The Morning Update for Monday, August 15, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, August 15, 2016:


(from Fri) CBS Nabs Comedy From Dana Klein, Mark Feuerstein & Kapital Entertainment
Friends with Better Lives creator/executive producer Dana Kleinhas teamed with her husband, Royal Pains star Mark Feuerstein, and producer Aaron Kaplanof Kapital Entertainment for family comedy 9J, 9K, and 9L. The project, which is intended as a starring vehicle for Feuerstein, has landed at CBSwith a major penalty that normally qualifies as a put pilot. Klein and Feuerstein will write 9J, 9K, and 9L. The guy — a role earmarked for Feuerstein — lives in apartment 9K in the building he grew up in, sandwiched between his parents’ apartment, 9J, and his brother, sister-in-law and their baby’s apartment, 9L, and attempts to set boundaries with his intrusive but well-meaning family.

(from Fri) ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Creators Set Up Chris Distefano Comedy at CBS
Carter Bays and Craig Thomas have set up a family comedy based on the life of comedian Chris Distefano. The untitled comedy, which has scored a hefty pilot-production commitment from the network, is inspired by the comedian’s life and centers on Izzy and Chris, two 20-somethings raising their newborn daughter and merging their loud families — one Puerto Rican, one Italian. Bays and Thomas will pen the script and executive produce the multicamera/hybrid comedy. Distefano will serve as an exec producer and co-write the story. Brian Bockrath will also exec produce the potential series. The comedy hails from Sony Pictures Television.

(from Fri) ‘Saturday Night Live’ Names New Co-Head Writers
NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” has promoted Sarah Schneider and Chris Kellyas co-head writers for season 42 of the sketch comedy show. NBC declined to comment on whether or not Rob Klein and Bryan Tucker, the co-head writers for season 41, have been ousted and if replacements for Schneider and Kelly on the writing staff have been hired.

(from Fri) Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder Ink Overall Deal With Universal TV, Set Drama At NBC
Ringer creators Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder have signed a two-year overall deal at Universal Television. Under the pact, the duo have sold a drama project to NBC with NBCUniversal-based Chernin Entertainment and writer/playwright Evan Twohy. The concept is being kept under wraps. The two also will serve as co-executive producers on the new NBC/Uni TV drama series Midnight, Texas, set for a midseason premiere.

(from Fri) Writer Jami O’Brien Inks Overall Deal With AMC, Joins ‘Fear The Walking Dead’
Coming off a five-season stint on AMC’sHell On Wheels, writer-producer Jami O’Brien has signed a two-year-overall deal with the network. Under the pact, she’ll join the writing staff of AMC’s Fear The Walking Deadas a co-executive producer. She also will write and executive produce NOS4A2, a supernatural horror series based on the bestselling novel by Joe Hill, which is in development at AMC with Michael Eisner’s Tornante TV producing.

TVBTN: ‘Criminal Minds’ without Thomas Gibson should be just fine in the ratings
The recent history of lead actors leaving shows — particularly ensemble-based ones like “Criminal Minds” — suggests that its ratings likely won’t suffer too much. “Criminal Minds” has gone through its fair share of cast turnover in its 11 seasons, but its ratings have remained pretty consistent throughout.


(from Fri) ‘The Good Place’ Casts Tiya Sircar In Major Recurring Role
Tiya Sircarhas booked a heavily recurring role opposite Kristen Bell and Ted Danson in The Good Place,NBC‘s new 13-episode straight-to-series comedy series from Parks & Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Mike Schur.


ABC Oz, Seeso order Wham Bam
ABC in Australia and NBCUniversal’s ad-free comedy streaming channel Seeso in the US have linked up on a new female-focused sketch comedy show. Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am (6×30′) is from Sydney-based Skit Box and is written and directed by its stars Adele Vuko, Greta Lee Jackson and Sarah Bishop. The series, which dissects modern sexism, features a range of sketch formats with recurring characters and storylines as well as unique one-off content in each episode.


‘Last Chance U’ Renewed For Second Season By Netflix
Netflixhas ordered a second season of Last Chance U, its first sports documentary series that goes behind the scenes of junior college football, with Greg Whiteley (Mitt, New York Doll) continuing as director.

ABC enters Funderdome
ABC has started casting for its new Steve Harvey-fronted show that sees budding entrepreneurs seeking seed funding for their ideas. Funderdome is from MGM Television and will feature two entrepreneurs going head-to-head to win cash for their ideas, products or companies in front of a live studio audience.

‘The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore’ Canceled By Comedy Central
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is coming to an end after a year and a half on the air. The late-night show, created and executive produced by Jon Stewart and hosted by Wilmore, has been canceled by Comedy Central. Wilmore just broke the news to his staff. The program will do one more week, with its final show airing Thursday.


Jack Abernethy, Bill Shine Named Fox News Co-Presidents
Fox News announced a new senior leadership team and management structure on Friday, naming Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy and senior executive vice president Bill Shine co-presidents, effective immediately. Abernethy and Shine will divide responsibilities and report to 21st Century Fox executive chairman Rupert Murdoch, who will remain executive chairman of both Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.

Network TV Schedulers Talk New Challenges, Priorities in Digital Era
Kubitz says ABC’s durable line-ups on Wednesday (family comedies) and Thursday Shondaland drama nights are programmed from a “sociological perspective,” with the idea that viewers are looking for a mid-week break with comedies and to prep for the weekend with escapist drama. “The lead-in is still the best marketing tool,” Kubitz adds. “Millions of viewers [are] in one place at one time — convincing them to stick around to sample the next show is still the most vital facet of this job. The basics still matter even in this on-demand world.”

Thom Beers, Back in TV Production Game, Also Is Landlord of a Shared Studio and Creative Workspace
Thom Beers, who ankled as CEO of FremantleMedia North America a year ago, has formed a new TV production shingle, BoBCat, located at an office-studio complex in Burbank, Calif.

(q&a) Tim Cook, the interview: Running Apple ‘is sort of a lonely job’
Q: How do you think about content being part of the services business going forward?

Cook: We are producing radio shows for Beats. We are producing some original content on video. We started that with a concert kind of video with Taylor Swift. We’ve got “Planet of the Apps,” kind of a cool show. We’ve got a few things that are focused on Apple Music. Over time we may broaden that. We do view that the future of TV is apps. And if there’s a way we can be a catalyst into that happening faster or better, then that would interest us in content.


Variety: Cable TV Revenue to Drop by $2.7 Billion in Next 10 Years as Broadband Booms
Total residential video revenue for Comcast, Charter Communications and other American cable operators is projected to fall from $57.7 billion in 2016 to $55.0 billion annually in 2026, declining at a compound annual growth rate of 0.5% over the next 10 years, according to SNL Kagan. That’s as basic video subscriptions are projected to drop from about 53 million today to 45.4 million by 2026.

(q&a) Salon: How video games suck you in: “Our sense of time becomes yoked, not to the ticking of the clock, but to the pattern of our interactions”
Q: Is there something different about video games, something that makes the experience more intense or consuming or even addictive?

A: There’s something about the way in which we get lost in a video game that is different to getting lost in a book, though. Our sense of time becomes yoked, not to the ticking of the clock, but to the pattern of our interactions. The best games present a reality that engages us totally, flatters us by requiring our presence and input. In this way we synchronize with the game’s tempo. That’s why our time spent with video games often dwarfs that spent with even the most expansive multi-season Netflix series.