The Morning Update for Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, September 27, 2016:


Amazon Orders ‘The Tick,’ ‘I Love Dick,’ Jean-Claude Van Damme Comedies to Full Series
Amazon Studios announced that it has greenlit three comedies — Jill Soloway’s “I Love Dick,” “Jean-Claude Van Johnson”and its reboot of “The Tick” — as original series set to debut in 2017.

Seth Meyers Developing Two Scripted Comedies at NBC
Seth Meyers is developing two scripted comedy series with NBC. The first is an untitled single-camera comedy, which comes from writer Amber Ruffin. The project is about a has-been sibling singing group from the 1980’s that now make ends meet by doing what no musician wants to do — writing jingles and performing their old hits at parties. The second project, titled “AP Bio,” is a comedy about a former philosophy professor who takes a job teaching AP biology and uses his students to get back at the people in his life who have wronged him. Michael Patrick O’Brien penned the pilot. Both potential series hail from Universal Television and Lorne Michaels’ company Broadway Video.

CBS Nabs ‘S.W.A.T.’ Drama Inspired By Movie From Shawn Ryan, Justin Lin, Neal Moritz & ‘FNL’ Alum With Big Commitment
CBS has landed S.W.A.T., a drama series loosely inspired by the 2003 Sony movie that was based on the 1975 TV series produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg. The project, executive produced by Shawn Ryan, Neal H. Moritz, Justin Lin and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, has received a pilot production commitment from the network with series penalty behind it. S.W.A.T. hails from Sony Pictures TV, which will co-produce with CBS TV Studios.

Alan Cumming to Star in CBS Drama ‘Dr. Death’ From James Patterson, Alex Kurtzman and Michael Rauch
Alan Cumming is attached to star in and exec produce the drama Dr. Death currently in development at CBS. Based on the soon-to-be-published book of the same name by James Patterson, Dr. Death follows a former CIA operative who has since built a “normal” life as a gifted professor and writer. He is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer on the loose. Michael Rauch will write the script. He will also exec produce with Cumming and Patterson as well as Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Bill Robinson and Leopoldo Gout. The project hails from CBS Studios.

MTV Developing Social Media Thriller ‘kRawl’
is developing social media thriller kRawl. The drama is the story of a young woman whose social media account begins showing her posts a day in advance. Now armed with the power to see the future, she finds herself embroiled in a mysterious conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone around her. The drama hails from John Swetnam who is teaming with producer Henrik Bastin and Melissa Aouate of Fabrik Entertainment.

TNT Orders Drama Pilot ‘Hinges’ From John Wells, Anthony Hemingway and ‘ER’ Writer
The project is based on the short story "The Boom" written by Janine Sherman Barrois, who will pen the script. Described as a drama that "provocatively and humorously dissects middle-class suburbia," Hinges centers on two sets of neighbors whose lives are dramatically changed in the wake of a scandal that rocks their community. Each season will shift the focus to a different set of families, and will show the American Dream to be an illusion as it exposes the cracks beneath a community’s seemingly happy surface.

Amazon Greenlights ‘Budding Prospects’ Pot Comedy Pilot Starring Will Sasso
Amazon is joining the hot trend of marijuana-themed shows with Budding Prospect, which has tapped Will Sasso as one of the leads. Written by Melissa Axelrod based on the TC Boyle novel of the same name and to be directed by Terry Zwigoff, Budding Prospect is set in 1983 San Francisco. Three hapless city boys move to the country to grow marijuana.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Writer Nicole Perlman Tackling ‘True Skin’ for Amazon Studios
Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman has come on board to pen the Amazon Studios-based sci-fi television drama True Skin. Stephan Zlotescu created the short and is on board to direct. Scott Glassgold and his newly minted production company, Ground Control, are attached to exec produce what is envisioned as a one-hour series. The short, written and directed by Zlotescu and his partner H1, is set in the not-too-distant future where everyone is augmenting their bodies.

NBCUniversal Teams With Tom Hardy’s Production Company on Two TV Shows
NBCUniversal International Studios is taking advantage of its first-look deal with Tom Hardy’s production company, signing up for two new TV shows. Hardy Son & Baker will produce Pendulum, based on the crime thriller by Adam Hamdy, and Trees, a science-fiction graphic novel series from author Warren Ellis and illustrator Jason Howard.

Pendulum, which is to be published in the U.S. next year by Quercus, will be adapted by author Hamdy and sees an everyman targeted for death by a serial killer, delving into the digital underworld. Meanwhile, Trees is set 10 years after the arrival of a vast alien presence, who stand on the Earth’s surface like trees and do not move or communicate. Appearing not to acknowledge human life and society, the series follows the silent pressure and strange changes they exert on global communities from China to the Arctic Circle.

‘People v. O.J. Simpson’ Writer and Producer D.V. DeVincentis Inks Overall Deal With FX
The news comes eight days after his Emmy win for writing the episode, "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia."


‘Modern Family’ Casts Transgender Child Actor
Eight-year-old Jackson Millarker will appear in Wednesday’s episode.

Bill Pullman Joins Cast of Jessica Biel’s USA Network Drama Pilot The Sinner
Jessica Biel’s new USA drama pilot The Sinner just got even more star-studded: Bill Pullman has joined the cast as a series regular.


A+E Renews ‘Born This Way’ for Season 3
The docuseries is fresh off an Emmy win for best unstructured reality program.


CBC scores football drama
Canadian broadcaster CBC has commissioned an eight-episode drama series set in an under-21 football academy in Montreal. 21 Thunder (8×60′) is being produced by PMA Productions and Generic Productions and is due to begin airing on the Canuck pubcaster in summer 2017. The series follows the lives of players in a fiercely competitive under-21 soccer academy on and off the field, covering topics such as crime, race, sex and sport.


(opinion) Daring Fireball: ‘Disney Is Working With an Adviser on Potential Twitter Bid’Don’t think of Disney as the Mickey Mouse/theme park company. Think of Disney as the media conglomerate that owns ESPN and ABC and which just acquired a 33 percent stake streaming media giant BAMTech. Twitter is a media company and a publishing service, not a social network.

(opinion) Recode: Why Disney won’t buy Twitter
Here’s the biggest issue: Once Disney takes control over Twitter, how can Twitter possibly work with any other content company — the kind Twitter needs if it wants to be a video company? If you want Time Warner, or Viacom, or even BuzzFeed to send you their stuff, you can’t do it if you’re owned by a major rival. That is, you can’t anymore. In the new world, no one owns eyeballs. Not even mighty Facebook, which is why Facebook has such Snapchat angst. And Twitter definitely doesn’t — which is why it’s for sale right now.


Lifetime Ups Mariana Flynn To SVP Unscripted Development & Programming
Veteran reality TV exec Mariana Flynn has been promoted to SVP Unscripted Development and Programming for Lifetime. Based in Los Angeles, she reports to Liz Gateley, EVP and Head of Programming for the network.

Gordon Ramsay’s New Company Names Chris Brogden As Chief Creative Officer
Studio Ramsay, the independent production company launched in April by popular chef, TV personality and producer Gordon Ramsay, has made a key hire, naming Chris Brogden as Chief Creative Officer.

Jack Pan Departs As STX Marketing President, Eddie Egan Becomes Interim Boss
STX Entertainment’s marketing president of two years, Jack Pan, is departing the company for personal reasons.