The Morning Update for Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, October 11, 2016:


ABC Nabs Rapper Mayor Comedy From Jeremy Bronson, Daveed Diggs & Bluegrass FanFare With Big Commitment

In a highly competitive situation, ABC has given a cast-contingent pilot production commitment to a single-camera comedy about a hip-hop artist-turned-mayor from writer Jeremy Bronson, Hamilton co-star Daveed Diggs and Jamie Tarses, Scott Stuber & Dylan Clark’s Bluegrass FanFare. ABC Studios is the studio. Written and executive produced by Bronson, the untitled City Mayor Project centers on a struggling hip-hop artist who runs for mayor to promote his mixtape – and wins.

ABC Buys Father-Son Comedy From Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit & Will Gluck
ABC is developing a single-camera comedy from writers Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit and Will Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment. Sony Pictures TV, where Olive Bridge is based, is the studio. Written by Hernandez and Samit, the untitled project (aka All Together Now), is inspired by Hernandez’s own family history. It centers around a free-spirit rock and roller who, in an attempt to be a better provider, gets his first real job working at a music store owned by his biological father, a former rock star who he has never met.

ABC Nabs Brothers Comedy From Morgan Murphy & Tim Story As Put Pilot
In a very competitive situation, ABC has landed a half-hour comedy from writer-comedian Morgan Murphy, director-producer Tim Story and 3 Arts Entertainment. The project, which has received a put pilot commitment, is being produced by ABC Studios. Written by Murphy, the untitled comedy centers on two brothers who, after their mother dies, return to their gentrified Los Angeles neighborhood and find themselves re-defining family and community with their eclectic friends and neighbors.

Fox Lands College Rape Drama ‘Controversy’ From Sheldon Turner, Judy Smith & ‘This Is Us’ Helmers As Put Pilot
Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Controversy, an investigative thriller drama from Sheldon Turner, Scandal co-executive producer Judy Smith andJohn Requa & Glenn Ficarra. The project hails from Turner and Jennifer Klein’s Vendetta Productions. 20th Century Fox TV, where Vendetta and Requa & Ficarra are under deals, is the studio. Written by Turner, Controversy centers on a successful crisis-management consultant brought in to advise a university when a co-ed accuses football players of gang-raping her. Facing a crisis of conscience, she partners with a lawyer for the university to seek out the truth.

Fox Orders Office Comedy Pilot From ‘The Grinder’ Pair
Fox has ordered a put pilot from writer-producers Jarrad Paul and Andy Mogel. Currently untitled, the single-camera half-hour hails from 20th Century Fox Television. The workplace comedy centers on an office culture thrown into upheaval when the startlingly un-PC CEO is pitted against a newly hired ultra PC "sensitivity specialist."

‘Prime Suspect’ Prequel to Air on PBS’ ‘Masterpiece’ in 2017
“Prime Suspect: Tennison” will be airing on PBS’s “Masterpiece” in 2017. The six-episode ITV drama, a prequel to the British classic that starred Dame Helen Mirren as Jane, is based on Lynda La Plante’s “Tennison” novel. La Plante created the original “Prime Suspect” series, which followed Mirren’s Jane as she navigated the waters of London’s police service as one of its first female Detective Chief Inspectors.

‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Renewed for Fourth and Final Season at AMC
AMC has renewed “Halt and Catch Fire” for a fourth and final season. The series will return for one final 10-episode season. The news comes ahead of the period drama’s two-part Season 3 finale, set to air on Tuesday.

HBO Inks Overall Deal With Writer-Producer Ron Fitzgerald
Ron Fitzgerald has signed an overall deal with HBO to develop new series projects for the premium TV network. Fitzgerald began his career as a writer on Showtime’s long-running dark comedy Weeds starring Mary-Louise Parker.

(opinion) TVBTN: Cancel Bear vs. FOX, week 3: ‘Scream Queens’ needs even more help now
The line on “Scream Queens” last season was that though its traditional ratings were soft, it made up for that with DVR and on-demand viewing, streaming and over-performance among adults under 35. This season, it’s not looking that great. The show is still rated a tossup for now, but it’s running way behind its first two episodes last year (0.85 vs. 1.55) and below the first-season average of 1.1.


‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Tessa Ferrer Set to ReturnShe played Leah Murphy on the ABC medical drama.

‘The Mick’: Dave Annable Set To Recur In Fox Comedy

Brothers & Sisters alum Dave Annable has been tapped to recur on Fox’s new comedy The Mick from John and Dave Chernin. Created/written by the Chernins, The Mick stars Kaitlin Olson, who also co-executive produces, as Mickey, a brash, two-bit hustler from Rhode Island who has spent her entire life shirking any semblance of responsibility.

‘Being Mary Jane’: Michael Ealy Joins Season 4 Cast
The Following alum Michael Ealy has been cast in a lead role opposite Gabrielle Union on the upcoming fourth season of BET‘s popular drama series Being Mary Jane.

‘Looking’ Star Raul Castillo Joins The CW’s ‘Riverdale’
The actor will recur on the Archie comics-inspired series, making his debut in episode five.

Krypton Adds Game of Thrones Alum Ian McElhinney, Five Others to Cast
Ian McElhinney has joined the cast of Syfy’s upcoming Superman prequel Krypton as a series regular, along with five other actors.


Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Enlists Guy Ritchie to Direct
John August wrote the script for the live-action version, which sources say will keep many of the musical elements of the original.


Netflix Sets ‘Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson, Dave Franco For Heroin Drama ‘6 Balloons’
Netflix has set Broad City star Abbi Jacobson, Dave Franco, Jane Kaczmarek and Tim Matheson to star in 6 Balloons, a drama on the topical subject of the upper-middle class heroin epidemic. Marja-Lewis Ryan wrote the script and will direct.

Netflix Sets Dark Comedy Series From Mexican Filmmaker Manolo Caro
Netflix has set an untitled half-hour dark comedy from Mexican filmmaker Manolo Caro (Tales of an Immoral Couple). Shooting will begin in Mexico early next year with the 13-episode series later available across all 190 Netflix territories. Shot in 4K, the comedy revolves around a seemingly successful and idyllic family-run flower business full of dysfunctional secrets. When the patriarch finds out his longtime mistress has suddenly passed away, he decides to bring their children into the household alongside his current wife and family who didn’t know they existed.

Seinfeld’s ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ Is on Market
In a potential blow to Crackle, the fledgling Sony Pictures Entertainment streaming service, Jerry Seinfeld’s hit online series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” is on the market. Mr. Seinfeld’s contract is expiring, and he has lately felt adrift at Sony, especially since June, when the studio parted ways with Steve Mosko, its television chairman and one of Mr. Seinfeld’s longtime allies. As a result, the people said, representatives for Mr. Seinfeld have been in talks with the likes of Netflix and Hulu about taking over distribution of “Comedians in Cars.”


Tish & Brandi Cyrus To Topline New Design Competition Series On Bravo
Bravo Media has greenlighted Cyrus vs. Cyrus (working title), an original interior design competition series featuring Tish Cyrus and her daughter, Brandi Cyrus, for premiere in 2017. Each 30-minute episode starts out with mother and daughter as they present opposing renovation plans for rooms that are in design distress. The owners are forced to choose between the differing styles, leaving the winning designer’s concept to be executed in its entirety.

OWN Greenlights Unscripted Series ‘The Hero Effect’ from United Way Worldwide
OWN has greenlit “The Hero Effect,” an inspirational docuseries from nonprofit United Way Worldwide and Dolphin Entertainment. “The Hero Effect” showcases stories of ordinary individuals who are making extraordinary differences in their communities.

(ratings) Skip Bayless Jumpstarts Fox Sports 1 Viewership by 358 Percent in First Month
Skip Bayless’ impact on Fox Sports 1’s TV ratings is truly undisputed.

The former ESPNer’s new series “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed” has produced a 358 percent overall time slot increase in its first month versus the same calendar-part last year. In the key 18-49 demographic, the jump is a whopping 733 percent in the 9:30 a.m. ET-noon ET window on FS1.


ABC takes punt on Indigenous series
Australia’s ABC has commissioned an Indigenous comedy-drama series from an all-Indigenous team of directors and writers. Filming has started on The Warriors (8×30’), the first TV drama from Robert Connolly’s feature film prodco Arenamedia. Connolly and Tony Briggs created the series, which stars 18-year-old Gordan Churchill in his screen debut as an Indigenous footballer who is drafted to play in the elite Australian Rules Football league.

Sky buys Belgian drama for UK, Germany
has picked Public Enemy, taking the Belgian drama for its Sky Atlantic channels in the UK and Germany. The series follows Guy Béranger, a child murderer at the end of his prison sentence. His release into the custody of the monks at leads to an outcry from nearby villagers, which is made worse when a local girl disappears.


Showtime Enlists Hulu Comedy Exec as New VP Originals
Brendan Countee will join the premium cable network after overseeing awards darling ‘Casual,’ among other projects, at the streaming service.

20th Century Fox TV Ups Robert Barron and Jeff Acosta
Barron has been promoted to executive vp and chief financial officer of Fox TV group while Acosta has been named executive vp finance for Fox Broadcasting Company.

Warner Bros. Expands Research Department
Warner Bros. Media Research
and Insights is adding a new division focusing on worldwide consumer products and franchise research. To lead the division, WB has hired Tania Missad as VP and Linh Mata as VP of digital platforms and strategy research.

Fox Movie Studio Names Angela Demo as Feature Casting VP
Twentieth Century Fox has named executive Angela Demo as vice president of feature casting for the studio’s film unit. Demo will report to Ronna Kress, Executive Vice President Feature Casting. The studio gig comes after years served as in independent casting director.

Marjorie Kaplan Departs In Discovery Networks International Reorganization
Marjorie Kaplan is leaving Discovery Communications after more than two decades. As part of a new emphasis on local production and local content, the company is moving away from a centralized structure, with the DNI Content Group and Kaplan’s position being phased out. Kaplan’s team will be consolidated into DNI’s UK unit, with all of her direct reports now reporting to Susanna Dinnage, General Manager, Discovery Networks UK/Ireland, with the exception of Bob Scanlon, EVP and GM of Velocity and Automotive Content, who will report into a TBA US-based executive.

‘Gold Rush’ Star Creates New Production Shingle Gold Standard Television
The star and creator of Discovery’s “Gold Rush” is looking to capitalize on the current Golden Age of TV rush by setting up his own production shingle. Todd Hoffman’s new company is Gold Standard Television, an independent production and finance company based in Los Angeles. Hoffman has teamed up with veteran producer Jose Behar to co-run Gold Standard TV. Gold Standard’s first project is a scripted series, “Prodigal,” based on an idea from Hoffman. The story follows a Manhattan gangster as he heads into the Western frontier of the 1870s. Author and screenwriter Nathan Edmondson is penning the pilot.


Variety: Verizon CEO: We Would Sell Skinny Bundles Exclusively If We Could
Verizon would ditch the big TV bundles tomorrow if the networks allowed it, said CEO Lowell McAdam at the Internet Association’s Virtuous Circle conference in Menlo Park, Calif. Monday. “We would sell skinny bundles exclusively,” said McAdam. He said that Verizon’s skinny bundles already make up for 40 percent of the company’s volume.