The Morning Update for Thursday, August 17, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, August 17, 2017:


Carlton Cuse Returns to ABC With $20M Mega-Deal…Under the pact, Cuse and Genre Arts — headed by president Lindsey Springer — will create and produce content across all network, cable and streaming platforms while also working with other writers.

ABC Nabs FBI Darkly Comedic Drama From Regina Corrado, Felicity Huffman & NBCU International Studios As Put Pilot…In a competitive situation, ABC has landed Kristy Kottis, a comedic hourlong drama, from The Strain executive producer Regina Corrado, American Crime alumna Felicity Huffman, Dallas Buyers Club producer Rachel Winter and Working Title. NBC Universal International Studios is the studio. Written by Corrado, Kristy Kottis is inspired by the real-life Vespa riding, shit kicking, former New York City public school teacher-turned-FBI agent, Kristy Kottis.

‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Creator Developing Female Police Drama at Fox“Rizzoli & Isles” creator Janet Tamaro is developing a new female police drama series for Fox. Currently titled “Smoke and Mirrors,” the series would follow a seasoned former detective who is now a mom stuck behind a desk and raising two kids. She is unexpectedly pulled back into the field to cover for a sick colleague and work alongside a young rookie female detective who has been deep undercover. Tamaro will write and executive produce. 20th Century Fox Television is producing.

‘Agent Carter’ Alum Andi Bushell Developing Gender Discrimination Drama at CW…Former “Agent Carter” writer and co-executive producer Andi Bushell is developing a new workplace drama at The CW. Currently titled “The She Word,” the series would follow four driven female assistants who discover they have been victims of gender discrimination at their boys’ club of a company. Bushell will write and executive produce, with Deborah Spera also executive producing. CBS Television Studios will produce.

OWN Orders Coming-of-Age Drama From ‘Moonlight’ Writer and Michael B. JordanOWN has given a straight-to-series order to a new project from Moonlight co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney. Also executive produced by Michael B. Jordan, the untitled coming-of-age series centers on a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects. Haunted by the death of his closest friend and relied upon by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty, he must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out. McCraney will exec produce with Jordan and Revenge duo Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy. Warner Horizon Scripted Television will produce in association with Jordan’s Outlier Productions and Kelley and Loy’s Page Fright banner.

N.K. Jemisin’s ‘The Fifth Season’ Book To Be Developed As TV Series At TNTN.K. Jemisin’s Hugo Award-winning sci-fi fantasy novel The Fifth Season is getting the drama series treatment at TNT. The project is in early development at the cable network with Leigh Dana Jackson set to pen the adaptation and Imperative Entertainment’s Dan Friedkin, Tim Kring and Justin Levy serving as executive producers. The Fifth Season is described as an epic drama set in a world where civilization-destroying earthquakes occur with deadly regularity. A small minority of inhabitants has the ability to quiet these earthquakes, but they also can cause them.

‘Suits’ Spinoff With Gina Torres Set for Season 7 FinaleUSA Network is moving ahead with a potential Suits spinoff starring Gina Torres. The backdoor pilot will air as the Aaron Korsh-created procedural’s season seven finale and is slated to air in the first quarter of 2018. When she is forced to enter the dirty world of Chicago politics, Pearson must rely on her legal wits and valiant relationships from Pearson Specter Litt to navigate this unknown territory. Suits creator Korsh will pen the script alongside longtime exec producer Daniel Arkin. Anton Cropper will direct the pilot, which like the flagship is exec produced by Universal Cable Productions and Hypnotic’s Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein.

YouTube Taps Jon Wax As Head Of Drama, Angela Courtin Heads Originals Marketing…Former WGN America head of scripted Jon Wax is joining YouTube as head of Drama, Scripted & Current Programming. Former Fox Broadcasting Chief Marketing Officer Angela Courtin has been named Global Head of YouTube TV & Originals Marketing. The appointments, along with a promotion for Dustin Davis to Head of Comedy Development and Current Programming, come as YouTube is ramping up its original programming slate under Global Head of Original Content Susanne Daniels.

John Legend’s Get Lifted Signs First-Look Deal With Sony Pictures TVGet Lifted Film Co. and Sony Pictures Television have made their arrangement formal with a first-look deal. Lezlie Willis has been upped from coordinator to creative executive.

(preview) THR: Take Me to the Pilots ’17: ABC’s ‘Ten Days in the Valley’…The ABC assembly line has, intentionally or otherwise, imparted a certain sameness to a string of dramas about driven women [generally single parents] who have to restore order when their attempts to balance professional and personal space go wildly astray. …Kyra Sedgwick is a worthy occupier of the Ashley Judd/Radha Mitchell/Paula Patton role, making her character flawed in some unapologetic ways, but also familiar ways. …It doesn’t matter that I feel like I’ve seen ABC make this same show a dozen times, just so long as at the end of the pilot I’m curious about the mystery of who kidnapped Jane’s daughter. For now, I am.


Shondaland’s For the People Adds Leftovers’ Jasmin Savoy Brown as LeadJasmin Savoy Brown has been added to the legal drama, filling in a lead role re-cast after the pilot. Brown will play Allison, roommate of Britt Robertson’s Sandra, in Shondaland’s midseason series.

Code Black Ups Moon Bloodgood to Series Regular for Season 3Code Black‘s new cast member Moon Bloodgood must have made a good impression: She’s already been promoted to series-regular status for the upcoming Season 3.

‘Dietland’: Joy Nash Cast As the Lead In AMC’s Drama Series From Marti NoxonJoy Nash (The Mindy Project, Twin Peaks) has landed the lead role inDietland, AMC’s 10-episode straight-to-series darkly comedic drama based on Sarai Walker’s 2015 novel of the same name.

‘Deadlier Than The Male’: Chiara Aurelia Cast In TNT Drama PilotChiara Aurelia is set for a series-regular role opposite Amy Brenneman, Lily Rabe and Enrique Murciano in Deadlier Than the Male (working title), TNT‘s drama pilot produced by Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories and Turner’s Studio T.

‘Locke & Key’: Frances O’Connor To Star In Hulu Pilot From Carlton Cuse & Joe HillFrances O’Connor has been cast as the lead in Locke & Key, Hulu’s one-hour horror/fantasy drama adaptation of the IDW comic by Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez.


Seth Rogen to Produce ‘Good Boys’ Comedy by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky…Writing team and The Office alums Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky are set to make their feature directorial debut with some help from Seth Rogen. Rogen is attached to produce Eisenberg and Stupnitsky’s Good Boys, an R-rated comedy that centers on “four 12-year-olds caught between childhood innocence and lewd teenage corruption, who embark on a quest from the Los Angeles suburb of Tarzana to the Sherman Oaks Galleria to replace a broken drone before their parents get home.”

Paramount Stakes Graham King GK Films To 3-Year First Look…As Paramount Pictures chairman/CEO Jim Gianopulos bolsters his film ranks, he has staked Graham King and his GK Films to a three year first look deal to make movies for the studio.


Amazon Enlists In BBC’s ‘The Last Post’; ’60s Drama Hails From Peter MoffatAmazon has boarded the Peter Moffat-created drama The Last Post as an Amazon Original in the U.S. where it will be available later this year. The six-part period series is set in the 1960s and centers on the lives of a Royal Military Police unit and their families in Aden, Yemen.


ARD forges Father comedy…German broadcaster ARD Degeto is in production on a comedy about a man in his 60s who finds out he is set to become a father. Opa Wird Papa (Opa Becomes a Father) is from German prodco Neue Schönhauser Filmproduktion and filming has just been completed in Berlin. The show follows a 62-year-old grandfather who is preparing to retire from his successful business when he finds out his 41-year-old wife is pregnant.


First Details of The Muppets Take the Bowl released…Next month Jim Henson’s Muppets provide their first-ever full-length live show. Partnering with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the “Muppets Take the Bowl” show will run for three nights only. September 8 – 10.


Disney-Pixar’s John Lasseter to Be Honored by Walt Disney Family MuseumJohn Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, will receive the Diane Disney Miller Lifetime Achievement Award from the Walt Disney Family Museum at its third annual fundraising gala on Nov. 7 at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio in San Francisco.


THR: Tribeca Launching Inaugural TV Festival in September…Running Sept. 22-24, the event will complement the annual New York-set film festival. Series include the newly revived Will & Grace, Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar, Pamela Adlon’s Better Things and Amy Sedaris’ upcoming At Home With Amy Sedaris.

HBO Social Media Accounts Hacked…Way to kick HBO while it’s down. As if the Time Warner-owned cable network didn’t have enough problems to worry about with cyberattacks, a notorious hacking group took over the company’s Twitter and Facebook accounts Wednesday night.