The Morning Update for Thursday, September 1, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, September 1, 2016:


ABC Buys Iranian-American Family Comedy From Andrew Reich & Reza Aslan
ABCcontinues its quest to tell the stories of the diverse families that make up America. The latest effort is a single-camera comedy from former Friends executive producer/co-showrunner Andrew Reichand author, scholar and TV host/producer Reza Aslan. The project, from ABC Studios, is part of a new overall deal Reich has signed with the studio. Written by Reich and Aslan, the untitled single-camera comedy centers on an Iranian-American family from San Jose, CA, who each take a very different approach to questions of tradition and identity.

CBS Nabs Dan Kopelman Comedy About Man’s Life With Production Commitment
CBShas landed Me, Myself and I, a single-camera comedy from writer Dan Kopelmanand Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. The comedy, whose storyline spans five decades, has received a pilot production commitment. Warner Bros. TV is the studio. Written by Kopelman, Me, Myself & I examines one man’s life over a 50-year span, somewhat in the vein of Boyhood.

Fox Updating King Arthur as Police Procedural Drama ‘Camelot’
Fox is teaming with The Jackal Group’s Gail Berman and Joe Earley to develop Camelot. The drama, which landed at Fox in a competitive situation with a script plus penalty commitment, reimagines the legendary stories of King Arthur in a police procedural. When an ancient magic reawakens in modern-day Manhattan, a graffiti artist named Art must team with his best friend Lance and his ex, Gwen — an idealistic cop — in order to realize his destiny and fight back against the evil forces that threaten the city. Dan Frey and Ru Sommer created the project and will pen the script as well as executive produce alongside Berman and former Fox COO Earley.

Judge Judy Developing Scripted Series at CBS Based on Her Life
Judy Sheindlin is developing “Her Honor,” a drama series at CBS, which is inspired by her own life. Michael Chernuchin is penning the pilot, alongside Sheindlin who is billed as story co-writer. “Her Honor” will follow the youngest judge in New York, who cuts through the chaos in Family Court, but can’t seem to maintain control of her own life outside the courtroom.

‘You’re the Worst’s Stephen Falk and Eva Anderson Developing FX Comedy ‘Radicalocity’

FX is developing a comedy from Falk and You’re the Worst writer Eva Anderson called Radicalocity. Set at a YouTube channel network, the show “revolves around three cynical thirtysomethings with serious artistic backgrounds who try desperately to hold on to a shred of self-worth, while they do anything they can — immoral, unethical or illegal — to make their YouTubers as popular as possible.”

Showtime Developing Dark Comedy ‘Fatwa’ Starring Aasif Mandvi
is developing a show co-written by Aasif Mandvi and Dave Holstein called Fatwa, which stars Mandvi as LK Hussein, “a struggling cartoonist whose death threat becomes the greatest thing that ever happened to him.”

Amazon Eyes Real-Life Superhero Comedy Legend of Master Legend
Amazon is looking to put a fresh spin on TV’s superhero obsession with The Legend of Master Legend, a half-hour comedy project that’s currently in development at the streaming service. The potential series is believed to be inspired by the real-life “superhero” known as Master Legend, who entered the national spotlight in 2008 when he was the subject of a Rolling Stone profile.

Tyler Perry’s ‘Too Close To Home’ Renewed For Second Season By TLCComing off strong ratings for its series premiere, TLC has ordered a second season of its first scripted series, Tyler Perry’s Too Close to Homefor premiere in 2017.

NYT: Welcome to the Zoo. Or Call It Prime-Time TV.
, ABC and Fox are suddenly serving up audacious, almost experimental prime-time humor more in keeping with cable networks like FX and the risk-taking streaming services. There is an overbearing animated warrior returning to the real world, where he wreaks suburban havoc while revisiting his live-action family. Another new comedy provides Jenna Elfman with a furry, spotted, nonhuman B.F.F. with a big mouth. These “high-concept” shows can be difficult to execute, partly because writers must walk a fine line between inventive and gimmicky, especially given the broadcast networks’ longer seasons, compared with cable.


Mary J. Blige To Guest Star In ‘How To Get Away With Murder’

The Wiz Live! star and multiple Grammy winner Mary J. Blige is set to guest star on the upcoming third season of Shondaland’s How To Get Away With Murder on ABC.

Jason Ritter To Recur In David E. Kelley’s Amazon Drama Series ‘Goliath’
Parenthood alum Jason Ritter has been cast in a recurring role on Amazon‘s upcoming original drama series Goliath, from executive producer David E. Kelley.

USA Sets ‘Glee,’ ‘Masters of Sex’ Grads to Star in Period Drama ‘The Tap’

Colin Woodell, Erinn Westbrook, Ginny Gardner and David Corenswet will headline the cabler’s period drama The Tap. The Tap is set at Yale University circa 1969, during the height of America’s cultural and political revolution — a time when the campus is being upended by antiwar protests, race riots and the arrival of the first female students. In the midst of this, three individuals struggle to find their true identities.

Marc Maron to Star in Netflix Wrestling Comedy ‘GLOW’
He joins Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin in the comedy from ‘Orange Is the New Black’ creator Jenji Kohan.

‘Game of Thrones’ Casts Jim Broadbent for ‘Significant’ Season 7 Role
“Game of Thrones” has cast Oscar winner Jim Broadbent for a mystery Season 7 role.

‘The Mick’ Writer Scott MacArthur To Recur In Fox Comedy Series
Scott MacArthur, actor and staff writer on The Mick, is taking on double duty, joining the cast of Fox’s upcoming comedy series in a recurring role.

Chastity Dotson To Recur On Amazon’s ‘Patriot’ & Fox’s ‘Pitch’
Chastity Dotson, who is going into her third season recurring as Keisha Russell on Amazon’s Bosch, is adding two more recurring roles to her resume, on Amazon’s political thriller Patriot, as well as Fox’s baseball dramaPitch.


CBS All Access Unveils Ad-Free Option to Compete With Streaming Giants

For about $10 a month, viewers can now watch ‘The Good Wife’ reruns or episodes of the upcoming ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ without ads.


Tom Brady, Michael Strahan Team for ‘Religion of Sports’ TV Series
Each hourlong episode will examine instances where specific sports profoundly influence societies and cultures in a manner that extends beyond entertainment value. The six-episode docuseries will air on the Audience Network starting in November.

Netflix Orders Bill Nye Talk Show
‘Bill Nye Saves the World,’ which marks Nye’s first show since 1998, is set for a spring 2017 debut. BIll Nye Saves the World will explore science and its impact on politics, society and pop culture.

FYI Greenlights New Culinary Competition Series ‘Man Vs Master’
FYIhas ordered 13 hourlong episodes of Man vs Master, a new culinary competition series featuring celebrated chef, restauranteur and James Beard-nominated author Richard Blaisas host. It’s slated to premiere in 2017. In Man vs Master, unknown chefs working in the trenches of the food industry will compete for a coveted apprenticeship with a world-renowned celebrity chef – but in order to win, they will have to beat the master in a face-off first.

GoPro’s launching 32 original shows by early 2017

GoPro plans to launch 32 short-form shows late this year and early in 2017. Some of the titles in production include the travel show “Beyond Places,” the music format “Off the Record,” and the family-themed “This Is Gonna Be Fun” and “Kids Save the World.” GoPro also teamed up with Real Madrid for a series on the legendary soccer club, and there’s one about New York motorcycle cops in training. The shows are being produced by the company’s entertainment unit.

MTV Considers Airing Future VMAs Live Due to Audience Shift
"Gone are the days where TV is where you go to. TV has to come to you."


Warner Bros. Streaming Service DramaFever to Co-Produce Original South Korean Dramas
The video-streaming website acquired by Warner Bros. has inked a pact to produce two original programs in the next three years with CJ E&M’s drama production arm.


Philippe Dauman Exits Viacom Early as Potential Showdown With Paramount’s Brad Grey Looms
Acting CEO Thomas Dooley says the film studio chief’s contract "has not been breached" but language in a regulatory filing opens the door to increased oversight of the studio.


Variety: Inside the Oscars Deal: What it Means for ABC and the Academy
When Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science officials approached Walt Disney Corp. CEO Bob Iger last year seeking a long-term extension of ABC’s deal to broadcast the Academy Awards, the response within Disney-ABC was enthusiastic.

Priyanka Chopra, James Corden, Taraji P. Henson Among First Emmy Presenters
Below is the first wave of Emmy presenters. More will be announced soon.

Anthony Anderson– Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for “Black-ish” (ABC)

Aziz Ansari– Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for “Master of None” (Netflix)

Kristen Bell– “The Good Place” (NBC)

Julie Bowen– Two-time Emmy winner, “Modern Family” (ABC)

Priyanka Chopra– “Quantico” (ABC)

James Corden– Triple nominee, Outstanding Interactive Program, Outstanding Variety Music or Comedy Special, Outstanding Variety Series Talk for “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS)

Larry David– Previous Emmy winner and current nominee, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for “SNL” (NBC), “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)

Taraji P. Henson– Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for “Empire” (FOX)

Randall Park– “Fresh Off The Boat” (ABC)

Andy Samberg– Golden Globe winner, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)

Liev Schreiber – Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for “Ray Donovan” (SHOWTIME)

Michael Weatherly – “Bull” (CBS)


Variety: L.A. Mayor Calls for Expanded Tax Credits for Visual Effects
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, appearing on Wednesday at the opening of a new visual effects facility in Sherman Oaks, Calif., said that he would like to see a boost in state tax credits for that type of work and other kinds of post-production.

Variety: MTV VMAs Reached Three Times More People on Snapchat Than on TV. Is That a Good or Bad Sign?
Viacom’s MTV is still a TV brand, and the bulk of its revenue is still anchored in traditional television distribution. But the youth-skewing brand has been forced to spray its content broadly across multiple digital platforms — where much of its target audience is spending their time instead of watching TV.

Variety: Digital Media App Plex Gets DVR Feature for Broadcast TV
Cord cutters just got a new favorite toy: Digital media center specialist Plex added DVR functionality to its web app Thursday, allowing users to record over-the-air broadcast TV and stream it to a wide variety of devices.