The Morning Update for Friday, February 5, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, February 5, 2016. Have a great weekend!


Military Family Drama From ‘A Gifted Man’ Team Lands CBS Pilot Order
has handed out a pilot order to Four Stars. The drama revolves around two powerful rival families in the military community of Tampa, Fla., who make decisions at the highest levels in the interest of national security. A Gifted Man’s Becky Mode will pen the script and exec produce the drama and reunite with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. Nashville’s RJ Cutler is on board to exec produce and direct the pilot.

Fox Orders Workplace Comedy From ‘Red Oaks’ Writer and Sue Naegle
The untitled project, created by actress and Red Oaks writer Laura Steinel, is a workplace comedy focused on a woman managing incompetent staffers and an new eccentric boss at a New Jersey plastics plant. It also counts HBO alum Sue Naegle as an executive producer. She’ll EP the project under her Naegle Ink banner, joined by EP and pilot director Jeff Schaffer (The League).

Richard Shepard To Direct ‘Model Woman’ ABC Drama Pilot
Richard Shepard has signed on to direct Model Woman, ABC’s period drama pilot set in the fashion world. The project, from Sony TV’s TriStar Television and ABC Studios, is a fictionalized family soap inspired by Robert Lacey’s book.

Pam Fryman Sets 3 Pilot Directing GigsAt NBC, Pam Fryman is directing and executive producing ensemble comedy pilot Good Fortune, from Rashida Jones and Will McCormack’s Le Train Train and 20th Century Fox TV. At CBS, she is executive producing and directing romantic comedy pilot My Time/Your Time, from Hilary Winston, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, Sony TV and CBS TV Studios. Additionally, Fryman is set to direct the opening episode of One Day At A Time, the straight-to-series Latino remake of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom for Netflix from Sony TV. And I hear that Fryman is considering adding a fourth pilot to her directing slate this season.


Catherine Hardwicke Set To Direct USA Series ‘Eyewitness’, Tyler Young To Star
Catherine Hardwicke
is set to direct and executive produce the first two episodes of USA Network’s 10-episode straight-to-series drama Eyewitness. Tyler Young has been cast as one of the two young leads in the project, an adaptation of the Norwegian crime thriller Øyevitne. Additionally, Scott Peters has joined as an executive producer and will direct multiple episodes of the Universal Cable Prods. series, from Adi Hasak, who wrote it and will serve as executive producer/showrunner. Eyewitness explores a grisly crime from the point of view of the eyewitnesses. In it, two innocent teenage boys secretly meet up in the forest where they bear witness to a shooting and barely escape with their lives.

Netflix Orders Comedy Based on Sophia Amoruso Best-Seller ‘#Girlboss’ to Series
has gone straight to series on a comedy based on Sophia Amoruso’s best-selling book #Girlboss.Inspired by Amoruso’s book, the series centers on Sophia’s rise from dumpster-diving and selling vintage clothes on eBay to building a fashion empire and becoming a multi-millionaire all by the age of 27. It’s an authentic, funny, vulnerable story of horrible mistakes combined with incredible twists all from the POV of business’s unlikeliest fashion mogul. Pitch Perfect’s Kay Cannon will exec produce alongside Charlize Theron, Beth Kono, Laverne McKinnon and Amoruso. Christian Ditter will direct the first episode of the single-camera comedy series. Cannon will serve as showrunner.

Fox Revisiting Saturday Sketch Comedy With Lonely Island’s ‘Party Over Here’
is moving back into the sketch comedy space, ordering Saturday late-night effort Party Over Here from the Lonely Island guys Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone and Paul Scheer. The four will executive produce the new half-hour series, set to debut Mar. 12, though they naturally won’t be part of the cast. That will be comprised of Nicole Byer, Jessica McKenna and Alison Rich. Added Scheer: “In an age where most millennials don’t even know what a TV is, we are really excited to be getting into the TV business."

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Renewed For 3 Seasons By Netflix
“Orange Is the New Black”
has nabbed a whopping three-season renewal from Netflix. The deal includes a commitment from showrunner Jenji Kohan to remain at the helm of Netflix’s most-watched series through seasons five, six and seven.

USA Renews ‘Colony’ for Second SeasonThe Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal drama will return for a 13-episode second season.

Variety: Are Limited Series Rewriting the Rules For TV Drama?

Limited series, which tell self-contained stories in 12 episodes or less, have exploded. While these titles have come to feature recurring elements and even casts of repertory players, they still must hit the reset button when each new “season” rolls around. Although the formula largely snuck up on us, it’s worth pointing out how revolutionary it seems.


Freeform’s Summer Camp Horror Series Adds ‘Teen Wolf,’ ‘The 100’ Alums

Zelda Williams (Teen Wolf), Alberto Frezza (Touch) and Eli Goree (The 100) have joined Dead of Summer, the new drama from the creators of Once Upon a Time. Additionally, creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis will direct the first episode of the project, which received a straight-to-series order in November.

Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart to Star in FX’s ‘X-Men’ Take ‘Legion’
has tapped Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, Parks and Recreation grad Aubrey Plaza and Fargo alum Jean Smart to star in the pilot from Noah Hawley.

Tony Shalhoub Sets TV Return With CBS Comic-Thriller ‘BrainDead’
Tony Shalhoub
has signed on to topline CBS’ comic thriller BrainDead from Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King.

‘Suburgatory’ Star Cast in CBS Romantic Comedy Pilot ‘My Time/Your Time,’ Pamela Fryman to Direct“Suburgatory” alum Jane Levy has been cast as one half of the starring couple in CBS’s romantic comedy pilot “My Time/Your Time.” Pamela Fryman has also boarded the pilot to direct.

Jason Patric to Star in ‘Wayward Pines’ Season 2Marking his TV series regular debut.

Seal Cast as Pontius Pilate for Fox’s ‘The Passion’Grammy Award-winning singer Seal has been set as Pontius Pilate on Fox’s upcoming live musical event “The Passion.”

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Casts Dougray Scott for Season 2
Dougray Scott
has joined the cast of “Fear the Walking Dead” for Season 2. Details of Scott’s character are being kept under wraps, but he will recur in multiple episodes.


News: Report: Apple to bid on NFL Thursday Night Football streaming rights
plans to put in a bid for NFL Thursday Night Football streaming rights, according to a new report from Variety.


Spike Orders ‘Caraoke Showdown’ Hosted by Craig Robinson
Spike TV has greenlighted Caraoke Showdown, hosted by Craig Robinson. Set to debut as a half-hour special later this year, Caraoke Showdown will feature The Office alum Robinson picking up unsuspecting contestants to engage in a karaoke-inspired game show. During various rounds of game play, contestants must belt out their favorite tunes, finish the lyrics or act out songs for cash. Celebrity guest appearances will add surprise as the contestants never know what to expect next. Caraoke Showdown hails from Howie Mandel’s Alevy Productions.


Weird Al Yankovic to Voice Lead Character on Disney XD’s Animated Series ‘Milo Murphy’s Law’
“Weird Al” Yankovic
will voice the lead character in Disney XD’s “Milo Murphy’s Law,” an animated comedy series from the creators of “Phineas and Ferb.” The satirical songwriter will provide the voice of the titular character Milo Murphy, the optimistic distant grandson of the famed Murphy’s Law namesake.

Disney Channel Storytellers Launches Second Year With Five New WritersDisney Channelhas selected five new participants for the second go-round of its Storytellers program, designed to develop the next generation of series creators and writers of programming for kids, tweens and families. Chosen out of hundreds of applicants are Rachel McNevin, Farhan Arshad, Han-Yee Ling, Hunter Cope and Adam Aseraf.


Tom Christie Upped to COO at Showtime NetworksThe cable brand will continue to oversee the cable brand’s widening distribution.


AdWeek: How Big Cable Is Stemming the Cord-Cutting TideIn releasing their fourth quarter and full-year earnings for 2015, Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Charter Communications all posted subscriber gains for the past quarter. Executives from the three companies attributed the growth to fancy new set-top boxes that offer better user experiences; an increase in the amount of "TV Everywhere" options and episodes available to watch on demand; and better marketing about bundling television and broadband services.