The Morning Update for Thursday, November 5, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, November 5, 2015:


‘Buffalo’ Workplace Comedy Produced By John Hamburg Set At Fox With PenaltyFoxhas given a script commitment with penalty toBuffalo, a comedy project from 20th Century Fox TV and John Hamburg’s studio-based Particular Pictures. Written by Shawn Wines, Buffalo revolves around dysfunctional members of a workspace collective, set in the emerging Rust Belt paradise of Buffalo, NY.

Gemma Burgess Dramedy ‘True Love’ Set At ABC With Anne Fletcher DirectingABChas put in development True Love, an hourlong romantic dramedy from Brooklyn Girls author Gemma Burgess, Anne Fletcherand Fabrik Entertainment. The anthology project from ABC Studios is very loosely inspired by classic fairy tales and subverted with a provocative and authentic post-feminist twist that believes you can stand on your own and still want to be swept off your feet.

Parkes+MacDonald Sets Black Magic Drama At NBC, Wrestling Soap At FoxWalter Parkesand Laurie MacDonaldhave been ramping up their TV operation under new head of television Owen Shiflett. The company has sold two drama projects, Smoke Sex Magic to NBCand The Work to Fox. Additionally, Parkes + MacDonald’s martial arts drama Warrior, which went to pilot at NBC last season, is being redeveloped by Fox with original writer Dave Digilio.

Roselyn Sanchez & Eric Winter Producing ‘Familia En Venta’ Adaptation For FoxHusband-and-wife acting duo Roselyn Sanchezand Eric Winterhave teamed to executive produceFamilia En Venta(Family For Sale), a single-camera half-hour comedy for Foxbased on Fox International Channel’s 2014 Colombian series, which starred Sanchez. Familia En Venta explores conscious uncoupling and marriage through the lens of the divorce of an affluent Hispanic family. Aaron Serna will write the adaptation, with Ian Gurvitz supervising and serving as showrunner.

Will Packer & Andrew Lenchewski Team For Diplomatic Crisis Buddy Drama At FoxFoxhas put in development The Diplomats, a drama project from Andrew Lenchewskiand producer Will Packer. Created and written by Lenchewski, The Diplomats has a buddy element at the center. It revolves around two female State Department agents who are assigned to work together on a major diplomatic crisis, but the fate of the world might rest on whether these women can get along with each other.

‘Fair And Balanced’ News Channel Comedy Starring Kal Penn From ‘Harold & Kumar’ Writers In Works At ABCKal Penn is reuniting with Hayden Schlossbergand Jon Hurwitz for Fair And Balanced, a single-camera comedy, which has been set up at ABC. Written by Schlossberg and Hurwitz, Fair And Balanced, from Lionsgate TV, revolves around an aspiring NPR reporter who is swayed to work at a Fox News-type channel.

Amazon Developing TV Series Based On ‘Darkover’ Books From IM GlobalDarkover, a TV adaptation of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s book series, has been set up at Amazon Studios. Ilene Kahn Power and Elizabeth Stanley are set to executive produce the Darkover TV series, now in development. Search is underway for a writer to pen the adaptation. The 25-book series, a mix of fantasy and science fiction, is set on the exotic planet of Darkover.

‘The Muppets’ Showrunner Bob Kushell Exits As Series Heads For RebootGone is co-creator, executive producer and showrunner Bob Kushell. Kristin Newmanis in negotiations to succeed him as new showrunner under her overall deal at ABC Studios. The move is part of a creative overhaul of the freshman comedy, which is expected to take a hiatus after finishing Episode 10 for a reboot.

Variety: For Series Orders, 13 Is No Longer Lucky NumberAdd inventory management to the ever-lengthening list of challenges that broadcast networks are facing this season. In recent weeks, ABC, NBC and Fox have cut back on the number of episodes in initial orders for new series — the TV equivalent of calling an audible that is likely to shake up the order patterns for next season’s development crop.


Ken Marino Joins Season 2 Cast of ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’
“Marvel’s Agent Carter”
has added Ken Marino to Season 2. The “Wet Hot American Summer” star will play mob boss Joseph Manfredi, a volatile leader in the Maggia crime syndicate who will help Peggy Carter’s (Hayley Atwell) adversaries further their agenda.

‘Sons of Anarchy’ Alum Joins TNT’s ‘The Last Ship’
LaMonica Garrett
has joined the cast of TNT’s “The Last Ship.” He will play T.A.O. Cameron Burke in a heavily recurring role in the third season of Eric Dane’s Navy drama, appearing in at least seven episodes.

CW’s ‘The 100’ Casts Rhiannon Fish in Recurring Role“Home and Away” actress Rhiannon Fish has joined The CW’s post-apocalyptic drama “The 100” in a recurring capacity.


ESPN, ABC and Disney Channels Finally Coming to Sony PlayStation VueAfter years of haggling, Sony has at last reached a deal with Disney and ESPN Media Networks to bring the Mouse House’s suite of networks to the PlayStation Vue Internet TV service.

Facebook Now Has More Than One Billion Users, 8 Billion Video Views Every Single Day
crossed a significant milestone last month: On average, the service now sees more than one billion users every single day — 1.01 billion, to be precise. Daily active users are up 17 percent from last year, the company revealed.


USA Orders Celebrity Impression Comedy Competition Series with Dana Carvey
is bolstering its comedy slate with a new unscripted competition series, “First Impressions.” The half-hour reality show, described as a battle of impressionists, will feature “SNL” alum Dana Carvey as an expert mentor to contestants.

Queen Latifah, Jermaine Dupri to Search for Next Hip-Hop Star With Lifetime Series The unscripted series will follow five emerging hip-hop artists in a bid to be groomed into the next big rap star.

Khloe Kardashian Primetime Talk Show Pushed to 2016
‘Kocktails With Khloe’
will now bow on FYI on Jan. 20.


Anna Friel to Star in ITV Crime Drama From ‘The Bridge’ Writer
will also star ‘Downton Abbey’s’ Laura Carmichael and ‘Fortitude’s’ Nicholas Pinnock. Set in contemporary London, it revolves around a British Metropolitan Police detective and promises to "lead the audience through a narrative maze where any character could be a witness, victim or potential suspect."


Circle with Disney is a $99 device that pairs with a WiFi network to give parents control over what internet content kids can access and whenIt’s a small cube that pairs with a local Wi-Fi network to give parents control over what kind of content their kids’ devices can access, and for how long. If Karen’s watching too much YouTube, for instance, you can limit her iPhone to an hour (or more, or less) of videos.

NYT: China Moves to Crack Down on Counterfeit Disney ProductsA government agency has announced a nationwide “special action” program aimed at stamping out imitation goods that infringe on the American company’s trademarks.


10 Things We Learned at Variety’s Big Data SummitSo much data, so little time. That was one of the major themes that emerged from day one of Variety’s Big Data Summit, which drew top industry execs to the InterContinental Hotel in Century City. The volume of data available about consumer behavior emerging from online sources, set-top boxes, smartphones and old-fashioned retail sales has become a tidal wave that threatens to overwhelm even the most sophisticated analysts.

Vulture: Why More Actors Should Be Cast Against TypeI asked an experienced character actor how typecasting happens, and he said it was because casting directors didn’t want casting failures to seem like their fault. If they cast somebody who’d never played a cop and it turned out to be a bad choice for whatever reason, they might be blamed, but if they cast somebody who’d played eight cops and it didn’t work out this time, they could shrug and say, "I don’t know why he didn’t work out — he’s played eight cops."