The Morning Update for Monday, October 17, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, October 17, 2016:


(from Fri) NBC Buys ‘Reversible Error’ Legal Drama From Barbara Curry & Chris Morgan
NBC has put in development Reversible Error, an hourlong legal drama fromBarbara Curry and Chris Morgan. Universal TV is producing with studio-based Chris Morgan Prods. Written by Curry, Reversible Error follows a former high-powered attorney who is freed from prison after her conviction for murdering her husband is reversed. Now she must piece her shattered life back together, and find her husband’s true killer.

(from Fri) NBC Developing Female Comedy ’29’ From ‘The McCarthys’ Creator & John Davis
NBC has put in development29, a high-concept comedy about three generations of women. The single-camera comedy, based on Adena Halpern’s book, hails from Brian Gallivan, Sony TV and studio-based Davis Entertainment. Written by Gallivan, 29 centers on Ellie Jerome, a young-at-heart 75-year-old who feels she has more in common with her 29-year-old granddaughter, Lucy, than her 55-year-old daughter, Barbara. When she finds herself confronted with a cake full of candles, Ellie wishes more than anything that she could be twenty-nine again… and gets her wish. Gallivan executive produces with David Entertainment’s John Davis and John Fox.

(from Fri) Arizona Cardinals Star Sets Football Family Comedy at CBS
CBS is teaming with Arizona Cardinals’ starting defensive end Calais Campbell to develop comedy The Whole Nine, which is inspired by his own life. The multicamera comedy centers on a pro football player who moves into a gated community and is surprised when his overbearing family shows up on his doorstep wanting to move in. Chris Case will serve as a co-writer alongside newcomers Derek Elliot and Jack Donaldson. The comedy hails from CBS Television Studios, where fellow exec producers Eric and Kim Tannenbaum are under an overall deal. Doug Banker and Campbell are also on board as EPs.

(from Fri) Chuck Lorre Sets ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ Event Series at Amazon
Chuck Lorre is teaming with Amazon to develop an event series based on Bonfire of the Vanities. The project, which hails from Warner Bros. TV, is being eyed as an eight-episode series. Margaret Nagle is set to pen the script and exec produce alongside Lorre. Author and political reporter David Corn will serve as a consultant. Like Tom Wolfe’s 1987 novel, the potential series is described as a drama about ambition, racism, social class, politics and greed in 1980s New York City.

(from Fri) Nikki Finke Inks First-Look Deal With HBO For Her Hollywood Dementia Website
HBO has entered into a first-look television deal with Nikki Finke for material from her showbiz fiction website Hollywood Dementia. Under the pact, which was put in motion at the beginning of the year, the premium cable network will have first crack at developing projects based on the short stories published on Hollywood Dementia. The TV adaptations will be produced by Finke and Killer Films’ Christine Vachon.

‘The Walking Dead’ Renewed for Season 8
AMC has ordered another season of monster hit “The Walking Dead.” The 16-episode Season 8 will premiere in late 2017; all 16 episodes of the next season will be followed by episodes of Chris Hardwick-hosted aftershow “The Talking Dead.”

‘Bosch’ Is Going Back On The Case For A Fourth Season With Amazon Renewal
Having given the green light to a Season 3 of the Titus Welliver starring series back in April
, Amazon Studios today renewed Bosch for a fourth season.

Syfy renews Van Helsing
Syfy has renewed action-horror series Van Helsing, a female take on the classic Dracula story, for a second season.


‘Stranger Things’ Netflix Series Adds Two New Regulars, Promotes Two For Season 2
Netflix’s much talked-about summer drama Stranger Things is casting up for Season 2. The supernatural drama series from brothers Matt and Ross Duffer has added new series regulars Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery and promoted Joe Keery (Steve Harrington) and Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) to regulars from recurring.

(from Fri) ‘Mogadishu, Minnesota’: Thea Sofie Loch Næss Cast In HBO Drama Pilot
Up-and-coming Norwegian actress Thea Sofie Loch Næss has landed a key role in HBO’s drama pilot Mogadishu, Minnesota, written, directed and executive produced by rapper K’naan Warsame and executive produced by Kathryn Bigelow.


IHS: Netflix and Amazon outspend HBO, CBS, Turner
Netflix and Amazon spent more money on programming last year than CBS, HBO, Turner and most countries – including South Korea and Australia – according to new research. The IHS Markit report claims that between 2013 and 2015, Netflix and Amazon more than doubled their annual expenditure on programming, with the internet firms spending a combined US$7.5 billion on content in 2015. Netflix’s content spend rose from US$2.38 billion in 2013 to US$4.91 billion in 2015, while Amazon’s climbed from US$1.22 billion to US$2.67 billion over the same timeframe, according to the report.

This Is Us Had the Most Facebook and Twitter Activity of Any New Show This Fall
The NBC drama topped all new fall series in Facebook and Twitter interactions on opening night, according to Nielsen social content ratings released this morning. The Nielsen data, which looked at social media interactions around new shows that premiered between Sept. 1 and Oct. 9, found that there were 383,000 interactions across Facebook and Twitter the night of This Is Us’ premiere. The E! reality series Rob & Chyna came in second with 290,000 interactions, followed by OWN’s Queen Sugar (209,000), FX’s Atlanta (196,000) and ABC’s Designated Survivor (130,000).


Russell Simmons’ ‘All Def Comedy’ Stand-Up Special Set On HBO
Russell Simmons, who launched the careers of several comedy legends in the ’90s on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, is returning with All Def Comedy stand-up special on Saturday, November 12.


MIPCOM: Drama Production Booming as Reality TV Looks for a Comeback
Big-budget fiction series, like ABC’s ‘Designated Survivor’ and HBO’s ‘The Young Pope’ will be in focus as the world’s number one TV market kicks off this week.

Disney’s ABC Studios International Eyes Production Around the Globe
Disney’s ABC Studios International looks set to drive significantly more into local production outside the U.S. as it seeks to leverage the distribution muscle of Disney Media Networks, plus ABC’s production expertise, to capitalise on new production opportunities around the world. Producing abroad, ABC Intl. Studios can ring multiple options, Keli Lee, managing director, international content and talent, ABC Studios International, said at a Disney Media Distribution presentation at Mipcom on Monday. These run the gamut of “international co-productions; local co-production; re-versioning Disney’s huge library of IPs; acquisition and production of original formats.”

Irvine Welsh novel set for TV remake
Buccaneer Media has acquired rights to Irvine Welsh’s novel Crime, and is in Cannes searching for partners for the show, which will have the same name. Actor Dougray Scott is attached to the show in both starring and producing guises. He will be executive producer, along with Buccaneer founder Tony Wood and Nicola Larder. Shooting in Miami, Dougray will play a detective inspector in the present day. The series will include flashback’s of the officer’s previous case in Edinburgh, Scotland, and includes themes such as drug addiction, corruption and the prosecution of child abusers.

Bridge co-creator plots TV2 series
Danish pubcaster TV2 has greenlit a crime drama from international coproduction partners and with The Bridge co-creator Nikolaj Scherfig onboard as head writer. It is based on the eponymous Dan Sommerdahl crime novel franchise by Anna Grue. Created as a family-oriented take on the Nordic noir genre, the series follows a detective who solves murder cases in a coastal town.

Nippon TV in Turkish drama first
Japan’s Nippon TV has struck the country’s first ever drama format deal with Turkey. The format of Nippon TV’s hit series Mother (11×60’) has been sold to Turkish prodco MF Yapim and Medyapim, and will be remade as Anne for Star TV in time for the fall season. "Mother" is the story of a woman who responds to an abused girl’s silent cries of help. Initially, like everyone else, Nao looks the other way. But Rena’s wretched desperation soon awakens a passion and determination in Nao. Together they skip town and embark on a risky journey pretending to be mother and child.

ABC Oz goes on The Level
Australian pubcaster ABC has licensed rights to new British crime drama The Level, which is being shopped internationally by UK-based distributor DRG. The Level involves a young detective who goes back to her home town to try to help solve the murder of a friend who was also a drug dealer, but finds her past getting in the way.

Caracol’s Destiny comes to market
Colombian broadcaster Caracol TV is introducing to international buyers new series Cuando Vivas Conmigo (Against Our Destiny), which is based on novel The Discreet Hero, by Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa. A tragicomedy with real-life characters, the series centers on Gertrudis and Armida. With a mixture of innocence and audacity, the two young women plan to escape from their aunt’s home, but everything goes wrong and they end up separated, thinking the other has died. It is another two decades before they are reunited.

International Networks Warm to ‘Midnight Sun’
Midnight Sun, the new Nordic noir thriller from the creators of The Bridge, was snatched up by several international networks ahead of its gala screening at TV market MIPCOM. French actress Leila Bekhti plays a French detective sent to investigate the brutal murder of a French citizen in a remote mining community in the far north of Sweden. There she is paired with a local Swedish cop from the indigenous Sami community (Gustaf Hammarsten).

Netflix Takes English-Speaking Rights To Oliver Hirschbiegel’s ‘The Same Sky’
Ahead of its world premiere at Mipcom, German drama The Same Sky has closed several offshore deals, including to Netflix which has taken rights in English-speaking territories. Beta Film is handling the six-part series directed by Oscar nominated helmer Olivier Hirschbiegel. Made by UFA Fiction and Beta Film for ZDF, the family drama is created and written by Paula Milne. It’s set in Cold War Berlin and centers on the relationship between an East German agent (Tom Schilling) and his target in the West (Sofia Helin), the woman he must seduce for the sake of his country.


(from Fri) CMT Taps Shaleen Desai to Oversee Scripted Programming
He comes to the Viacom-owned cabler from Jason Bateman’s Aggregate Films, where he served as evp, television. Desai will be based in Los Angeles and report to CMT evp, development and programming Jayson Dinsmore.


AMC Networks Invests in Robert Johnson’s Streaming TV and Film Company
AMC Networks has finalized a partnership agreement with Robert Johnson’s RLJ Entertainment that calls for AMC to provide RLJ with $65 million in loans and obtain the right to acquire as much as half of the company. RLJ Entertainment, headed by the founder of BET Networks, primarily consists of the streaming services Acorn TV, which offers British programming, and Urban Movie Channel. AMC sees those SVOD outlets as a fit with its BBC America and We TV cable channels, respectively.