The Morning Update for Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, October 20, 2015:


Dan Hernandez & Benji Samit Sell TV Comedies With Olive Bridge, Floyd CountyWriters Dan Hernandezand Benji Samithave sold a comedy project to NBCfrom Sony TV and Will Gluck’s studio-based Olive Bridge Entertainment. The untitled half-hour (aka Sickos), is based on Hernandez’s first few years of marriage. It follows a group of new ER residents, who not only work together, but also live together in the “doctor dorm” next door to the hospital.

Matt Reeves Returns To Television With 20th TV Overall Deal, Sets Fox Drama With Natalie Krinsky

Matt Reevesis coming back to television with a two-year overall deal at 20th Century Fox TVfor his production company 6th & Idaho to develop new series for network and cable. Reeves already has sold his first project under the 20th TV pact, dramaIn the Wild, written by Natalie Krinskyis described as an emotional, poignant, coming-of-age show. It chronicles the almost-adult lives of the industry’s newest recruits as they learn how to live on their own for the first time while navigating the high stakes VC tech world.

CBS Developing ‘Adult Children’ Comedy From Gaby Allan & Jennifer Crittenden

CBShas bought Adult Children, a half-hour comedy written/executive produced by Gabrielle Allanand Jennifer Crittendenand executive produced by Aaron Kaplanof Kapital Entertainment and former CBS head of comedy Wendi Trillingin her first stint as a producer. The project, from CBS TV Studios, centers on a sunny, single, self-possessed woman in her thirties who has her neat and tidy life turned upside down when her washed-up father, a self-described seventies rock icon, forces himself back into her life and reconnects her with a collection of emotionally challenged half-siblings.

CBS Developing 1950s Comedy From Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky

CBShas given a script commitment with penalty to Dick Ernest, a period multi-camera comedy from writer-producers Lee Eisenbergand Gene Stupnitsky. ABC Studios is the studio. Written/executive produced by Eisenberg and Stupnitsky, Dick Ernest is set in 1957. Dick Ernest, the patriarch of the Ernest family, has his mainstream values challenged when his beatnik nephew moves in and starts putting “modern” ideas into the heads of the rest of the family.

Soapy Mystery ‘The Will’ from ‘Mistresses’ Creator Gets Script Plus Penalty at ABC

K.J. Steinberg has another soapy drama in the works at ABC with “The Will,” which has landed a script commitment plus penalty. Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV are also behind the hourlong project as exec producers with Steinberg, who’s under a deal at Sony Television, which will also produce with Good Talk Productions. “The Will” is a mystery revolving around the surviving members of an eccentric and wealthy patriarch who dies and leaves his massive inheritance to the various members of his family, but with strict, mysterious, and sometimes bizarre conditions attached to the gifts.

‘Taken’ NBC Series Taps Alexander Cary As Showrunner

Homeland executive producer Alexander Caryis set to write, executive produce and run Taken, NBC’s straight-to-series drama from EuropaCorp TV USA and Universal Television.

NBC Reduces Episode Counts for Comedies ‘Superstore,’ ‘Hot & Bothered’

The network has pulled back on the midseason half-hours due to scheduling needs. Both comedies were picked up for 13 episodes, with that order now cut to 11, with insiders noting the network’s crowded midseason lineup.

TVBTN: ABC Renew/Cancel standings, week 4: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ will get to call its own shot

If Shonda Rhimes decides that this season should be the end of the road for Meredith Grey, then so be it. But that’s the only way "Grey’s Anatomy" is ending in 2015-16. The show has shown its resilience at the start of this season, its 12th and the first full one without Patrick Dempsey. It’s currently the No. 3 scripted show on ABC, behind only "Modern Family" and "Scandal."

TVBTN: CBS Renew/Cancel standings, week 4: ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ is going the wrong way

"NCIS: LA" hasn’t drawn above a 1.2 in the same-day ratings in the first four weeks of the season, and it’s retaining less of its "Scorpion" lead-in than it did a year ago. It’s the first real weakness a member of the "NCIS" franchise has exhibited.

TVBTN: NBC Renew/Cancel standings, week 4: ‘Truth Be Told,’ that’s a historically bad start

When a show pulls the lowest in-season premiere rating in a network’s history, it’s hard to spin that, even on a Friday. So it is with "Truth Be Told," which premiered to a meager 0.7 rating in adults 18-49. Best anyone can tell, it’s the worst in-season opening for a new show since 18-49 measurements started in the late 1980s.

TVBTN: FOX Renew/Cancel standings, week 4: ‘Scream Queens’ keeps falling, is probably still safe

The four-week trend line in adults 18-49 for "Scream Queens" looks like this: 1.7, 1.4, 1.2, 1.0. So why is it a safe bet for renewal? Because FOX is going to have bigger problems elsewhere on the schedule.


Alfred Molina, Dylan Baker Among 6 Set As Guest Stars On Showtime Pilot ‘I’m Dying Up Here’

Alfred Molina, Dylan Baker, Al Madrigal, Jon Daly, Robert Forster, and Cathy Moriarty are set as guest stars for Showtime’s dark comedy pilot I’m Dying Up Here. Molina, Baker, Madrigal and Daly will recur if the pilot goes to series.

Donald Faison to Guest Star on Showtime’s ‘House of Lies’

Donald Faison has signed on for a guest-starring role in Showtime’s “House of Lies.”

Carlos Gomez Joins USA Drama Series ‘Queen Of The South’

Carlos Gomez has been tapped for a season-long recurring role on USA Network’s upcoming drama seriesQueen Of The South.


‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival Series in the Works at Netflix

Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel are in talks for what could be four 90-minute installments.

Huffington Post making doc series with Thrones star

The Huffington Post is making #PowerShift today, a digital doc series fronted by Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner. The digital series will examine the power of social media and how young people are using it to effect positive change around the world.


New Data Shows Just How Much Advertisers Are Paying for Commercials in Late Night

In the fourth quarter, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon led the pack with an average $48,750 ad cost (a 73 percent increase from Jay Leno’s final months). The Daily Show with Trevor Noah was second, with $36,890, followed by The Late Show ($29,400), The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore ($22,000) and Jimmy Kimmel Live ($20,240).

E! Extends Red Carpet Hosting Deal with Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest has extended his deal with the network’s “Live From the Red Carpet” series. Under the renewed pact, Seacrest will continue to serve as host and exec producer of E!’s major award show coverage.

Phil McGraw Renews Talk Show Pact with CBS Through 2020

“Dr. Phil” will keep on talking through 2020. Host Phil McGraw has extended his deal with CBS Television Distribution for three more years.

Spike TV Renews ‘Ink Master’ for Season 8

Another round of 16 episodes will return in summer 2016.


Nine Australia lands sitcom

Australia’s Nine Network has greenlit a six-part comedy that centres on a Lebanese family from multicultural western Sydney that wins the lottery and moves to the salubrious eastern suburbs. Here Come the Habibs is the first narrative comedy originated by a commercial-free-to-air broadcaster in more than two decades.


(tech) Tim Cook reveals Apple TV is coming next week, boasts 6.5 million paid Apple Music users

Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the Apple TV will become available Monday, Oct. 26., and will start shipping later that week. The new Apple TV brings a number of improvements over the old model, including the voice-enabled Siri Remote, a new OS called tvOS, a dedicated App Store and a vastly improved search function.

Majority of U.S. Broadband Households Use Up to One OTT

Up to 58 percent of broadband households in the U.S. use at least one OTT video service on a monthly basis, according to new Parks Associates findings.

HBR: The End of Expertise

What if what you know didn’t matter anymore? What if knowledge became a commodity? What if everyone could be an expert? Far-fetched, you think? Well, in fact, the “what if” is no longer speculative; it is here already. Increasingly, expertise is losing the respect that for years had earned it premiums in any market where uncertainty was present and complex knowledge valued. Along with it, we are shedding our reverence for “expert evaluation,” losing our regard for our Michelin guides and casting our lot in with the peer-generated Yelps of the world.

Sony’s Settlement With Employees Over Hacked Data Worth More Than $5.5 Million

A big portion of cash payments will go to plaintiff lawyers.