The Morning Update for Thursday, January 7, 2015.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, January 7, 2016:


Hugh Laurie Drama ‘Chance’ Gets Two-Season Pickup at Hulu
has given a two-season order to Chance, a drama starring the House alum. Based on the novel of the same from Kem Nunn, Chance is described as a psychological thriller. Once again, Laurie will play a doctor, more specifically a forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness. Alexandra Cunningham will also exec produce and serve as showrunner. The series hails from Fox 21 Television Studios.

History Orders Weinstein-Produced Military Drama Series ‘Six’The eight episode series will tell the story of Navy SEAL Team Six and its 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan. Written by William Broyles and military special operations veteran David Broyles, the drama is produced by A+E Studios, Harvey Weinstein and TWC.

Jeremy Renner Drama Series ‘Knightfall’ Greenlit by History
has picked up the drama series “Knightfall” from producers Jeremy Rennerand Don Handfield. The network has ordered a 10-episode first season, which will premiere in late 2016 and be produced by A&E Studios. It is expected that Renner will guest star in “Knightfall.” The original scripted drama will follow the true accounts of the Knights Templar, the elite warriors of the Crusades. “Knightfall” was created and will be executive produced by Handfield and Richard Rayner.

Jake Gyllenhaal to Explore Jonestown in Cult Anthology Series for A&E
Jake Gyllenhaal
and his Nine Stories Productions is teaming with A&E to develop an anthology that each season explores a different American cult persona as well as the provocative nature of belief. Season one of the untitled drama will focus on Jim Jones, the leader of the cult Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ. Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker will executive produce the series in association with A&E’s studio counterpart A+E Studios.

Nat Geo Prepping Scripted Dramas ‘Blood Ivory,’ ‘Barkskins’ From Scott Rudin
Nat Geo
put drama series Blood Ivory in development and is also reteaming with Scott Rudin for an hourlong entry based on Annie Proulx’s novel Barkskins. Blood Ivory hails from FX Productions and DNA Films & TV and writer Joshua Brand. Blood Ivory is described as a thriller that traces the massive global web of contraband animals and ivory and its connection to the trafficking of narcotics, people and weapons. Barkskins, meanwhile, hails from Rudin as part of his three-year, first-look development pact with Fox Networks Group.

Melissa McCarthy-Ben Falcone Comedy Scores TV Land Pilot Order
is inspired by the lives of the couple’s friends Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras who watched as their friends from The Groundlings went on to star in blockbuster comedies and win Oscars while they toiled away in Hollywood. The pilot will film in Los Angeles in the winter, with McCarthy and Falcone set to direct.

Robert Redford Developing ‘Burgess Boys’ Mini as Part of HBO Overall Deal
Robert Redford
has signed a two-year, first-look television deal with the premium cable network and has put The Burgess Boys miniseries in development as part of the pact. Published in 2013, Burgess follows two brothers who are haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were kids.

John Ridley Extends ABC Studios Deal, Which Now Includes Film
John Ridley
is staying put at ABC Studios and has extended his overall deal with the studio for an additional three years. Included in the pact is a feature first-look arrangement for Ridley and his International Famous Players Radio Picture Corp. with Disney and its related entities for any feature film project that Ridley develops and/or writes during the term. Ridley’s company will also hire a dedicated development executive in the coming months.

TV Land’s Sutton Foster Starrer ‘Younger’ Renewed for Season 3The Viacom-owned network has shown another sign of faith in picking up the series ahead of its Jan. 12 sophomore season debut.

BET Renews ‘Being Mary Jane’ for Season 4The series is one of the network’s top-rated projects. The delay in announcing a season-four renewal stemmed from the departure of creator and showrunner Mara Brock Akil. It is unclear who will take the reins on the series as showrunner.

Comedy Central Renews ‘Broad City’ for Season 4 and 5; Orders Pot Comedy
‘Time Traveling Bong’
is set to debut April 20th, following the third-season finale of ‘Broad City.’ Time Traveling Bong, a three-episode limited series from Glazer and her Broad City co-exec producers Paul W. Downs and Lucia Aniello.

Comedy Central Renews ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ for Season 5“I’ve gotten picked up many times, but this time feels the best," jokes Schumer.

(video) Netflix Releases First Looks at Hip-Hop Drama ‘The Get Down,’ Royal Series ‘The Crown’The sizzle reels were unveiled Wednesday at CES.


THR: TCA Kick Off: Burning Questions for TV’s Top ExecutivesFox’s ratings moves, NBC’s next live musical, Glenn Geller’s CBS plans and more will likely make headlines during the TV critics’ two-week inquisition. Here, The Hollywood Reporter breaks down the burning questions facing many of the networks this tour.

‘Younger’ Creator Darren Star on Basic Cable "Freedom," Broadcast Homogenization"There’s a freedom to working on cable that you just don’t have on broadcast," the series creator said at TCA. "The standards and practices on basic cable feel closer to premium cable than they do on broadcast."


‘iZombie’ Books ‘Veronica Mars’ Alum for Recurring RoleThe casting reunites Enrico Colantoni with ‘Veronica Mars’ and ‘iZombie’ EP Rob Thomas.

‘Grease: Live’ Taps Boyz II Men for Teen Angel CameoThe R&B group will perform "Beauty School Dropout" in the upcoming three-hour event.


Emma Stone in Talks to Play Cruella de Vil for Disney
Kelly Marcel
is writing the script which is intended to be an origin story of the character.

‘Force Awakens’ Passes ‘Avatar’ As Top-Grossing Film At Domestic B.O. In Only 20 DaysIt’s official. Disneyjust sent out this release: “This afternoon, with early box office results in, Star Wars: The Force Awakensbecame the highest grossing film of all time in the domestic market, surpassing the $760.5M lifetime gross of Avatar in a record-shattering 20 days of release. In addition, the film crossed the $800M mark at the international box office today.


Sony to Produce Originals for Verizon Mobile Video Service, Exec SaysIn another content agreement, the mobile video service partners with Warner Music as Marni Walden expresses optimism about the outlook for the telecom giant’s media businesses.

Netflix Expands in 130 Global Territories and 3 Languages
global expansion campaign accelerated Wednesday as CEO Reed Hastings announced the launch of service in India, Russia, South Korea and 127 other new territories and three more languages during his presentation at CES in Las Vegas. Hastings called the rollout that went live during his session “the birth of a new global Internet TV network.”

(sched) Daredevil Season 2 Gets Premiere DateThe Netflix superhero drama will return for Season 2 on Friday, March 18.


‘Catfish’ Producer Inks Overall Deal With Lionsgate TVRelativity alum Jonathan Karsh will develop new projects for the studio under the multiple-year pact.

Darren Aronofsky Filming Series in Space for Nat Geo
National Geographic Channel
is moving forward with ambitious event series One Strange Rock, from powerhouse producers Darren Aronofsky and Nutopia’s Jane Root. The project is poised to film for 100 weeks around the world and in outer space, using micro- and macro-photography technology and bringing cameras where they’ve never been before.

(ratings) 2015 Was Another Insanely Huge Season for the NFL on TV
NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’
spikes to highest-rated run ever, and Fox football comes just shy of an all-time high. Sunday Night Football averaged 22.5 million viewers and 8.0 rating among adults 18-49. Among total viewers, that’s a six percent increase from the 2014 season.


Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti Set to Run Relativity For Ryan KavanaughIn a blockbuster move intended to resurrect his bankrupt company, Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh has reached an agreement to have Kevin Spacey and the actor’s producing partner, Dana Brunetti, run Relativity’s beleaguered studio. Spacey will become chairman of Relativity Studios and Brunetti president as of mid-February, according to the announcement. The duo will oversee all creative content and film production for the company.

Fox poaches Warner exec for formats push
Fox International Channels
Content Sales has hired long-serving Warner Bros. sales executive Jess Khanom to oversee a major push into format sales. Khanom will be FICCS’s head of global format sales, effective immediately, reporting to senior VP and global head of content sales Prentiss Fraser and working out of London.


People’s Choice Awards Winners List: ‘Furious 7’, ‘Big Bang Theory’ And MoreThe full list of winners from the People’s Choice Awards have been announced.

Writers Guild TV Picks Include ‘Mr. Robot,’ ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ and ‘Better Call Saul’New series also seeing nominations include ‘The Last Man on Earth’ and ‘Bloodline.’

USC Scripter Awards Unveils Nominations, Expands Into TVThe USC Libraries have expanded into TV for the 28th annual Scripter Awards honoring the authors of printed works alongside the screenwriters who adapt their stories. Nominations in both film and TV for 2015 were announced this morning.


Showtime’s ‘House of Lies’ Heads to Cuba as First American TV Production Since Diplomatic RestorationThe Don Cheadle-led comedy will shoot in Havana for its upcoming fifth season.

Time Warner Cable says data from up to 320,000 customers was probably just stolen
Internet and cable TV provider Time Warner Cable Inc. today revealed that up to 320,000 customers may have had their email passwords stolen.