The Morning Update for Wednesday, November 4, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, November 4, 2015:


Steve Maeda Sells Futuristic Drama To Fox, FBI Show To CBSSteve Maedahas sold drama projects to Foxand CBS. At Fox, he has 244 Degrees Of Freedom, set in a world where robots threaten the human race, and at CBS he has an untitled one hour (aka Fascinoma), about the workings of FBI’s Scientific Response Unit. He is writing and executive producing both projects.

CBS Buys CIA Time-Travel Drama From Mark Goffman & Timberman/BeverlyCBShas put in development drama Recall, from CBS TV Studios and studio-based Timberman/Beverly Prods. Written by Mark Goffmanand writing duo Bret VandenBos & Brandon Willer, Recall centers on a brilliant inventor. When he discovers a way to travel back in time 24 hours, he and his team join forces with the CIA, going into the past to prevent crimes and other disastrous events from happening.

CBS Adapting Zombie Thriller ‘Dead Mann Walking’Based on the book by Stefan Petrucha, the drama will be written by ‘Continuum’ creator Simon Barry. The drama takes place in the near future, when a police detective who had been executed for murdering his wife takes a miracle drug and is brought back to life as a "second-class citizen" working as a private investigator while looking for his wife’s real killer.

Phil Lord, Chris Miller Set Sibling Workplace Comedy at NBCThe ‘Last Man on Earth’ duo is teaming with ‘Dirty Grandpa’ writer John Phillips for the untitled comedy. The untitled comedy, which has landed at the network with a script plus small penalty, revolves around a brother and sister duo, desperate to pay off their student loans and start their "real" lives, who illegally use their access to law enforcement information at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to start a private detective agency right under the noses of their bosses and solve the cases that fall in between the cracks.

It’s Official: Amazon Orders ‘Sneaky Pete’ to SeriesThe drama, originally produced as a pilot for CBS, hails from Bryan Cranston and David Shore. From Sony Pictures Television, the drama from Cranston and Shore (House) stars Giovanni Ribisi as a conman who, after leaving prison, takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his cell-mate, Pete.

NBC Orders Additional Episode For ‘Blindspot,’ Three Other DramasA few weeks after NBC gave a full 22-episode order to “Blindspot,” the network is asking for one additional episode of its hot rookie drama, bringing it in line with returnees “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” and “Law & Order: SVU,” all of which will also produce 23 installments.

Jon Stewart Signs Four-Year Production Deal with HBO
Jon Stewart
has set a four-year production pact with HBO that calls for him to produce short-form video content for HBO’s digital platforms. The deal also includes a first-look option for film and TV projects.

Cary Fukunaga Signs Overall Deal with Paramount TV
Cary Fukunaga
and his production company, Parliament Of Owls, have inked a two-year, overall television deal with Paramount Television.

‘The Flash’ Showrunner Inks Multi-Year Overall with WBTV
Warner Bros. TV
has inked a multi-year overall deal with “The Flash” showrunner and exec producer Andrew Kreisberg.

(sched) Leslie Moonves: Showtime’s ‘Twin Peaks’ Sequel to Premiere in 2017
Leslie Moonves
said during CBS’ third-quarter earnings conference call that the limited series would premiere in 2017.


Once Upon a Time: Greg Germann Cast as Season 5B’s Devilish Mystery Man
ABC’s Once Upon a Time
has cast one helluva role for the second half of Season 5. TV vet Greg Germann has landed the heavily recurring role of what is for now being dubbed “The Distinguished Gentleman.”

Code Black Sneak Peek: Shiri Appleby Checks In as Malaya’s Ex-Girlfriend
Shiri Appleby
guest-stars on Wednesday’s Code Black as Malaya’s pregnant ex.

‘Twin Peaks’ Followup Series: Miguel Ferrer To Reprise Role
Miguel Ferrer
is set to reprise his role as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield from the original series in the new season, set to debut in 2017.


Walden Media Selling Film Library
Walden Media
is selling its film library. Best known for family fare like “Bridge to Terabithia” and the “Chronicles of Narnia” series, Walden plans to use all of the money it receives from the sale to fund future productions.


(sched) Syfy’s ‘The Expanse’ to Premiere Online Ahead of On-Air DebutFollowing what has been a successful early release strategy seen at other NBCUniversal properties, Syfy will debut the first episode of “The Expanse” online three weeks before it airs on television. On Nov. 23, the first episode of the Thomas Jane-Steven Strait futuristic mystery drama will be available via Syfy On Demand.


Vice gets Disney cash, preps net
will become the latest US media giant to take a stake in Vice Media, which has also unveiled its new stateside TV network.

Katie Nolan’s Garbage Time Is the Future of Sports TVThere’s no sphere of television more depressingly homogenous than sports broadcasting, not only in demographics, but also in formatting. But since it debuted in March, Fox Sports 1’s Garbage Time With Katie Nolan has broken that pattern. Nolan’s freewheeling talk show, airing every Wednesday at midnight, stands out as much for its humor as it does for its willingness to tackle tough topics such as domestic violence and mental illness.


New Danny Brocklehurst Drama for BBC One
has given the go-ahead to a new four-part drama from BAFTA-winning writer Danny Brocklehurst, adapted from the books by Mark Billingham. In The Dark focuses on female detective Helen Weeks and her journey toward motherhood. The four-parter will cover two separate stories.


Fox Promotes Comedy Exec Samata Narra, Two Others in Development & Programming
has promoted comedy exec Samata Narra to senior vice president of comedy development and programming. The company has also upped Jonathan Gabay to the post of vice president of comedy development and programming, plus Tony Tompson to the same position on the drama side.

HRTS Elects FX’s Eric Schrier New President
Eric Schrier
, president, original programming, FX Networks and FX Productions has been elected president of the organization, and will serve through 2017. He replaces Universal Television’s Bela Bajaria in the role.


Fall TV’s Slow Death March: How "Trimmed" Became the New "Canceled"Scaling back instead of cutting bait, broadcast networks are letting DOA shows continue thanks to studio synergy and a lack of viable replacements.

Fox Building Theme Park in Dubai With ‘Titanic,’ ‘Aliens’ AttractionsRides and attractions based on popular films and TV shows like “Aliens,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “Titanic” will soon be hitting the Middle East. Twentieth Century Fox has announced a licensing partnership with Al Ahli Holding Group that will result in the construction of a theme park and resort in Dubai.

Viacom Bets on Big Data to Boost Its RevenuesOver the past few years, a phalanx of data scientists from Microsoft and other technology havens have been lured to Viacom, where they are busily calculating ways to help marketers place their commercials with more precision. Once known as “Project Gemini,” the service — now known as Vantage — will soon be offered to a broader array of the company’s sponsors.