The Morning Update for Friday, January 8, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, January 8, 2016. Have a great weekend!


‘The Jury’ Drama From ‘CSI’ Grad Scores ABC Pilot Order
has handed out a pilot order to scripted drama anthology The Jury. Described as 12 Angry Men meets podcast Serial, The Jury follows a single murder trial as seen through the eyes of the individual jurors, exploring the biases and experiences that influence the jurors’ judgment and how their preconceptions change along the way. The drama, which landed at ABC with a six-figure penalty, is written by VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli.

NBC Orders Comedy Pilots From Mike Schur, Tina Fey, Marlon Wayans, DC ComicsThe first is an untitled effort from 30 Rock collaborators Fey, Tracey Wigfield, Robert Carlock and David Miner that centers on an already inseparable mother-daughter relationship that becomes more complicated when the mom accepts an internship at her daughter’s workplace.

Second is multicam comedy Marlon. Wayans will star in the project that centers on an inappropriate but loving father committed to successfully co-parenting with his polar opposite ex-wife.

Third is the untitled Matt Hubbard project, that centers on a guy learning to manage the expectations and strong cultural traditions of his in-laws after he moves his family to his wife’s hometown.

Fourth is Powerless, the first comedy from DC Entertainment. The single-camera entry is set in the DC Comics universe that’s full of superheroes, villains and people just like us. It’s described as an office comedy about the exceedingly average employees at an insurance company and their quest to find their own power.

Oil Drama ‘The Son’ Lands AMC Series Order
has picked up The Son to series. The Son is based on the book by Philipp Meyer and hails from Sonar Entertainment. It’s described as a multi-generational drama about America’s birth as a superpower told through the rise and fall of one Texas oil empire. The series was one of three AMC put in development — including Goliath and Ledge 49 — with an eye on going straight to series after opening up a writers room and exploring additional scripts.

BBC America Gives Series Order to ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’
BBC America
has given an eight-episode order to an adaptation of the Douglas Adams novel series “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency,” written by Max Landis. AMC Studios and Ideate Media are co-financing the series. The series will follow the surreal adventures of the highly unconventional detective and his reluctant assistant Todd as they navigate one big metaphysical mystery per season.

TBS’ Wyatt Cenac Alien Comedy ‘People of Earth’ Ordered to Series
TBS has picked up Wyatt Cenac alien comedy People of Earth to series. The comedy is produced by Conan O’Brien’s Conaco in association with Warner Horizon Television. The pilot was written and created by co-executive producer David Jenkins. People of Earth centers on skeptical journalist Ozzie Graham (Cenac), who investigates a support group to write about the members’ supposed alien encounters. The more he digs into their oddball claims, the more he realizes a semblance of truth to their stories and possibly even signs that point to his own alien abduction.

TNT Sets ‘Tales From the Crypt’ Horror Block From M. Night Shyamalan
is pushing into new ground, ordering a two-hour horror block curated by M. Night Shyamalan and led by Tales From the Crypt. While details about the programming block are scarce, the two hours are set to consist of short- and long-form storytelling.

TNT Pilots Update: ‘Home’ Not Going Forward; ‘Robbers’ Unlikely To Move OnOn the heels of TNTpicking two drama pilots, Good Behaviorand Animal Kingdom, to series, the network is clearing the decks for the next pilot cycle. As part of that, TNT has opted not to proceed with its pilot Home, from writer Aron Eli Coleite, Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner Horizon. TNT also likely is not going forward with its Robbers pilot. The project, from Christopher Cook, Michael Dinner, Sony Pictures TV and Timberman/Beverly.

HBO Near Deal for ‘Game of Thrones’ Seasons 7 and 8
programming president Michael Lombardo told a handful of reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour that the premium cable network is near a deal for another two-season renewal for the fantasy drama.

‘American Crime Story’ Season 2 Will Be About Hurricane Katrina
American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson
won’t premiere on FX for another few weeks, but Ryan Murphy has revealed that the next installment of the true-crime anthology series will focus on Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in late summer 2005.

‘Rizzoli & Isles’ to End After Season Seven
ordered a shortened seventh season in July.

TNT Passes on DC Comics Superhero Drama ‘Titans’
Akiva Goldsman
was attached to the project.

(sched) Why TBS Is Premiering ‘Angie Tribeca’ With a 25-Hour Marathon
is hoping to break through the clutter in a big way with cop comedy Angie Tribeca. The series will debut Jan. 17 with an unprecedented 25-hour, ad-free marathon. The comedy, starring Rashida Jones, is a spoof of cop shows and was created from a joke between executive producers Steve and Nancy Carell.


Kevin Reilly Reveals Ambitious Plan for TBS, TNT, Talks "Hairy Couple of Years"The former Fox chief laid out the four pillars of that three-year plan, with the aid of a PowerPoint presentation and a series of extended trailers: 1) premium original content 2) improving consumer experience 3) new business paradigm and 4) investment in growth.

AdWeek: In Dramatic Overhaul, TNT to Cut Ad Load by 50%
said the network has "just begun negotiations" to add eight to 10 minutes of additional program time per hour on the new dramas premiering this year. "This is an opportunity we’re putting out to the industry to embrace change and move the needle," he said. "We’re going to reduce the ad load in those hours by over 50 percent." It echoes a recent announcement from Turner’s truTV, which also plans to drop up to nine minutes of ads each hour this fall.


Castle: Gerald McRaney Joins Season 8 for ‘Legendary’ Multi-Episode Arc
Gerald McRaney
is set to appear in multiple episodes as Mason Wood, the head of a legendary and secretive private detective society.

Glee’s Matthew Morrison Joins The Good WifeGlee star Matthew Morrisonhas landed a recurring role on The Good Wife. Morrison will play Connor Fox, an assistant U.S. attorney who jailed the last four Illinois governors.

‘Game of Thrones’ Favorite to Star in Discovery Drama
Michiel Huisman
has been tapped to star in Discovery’s scripted drama series Harley and the Davidsons. The project is based on a true story and centers on how Milwaukee schoolyard pals William (Bill) Harley and Walter Davidson built — and rode — motorcycles.

Young William Shakespeare TNT Pilot ‘Will’ Casts Lead, Shekhar Kapur To DirectYoung British actor Laurie Davidsonhas landed the title role inWill, TNT’s drama pilot chronicling the 20s of William Shakespeare. Elizabeth helmer Shekhar Kapur is directing the pilot, which comes from Craig Pearce.


Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Special to Air in February on ABCThe Alphabet announced Thursday that “The Wonderful of Disney: Disneyland 60” will air Sunday, Feb. 21 from 8 to p.m. ET. The sweeps special will air while the network’s Sunday drama lineup is on hiatus until March.

Destination America Orders 6-Part Ghost-Hunting Series ‘Paranormal Lockdown’
Destination America
has ordered six-part ghost-hunting series “Paranormal Lockdown,” which will be hosted by Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman. The series will follow the two as they confine themselves to America’s most terrifying places for an unprecedented 72 hours straight.

Nat Geo orders ‘human herd’ series
National Geographic Channel
has ordered Mygrations, a fact-ent series in which a ‘human herd’ follow the gruelling migration route of African wildebeest.The 20-strong herd is comprised of elite male and female athletes, including ex-special forces operatives and zoologists, as they brave harsh elements and predators.The 200-mile, six-week, journey is played out over six one-hour episodes.

‘Billy on the Street’ Renewed for Fifth Season on TruTVThe Turner-owned cable network has also picked up additional episodes of ‘Adam Ruins Everything’ and ordered pilot ‘No Dumb Questions.’

ABC weight-loss show under fireABC has come under fire from a charity that claims one of its new reality series "promotes unhealthy, disordered eating practices." The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) aimed the criticism at My Diet is Better Than Yours, which makes its debut on the network this evening.

CMT’s ‘Party Down South’ to End With Season 5The cable network’s highest-rated series will kick off its final season this month.


Time Warner CFO Sees Big Shift to On-Demand Video Consumption
Howard Averill
forecast a strong 2016 as Time Warner rides a content cycle where consumers increasingly watch video on-demand and digitally. He added Time Warner sees no decline in overall demand for video consumption when balancing reduced TV ratings with video viewed elsewhere on SVOD services and unmeasured digital devices.

YouTube’s Robert Kyncl: TV Is Dying, But Not TV NetworksDigital video is going to displace TV, but that could be a boon for TV networks, top YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl said in an interview Thursday. “When I say that 75 percent of all video will be transmitted through the Internet, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s video made for the Internet,” he said. “It will also be content from ABC, NBC — people who have honed their craft.”


BAFTA Nominations: ‘Bridge of Spies,’ ‘Carol’ Lead Film Awards Race
“Bridge of Spies”
and “Carol” led the nominations race with nine apiece. “The Revenant” was nominated in eight categories. “Mad Max: Fury Road” has seven nominations.

Netflix, ABC Score Multiple Humanitas Prize NominationsThe finalists for the 41st Annual Humanitas Prize were announced, with the nominees encompassing television and film writers whose work “explores the human experience in a way that both entertains and enlightens.” TV series recognized include “Orange is the New Black,” “The Affair,” “Madam Secretary,” “Blackish,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “The Middle.”


Yahoo Plans to Lay Off At Least 1000 Employees: Report
Yahoo is getting ready to lay off at least 1000 staffers, or 10 percent of its workforce, according to a Business Insider report.