The Morning Update for Friday, January 29, 2016.

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


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.

ABC Comedy ‘Second Fattest Housewife’ Picked Up to PilotFrom prolific producer Aaron Kaplan.

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.

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.


‘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.

(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.

(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.


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.

‘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.

‘Outlander’ Casts Brianna for Season 2Actress Sophie Skelton will take on the major role when the Starz hit series returns in the spring.

‘Code Black’ Admits Cameron Boyce for Guest RoleDisney star Cameron Boyce is being admitted to CBS’ “Code Black” for a guest star role.

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.


Netflix Adds 3 Original Kids Series, Including ‘Stretch Armstrong’
‘The Greenhouse’
and ‘Lalaloopsy’ also get series orders from the U.S. streaming giant.

(rumor) Apple May Unveil Original Programming Slate With iPhone 7 Launch
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.


E! Greenlights Dating Competition Series With NFL Star Travis Kelce
has ordered eight episodes ofCatching Kelce, a dating competition series starring Kansas City Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce, for premiere later this year.


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.


Alcon’s Sharon Hall Tapped to Lead Endemol Shine StudiosThe studio is behind shows including ‘Hell on Wheels,’ ‘Peaky Blinders’ and ‘Black Mirror.’

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.