The Morning Update for Monday, February 8, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, February 8, 2016:


(from Fri) CBS Orders Medical Drama From Ridley Scott
CBS has picked up Sensory, a medical drama inspired by the life of Dr. Joel Salinas. The drama is described as a two-hander centered around a veteran neurologist and her protege who has mirror-touch synesthesia, a neurological trait that causes him to experience other people’s sensations. The drama is written by David Zabel, who exec produces alongside Scott Free Productions’ Ridley Scott, David Zucker and Foundry Media’s Roger Freet. The drama is a co-production between CBS Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television’s TriStar Television.

(from Fri) Fox Adds Pair of Family Comedies From ‘Friends,’ ‘Reba’ Alums
has picked up single-camera entries The Enforcers and an untitled Chris Case interracial comedy to pilot. The Enforcers hails from Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer and is described as a female buddy comedy about two wildly different single mothers with dreams of being police officers who find themselves partnered as inspectors in the Code Enforcement Department. The untitled Case interracial comedy follows Jay "Havoc" Hammond, an African-American, ex-NFL lineman who recently moved in with his white wife and her two oddball sons, as he struggles to win the most challenging game of his life: fatherhood. Malcolm D. Lee will also exec produce and direct the pilot.

(from Fri) Shondaland’s ‘Still Star-Crossed’ Romeo & Juliet Sequel: Michael Offer To DirectMichael Offer, who directed the pilot for the Shonda Rhimes-produced hit ABCdrama How To Get Away With Murder, has been tapped to direct Still Star-Crossed.

(from Fri) ‘Second Fattest Housewife In Westport’ ABC Pilot: Ruben Fleischer To Direct
Superstore helmer Ruben Fleischerhas come on board to directThe Second Fattest Housewife In Westport, ABC’s single-camera family comedy from novelist/TV writer Sarah Dunn, producer Aaron Kaplanof Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios.

(from Fri) ‘How to Be Single’ Director to Helm Netflix Series ‘#Girlboss’Following the premiere of his upcoming romantic comedy “How to Be Single,” director Christian Ditter has signed on to direct the upcoming Netflix series “#Girlboss,” based on Sophia Amoruso’s story and exec produced by Charlize Theron and Kay Cannon.

(from Fri) Amy B. Harris to Showrun ABC’s Kiefer Suthlerland Drama ‘Designated Survivor’The move continues her relationship with the network after short-lived drama ‘Wicked City.’


‘A Discovery Of Witches’ TV Series In Works At Jane Tranter & Julie Gardner’s Bad Wolf
Jane Tranter
and Julie Gardner’s UK/U.S. Bad Wolfproduction shingle has acquired TV rights and is developing a drama based on the book. Ashley Pharoahis adapting the novel for the screen while author Deborah Harkness will also pen several episodes. It’s the story of Diana Bishop, a young scholar at Oxford who is a descendant of the Salem witches. She is compelled to embrace the magic in her blood and enters a forbidden romance with charming 1,500-year-old vampire Matthew Clairmont. The project is no longer at BBC and is being shopped.

(from Fri) Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Shades of Blue’ Renewed at NBCThe heavily time-shifted cop drama will see a second season.

CBS Confirms ‘Good Wife’s’ Final Season With Super Bowl PromoCreators Robert and Michelle King will be exiting and star Julianna Margulies also has indicated she will be jobless after this season.

Macleans: The key to Full House’s revival? Bring back the schmaltz.
It starts with three girls losing their mother, and every episode has a tear-jerking speech accompanied by soft music. That manipulative appeal may have helped keep Full House around. The only other show of the TGIF era with the same fame is Boy Meets World, whose sequel series, Girl Meets World, is a success on the Disney Channel. Boy Meets World, like Full House, was willing to leave laughs behind and become earnest and moralistic. Fuller House is a little more tongue-in-cheek but it’s still sweeter and less ironic than most modern family entertainment. It’s safe.


(from Fri) Maggie Q, Natasha McElhone, Kal Penn, Italia Ricci to Co-Star in ABC’s Kiefer Sutherland Drama
Kal Penn
will also receive consulting credit on straight-to-series drama ‘Designated Survivor.

(from Fri) Mistresses Casts Jerry O’Connell for Hilarious (and Sexy?) Season 4 Arc
ABC’s summer sudser has cast TV vet Jerry O’Connell as the manny for Yunjin Kim’s beautifully disastrous doctor.

(from Fri) Reba McEntire to Guest Star on ‘Last Man Standing’She’ll make an appearance on an episode of the Tim Allen starrer this spring.

(from Fri) ‘Cruel Intentions’: Sarah Michelle Gellar Courted To Reprise Her Role In NBC Pilot
With Gellar’s character featured in the followup series, it is probably not surprising that the star would be on the producers’ wish list. Gellar has been approached about reprising her role in the pilot. It is unclear yet whether it would happen or not; she is reading the script.


Reuters: With full power at CBS, CEO Moonves sees more aggressive move to digital
CBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves, who was given the additional title of executive chairman, is planning more original content and looking at taking some of his network’s shows off the air and putting them exclusively on its subscription-based CBS All Access service, to compete with the growing popularity of Netflix Inc and Hulu. Moonves is also considering putting shows on All Access from the CW Network.


(from Fri) E! Orders Two More Episodes of ‘Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry’
has ordered two additional episodes of “Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry,” bringing the first season to a total of 10 episodes. The extra order comes after ratings success for the reality series, which features Tyler Henry, the go-to medium to the stars, giving readings to celebrities.


C21: Chinese dramas to catchDramas based on novels, historical or contemporary, are still an important trend in China in 2016. These are 10 of the year’s most anticipated Chinese dramas: Ice Fantasy; White Deer Plain; Head Hunter (Lie Tou); Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace; Swords of Legends 2; A Love for Separation; The Interpreter; Chronicle of Life; Nu Jiang Zhi Zhan; The Penance Gate.


Joe Earley Reuniting With Gail Berman as Jackal Group PresidentThe move finds the former Fox exec overseeing television, film, theater and digital divisions of his old boss’ new studio.

Epix Taps Ex-Goldwyn Films Exec Ian Puente As SVP Business & Legal AffairsEpixhas named Ian PuenteSenior Vice President for Business and Legal Affairs. Puente comes to Epix from Samuel Goldwyn Films where he served as General Counsel and Vice President of Business Development.

(feature) NYT: How Sumner Redstone Went From Army Cryptographer to Media Mogul
Mr. Redstone
, who ceded chairman posts at CBS and Viacom, proved one of the most voluble titans in an industry full of outsize personalities like Rupert Murdoch and Barry Diller.


The 2016 NAACP Image Awards Winners: ‘Creed’, ‘Black-Ish’ Clean Up While ‘Compton’ Wins Best Film
was the clear winner tonight at the 47th annual NAACP Image Awards, taking home wins in every category for which it was nominated save one. Other winners include Mike Epps for his turn as Uncle Julius on Survivor’s Remorse, Empire which won for Outstanding Drama Series, Regina King for American Crime, And a string of wins for ABC’s Black-Ish.

Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Wins Top Prize at Annie AwardsJoy was the primary emotion felt by Pixar after “Inside Out,” its heart-tugging journey through the mind of an 11-year-old girl, took home the top prize at the 43rd Annie Awards on Saturday night. In all, the film picked up 10 trophies.


Slate: The Best Super Bowl AdsThis year marked a clear return to lighthearted tropes of yore: animals, topical jokes, and a passel of celebrities. The result was less of a downer. But this was an evening of meh—a sloppy game, with few memorable moments, paired with a forgettable slate of ads.

Vulture: How Comedy Finally Caught Up to Female ComediansMass culture is in decline, and niche audiences (ratings, for example, don’t need to be as big as they used to) are the goal. Social media has further democratized the entertainment world by letting audiences directly express their approval with likes. And YouTube and podcasts have made it possible to create and disseminate work without a middleman. Women have been thriving in these alternative channels for years, and now that the alternative is the norm, female comedians were especially prepared to take advantage of a new climate.

Slate: Why Can’t Apple Figure Out Television?
It was doomed because the companies that Apple wanted to compete against to pipe content into consumers’ homes—Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, and others—own the Internet. Or at least the valuable “last mile” connecting the vast telecommunications networks to their subscribers’ homes.

Over half of US homes are TV streamersSome 57% of US households now subscribe to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and/or Hulu, with 48% of adults streaming any of these services on a monthly basis, according to new research.According to Leichtman Research Group study, 37% of all US adults now stream Netflix weekly – up from 8% in 2010.

Think Progress: What ‘American Crime’ Can Teach A Show Like ‘Game Of Thrones’
American Crime
has given us a new way of portraying a very difficult subject. By simultaneously excluding the act of rape and zeroing in on all of the factors that play into a culture that contributes to sex crimes and lets them go unpunished, the show offers a broader look at how sexual assault unplays in our society.