The Morning Update for Friday, November 6, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your Morning Update for Friday, November 6, 2015. Have a great weekend!


Scott Free Inks CBS Studios Deal, Sets 3 CBS Projects, Preps ‘Terror’ Drama Series, Jean-Claude Van Damme Comedy
Scott Free
is restarting a formal relationship with CBS TV Studios where the company started its foray into scripted TV series. Under the pact, Scott Free has sold three drama projects to CBS for next season, a drama based on the life and career of Sunny Hostin, written by Elle Johnson; Sensory, a medical drama based on Dr. Joel Salinas, written by David Zabel, who also is behind Scott Free’s upcoming PBS series Mercy Street; and cop comedy Rubber Guns from TJ Fixman and Scott Gemmill.

Female Comedy From Dan Bucatinsky, Jen Kirkman, Lisa Kudrow & Ryan Seacrest Set At ABC As Put PilotLisa Kudrowand Dan Bucatinsky’s Is Or Isn’t Entertainment has teamed with Ryan Seacrest’s Ryan Seacrest Productions for a single-camera comedy project, which has landed at ABCwith a put pilot commitment. Written by actor-writer Bucatinsky and comedian-writer Jen Kirkman, the untitled comedy revolves around four women friends rattled by a fortysomething feeling of irrelevance who embark on a mission to turn their invisibility into invincibility.

‘Supernatural’ Producer to Adapt ‘The Samsara Chronicles’ Book Series for TV
Cyrus Yavneh
has pacted with Toronto-based Dominant Entertainment, led by veteran financier Michael Gianfriddo, to turn The Samsara Chronicles book anthology into a sci-fi TV series. Yavneh will executive produce and co-showrun the TV adaptation of the book series by authors Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley. Production on the first season is scheduled to start in spring 2016 in Vancouver. Kemp has adapted the first book in The Samsara Chronicles series to portray on screen two people, bound by destiny and romance, catapulted into an apocalypse to decide the fate of three worlds.

ABC Buys Drama from ‘Taken’ Scribe & Aaron Kaplan
Robert Kamen
is teaming up with mega-producer Aaron Kaplan for an ABC drama, titled “Crush.” The potential series revolves around a women who, after her hedge fund crashes, inherits a vineyard in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains near a town populated with eccentric people.

CBS Developing Female-Driven Royal Spy Drama
is teaming with Gulfstream Television for a royal spy drama called Mi-Zero. The drama centers on a young American woman who marries the Prince of England and discovers that she’s now part of a long-standing secret society of princesses who use their access to the seats of power to be the best secret agents on the planet. The drama hails from writers Austin Winsberg and Alex Litvak, who will executive produce the Warner Bros. Television entry alongside Gulfstream’s Mike Karz and Bill Bindley.

NBC Buys Working Mom Comedy From ‘Inside Out’ Writer
has signed a script development deal for “Poog,” a half-hour comedy about the struggles of being the best parent. Written and exec produced byMeg LeFauve and also exec produced by Ben Queen, the single-camera ensemble project hails from Warner Bros. Television. It follows a working mom who tries to get over her obsession with being the “perfect parent” by banding with her friends to admit, and even celebrate, the messy reality of parenting.

Bob Cooper’s Landscape Entertainment Inks Deal With TNT For Event SeriesBuilding onto their collaboration on an event series about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Bob Cooper‘s Landscape Entertainment has closed a first-look deal with TNTfor limited and event series.

FX Developing ‘Caper’ Crime DramedyFXhas bought Caper, an hourlong dark crime comedy project from Dutch Southern, writer-director Magnus Martensand Circle of Confusion. Caper is described as a Southern Gothic Texas Noir done the Scandinavian way and follows the interconnected lives of three sets of criminals. Southern will write the pilot and Magnus is attached to direct.

ABC Family Greenlights Murder Mystery ‘Guilt’ and Tim Kring’s Supernatural Series ‘Beyond’
revolves around an American girl named Grace who, when abroad in London, becomes the prime suspect in the savage murder of her roommate. Daisy Head stars as the leading lady in the hourlong drama. “Guilt” hails from writer-exec producers Kathryn Price and Nichole Millard. Former ABC Entertainment chief Steve McPherson will also serve as exec producer.

“Beyond,” from Tim Kring, stars Burkely Duffield as Holden, a young man who wakes up in a hospital not realizing he’s been in a coma for 12 years, emotionally still a teenager, physically an adult, and possibly in possession of supernatural powers. Adam Nussdorf created ”Beyond,” which comes from Imperative Entertainment and Automatik.

(sched) TBS To Binge ‘Angie Tribeca’ In 25-Hour Marathon, Orders 10 More Episodes
is set to hurl all of the police-procedural satire at once to viewers, who will be able to binge-watch their way through the entire first season five times over before its actual launch date. After the 25-hour marathon showing of the first season is over, TBS will air ten more episodes of the show, one per week, pairing each with one with an encore of one of the ten that have already aired.

‘Z Nation’ Renewed For Season 3 On SyfySyfyhas picked up a third season of scripted drama seriesZ Nationfor premiere in 2016.

Marc Maron’s IFC Comedy Renewed for Season 4IFC has given a fourth season to “Maron,” writer-comedian and podcaster extraordinaire Marc Maron’s semi-autobiographical series.

(review) Wrap: Amazon’s New Pilots Reviewed: From Unwatchable to Impossible to Turn Off
“One Mississippi”
This dark comedy, loosely inspired by comicTig Notaro‘s life follows Notaro as she returns to her childhood hometown in Mississippi to deal with the unexpected death of her beloved mother. This show is a hit from start to finish and it’s not surprising given the creative talent involved.


‘Fargo’ Breakout Allison Tolman to Star in ABC’s ‘Downward Dog’The Emmy nominee will topline the comedy pilot based on the web series of the same name.


Amazon Picks Up ‘Shaun the Sheep’ Special, Greenlights 3 Kids’ Series
is tapping more tyke TV: The company has licensed a “Shaun the Sheep” special exclusively for the U.S. and ordered three kids’ series — “Dino Dana,” “The Kicks” and “Lost in Oz.”

Snooki, Jwoww Reunite in Series for AwesomenessTV Moms’ Channel
and Jwoww are starring in a reality series about the former hard-partyers’ lives as moms. “Snooki & Jwoww: Moms With Attitude,” produced by AwesomenessTV for Verizon’s Go90 free mobile-video service, is slated to debut Nov. 13.


ABC Renews ‘BattleBots’ for Second SeasonThe show posted strong ratings, along with fellow unscripted summer hit ‘Celebrity Family Feud.’


Channel 4 developing Peep Show duo sitcomComic duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb are working with Channel 4’s head of comedy, Phil Clarke, on new effort Back. The show is being written by Simon Blackwell, though Mitchell has told British press that the project is “at the very early stages”.

Turkish TV Drama ‘Elif’ Set For Indonesian Redo In Another Coup For Turkish TV IndustryTurkish TV drama “Elif,” about a young girl hiding from an evil stepfather, will be remade in an Indonesian version by local national broadcaster Surya Citra Televisi (SCTV), in another sign that Turkey is a growing TV powerhouse.


Disney’s Bob Iger Hints at Future Streaming Plays
Walt Disney Co.
CEO Bob Iger signaled Thursday that his company is planning to become more aggressive in developing its own digital streaming platforms. “When you look at technology today … the app experience is, I’ll call it a 3D experience versus the 2D experience that linear television offers.” Iger added that Disney is “very interested in taking content directly to consumers as a company.”

Dying ‘Star Wars’ Fan Sees ‘The Force Awakens’ EarlyA terminally ill “Star Wars” fan has seen an early cut of “The Force Awakens” after his wish to do so went viral.


Shonda Rhimes to Receive Producers Guild’s Norman Lear AwardRecognizing her nearly 20-year career in television, the Producers Guild of America announced Thursday that it is honoring prolific showrunner-producer Shonda Rhimes with the 2016 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.

Sony Pictures Classics Chief’s Daughter Named to Sony TV Diversity ProgramOne of the six winners of Sony Pictures Television’s Diverse Directors program has a very familiar name: Kate Barker-Froyland is the daughter of Sony Pictures Classics co-president and co-founder Michael Barker. Other participants named to the program’s 2015 class were Alberto Belli, Pete Chatmon, Ellie Kanner, Solvan Naim and Marcus Stokes.

Content Media Taps Tom Butterfield As Head Of ProductionAs Content Mediaexpands its film production activity, the company has hired Tom Butterfieldas Head of Production for its movie unit.

Rogers & Cowan Taps Mark Owens As New CEOPR giant Rogers & Cowanhas named former Corbis Entertainment executive Mark Owens as its new CEO.

Shari Post, NBC Ad-Sales Veteran, To Depart Company
Shari Post
, who has supervised ad sales for primetime and other dayparts at the NBC broadcast network, is leaving NBCUniversal as part of a restructuring.


TiVo: 99% of viewers multitask while watching TVThe survey, which polled 806 viewers, found that 53% multitask “every time or almost every time” they watch TV. However, it also said that viewers still focus “primarily or exclusively” on the TV screen 73% of the time.

Cyber Attacks on the Rise in Media Biz Since Sony HackNearly one year after the Sony hack, executives across the media business say the number of cyber attacks on their companies has only increased, according to a new survey.