The Morning Update for Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, February 3, 2016:


‘MacGyver’ Reboot, Dr. Phil Drama Land CBS Pilot Orders
has officially greenlighted its pilot adaptation of MacGyver and ordered Bull, a drama based on the early career of talk-show host Dr. Phil McGraw. MacGyver is described as a reimagining, following a 20-something MacGyver as he gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening. As for Bull, the CBS Television Studios drama is based on the early career of McGraw and explores his days as head of one of the most prolific trial consulting services of all time.

Hollywood Comedy Snags NBC Pilot Pickup‘Will & Grace’ alum Adam Barr will pen the script for ‘Me & Mean Margaret.’ The multicamera effort is described as an unlikely buddy comedy that follows a fiercely candid and often offensive legendary actress and the ambitious 27-year-old lawyer forced to babysit her.

‘Cruel Intentions’ Sequel Ordered to Pilot at NBC
NBC’s Cruel Intentions picks up more than 15 years after the 1999 movie left off. The small-screen sequel hails from Cruel Intentions writer-director Roger Kumble and producer Neal H. Moritz. They are joined by Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross, the duo behind the recent musical parody of the pic staged in Los Angeles.

NBC Orders Pilots From Bill Lawrence, Greg Garcia and Hybrid Game Show/Comedy
From Lawrence’s Warner Bros. Television-based Doozer banner, the untitled Vladimir Caamano comedy stars the stand-up comedian in a semi-autobiographical story, centering on Caamano who wants to carve his own path in life but finds that proves difficult as his father has no desire to change their extremely co-dependent relationship.

Garcia’s Sebastian, meanwhile, stars another stand-up comedian in Sebastian Maniscalo, with his old-school values — instilled by his opinionated Italian father — being put to the test by his new wife, her family and the absurdities of the modern world.

Rounding out Tuesday’s pickups is Crunch Time, a game show/multicamera comedy from Betsy Thomas that intercuts between a real game show and the scripted workplace laffer that centers on an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the volatile host.

Fox Orders Family Comedy Pilot From ‘It’s Always Sunny’ DuoBrothers John Chernin and Dave Chernin will pen the script for ‘The Mick,’ the network’s third comedy in the works this season. The project revolves around a hard-living, foul-mouthed woman who moves to affluent Greenwich, Conn., to raise the spoiled kids of her wealthy sister who has fled the country to avoid a federal indictment.

‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Director Rupert Wyatt to Helm ‘Exorcist’ Pilot for Fox
will also exec produce the remake, which is a modern take on William Peter Blatty’s book.

Rupert Wyatt To Direct ‘The Exorcist’ Pilot; Jeff Blitz Set For ‘The Trail’Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) is set to direct Fox’s drama pilot The Exorcist, a modern reinvention inspired by William Blatty’s 1971 book. Jeff Blitz has signed on to direct NBC pilot The Trail, a documentary-style procedural comedy from Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller.

Amy Poehler To Direct Her Charlie Grandy NBC PilotAmy Poehleris taking on a double behind-the-camera duty on the NBCsingle-camera comedy pilot from her company Paper Kite Prods. Poehler has signed on to direct the pilot, which she also executive produces.


CMT Orders Scripted Series Based on Early Careers of Elvis, Johnny Cash
will partner with Thinkfactory Media to produce a limited drama series that chronicles the rise of rock ‘n’ roll. The premiere of the eight-episode scripted series, which will be based on the Tony Award-winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet,” will mark the 60th anniversary of the famed “Million Dollar Quartet” jam session that was recorded by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins in Dec. 1956. Set in the early days of Memphis’ Civil Rights era, the series will document the birth of rock ‘n’ roll and the rise of the genre’s pioneering musicians during periods of extensive political change and social unrest.

Roma Downey Developing ‘The Baxter Family’ Faith-Based Novel Series For TVRoma Downeyand LightWorkers Media, the faith and family division of MGM, have acquired rights to New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury‘s The Baxter Family novel series for television. The 22-book series, starting with the book Redemption, tells the story of how John and Elizabeth Baxter, and their six adult children, come together over love, loss, laughter, and life in an epic drama that proves the strength of faith and family.

‘Confirmation’ Premiere Date Set By HBOHBOannounced Confirmationwill debut at 8 PM Saturday, April 16 at 8 PM, exclusively on the pay cable network. Kerry Washington, Wendell Pierce, Greg Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Eric Stonestreet and Jennifer Hudson star in the film that details the explosive 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings.


John Ridley ABC Drama Pilot ‘Presence’ Casts Stephanie Sigman In The Title RoleStephanie Sigman(Spectre, FX’s The Bridge) has landed the lead role in John Ridley’s drama pilot Presencefor ABCand ABC Studios.

Julie Claire Returning to Both ‘Devious Maids’ and ‘Bloodline’
Julie Claire
has booked returns to both “Devious Maids” and “Bloodline”. She will appear on the fourth season of Lifetime’s “Devious Maids” and the second of “Bloodline” on Netflix.

NBC’s ‘Night Shift’ Adds New Series Regular‘The 100’ and ‘Continuum’ alum Tanaya Beatty will join the third-year medical drama.

Jack McBrayer To Co-Star In NBC’s Matt Hubbard Comedy PilotFormer 30 Rock co-star Jack McBrayeris reuniting with the Emmy-winning NBCcomedy’s co-executive producer Matt Hubbardon Hubbard’s new single-camera comedy pilot for NBC.

Bill Hader’s HBO Pilot ‘Barry’ Casts Sarah GoldbergSarah Goldberg(Hindsight) is set to co-star opposite Bill Haderin his HBO comedy pilot Barry.

Isabella Rossellini to Co-Star in Hulu’s ‘Shut Eye’She joins a cast that includes Jeffrey Donovan, KaDee Strickland and more.


Contance Wu Starring in ‘You and Me Both’“Fresh Off the Boat” star Constance Wu has come on board the independent drama “You and Me Both.” The film is the debut feature for writer-director Jennifer Cho Suhr. Production is expected to begin in the summer. Wu will play a struggling addict who, along with her estranged sister, embarks on a road trip from Iowa to Alaska in search of their birth mother.

Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal to Rewrite Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Rampage’
Carlton Cuse
and Ryan Condal are now looking to team up on the big screen. The “Colony” executive producers have been tapped to rewrite New Line’s adaptation of “Rampage,” the popular arcade video game, with Dwayne Johnson on board to star.


TLC Orders Tear-Jerking Reunion Show ‘Long Lost Family’ to Series
has ordered “Long Lost Family” to series. The show features highly emotional and touching stories of people who have suffered a lifetime of separation and are yearning to be reunited with their birth parents and biological families.

(sched) Turner To Simulcast Samantha Bee Debut Across Five Networks
Samantha Bee’s
new program, “Full Frontal” is slated to air on TBS. When it airs for the first time pn February 8, however, it will also appear on TV networks like TruTV, HLN, Adult Swim and TNT.


BBC One Orders ‘Rillington Place’ Murder Serial Based On Real EventsBased on a series of murders that took place in the 1940s and 50s in London’s Notting Hill neighborhood, Rillington Placehas been set as a three-part drama. BBC Drama Production is producing in association with Bandit Television, part of the Endemol Shine Group, for BBC One. Ed Whitmore and Tracey Malone, are scripting.

ITV levels with new dramaUK commercial broadcaster ITV has ordered a six-part crime drama from independent prodco Hillbilly Television. The Level, penned by Gaby Chiappe and Alex Perrin, follows a female detective whose police career spirals into decline when she gets involved in organised crime.

(awards) Rochant’s ‘The Bureau’ Wins Best TV Series From French Cinema Critics
Eric Rochant’s
spy thriller series “The Bureau” has won Best TV Series from the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics. Starring Mathieu Kassovitz, Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Lea Drucker, it provides an inside view into the DGSC, the French intelligence service, set against the backdrop of operations in Syria.


Mary-Louise Parker to Return to Broadway in ‘Heisenberg’ Remount
Mary-Louise Parker
will star in a Broadway transfer of the well-received Off Broadway play “Heisenberg,” which will open at Manhattan Theater Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theater in the fall.


Vulture: How Fresh off the Boat Celebrated TV’s First Chinese New Year
Tuesday night, Fresh Off the Boat become the first show to celebrate Chinese New Year. “I know that it’s historic, but one of the great things about our show is that we try and celebrate the Asian-American perspective instead of saying, ‘We’re just like every American’ and neutralizing our race,” said Constance Wu. “So it’s special because it happens, but it’s not special because Nahnatchka Khan and the writers try really hard to normalize it — as in, this isn’t an exotic holiday.”

Amazon Is Said to Be Planning an Expansion Into Retail BookstoresThe giant Internet marketplace is planning to open more storefront locations, a source briefed on the matter said, though not the 300 to 400 shops a shopping mall executive reported on Tuesday.

Yahoo Laying Off 15% of Workforce, Says It’s Exploring Sale Options
said it will cut 15% of its workforce, or about 1,600 jobs, and the Internet company officially put itself on the block by announcing that it is exploring “strategic alternatives.”

Cast of ‘Hamilton’ to Perform at GrammysThe cast of the Broadway musical “Hamilton” is set to perform at the 2016 Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy announced Wednesday.