Morning News Update for Friday, October 9, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your Morning Update for Friday, October 9, 2015:


ABC Buys Paul Lieberstein Legal DramedyPaul Lieberstein has sold a second broadcast project, the hourlong Negotiations. Set up at ABC through ABC Studios,Negotiations is a comedic drama about life, politics and romance in one of the world’s largest law firms. Lieberstein will write the script and will executive produce alongside 3 Arts’ Howard Klein.

NBC Developing Dramedy Inspired By Former Texas Senator Wendy DavisWendy Davis made national headlines in 2013 for filibustering anti-abortion legislation in the Texas Senate. Now the former Democratic state senator is poised for more national attention as the inspiration for a dramedy series in development at NBC. Written by Jennifer Cecil, the untitled project centers on a female Democratic senator who, after losing the Texas governor’s race, gets her world turned upside down.\

NBC Nabs Bruno Mars-Produced Music Comedy From Imagine TV As Put Pilot
Bruno Mars
is venturing into producing, teaming with Brian Grazer for a single-camera family comedy with music elements, which has landed at NBC with a put pilot commitment. Written by Prentice Penny, the comedy follows a loud, boisterous, and quarrelsome family from the Bronx and what happens when they take in their wide-eyed, hopelessly optimistic 10 year old nephew.

Kevin James Comedy In the Works at CBS
Kevin James
has set up a new domestic comedy project with CBS Television Studios and Sony Pictures TV. The project has a 13-episode series production commitment for the 2016-17 season at CBS. James is co-writing the script with Rock Reuben, a “King of Queens” alum, and comedy vet Bruce Helford. The untitled project features James as a retired cop who looks forward to spending more time with his wife and three kids, only to find himself in more trouble than he faced on the streets.

‘Rosewood’ Gets Order for 3 Additional Scripts From Fox
has ordered three more scripts for freshman crime drama “Rosewood.” The show has performed well in the ratings since its debut, serving as the lead in to Fox’s megahit music drama “Empire.”

FX Renews ‘Tyrant’ for Season 3
has renewed its Middle East-set drama “Tyrant” for a 10-episode third season.

‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Renewed For Season 3 By AMC
“Halt and Catch Fire”
has squeaked out a third season renewal from AMC.

(sched) ‘Banshee’s’ final season gets a premiere dateThe final season of "Banshee" premieres on Cinemax in January 2016.

‘Pretty Little Liars’ Return Date Set by ABC FamilyPretty Little Liars” will return for the second half of Season 6 on January 12, 2016. A one-hour behind-the-scenes special will air ahead of the premiere on Nov. 24, and will give a sneak peek of the series upcoming five-year time jump.


Netflix is raising the price of its main plan to $9.99 per month
has announced that effective immediately, it’s raising the price of its most popular plan to $9.99 per month, up from the previous monthly rate of $8.99. Existing customers don’t have to worry about paying the higher subscription until October 2016, the company said.


Cooking Channel Renews Tiffani Thiessen Series For Second Season
Tiffani Thiessen’s “Dinner at Tiffani’s”
will get a second season on Scripps Networks’ Cooking Channel.


(sched) ‘Lion King’ Sequel ‘The Lion Guard’ Sets Premiere Date on Disney Channel
“The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar,”
the Disney Channel sequel to the 1994 hit film “The Lion King,” has been given an official premiere date. “The Lion Guard” television movie event will debut in November on the Disney Channel, while the subsequent series will premiere in 2016. Set in the African savanna, the series introduces Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, who is destined to become leader of the Lion Guard, a team of animals comprised of the Pride Lands’ greatest animals.


Producer Nora Skinner Joins HBO As Drama Executive
has beefed up its programming team by recruiting film producer Nora Skinner as senior VP focusing on drama series.

Ex-Shaw exec to lead CBC’s scriptedCanadian pubcaster CBC has appointed Tara Ellis to lead scripted efforts in comedy, drama, kids programming and digital originals, starting October 19.

Brad Grey Re-Ups at Paramount to 2020
Paramount Pictures’
parent Viacom Inc. has quietly extended the contract of the studio’s Chairman and CEO Brad Grey for five more years until early 2020.


These New TV Shows Are The Leaders When It Comes to Social EngagementOf all the new premieres, The Muppets, Scream Queens and Quantico were the shows that resonated most on Twitter and Facebook. The Muppets received the most engagers with 281,190, edging out Scream Queens’ 273,905. Quantico’s premiere drew 222,485 engagers. But that’s nothing compared with returning shows that already have a following—most notably Fox’s Empire, which finished with the most engagers of any premiere: 677,209. Despite being in its 11th season, venerable Grey’s Anatomy had the second most with 409,698 for its premiere. Fellow ABC series Once Upon a Time nabbed 325,486 engagers. Overall, Fox led with 689,290 engagements to ABC’s 658,738. Fox premiered five shows—the most of any network—while ABC debuted three.

Tim Goodman: How to Not Get Canceled in the New World of Television
The third-season renewals of ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ and ‘Tyrant’ reiterate the changing nature of the game and provide one possible template for how to survive ‘Peak TV.’ Maybe the new normal for shows like Halt and Catch Fire and Tyrant is that people who opted out or never got pulled in during season one will monitor your second season progress for qualitative improvement and then, after the second season ends and you get a third season renewal, they’ll opt in — third time’s the charm. Has it really come to that? Apparently.