headed to the small screen. Starz is developing the project as a potential half-hour drama series with Brad Pitt’s Plan B attached to produce. Sweetbitter follows 22-year-old Tess who, shortly after arriving in New York, lands a job at a celebrated downtown restaurant. Swiftly introduced to the world of drugs, alcohol, love, lust, dive bars and fine dining, she learns to navigate the chaotically alluring, yet punishing life she has stumbled upon. Danler wrote the script for the drama with Stu Zicherman attached to develop the script with her.

Anna Paquin Drama ‘Bellevue’ Acquired by WGN AmericaWGN America, which is exiting the scripted originals space, has acquired linear rights to Canadian drama Bellevue, starring Anna Paquin. Fresh off canceling all of its scripted originals WGN America is turning instead to low-cost acquisitions like the Muse Entertainment drama that stars Paquin as a detective charged with exploring the case of a missing high school hockey star from creators/showrunners Jane Maggs and Adrienne Mitchell.

Colman Domingo Is Adapting His Play ‘Dot’ as a Series for AMCFear the Walking Dead actor Colman Domingo is developing a series called In the Middle of the Street for AMC. The show is based on his celebrated play, Dot. "A family in fading West Philadelphia must confront old secrets in order to face the challenges of their present," a synopsis said, adding the drama "unflinchingly tackles aging parents, marriage, sexuality, and politics with humor and joy."

Matt Nix Renews Overall Deal With 20th TV…The two-year pact will see him develop new programming while serving as showrunner for Fox’s big-bet X-Men drama ‘The Gifted.’

Shondaland’s ‘Scandal’ & ‘HTGAWM’ Get New Producing Directors; Tom Verica Moves To ‘For The People’Shondaland has named Jann Turner as the new Producing Director for Scandal and Jet Wilkinson in the same role for How To Get Away With Murder, as Tom Verica moves to For The People as its Producing Director and Executive Producer.

‘Big Bang Theory’ Taps Steve Holland as New ShowrunnerSteve Molaro will segue to spinoff ‘Young Sheldon,’ though he and Chuck Lorre will remain highly involved on the flagship.

(review) Variety: ‘What Would Diplo Do?’ Starring James Van Der BeekViceland’s first scripted series, Diplo is executive producing a comedy where James Van Der Beek plays — mocks, endears, and humanizes — the DJ himself. Diplo doesn’t come off too well; he’s arguably brilliant, but also self-aggrandizing, socially clueless, and as impulsive as a toddler. But that the DJ would examine and deflate his own persona is engaging, funny stuff; it’s made 10 times more entertaining by the alarming, charismatic ease with which Van Der Beek slips into the role.


‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Enlists Nia Long as Series Regular for Season 9…She joins the spinoff after Maria Bello joined the flagship CBS procedural.

‘Quantico’ Taps Marlee Matlin as Part of Season 3 RebootMarlee Matlin has joined the procedural as a series regular.

The Detour Promotes Laura Benanti to Series Regular Ahead of Season 3Laura Benanti has been upped to series regular status on the TBS comedy.

‘Shut Eye’: Noah Bean Set To Recur In Season 2 For Hulu…Former Nikita and 12 Monkeys star Noah Bean is set for a recurring role in Season 2 of Hulu’s Shut Eye.

‘Goliath’: James Wolk Set To Recur In Season 2 Of Amazon Drama SeriesZoo star James Wolk is set for a guest arc opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the second season of Amazon‘s praised drama seriesGoliath, from David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro.

‘Superstition’: Syfy Drama From Mario Van Peebles, XLRator Sets Cast; Netflix BoardsSuperstition, a supernatural drama produced by XLrator Media, Mario Van Peebles’ MVPTV and Syfy, has begun principal photography in Conyers, Georgia. Cast has now been set alongside Van Peebles. Robinne Lee is co-starring with Brad James, W. Earl Brown, Demetria McKinney, Diamond Dallas Page, Morgana Van Peebles and newcomers T.C. Carter and Tatiana Lia Zappardino.


Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Movie Finds DirectorJaume Collet-Serra will helm the action-adventure based on the classic Disneyland ride.


Google Said to Offer Publishers A New YouTube DealYouTube, on an aggressive push to expand its footprint in online video, is said to be offering publishers more control over their own ad inventory in order to win their business. The site is offering major publishers who choose its backend video player the ability to control ad sales both on their sites and on YouTube, according to people familiar with the new offering.


Carol Burnett Sets Unscripted Kids Comedy at Netflix‘A Little Help With Carol Burnett’ will see the legendary comedian in conversation with opinionated kids. In each of the 12 half-hour episodes, celebrities and everyday people will bring their real-life issues to the kids, who dish back hilarious, hard-hitting guidance — all in front of a live studio audience. A Little Help With Carol Burnett will be produced by Dick Clark Productions.

Blumhouse Television to Revive Reality Series ‘Scare Tactics’Blumhouse Television has teamed with producer Scott Hallock to produce a new edition of the horror reality series “Scare Tactics.” The prank show that ran five seasons on Syfy between 2003 and 2013 revolves around unsuspecting marks who are set up by friends and family members to stumble into situations that resemble scenes from classic horror pics.

Ignition Creative Teams With Jack Abramoff In Reality Series About Bitcoins
Ignition Creative, which produces Apple TV’s Planet of the Apps, says it’s producing a reality docuseries about bitcoin regulation, of all subjects. And it will feature Jack Abramoff — the once-powerful lobbyist who was imprisoned for four years after pleading guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials. The series, to be called Capitol Makeover: Bitcoin Brigade, will show Abramoff giving lobbying lessons to AML Bitcoin creator Marcus Andrade and his colleagues who want to “prevent Congress from unintentionally destroying the digital currency industry,” the release says.

(ratings) David Muir Wins 4 Straight Sweeps, an ABC First in 21 YearsABC News’ “World News Tonight With David Muir” won the July 2017 sweep in Total Viewers, averaging 7.53 million viewers. “World News Tonight” has won all four sweeps periods of the 2016-17 television season, marking the first time the network earned that honor in a season since Peter Jennings was anchor 21 years ago from 1995-96. It is also ABC’s first July sweep victory over “Nightly News” since 2007.


ABC Taps Rebecca Daugherty As New Head Of Marketing; Erin Weir & Jill Gershman Upped to SVPABC has named Rebecca Daugherty as the new head of marketing. In her new role, Daugherty will be responsible for overseeing all marketing activities for ABC’s primetime, daytime and late-night lineups, while establishing the tone and brand for the network. Patrick Moran, president, ABC Studios also announced that Daugherty will oversee ABC Studios’ marketing efforts domestically and internationally for shows on ABC and other third party platforms including CBS, Freeform, Showtime, Netflix, Hulu and more. Daugherty’s executive team will include Erin Weir, who has been promoted to senior vice president, Marketing Strategy, ABC Entertainment. Jill Gershman will fill a newly created role as senior vice president, Marketing Creative, ABC Entertainment. Rounding out the senior marketing team, Steven Bushong continues in his role as senior vice president, Marketing Operations, and Gary Shanas as vice president, Media Strategy & Planning.


THR: CBS, Imagine Sign First-Look Co-Financing Pact… Under the pact, Imagine and CBS will co-produce and co-own programming for CBS, CBS All Access and Showtime, as well as non-CBS affiliated platforms. CBS Corp. will have the first look at Imagine TV series, while CBS Television Studios will become a production partner and worldwide distributor for programming.

THR: HBO Networks Hit by Cyber Attack, ‘Ballers’ and ‘Room 104’ Episodes Leaked Online…Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler confirmed that some of the network’s original programming was stolen as part of the cyber attack. Among the episodes leaked were one episode of Ballers, one episode of Room 104 and, allegedly, the script for Game of Thrones’ next episode, the fourth episode of season seven.

THR: ’13 Reasons Why’ May Have Triggered Suicide-Related Online Searches: Study13 Reasons Why, the popular Netflix series that showed a teen ending her life, may have triggered a surge in online searches for suicide, including how to do it. Researchers found that for almost three weeks afterward, there were at least 900,000 more than expected Google searches including the word "suicide." The study doesn’t prove a link and didn’t examine any connection with actual suicides or attempts. It was published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

AdWeek: Discovery Communications Is Acquiring Scripps Networks for $14 Billion, Bolstering Its Digital Offerings…Two weeks after Discovery Communications and Scripps Networks Interactive’s merger talks went public–and three and a half years after their initial negotiations collapsed–the companies are headed down the aisle, as Discovery announced today that it will officially acquire Scripps for $14.6 billion.

AdAge: Fox Will Bring 6-Second Ads To TV During Teen Choice AwardsFox will make its first attempt to replicate YouTube’s ad format on broadcast TV, with Mars and Duracell each airing two six-second spots during the "Teen Choice Awards" next month.

Variety: Los Angeles Reaches Deal to Host 2028 Olympic Games…Los Angeles leaders are expected to announce later today that they have reached a deal to host the Olympics in 2028.