The Morning Update for Monday, October 19, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your Morning Update for Monday, October 19, 2015:


‘Batman’ Producer Michael Uslan to Remake Korean TV Drama ‘Resurrection’

Korean Broadcasting System has pacted with “Batman” producer Michael Uslan’s U2K Entertainment to remake five Korean TV dramas in the U.S. KBS said that the two companies have selected 2005’s “Resurrection” (a.k.a “Life Again”) as the first KBS TV drama to receive remake treatment. “Resurrection” is about a man who pretends to be his twin brother to reveal the conspiracy surrounding his father’s death.

(from Fri) Autobiographical Comedy From ‘Cooper Barrett’s Guide’ Producer Set At Fox

Foxhas put in development a single-camera half-hour autobiographical comedy fromBrian Rubenstein. He will write the pilot and executive produce with New Wave’s Matt Ochacher, Brian Volk-Weiss and Michael Pelmont. Based on Rubenstein’s life, the untitled comedy focuses on Jessica Roberts, a loving wife, mom — and fiercely competitive women’s basketball coach. When she gets her dream job at a Division I school, she has to figure out how to juggle her family, her team and everything in between.

(from Fri) Fox Buys Vigilante Drama ‘Watchdog’ From Jason Winer

Foxhas given a script commitment plus penalty to Watchdog, a drama executive produced and directed by Jason Winer. Written/co-executive produced by playwright Jon Caren, Watchdog is described as a new-era procedural about a team of vigilante activists who expose abuses of power — while evading the FBI. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio.

(from Fri) Louisiana Comedy ‘Hot Sauce’ Set At CBS

CBSis developing Hot Sauce, a half-hour comedy from Nick Weiss, writer-actor Gary Lundyand ABC Studios. Co-written by Weiss and Lundy, Hot Sauce follows a high-powered, no-nonsense mom who relocates her family to small-town Louisiana to work for the most popular hot sauce company in the world. There she finds herself pitted against a culture and community she doesn’t want infiltrating her family.

(from Fri) Johnny Galecki’s Company Sells Comedy To CBS, Acquires Book ‘The Year of Living Biblically’

Alcide Bava Prods., the Warner Bros. TV-based company of Johnny Galecki, has sold its first project — a multi-camera comedy from writer Scott King, which has been set up at CBS. The project centers on a type-A, emotionally reserved newlywed who invites his wife’s twin sister to stay with them and suddenly finds himself in a world of over-sharing, and a third wheel in his own marriage.

Additionally Alcide Bava is developing a half-hour comedy series based on the A.J. Jacobs’ bestselling book The Year of Living Biblically, which chronicled the Esquire magazine editor at large’s year spent obeying — as literally as possible — the tenets of the Bible.

(from Fri) NBC Nabs ‘Centralia’ Ghost Town Drama From ‘Star-Crossed’ Creator & Amblin TV

Centralia, a genre drama from Meredith Averilland Amblin TV, has landed at NBCwith a major penalty and has been laid off at Universal TV. Written by Averill, Centralia is a dark character-driven genre soap based on a real town in central Pennsylvania where an underground mine fire has been burning for over 50 years. The remaining few residents of this ghost town are determined to preserve their homes but remain unaware of the evil that is slowly making its way to the surface.

(from Fri) Saville Productions To Adapt Thriller Novels ‘Mr. Clarinet’, ‘King Of Swords’ For TV

Saville Productionshas acquired the bestselling thriller novels The King Of Swordsand Mr Clarinet by Nick Stone, with plans to develop them as a dramatic series for cable or digital platforms. Set in Miami during the city’s cocaine cowboys heyday of the 80s and 90s, the novels follow ex-Miami cop and P.I. Max Mingus, navigating the complexities of international corruption and crime.

(from Fri) ‘Affirmative Action’ Cop Dramedy In Works At Fox

Foxhas put in development Affirmative Action, an hourlong dramedy from Sony TV and Sheldon Turnerand Jennifer Klein’s studio-based Vendetta. Written/co-executive produced by Kevin Costello, Affirmative Action is described as a serialized look at an all-minority federal task force led by a woman.

(from Fri) Fox’s ‘Rosewood’ Gets Full Season Order

The prognosis is good for Fox’s “Rosewood.” The medical drama starring Morris Chestnut as a charismatic Miami pathologist has been given a full season order.

(from Fri) ABC Cop Drama ‘Rookie Blue’ Cancelled After Six Seasons

They’ve closed down the precinct of “Rookie Blue,” as ABC has axed the cop drama starring Missy Peregrym and Gregory Smith after six seasons.

(from Fri) Syfy Cancels ‘Defiance’ After Three Seasons

Syfy has opted not to go forth with a fourth season of “Defiance.” The show’s cancellation comes just days after the cable network axed fantasy drama “Dominion.”

Wrap: Inside Networks’ Struggle to Find ‘Empire’-Size Comedy Hit

Comedy is hard. And it’s not getting any easier, particularly on broadcast television. “Drama is incredibly competitive, but I do think comedy has the added challenge of creatively being something that you have to build toward,” Samie Falvey, executive vice president of comedy development for ABC.


Melissa Leo to Star in Showtime’s Dark Comedy ‘I’m Dying Up Here’

Showtime’s pilot “I’m Dying Up Here” from exec producer Jim Carrey is filling out its cast. Melissa Leo is set to star in the dark comedy. Sebastian Stan and Clark Duke have also joined the cast.

‘American Crime Story’ Casts Disney Alum as Attorney Shawn Chapman

Angel Parker has been cast in FX’s “American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson” to portray attorney Shawn Chapman, who worked on Simpson’s legal “Dream Team.”

Priscilla Faia to Co-Star in Audience Network Comedy You Me Her

AT&T has revealed that Priscilla Faia (Rookie Blue) is joining the cast of You Me Her, a new "polyromantic comedy" series from Entertainment One Television that is slated to begin airing on Audience Network. You Me Her is about a graduate student who is drawn into a three-way romantic relationship with a suburban married couple.


Time Inc. Buys Zooey Deschanel’s HelloGiggles to Reach Young Women Audiences

Time Inc. has snapped up HelloGiggles, a women’s digital lifestyle publishing startup co-founded by actress Zooey Deschanel, representing the latest attempt by the traditional media company to build out digital-native businesses. Time Inc. is paying “in the range” of $20 million for HelloGiggles, the Wall Street Journal reported.

YouTube Star PewDiePie Earned $12 Million Last Year

Gaming’s crown prince PewDiePie is king of YouTube celebrities. The video-game-playing bro, who’s birth name is Felix Kjellberg, is the world’s highest-paid YouTube star, having earned $12 million over the past year and thereby topping Forbes magazine’s first-ever ranking of the top-paid stars on the Google video platform.

Amazon Studios 6 Fall Kids’ Pilots Include ‘If You Give a Mouse a Cookie’

Amazon Studios is primed to launch six kids’ pilots next month as part of its 2015 fall pilot season, including an animated show based on best-selling book franchise “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” for preschoolers.

WSJ: Survey Finds Teens Prefer Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat for Social Networks

In a Piper Jaffray semiannual survey of American teens, one-third described the photo-sharing app Instagram as their most important social network. Twitter finished second, named most important by 20% of respondents, followed closely by ephemeral chat app Snapchat with 19%. Only 15% of teens in the survey said Facebook topped the list.


Charo To Topline Family Reality Series For Televisa USA

Charois set to star in and produce Charo In Charge, a reality series that will follow her and her eccentric family’s adventures, for Televisa USA.


(from Fri) Laurence Fishburne’s Production Company Signs Up for High-Concept Sci-Fi Series, ‘Destination Mars’

Laurence Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy Productions shingle has teamed up with French production group Makever, Russia’s Star Media and Poland’s Cynergy Films, for what the press release calls an ambitious high-concept drama series titled "Destination Mars." The 10-episode project follows a group of international astronauts struggling to survive after they crash land on Mars. While facing the unknown and their worst fears, they discover that the red planet may not be as dead as they believe.


Disney Channel Greenlights Tween Music Comedy Series ‘Bizaardvark’

Disney Channel has greenlit a new comedy series, “Bizaardvark.” The project — previously titled “Paige & Frankie” when it was ordered to pilot in May — revolves around two 13-year-old best friends, Paige and Frankie, who write funny songs and create music videos for their online channel, titled Bizaardvark, which has 10,000 subscribers.


GoPro Nabs Sports Exec Bill McCullough From HBO

GoPro is continuing its investment into content production with the hire of Bill McCullough, who previously worked as vice president of creative development and operations for HBO Sports. McCullough is starting Monday as the executive producer for GoPro’s team sports and motor sports channels.

AdWeek: Her Naked Hoax Got Everyone Talking, and This E! Marketing Star Is Just Getting Started

It was all Jen Neal’s doing. E!‘sstunt to promote the new series The Royals—uploading a "tourist" video that appeared to show a naked man climbing out of a window in Buckingham Palace—had gone viral. The promotional campaign, E!’s biggest ever for a new series, was a huge success. The network’s second-quarter ratings were up 29 percent over the previous year among adults ages 18-49, and 35 percent in women 18-49.

Rowan Riley Swaps Anonymous Content For Burn Later VP Development Gig

Burn Later Productionshas hired Rowan Riley as VP Development and Production, based in Los Angeles with partner David Bernon.


(opinion) TVLine: 2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

TVLine’s annual index of relief, anxiety and utter despair known as the Renewal Scorecard has arrived! From now until late May, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW will determine which shows are good to return for another season.

Salon: Our post-Snowden TV paranoia: “Homeland,” “Quantico” and privacy inside the surveillance state

In the current roster of television programming, paranoia about the far-reaching power of the government holds just as much power as ever. But the content has changed. Where previous nightmares included torture at the hands of the military, racial profiling and corrupt elections, many right now are about surveillance — some even name-checking whistleblower Edward Snowden.

(opinion) io9: 10 Comics That Absolutely Must Be TV Series, NOT Movies

1) Ms. Marvel – Let’s go ahead and get the most obvious candidate out of the way, shall we? A young girl fighting crime and villains on the mean streets of Jersey City, balancing being a hero with school and her family? A positive representation of Muslims in America? Frankly, limiting Ms. Marvel to a movie would be a waste.