The Morning Update for Friday, October 30, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your Morning Update for Friday, October 30, 2015. Happy Halloween!

SCRIPTED NEWS:

ABC Developing Family Comedy Produced By Ryan Reynolds
ABC has bought a comedy pitch from writer Spencer Porter and Ryan Reynolds’ UCP-based Dark Trick production banner. Written by Porter, the project is loosely based on Porter’s personal life and relationship with his wife and her family. Jonathon Komack Martin and Blake Goza oversee the comedy for Dark Trick. http://deadline.com/2015/10/ryan-reynolds-spencer-porter-comedy-abc-1201594600/

MTV Developing Campaign Dramedy from ‘The Wedding Ringer’ Director
MTV has purchased a pitch for “The Campaigners,” a political dramedy from Jeremy Garelick and author/producer Aaron Cooley. The hourlong project revolves around a group of overachieving undergrads who use their social media savvy to get a fictional candidate nominated for the upcoming senate election. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/the-campaigners-mtv-dramedy-jeremy-garelick-aaron-cooley-1201626902/

ABC Developing Terrorism Crime Drama Inspired by NY Police Commissioner Ray Kelly
The Mark Gordon Company is developing a terrorism crime drama for ABC, hailing from scribe Michael Finch and Jeffrey Nachmanoff who will direct the pilot. Finch, Nachmanoff, Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper of Mark Gordon Co. will all serve as exec producers. It follows two Joint Terrorism Task Force Agents, a FBI Special Agent and a NYPD detective, both very different people with secrets who are thrown together to solve the terror crime of the century before it happens. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/abc-ray-kelly-terrorism-police-drama-michael-finch-jeffrey-nachmanoff-1201629867/

‘Heaven Is For Real’ Sequel TV Series In Works At NBC
Sony Pictures TV has put together a Heaven Is For Real drama series project, which has been set up at NBC. The project is based on Heaven Changes EverythingTodd and Sonya Burpo’s sequel book to Heaven Is For Real. Written/executive produced by Randy Brown, the hourlong drama revolves around a small-town pastor who must find the courage and faith to lead his parishioners after the news of his son’s visit to Heaven due to a near-death experience begins to capture worldwide attention. http://deadline.com/2015/10/heaven-is-for-real-sequel-tv-series-nbc-1201597883/

NBC Developing ‘Midnight, Texas’ Fantasy Drama From ‘True Blood’ Author Charlaine Harris
NBC is developing a fantasy drama “Midnight, Texas” based on a three-book series by “True Blood” author Charlaine Harris. The adaptation is shepherded for Universal Television by NBC-based producer David Janollari and penned by Monica Owusu-Breen. “Midnight, Texas” revolves around a small town in the Lone Star state where the supernatural and real worlds collide in dangerous ways. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/midnight-texas-true-blood-charlaine-harris-nbc-1201629777/

Netflix Adapting ‘13 Reasons Why’ Into Selena Gomez Series
Netflix is in final negotiations to adapt the best-selling young adult novel “13 Reasons Why” as a 13-episode series with Selena Gomez set to exec produce. Based on the 2007 novel of the same name from author Jay Asher, “13 Reasons Why” tells the stories of the late Hannah Baker, a high school student who committed suicide. The project hails from Anonymous Content and Paramount TV with a pilot penned by Brian Yorkey. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/selena-gomez-13-reasons-why-netflix-1201620194/

McG Inks Overall Deal With ABC Family, ABC Studios, ABC Signature
His Wonderland Sound & Vision banner left Warner Bros. Television in 2013. Under the pact, McG will direct and develop scripted drama and comedy series as well as produce digital content for multiple platforms. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/mcg-inks-deal-abc-family-835547

ABC Gives Full Season Order to ‘The Muppets’ with Three More Episodes
ABC has given a full-season pickup to “The Muppets,” with three more episodes ordered for a total of 16 in season one. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/muppets-full-season-pickup-abc-1201630120/

Fox Trims ‘Lookinglass’ Order to 11 Episodes
Fox has reduced the order for its midseason show “Lookinglass” from 13 episodes to 11. Per a Fox insider, the decision was based on the network’s scheduling needs, given the upcoming lineup of new dramas including “The X-Files” and “Lucifer.” http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/fox-trims-lookinglass-order-1201630124/

CASTING NEWS:

Greer & Spencer Grammer To Guest Star In CBS’ ‘Rush Hour’
Real-life sisters Greer Grammer and Spencer Grammer are set to guest star in an episode of CBS midseason drama Rush Hour playing, of course, sisters. http://deadline.com/2015/10/greer-grammer-spencer-grammer-rush-hour-cast-sisters-1201598531/

USA’s ‘Brooklyn Animal Control’ Pilot Casts Clea DuVall
USA network’s pilot “Brooklyn Animal Control” has caught Clea DuVall. DuVall will play Madeleine Holmlund, the eldest daughter of Jane Alexander’s Vilhelmiina Tolk and heir apparent to lead her people. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/brooklyn-animal-control-clea-duvall-madeleine-holmlund-1201629695/

FEATURE NEWS:

YA Novel ‘Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda’ Acquired By Fox 2000
Fox 2000 has acquired a package for an adaptation of a popular YA novel that’s described as John Hughes-style coming-of-age, coming-out story. The studio bought Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, a debut novel by Becky Albertelli that will be produced by Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner of Temple Hill, and Pouya Shahbazian of New Leaf. The script will be written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger. The novel focuses on Simon Spier, a 16-year-old not-so-openly gay student. http://deadline.com/2015/10/simon-vs-the-homo-sapiens-agenda-fox-2000-1201597453/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Jason Blum Overseeing Live Horror Event on Periscope
Jason Blum is using the best in social media to deliver a Halloween gift to fans. “Fifteen,” which is being billed as a live horror experience, will debut Thursday on Periscope. The idea is the brainchild of Blum’s production company Blumhouse and Gavin Michael Booth, the writer and director of “The Scarehouse.” http://variety.com/2015/digital/news/fifteen-periscope-live-horror-jason-blum-1201629664/

Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video Backs Online Sports Comedy Hub
The Kicker is a brand-new sports comedy online destination created by Bryan Tucker, co-head writer of Saturday Night Live, with backing from SNL creator Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video. The Kicker is part of the Above Average network, an online destination for original comedic videos and digital arm of Broadway Video. It will release daily content comprised of scripted and shareable videos. http://worldscreen.com/articles/display/53378

DramaFever Lines Up First Original Production
The online video service DramaFever is presenting its first-ever original production, with the Korean pop-music documentary BIGBANG: MADE 2015 Concert to debut November 11. http://worldscreen.com/articles/display/53386

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Assistants get Oxygen airing
NBCUniversal-owned US cablenet Oxygen Media has ordered a docuseries about the lives of assistants who work for major US bosses. Like a Boss, from Evolution Media and NCredible Entertainment, follows four assistants as they look to emulate the success of their respective bosses. http://www.c21media.net/assistants-get-oxygen-airing/

‘The Real’ Renewed for Two Seasons
The daytime talker is one of a larger trend of a celebrity-driven panel shows such as ‘The View,’ ‘The Talk’ and, most recently, ‘FABLife.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/real-renewed-two-seasons-835446

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

‘Black-ish’ Star Catherine Reitman to Write, Star in Canadian Mom Comedy
Black-ish star Catherine Reitman has created and will star in a Canadian comedy for the CBC. Reitman is writing, directing and toplining Workin’ Moms, a 13-parter based on her own life as a working mother. The half hour follows four women in a mommies’ group wanting to have it all as they juggle relationships, insatiable babies, horrific co-workers and postpartum depression. CBC gave the project a straight-to-series order for the sitcom to shoot in Toronto starting in July 2016, ahead of a Fall 2016 debut. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/workin-moms-catherine-reitman-write-835406

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

Warner Bros. Animation Promotes Two to SVP
Warner Bros. Animation has promoted two executives to new roles. Jay Bastian has been elevated to Senior Vice President, Series, and operations chief Ed Adams has been promoted to Senior Vice President & General Manager. http://www.thewrap.com/warner-bros-animation-promotes-two-to-svp/

Fox TV Group COO Joe Earley to Step Down
Fox Television Group COO Joe Earley, a longtime veteran of the company, will be stepping down from his role at the end of the year. There are no plans to replace him at this time. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/fox-coo-joe-earley-stepping-down-1201629731/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Deadline: Lawsuit Claims Producer Mark Gordon Stole Idea For ‘Quantico’
A new lawsuit claims the idea for ABC’s hit freshman FBI drama Quantico was lifted from a 1999 documentary that aired on CNN. Filmmakers Jamie Hellman and Barbara Leibovitz Hellman and business exec Paula Paizes filed a 35-page complaint Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here) that says series producer Mark Gordon took the show’s premise from Quantico: The Making Of An FBI Agent. The complaint says Paizes and Gordon formed a business relationship in 2001 and that she and Hellman and Leibovitz began discussing the FBI docu a few months later. Paizes then brought the project to Gordon, and his Mark Gordon Company optioned it. http://deadline.com/2015/10/quantico-lawsuits-claim-idea-stolen-from-documentary-on-fbi-recruits-1201598124/

Former Starz Executive Claims Wrongful Termination for Diversity Complaints
Keno V. Thomas, who was a senior VP at the company, claims that his termination came after expressing concerns about possible “insider manipulation,” among other things. In addition to Starz, the lawsuit names as defendants Liberty Media, Starz’s former parent company; CEO Chris Albrecht; and Michael Thornton, the company’s chief revenue officer. According to the lawsuit, Thornton was Thomas’ supervisor. http://variety.com/2015/biz/news/starz-racial-discrimination-keno-v-thomas-1201630165/

Fox Television Stations Commit to MyNetwork TV Through 2018
The MyNetwork TV banner will live on the Fox Television Stations for at least another two years. Fox said Thursday that its stations have committed to carrying the Fox-run program service through 2018. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/the-walking-dead-fox-mynetwork-tv-1201629952/

 

 

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