The Morning Update for Friday, September 30, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, September 30, 2016. Have a great weekend!


AdWeek: Why Some Broadcast Shows Are Getting Smaller, Cable-Sized Season Orders
"I cannot tell you how much the world has changed in the last decade as far as that goes," said Gary Newman, Fox Television Studios co-CEO and co-chairman. "I think the root of it is, more and more for studios, the back-end is SVOD [services like Netflix and
Amazon], not syndication. So you no longer need a certain number of episodes [to hit the threshold for syndication]. You want as many as possible, but you don’t need them the way you used to."

(ratings) Wrap: ‘Designated Survivor’ Debut Breaks TV’s All-Time Record for Delayed Viewing Bump
The ABC drama’s first episode just broke the Nielsen record for TV’s largest-ever Live + 7 Day overall viewing increase for a single telecast on any network (including cable). The Kiefer Sutherland action series hauled in 7.7 million more viewers with a week’s worth of delayed watching. That dropped the previous record of 7.2 million, which came from a December 17, 2015 “Big Bang Theory.”

(review) Variety: Woody Allen’s Amazon Comedy ‘Crisis in Six Scenes’
So much of the story relies on [Woody Allen’s] charm. And it is hard to see the 80-year-old auteur as charming in the harsh light of the present. It would have been easier, probably, if there weren’t jokes about adopted daughters.


ABC Buys Vacation Comedy From Hilary Winston Based on Norwegian Format
It’s only September, but ABC already is thinking about Next Summer, buying a single-camera comedy from Hilary Winston, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Sony Pictures TV is the studio. Next Summer is based on the Norwegian comedy series of the same name, local title Neste Sommer, which has aired on TVN for four seasons. It is set in a summer vacation community and is about the complexity of evolving family relationships.

Fashion Soap From Dawn Ostroff, ‘Empire’ EP in the Works at ABC
ABC has handed out a hefty put-pilot commitment to Icon, an edgy fashion soap from Conde Nast Entertainment. The drama is described as a splashy, edgy soap set in the upscale world of fashion about an up-and-coming designer whose rising star makes it more difficult to escape his inner demons. Anne Marie O’Connor will pen the script and executive produce alongside Conde Nast Entertainment president Dawn Ostroff and vp scripted Jon Koa. Sanaa Hamri will also exec produce and direct the project, which is produced by Conde Nast Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller Sell ‘Escape’ Comedy to ABC
ABC has handed out a hefty put-pilot commitment to a single-camera comedy from prolific producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The Escapecenters on a stressed-out urban professional who uproots himself and his troubled 19-year-old son to move to rural Idaho to live with his father, a retired surgeon with the ruggedness of Indiana Jones. Dan Sterling will write and exec produce with Lord, Miller and Seth Cohen.

The Next ‘Westworld’? Fox Readying AI Thriller From Jessica Alba
Fox has handed out a script commitment with penalty attached for Jessica Alba-produced drama Girl 10. Girl 10 is set in the very near future and revolves around Elle, one of only 10 synthetic humans in existence who is being investigated for murder while trying to stop an evil cabal from weaponizing the technology behind artificial intelligence. Ken Woodruff will pen the script and exec produce the 20th Century Fox Television drama alongside Alba.

Greg Berlanti Is Developing Immigration Drama ‘Casa’ at The CW
The CW is set to tackle the hot-button issue of immigration in a new drama developed by Greg Berlanti. “Casa” will follow six siblings in a Hispanic family who have to band together to survive when their parents get unjustly deported. Writing partners Ed Gonzalez & Jeremy Haft wrote the project and will executive produce with Berlanti.

FX Developing ‘Meaty’ Comedy From Jessi Klein, Samantha Irby & Abbi Jacobson
FX has bought comedy Meaty, based on Samantha Irby’s memoir and popular blog B**ches Gotta Eat, from Irby, Inside Amy Schumer head writer Jessi Klein and Broad City co-creator/star Abbi Jacobson. Co-written by Irby and Klein, Meaty follows Irby through failed relationships, taco feasts, her struggles with Crohn’s disease, poverty, blackness and body image.

‘Drunk Girl, High Guy’ Gets Pilot Order By Comedy Central, Sets Jordan Rock As Star
From Comedy Central comes Drunk Girl, High Guy. The network has given a pilot order to the project and has cast Jordan Rock as the male lead. Drunk Girl, High Guy was written by Sarah Walker. It follows the adventures of two best friends and work wife/work husband in New York City — a girl who is almost always drunk, and a guy (Rock) who is almost always high.

Jill Kelley & The Scandal That Toppled CIA Chief David Petraeus In TV Series Talks
Producers Ron Senkowski and Michael De Luca have acquired Collateral Damage: Petraeus, Power, Politics and the Abuse of Privacy, a memoir written by Jill Kelley. They will package a limited TV series that will detail the circumstances behind the downfall of CIA director David Petraeus.

MGM TV Acquires Margaret Atwood’s Novel ‘The Heart Goes Last’

MGM Television is acquiring the TV rights to [Margaret Atwood’s] well-reviewed novel The Heart Goes Last. The book tells the story of Stan and Charmaine, a young urban couple who have been hit by job loss and bankruptcy in the midst of a nationwide economic collapse. If they sign a life contract, they’ll get a job and a lovely house — for six months out of the year. On alternating months, residents must leave their homes and serve as inmates in the Positron prison system.

‘Designated Survivor’ and ‘Speechless’ Get Speedy Full-Season Orders at ABC
The pair follows NBC’s ‘This Is Us’ as the latest series to get early votes of confidence for 2016-17.

Adam Reed: “The Plan Is to End ‘Archer’ After Season 10”
Speaking on the Modern School of Film’s Murmur podcast, Reed revealed his plans to wrap up Archer after season 10.


‘The Real O’Neals’ Casts Kenny’s First Boyfriend
Sean Grandillo, who starred on the first season of MTV’s “Scream,” has landed an arc on Season 2 of ABC’s “The Real O’Neals.”

‘Nashville’ Adds Joseph David-Jones & Cameron Scoggins As Recurring For Season 5
Joseph David-Jones and Cameron Scoggins have been cast as recurrings on CMT’s upcoming fifth season of country music drama Nashville.

’24 Legacy’: Tiffany Hines & Bailey Chase Cast As Recurring
Tiffany Hines and Bailey Chase have joined the cast of Fox’s 24 franchise reboot 24: Legacy in recurring roles.

Jared Harris and Adam Nagaitis to Star in AMC Anthology Series ‘The Terror’
“Mad Men” actor Jared Harris and newcomer Adam Nagaitis are set to star in AMC’s upcoming anthology drama series, “The Terror.”

‘Mogadishu, Minnesota’: Elvis Nolasco, K.C. Collins Among Nine Cast In HBO Drama Pilot
HBO is building out the cast for its drama pilot Mogadishu, Minnesota, written, directed and executive produced by rapper K’naan Warsame and executive produced byKathryn Bigelow. Elvis Nolasco, K.C. Collins, Rif Hutton, Ezana Alem, Hanad Abdirahman Abdi, Selam Tadese, Prince Abdi, Yusra Warsama and Liya Kebede have joined the cast.

‘Legend Of Master Legend’: Shea Whigham & Dawnn Lewis To Co-Star In Amazon Pilot
Boardwalk Empire alum Shea Whigham and Dawnn Lewis have been tapped for co-starring roles opposite John Hawkes in the Amazon comedy pilot The Legend of Master Legend.

‘Let The Right One In’: Kristine Froseth Set To Star In TNT Vampire Drama Pilot
Kristine Froseth has been cast as the female lead in Jeff Davis’ TNT drama pilot Let the Right One In, based on the best-selling novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist.

Joanne Froggatt & Ioan Gruffudd To Star In ‘Liar’ For Sundance TV & ITV
Downton Abbey alumna Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd are set to star in Liar, Sundance TV’s new six-part thriller series from Fleabag producer Two Brothers Pictures.


Netflix Greenlights Animated Comedy ‘Pacific Heat’ From Australia’s Working Dog Productions
Netflix is amping up its animated slate with a new comedy, “Pacific Heat,” hailing from award-winning Australian company Working Dog Productions. The series, which landed a 13-episode order for its initial season, will debut on Netflix Dec. 2 in the United States, Canada, the U.K. and Ireland. “Pacific Heat” follows the exploits of a dynamic unit of undercover police investigators working on the glitzy Gold Coast of Australia.


Lady Gaga Set For Super Bowl Halftime Show On Fox
Fox Sports and the NFL have confirmed rumors that Lady Gaga will headline the world’s highest-profile concert gigs.


Disney veteran Jay Rasulo to lead L.A. Philharmonic board
Jay Rasulo will become chairman of the board of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the end of the week, the orchestra is expected to announce.

Open Road Hires Paramount Exec Lejo Pet To Head Acquisitions
Open Road Films CEO Tom Ortenberg has hired Lejo Pet as SVP Acquisitions.

Nicholl Fellowship Screenwriter Winners Unveiled
Four solo scribes and one writing team have been named winners of the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Here are this year’s winners: Michele Atkins, “Talking About the Sky” (Seattle, WA) Spencer Harvey and Lloyd Harvey, “Photo Booth” (Balgowlah, Australia) Geeta Malik, “Dinner with Friends” (Los Angeles, CA) Elizabeth Oyebode, “Tween the Ropes” (Sunnyvale, CA) Justin Piasecki, “Death of an Ortolan” (Los Angeles, CA)


THR: Hollywood Salaries 2016: Who Got Raises (and Who Didn’t), From Movie Stars to Showrunners
There’s never been a better time to be a CEO — or a boom operator — but actors, directors and producers may want to start clipping coupons as THR reveals which Hollywood professions are getting richer, why (sniff) you should feel sorry for studio chiefs and who is surviving on $19 million a movie.

Variety: New York Mayor’s Office Launches Five Programs to Combat Gender Inequality in Entertainment Industry
The New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment has launched a new series of initiatives aimed at combating the underrepresentation of women in the entertainment industry, including a $5 million fund for grants that will support female-centric film and theater projects and a script-writing competition for 30-minute pilot scripts.

THR: Netflix’s Poaching of Fox Employees Could Set New Legal Precedent
So, can Fox, or any studio, actually stop a rival from enticing employees under contract to defect? The answer is unclear, and as a result, the showdown has caught the attention of employment lawyers throughout California. They say Netflix’s potential legal defense, which it foreshadowed in a statement saying, "We do not believe Fox’s use of fixed-term employment contracts in this manner is enforceable," could upend similar deals across industries and impact tens of thousands of workers in the state — and possibly beyond.