The Morning Update for Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, September 7, 2016:


CBS Buys Legal Dramedy From Jason Katims & Annie Weisman
Jason Katimsand his Universal TV-based True Jack Prods. landed new medical drama series Pure Geniuson the CBS fall schedule. Now the network has bought a new hourlong project from the company in a competitive situation with three networks interested. The project, written by TV writer/playwright Annie Weisman, has received a script commitment with penalty. The legal dramedy is about two sisters on opposite sides of the political spectrum who come together to save their father’s law firm when scandal puts him behind bars.

NBC Nabs Suburban Crime Drama From Jenna Bans With Put Pilot Commitment
In a pre-emptive buy, NBChas given a put pilot commitment to a drama from The Family creator Jenna Bans. The project hails from NBC’s sister studio Universal TV and stems from the overall deal Bans signed there in July. Written and executive produced by Bans, the untitled drama follows three good-girl mothers and wives from the suburbs of Detroit as they descend together into a life of crime.

NBC Buys ‘Big Of Me’ Comedy From Will Packer, Eva Longoria & Lauren Iungerich
NBC has nabbed Big of Me, a half-hour comedy from Awkward creator Lauren Iungerich and producers Will Packer and Eva Longoria. The project hails from Universal TV. Created and written by Iungerich, Big of Me centers on two women from different walks of life who start an unlikely friendship after their mutual husband dies.

Fox Buys Family Comedy Produced By Melissa McCarthy & Ben Falcone
Foxhas put in development a half-hour single-camera family comedy project executive produced by the husband-and-wife duo of Melissa McCarthyand Ben Falcone. Written and co-executive produced by Jim Cashman and Mitch Silpa, the untitled project is about an unconventional family that is formed when a successful type-A man and his estranged sister, plus her two children, find themselves not only back in one another’s lives but also living under one roof. Warner Bros. TV is the studio.

‘Heathers’ Anthology Scores TV Land Pilot Pickup, Leslye Headland to Direct
TV Land has handed out a pilot order to its Heathers comedic anthology, and tapped Leslye Headland to direct. TV Land’s take is described as a black comedy that takes place in the present day. It features a new set of popular-yet-evil Heathers — only this time the outcasts have become high school royalty. Written by Jason Micallef, the single-camera entry hails from Lakeshore Entertainment’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi. Insiders say the anthology component will be similar to FX’s Fargo and feature a new group of "Heathers" — no matter the setting.

One Direction Alum Zayn Malik and Dick Wolf Team for NBC Boy Band Drama
Zayn Malik and Dick Wolf have joined forces on an hourlong boy band drama set up at NBC. Titled Boys, the project centers on the formation of a hugely successful boy band and captures all the excitement, competition and fun, but also takes an inside look at the pressure that comes with the success. Sherri Cooper Landsman and Jennifer Levin will write the project and executive produce with the Wolfs, Malik, Amanda Ghost and Peter Jankowski. Universal Television will produce the project in association with Wolf Films.

USA’s ‘Queen of the South’ Renewed for Second Season — With New Showrunner
USA Network has renewed drama Queen of the South for a second season and replaced its showrunner. The Alice Braga starrer will be back for a second season and see Natalie Chaidez take over showrunning duties for Scott Rosenbaum.


‘Superior Donuts’: Katey Sagal Joins New Pilot For CBS Comedy
Katey Sagalhas been cast opposite Jermaine Fowler and Judd Hirsch in CBSmulti-camera comedy pilot Superior Donuts. While the role that Sagal will play is regular, she was cast as a guest star as she is in second position to another CBS comedy pilot, the single-cameraFurst Born.

‘Will’: Max Bennett Joins TNT Drama About Young William Shakespeare
British actor Max Bennetthas been cast as a series regular opposite Laurie Davidsonin Will, TNT’s upcoming drama series about the exploits of young William Shakespeare.

‘Pitch’ Enlists ‘Grandfathered’ Grad Josh Peck
He’ll guest star in the fifth episode of the baseball drama alongside Parker Croft.

‘Pitch’ Casts Christian Ochoa & Kelly Jenrette As Recurring
Christian Ochoa and Kelly Jenrette have booked recurring roles on Fox‘s Pitch,Dan Fogelman’s baseball drama series.

The Affair Taps Desperate Housewives Alum as [Spoiler]’s New Love Interest
Desperate Housewives alum Jonathan Cake is joining the Showtime drama in the recurring role of Whitney’s boss and love interest.

J.K. Rowling, BBC’s ‘Cormoran Strike’ Series Casts Lead Tom Burke
British actor Tom Burke has been cast to star in the “Cormoran Strike” crime-drama TV series for the BBC, based on novels written by Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

‘Life in Pieces’ Casts Boxer Victor Ortiz & Model Jasmine Tookes in Guest Roles
“Life in Pieces” has cast two new guest stars for the upcoming second season. World boxing champion Victor Ortiz and model Jasmine Tooks will appear in the same episode of the CBS comedy.


Greg Berlanti to Direct Coming-Out Drama ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’
Described as a coming-of-age coming-out story, the plot centers on a high school junior named Simon whose sexual-orientation secret falls into the hands of the class clown. The latter blackmails the teen into playing cupid and while that unfolds, Simon tries to navigate a way that will let him come out to his friends and family, not pushed out. Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, who co-exec produce the new NBC show This Is Us, wrote the script and an early 2017 start date is being eyed. Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill are producing the film adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s YA best-seller.


YouTube Red Orders Comedy Series & Competition Show
YouTube Red has ordered full seasons of the scripted comedy series Brokeand the competition show SquadWars from Buzzfeed Motion Pictures. Broke is an 11-episode series following the lives of best friends and recent grads pursuing big dreams. SquadWars features pits squads competing against one another in various outrageous tests for the chance to face off against BuzzFeed’s Try Guys.

AdWeek: CBS All Access Bulks Up With Originals as It Prepares to Take on Hulu and Netflix
Moonves revealed that CBS All Access, CBS’ over the top streaming service, already has around 1 million subscribers paying $5.99 each. Now CBS is hoping to push that subscriber number much higher as it rolls out its first original series beginning later this month. Big Brother: Over the Top will debut Sept. 28. That will be followed in January by Star Trek: Discovery, with a Good Wife spinoff coming next spring. For its first original shows, execs targeted CBS All Access series that "popped off the map in terms of indexing versus their [linear] ratings." The site skews much younger than the broadcast network (65 percent of subscribers fall in the 18-49 demo; CBS’ current median age is 59, according to Nielsen), which attracted buyers’ attention during the upfront.


Anthony Anderson To Host Animal Planet Comedy-Variety Series
Animal Planetis in production on a new Anthony Anderson hosted comedy-variety series celebrating animals. Animal Review (working title), premiering in 2017, will have celebrity guests, animal experts and, of course, animals, on set. Field correspondents will check out the latest hot spots for pets, and animal news.

NBC Sets JonBenet Ramsey ‘Dateline’ Special
The two-hour broadcast will feature never-before-seen documents and exclusive interviews with former Boulder PD Detective Jane Harmer and former Denver PD Detective Tom Haney.

‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Finale Sees 3 Engagements as ABC Renews Series for Season 4
Nick Viall, who was announced as the next ‘Bachelor’ last week, made it to his third finale of the franchise without finding love.


Patrick Moran Named President Of ABC Studios, Re-Ups Contract
Patrick Moran has been upped to president of ABC Studios. Moran, who was previously EVP, has renewed his contract to continue at the helm of the studio. His new title reflects the changed reporting structure following the February exit of ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee.

Joe Oppenheimer Named Acting Head of BBC Films
The company confirms the departure of Christine Langan who will join Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Productions.

Charter Taps Cablevision Veteran to Head Programming Acquisitions
Charter Communications has recruited Cablevision alum Tom Montemagno to oversee programming acquisitions for the newly enlarged cable giant. Montemagno will serve as exec VP of programming acquisitions, reporting to senior exec VP David Ellen.

Stacey Snider Names Pam Levine Worldwide Marketing President in First Major Hire
The appointment is a homecoming for Levine, who previously ran marketing for the film studio; for the past five years, she’s served as chief marketing officer for HBO.

Cathy Schulman, Jim Amos Exit STX Entertainment
Former STX Entertainment President of Production Cathy Schulmanhas left the company. Schulman stepped down from her role as production president in late July and was replaced by Sam Brown, a former SVP from New Line, but was said to be taking an unnamed executive role at STX. But in fact Schulman is moving on as a film producer, while continuing in her leadership role of the nonprofit Women in Film. In addition to Schulman, Senior Vice President of Distribution Jim Amos departed the company last week. Amos was a 30-year veteran of Sony Pictures prior to joining the upstart.


THR: Diversity Report Shows Little Progress Among Top Films of 2015
Among the year’s top 100 films, while 32 leading roles went to females, an 11 percent increase over the previous year, 68.6 percent of all the characters were still male and 73.7 percent of the characters were white.

Variety: WGA Candidates Signal Tough Contract Talks
Key candidates for the ruling boards of the Writers Guild of America have promised a tough stance at the bargaining table as negotiations loom on a successor deal with producers.

Variety: FCC Set to Revise Set-Top Box Proposal With Focus on Apps
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to soon unveil a revised proposal to open up the set-top box, shifting its focus to give device manufacturers access to streaming apps with cable operators’ channel feeds. The purpose of the proposal would be to make apps more ubiquitous across streaming devices, and allow subscribers to forgo the cable box altogether. The proposal would require that cable companies make their apps available to other devices, such as smart TVs and gaming consoles, according to sources familiar with the plan and filings from industry representatives.