The Morning Update for Monday, October 3, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, October 3, 2016:

FALL PREMIERE NEWS:

(review) THR: ‘Timeless’
Through its first two episodes, Timeless is a mixture of reasonably well-executed period thrills, thin characters, historical facts the writers gleaned from Googling, time-travel paradoxes that you probably don’t want to pick at and little details I liked enough that I’ll probably keep watching, even if the show’s frustrations pile up quickly. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/timeless-review-934261

(review) Variety: ‘No Tomorrow’
The show’s first episode passes by quickly and enjoyably, but if every week Evie learns a lesson about living life to the fullest and Xavier’s efforts to get her to “go for it” go a little too far, “No Tomorrow” could quickly drift into the realm of formula. http://variety.com/2016/tv/reviews/no-tomorrow-tv-review-cw-joshua-sasse-tori-anderson-1201870703/

(review) Variety: HBO’s ‘Insecure’
With rap music, self-deprecation, and a hundred different ways to inflect “boy, bye,” “Insecure” and Issa Rae have worked to create a symphony of one character’s attempt to avoid her own problems for as long as possible. Despite all the conversation, the audience’s focus snaps to what’s left unsaid. http://variety.com/2016/tv/reviews/insecure-review-hbo-issa-rae-1201872693/

SCRIPTED NEWS:

(from Fri) Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters Sell Series Projects To ABC, Freeform & Amazon
Veteran showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters have ramped up development through their pod deal at ABC Studios. The duo has sold two hourlong projects to ABC — one written by them with a Disney theme parks tie-in and one penned by filmmaker Nisha Ganatra. The company also has set up projects at Freeform and Amazon with writers Nick Towne and Heath Corson and is developing a series based on Wesley Chu’s Tao science fiction book series. http://deadline.com/2016/09/michele-fazekas-tara-butters-series-abc-disney-theme-parks-freeform-amazon-1201828762/

(from Fri) NBC Buys ‘A Year To Remember’ Drama From Telefe USA & Kapital Entertainment
NBC has given a script plus penalty commitment to A Year to Remember, a drama based on the Telefe telenovela Un Año Para Recordar, from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Telefe USA. The adaptation, written by Michael Foley, is a crime procedural that centers on a Boston homicide detective who’s confronted by her husband over an affair she’s having with her partner. In their ensuing fight, she accidentally kills him – only to wake the next day to find it’s a year earlier — her husband still alive, the affair not yet begun. Given a second chance, she somehow must find a way to keep the memory of that tragic night from becoming reality. http://deadline.com/2016/09/nbc-a-year-to-remember-drama-telefe-telenovela-aaron-kaplan-1201829194/

(from Fri) Ryan Seacrest Sells Interracial Family Comedy to CBS
CBS is teaming with Ryan Seacrest for a multicamera comedy loosely based on stand-up comedian Dan Ahdoot’s recent engagement. The untitled comedy centers on a recently engaged interracial couple struggling to maintain their bliss when their wildly dissimilar parents become overly involved in their lives. Ahdoot will pen the script and co-executive produce the CBS Television Studios comedy alongside Seacrest, Ryan Seacrest Productions’ Nina Wass and Andrea Shay. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/ryan-seacrest-sells-interracial-family-934112

(from Fri) ‘Dynasty’ Reboot in the Works at The CW
The CW is teaming with The O.C. creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage to reboot Dynasty. The drama, which is in development, is based on the primetime soap of the same name that aired for nine seasons on ABC and was created by Richard and Esther Shapiro and executive produced by Aaron Spelling. Both the Shapiros are attached to the CW reboot, which is being penned by Sallie Patrick, Schwartz and Savage. The project hails from CBS Television Studios and Schwartz and Savage’s Fake Empire. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/dynasty-reboot-works-at-cw-934334

(from Fri) John Singleton’s Cocaine Drama ‘Snowfall’ Ordered to Series at FX
‘Snowfall’ underwent rewrites and reshoots, with the pickup coming a year and a half after its pilot pickup. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/john-singletons-cocaine-drama-snowfall-934074

(from Fri) Gloria Reuben To Adapt Dean Koontz Novel ‘Dark Rivers Of The Heart’ For TV
Gloria Reuben is teaming with Cathy Konrad’s Tree Line Film and Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Television to adapt Dean Koontz‘s bestselling book Dark Rivers of the Heart for television. The psychological thriller centers on an ex-Marine, haunted by a tortured past, who is on the run with a mysterious, troubled woman who witnessed the murder of her husband and parents. http://deadline.com/2016/09/gloria-reuben-to-adapt-dean-koontzs-dark-rivers-of-the-heart-tv-1201829394/

‘Aquarius’ Canceled at NBC
The David Duchovny period drama about the Charles Manson murders ran for two seasons. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/aquarius-canceled-at-nbc-906185

(from Fri) NBC’s ‘Mail Order Family’ Comedy Scrapped Amid Protest
The project, which was in development, would have followed a mail-order bride from the Philippines who helps a widowed single father raise his daughters. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbcs-mail-order-family-comedy-934372

CASTING NEWS:

(from Fri) ‘Criminal Minds’: Damon Gupton Cast As New Regular After Thomas Gibson’s Exit
Criminal Minds Behavioral Analysis Unit will no longer be a man down. The veteran CBS crime drama has cast Damon Gupton (Empire) as a new series regular. http://deadline.com/2016/09/criminal-minds-damon-gupton-new-series-regular-thomas-gibson-replacement-1201829295/

(from Fri) ‘Underground’ Enlists EP John Legend to Play Frederick Douglass
The Oscar winner will star in the WGN America drama’s second season. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/john-legend-underground-season-2-934208

(from Fri) ‘Counterpart’: Olivia Williams & Harry Lloyd To Co-Star In Starz Drama Series
Manhattan alumna Olivia Williams and Harry Lloyd are set to star opposite J.K. Simmons in Counterpart, Starz’s upcoming straight-to-series drama from MRC, Anonymous Content and Gilbert Films. http://deadline.com/2016/09/olivia-williams-harry-lloyd-star-starz-drama-series-counterpart-jk-simmons-morten-tyldum-1201828979/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Netflix’s catalog has shrunk by a whopping 50% in the past few years
If you’ve felt like Netflix’s US catalog has shrunk dramatically since the company started making its own shows and movies, you’re absolutely right. Since 2012, Netflix’s selection of titles has dropped over 50%, from roughly 11,000 titles to about 5,300. http://www.businessinsider.com/netflix-catalog-size-shrinks-2016-9

Vixen: CW Seed Announces Season 2 Premiere Date for Animated Arrow Spinoff
The DC Comics hero will cap off a week of superhero action. http://www.tvinsider.com/article/99366/vixen-cw-seed-season-2-premiere-date/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

ABC Orders ‘The Gong Show’ Revival Produced By Will Arnett
ABC has given a 10-episode order toThe Gong Show, a new version of the irreverent talent show competition, which is being executive produced by Will Arnett. Every episode will feature non-traditionally talented performers plucked from the internet and put in front of a revolving panel of Hollywood judges. Sony Pictures TV, which owns the rights to the original series, is the studio. http://deadline.com/2016/10/the-gong-show-revival-will-arnett-1201829517/

(from Fri) ‘Saturday Night Live’ Hires Drew Michael as a Weekend Update Writer
New York-based standup Drew Michael, whose Comedy Central Half Hour special aired earlier this month, will join the season 42 writing staff and focus on writing material for returning Update anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost. http://splitsider.com/2016/09/saturday-night-live-hires-drew-michael-as-a-weekend-update-writer/

(from Fri) Gordon Ramsay Live Variety Show ‘The F Word’ Ordered by Fox
Fox has ordered “The F Word,” a live cooking-variety series starring Gordon Ramsay, based on his U.K. show of the same name. “The F Word” will feature foodie families competing in a cooking competition in which they must impress not just Ramsay, but celebrity guests. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/gordon-ramsay-live-variety-show-the-f-word-ordered-fox-1201875136/

TWDC NEWS:

NYT: Disney’s Hot Streak Stalls, Prompting Rumors That It’s Looking to Grow
Robert Iger, chief of the mass media company, has a history of reinvigorating the company by making deals, but despite a string of good decisions, shares are dipping and investors are getting antsy. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/03/business/media/with-disneys-hot-streak-stalled-rumors-that-its-looking-to-grow.html

Disney’s Marvel And ABC News Collaborate On Digital Comic About Mother Trapped In Syrian Town Of Madaya
Disney-owned ABC News and Marvel have collaborated on Madaya Mom, an original digital comic detailing the true story of one family’s struggle to survive in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya. Last January, ABC News profiled a family trapped inside Madaya, communicating with a mother of five through texts and phone conversations to capture her everyday life in a town beseiged by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. http://deadline.com/2016/10/marvel-disney-abc-news-digital-comic-madaya-mom-syria-video-1201829914/

ReCode: Disney shouldn’t buy Twitter, but the fact that it thought about it should terrify Big MediaThe fact that it was on the table suggests that Iger thinks his company, generally considered to be one of the best-run companies in the media world, needs a transformative jolt. Remember that this is Disney we’re talking about. The company with some of the best-loved characters and stories in the world. The company that can do business in China, when tech giants like Facebook and Google are stymied. …if Disney’s worried enough about its future to ponder this kind of bet, what about the rest of Big Media? http://www.recode.net/2016/10/3/13145058/disney-twitter-bob-iger-jack-dorsey

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

(from Fri) ABC Communications Exec Hope Hartman Exits to Focus on Documentary Work
Hope Hartman will exit the network after a 10-year run with the network. Hartman’s shift to focus on documentary work comes after her first project, Book Club — a drama about a young New Yorker who starts a book club with her mother, grandmother and friends — was adapted by The CW in 2012 after playing at six or seven festivals. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/abc-communications-exec-hope-hartman-934111

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Happy Endings is doing a live “lost episode,” still never really coming back
Prentice Penny appears to be standing outside the writer’s room for the show’s upcoming “Lost Episode” event, which will see the Happy Endingscast—Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally, Damon Wayans, Jr., and Casey Wilson—live-read the script at Entertainment Weekly’s PopFest. http://www.avclub.com/article/happy-endings-doing-live-lost-episode-still-never–243445

(video) TED: Technology hasn’t changed love. Here’s why
In our tech-driven, interconnected world, we’ve developed new ways and rules to court each other, but the fundamental principles of love have stayed the same, says anthropologist Helen Fisher. In this energetic tell-all from the front lines of love, learn how our faster connections are actually leading to slower, more intimate relationships. http://www.ted.com/talks/helen_fisher_technology_hasn_t_changed_love_here_s_why

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