The Morning Update for Monday, February 1, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, February 1, 2016:


(from Fri) CW Picks Up Four Pilots Including Greg Berlanti’s Archie Comics Project ‘Riverdale’
The CW
is continuing their relationship with mega-producer Greg Berlanti. Berlanti’s pilot “Riverdale” just landed a formal pickup. Based on the characters from Archie Comics, but set in present day, “Riverdale” was written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa who will also exec produce.

“No Tomorrow” also landed a pilot order. Written by Corinne Brinkerhoff, Scott McCabe and Tory Stanton. CW also ordered a pilot for the period piece “Transylvania.” Hugh Sterbakov wrote the pilot CBS TV Studios and Midnight Radio will produce. The final pilot to be ordered Friday night by CW is an Untitled Mars Project. Doris Egan penned the pilot.

(from Fri) CW Orders Kevin Williamson Drama, ‘Frequency’ Reboot to Pilot
The CW threw its hat into the pilot ring late Friday, picking up a drama from Kevin Williamson and a reboot of feature film Frequency. First, Williamson’s untitled paranormal drama centers on a young woman who seeks help from a parapsychologist when she begins to experience paranormal phenomena. Williamson will pen the script and exec produce alongside David Nutter who will direct the pilot. Lauren Wagner will produce. Frequency hails from Supernatural showrunner Jeremy Carver, who will pen the script for the Warner Bros. Television drama.

(from Fri) CBS Continues Multicamera Push With Magazine Comedy Pilot
has picked up half-hour The Great Indoors to pilot. The comedy revolves around an adventure reporter who must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss of a group of millennials in the digital department of a magazine. Tosh.0’s Mike Gibbons will pen the script and exec produce the CBS Television Studios multicamera comedy.

(from Fri) ‘Time’ NBC Pilot: Neil Marshall To DirectNeil Marshall(Game of Thrones) is set to direct and executive produce Time, NBC’s action adventure drama pilot from Supernatural creator Eric Kripke.

THR: Pilot Season 2016: The Year of the Family Comedy (and More Early Trends)Plus crime, courts, cops, soaps and time travel: THR looks at the early trends to emerge from pilot season.


(from Fri) E! Orders Second Scripted Series ‘The Arrangement’
E! has given a series order to drama The Arrangement. From former Mad Men scribe Jonathan Abrahams, the project centers on Megan Morrison, a beautiful young actress who auditions for the female lead in a summer blockbuster playing opposite the hottest actor in town. Her amazing audition segues into a perfect first date, but her Cinderella story turns bizarre when she is presented with a contract that details an entire relationship with her leading man. The series stars Christine Evangelista and Josh Henderson as Megan and Kyle, respectively.

(from Fri) Disney XD Orders Robot Comedy Series From ‘Sonny With a Chance’ Creator
Disney XD
has given a series order to MECH-X4, a live-action sci-fi comedy series. Formerly titled MTX!, the series centers on a team of four teenage boys who take on the responsibility of controlling a giant robot, named MECH-X4, to protect their city from danger.

(from Fri) Lionsgate TV Inks Overall Deal with Karyn Usher and Lisa Zwerling’s Carpool EntertainmentUnder the multi-year pact, the writer-producers will develop and produce original scripted programming for the studio.

(from Fri) MTV’s ‘Finding Carter’ Canceled After Two SeasonsThe Emily Silver drama starred Kathryn Prescott.

(ratings) Fox’s ‘The X-Files’ Return Tops 20 Million in 3-Day Viewing TotalsIn Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates, “The X-Files” averaged 20.3 million viewers — a 25% jump from its previously reported 16.2 million viewers in same-day. More than half of the 4.1 million-viewer lift in the three days following the premiere (2.1 million) came from video-on-demand, while the other 2 million came via DVR playback.


Archie Panjabi to Star in ABC Anthology Drama ‘The Jury’

The ‘Good Wife’ alum is the first person cast in the drama from ‘CSI’ alum Carol Mendelsohn.

‘Mr. Robot’ Adds ‘The Newsroom’ Alum as Series Regular for Season 2
Grace Gummer
has joined the award-winning USA Network drama from Sam Esmail.

‘Gotham’: Jada Pinkett Smith Returning for Season 2 Arc
Jada Pinkett Smith
will return to “Gotham” in Season 2. The actress will appear in a multi-episode arc in the back half of “Gotham’s” sophomore season.

KaDee Strickland Lands Lead in Hulu’s Shut Eye, Opposite Jeffrey DonovanPrivate Practice alum KaDee Strickland has landed the female lead in Shut Eye, Hulu’s dark comedy about the underground world of Los Angeles storefront psychics and the organized crime syndicate that runs them.


Amazon Orders 4 ‘American Girl’ Live-Action Specials
, stocking up on programming aimed at tween femmes, inked a multiyear pact with Mattel for four live-action specials based on the toymaker’s popular American Girl doll franchise. In addition, Amazon Studios has the option to produce multiple seasons of TV series with American Girl characters.

Louis C.K. Surprises Fans With ‘Horace and Pete’ Web Series Co-Starring Steve Buscemi
Louis C.K.
pulled a Beyonce and dropped an episode of new web series “Horace and Pete” online with no prior announcement. C.K. stars in “Horace and Pete” with Steve Buscemi.

(from Fri) It’s Official: Netflix Reviving ‘Gilmore Girls’ With Original StarsCreator Amy Sherman-Palladino will also return.


‘Top Chef’ Renewed For 14th Season By Bravo
has ordered a 14th season for Emmy- and James Beard-winning culinary competition series Top Chef.

At ESPN, ‘SportsCenter’ Swings Into TV’s Morning Wars
is joining TV’s morning fray, hoping a new take on offering viewers stats and analysis of games will provide competition in the early hours of the day against Matt Lauer, Norah O’Donnell and Joe Scarborough. “SportsCenter:AM” launches on the Walt Disney-controlled cable network on February 8.

Mark Burnett’s ‘Lucha Underground’ Renewed For Third Season By El Rey NetworkOn the heels of its Season 2 premiere, El Rey Network has renewed popular Lucha Libre wrestling series Lucha Underground for a third season.

Conde Nast Entertainment Forms Unscripted TV Production Unit
Conde Nast Entertainment is expanding its reach with the formation of CNE Studios, a new division which will produce unscripted television shows for the company. Al Edgington has been tapped to head the new unit, serving as executive vice president, reporting to CNE president Dawn Ostroff.

‘Property Brothers’ Renewed for 52 More Episodes by HGTV
has ordered 52 more episodes of “Property Brothers,” the network announced Friday.


Thunderbird to adapt Israeli cop show
Vancouver- and LA-based prodco Thunderbird has acquired the rights to develop and adapt an Israeli police drama in the US and Canada. Street Justice, originally produced by Artza Productions, has aired for three seasons on Israel’s Channel 10 and follows a hot-headed police detective who detests criminals and often takes the law into his own hands.

Global, eOne orders suicide dramaCanadian network Global TV has ordered an original drama after partnering with transatlantic distributor and producer Entertainment One. Mary Kills People will premiere in January 2017 and is being executive produced by Tassie Cameron under her fledgling production company Cameron Pictures. The six-part show has been created and written by Tara Armstrong and is set in the morally grey world of assisted suicide. It follows a nurse who helps people with terminal illnesses.


ABC Rejects ‘Carol’ Ad Featuring Nude Love SceneThe 60-second spot for the Weinstein Company’s lesbian love story features images of Cate Blanchett’s Carol and Rooney Mara’s Therese in bed together naked.


True, Original add development execs
Endemol Shine
-owned US prodcos True Entertainment and Original Media have added a senior development executive each while True has inked an overall production deal with Jo Honig. Tony Biancosino has been appointed senior VP of development at Original Media while Hazel Steward has arrived as senior VP of east coast development at True Entertainment.

Casey Bloys Elevated at HBO, Drama Head Michael Ellenberg DepartsThe exec shuffle comes as HBO has been weathering a number of storms on its upcoming series.

Open Road Promotes Sophie Cassidy to Replace Exiting Exec Peter LawsonThe move comes in the wake of Peter Lawson exiting his post as executive vp production and acquisitions at Open Road next month.

Science Channel Taps Caroline Perez As VP Development & ProductionDiscovery Communications veteran Caroline Perezhas been named Vice President of Development and Production, Science Channel.

Syco Taps ‘The Voice’ Veteran Tim van Rongen As SVP
Syco Entertainment
has a new SVP. Simon Cowell’s joint venture with Sony Musicsaid today it has handed the stripes to Tim van Rongen, who has worked on multiple countries’ versions of The Voice.


(from Fri)

the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a TV Drama, Viola Davis discussed the ongoing
: We have become a society of trending topics. Diversity is not a trending topic. It’s just not.


John August: It’s franchises all the way down
Of the top movies, what percentage are part of a larger franchise? For this exercise, home video sequels don’t count. Around the table, guesses ranged from 50 to 83 movies. The answer is 86. Yes, 86 of the 100 all-time worldwide top-grossing movies are part of a franchise.