The Morning News Update for Monday, March 19, 2018

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, March 19, 2018.


‘Nightflyers’ Showrunner Exits Syfy’s George R.R. Martin Drama (Exclusive)

Exec producer Jeff Buhler, who adapted the novella for TV, will take over for Daniel Cerone.


Will & Grace Renewed for Season 11 (Before Season 9 Is Even Over)

NBC continues to plan way ahead where Will & Grace is concerned. With two more episodes left to air in the comedy’s inaugural revival season (aka Season 9) and six months before the launch of the already-ordered follow-up (aka Season 10), the network has gone ahead and ordered a third revival cycle (aka Season 11). What’s more, NBC has increased the sitcom’s Season 10 episode order from 13 to 18.


Scandal Series Finale: ‘Overwhelmed’ Kerry Washington & Co. Share BTS Photos From Last Shooting Day

And that’s a series wrap! Early Saturday morning, production on Scandal‘s last episode ever (airing Thursday, April 19 at 10/9c on ABC) concluded, with creator Shonda Rhimes, star Kerry Washington et al documenting the lead-up to the final scene.


Martin Freeman Has Bad News for ‘Sherlock’ Fans: Detective Drama Is ‘Not Fun Anymore’

Rabid “Sherlock” fans chomping at the bit for Season 5 could be in for a major disappointment. But they’re also partly to blame, according to one of the show’s stars.



Nicole Byer To Co-Star In ABC’s Justin Noble Comedy Pilot

Actress-comedian Nicole Byer (Loosely Exactly Nicole) is set for a major series regular role opposite Kat Dennings in ABC’s untitled Justin Noble comedy pilot.


Lizzy Greene Joins ABC’s ‘A Million Little Things’; Feliz Ramirez In ‘Grand Hotel’

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn‘s Lizzy Greene has booked a series regular role in ABC’s ensemble drama pilot A Million Little Things, from writer DJ Nash, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios.


‘Suspicion’ Casts Sadie Calvano; Andrew Keenan-Bolger Joins ‘Three Rivers’

Former Mom star Sadie Calvano is set as a series regular in NBC drama pilot Suspicion, from The Path creator Jessica Goldberg, Universal TV and Keshet Studios.


‘Chernobyl’: Stellan Skarsgård & Emily Watson To Star In HBO & Sky’s Miniseries

Stellan Skarsgård (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Emily Watson (The Dresser) are set to star opposite Jared Harris in HBO’s miniseries Chernobyl, a co-production between HBO and Sky.


Preacher Casts a Familiar TV Villain for Allfather D’Aronique

AMC’s Preacher has found its Allfather D’Aronique in veteran television star Jonny Coyne.


Monet Mazur & Michael Evans Behling Cast In April Blair/Spencer Paysinger CW Pilot

Monet Mazur (Monster-In-Law) and Michael Evans Behling (Empire) are set as series regulars opposite Taye Diggs in the CW’s untitled April Blair/Spencer Paysinger drama pilot from writer April Blair, Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros. TV.


Brian d’Arcy James Tapped for Fox Drama Pilot From Danny Strong

Brian d’Arcy James is set to lead the pilot of a new legal drama from Empire co-creator Danny Strong, according to Deadline. Written by David Elliot, the untitled project stars Clare O’Connor as Madeline, an attorney hell-bent on justice who opens up closed cases to exonerate wrongfully convicted prisoners. James will play the cutthroat state’s attorney.


‘Kidding’: Justin Kirk Joins Cast of Showtime Comedy Pilot

Weeds and Angels in America actor Justin Kirk is to play a recurring role in Showtime‘s half-hour comedy Kidding. The 10-episode series is to star Jim Carrey, Catherine Keener, Frank Langella and Judy Greer. It follows Jeff, the host of a popular children’s program, as his home life spectacularly falls apart.


‘Friends-In-Law’: James Davis To Star In NBC Comedy Pilot

Actor-comedian James Davis, star, creator and executive producer of Comedy Central’s series Hood Adjacent With James Davis, has been cast as the co-lead of NBC’s comedy pilot Friends-In-Law, from The McCarthys creator Brian Gallivan and Warner Bros TV.


Cody Christian Cast In CW’s April Blair/Spencer Paysinger Pilot; Richard Esteras In ‘Skinny Dip’

Former Teen Wolf star Cody Christian is set as a series regular in the CW’s untitled April Blair/Spencer Paysinger drama pilot from writer April Blair, Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros. TV.


‘In Between Lives’ Casts Anne-Marie Johnson; Raffi Barsoumian Cracks ‘The Code’

Anne-Marie Johnson has been cast as a series regular opposite Harriet Dyer and Yusef Gatewood in In Between Lives, NBC’s drama pilot from writer Moira Kirland, Heyday Television, NBCUniversal International Studios and Universal TV.



‘Phone Swap,’ The ‘Dating Game’ For The Snapchat Generation, Returns For Second Season

Phone Swap, a modern twist on the game show dating genre popularized by Chuck Barris with the ABC show The Dating Game, returns to Snapchat Tuesday for a second season.


National Hispanic Media Coalition writes an open letter to Netflix, asking it to renew One Day At A Time

One Day At A Timehas been the largely unsung success story of Netflix’s move into the world of more traditional multi-cam sitcom fare, telling warm, funny, and relatable family stories in the shadow of louder, flashier projects like Fuller Houseor the recently canceled Disjointed.


‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Team Teases ‘Gilead is Within You’ in Season 2

Gilead is not just a setting within the world of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” but it has also become a part of its core characters.


‘The Crown’: Petition Urges Star Matt Smith to Donate Pay Disparity to Time’s Up

Days after news broke that The Crown star Claire Foy was paid less than male counterpart Matt Smith, a petition is calling on the latter to donate the extra salary he received for the Netflix drama to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.



‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Breaks a Pre-Sales Record in Just Six Hours

DisneyMarvel’sAvengers: Infinity War” has needed only six hours to break Fandango’s record for best-selling superhero movie in the first 24 hours of presales.


Shia LaBeouf to Play His Father in a Biopic About Himself; Lucas Hedges to Play Young LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf will be starring in a Shia LaBeouf biopic, but he won’t be playing himself. That honor goes to Lucas Hedges, who was nominated for an Oscar for Manchester by the Sea. Instead, in a casting twist that would have Freud in a tizzy, LaBeouf will be playing his own father.


Lashana Lynch In Talks To Replace DeWanda Wise In Disney’s ‘Captain Marvel’

British actress Lashana Lynch is in talks to take over DeWanda Wise’s role in Disney/Marvel’s Captain Marvel, which has Brie Larson starring as the titular character. Wise had to drop out of the film due to scheduling conflicts with her Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It, which was picked up for a second season.


‘Indiana Jones 5’ Will Begin Filming in April 2019, Says Steven Spielberg

In the battle between West Side Story and a new Indiana Jones over which movie will capture Steven Spielberg‘s attention first, it looks like Indy won. The Indiana Jones 5 filming start date has been set for April 2019, according to the acclaimed director. That will give Spielberg ample time to complete the film by its July 2020 release date.


‘Judy’ First Look: Renée Zellweger Becomes Judy Garland to Perform the Legend’s Final Concerts

Playing a movie legend like Judy Garland on the big screen is a pretty colossal task, and that pressure falls on none other than Renée Zellweger in the upcoming drama “Judy.” The film, directed by “Richard III” Tony nominee and Olivier Award winner Rupert Goold, is a biopic of sorts of that focuses on Garland during her final concert performances in London.


Watch Melissa McCarthy Forge a Path Into the Oscar Race in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Trailer (Video)

Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer to Melissa McCarthy’s fact-based dark comedy “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”



Chadwick Boseman to Host ‘SNL’ Next Month

Saturday Night Live has revealed its first host for next month. Over the weekend, the show announced that Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman will host with musical guest Cardi B.


‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ Drops Out of Control Trailer

The Jersey Shore stars “let loose” in a first trailer for Family Vacation. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jennifer “JWoww” Farley, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Vinny Guadagnino and Deena Nicole Cortese return in a promo for the MTV series.



Why ABC Put a ‘Make America Great Again’ Hat in Its Roseanne Subway Activation

It’s been two-and-a-half weeks since ABC turned a New York subway train into the iconic Roseanne living room as part of its nostalgia-themed marketing campaign to promote the revival’s debut on March 27.



Rina Brannen Leaves UTA, Joins Daniel Dae Kim’s 3AD as Head of Development

UTA TV lit agent Rina Brannen has left the agency to join client Daniel Dae Kim’s production company 3AD (The Good Doctor) as Head of Development. At 3AD, Brannen replaces Lindsay Goffman who is no longer with the company. She joins an existing team that includes Johnny Chiou and Quinn Wilcox. 3AD CEO, Daniel Dae Kim has a first-look deal with ITV Studios.


Oscars Academy chief John Bailey ‘faces harassment allegations’

The head of the organization behind the Oscars is facing several allegations of sexual harassment, Hollywood trade publications report. The Hollywood Reporter and Variety cite unnamed sources as saying three claims have been made against John Bailey.


Michael Gershman Dies: The ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’, ‘Crossing Jordan’ Cinematographer Was 73

Emmy-nominated cinematographer Michael Gershman died on March 10 at his home in Malibu. The cause of his death has yet to be reported. He was 73.


Bill Brady Dies: CBS News Director, Second VP Of The Directors Guild Was 65

William M. “Bill” Brady, a CBS News Director for over 30 years and Directors Guild of America Network Negotiating Committee chairman, has died at age 65. No cause of death was given in the announcement by DGA president Thomas Schlamme and national executive director Russell Hollander.



Time’s Up Calls For Investigation Into NY District Attorney In Harvey Weinstein Case

Time’s Up, the defense fund and pressure group targeting sexual harassment, has penned an open letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo calling for an investigation into the state’s handling of historical sexual harassment and assault allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.


Female Director Scorecard: MGM’s ‘Taking Flight,’ Others In Wings

Deadline decided to investigate, looking at just how many female directors have gigs at the major studios/production entities. It’s MGM’s turn.


Inside Stephen Hawking’s Classic ‘Star Trek’ Cameo as Told by the Man Who Wrote It

When Ronald D. Moore was on the writing team for “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” he rarely appeared on set for the episodes he wrote. But he made a special exception for the show’s sixth season finale, “Descent,” an episode that kicked off with the only guest appearance in “Star Trek” history from a celebrity playing himself: the late physicist Stephen Hawking.


Barbra Streisand Talks #MeToo at PaleyFest LA: ‘We’re in a Strange Time’

A night devoted to celebrating the TV legacy of Barbra Streisand was not without her reflections on the #MeToo movement.