The Morning Update for Monday, October 26, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your Morning Update for Monday, October 26, 2015:


NBC Developing ‘The Russians Are Coming’ Comedy Produced By Mila Kunis
has put in development The Russians Are Coming, a single-camera comedy from Universal Television and Mila Kunis’ Orchard Farm Productions. Written/co-executive produced by Sam Wolfson, it is described as a semi-autobiographical comedy that follows a fish-out-of-water husband when his Russian in-laws move in upstairs.

(from Fri) America Ferrera Launches Production Company, Inks Overall Deal With ABC Ferrera has launched Take Fountain Productions and, via her deal with ABC Studios, will develop new projects for cable and broadcast. The ‘Superstore’ star has tapped Gabrielle Neimand to run development and has sold a comedy to ABC and a drama to ABC Family.

(from Fri) Patti Vasquez Comedy In Works At ABC
is developing The Better Half, a multi-camera comedy from comedian Patti Vasquez, TV writer Emilia Serrano and ABC Studios. In conjunction with The Better Half, ABC Studios has inked a talent deal with Vasquez. The Better Half, inspired by Vasquez’s family, centers on a Mexican-American working mother who is a well-intentioned and sometimes-misguided citizen disrupter. She tackles the small and large injustices around her for the greater good, even though many times no one asks her to.

(from Fri) NBC Developing ‘I Love Lakshmi’ Family Comedy From AggregateNBChas put in development I Love Lakshmi, a multi-camera family comedy from Universal TV and studio-based Aggregate. The project is co-written by Muffy Bolding & Doug Prochilo and inspired by Prochilo’s real-life experience marrying into an Indian family (He is married to Universal TV president Bela Bajaria).

(from Fri) ‘Amazing Stories’ Will Be Retold By Bryan Fuller & Amblin TVIt’s been 30 years since NBC debuted the Steven Spielberg-produced anthology series Amazing Stories. Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller is set to write and executive produce Universal TV’s remake of the 1985-87 series for NBC, giving the network a player in the reinvigorated anthology genre. Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey also are EPs on the project.

(from Fri) ‘All Of Me’ TV Series Remake In Works At NBCAll Of Meis heading to television. NBC is developing an All Of Me half-hour comedy series, loosely based on the movie, with My Boys creator Betsy Thomas set to write and serve as executive producer/showrunner. Universal Television is the studio. The NBC adaptation would be an anthology series, with a different person jumping into the protagonist’s body every week as he tries to help solve the problems that are holding them back.

(from Fri) Ed Helms, ‘Colbert Report’ Alum Sell ‘Weird’ Family Comedy to Fox
Max Werner
will pen the script for single-camera entry "Weird Like Us." The single-camera entry revolves around a pair of biodiesel-driving, backyard beekeeping, counterculture rebels who face a family crisis when their own children rebel — by going mainstream.

(from Fri) ‘Chronicles of Ara’ Miniseries in the Works at Ovation
Ovation TV
has inked a development deal with fantasy novelists Joel Eisenberg and Steve Hillard. The comprehensive pact includes an eight-hour miniseries based on the first two novels of the duo’s eight-volume “Chronicles of Ara” book series. The books center on Ara, a muse who inspires all of art and invention, but who is corrupted upon a tragic loss.

(from Fri) ‘Limitless’ Gets Full-Season Order, ‘Code Black’ Gets 6 Additional Scripts at CBS
has joined the list of new fall series to receive a full-season order. The back nine puts the CBS drama at a 22-episode order for its freshman season. Additionally, CBS has ordered six more scripts for medical drama “Code Black,” signaling faith in the series.

(from Fri) NBC Cuts Episode Order for Wesley Snipes Thriller ‘The Player’It may be time for “The Player” to cash in its chips, as NBC has trimmed the episode order to nine for the low-rated Las Vegas-set crime thriller.

(from Fri) ABC Cuts Don Johnson’s ‘Blood & Oil’ to 10 Episodes
has trimmed the episode order of its Sunday night soapy drama “Blood & Oil,” which stars Don Johnson and Chace Crawford. The freshman show will now air 10 episodes and likely conclude in December.

(from Fri) NBC’s ‘Undateable’ to Air Live on Both Coasts for Full Season
will be going live on both coasts. NBC’s Friday night comedy, which went live for its current third season, will shoot twice each night — once for the east coast broadcast and another for west coast — starting with tonight’s episode, and going forward for the remainder of the season.

(from Fri) Ashley Tisdale’s ‘Clipped’ Canceled at TBS After First Season
has taken the shears to “Clipped,” canceling the comedy after one season. The series starred Ashley Tisdale, George Wendt and Mike Castle and was set in a Boston-area barbershop.

NYT: AMC Doubles Down on Scripted Series
Like much of the television industry, AMC is doubling down on original scripted series. By next year, it will have more than 10 scripted shows on the air, including the returning shows “Turn” and “Halt and Catch Fire.” One of the shows it has in development is “Preacher,” based on a popular comic book series, with Seth Rogen serving as an executive producer.


Dr Phil to Guest Star on Fox’s ‘Grandfathered’Phil McGraw, host of the daytime talk show “Dr. Phil,” will guest star on an upcoming episode of Fox’s “Grandfathered.” The host will appear in the Nov. 3 episode as Dr. Bateman, the first doctor visited by John Stamos Jimmy in more than 20 years.

Jessie Mueller Joins ‘The Family’; Darius McCrary In ‘Minority Report’Jessie Mueller has booked a recurring role in ABC’s midseason drama series The Family,written by Jenna Bans. Family Matters alum Darius McCrary has been tapped for a recurring role in Fox’s drama series Minority Report.

HBO Drama Pilot ‘The Deuce’ Adds Daniel Sauli & Sepideh Moafi As RecurringDaniel Sauliand Sepideh Moafihave joined the cast of David Simon’s HBOdrama pilot The Deucein recurring roles.

Christopher Eccleston To Head BBC One Family Drama ‘The A Word’Based on the Keshet International and July August Productions’ series, The A Word is a drama for BBC One about a family learning to deal with autism. Filming is just getting underway with the cast now set. Christopher Ecclestonhas come aboard to star alongside Lee Ingleby, Morven Christie, Greg McHugh and Vinette Robinson.


Disney XD Goes for New Comedy Prank Show
Disney XD
has placed an order for Walk the Prank, a comedy prank series created by Adam Small and Trevor Moore.


SPT Hires Programming & Development, International Production VP
Jodie Platt
, a former ABC Entertainment Group exec, has joined Sony Pictures Television (SPT) as the company’s VP of programming and development, international production.

FX’s Gina Balian, Nicole Clemens, Jonathan Frank Upped to Executive VPsThey will continue reporting to original programming presidents Nick Grad and Eric Schrier.

(q&a) Reese Witherspoon on Her Production Company: "We Support New Female Voices in Film"
With such hits as ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Wild,’ the actress and partner Bruna Papandrea’s Pacific Standard is breaking down the boys’ club barrier.

44 Blue shuffles team
44 Blue Productions
, the company behind A&E’s Emmy-nominated series Wahlburgers, has promoted an executive and added two new team members. Julie Merson becomes VP of development, while Alison Dammann and Willis Robertson join as directors of development.

Universal Ups David Burg To SVP, Associate General CounselDavid Burghas been promoted to SVP, Associate General Counsel.


New York Television Festival Crowns Independent Pilot Competition WinnersThe New York Television Festival announced the winners of its Independent Pilot Competition on Saturday night. Top honors went to comedy pilot “New Partner”and drama pilot “Riftworld.”

Time Warner Cable will reportedly start testing its internet TV service this week
Time Warner Cable
is getting ready to start testing its over-the-top TV service this week. The service is designed for TWC customers who are only signed up for internet service. A small bundle of TV channels — likely around 20 — will be offered for an additional $10 on top of internet service fees.