The Morning Update for Friday, January 29, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, January 29, 2016. Have a great weekend!

PILOT NEWS:

Shondaland Comedy From Scott Foley Among Five ABC Pilot OrdersThe network has also picked up a remake of Australian comedy ‘Braunschlag,‘ a lesbian comedy from Ed Weeks, a Gabriel Iglesias semi-autobiographical entry and a drama inspired by the career of attorney Mark Geragos. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/shondaland-comedy-scott-foley-five-860260

ABC Comedy ‘Second Fattest Housewife’ Picked Up to PilotFrom prolific producer Aaron Kaplan. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/abc-comedy-second-fattest-housewife-860299

Dramas From Kevin Williamson, Reese Witherspoon, ‘Agent Carter’ Duo Among ABC Pilot PickupsThursday’s four pickups bring the network’s drama haul to 11 — off one from a year ago. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/dramas-kevin-williamson-reese-witherspoon-858226

Football Comedy From ’30 Rock’ Trio Scores CBS Pilot Order
‘The Kicker’
hails from Jack Burditt, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and marks a key off-network sale for Universal Television. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/football-comedy-30-rock-trio-860270

SCRIPTED NEWS:

‘House of Cards’ Renewed for Fifth Season, Showrunner Beau Willimon ExitsThe news comes ahead of season four’s March 4 debut. It’s unclear who will replace him as showrunner. Willimon is said to be focused on writing an original play. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/house-cards-renewed-fifth-season-860223

(review) THR: ‘11.22.63’If this time-travel thriller from Stephen King and J.J. Abrams works, it’s because James Franco goes all-in with his performance as a small-town teacher tasked with stopping the assassination of JFK. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/james-franco-stephen-king-hulu-860118

(review) THR: ‘You, Me and the Apocalypse’This NBC comedy starring Megan Mullally and Jenna Fischer is flying under the radar, but is funny enough to warrant seeking out. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/you-me-apocalypse-rob-lowe-860255

CASTING NEWS:

Fox’s Live Biblical Musical ‘The Passion’ Casts Its Jesus, JudasSinger-songwriter-actor Jencarlos Canela and singer-actor Chris Daughtry will join the Tyler Perry-hosted live event. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/foxs-live-biblical-musical-passion-860092

‘American Gods’ Adaptation Finds Lead in CW Star
Ricky Whittle
, a regular on The 100, joins Starz’s spin on the popular Neil Gaiman novel. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/american-gods-adaptation-finds-lead-860061

‘Outlander’ Casts Brianna for Season 2Actress Sophie Skelton will take on the major role when the Starz hit series returns in the spring. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/outlander-casts-brianna-season-2-860071

‘Code Black’ Admits Cameron Boyce for Guest RoleDisney star Cameron Boyce is being admitted to CBS’ “Code Black” for a guest star role. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/cameron-boyce-code-black-cbs-1201691001/

Gabriel Ebert To Co-Star In Amazon Pilot ‘The Interestings’Tony winner Gabriel Eberthas landed a lead role in the Amazon pilotThe Interestings, from Sony TV’s TriStar Television. http://deadline.com/2016/01/interestings-gabriel-ebert-cast-1201692646/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Netflix Adds 3 Original Kids Series, Including ‘Stretch Armstrong’
‘The Greenhouse’
and ‘Lalaloopsy’ also get series orders from the U.S. streaming giant. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflix-adds-3-original-kids-860050

(rumor) Apple May Unveil Original Programming Slate With iPhone 7 Launch
Apple
could unveil a slate of original programming this fall, timed with the anticipated launch of the next-generation iPhone 7. The tech giant has been quietly meeting with Hollywood execs to discuss producing entertainment properties for Apple’s devices and services. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/apple-original-programming-iphone-7-1201691942/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

E! Greenlights Dating Competition Series With NFL Star Travis Kelce
E!
has ordered eight episodes ofCatching Kelce, a dating competition series starring Kansas City Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce, for premiere later this year. http://deadline.com/2016/01/e-orders-dating-competition-series-nfl-star-travis-kelce-1201692270/

TWDC NEWS:

Gunman Arrested at Disneyland Paris
A man armed with two handguns was arrested by French police at Disneyland Paris on Thursday at the entrance of a hotel. http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/disneyland-paris-gunman-arrested-1201690914/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Alcon’s Sharon Hall Tapped to Lead Endemol Shine StudiosThe studio is behind shows including ‘Hell on Wheels,’ ‘Peaky Blinders’ and ‘Black Mirror.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/alcons-sharon-hall-tapped-lead-860098

James Murdoch to Return as Sky ChairmanThe announcement has fueled speculation that News Corporation may be preparing to reassert itself in the European media landscape through a new takeover bid for the pay television group. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/30/business/media/james-murdoch-to-return-as-sky-chairman.html

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