The Morning Update for Tuesday, October 27, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, October 27, 2015:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Fox Developing ‘House Sitter’ Comedy From Jake Johnson & Max Winkler
— Fox has in the works House Sitter, a single-camera comedy inspired by real events, from 20th Century Fox TV and Jake Johnson and Max Winkler’s studio-based Walcott Co. Written/co-executive produced by Matt Bass and Teddy Bressman, the project centers on Beans, a house sitter who lives life according to his own set of rules; he turns your day-to-day existence into his vacation, your mundane into his adventure, and your bathrobe into his… bathrobe. http://deadline.com/2015/10/house-sitter-comedy-jake-johnson-max-winkler-fox-1201594367/

CBS Picks Up ’40-Year-Old Rookie’ Script From Brian Burns
— Brian Burns has sold a script for another police procedural to the network, with plans to shoot the pilot early next year. The series is tentatively titled “40-Year-Old Rookie” and is a father/son story about a former criminal defense attorney who, in order to clear his conscience and be on the right side of justice, becomes a 40-year-old rookie cop working alongside his son in the same precinct. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/brian-burns-40-year-old-rookie-cbs-1201626618/

Reese Witherspoon & Laura Dern To Produce Drama Project For HBO Based On Book By ‘Wild’ Author Cheryl Strayed
— HBO has put in development Tiny Beautiful Things, a drama series based on Strayed’s bestselling 2012 book of the same name, a collection of essays compiled from Strayed’s Dear Sugar advice column. Strayed and her husband, filmmaker Brian Lindstrom, will write the TV adaptation, set to explore love, loss, lust and life through the eyes of a Portland family who live by the mantra that the truth will never kill you. http://deadline.com/2015/10/reese-witherspoon-laura-dern-tiny-beautiful-things-drama-hbo-cheryl-strayed-wild-1201594495/

TBS Orders, Casts Comedy Pilot From Todd Strauss-Schulson & Matt Fogel
— TBS has quietly greenlighted and cast the leads of an untitled comedy pilot from writer Matt Fogel and writer-director Todd Strauss-SchulsonAdam Shapiro and Jack Carpenter have been tapped as the leads in the project, produced by Legendary Television and executive produced by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour. This is a show about two men – Todd (Shapiro) and Fogel (Carpenter) who talk about their feelings, frequent therapy sessions and dabble with mobile phone meditation apps. They are searching Los Angeles for love, a good “SuperSoul Sunday” viewing party and a way to get off the Raya waiting list. http://deadline.com/2015/10/tbs-todd-strauss-schulson-matt-fogel-comedy-pilot-legendary-1201590845/

‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ Gets Season 3 on El Rey
— “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” will continue its rise, as El Rey Network announced that it has ordered a third season of the TV series. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/from-dusk-til-dawn-renewed-season-3-el-rey-1201626547/

FX Cancels ‘Married’ After Two Seasons
— FX’s comedy “Married” has been canceled after two seasons. Show creator Andrew Gurland tweeted the news Monday. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/married-cancelled-fx-judy-greer-nat-faxon-1201626795/

Variety: TV Series Scorecard: How the New Shows Are Faring This Fall
— A clearer picture has emerged regarding the fate of the fall frosh on the Big Four networks. ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox have each picked up at least one new show for a full season, while five series have had their episode order trimmed, effectively marking their cancellation. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/fall-tv-ratings-blindspot-quantico-1201626729/

(opinion) FOX Renew/Cancel standings, week 5: ‘Grandfathered’ runs slightly ahead of ‘The Grinder’
— If just one survives, it’s more likely right now to be “Grandfathered.” While “The Grinder” has dipped to 0.9 each of the past two weeks, “Grandfathered” has clung to the right side of the 1.0 line. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2015/10/27/fox-renewcancel-standings-week-5-grandfathered-runs-slightly-ahead-of-the-grinder/480320/

CASTING NEWS:

‘Shameless’ Adds Sherilyn Fenn For Recurring Role
— Sherilyn Fenn is set for a recurring role on the upcoming sixth season of Showtime’s dramedy Shameless in a recasting. http://deadline.com/2015/10/shameless-sherilyn-fenn-recurring-recasting-1201594626/

‘True Blood’ Alum Cast as Series Regular in CBS Comic Thriller ‘BrainDead’
— Johnny Ray Gill has been cast as a series regular in CBS’s upcoming comic thriller “BrainDead.” http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/braindead-cast-johnny-ray-gill-cbs-1201626740/

FEATURE NEWS:

‘Sherlock’ Special Headed to U.S. Theaters
— ‘The Abominable Bride’ will premiere in theaters with exclusive content on Jan. 5 and 6. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/sherlock-special-headed-us-theaters-834603

Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell to Star in Untitled STX Comedy
— Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate and Kristen Bell are set to star in Jon Lucas and Scott Moore’s untitled STX comedy, previously titled “Bad Moms.” http://variety.com/2015/film/news/mila-kunis-christina-applegate-kristen-bell-stx-comedy-1201626578/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Yahoo Pulls Plug on New Sitcom, Slates Simon Cowell Show for 2016
— Yahoo officially has axed plans to produce “The Pursuit,” from exec producer Scott Stuber, a sitcom about young Manhattanites billed as modern-day spin on “Friends.” Meanwhile, Yahoo still has a live electronic-music competition show from executive producer Simon Cowell in the works, with premiere date target of early next year. http://variety.com/2015/digital/news/yahoo-simon-cowell-scott-stuber-the-pursuit-canceled-1201626683/

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Says ‘Beasts Of No Nation’ Has Been Seen By Over 3 Million Viewers So Far: Q&A
— Ted Sarandos explains why Beasts Of No Nation is already a disruptive success, despite a small theater penetration that fell in its second weekend and a tiny gross total. http://deadline.com/2015/10/netflix-ted-sarandos-beasts-of-no-nation-3-million-viewers-idris-elba-cary-fukunaga-1201594344/

Verge: Inside YouTube Red
— The service plans to match its native stars with traditional Hollywood and television production talent, all backed by a generous helping of Google’s money. The company is hoping that for a rising generation of consumers, a horror series from PewDiePie or a documentary about Lilly Singh will be equivalent to HBO’s Game of Thrones, unique, must-see programming that draws paying subscribers. http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/21/9566973/youtube-red-ad-free-offline-paid-subscription-service

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Kal Penn to Host Fox Competition Special ‘Superhuman’
— Kal Penn will serve as host of the upcoming Fox competition special “Superhuman,” the network announced. The two-hour special will test the abilities of 12 contestants who possess a distinct, nearly super-human ability in fields such as memory, hearing, taste, touch, smell and sight. http://www.thewrap.com/kal-penn-to-host-fox-competition-special-superhuman/

Reality Series ‘Monica the Medium’ Gets Season 2 on ABC Family
— ABC Family has given a second season to “Monica the Medium,” its reality series about a college student who also happens to have the ability to talk to dead people. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/monica-the-medium-renewed-season-2-abc-family-1201626637/

NFL Network Thinks Outside The Lines With ‘Timeline,’ Broader Fare
— The NFL Network wants to broaden its field of play. The cable outlet is partnering with show-business luminaries like Tim McGraw and Jeremy Renner for a new documentary series called “The Timeline” that will highlight pivotal moments and teams in National Football League history. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/nfl-network-timeline-jeremy-renner-1201627436/

Monet Bell To Topline #BlackLove Reality Series On FYI
— FYI has greenlighted 10 hourlong episodes of new original series #BlackLove, featuring Married At First Sight’s Monet Bell. The series, which follows five black women from New York City as they try to uncover what they’re doing wrong when it comes to finding love, is set for premiere at 10:15 PM ET Tuesday, December 8. http://deadline.com/2015/10/monet-bell-blacklove-reality-series-fyi-1201594051/

Beyoncé Will Bless Us With an Appearance on Lip Sync Battle With Channing Tatum
— Beyoncé will be appearing on the second season of Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle with Channing Tatumhttp://www.vulture.com/2015/10/beyonce-and-channing-tatum-will-lip-sync-battle.html

E! Cancels ‘Stewarts and Hamiltons’ After One Season
— The docuseries, which followed the family of George Hamilton and Alana Stewart, lasted eight episodes. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/e-cancels-stewarts-hamiltons-one-834666

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

ABC down under gets more Glitch
— Australian pubcaster ABC has ordered a second season of Glitch, the supernatural drama created by Tony Ayres and Louise Fox, from local prodco Matchbox Pictures. James Hayes (Patrick Brammall) is a small town policeman who is called to the local cemetery in the middle of the night after six people have inexplicably risen from the dead in perfect health. With no memory of their identities, they are determined to discover who they are and what has happened to them. http://www.c21media.net/abc-down-under-gets-more-glitch/

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

John Wells Productions Promotes Jinny Howe To Lead TV
— John Wells Productions has turned to a 10-year company vet to lead its television operations. Jinny Howe has been promoted to exec VP and head of television for the Warner Bros.-based banner. She fills the vacancy left last month by Andrew Stearn, the longtime president of TV for JWP who joined Working Title Films. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/john-wells-productions-shameless-jinny-howe-1201626631/

Kim Roth Named Production President at Charles King’s Macro
— Long-time Imagine Entertainment production chief Kim Roth is taking over the top production job at Macro, the multi-platform media company launched by former WME partner Charles D. Kinghttp://variety.com/2015/biz/news/macro-kim-roth-production-president-1201626465/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

TV Still Lacking in Racially Diverse LGBT Characters, According to GLAAD Report
— Of the 881 regular characters expected to appear on broadcast primetime programming (ABC, CBS, the CW, Fox and NBC) in the coming year, 35 (4%) were identified as gay, lesbian, or bisexual with an additional 35 LGB characters recurring. This is up from 32 from last year. On cable, the numbers rose from 64 to 84, while recurring characters increased from 41 to 58. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/tv-lacking-in-racially-diverse-lgbt-characters-according-to-glaad-report-1201627292/

 

 

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