The Morning Update for Monday, November 2, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your Morning Update for Monday, November 2, 2015:


New ‘Star Trek’ TV Series Takes Flight With Alex Kurtzman Producing
The long-gestating new Star Trek TV series is becoming a reality. It will be shepherded by Alex Kurtzman, who will serve as executive producer. He had quietly been meeting with potential writers for the past few months. CBS Television Studios is the studio.

(from Fri) ‘The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up’ TV Comedy Adaptation Set At NBC With Erica Oyama, Greg Malins & Jackal Group
NBC is developing The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, a half-hour comedy from Erica Oyama and Greg Malins. The project, from Gail Berman’s The Jackal Group, is based on thebest-selling guide to home decluttering from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo. Project centers on a young woman in a moment of crisis who attempts to get her messy life in order.

(from Fri) Will Arnett Sells Workplace Comedy to CBS
CBS has put a workplace comedy from Will Arnett into development. CBS vet Tom Hertz will pen the script. The untitled multicam project is described as a workplace ensemble set at a public high school. Hertz and Arnett will exec produce with Peter Principato, Gerry Dee and Mike VolpeJed Weitzman of Arnett’s Electric Avenue is also on board as a producer. CBS Television Studios will produce the project.

(from Fri) Fox Buys Chris Case Family Comedy
Fox has bought a single-camera comedy project from Sin City Saints co-creator Chris Case. Written by Case, the untitled project (aka My White Wife And Kids aka Black Daddy), centers on an African-American ex-NFL player with an old-school take on parenthood who quickly marries his white Bohemian psychologist girlfriend and is forced to adjust to domestic life with her and her entitled, difficult children.

(from Fri) ‘The Walking Dead’ Gets Seventh Season on AMC
Days after airing its most talked-about episode of the current season, AMC announced it has given a seventh season to its hit zombie apocalypse series “The Walking Dead” and a sixth season to postmortem chat series “Talking Dead.”

(from Fri) ‘Longmire’ Renewed by Netflix for Season 5
Netflix has renewed original series “Longmire” for a fifth season. The renewal was announced on the series’ Facebook page.


Mom Casts Linda Lavin as Violet’s Future Mother-In-Law
Mom is adding another formidable mother to its ranks. The CBS sitcom has tapped TV vet Linda Lavin to guest-star as the mother of Violet’s (Sadie Calvano) fiancé Gregory.

(from Fri) Comedy Central’s Echo Kellum Pilot ‘Overanalyzers’ Adds Cast, Sets Director
John GemberlingJessy HodgesMilana Vayntrub and Justin Chon are set to co-star opposite Echo Kellum in Comedy Central pilot OveranalyzersBryan Poyser has been tapped to direct. Created by Brian SchacterOveranalyzers follows the misadventures of a diverse group of friends in their mid-twenties as they navigate the fast-moving technological and cultural changes that make life as a young-ish person such a confusing and hilarious nightmare.

(from Fri) Victoria Justice to Recur on Fox’s ‘Cooper Barrett’
The actress most recently appeared on NBC’s ‘Undateable.’

(from Fri) BD Wong Joins ‘Gotham’ as Hugo Strange
B.D. Wong is joining the cast as Hugo Strange. Wong’s recurring role is of the DC Comics’ brilliant psychiatrist hired to run Gotham’s infamous Arkham Asylum.

(from Fri) Elisabeth Rohm Joins ‘The Last Ship’ In Recurring Role
Stalker alum Elisabeth Rohm has been tapped for a recurring role on the third season of Michael Bay‘s action-adventure TNT series The Last Ship


Ex-Paramount President Adam Goodman Launches “Nimble” New Film Label 
Dichotomy, which will employ an incremental financing structure for microbudget projects, aims to ask, “If we were starting this business today, how would we make movies?” As studios increasingly focus on comic-book movies and pre-branded franchises, Goodman hopes to make films in other genres using digital technology to streamline the filmmaking process from development through post-production.


(sched) Hulu Sets Stephen King’s ‘11.22.63’ Event Series Premiere Date
Hulu will debut “11.22.63,” based on the time-travel novel by Stephen King about the JFK assassination, on Presidents Day, Feb. 15, 2016. J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Bridget Carpenter and Bryan Burk serve as executive producers for “11.22.63.” The nine-hour limited event series stars James Franco as a high-school history teacher who travels back in time to stop the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Netflix tipped to snag Power Rangers
Netflix is reportedly taking exclusive rights to the new season of popular live-action kids series Power Rangers. The anime-inspired show, which is owned and produced by Saban, is heading into its twenty-fourth season with the US streaming company widely tipped to be making it one of their kids exclusives.

Simon Cowell’s Live-DJ Competition Show Dropped by Yahoo
“Ultimate DJ,” from Cowell’s Syco Entertainment, was to have featured up-and-coming electronic dance music DJs competing against each other for a recording contract with Sony Music Entertainment.

Periscope, Watch Disney and NBC Apps Launch On the New Apple TV
Apple’s newly-released Apple TV is already getting a lot of support from TV networks and other publishers: Both ABC and NBC announced a number of new apps for the device Friday. The device’s new app store is also featuring video and entertainment apps from internet-native publishers like Periscope


TMZ Sports Lands Breaking News Series on Fox Sports 1
TMZ Sports is set to launch a breaking news series next Monday on Fox Sports 1. The aptly named “TMZ Sports” will feature “exclusive up-to-the-minute, off-field stories and breaking news specifically focused on sports personalities making headlines around town.”

Pitbull Returns to Host Fox’s ‘New Year’s Revolution’
Fox viewers can once again ring in the New Year with Mr. Worldwide. Pitbull is returning to host the broadcast network’s “New Year’s Revolution,” which kicks off at 8 p.m. ET. He’ll also perform on the program.


Neil Gaiman short stories to receive adaptation in British TV series
The acclaimed fantasy author will have four short stories turned into TV episodes. Titled Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories, the series begins shooting late next month, with independent documentary filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard heading the production.


Marvel Teases Haunted Mansion Comic Book
Marvel Entertainment teased a possible Haunted Mansion comic book coming in 2016.

(gaming) Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Gets Virtual Preview via Disney Infinity Game 
Those who can’t wait for “The Good Dinosaur” — the Thanksgiving weekend offering from Pixar Animation Studios — could get an unusually-early look Nov. 3 with the release of a Disney Infinity toy/video game set based on the film.


Gaumont Television Appoints Distribution VP 
Gaumont Television has hired Nicola Andrews as the company’s VP of distribution, a newly created position.

Jason Klarman Joins Fullscreen As Chief Marketing Officer
Cable TV marketing vet and former Oxygen Media president Jason Klarman has joined online video company Fullscreen as Chief Marketing Officer.

Vulture: 100 Women Directors Hollywood Should Be Hiring
Enough with the studios like 20th Century Fox, Sony, Paramount, and the Weinstein Company, none of which put out even a single film this year that was directed by a woman. We’ve compiled a list of the best and brightest female directors in the industry, very few of whom are afforded the same major opportunities as their male counterparts. Some are promising up-and-comers, while others are award-winning veterans.


The next season of Serial will debut simultaneously on Pandora
The second season of Serial still doesn’t have a start date, but it does have a new, unlikely distribution partner. Pandora announced that it will be the exclusive streaming partner for the podcast phenomenon. New episodes will be made available Thursdays at 6AM ET, the same time they become available on the podcast feed. The first season of Serial, meanwhile, will hit Pandora on November 24th.

AdWeek: In Just 9 Months, Comedy Central Reshaped Late Night and Kept Advertisers Happy
While ratings have fallen versus Stewart—Noah’s premiere week was down 37 percent in adults 18-49 from a year earlier—Comedy Central stresses that the show is No. 1 among viewers 18-24 and has doubled its African-American audience in adults 18-34. Meanwhile, consumption of the show via digital platforms has jumped to 40 percent, from 30 percent last year. Message received: Daily Show sponsorships are sold through January, and the program will soon feature brand integrations for the first time. The Daily Show’s average 30-second ad rate is $36,890, according to SQAD NetCosts, the second highest in late night.

(opinion) Slate: Against Subtlety
Our obsession with subtlety, in the way we think about art, is all-pervading. You’ll find it in Mad Men exegeses, literary criticism in the New Yorker, all sorts of movie reviews, theater criticism, and music reviews. Even a recap of an episode of the sitcom Black-ish complains, “I get it and it’s clever enough—but … it’s a little too on-the-nose.” If we no longer hold the high above the low, why do we still hold the subtle above the unsubtle?