The Morning Update for Friday, August 5, 2016.

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


A&E Developing Pot-Themed Family Crime Drama From Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor
A&E Network has put in development an adaptation of the Dutch television series Holland’s Hoop, about a family in the illegal pot growing business. The project comes from Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Jim Burke, Miguel Arteta, Scripted World and Endemol Shine Studios. Written by Taylor, the untitled drama centers on a burnt-out forensic psychiatrist who, on the day his estranged father dies, learns that his wife is cheating on him and his teenage son is a delinquent. He quickly discovers that the farm is at the center of a vast criminal enterprise and that his family’s salvation may depend on his ability to continue his father’s legacy.

Marta Kauffman Sets Miniseries At HBO Starring Natalie Portman, Drama Series At Amazon
Marta Kauffman and Okay Goodnight have miniseries We Are All Completely Beside Ourselvesin development at HBO. Natalie Portmanis attached to star in and executive produce the project, based on Karen Joy Fowler’s award-winning novel of the same name. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is a twisty tale centered on university student Rosemary Cooke (Portman), whose complex and unusual upbringing is marred by the unexpected disappearance of a “twin sister” at the age of 5. Christopher Monger is penning the TV adaptation, with Gideon Raff on board as executive producer.

Additionally, Okay Goodnight is developing an American version of the hit Israeli TV family drama Shtisel. The adaptation, titled Emmis, has been sold to Amazon. Emmis is an intricate and authentic family drama that offers a rare glimpse into the insular world of the ultra-orthodox community. Etan Cohen is writing, directing and executive producing the adaptation.

Kerry Kilcannon Novels Being Eyed As TV Series By Weinstein Company, As Longtime Staffers Exit
The Weinstein Companyhas optioned rights to Richard North Patterson’s bestselling series of Kerry Kilcannon novels, which Weinstein TV will develop as a potential political drama series. Patterson’s books follows U.S. President Kilcannon from his campaign for presidency through some of the most difficult moments of the job.

HBO Orders Comedy Anthology Series From Jay and Mark Duplass
Jay and Mark Duplass are returning to HBO. The pay cabler has ordered a comedy anthology series from the brothers. Titled Room 104, the project is set in a single room of an average American hotel and tells a different story of the assorted characters who pass through the room in each episode. Production begins later this year for a 2017 debut. The Duplass brothers will serve as showrunners on the comedy, and also exec produce with Xan Aranda. Sydney Fleischmann is attached to produce.

Kyra Sedgwick to Star in ABC Drama Picked Up Straight to Series
Kyra Sedgwick has been tapped to star in drama Ten Days in the Valley, which ABC has picked up straight to series with a 10-episode order. Created by Rookie Blue grad Tassie Cameron, the hourlong drama centers on Jane Sadler (Sedgwick), an overworked television producer and single mother dealing with a fractious separation. When her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night, Jane’s world — and her controversial police series — implodes. Life imitates art: Everything’s a mystery, everyone has a secret, and no one can be trusted. Cameron will serve as writer and showrunner and exec produce the series alongside Sedgwick and her manager, Jill Littman, as well as Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross.

‘Black Flags’ Miniseries About Rise Of ISIS From Bradley Cooper & Todd Phillips In Works At HBO
Black Flags: The Rise Of ISIS, the 2016 Pulitzer-winning nonfiction book by Joby Warrick, is headed to the small screen. HBO has put in development a miniseries being developed by Bradley Cooper, who executive produces with Todd Phillips via the duo’s Joint Effort production banner. Bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz is writing the adaptation and executive producing. Helmer Tim Van Patten executive produces and will direct. Black Flags tells the story of the rise of ISIS, from its origins in a remote Jordanian prison to its stunning success in Syria.

American Crime Actress Regina King Will Direct an Episode of Pitch
Regina King will return to American Crime soon, but she’s also busy with her other career: directing. The Emmy winning actress will direct episode 4 of Fox’s upcoming baseball drama Pitch.

‘Shadowhunters’ Showrunner Ed Decter Exits For Season 2 Of Freeform Series
There is a behind the scenes shakeup on Freeform’s fantasy series Shadowhunters. Ed Decter, who developed for television the adaptation of The Mortal Instruments novels and served as executive producer in Season 1, has exited the series, which was renewed for a second season in March. There is no replacement yet. Decter departed a few days ago and was not present at the first table read for Shadowhunters‘ second season. The departure was over creative differences, and the new showrunner(s) are expected to tweak the series’ creative direction for Season 2.

(review) Variety: ‘The Get Down’
“The Get Down” is a beautiful mess, a flawed show interspersed with moments of remarkable brilliance. It was unprecedentedly expensive and time-consuming for parent company Netflix; the result smacks of half-baked creative ambition run amok. There is a deliberately off-putting messiness to its execution, with cartoonishly blended tonal shifts from cheesy caricature to gritty tragedy. All that can be alienating, but simultaneously, the show feels like vital, radical work.


Nathan Fillion, Martin Short to Guest Star on ‘Modern Family’
“Castle” star Nathan Fillion and “Maya and Marty’s” Martin Short will visit “Modern Family” in Season 8. Executive producer Steve Levitan revealed the casting at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

‘Pitch’ Adds ‘UnREAL’ Bachelor to Its Family
B.J. Britt will have a recurring role on the Fox baseball drama.


Disney Developing ‘Wild City’ with James Ponsoldt
Disney is teaming with indie stalwart James Ponsoldt on “Wild City,” which explores the adventures of wild animals in Los Angeles. The project is a CG/live-action hybrid, which Ponsoldt will produce and direct from his own script.

Lakeshore Acquires Donald Diego RomCom Spec ‘The Wedding Year’
Lakeshore Entertainment has acquired The Wedding Year, a romantic comedy spec script written by Donald Diego. Script is about a female millennial who isn’t sure she is the marrying type and has her relationship and commitment issues put to the test when she is invited to 15 weddings in the same goddamn year. Diego is executive story editor on ABC’s upcoming comedy series American Housewife.


Disney Channel Launching 12 Short-Form Movies Online
Disney Channel, looking to drive young viewers to digital destinations in the last weeks of summer vacation, is launching a block of 12 short-form movies on its ad-supported online services and YouTube. The batch of shorts also serves as a vehicle for the cabler to cultivate creative partners.

ABC Renews Iliza Shlesinger Digital Series, Orders Viola Davis Project
ABC has ordered second seasons of three digital short-form series — “Forever 31” from comedian Iliza Shlesinger; “I Can Find $3,000 in Your Home”; and “Newborn Moms.” The broadcaster has also ordered new short-form series “American Koko” from Diarra Kilpatrick and Viola Davis’ JuVEe Productions and “I Like You Just the Way I Am” for its new ABCd initiative. “American Koko” follows a satirical agency that solves racial situations with sensitivity, vulnerability, honesty and humor. “I Like You Just the Way I Am” is based on the best-selling memoir that by Jenny Mollen, who also stars in the show.

Comedy Central Launches Hollywood-Junket Spoof Digital Series
Comedy Central is lampooning the world of celebrity journalism in a new digital series, “Junketeers,” produced with Lexus’ L-Studio branded-content arm and production firm Kids at Play. The eight-episode series was created and produced by Josh Horowitz, a longtime MTV News correspondent, and Ben Lyons, a former correspondent at E! and Extra.

Netflix Delves Into VR Content With ‘Stranger Things’ Creepy 360-Degree Video
Netflix has released its first virtual-reality content: an eerie promotional segment for its popular original paranormal series “Stranger Things” that sets viewer in a dark house — stalked by a malevolent being.


ABC Renews 3 Retro Sunday Game ShowsSet to return are ‘Match Game,’ ‘Celebrity Family Feud’ and ‘$100,000 Pyramid.’

Docu-Series ‘Football V Rugby’ Throws NFL Players Into The Scrum
English Rugby legend Clive Woodward is partnering with Sharp Entertainment to settle one of the all-time great hypothetical sports fights with Football V Rugby, a hybrid documentary series and global live event that will see whether American footballers can defeat pro Rugby Union players at their own sport. In the beginning stages of development, a full episode count and broadcast partners will be announced later.


Disney-Backed Jaunt Launches Publishing Program for Virtual Reality Content
Palo Alto, California-based virtual reality (VR) startup Jaunt is making it easier for creators to get their videos and experiences onto VR headsets: Jaunt’s new publishing program allows filmmakers to upload their 360-degree videos and then include them in the Jaunt app on all major VR platforms.

Disney launches its own messaging app, Disney Mix, aimed at kids and families
Disney is wading into the mobile messaging market with a new chat application called Disney Mix, aimed at kids, tweens and families. While the app will compete to some extent with popular messaging clients like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, and others, the goal with Disney Mix is to provide a safer alternative that’s built with the needs of kids in mind.


MGM Production Chief Jonathan Glickman Re-Ups Through 2020: Will Broaden Into Stage Productions
MGM Motion Picture Group president Jonathan Glickman has re-upped with the studio in a three-year deal that will take him through 2020 and keep him overseeing films and a new mandate to turn library properties into live stage productions.

Weinstein Co. President of Publicity Dani Weinstein to Exit
The veteran publicist has worked at TWC and predecessor Miramax since 1999.

Ileen Reich Named Senior VP of Publicity at Participant Media
Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media has named communications veteran Ileen Reich as its new senior vice president of publicity and corporate communications.

Grey’s Anatomy’s Caterina Scorsone Is Pregnant
Grey’s Anatomystar Caterina Scorsone is pregnant. This will be the second child for Scorsone and her husband, Rob Giles. Scorsone, who plays Amelia Shepherd on Grey’s, tells that she doesn’t expect her pregnancy will be written into the show.


ABC Chief on Network’s Future: More Marvel, More Procedurals and Maybe ‘Star Wars’
New ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey outlined her vision for the broadcast network’s programming future on Thursday — one that includes more procedurals, more Marvel and a possible “Star Wars” television series. “As a fan I would absolutely love to say yes,” Dungey said at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour when asked about the possibility of bringing a “Star Wars” series to ABC.

ABC Drops Its TGIT Thursday Night Branding Until Scandal Returns in January
ABC had made an important decision regarding its successful TGIT branding of its Thursday night dramas, all of which have been produced by Shonda Rhimes for the past two seasons. It’s holding off on using "TGIT" until Scandal returns in January. This fall, Thursday night will feature the first non-Rhimes-produced show in three years, with Notorious filling in for Scandal at 9 p.m.

‘Black-ish’ Creator Kenya Barris: "I’m Tired of Talking About Diversity"
The ABC comedy showrunner offered up an emotional answer to a question from a reporter about what percentage of the ‘Black-ish’ audience is African American.

8 Comedy Showrunners Reveal the Serious Secrets to Making Funny TV
Comedy is a serious business. From constructing jokes, to pacing out an episode, crafting a half hour comedy is more than just throwing together a few laugh lines and seeing what happens. So when ABC brought together a group of comedy showrunners for a spirited — and informative — panel on comedy writing at the Television Critics Association’s Summer Press Tour, we learned some dead serious facts about how your favorite laugh riots come together.

The Real O’Neals Was Never in Jeopardy After Controversial Noah Galvin Interview
The Real O’Nealsexecutive producer Casey Johnson is putting rumors to rest that the show was in danger of getting a lower episode count, after star Noah Galvingave a controversial interview to Vulture that criticized other famous members of the LGBTQ community.

’24: Legacy’: Kiefer Sutherland Shoots Down Jack Bauer Return On Fox Reboot
While signature Fox drama series 24will be coming back this coming season with offshoot24: Legacy, its signature character Jack Bauer won’t. Asked by Deadline if there is a chance for him to reprise his role on 24: Legacy, Sutherland was firm. “There are absolutely no plans for that,” he said at the ABC TCA party.


AdWeek: $1.2 Billion and Counting: How NBCUniversal Secured Its Biggest Olympics Advertising Windfall Ever
No matter what the final medal count looks like at the 2016 Summer Olympics, NBCUniversal is going to be Rio’s big winner. One day before the games even begin, the company has already set an Olympics record with more than $1.2 billion in national ad sales, which includes broadcast, cable and digital advertising. It’s said to be the most by any network for any media event in U.S. history. That is more than 20 percent ahead of its sales for the 2012 London Olympics, with about 75 percent of that revenue coming from NBC’s prime-time coverage of the games, said Winter.

TBI: Dish creates $40 ‘skinny bundle’
US pay TV provider Dish has created a US$39.99 a month package that comprises a ‘skinny bundle’ of core linear channels. Customers can add or remove as many networks as they like through the Flex Pack bundle, and can purchase individual packs for local broadcast networks, kids TV, national and regional stations, and general entertainment for between US$4 and US$10 a month.

ReCode: Apple’s new TV plan is a TV guide
Apple has started talking to TV programmers and other video companies about creating a digital TV guide that would work on both Apple TV boxes and other Apple devices, like iPhones. The idea is to let users see what kind of programming is available in video apps made by the likes of HBO, Netflix and ESPN, without having to open up each app individually, and to play shows and movies with a single click.

RollingStone: ‘Stranger Things’: How Two Brothers Created Summer’s Biggest TV Hit
Matt estimates the brothers were rejected 15 to 20 times by various networks, while other execs had balked at the idea that the show featured four kids as lead characters but that it wasn’t TV for children. "You either gotta make it into a kids show or make it about this Hopper [detective] character investigating paranormal activity around town," one told them. Matt recalls replying, "Then we lose everything interesting about the show." Some other people they knew in the industry understood their vision and helped connect them with Netflix.