The Morning Update for Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, February 17, 2016:


CBS’ Butler/Hope/O’Shannon Comedy Pilot Reverts To Single-Camera Format, Todd Holland To DirectCBSuntitled comedy adaptation of the Australian comedy Upper Middle Bogan will be shot as single-camera, with the project’s executive producer Todd Hollanddirecting the pilot. The untitled half-hour, from Modern Family alum Dan O’Shannon, the creators of the original Australian comedy, Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope, CBS Studios and ABC Studios, was conceived, sold and originally written as single-camera.

Deadline: PILOT SEASON 2016: The OverachieversWe’re in the midst of another broadcast pilot season. With 80+ pilots ordered out of hundreds of scripts, landing a pilot pickup is not easy. Here is Deadline’s annual Overachievers of Pilot Season list showcasing the select few individuals and production companies that beat the odds, and then some.


VH1 Orders Hip-Hop Drama ‘The Breaks’ to Series
has picked up the hip-hop drama to series. The drama, which started out as a TV movie/back-door pilot, is based on Dan Charnas’ best-selling book The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop. Wood Harris (The Wire), Mack (Tristan) Wilds (90210), Afton Williamson (Banshee), David Call (Gossip Girl), Antoine Harris (Ballers) and Method Man starred in the TV movie. Most are expected to return for the series. An episode count has not yet been determined. The Breaks was written, directed and executive produced by Seith Mann (The Wire).

‘Stanistan’ Scribe Andy Parker Inks Overall Deal With UCP, Sets Up Two Projects

Andy Parker, who penned the Stanistan pilot for USA Network, has signed a multi-year overall deal with the studio that includes two new projects. No details were immediately provided about the projects, except that one will be for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and another is headed for an outside network.

Brad Falchuk Re-Ups With 20th TV in Another Rich Overall DealThe multihyphenate is behind ‘Scream Queens,’ ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘American Crime Story.’

Former CBS Exec Wendi Trilling Launches Production Company, Inks Pod Deal With Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital EntertainmentFormer longtime CBS head of comedy Wendi Trillinghas launched a production company, TrillTV, and signed a pod deal with Aaron Kaplan‘s Kapital Entertainment. Under the agreement, Trilling will develop and produce comedy and drama projects for network and cable through TrillTV in association with Kapital.

Unforgettable Cancelled at A&EThird time’s the end of the road for Unforgettable. A&E has chosen not to renew the drama, which had been cancelled twice before, for Season 5. Additionally, no efforts are currently being made by the show’s studio to find it a new home.

(sched) Mindy Project Sets Midseason ReturnAfter a four-month hiatus, The Mindy Project will return for the second half of Season 4 on April 12, series creator/star Mindy Kaling tweeted Tuesday.

(review) Hitfix: Gillian Jacobs finds ‘Love’ in Netflix’s new Judd Apatow comedy
Netflix’s Love
is messy. It’s shaggy. It takes weird detours that only sometimes work, and on occasion it seems to be daring its audience to not only root against the central couple, but to question how many more episodes they might want to watch. I can see all those issues, and more. I just don’t care. When you feel it — as I very quickly did with Love — nothing else matters.

(review) Variety: ‘Fuller House’Those who enjoyed the original “Full House” and who don’t mind its patented blend of cloying sentiment, cutesy mugging and predictable humor might find enjoyment in this unspectacular retread. However every time John Stamos wanders through “Fuller House,” we’re reminded that it’s possible to see a better version of this sitcom — in Stamos’ “Grandfathered,” for Fox.

The Simpsons Are Planning a Live Episode (Wait, What?)

Fox is planning a live episode of The Simpsons. Wait, how exactly is that going to work? Here’s how: The May 15 episode of the animated comedy will feature a 3-minute live segment in which Homer (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) will discuss topical subjects and answer fan questions — off the cuff. Castellaneta will do separate segments for the East and West Coast broadcasts.


UnREAL’s Freddie Stroma Is H.G. Wells in ABC’s Time After Time PilotUnREAL “suitor” Freddie Stroma is due to have some very good times, playing H.G. Wells in ABC’s Time After Time pilot from Kevin Williamson.

Joel McHale to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘The Great Indoors’From Tosh.0’s Mike Gibbons, the multicamera comedy pilot centers on an adventure reporter who must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss of a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine.

ABC’s Soccer Pilot ‘Dream Team’ Casts Three Series Regulars
comedy soccer pilot “Dream Team” has cast three series regulars: Michael Mosley, Lindsey Kraft, Michelle Buteau.

Adam Rodriguez To Co-Star In ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Chunk & Bean’CSI: Miami alum Adam Rodriguezis set for a co-starring role in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilotChunk & Bean.


TBI: SVOD rewrites the drama scriptIn three years Netflix and its SVOD counterparts have turned the TV drama world on its head. Whereas the Holy Grail for a drama producer was once a US network commission, now a global order for Netflix, or an Amazon pilot, is becoming the greatest prize. One distinction between SVOD and traditional TV is the speed at which the new players move. “Once they like the idea they go fast, and they want the whole package,” says Breton. “They want a script, talent and a director, or it just doesn’t feel real to them.”

Bill Simmons Launches ‘The Ringer’ Digital Venture
Bill Simmons, founder of the Grantland sports and media site who was let go by ESPN last year, has announced his next project: The Ringer, a digital venture slated to launch later in 2016. Launch of The Ringer comes as Simmons also preps the debut of a new show for HBO that will span TV and digital.


Viki readies Dramaworld debutAsia-based multi-lingual streamer Viki will make its first original series, Dramaworld, available from mid April. The 10-episode dramedy, which is set in LA and South Korea and follows a girl pulled into the world of her favourite TV show, will debut on April 17.

CBC extends comedy quartetCanadian broadcaster CBC has extended its comedy roster by ordering new seasons of shows including Schitt’s Creek and Mr D.


Claudia Lewis to Step Down as Fox Searchlight’s President of ProductionAfter 21 years at Fox Searchlight, Claudia Lewis is set to step down as the studio’s president of production on May 23, it was announced Tuesday by Fox Searchlight presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula.

Sarah Wright upped at Sky
Sarah Wright
has been promoted at Sky and is now director of acquisitions at the European pay TV company.

(feature) THR: How the $100 Million ‘NYPD Blue’ Creator Gambled Away His Fortune
David Milch
, the storied mind also behind ‘Deadwood,’ changed television. Now, according to a lawsuit, the racetrack regular has lost his homes, owes the IRS $17 million and is on a $40-a-week allowance. Still, his supporters stay close: "He’s brilliant.”


One in ten of all US homes to take OTT in 2019
SNL Kagan said there will be 12.9 million OTT homes in the US in 2019, up from an estimated 10.5 million in 2016. Over the same timeframe, SNL said that unique TV everywhere users will climb from 56.2 million in the US this year to 84.4 million in 2019, marking a 34% digital penetration.

Vulture: Which Los Angeles Comedy Show Is Right for You?This week Vulture is running a series of stories about the comedy produced in, and inspired by, New York and Los Angeles. Today we have guides for comedy fans seeking good shows in each city. Here is the LA guide.

Buzzfeed: My Little Sister Taught Me How To “Snapchat Like The Teens”I’m 29 years old, and I’ve been on Snapchat for about a year now. I post fairly often (usually on my Story), and I get a decent amount of engagement from my friends. Quite honestly, up until Thanksgiving, I thought I was pretty good at Snapchat. …Then I watched my little sister on Snapchat.