The Morning Update for Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, September 14, 2016:


ABC Buys FBI Drama From Chris Fedak, Magician David Kwong & Berlanti TV
ABChas has given a pilot production commitment to Deception, an FBI crime drama procedural from Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak and magician, puzzle creator and writer/producer David Kwong, who serves as consultant on NBC’s FBI drama Blindspot. The project hails from Warner Bros. TV and studio-based Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Television, with Blindspot creator Martin Gero also executive producing. Written by Fedak, Deception centers on a superstar magician. When his career is ruined by scandal, he has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, illusion, and influence — the FBI. He’ll become the world’s first consulting illusionist, helping the government solve crimes that defy explanation, and trap criminals and spies by using deception.

CBS Developing Medical Examiner Drama From ‘Dexter’ Producer & Marc Webb
CBS has put in development Body Politic, a procedural drama from former Dexter co-executive producer Lauren Gussis, director Marc Webband Dark Horse Entertainment. Written by Gussis and Dark Horse SVP production Keith Goldberg, Body Politic is inspired by the work of real-life D.C. examiner Dr. Roger Mitchell. It follows a newly minted, brutally honest female chief medical examiner in Washington D.C. who gets recruited by the CIA to help solve the most high-stakes, politicized cases in the world.

Fox Developing Legal Drama Inspired & Produced By ‘Scandal’s Judy Smith
Foxhas given a script plus penalty commitment to Justice, legal drama from Scandal co-executive producer Judy Smith. Written by Jeremy Miller and Daniel Cohn and inspired by Judy Smith’s own story, Justice centers ona high-powered African American woman who is made the new U.S. Attorney and how she works with her team of attorneys who take on local and federal cases all the while trying to fix the problems in their own life before secrets unravel.

NBC Buys Antarctica Office Comedy From ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Duo
NBCis developing an untitled single-camera office comedy set in Antarctica from Bob’s Burgers writers-producers Steven Davisand Kelvin Yu, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Universal TV. Written by Davis and Yu, the project follows Nora, a young researcher who travels to the extreme environment of Antarctica with big plans but is surprised to find she’ll need a different kind of survival skills to navigate the eccentric people who live and work in this office space at the end of the world.

Lee Daniels’ Fox Music Drama ‘Star’ Finds New Showrunner
Chuck Pratt replaces Charles Murray on the series, which is slated to bow midseason.

(animated) Gwen Stefani Animated Series Heads to Nickelodeon
The series centers on the Harajuku girls that became a part of Stefani’s solo act in 2004.

(review) Variety: ‘Designated Survivor’
It’s annoying how good “Designated Survivor” is. Annoying, because the topic is so ridiculously cheesy, and the emotions so deliberately over-the-top. And yet the concept is immediately engrossing, and the execution nearly seamless. …Along with being reliably engaging, wholesome, and just this side of silly, “Designated Survivor” also creates a stunningly symbolic representation of the hopes and fears of the American electorate in 2016.

(review) Variety: ‘The Exorcist’
The good news is, Fox’s version of the well-known tale of Satanic possession is much more than just another attempt to capitalize on the box office of an established property. The first installment of the drama does a truly impressive job of establishing a mournful atmosphere, as it sketches out an array of characters worth following on what promises to be a very challenging journey.

(ratings) NBC Claims 52-Week Crown in Key Demo
Buoyed by the Olympics, NBC is claiming ratings victory in the 52-week Nielsen season after being knocked from the top spot in the most recent September-May rankings. With one week remaining in the current 52-week season, NBC is averaging a 2.21 rating among adults 18-49 in Nielsen’s most-current numbers. CBS finished second with a 1.86, followed by ABC at 1.73 and Fox at 1.57.


Kiefer’s Designated Survivor Adds 24 Alum Mykelti Williamson
ABC’s Kiefer Sutherland-fronted Designated Survivor has set in motion its first 24 reunion, with the casting of Mykelti Williamson.

How to Get Away With Murder Casts Brett Butler in Season 3 Mystery Role
Brett Butler will show up on How to Get Away With Murder‘s upcoming third season. Details about Butler’s role are being kept under tight wraps.

Tony Shalhoub Cast In ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Amazon Pilot
Monk alum Tony Shalhoubhas been cast opposite Rachel Brosnahanin Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Amazondrama pilot The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

‘Nashville’ Casts Transgender Actress Jen Richards in Recurring Role
She will recur on the upcoming fifth season of the country music drama.

‘Rosewood’ Adds LeToya Luckett & Camille Spirlin In Season 2
Actress and Grammy-winning singer LeToya Luckett and Camille Spirlinhave booked recurring roles on the second season of Fox drama series Rosewood.

Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce Season 3: Malcolm-Jamal Warner to Woo Retta
Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce has cast Cosby Show alum Malcolm-Jamal Warner as a love interest for newly-minted series regular Retta.

Devious Maids’ Roselyn Sanchez to Star in Lifetime’s Death of a Vegas Showgirl
Devious Maids star Roselyn Sanchez is staying put at Lifetime in Death of a Vegas Showgirl, a new movie based on the true story of Debbie Flores, a professional dancer who went missing the night before she was set to make her debut as the lead in a major stage production.


Lionsgate’s TV Slate, Including ‘Mad Men’ and ‘The Royals,’ Headed to Vimeo
The exclusive licensing pact has the studio doing business with Barry Diller to help make Vimeo’s global TV store the next new Netflix.


Dana Perino, Chris Stirewalt to Host New Sunday Show on Fox News Channel
Fox News Channel has tapped Dana Perino and Chris Stirewalt to host a Sunday program through the current election cycle, the first new program to launch on the 21st Century Fox-owned network since the departure of longtime leader Roger Ailes.

Vice News Exec Josh Tyrangiel Unveils Game Plan for Nightly News Show on HBO
The goal is not necessarily to break news but to add perspective via a “modern, flexible” newscast.


(q&a) Disney/ABC TV’s Ben Sherwood on a ‘Star Wars’ Series, "Mistakes" in Michael Strahan’s ‘Live’ Exit and Bob Iger’s Future
Disney/ABC television group president Ben Sherwood discusses ‘Good Morning America’s’ viewership decline, his pick for Oscar host, and much more.

CBS TV Distribution PR Topper John Wentworth Is Retiring
The 33-year veteran of the company, who started at Paramount TV, will step down in 2017 — but plans to pursue other projects.

E! Ups Meeri Park Cuniff To SVP Program Strategy & Acquisitions
Meeri Park Cunniff has been promoted from VP to Senior Vice President, Program Strategy & Acquisitions for E! Entertainment.

TV Land Promotes Keith Cox to President
TV Land has a new president: Keith Cox, formerly EVP of development and original programming, has been promoted into the job left open by former president Larry Jones.


Emmys 2016: Complete Party GuideGet ready for five days of champagne and chit-chat as the competition to win the weekend’s best party begins now.


TVBTN: The 17 kinds of shows on network TV
TV by the Numbers has identified and classified 17 different types of shows that ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX and NBC put on the air during the regular September-to-May TV season, their average ratings and whether their footprint is growing or shrinking. In descending order based on the number of shows on the air this season, they are crime dramas; family comedies; sci fi or fantasy shows not based on comics; non-procedural dramas; comic-book shows; concept comedies; competitions; non-competitive unscripted shows; mystery/puzzle shows; news programs; live sports; workplace comedies; medical dramas; legal dramas; hangout comedies; animated shows; and anthologies.

Vox: American cities are getting richer. Rural areas are getting left behind.
The latest Census Bureau data on income and poverty found that rural households saw their incomes drop by 2 percent between 2014 and 2015: from $45,534 to $44,657. Suburban households enjoyed healthy income growth of 4 percent, from an already high $61,671 to $64,144. Metropolitan households saw their incomes grow an impressive 7.3 percent, from $47,095 to $51,378.