The Morning Update for Friday, October 7, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, October 7, 2016. Have a great weekend!


ABC Lands ‘The Good Doctor’ Medical Drama From David Shore & Daniel Dae Kim
House creator David Shore is returning to the medical drama arena with another show about a brilliant doctor with questionable bedside manners. In the end, the drama, based on a South Korean format and executive produced by Hawaii Five-0 co-star Daniel Dae Kim, has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment. Sony Pictures TV is the studio. The Good Doctor centers on a young surgeon with Savant syndrome who is recruited into the pediatric surgical unit of a prestigious hospital. The question will arise: Can a person who doesn’t have the ability to relate to people actually save their lives?

CBS Buys Blended Family Comedy From Matt Tarses & Kapital Entertainment
Mad Love creator Matt Tarses is back at CBS with a new comedy project. The network has put in development Hannah Royce’s Questionable Choices, a single-camera comedy from Tarses and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Sony Pictures TV is the studio. Written by Tarses, Hannah Royce’s Questionable Choices centers on a woman who has made some interesting choices throughout her life – namely, having three different kids with three different men – but all have led her to having a very unique, loving, blended family.

NBC Nabs ‘Flight Risk’ Drama From Krista Vernoff & John Wells As Put Pilot

NBC has given a put pilot commitment to Flight Risk, a woman-on-the-run thriller drama with comedic elements from Shameless executive producers Krista Vernoff and John Wells. The project hails from Warner Bros. TV and studio-based John Wells Prods. Written by Vernoff, Flight Risk centers on Maddie Silva. Popular, funny and brilliant in a courtroom, her "take no mercy" approach towards the criminals she prosecutes has earned her the nickname “The Shark.” But when she loses her temper in a divorce mediation, comically threatening to have her soon-to-be-ex-husband killed and he turns up dead the next day, she has to go on the run and turn to a criminal she has been prosecuting to help her clear her name.

NBC Buys Haunted House Drama From ‘Paranormal Activity’ Writers & Vertigo
NBC is developing a haunted house procedural drama from Jason Pagan & Andrew Deutschman and Vertigo Entertainment. Universal Cable Prods. is the studio. The Eight is based on the short story, The House on Ashley Avenue, by Ian Rogers. It is set inside the High Risk Claims Department of an AIG-like insurance company – a small secret unit that specializes in insuring haunted houses.

Fox Buys Workplace Comedy ‘Type-A’ From Jason Winer
Fox is teaming with prolific director/executive producer Jason Winer to develop a workplace comedy called Type-A. Written by Lesley Wake Webster, the single-camera comedy has received a script plus penalty commitment from Fox. The potential series revolves around a group of people hand-picked to do a job most others couldn’t handle. They are achievers and alphas but, most importantly … assholes. Winer will executive produce via his 20th Century Fox Television banner.

History Developing UFO Drama ‘Blue Book’ Produced By Robert Zemeckis
History has put in development Blue Book, an alien-themed drama from A+E Studios and Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers. Created and written on spec by David O’Leary, Blue Book is a story about the real-life, U.S. Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena from 1947-70.

MTV Developing ‘Freaks Of the Heartland’ Drama Based On Dark Horse Comic
MTV has put in development Freaks of the Heartland, a dark fairy tale drama series from Dark Horse Entertainment and Universal Cable Prods. David Gordon Green is attached to produce and direct, subject to availability. Written by Geoff Davey and Peter Sattler, Freaks of the Heartland is set in a rural town that has harbored a terrible secret. Trevor’s family had been hiding his deformed little brother Will in the barn, hidden from the world by their father. When the local sheriff discovers Will and kills their father in the subsequent struggle, the boys go on the run, framed for the murder, and uncover that Will isn’t the only one, that “freak” children were born to other families in this town, and that the sheriff killed many of them years ago.

American Idiot Movie in the Works at HBO, Says Green Day Frontman
In a new interview with NME, Armstrong reveals that American Idiot — the Broadway musical about three frustrated young men looking for meaning in the big city, based on Green Day’s 2004 album of the same name — is being made into a movie for HBO.

Freeform Renews ‘Stitchers’ for Season 3
Freeform is ordering more Stitchers. The young-skewing network has renewed the paranormal series for a third season.

‘Queen Sugar’: Monica Macer Joins As Showrunner For Season 2 Of OWN Drama
Former Nashville co-executive producer Monica Macer has joined breakout new OWN drama series Queen Sugar as executive producer and showrunner for Season 2.

(ratings) ‘Designated Survivor’ Sets Season High Marks For Live+7 Percentage Ratings Lifts
After logging TV’s largest ever Live+7 viewership gain, 7.7 million, for its series premiere, ABC’s Designated Survivor stayed hot in Week 2 delayed viewing. The second episode of the Kiefer Sutherland drama added 7.6 million viewers, just shy of its record, in the first seven days of playback.

AdWeek: Here Are the TV Shows and Networks People Watch Live Most and Least Often
While broadcast viewers are thought to represent a more traditional TV audience than those watching cable, a new report says they are actually less likely to watch programming live than their cable counterparts, especially if the network in question is The CW.

(review) Variety: ‘American Housewife’
The cult of perfect motherhood — and perfect bodies — is pervasive enough, in this era of weekly Goop and judgmental mommy blogs, that “American Housewife” sourness is deliciously appealing. Katie’s at times reductive and impulsive, but she’s offering up a cranky, unfiltered voice that’s honest about unrealistic expectations, feminine competitiveness, and the annoyances of being a mom.

(review) Variety: ‘Berlin Station’
The show doesn’t reinvent the spy drama for the modern era, nor does it rise to the level of some of the most captivating secret-agent thrillers of recent years (e.g., “London Spy,” “Deutschland 83,” and “The Americans,” the last two of which flash back to the fraught Cold War of the ’80s). But “Berlin Station,” a contemporary serial set among CIA and German operatives in that European city, is a credible option for those who enjoy “Homeland,” and appreciate its character-driven moments.

(review) THR: ‘Divorce’
Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church star in ‘Divorce,’ HBO’s admirably dark but hard-to-watch new series about a flailing marriage, created by Sharon Horgan (‘Catastrophe’).


‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’: Marin Hinkle Joins Amy Sherman-Palladino Pilot
Two and a Half Men alumna Marin Hinkle will co-star opposite Rachel Brosnahan, Tony Shalhoub and Michael Zegen in Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Amazon dramedy pilot The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Jim Belushi to Play Taran Killam’s Father in Showtime Comedy
A pilot for ‘Mating,’ which hails from Jason Katims, was ordered by the cable network in August.

Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin to Star in HBO Family Drama ‘Succession’
The pilot will film in New York and also star Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Nicholas Braun and Matthew Macfadyen.

Scorpion Casts Switched at Birth Star Lea Thompson as Paige’s Mother
Switched at Birth‘s Lea Thompson has landed a potentially recurring role on CBS’ Scorpion as Paige’s con artist mother.


Mark Gordon Lands Lili Wright Novel ‘Dancing With The Tiger’
The Mark Gordon Company has acquired the feature rights to Lili Wright‘s debut novel Dancing with the Tiger, and will finance the thriller with eOne. The setup: to preserve her father’s good name, an American woman travels to Oaxaca to secure an ancient artifact, launching herself into the dangerous underworld of Meso-American black market art.

Disney’s ‘Enchanted’ Sequel Enlists ‘Hairspray’ Director Adam Shankman
Amy Adams is expected to return for the sequel, which Disney is hoping to get before cameras in summer 2017.


HBO releases Westworld’s second episode two days early
HBO has released the second episode of Westworld two days ahead of its scheduled premiere this Sunday. The episode, titled "Chestnut," is now available to watch on HBO Now, HBO Go, and HBO On Demand.


Horror Anthology ‘Lore’ From ‘Walking Dead’ Producer Ordered to Series at Amazon
Amazon has scooped up a horror anthology series based on the popular podcast Lore. The series hails from Gale Anne Hurd as well as Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens’ Propagate banner. The unscripted horror anthology will present tales dealing with frightening, psychologically disturbing and often paranormal true events that have spawned modern-day nightmares. The 10-episode entry will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria and Japan in 2017.

Jay Z, Weinstein Co. to Produce Kalief Browder Docuseries at Spike TV
Shawn “Jay Z” Carter has teamed with the Weinstein Co. to produce a docuseries about the story of Kalief Browder, the Bronx high school student who killed himself in 2015 after being held for three years on Rikers Island for allegedly stealing a backpack.

‘Edge of Alaska’ Gets Second-Season Order at Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel has renewed Edge of Alaska for a second season. The show centers on the Alaskan town of McCarthy, with a population of 42, that’s accessible only by bush plane or treacherous dirt road. Many of its residents have chosen to live in McCarthy to escape modern society, but local resident Neil Darish is hoping to capitalize on the town’s scenic landscape and tourism opportunities, posing a threat to the community’s way of life.

Z Living tastes more Sugar
US-based lifestyle network Z Living is bolstering its original programming slate with a new show titled Popsugar Presents: Conquered. Produced by Popsugar Studios, the 6×30’ series will examine the stories of everyday people who have “broken boundaries and conquered obstacles to achieve their goals.”


CEO Iger Sees Disney’s Future in Mobile Video, Technology
Walt Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger said the company’s future lies in using technology to make more direct connections to consumers, although he declined to say whether he was interested in buying Twitter or Netflix.

Disney World closes for 4th time in history thanks to Hurricane Matthew
The Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida, is shutting down because of the approaching Hurricane Matthew — only the fourth time in its history it’s been forced to close for an entire day.


Kate Lambert Promoted at FX in Animation PushShe’ll serve as senior vp series development and animation at the cable network.

NBC Universal Vet Jeff Gaspin Named President at Primary Wave Entertainment
Jeff Gaspin, a former veteran NBC Universal exec who served as chairman of the conglomerate’s TV properties, has been named president of Primary Wave Entertainment. In the newly created position, Gaspin will drive a new push by the company — an independent studio, management, music, production and entertainment media company — to boost its slate of original content for both television and digital programming.

Former MTV Exec Andy Schuon Launches Every Day Networks
MTV veteran Andy Schuon has teamed with a number of longtime television, radio and digital-media executives to form Every Day Networks. Backed co-founder and board chairman Gary Veloric, Every Day Networks is a vertically integrated media company focused on over-the-top digital brands.

(q&a) Vulture: How Amazon Became a Major Player in Half-Hour Television
Q: So let me ask you this to start: Is there a guiding philosophy behind what you’re doing with half-hours at Amazon? What are you looking for as you develop shows?

Joe Lewis: We look for worlds. A world [can] be oblique, like gender. Or specific, like classical music. We want to find a world that hasn’t been done before, that we think people will be curious about—and then we want to go really deep and talk about every part of that world. We’ve also been just driving toward this thing of comedies that aren’t broad; comedies that aren’t joke-based [but] are character-based; comedies that take place as five-hour stories. That was in the DNA within the first week I started working here.


TechCrunch: younger people actually prefer reading the news to watching it
A new study released this week from the Pew Research Center found that younger people are actually more interested in reading the news than watching it. Meanwhile, it’s the older generation who prefers watching the news instead of reading, Pew found.