The Morning Update for Friday, September 16, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, September 16, 2016. Have a great weekend!

FALL PREMIERE NEWS:

Fall TV 2016: The rise and fall of 2 types of comedies
The number of family comedies (17 this season vs. 15 last year) and workplace shows (fie, the same as last year) are pretty stable. You can attribute nearly all of the growth to just one kind of comedy: The high-concept, set-up-a-crazy-premise-then-hijinks ensue kind of show. …As those kinds of comedies increase their footprint, another once-dominant type of show seems to be on the wane. Hangout shows — think “Friends” or “The Big Bang Theory” — will only have three representatives on the air this season, despite the continued success of “Big Bang.” http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2016/09/15/fall-tv-2016-the-rise-and-fall-of-2-types-of-comedies/

AdWeek: The CW’s New Fall Shows Are OK, but They’ll Be Overshadowed by Supergirl’s Arrival
While both of The CW’s new shows are intriguing, they aren’t exhilarating or groundbreaking from the start as those new shows [from the past two seasons] were. And both programs will be overshadowed by the other new arrival on The CW’s fall schedule—Supergirl, which is moving over from sister network CBS. http://www.adweek.com/news-gallery/television/cws-new-fall-shows-are-ok-theyll-be-overshadowed-supergirls-arrival-173536

Vox: Every new TV show of fall 2016, ranked
Vox’s TV critics, Caroline Framke and Todd VanDerWerff, watched all 42 of the new fall series they were able to screen (plus the trailer for Woody Allen’s much-anticipated Crisis in Six Scenes, because there weren’t any full episodes available in advance) and ranked them from best to worst. http://www.vox.com/a/fall-tv-shows-2016

(review) Variety: ‘The Good Place’
“The Good Place” may need a bit more time to find its footing and truly become must-see TV, but, in part due to its exceptionally versatile leads, Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, it deserves a fair amount of breathing space. Along with the worthy returning comedy “Superstore,” “The Good Place” contributes to NBC’s ongoing efforts to revive its upscale, intelligent, and accessible comedy brand. http://variety.com/2016/tv/reviews/tv-review-good-place-kristen-bell-ted-danson-michael-schur-1201854191/

(review) THR: ‘This Is Us’
With This Is Us and the various reveals and connections that are spelled out in the final 10 minutes, that reviewing challenge is even greater. A lot of the pilot’s emotion is sold as it comes together in a way I doubt future episodes will aspire to. Or maybe they will? Fogelman’s pilot introduces the pieces necessary to become a show that will make viewers laugh and cry and also relish the performances, but it will need to settle into its identity. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/is-us-tv-review-928919

SCRIPTED NEWS:

NBC Buys Family Comedy From Suzanne Martin & Hazy Mills
Comedy writer-producer Suzanne Martinis reteaming with Sean Hayesand Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills for another comedy series project. The single-camera half-hour has been set at NBC. Universal TV is the studio. Written by Martin, the untitled comedy centers on a sweet, funny but lonely funeral director who decides to have a one-night stand on his birthday with his complete opposite and winds up with a big, instant, messy family. http://deadline.com/2016/09/nbc-family-comedy-suzanne-martin-hazy-mills-1201820725/

John Stamos Teams With Craig Zadan & Neil Meron For Drama About 1980s Soaps
John Stamoshas partnered with producers Craig Zadanand Neil Meronfor a cable drama series chronicling the fame and excess of daytime soaps in the 1980s. Universal TV is the studio. The untitled drama, now in early stages of development, will be inspired by the experiences of Stamos. http://deadline.com/2016/09/john-stamos-craig-zadan-neil-meron-drama-1980s-daytime-soaps-1201820594/

Fox Nabs Lawyers With Vices Drama From Danny Strong & Jessica Sharzer As Put Pilot
Legal drama continues to be a red-hot genre this broadcast buying season with another high-profile entry. Foxhas given a put pilot commitment to a drama from Empire co-creator/executive producer Danny Strongand Jessica Sharzer. Written and executive produced by Strong and Sharzer, the untitled project centers on a team of civil rights lawyers who take on the most newsworthy cases of our time, balancing the high stress of their jobs with sex, drugs and assorted other vices. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio. http://deadline.com/2016/09/fox-legal-drama-danny-strong-jessica-sharzer-put-pilot-1201820183/

Alex Gibney Teams With ‘Downton Abbey’ Producers on Cyber Warfare Series
Alex Gibney is set to turn his lauded cyber warfare doc Zero Days into a drama series alongside Downton Abbey producers Carnival Films, Stephen Schiff and Marc Shmuger. With a working title of Stuxnet, named after the cyber weapon believed to have been produced by U.S. and Israeli intelligence that was the central topic of Zero Days, the first season of the show will give the real-life story a narrative spin, looking at what might happen when a self-replicating computer virus developed by the West to destroy nuclear facilities in the Middle East starts spreading beyond its original target. The show will be a Carnival production in association with Participant Media, distributed by NBCUniversal International Distribution. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/alex-gibney-teams-downton-abbey-929224

Syfy Orders Three Pilots Including TV Adaptation of ‘The Machine’ Film
Syfy has picked up pilots for three potential series: “The Machine”is set in a world that is being transformed by the emergence of artificial intelligence and explores the epic conflict between man and technology through the lives and motivations of six interwoven characters.

“The Haunted” is a supernatural horror-drama that follows four siblings who reunite after their parents’ deaths. As they try to overcome their fractured personal relationships, they learned they must also face the actual ghosts from their past in order to survive. Noga Landau penned the pilot and will serve as co-executive producer. Executive producers are author James Frey and Todd Cohen of Full Fathom Five.

“Happy!”is based on the graphic novel of the same name from Grant Morrison and Brian Taylor. The duo will write and exec produce the pilot with Taylor directing. “Happy!” follows Nick Sax, an intoxicated and corrupt ex-cop turned hit man who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. Original Film’s Neal Moritz, Pavun Shetty and Toby Jaffe are also exec producers on the pilot.

http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/syfy-pilot-orders-the-machine-haunted-happy-1201862024/

Netflix Teams With Spike Lee for ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Series
Netflix has greenlighted a new series based on the filmmaker’s 1986 indie film She’s Gotta Have It. Similar to the premise of the film, the show centers on Nola Darling, a Brooklyn-based artist in her late 20s struggling to define herself and divide her time among her friends, her job and her three lovers. Spike Lee, who created the series, will direct all episodes and executive produce with his wife, producer Tonya Lewis Lee. The first season will run for 10 episodes. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/netflix-teams-spike-lee-shes-929188

Sandra Lee Sells Memoir to Sony TV
Sandra Lee is moving from the kitchen to behind the scenes. The celebrity chef is turning her life story into a TV movie. Her 2007 best-selling memoir “Made from Scratch” has been optioned by Sony for the small screen. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/sandra-lee-made-from-scratch-sony-memoir-1201862098/

Amazon’s ‘Hand of God’ to End Its Run With Season 2
The drama stars Ron Perlman, Dana Delany and Garret Dillahunt. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/amazons-hand-god-end-run-929255

CASTING NEWS:

Crazy Ex Casts Scott Michael Foster in Major Season 2 Recurring Role
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has tapped Scott Michael Foster to join the cast as a possible love interest for Rachel Bloom’s vocally inclined drama queen. http://tvline.com/2016/09/15/crazy-ex-girlfriend-scott-michael-foster-season-2-cast-nathaniel/

FEATURE NEWS:

‘Mean Girls’ Helmer Mark Waters to Direct Disney’s ‘Magic Camp’
Mark Waters has closed a deal to direct “Magic Camp” for Disney with Suzanne Todd attached to produce. The story follows an aspiring young magician who heads to Magic Camp for the summer. There, his raw talent emerges, renewing his own spirit and inspiring his camp counselor, a down-on-his-luck, former child prodigy. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/magic-camp-mark-waters-director-disney-1201861940/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Adam Scott, Evangeline Lilly to Star in Netflix Comedy ‘Little Evil’
Netflix, Scott Stuber’s Bluegrass Films and Mandalay Pictures are teaming up on the new horror comedy “Little Evil,” with Adam Scott and Evangeline Lilly attached to star. Eli Craig is writing and directing the film about Gary (Scott) who has just married Samantha (Lilly), the woman of his dreams, only to discover that her six-year-old son (Owen Atlas) may be the Antichrist. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/adam-scott-evangeline-lilly-little-evil-netflix-1201861695/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

History Developing ’50 States’ Documentary Series With Asylum Entertainment
History is developing a documentary series from Asylum Entertainment that will tell the unique stories of the 50 U.S. states. Under the working title “50 States,” the series will ask directors to explore the history of their home states, with a different director focusing on a different state in each episode. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/history-50-states-documentary-asylum-entertainment-exclusive-1201861903/

‘Married at First Sight’ Spinoff Greenlit at FYI Network
FYI has greenlit a spinoff to “Married at First Sight.” “Married at First Sight: Second Chances” follows cast members from the third season of the flagship series, David Norton and Vanessa Nelson, as they get another shot at finding love. FYI has ordered 12 episodes. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/married-at-first-sight-second-chances-spinoff-david-norton-vanessa-nelson-fyi-1201860748/

Simon Cowell’s Syco Signs Three-Year Deal With ITV For ‘Britain’s Got Talent,’ ‘The X Factor’
ITVhas signed a new three-year deal with Simon Cowell‘s production banner Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia UK for hit shows Britain’s Got Talentand The X Factor. http://deadline.com/2016/09/simon-cowell-syco-three-year-deal-itv-britains-got-talent-the-x-factor-1201820825/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Ted Harbert Departs NBCUniversal, Mark Lazarus Expands Role in Executive Shuffle
Longtime television executive Ted Harbert is leaving NBCUniversal. With his departure, several top executives — most notably NBC Sports chief Mark Lazarus — are seeing their roles within the company expand. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/ted-harbert-departs-nbcuniversal-in-executive-shuffle-1201861758/

Leslie Moonves: No Viacom Talks as CBS Keeps Focus Content, Digital and International

Despite rampant speculation, CBS Corp. chief Leslie Moonves made it clear Thursday that the Eye is not in active discussions to reunite with Viacom, its former corporate sibling within Sumner Redstone’s empire. “We are not in active discussions for anything like that,” Moonves said Thursday during his Q&A. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/leslie-moonves-cbs-viacom-merger-discussions-1201861614/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Netflix ‘Monetization Gap’: Streamer Earns Less Per Hour Viewed Than Most TV Networks, Study Finds
Netflix in 2015 generated less than half the profit per hour of viewership of many TV networks — while its users watched more video on a daily basis than each of the major media conglomerates’ combined networks, according to a study from RBC Capital Markets. Netflix earned 5 cents per hour viewed last year in the U.S., per RBC’s estimates. That’s about what NBC and ABC pulled in. But it’s far behind ESPN at 35 cents — the most profitable of the networks analyzed — and trails TNT, TBS, MTV, FX, AMC, CBS, Fox News Channel, Discovery, CNN, USA Network, Comedy Central, CBS, HGTV and Nickelodeon. Among the networks analyzed, only Fox, Investigation Discovery, and Fox Sports 1 earned less than Netflix per hour viewed. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/netflix-earnings-per-hour-viewed-1201861725/

NBCUniversal Cuts 200 Jobs at DreamWorks Animation
NBCUniversal is cutting about 200 jobs at the DreamWorks Animation campus, the company announced Thursday. The cuts are coming three weeks after parent Comcast completed its $3.8 billion acquisition of the animation company. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/nbcuniversal-cuts-jobs-dreamworks-animation-1201861662/

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