The Morning Update for Wednesday, January 27, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, January 27, 2016:


ABC Picks Up Soccer Comedy Pilot ‘Dream Team’ from ‘Will & Grace’ Producers
is getting in the game, ordering a soccer-themed comedy pilot from “Will & Grace” alums Bill Wrubel and Kari Lizer. “Dream Team,” written and exec produced by Wrubel and Lizer, centers around Marty Schumacher who coached his last club soccer team for ten years, ultimately taking them to the national championships — and now, he has to start from scratch with a diverse group of eight-year-olds and their disparate parents.

Medical Procedural ‘Zoobiquity’ Lands Pilot Order From Fox
has given a pilot order to a medical procedural based on the best-selling book “Zoobiquity,” which examines the links between animals and humans when it comes to treating physical and behavioral ailments. “Bones” alums Jon Collier and Stephen Nathan wrote the TV adaptation and exec produce with Spencer Medof for 20th Century Fox TV. The project is billed as a light medical procedural follows the unlikely pairing of a successful, driven cardiologist as she risks career suicide by teaming with a socially-challenged veterinarian in an effort to tackle the most challenging cases with an untested brand of cross-species medicine.

Shawn Levy to Direct ABC Comedy Pilot From ‘Goldbergs’ CreatorShawn Levy has been tapped to direct ABC’s untitled Adam F. Goldberg/David Guaracio pilot.


‘Billions’ Renewed for Season 2 at Showtime
has renewed “Billions” for a second season. The Season 2 pickup comes just after two episodes have aired of the Wall Street drama, which ranks as Showtime’s highest debut ever for a freshman series.


‘Agents of SHIELD’ Spinoff ‘Marvel’s Most Wanted’ Adds Delroy Lindo
ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD”
spinoff “Marvel’s Most Wanted” has cast Delroy Lindo as comic book character Dominic Fortune.

‘Fargo’ Breakout Bokeem Woodbine to Star in A&E’s L.A. Riots Drama
‘The Infamous’
is being written by ‘Gambit’s’ Joshua Zetumer. Picked up to pilot in July, The Infamous centers on two complicated men on a collision course: an ambitious reformed gangster poised to break out of South Central (Woodbine) and the LAPD detective hell-bent on taking him down.

Netflix’s ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’ Finds Its Violet & KlausMalina Weissman(Supergirl) has been cast as Violet in Netflix’s series adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events. Newcomer Louis Hyneswill play Klaus. Neil Patrick Harris has been in negotiations for the adult lead of Count Olaf in the Paramount TV-produced project, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.


Sundance: How Netflix and Amazon Are Dramatically Shaking Up the MarketThis wasn’t the first Sundance when Amazon Studios and Netflix hit the Park City slopes, but 2016 marked a turning point when both streaming services proved they are formidable buyers in the movie world.


Chloe Sevigny’s ‘Kitty’ Picked Up by Refinery29 for Women’s Short Film SeriesDigital-media company Refinery29 is launching ShatterBox Anthology, a short-film series dedicated to emerging female filmmakers, with Chloe Sevigny’s directorial debut “Kitty” headlining the new effort.


Lionsgate Inks Overall TV Deal with ‘Kicking & Screaming’ Co-Creators
has inked an overall television deal with producing team Mark Harris and David Shumsky, who specialize in the unscripted space and are co-creators of Fox’s upcoming competition series “Kicking & Screaming.” Under the new pact, the duo will develop new series and formats for Lionsgate’s alternative division through their production company Ohana Pictures.


Ex-Disney IT workers sue after being asked to train their own H-1B replacementsTwo former IT workers at Disney have sued, saying that Disney broke the law when it hired cheaper foreign replacements, then fired its current IT department. Disney IT employees were told they would be kept on for 90 days in order to train their replacements, who were H-1B visa holders, according to the complaints.

Disney’s Aladdin musical to begin national tour in 2017
Aladdin the Musical
has been a huge success since opening on Broadway in 2014. Disney Theatrical just announced that the United States is getting a second production that will tour the country. The first stop is Chicago with a limited 12 week engagement from April 11- July 2, 2017.


Skydance Media Promotes Four To Key Exec Roles
Lori Rovner
has been named SVP, Business & Legal Affairs, Carolyn Harris has been upped to SVP, Television, Bill Bost to VP, Television and Ashley Johnson to Creative Executive.

Jupiter Entertainment Names Harrison Land VP, Development
Jupiter Entertainment
has named Harrison Land Vice President of Development. The company also announced the promotion of Anna Bean to Manager of Development.

Fox Networks Group Vet Ruth Anne Herman Promoted to Exec VP
Fox Networks Group
veteran Ruth Anne Herman has been promoted to exec VP of human resources.

(q&a) Hitfix: Ted Talk: State Of The Netflix Union Discussion With Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos
Q: One of the really interesting things about your original lineup, and something a lot of the media tends to struggle with, is the idea that there is no one concrete Netflix brand. How intentional was that?

Ted Sarandos: Deeply intentional. Our brand is personalization. That’s the key, so I can’t go too far off of that. What I really said at the beginning (was) we didn’t want any show to define Netflix. And we didn’t want Netflix to define any one of our shows. I think if you really silo what you’re interested in, like "We only want shows for men 18 to 49," then you’re going to get a mixed bag of shows for men 18 to 49. You say, "No, I want the best shows from everyone in the world for everyone in the world." Then you’re going to more likely to stumble onto something great like a "Master of None."


‘Empire’, ‘Carol’, ‘Danish Girl’ & ‘Grandma’ Among GLAAD Awards NomineesCarol, Grandma, Tangerine, The Danish Girl, Empire, Shameless,Modern Family, Grace And Frankie and Sense8 are among the films and TV shows vying for the 27th annual GLAAD Awards.


Relativity Television Relaunches After Post-Bankruptcy Split as Critical Content From the ashes of the Relativity Media bankruptcy comes … Critical Content. That’s the new moniker for the Relativity Television division that was acquired in October by Relativity’s major creditors as part of the parent company’s bankruptcy brawl last fall. Critical CEO Tom Forman and president Andrew Marcus have spent the past three months re-engineering operations after the detachment from Relativity.

Salon: “Boys don’t get raped”: “American Crime” is smashing damaging myths about sexual assault
“American Crime” quickly becomes a portrait of larger cultural perceptions. The true mystery of the show is not “who raped Taylor,” but how the characters surrounding him manage to convince themselves he could never be raped in the first place. Given the intricacies of the stigma surrounding male victims, it’s not especially hard for them to ignore his story altogether.

Atlantic: The Triumph of Soap-Box Comedy
Whitney Cummings’s
new HBO special, I’m Your Girlfriend is comedy that is more than comedy alone. It’s comedy that is intent on making a political point. It’s comedy with a moral purpose. To the extent that I’m Your Girlfriend, for all its jokes about porn, ends up scanning, at times, more like a sermon. Or a lecture. Or a TED Talk. In this, I’m Your Girlfriend speaks to a much larger trend in comedy: one that has elevated celebrities to the status of Tastemakers and Moral Guides, and that treats comedians, in particular, as a species of public intellectual.

(q&a) THR: #OscarsSoWhite: Academy Chiefs Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Drama That Led to Historic ChangeQ: Diversity is a big initiative at Disney, the parent of ABC, which airs the Oscars. What seat do they have at the table in this discussion?

BOONE ISAACS: A number of Disney executives and filmmakers are members of our organization, for one. And they are our partners with regard to our telecast. We have a tremendously great relationship with Bob Iger and Ben Sherwood and Paul Lee and the entire staff and their marketing staff. We’ve got a terrific relationship all year long because these are good, smart people.

Variety: Diversity in Hollywood: Failure of Inclusion Plagues the Entire Industry
So, what are the heads of Hollywood’s six major studios saying about the lack of diversity in their executive ranks and in the content they produce? Three of the six — five of whom are white and all but one of whom are male — agreed to a request by Variety to speak on the record about the industry’s diversity problem.

Google Will Now Fact Check Candidates Live During Debates, Show You Their Own Quotes
If you’ve watched the presidential debates and wished that you could quickly fact check the candidates’ statements, Google has you covered. Search results will now float candidates’ own words and quotes. You’ll also be able to see in an instant if a candidate says something on stage that contradicts something they said only a few days ago on Twitter, or in a statement.