The Morning Update for Thursday, September 22, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, September 22, 2016:


(review) THR: ‘Lethal Weapon’
You get what you expect from Fox’s ‘Lethal Weapon’ remake, and that’s not a compliment.


ABC Buys Family Drama ‘Grace’ About A Gay Minister From Mandeville TV
ABC has put in development Grace, a drama project from Mandeville TV with Black List scribes Eyal Podell and Jonathon E. Stewart. Penned by Podell and Stewart, Grace is set in the fictional town of Grace, Missouri. It centers on a family of adult siblings whose lives are upended when their stalwart minister father reveals to his family that he is gay.

CBS Buys Legal Drama ‘Perfect Citizen’ From ‘The Good Wife’ EP Craig Turk
The Good Wife executive producer Craig Turk is back at CBS with a new legal drama project,Perfect Citizen. Written by Turk, Perfect Citizen centers on the former general counsel for the NSA who, after his involvement as a whistleblower in an international scandal, embarks on a new career at a storied law firm in Boston. Once there, he must face the reality that half the country thinks he’s our greatest patriot, the other half thinks he’s a traitor.

‘Superior Donuts’ Ordered to Series at CBS
CBS has handed out a series order to redeveloped comedy Superior Donuts, starring comedian Jermaine Fowler. After narrowly missing a series pickup in May, CBS opted to reshoot (and recast) the pilot and has now handed out a 13-episode order for the project that is based on the play by Tracy Letts. The comedy follows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop (Judd Hirsch), his new young employee (played by Fowler) and their patrons in a gentrifying neighborhood of Chicago.

Elvis Presley Limited Series in the Works at Weinstein Television
Elvis Presley is the focus of a limited series in the works at Weinstein Television. TWC has struck a deal with Presley’s estate that grants it the rights to Presley’s extensive musical catalog and will also allow the production to be the first to shoot in Presley’s Graceland home. The eight- to 10-part series will be based on Elvis, Dave Marsh’s 1982 book about the "Jailhouse Rock" singer. A writer and network are not yet attached to the project.

Dark Tower Producers Say the TV Show Is Definitely Happening, Even Without a Network Yet
Sources inside production company MRC tell Entertainment Weekly they’re committed to making an entire season of the show, even though no network or streaming service has picked it up yet. The series will reportedly be a prequel, based on King’s Wizard and Glass, following the younger version of Idris Elba’s character as he trains to become a gunslinger. Elba will appear in a framing device.

NBC Orders Additional ‘Superstore’ Scripts
NBC has ordered nine additional scripts of “Superstore.” The second season of “Superstore” currently consists of 13 episodes, so the additional script order is considered a sign of confidence; the pickup of the back-nine episodes would bring the season to a full 22.


‘Nikita’ Star Tiffany Hines Cast in Fox’s ’24: Legacy’
Tiffany Hines will be joining the cast of Fox’s “24: Legacy,” in a major recurring guest star role.

Criminal Minds: Jane Lynch to Return for Season 12 Arc as Reid’s Mother
More than eight years after her last Criminal Minds visit, Jane Lynch is set to reprise her role as Reid’s schizophrenic mother.

Walton Goggins to Star in Showtime Comedy from Justified EPs
Walton Goggins has attached himself to another premium cable comedy. The Justified alum is set to star in Showtime’s Keeping It Real, a dark comedy written by Charles Randolph. The potential series will follow a self-absorbed movie star who travels the world hellbent on inserting himself into international incidents. Frequent collaborators Jim Rash and Nat Faxon are on board to direct, and will also serve as executive producers.

Bates Motel Season 5: House of Cards Actress Cast as Norma’s Doppelganger
Isabelle McNally (House of Cards) is set to recur as Madeleine Loomis, a warm and kindhearted woman who bears a striking resemblance to a young Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga).

Stephen Tobolowsky Cast In Showtime Comedy Pilot ‘White Famous’; Will He Reprise ‘Californication’ Role?
Californication creator Tom Kapinos has recruited series alum Stephen Tobolowsky for a role in his next Showtime half-hour comedy project, pilot White Famous, executive produced byJamie Foxxwho will play a version of himself on a recurring basis.


(sched) ‘Fuller House’ Season 2 Gets Premiere Date
Rejoice, fans of the Tannerinos! We finally know when “Fuller House” Season 2 premieres on Netflix. The sophomore season of the “Full House” reboot launches globally Dec. 9 on Netflix.


USA Network to Broadcast Inaugural ‘Beverly Hills Dog Show’
John O’Hurley and David Frei will co-host the event, which will air on Easter Sunday, April 16.

Fine Brothers Entertainment, ‘Chopped’ Creators Team for New TV Formats With eOne
Entertainment One and Chopped creators Keller/Noll have tapped YouTube creators Fine Brothers Entertainment to jointly develop and produce new TV formats to be first tested online. Each new show will incubate on the FBE Digital Network, which has over 20 million subscribers, before expanding to traditional TV. The first project from the production trio is the game show Quizzicle, which pits two teams against each other to answer pop culture trivia questions.

Science Channel Sets News Special Covering Rosetta Spacecraft’s Crash Into Comet
‘Death on a Comet: The Rosetta Mission’ will air Sept. 30, the day of the scheduled crash.


Mary Berry to Quit as Judge of ‘Great British Bake Off,’ Paul Hollywood to Stay
Mary Berry is quitting as a judge on “The Great British Bake Off” out of loyalty to the BBC, which lost the hit show to rival network Channel 4 in a bidding war earlier this month.


Bob Iger: Disney Has Cracked The Code For Keeping Moviemaking Profitable
Disney CEO Bob Iger told an investor gathering today that his company has largely “figured out the odds for making good films” as he talked up long-term planning for franchises including Star Wars. Broadly speaking, Iger credits his company’s success in films to a decision to focus on relatively few releases each year, and primarily big-budget tentpoles. “We figured out – not perfect science, and we’ve made some mistakes – but we figured out the odds for making good films….We have a great system in place.”


Sharon Klein Expands Casting Purview to Fox TV Group, FBC’s Tess Sanchez Elevated to Exec VP

Gary Newman and Dana Walden announce promotions in the department, further unifying the network and the studio.


DTVE: Netflix reveals how quickly it hooks viewers
The SVOD platform has continued research it began last year by adding 30 more series that have been viewed across six territories to the 20 series in 16 countries studied last year. The new stats show Stranger Things, The Fall, The Get Down and Grey’s Anatomy take a viewer two episodes to commit to a programme, or watch it through to its season conclusion. French original Marseille, Narcos, Prison Break and The Ranch take three, with Club de Cuervos, Making a Murderer, American Horror Story and Fuller House taking four. Jane the Virgin and Gilmore Girls take longer, averaging seven episodes for a full season commitment.

ReCode: Yahoo is expected to confirm massive data breach, impacting hundreds of millions of users
Yahoo is poised to confirm a massive data breach of its service, according to several sources close to the situation, hacking that has exposed several hundred million user accounts. …Earlier this summer, Yahoo said it was investigating a data breach in which hackers claimed to have access to 200 million user accounts and was selling them online. “It’s as bad as that,” said one source.

AdWeek: Black-ish Earns Its ABC Rite of Passage and Visits Disney World for Its Season Premiere
Black-ish might be a hit show worthy of an Emmy nomination for best comedy this year, but when you’re an ABC family sitcom, you haven’t truly arrived until you travel to Disney World or Disneyland to film an episode. But the partnership wasn’t a mandate from ABC’s parent company, said Black-ish executive producer Jonathan Groff, who also wrote the episode. Sydnee Rimes, director of current programming at the show’s studio, Disney-ABC Television Group, "is a giant Disney fan, and she was like, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool?’ We responded to the idea right away," said Groff.