The Morning Update for Friday, October 14, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, October 14, 2016. Have a great weekend!


ABC Buys Guy Comedy With Pop Culture Twist From ‘Black-ish’ Co-EP & Tim Story
ABC has teamed with Black-ish co-executive producer Courtney Lilly for another single-camera comedy exploring what it means to be an African American man in today’s society. The project, titled Joe 2.0, comes from Lilly, director Tim Story, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios. Written by Lilly, Joe 2.0, is a single-camera comedy where iconic pop culture moments are used to punctuate the everyday moments in the life of a recently divorced high school teacher.

Josh Berman Sells Sanjay Gupta Medical Drama To ABC, Inks New Sony TV Deal
Sanjay Gupta has teamed with Wendy Walker for a medical drama that would draw on both their experiences at CNN. The project, which has landed at ABC with a script commitment plus penalty, reunites several auspices behind Notorious: executive producers Walker, co-creator/executive producer Josh Berman, writer Sharon Lee Watson, The Firm and Sony Pictures TV. Written by Watson, the untitled project centers on a team of physicians, working for a cable news operation, who travel the United States gaining access to our countries hot spots—medical mysteries, outbreaks, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters.

‘The Rainmaker’ Drama Based On John Grisham Novel From Michael Seitzman & Brett Mahoney Set At CBS As Put Pilot

One of the most popular John Grisham novels, The Rainmaker, is headed to the small screen as a drama series from Code Black creator/executive producer Michael Seitzman and former executive producer Brett Mahoney. The project, executive produced by Grisham, has landed at CBS with a put pilot commitment. It is co-produced by ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios, where Seitzman and Mahoney are under overall deals, respectively. Written by Seitzman and Mahoney based on Grisham’s 1995 novel, The Rainmaker centers on a young lawyer who thinks he’s about to have it all – a six-figure salary and a beautiful fiancée – but suddenly finds all that ripped away, squaring off against the behemoth firm he dreamed of joining, in a case that could get him killed.

Fox Buys Cop Family Thriller Drama From Milo Ventimiglia & Andrew Lenchewski
Milo Ventimiglia, one of the stars of the breakout new NBC/20th TV drama This Is Us, has teamed with Royal Pains co-creator Andrew Lenchewski for Kin, a 20th TV-produced drama project which has been set up at Foxwith script commitment plus penalty. The drama centers on a tight-knit Florida law-enforcement family who become the primary suspects in the disappearance of a notorious drug cartel leader following a DEA plane crash. But the undercover federal agent assigned to find out the truth is seduced by the loving and lethal clan, compromising his mission and his life.

‘War of the Worlds’ TV Series in the Works at MTV
Jeff Davis and writer Andrew Cochran will adapt H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. First published in 1897, Wells’ tale is one of the earliest stories to explore a conflict between man and extraterrestrials. It has been adapted multiple times via radio, features, TV and more. The project hails from The Firm’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry.

Lifetime Picks Up Doctor-Assisted Suicide Drama ‘Mary Kills People’
Lifetime has picked up a straight-to-series Canadian drama about doctor-assisted suicide. From Entertainment One and Rookie Blue creator Tassie Cameron, Mary Kills People is a six-episode project created by Tara Armstrong that will be paired with UnREAL in 2017. Caroline Dhavernas stars as a doctor who helps people in need end their lives with dignity. The series was originally commissioned by Canadian outlet Global earlier this year with the drama set to debut there in January.

Comedy Central Picks Up ‘Crawford’ From ‘Trailer Park Boys’ Creator
Comedy Central has picked up Crawford to potentially debut in late 2017. The 13-episode first season of the Mike Clattenburg and Mike O’Neill co-created show follows a nearly thirtysomething who is forced by circumstance to move back into his parents’ home and turn his ability with raccoons into a business.

Electus bringing Singaporean musical drama to US
Electus has acquired local format rights to Singaporean scripted series The Musical Kitchen from Small World IFT and is planning a US version. Electus is working with Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere’s Flavor Unit Entertainment and Principato-Young Entertainment to adapt the Asian format. The Kitchen Musical Kitchen follows a young woman who becomes the new sous chef in her father’s famous restaurant, and embarks on a journey of self-discovery. The format includes songs and choreography.

‘Scream’ Renewed For Short Third Season By MTV, Changes Showrunners Again
Scream, MTV’s series adaptation of the hit teen movie franchise, has been renewed for a mini third season of 6 episodes to premiere in 2017. The third-season pickup for Scream comes with a showrunner change. Michael Gans and Richard Register, who were brought in as showrunners at the beginning of the second season, replacing Season 1 showrunners Jill Blotevogal and Jaime Paglia, are gone. Search is underway for their replacement.

‘Deutschland 83’ Renewed By SundanceTV For Season 2
The first original German-language drama to broadcast on a U.S. TV network is officially coming back. SundanceTVand FremantleMedia International said there will be a second season of Deutschland 83, the Peabody Award-wining Cold War-set series created by Anna Winger and Jörg Winger.


‘The Good Wife’ Spinoff Adds Delroy Lindo as Series Regular
The ‘Get Shorty’ actor will play an attorney who causes problems for Diane (Christine Baranski).

‘Let The Right One In’: Thomas Kretschmann & Benjamin Wadsworth To Star In TNT Vampire Drama Pilot
Dracula alum Thomas Kretschmann and newcomerBenjamin Wadsworth have been tapped for starring roles in Jeff Davis’ TNT drama pilotLet the Right One In, based on the best-selling novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist.

‘Budding Prospects’: Joel David Moore To Star In Amazon’s Pot Comedy Pilot
Forever alum Joel David Moore has been cast as one of the leads alongside Will Sasso on Amazon’s pot-themed comedy pilot Budding Prospects, a 1980s comedy from Bad Santa director Terry Zwigoff.

CBS Aims for Inclusive Casting With New ‘Drama Diversity’ Initiative
CBS is making a push to rectify the network’s admitted lack of nonwhite actors in its original dramas. The network announced Thursday the launch of CBS Drama Diversity Casting Initiative, a program designed to meet with actors outside of the regular Los Angeles rotation. Applicants in underrepresented groups are invited to submit self-taped monologues to a dedicated website. Callback auditions will be held in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Miami and San Francisco.


Don Quixote Movie in the Works at Disney
Billy Ray, whose credits include ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Captain Phillips,’ is writing the script. Sources say the plan is to adapt the work in a tone the recalls the madcap and fantastical nature of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

Disney’s Live-Action ‘Lion King’ Finds Its Writer
Jeff Nathanson, a Steven Spielberg favorite, is in early talks to pen the Disney’s live-action take on its animated classic, The Lion King. Jon Favreau is directing the fast-tracked project.

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ to Be Five-Film Franchise
The ever-expanding “Harry Potter” franchise just got larger. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be a five-film franchise, J.K. Rowling confirmed at a Warner Bros. fan event on Thursday at the TCL Chinese Theatre.


Chris Rock Sets Comedian Record With $40M for Two Netflix Specials
The move marks his return to the arena following an eight-year absence.

Participant Media Acquires Rainn Wilson’s SoulPancake
The digital media company behind ‘Kid President’ and ‘The Science of Happiness’ shares Participant’s vision for creating socially conscious content.

Liza Koshy Signs With AwesomenessTV Network
AwesomenessTV has signed digital influencer and actress Liza Koshy to its creator network, and the company said it will work with her on content development and brand deals in addition to managing her popular YouTube channel.

(animated) Amazon Picks Up ‘Little Big Awesome’ & ‘Ronja the Robber’s Daughter’ Kids Series, Renews ‘The Stinky & Dirty Show’
Amazon has added two new kids original series, giving a series order to pilot Little Big Awesome, which combines 2D animation, puppetry, and live-action; and picking up the Japanese CG series Ronja the Robber’s Daughter, which won an International Emmy earlier this year. It will debut later this fall and will be narrated by Gillian Anderson (The X-Files). Additionally, Amazon has renewed well-received new preschool series The Stinky & Dirty Show for 26 more episodes.


‘Insecure’ Showrunner Prentice Penny Gets Style Series on TruTV
Prentice Penny has sold his own reality vehicle to TruTV. The comedy-focused network has ordered 12 episodes of Upscale With Prentice Penny, a lifestyles series that will meld Penny’s own comedic voice with his quest to explore the worlds of food, wine, fashion and travel on a limited budget.

NBC Orders New Musical Competition, ‘The Stream’
NBC has ordered The Stream, a social media-driven contest which will rely heavily on technology. Based on a Norwegian format, it skirts traditional auditions in favor of hopefuls submitting their own performance videos to a dedicated platform. The 100 most-streamed musicians, which are not bound to any genre, will be invited to an industry showcase until they’re narrowed down to just a handful who will compete on a live weekly program. The ensuing streams will dictate who gets eliminated and who wins.

Comedy Central Renews ‘This Is Not Happening’ for Season 4
Comedy Central has renewed its midnight standup showcase “This Is Not Happening” for a fourth season. The show features comedians telling long-form tales of humiliation, degradation and supreme embarrassment in front of a crowd at Cheetahs nightclub in Hollywood.


Navy SEAL Series ‘Six’ Sells Wide for A+E
The drama, starring Walton Goggins, is inspired by the real missions of the military special forces in Afghanistan.


Disney Launches a New Class of Startups at In-House Accelerator
The Walt Disney Company held a graduation ceremony for its in-house accelerator program on Thursday, giving nine companies the chance to pitch their plans to change the entertainment industry. Among the companies featured at Thursday’s “Demo Day” was Atom Tickets, a social ticketing app that allows friends to plan movie outings together. Other companies include Ader, which handles advertising and sponsorships for e-sports; Pley, a subscription toy service that uses an algorithm to select appropriate toys for children; and Hanson Robotics, which makes humanoid robots.


CBS All Access Taps Fox’s Danny Feldheim as Originals VP
Feldheim, who previously held jobs at Nickelodeon, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and ICM, comes to CBS from Fox. He joins Julie McNamara as the streamer builds its creative ranks.

Former Relativity Studios Exec Jason Barhydt Joins Tucker Tooley As EVP Production
As Relativity goes through yet another financial crisis, some of its former executives are landing other jobs. Jason Barhydt, the studio’s former EVP Production who exited right before the company’s restructuring, has just re-joined his old boss Tucker Tooley in the same role. Tooley formerly was the president of Relativity before he exited and started the TV and film production company that bears his name.

MarVista Entertainment Expands Executive Roster
MarVista Entertainment has just expanded its executive team by hiring veteran and marketing exec Deena Stern as SVP Marketing and Communications and naming Kenny Christmas as SVP Business and Legal Affairs. In addition, the company just promoted Hannah Pillemer to SPV Development and Production.

Britta Wilson Named Pixar’s VP Of Inclusion Strategies
Pixar has tapped Expedia executive Britta Wilson to serve as the studio’s newly-created Vice President of Inclusion Strategies. Effective October 17, Wilson will lead Pixar’s efforts to develop and nurture an inclusive workforce, reporting to Pixar President Jim Morris.

Austin Film Festival: NBC’s Jennifer Salke Says Amid Negative Politics, Audiences Are Looking for Positive Programming
The exec pointed to the success of the new series ‘This Is Us’ as evidence of her theory.

Reese Witherspoon to Publish Lifestyle Book
The book will feature photographs and personal essays and will tell how all women can draw upon the South’s "signature style, grace and charm."


Deadline: On-Location TV Shoots In Los Angeles Are Up, But Filming Is Down
In the third quarter, on-location TV production continued to far outpace on-location feature filming by a margin of 4-to-1 — 4,423 days of TV shooting compared to only 1,089 days of feature film shooting. On-location TV production increased 2.7% in the third quarter of 2016 compared to the third quarter last year, and on average showed a 19% increase compared with the past five Q3s.

(review) Polygon PlayStation VR
Despite some minor annoyances this is virtual reality. This is good virtual reality. I felt like I went places. I shot scary clowns. I saw moving short films. I was in space. I was underwater. I grabbed objects and turned them around in front of my face to explore them. I was inside the game. …Sony created something exceptional. Now it’s a question of whether there’s a market for it.