The Morning Update for Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, August 31, 2016:


ABC Buys Laura Krafft Family Comedy
In a competitive situation, ABChas nabbed The Favorite, a single-camera multi-generational comedy from writer Laura Krafft, ABC Studios and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. The Favorite centers on a woman who comes home for a visit to help her siblings with their aging parents and ends up moving in to care for them full time. A comedic examination of the tricky but ultimately rewarding relationship between adult children and their parents, one of the rarely discussed best parts of getting older.

Kerry Washington Developing Female LAPD Drama ‘Patrol’ at ABC
ABC is developing a new drama with Kerry Washington. The “Scandal” star is on board to executive produce “Patrol,” a workplace drama about four female LAPD officers who attended the police academy together five years ago and are forced to reconnect after a high-stakes, traumatic secret returns to haunt them. Chitra Elizabeth Sampath penned the “Patrol” script and will serve as a co-executive producer. Along with Washington, executive producers are Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams, plus Washington’s Simpson Street producing partner Sharla Sumpter Bridgett.

CBS Developing New Adaptation Of UK Comedy Series ‘Friday Night Dinner’
CBShas put in developmentSunday Night Dinner, a single-camera comedy based on the British series Friday Night Dinner. The U.S. adaptation — about a couple with two grown boys who gather every week for a family dinner — will be written by The King of Queens co-creator Michael Weithornand former Modern Family executive producer Dan O’Shannon. The two executive produce with the creator of the original series, Robert Popper, Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice. CBS TV Studios is the studio, producing in association with the company behind the British series, Big Talk Prods.

Adam Scott, Craig Robinson to Star in Fox Comedy ‘Ghosted’
Fox has handed out a hefty pilot production commitment to Ghosted, a single-camera comedy set to star Adam Scott and Craig Robinson. Ghosted is described as a comedic take on The X-Files and centers on Leroy Wright (Robinson), a cynical, hilarious skeptic, and Max Allison (Adam Scott), a genius "true believer" in the paranormal, who are hired by the Underground Investigative Service to look into the rampant "unexplained" activity in Los Angeles — all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race. Tom Gormican will pen the script and executive produce. The comedy hails from 20th Century Television, 3 Arts and the Scotts’ Getting Rad Productions.

Squirrel Girl on TV? Marvel Developing New Warriors Comedy Series
Marvel and ABC Studios are developing a New Warriors comedy series that would put the spotlight on little-known comic book heroine Squirrel Girl. The half-hour project is currently being shopped around to cable and streaming outlets. Described as the junior version of The Avengers, the New Warriors are a superhero squad made up of teenagers, one of whom would include Doreen Green (aka Squirrel Girl).

NBC Buys Cop Family Drama From Nkechi Carroll & Matt Reeves As Put Pilot
Family Honor, a drama series project from Rosewood co-executive producer Nkechi Carrolland Felicity co-creator Matt Reeves, has landed at NBCwith a put pilot commitment. The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV, where both Carroll and Reeves are under overall deals, and Reeves’ 6th & Idaho production company. Written by Carroll, Family Honor is an ensemble police procedural explored through the eyes of four diverse foster sisters who fall on both sides of the law.

CBS Buys Corinne Kingsbury Family Comedy From Kapital Entertainment
CBShas put in development a multi-camera comedy written by Corinne Kingsbury. It hails from CBS TV Studios and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. The untitled comedy centers on a young married couple that deals with the husband’s overbearing parents. Kingsbury and Kaplan executive produce with two former top comedy executives-turned-producers, CBS’ Wendi Trilling and 20th TV’s Dana Honor.

Bruce Lee-Inspired Crime Drama ‘Warrior’ From Justin Lin & ‘Banshee’ Co-Creator Gets Cinemax Pilot Order
Cinemax has given a pilot order to Warrior, a crime drama based on original material written by Bruce Lee. Warrior has been a passion project for both the late martial arts icon and Fast & Furious helmer Justin Linwho is executive producing the pilot with an eye to direct. The pilot was written by Jonathan Tropper. Set against the backdrop of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the aftermath of the Civil War, Warrior tells the story of a young martial arts prodigy, newly arrived from China, who finds himself caught up in the bloody Chinatown Tong wars.

Taylor Kitsch to Play David Koresh in Weinstein Co. Limited Series ‘Waco’
Weinstein Television is prepping a star-studded take on the 1993 Waco, Texas, siege and the Branch Davidian standoff. Taylor Kitsch will star as Branch Davidian leader David Koresh in Waco, while Michael Shannon is set as lead FBI negotiator Gary Noesner. Ludacris is being eyed to portray Branch Davidian member Wayne Martin. The limited TV series, which is currently in development, will be based on the harrowing true story of the 1993 FBI siege of the religious sect in Waco that resulted in a deadly shootout and fire. Brothers John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle will pen the potential series, which does not yet have a network. John Erick Dowdle will direct the project, with both on board to exec produce alongside Shannon and Kitsch.

Musical Mystery Series ‘The Lodge’ to Be Distributed Globally by Disney Channel
Disney Channel has commissioned “The Lodge,” a serialized music-filled mystery drama that is based on Disney Channel Israel’s series “North Star.” “The Lodge,” which is produced in North Ireland, will air on Disney Channels in the U.K., Canada and the U.S. this fall. “The Lodge” introduces 15-year-old Skye who, after the loss of her mother, returns with her father to North Star Lodge, the family-owned country hotel where her mother was raised years ago. Eager to make a fresh start, Skye forges friendships with the locals who live and work at the lodge, but when she learns her father is planning to sell the lodge that holds so many treasured memories, she is determined to find a way to change his mind.

‘Insecure’ Star Issa Rae Signs First-Look Deal With HBO
The actress co-created, exec produces and stars in the half-hour comedy, which is set to launch in October on the pay cabler.

‘Stranger Things’ Will Return In 2017 For Second Season On Netflix
Stranger Things will be back for a second season in 2017. Writers/ creators Matt and Ross Duffer will develop nine new episodes. They’ll be joined by fellow executive producers Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen.


‘Empire’ Ups Morocco Omari to Series Regular
The ‘Homeland’ alum plays Lucious’ half-brother on the hip-hop drama.

Netflix Wrestling Comedy ‘GLOW’ Adds ‘Nurse Jackie’ Star
Betty Gilpin joins Alison Brie in the comedy from ‘Orange Is the New Black’ creator Jenji Kohan.

Fox’s ‘Lethal Weapon’ Reboot Enlists ‘Ringer’ Grad; ‘Chi-Raq’ Actress to Recur
Kristoffer Polaha and Michelle Mitchenor are set for roles on the upcoming TV remake of the Mel Gibson-Danny Glover film.

Mindy Project Casts Scandal Reporter
Kimrie Lewis-Davis, whom Scandal viewers will recognize as reporter Ashley Davidson, will guest-star on the Hulu comedy in Season 5.

‘Stranger Things’ Star Shannon Purser Joins CW’s ‘Riverdale’
“Stranger Things” star Shannon Purser has joined the cast of The CW’s midseason Archie adaptation “Riverdale.” The actress, who played fan-favorite character Barb on Netflix’s sci-fi series, will take on the role of Ethel Muggs. She will appear in at least three episodes.


Oscars: ABC Renews Contract Through 2028
The previous contract was set to expire in 2020.

ABC Casts Nick Viall as Next ‘Bachelor’Nick was a runner-up on ‘The Bachelorette’ — twice — and is currently appearing on ‘Bachelor in Paradise.’

Jessica Alba to Mentor Startups in Apple’s ‘Planet of the Apps’
Silicon Valley venture capital firm Lightspeed Venture Partners also has committed at least $10 million to fund apps that emerge from the show.

Viceland Sets Late-Night Talk Show, New Series Orders and Eddie Huang Renewal
“Desus & Mero” is set to premiere in late-night in October. The half-hour show, to air Monday-Thursday, will be hosted by the Bronx-reared comedic duo Desus Nice and the Kid Mero. Vice is also planning a new series with rapper-director Tyler, the Creator that stems from an existing program on his Tyler’s Golf Media App. The other new series order, “Jungletown,” features filmmaker Ondi Timoner embedding herself with a group of idealistic students in Panama who aim to great “the world’s greatest sustainable modern town.”

Meanwhile, Viceland has renewed two shows from its initial roster of unscripted series: “Huang’s World,” featuring chef-provocateur Eddie Huang, and “States of Undress,” hosted by model Hailey Gates.

Viacom Rebrands MTV Hits as NickMusic
is rebranding its cable net MTV Hits. Beginning Sept. 9, the television channel will become NickMusic, a 24-hour music video destination for kids.


Sky1 gets Trollied again
Sky1 in the UK has greenlit a sixth season of its supermarket-set sitcom Trollied from producer Roughcut TV.


‘Kardashians’ Producer Bunim-Murray Names New Co-Presidents, Programming Team
Bunim-Murray Productions has promoted Jeff Jenkins and Julie Pizzi to co-presidents of entertainment and development.

Ex-Paramount President Adam Goodman to Run China’s Le Vision Pictures in US
Le Vision Pictures, the third largest Chinese production company, has hired former Paramount Pictures president Adam Goodmanto run its Los Angeles office and oversee a slate of English-language films.

Stacy Weitz Joins Sony Pictures TV in PR Post
PR veteran Stacy Weitz has joined Sony Pictures Television as VP of communications. Weitz will focus on Sony TV’s production and distribution activity in Latin America and Asia, as well as internal communications for the TV division.

Former Paramount & Disney Exec Named CEO Of China-Based Alpha Animation
Bob Bacon, a former executive at Disney and Paramount Pictures, has just been named CEO of Alpha Animation, a new division of the China-based Alpha Group Co. The division will produce animated features for worldwide distribution.

(q&a) FX Programming Chiefs Talk Auteur Comedy, More Animation and ‘The Americans’ Emmy Chances
Q: Let’s talk about your fall programming strategy. What you were looking to do with comedy?

Nick Grad: I would say all of our comedies need to fall under the same criteria of: they need to be really funny, or really entertaining, but at the same time, be about something, and have a real strong point of view, and I think that ratio is in different ways. Whether it’s “ha ha” funny, or whatever that level is, it’s both entertaining, but it really is about something. So we’re trying to chase what’s a great point of view. I think between Pamela and Donald’s point of view, we feel like we’ve finally found those successors to “Louie.”


TVBTN: TV shows airing their final seasons in 2016-17
Below is a list of series that will end their runs in the 2016-17 season, along with their premiere dates (if known). Shows that have announced their ends but won’t actually go off the air until 2018 or later, like “Game of Thrones” and “The Americans,” are not listed here.

“Bates Motel” (A&E), premieres early 2017

“Beauty and the Beast” (The CW), series finale Sept. 15, 2016

“Black Sails” (Starz), premieres TBD 2017

“Bones” (FOX), premieres early 2017

“Comedy Bang! Bang!” (IFC), premieres Oct. 28, 2016

“Episodes” (Showtime), premieres TBD 2017

“Girls” (HBO), premieres early 2017

“Grimm” (NBC), premieres Jan. 6, 2017

“The Leftovers” (HBO), premieres TBD 2017

“Orphan Black” (BBC America), premieres TBD 2017

“Pretty Little Liars” (Freeform), premieres April 2017

“Rectify” (Sundance), premieres Oct. 26, 2016

“Rizzoli & Isles” (TNT), series finale Sept. 5, 2016

“Switched at Birth” (Freeform), premieres Jan. 24, 2017

“Teen Wolf” (MTV), premieres November 2016

“Turn” (AMC), premieres TBD 2017

“The Vampire Diaries” (The CW), premieres Oct. 21, 2016