The Morning Update for Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Hilary Winston Sells Comedies To CBS & ABC With Carter Bays & Craig Thomas And Temple HillHilary Winstonhas sold two single-camera comedy projects — My Time/Your Time to CBSwithCarter Baysand Craig Thomasexecutive producing; and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened to ABC, done in collaboration with Temple Hilland producer Ellen Goldsmith-Vein. Winston will write and executive produce both projects through her overall deal at Sony Pictures TV. http://deadline.com/2015/11/hilary-winston-comedy-cbs-abc-with-carter-bays-craig-thomas-temple-hill-1201625898/

TBS Developing Detroit Comedy ‘The D’ About Guy & His Puppet Best FriendTBShas bought a pitch and ordered a presentation for The D, a half-hour single-camera Detroit comedy featuring a puppet. The show was created by rising Detroit-native stand-up comedian Chris Powellaka Comedian CP, and Chip Hall. Set in inner-city Detroit, The D follows 25-year-old CP and his best friend Reggie Bo — who is essentially an inner-city version of Elmo — as CP fights to earn the respect of his legendary gangster father while at the same time surviving in America’s most dangerous city. http://deadline.com/2015/11/tbs-detroit-comedy-the-d-1201624422/

(sched) ABC Sets Midseason Premiere Dates for Shonda Rhimes’ ‘The Catch,’ ‘Agent Carter,’ More
ABC will use the Oscars to promote four new series in early March, including the latest from Shonda Rhimes (“The Catch”) and the resurrection of a series that had originally been scheduled for fall, “Of Kings and Prophets,” the network announced Monday. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/abc-sets-midseason-premiere-dates-1201641659/

(sched) AMC’s ‘Better Call Saul’ Set to Return in February
AMC’s “Better Call Saul,”
coming off one of the highest-rated rookie seasons in cable history, will return for season two in February, the network announced Monday. “Saul” will once again air Mondays at 10 p.m., starting Feb. 15. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/amc-better-call-saul-to-return-in-february-1201641370/

(sched) TNT Pulls Paris-Set Episode of ‘Legends’
TNT
has pulled Monday night’s scheduled episode of “Legends,” which was set in Paris. The episode revolved around the main character searching for his daughter in Paris, concerned that the peaceful protest she is attending may turn violent. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/legends-tnt-paris-terror-attacks-1201641365/

(ratings) The ‘Empire’ Effect: Fox’s Fall Is Faring Better Than You ThinkSeason-to-date, Fox is averaging a 2.4 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, per those seven-day delayed viewing numbers. That’s flat with last year, whereas the other four English-language broadcasters are all down versus 2014. In the land of negative numbers, the stable channel is king. http://www.thewrap.com/empire-fox-tv-ratings-c7-nielsen-nbc-cbs-abc-cw-bones-rosewood-family-guy-simpsons/

(review) Hitfix: Netflix’s ‘Jessica Jones’ is Marvel’s darkest — and best — series so far
“Jessica Jones"
showrunner Melissa Rosenberg has taken Bendis and Gaydos’ hard-boiled private eye tale and made it even harder. It’s by far the darkest and most adult of any of the current wave of comic book TV shows (Jessica’s swearing alone would make Agent Coulson blush), and instantly one of the best, even if it suffers at times from tunnel vision. http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/review-netflixs-jessica-jones-is-marvels-darkest-and-best-series-so-far

CASTING NEWS:

Once Upon a Time Casts Hercules and MegOnce Upon a Timeis going Greek as it confirms Hercules and Meg are coming to Storybrooke.Jonathan Whitesell and Kacey Rohlhave been cast in the legendary roles. According to TVLine, the actors are confirmed for one episode in the spring half of the season. http://www.tvguide.com/news/once-upon-a-time-casts-hercules-and-meg/

‘Gone Girl’ Actress Heads to ‘Soul Man’ for Final Season Arc
Missi Pyle
previously starred on the network’s short-lived comedy ‘Jennifer Falls.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/gone-girl-actress-heads-soul-840465

Miriam Shor to Guest Star on HBO’s ‘High Maintenance’
Miriam Shor
will guest star on HBO’s new comedy series “High Maintenance.” In April, HBO ordered six new episodes of the popular web series. The series, which follows a Brooklyn pot dealer (co-creator Ben Sinclair) who delivers to clients with neuroses as diverse as the city, is created and written by husband-wife duo Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld. http://www.thewrap.com/miriam-shor-to-guest-star-on-hbos-high-maintenance-exclusive/

Bailey Chase To Recur In ‘Twin Peaks’ & ‘Grimm’, Signs With APALongmire alum Bailey Chasehas lined up two recurring roles — on David Lynch‘s upcomingTwin Peaksfollow-up series for Showtime and on NBC’s supernatural cop drama Grimm. http://deadline.com/2015/11/bailey-chase-cast-twin-peaks-grimm-signs-apa-1201625339/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

‘Hart Of Dixie’s Jaime King To Produce & Star In CW Seed Sketch ComedyJaime Kingwill produce and star in Attention Deficit Theaterfor CW Seed, the CW’s digital platform for comedy. The 10-episode sketch series will feature King offering insight through personal stories on how to navigate the attention deficit disorder world. http://deadline.com/2015/11/jamie-king-attention-deficit-theater-cw-seed-1201625739/

Streaming Comedy Channel Seeso to Launch Free Beta
Seeso
, NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises’ new ad-free comedy streaming channel, has announced a month-long web-only free beta. The beta period begins Dec. 3 and will allow participants to sample the mix of new, original shows on the channel as well as curated films and classic stand-up. http://variety.com/2015/digital/news/seeso-free-beta-streaming-1201641389/

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Showtime Taps CNN Films’ Vinnie Malhotra for New RoleFurthering its commitment to documentaries and unscripted content, Showtime has tapped Emmy and Peabody-winning exec Vinnie Malhotra for the newly created role of senior VP, documentaries, unscripted and sports programming. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/showtime-vinnie-malhora-senior-vp-docs-unscripted-sports-1201641340/

Fox TV Stations, ‘TMZ’ Producers Set Test Run For Game Show ‘South of Wilshire’
Fox Television Stations
and Telepictures Prods. have set a test run for game show “South of Wilshire,” from the TMZ Studios team. “South of Wilshire” is set in soul food restaurant Dulan’s in Los Angeles’ Crenshaw district. Contestants will be given clues to guess the identity of various celebrities associated with the area. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/tmz-fox-tv-stations-south-of-wilshire-telepictures-1201641381/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

SBS buys The Last PanthersAustralian pubcaster SBS has acquired buzzy drama series The Last Panthers.The crime series, which was a copro between France’s Canal+ and Sky in the UK, follows the infamous jewel-robbing team the Pink Panthers and is set across various European locations. http://tbivision.com/news/2015/11/511422/511422/

BBC eyes Appearances, stirs PorridgeThe BBC is developing new versions of some of its veteran comedies as part of a season of programming to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the genre on the UK pubcaster. Shows being considered range from a one-off episode of Porridge, which originally starred Ronnie Barker as a loveable criminal serving time in Slade Prison, to a revamp of Keeping Up Appearances, which documents the life of a middle class British housewife suffering delusions of grandeur. The Good Life, which followed a young couple trying to live from the land, and Are You Being Served? are also being considered for remakes. http://www.c21media.net/bbc-eyes-appearances-stirs-porridge/

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

Exec Shuffle for 11/16/15 Ben Kim has been named the VP of Development, Film & TV at Electric Entertainment.
Aimee LeMaire has been upped from Creative Executive to the Director of Development at Ian Bryce Productions.
Dannah Shinder has been named the Director of Scripted Programming at The Jackal Group. She was formerly a Manager of Creative Affairs at Sony Pictures Television.
Dave Snyder has been named the VP of Development at Cineflix Media. He was previously the VP of Development & Production at Jigsaw Productions. http://www.ssninsider.com/exec-shuffle-for-111615-stagwell-acquires-nielsen-nrg-ambi-launches-200m-film-fund-multiple-moves-at-natgeo-global-networks/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

THR: Tim Goodman: Why Won’t the Dead Stay Dead on TV?Three big shows look to have killed off major characters — and then found that dubious fans weren’t buying it. Is this kind of twist the death of good storytelling, just another tool in the tool box or a way to hook an elusive audience? More important, are these twists worth plotting if nobody believes you — if their employment damages the credibility of your show? http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/bastard-machine/tim-goodman-why-wont-dead-840638

(video) Why "The Muppet Show" Is Now Called "The Giant Crumpet Show"British brand Warburtons teams up with Disney for a Muppet-filled Christmas ad. Kermit, Fozzie, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Animal and all the gang have temporarily changed the name of their show to "The Giant Crumpet Show" in honor of the brand launching a new giant crumpet. http://www.fastcocreate.com/3053645/why-the-muppet-show-is-now-called-the-giant-crumpet-show

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