The Morning Update for Wednesday, December 9, 2015.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, December 9, 2015:


ABC Buys ‘White Sheep’ Family Comedy
is teaming with BoJack Horseman duo Jordan Young and Elijah Aron for comedy White Sheep. The project is based on Young’s life and follows a teenager’s struggles to be the one nice guy in a family full of jerks. Young and Aron will pen the script and executive produce the Universal Television effort alongside Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan.

ABC Sets ‘Dirty Dancing’ Musical With Abigail Breslin
is diving into the TV movie musical. The network is taking on 1987 feature Dirty Dancing as a taped TV movie starring Abigail Breslin. Jessica Sharzer will write the script, with Breslin taking on Jennifer Grey’s iconic role as Baby. The three-hour event from Lionsgate TV will be produced by Allison Shearmur Productions.

CBS Developing Legal Drama ‘Now You See Her’ Based On James Patterson BookCBSis developing Now You See Her, a legal drama based on the book by James Pattersonand Michael Ledwidge. Siobhan Byrne O’Connor is penning the adaptation. Now You See Her centers on a successful attorney at a boutique New York City law firm who is hiding her true identity and past as a murderer when one case threatens to expose her and upend her new life and career.

AMC Developing ‘NOS4A2’ Supernatural Horror Series Based On Joe Hill’s NovelAMChas put in development NOS4A2, a supernatural horror series based on the bestselling novel by Joe Hill. A search is underway for a writer to pen the adaptation, which is being produced by Michael Eisner’s Tornante TVand AMC Studios. NOS4A2 centers on Victoria "Vic" McQueen, a young woman with an uncanny talent for finding lost things… a gift that is gradually destroying her mind.

Amazon Nabs ’80s-Set Comedy TV Series From Jeffery Blitz, Mac Carter
Amazon Studios
has bought a pitch for a half-hour comedy TV series called LA82. The series would center on a misfit gang of schlock filmmakers who storm the gates of Hollywood in the early ’80s. Jeffery Blitz and Mac Carter, known as an award-winning commercial directing team, will write and executive produce the show. RatPac Entertainment’s Brett Ratner and John Cheng also will executive produce in their first project with Amazon.

‘Game of Thrones’ Exec Producer Vince Gerardis Developing ‘The 4th Kingdom’
Vince Gerardis
is developing “The 4th Kingdom,” a $40 million high-octane drama series which he describes as “Mad Max” meets “Waterworld.” The ten-episode series is penned by Paul Chart.

‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Creator Signs Overall Deal With ABC Studios
Pete Nowalk
will create and develop new projects for the studio.


Nashville Scoop: Boardwalk Empire Alum Meg Steedle to Catch Avery’s Eye
ABC’s Nashville
is staging a “meet cute” — and has thus appropriately cast Boardwalk Empire alum Meg Steedle in a guest-starring role. Steedle will appear in a midseason episode as a single mom that Avery sparks to after they have a charming first encounter.


(tech) Report: Apple suspends plans for web TV service as it struggles to negotiate w/ networks
Apple is putting a hold on its plans to launch a streaming web TV service amid resistance from cable companies and networks. Media companies have reportedly been driven away by Apple’s desire to launch its package of around 14 channels for between $30 and $40 per month. The media companies want more for their content and Apple ideally wanted to keep the price below $40 per month.

(sched) Amazon’s ‘Mad Dogs’ to Launch Jan. 22 for Prime Members
new original dark comedy “Mad Dogs” will launch Friday, Jan. 22 on Prime Video. Based on the U.K. series of the same name, it follows the reunion of a group of longtime, forty-something friends. Steve Zahn, Michael Imperioli, Billy Zane, Romany Malco and Ben Chaplin star.

NBC’s Streaming Comedy Channel Seeso Sets Launch DateWe now have an official launch date of January 7 for NBC’s new ad-free subscription streaming channel Seeso.


Academy Looks To Extend Oscars Deal With ABCWith five more years on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ current contract with ABCfor the Oscars, the Academy is looking to extend it. Reps for organization have reached out to ABC about opening talks on a new deal.


NYT: Disney Invests $200 Million More in Vice Media to Support New Programming
The infusion of cash from the family-friendly Disney into the racy and brash Vice could be taken as a sign of the challenges facing traditional cable companies. The cash infusion brings Disney’s stake in Vice to about 10 percent.


Bravo Elevates Exec in Current Productions Role
Rachel Smith
has been promoted at Bravo Media to senior VP of current production.

Nickelodeon Names 9 Talent Development Program ParticipantsAdditions to the writing program’s 15th annual participant roster include Charlie Neuner, Jeffrey Trammell, Robert Woo and Milla Tuokkola.

(video) Jossen grows Roots
Barry Jossen
, exec VP of A+E Studios, tells C21TV how the US cable group’s in-house production is developing under him and challenges suggestions that there’s too much drama around.


SAG Awards Nominations: Complete ListNominations for the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced on Wednesday morning. The awards will be held at the Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 30.

‘Creed,’ ‘Empire,’ ‘Black-ish’ Lead NAACP Image Award Nominations
and “Straight Outta Compton” led the 47th NAACP Image Awards nominations on the film front, while “Empire” and “Black-ish” dominated the TV categories.

Producers Guild Announces TV NomineesThe Producers Guild of America on Tuesday announced the nominees for best TV series and specials. The 27th annual PGA Awards will be held Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Also set to be honored during the ceremony is Shonda Rhimes with the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.


California Film & TV Tax Credits Applications Dip In New Small-Screen RoundThe second round of those seeking Golden State tax credits for TV saw 32 applications this past week. Unlike the previous small-screen round of May 11-17, within the November 30 to December 6 period, the California Film Commission had five shows apply under the recurring TV series category. With the top applicants currently being asked for more documentation so the CFC can assess their projects thoroughly, the initially approved are expected to be announced around December 21.

(stage) ‘Hamilton’ to Play Chicago in Long-Term Run Starting in 2016Ultrahot Broadway musical “Hamilton” will ride its wave of hype and popularity all the way to Chicago, where a production of the show will begin a long-term run starting in the fall of 2016.

Harry Potter ‘Wizarding World’ Gets Opening Date at Universal Studios
“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” is getting ready to take flight. Universal Studios Hollywood revealed that the attraction will open on April 7.