The Morning Update for Friday, January 22, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, January 22, 2016. Have a great weekend!


Shondaland’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Follow-Up Lands ABC Pilot Order
has handed out a pilot pickup to Shondaland drama Still Star-Crossed. The period drama picks up where Romeo & Juliet left off, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate. Based on the book by Melinda Taub, Heather Mitchell will pen the script and exec produce alongside Shondaland’s Rhimes and her ABC Studios-based production company topper Betsy Beers. Michael Goldstein will also exec produce.

Imaginary Friend Family Comedy From ‘Goldbergs’ Creator Scores ABC Pilot Pickup
handed out a formal pilot pickup to an untitled family comedy from Adam F. Goldberg. The untitled single-camera comedy centers on a 30-something bachelorette whose life is turned upside down when she finally meets the love of her life. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as an only child suddenly reappears in her life to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family. Goldberg and David Guaracio will pen the script.

Time-Travel Drama From Shawn Ryan, Eric Kripke Ordered to Pilot at NBC
handed out a formal pilot pickup to drama Time, from an all-star combination of Shawn Ryan, Eric Kripke, John Davis and John Fox. The high-octane project follows an unlikely trio who travel through time to battle a master criminal intent on altering the fabric of human history with potentially catastrophic results.

Michael London Inks First-Look Deal With CBS TV Studios, Sets Safdie Brothers Comedy At ShowtimeMichael Londonand his production company, Groundswell Productions, have entered a multi-year first-look deal with CBS TV Studios. The first sale under the deal is Monger, a half-hour comedy at Showtime written by rising young indie filmmakers Ben and Josh Safdie, who are also attached to direct. It is about two adult brothers and their relationship with their father who is a New York City fishmonger.

Judd Apatow & Pete Holmes Comedy ‘Crashing’ Lands Series Order at HBO
Judd Apatow
will be staying in business with HBO, as the premium cabler has given a series order to his comedy “Crashing,” which is written by star Pete Holmes. The half-hour laffer, toplined by Holmes, is about a sweet, wholesome comedian who when his wife leaves him, has nowhere to stay but on the couches of New York’s finest comics.

HBO Reviving James Gandolfini Passion Project ‘Big Dead Place’The drama was a passion project of the late actor-producer and is said to be inching toward starting production with the hiring of ‘Sopranos’ alum Tim Van Patten as director/exec producer. The HBO take is described as a 21st century survival tale that takes viewers into the harsh world of Antarctica, where scientists, bureaucrats and blue-collar grunts working at McMurdo Station fight for the existence of the last unconquered continent.

‘Chicago Law’: Fourth ‘Chicago’ Show Officially in Development at NBCThe fourth ‘Chicago’ installment would give executive producer Dick Wolf five shows on NBC if ‘Law & Order: SVU’ and ‘Chicago Med’ are renewed.

Lesli Linka Glatter To Direct History’s Military Drama ‘Six’Lesli Linka Glatterhas signed on to helm the first two episodes of History’s new military drama Six, from A+E Studios and The Weinstein Company.

Kevin Hart’s ‘Real Husbands of Hollywood’ Renewed for Season 5 at BETThe scripted, mockumentary-style series will be back for another round following Hart’s win at the People’s Choice Awards.

(sched) OWN and Lionsgate’s Megachurch Drama ‘Greenleaf’ to Debut in May
megachurch drama “Greenleaf,” featuring Oprah Winfrey in her scripted television return, will premiere in late May. “Greenleaf,” from Craig Wright and Lionsgate Television, will get a two-night debut, Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25, airing at 10 both nights.

(rumor) Deadline: PILOT SEASON 2016: Time-Travel Craze And What It Means For Kevin Williamson’s ‘Time After Time’ (& His Hot CW Drama)
What does the spike in production orders for time-travel projects mean for Kevin Williamson’s Time After Time? Warner Bros. TV, has been high on it. It is among a dozen or so broadcast projects in development on which WBTV has made “if come” deals with casting directors in the event that they are picked up. As for ABC, ABC’s pickup decision may be influenced by the fact that they would be last to market in the time-travel arena.


Jennifer Beals Joins ‘The Night Shift’ As RecurringJennifer Bealshas booked a major recurring role on the third season of NBC’s medical drama The Night Shift. Beals will play Doctor Syd Jennings, a Major in the Army.

‘Aquarius’ Casts Amanda Brooks As Sharon TateAmanda Brookshas landed a major recurring role on the second season of NBC’s Aquarius.

Marilyn Manson to Guest Star on ‘Salem’ Season 3Marilyn Mansonwill join the third season of WGN America’s “Salem” in a guest starring role.


Hulu Picks Up Triumph the Insult Comic Dog 2016 Election Special
inked an exclusive deal for “Triumph’s Election Special 2016,” featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, from digital comedy studio Funny Or Die.

Hulu Picks Up Comedy Pilot from Tina Gordon Chism Starring Regina Hall
has ordered a pilot for the comedy "Crushed" from Lionsgate Television and Homegrown Pictures. Tina Gordon Chism and Stephanie Allain serve as executive producers. Chism wrote the pilot script. Regina Hall is attached to star. "Crushed" is about an African American family who stumbles into a successful wine business in Napa.


NatGeo Greenlights Documentaries on the L.A. Riots, Jane GoodallThe National Geographic Channel has greenlit two new documentaries that will chronicle the research of beloved British primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall and the proceedings of Los Angeles’ infamous 1992 race riots, the network announced Thursday.

Logo Greenlights Two New Series; Renews ‘Cocktails & Classics’ For Season 3Logois expanding its 2016 slate, ordering two new series and renewing Michael Urie’s Cocktails & Classics for a third season. Given the series green light areGay For Play Game Show Starring RuPauland sketch comedy series Gay Skit Happens.

Sherri Shepherd To Host & Exec Produce WE TV Series ‘Match Made In Heaven’Sherri Shepherd has signed on to host and executive produce WE TV’s unscripted series Match Made In Heavenfor its upcoming second season.

ABC takes a Minute
ABC Owned Television Stations Group has picked up viral videos show RightThisMinute for fall 2016.


Televisa shows off its English language skills
is the world’s largest producer of Spanish-language programming. Now the Mexican media giant is making a major foray into English-language drama, with one show announced and another on the way. Dougray Scott will star as part of a secret team of elite agents from the US State Department, the CIA and Mexican intelligence in Duality. The series is based on an original idea from Barry Schkolnick. Vancouver-based Oddysey Media will be the Canadian production partner on the show, which will be the first series to use the Mexican-Canada copro treaty.


THR: 32 Top Network Execs Dish on the Shows They Really Want, ‘Jinx’ vs. ‘Making a Murderer’Over the two-week TCA winter press tour, 32 TV chiefs sounded off on the competitive moves that most impressed them, the rival series that have them envious and the ways in which agents could make their lives a whole lot easier.

Temple Street adds scripted execs
Temple Street Productions
has brought in Trish Williams as VP of scripted programming and Lesley Grant as senior development producer of scripted programming.


NYT: Big Merger in Cable Faces Rising OppositionIf approved, the merger would most likely include strong conditions meant to prevent Charter from leveraging its market power to hurt rival streaming services.

Most Consumers Would Dump ESPN to Save 8 BucksA survey commissioned by BTIG Research found that 56 percent of customers would remove ESPN and ESPN2 from their cable subscriptions if it meant saving $8 per month. Among female respondents, 60 percent said they would drop the sports channels, with 49 percent of men saying they would do the same.

Atlantic: The Decline of the Driver’s LicenseYoung people are not getting driver’s licenses so much anymore. In fact, no one is. According to a new study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, the percentage of people with a driver’s license decreased between 2011 and 2014, across all age groups. It’s especially pronounced for the teens—in 2014, just 24.5 percent of 16-year-olds had a license, a 47-percent decrease from 1983, when 46.2 percent did. And at the tail end of the teen years, 69 percent of 19-year-olds had licenses in 2014, compared to 87.3 percent in 1983, a 21-percent decrease.