The Morning Update for Friday, September 23, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, September 23, 2016. Have a great weekend!

SCRIPTED NEWS:

ABC Readying ‘Magnum P.I.’ Sequel
ABC is teaming with John Rogers and producer Eva Longoria for a Magnum P.I.sequel focusing on the daughter of the iconic character played by Tom Selleck. Magnum has received a script commitment with a hefty penalty. It follows Magnum’s daughter, Lily "Tommy" Magnum, who returns to Hawaii to take up the mantle of her father’s PI firm. Rogers will pen the script and executive produce alongside his Kung Fu Monkey topper Jennifer Court. Universal Television-based Longoria will exec produce alongside Ben Spector. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/magnum-pi-sequel-works-at-931861

Fox Buys Medical Comedy ‘This Might Hurt’ From Jason Winer & ‘New Girl’ Duo Jason Winer has teamed with two old college buddies — New Girl co-executive producers Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner — for This Might Hurt, a single-camera medical workplace comedy. The project from 20th TV, has been set up at Fox with a script commitment plus penalty. This Might Hurt revolves around the brilliant doctors at Wilshire Wellness who struggle to conceal the fact that their multi-specialty private practice has become an ethical and interpersonal sh*t-show. http://deadline.com/2016/09/fox-buys-medical-comedy-this-might-hurt-from-jason-winer-new-girl-duo-1201824398/

LeBron James, Bill Lawrence Prepping Family Comedy at NBC
NBC has given a script commitment to a single-camera comedy from NBA star LeBron James and prolific producer Bill Lawrence. There Goes the Neighborhood centers on the first white family to move into a predominantly black, newly gentrified neighborhood in Cleveland. The half-hour hails from James’ SpringHill Entertainment and Lawrence’s Doozer Productions, which will produce in association with Warner Bros. TV, where both banners are based. Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan and Ron Funches are the writers and also will executive produce. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/lebron-james-bill-lawrence-prepping-931778

The CW Buys Female Dramedy From Bill Lawrence & ‘Significant Mother’ Creators
The CW has put in development Life Sentence, from WBTV and Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer Prods. Written by Significant Mother creators Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith, Life Sentence centers on a young woman diagnosed with terminal cancer. When she finds out that she’s not dying after all, she has to learn to live with the choices she made when she decided to “live like she was dying.” http://deadline.com/2016/09/the-cw-life-sentence-female-dramedy-bill-lawrence-significant-mother-creators-1201825065/

Hulu Developing ‘Postal’ Series Based On Comics From Matt Tolmach & Legendary
Hulu has landed Postal, a TV series adaptation of the Top Cow comics, from Matt Tolmach Productions and Legendary TV. The project is being written by The Walking Dead co-executive producer Seth Hoffman. Based on the Postal comic series by Matt Hawkins and Bryan Hill, it centers on Eden, a unique town populated and run by fugitive criminals. In Eden, everyone has a secret past, but they come here for a second chance, redemption and the opportunity to be someone new…until their pasts come back to haunt them. http://deadline.com/2016/09/hulu-postal-comic-series-matt-tolmach-legendary-1201824183/

Emmett Till HBO Miniseries From Jay-Z, Will Smith & Aaron Kaplan Finds Writer
On the heels of his successful feature debut The Land, Steven Caple Jr. has been tapped to write HBO’s high-profile Emmett Till miniseries from an A-list producing team that includes Jay-Z, Will Smith, Casey Affleck and Aaron Kaplan. The untitled mini, now in development, will tell the tragic story of 14-year-old black teen Emmett Till, who was brutally murdered after allegedly flirting with a white woman in Mississippi in 1955, with his savage murder galvanizing the emerging civil rights movement. http://deadline.com/2016/09/emmett-till-hbo-miniseries-steven-caple-jr-writer-jay-z-will-smith-aaron-kaplan-1201825039/

ITV Orders Second Season of ‘Victoria’
The co-production with Masterpiece on PBS, where the first season debuts in January, stars Jenna Coleman. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/itv-orders-second-season-victoria-932065

‘Odd Mom Out’ Renewed for Season 3 at Bravo
The cable network’s lone comedy, from Jill Kargman, will return in 2017. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/odd-mom-renewed-season-3-931838

Showtime Renews Andrew Dice Clay Comedy
The series will return with another seven half-hour episodes. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/showtime-renews-andrew-dice-clay-931907

‘People v. O.J. Simpson’ Producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson Renew Overall Deal With FX
The duo are fresh off an Emmy win for best limited series for the 10-part drama. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nina-jacobson-brad-simpson-fx-931813

(review) Variety: Netflix’s ‘Easy’
“Easy” is an eight-episode collection of vignettes depicting sexual or romantic relationships in Chicago. The show is less about story than atmosphere; each episode feels like a living portrait, except instead of the characters as subjects, “Easy” is more invested in exposing the invisible relationship dynamic between the two. http://variety.com/2016/tv/reviews/tv-review-easy-joe-swanberg-netflix-1201868297/

CASTING NEWS:

‘Nashville’ Adds ‘Looking’ Grad Murray Bartlett in Recurring Role for Season 5
The actor will play a successful fashion designer. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nashville-murray-bartlett-season-5-931920

‘G.L.O.W.’: Jenji Kohan Netflix Comedy Series Adds Britt Baron, Jackie Tohn & Five More

Britt Baron and Jackie Tohn, are set for recurring roles opposite Alison Brie and Marc Maron. Kimmy Gatewood, Rebekka Johnson, Kate Nash, Sunita Mani and Kia Stevens also have joined the cast. http://deadline.com/2016/09/g-l-o-w-jenji-kohan-netflix-comedy-series-britt-baron-jackie-tohn-1201824469/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Niecy Nash to Star in Web Series for Marriott Content Studio and Broadway Video’s Above Average
‘As the Fire Pit Burns’ stars the actress as a businesswoman on a trip who is forced to deal with her nemesis at the hotel they are both staying in. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/niecy-nash-star-web-series-931645

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

‘Better Late Than Never’ Renewed for Season 2 at NBC
NBC has renewed summer reality series “Better Late Than Never” for a second season. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/better-late-than-never-renewed-for-season-2-at-nbc-exclusive-1201868328/

Oscars So Slow: ABC Plays Waiting Game as Academy Mulls Producer Options
With October just over a week away, no producer for the 89th annual Academy Awards telecast, which will take place on Feb. 26, has been named. That puts the Academy, which selects the producer, well behind recent timelines. Last year, producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin were in place on Sept. 1, more than two weeks ahead of the Emmys. The year prior, producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan had begun building sets by August. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/oscars-abc-academy-producer-1201868177/

El Rey Launches Short Film Anthology Series With Premiere Hosted By John Carpenter

Robert RodriguezEl Rey Network has announced the launch of The People’s Network Showcase, a new series of specials featuring short films from emerging independent filmmakers all over the world. The series, set to air quarterly with new two-hour episodes curated by genre or central story theme, marks the first time El Rey will feature select filmmakers and their work. http://deadline.com/2016/09/john-carpenter-el-rey-new-genre-anthology-series-1201825033/

‘Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail’ To End On Comedy Central After 3 Seasons
Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani’s stand-up series is coming to an end on Comedy Central with the current third season. http://deadline.com/2016/09/meltdown-with-jonah-and-kumail-canceled-end-comedy-central-after-3-seasons-1201825189/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Netflix Nabs International Rights to ‘Designated Survivor’
The worldwide streaming rights deal excludes North America. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflix-nabs-international-rights-designated-931801

NBC’s ‘This Is Us’ Lands at Britain’s Channel 4
Channel 4 has acquired U.K. broadcasting rights to Fox Television’s “This Is Us,” which premiered to strong ratings on NBC in the U.S. earlier this week. http://variety.com/2016/tv/global/nbc-this-is-us-lands-britain-channel-4-1201868911/

TWDC NEWS:

Disney Pulls Controversial ‘Moana’ Costume After Complaints
Disney has pulled its controversial “Moana” costume after consumer complaints. The outfit, based off of Dwayne Johnson’s character Maui in the film, consists of a brown zip-up suit with tribal tattoos and grass skirt. As we previously reported, some took offense to the costume and accusing Disney of “brownfacing.” http://variety.com/2016/film/news/disney-moana-costume-pulled-after-complaints-1201868097/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Legendary Taps James Ngo As SVP Franchise Management
Legendary has hired James Ngo as SVP franchise management, a new post where the executive will develop additional revenue opportunities for the studio’s IPs, including Godzilla and Pacific Rim. In addition Ngo will oversee the company’s brand collaborations on established IPs across film, TV, digital, VR and live events. http://deadline.com/2016/09/legendary-james-ngo-franchise-management-1201825008/

(q&a) Fall TV Survey: 17 Showrunners on Live Tweeting, Dream Guest Stars and More
Mike Schur, Jason Katims, Shawn Ryan and others also share the shows they feel guilty for not having seen yet. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/fall-tv-survey-17-showrunners-929622

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Wrap: Dick Clark Productions Seeks China Sale at $1 Billion Valuation
Dick Clark Productions, producer of the Golden Globe Awards and other Hollywood awards, is looking to sell to a Chinese buyer at a $1 billion valuation. The Chinese company interested in DCP was not disclosed, but the preliminary deal in place firms up the valuation and allows Boehly to retain a minority stake in the company, according to the individual. http://www.thewrap.com/dick-clark-productions-seeks-china-sale-at-1-billion-valuation-exclusive/

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