The Morning Update for Tuesday, October 18, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, October 18, 2016:


Neal Baer Developing FBI Procedural at Fox
Fox is developing a FBI procedural drama with Neal Baer and writer Cathryn Humphris. The untitled, hourlong series is described as a character-driven procedural that follows a newly-assembled FBI task force — a distinguished cop, a hard-driving lawyer, a psychologist and a social media expert — as they travel the country investigating and solving hate crimes.

CBS Buys Pararescue Drama ‘Jumpmen’
CBS has put in development Jumpmen, an hourlong drama from former The Good Wife executive producer Craig Turk and Ben Silverman. Co-written and executive produced by Turk and Grant Thompson, Jumpmen centers on Air Force pararescue jumpers who find, treat, and recover disaster victims in the most extreme, impossible circumstances.

Alyssa Milano Teams With ‘Covert Affairs’ Creators To Adapt Her ‘Hacktivist’ Comic As TV Series For the CW
Alyssa Milano’s 2014 graphic novel Hacktivist is heading to the small screen. The CW is developing a drama series adaptation of fast-paced cyber-thriller from the former Mistresses star, Covert Affairs creators/executive producers Matt Corman and Chris Ord, BOOM! Studios and CBS TV Studios. Written by Corman and Ord, Hacktivist tells the story of Nate Graft and Ed Hiccox, two twenty-something best friends and co-founders of the most important social networking company in the world, who are recruited to work secretly for the CIA to bring about global social change.

Freeform Orders ‘Brown Girls’ Comedy Pilot About 2 Women Of Indian Descent
Freeform has given a pilot green light to Brown Girls, a multi-camera comedy pilot from writer-producers Shilpi Roy and Nastaran Dibai and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Written by Roy and Dibai, Brown Girls centers on the relationship between Rimmi, an Indian-American aspiring beauty vlogger, and Devi, a young woman who has recently emigrated from India. The Big Bang Theory‘s Mark Cendrowski is in negotiations to direct.

Tracy Morgan Comedy Moves From FX to TBS With Series Order
TBS has handed out a straight-to-series order for an untitled comedy starring the Tracy Morgan. Previously developed at FX, which ordered a pilot and ultimately passed on the project after reviewing the first script and before it was produced, the single-camera comedy created by Jordan Peele and John Carcieri became the subject of a multiple-network bidding war with TBS edging out Comedy Central for the series. TBS has ordered 10 episodes of the untitled show, which it says will capture Morgan’s stand-up persona while also serving as a commentary on race relations, the Gen X/Millennial gap and the American penal system.

Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist to Star in Netflix Family Comedy ‘Atypical’
Netflix has handed out an eight-episode straight-to-series order for family comedy Atypical, starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist and Michael Rapaport. From Robia Rashid, the series is described as a coming-of-age story that follows Sam, an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum and his search for love and independence. Rashid created the series and will serve as the show’s writer. Seth Gordon is set to executive produce and direct the pilot. Mary Rohlich also will exec produce. The dark comedy hails from Sony Pictures Television, where Gordon is under an overall deal.

YouTube Red Plans New Shows With Dwayne Johnson, Doug Liman
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will executive produce a new comedy series with Studio 71 and Corridor Digital about a life insurance company that sends its agents forward in time to prevent the accidental deaths of its clients.

Doug Liman is also on board for a new series for the SVOD service, creating Impulse, a sci-fi drama about a young girl who discovers her ability to teleport. Lost’s Jeff Lieber is attached to write and produce.

Community creator Dan Harmon will also produce a comedy about a team of e-sports players in the cutthroat world of competitive gaming starring Dan Avidan and Arin Hanson of Game Grumps.

‘Bull,’ ‘Kevin Can Wait’ and ‘MacGyver’ Grab Full-Season Pickups at CBS
Each of the three first-year series have received an order for nine more episodes.

‘Difficult People’ Renewed for Third Season at Hulu
The comedy stars Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner and hails from Amy Poehler and Universal Cable Productions.

Bravo SVP Development Lara Spotts To Become Showrunner Of ‘Odd Mom Out’
Bravo’s SVP Development Lara Spotts is making the leap from a network executive to showrunner on one of the series she’d shepherded. Spotts is departing her post at Bravo to serve as showrunner on the recently picked up 10-episode third season of the network’s first scripted comedy series Odd Mom Out, created by and starring Jill Kargman.

Freeform Reportedly Postpones Nicki Minaj’s Pilot
The network previously announced plans for a Nicki Minaj pilot based on the rapper’s life, but that project has been postponed, according to Minaj herself. "A lot of things were happening at the same time," Minaj said in an interview on Power 105.1’s "The Breakfast Club." "And creatively, we wanted to make some changes with the pilot. And so, we’re taking our time."

‘BrainDead,’ ‘American Gothic’ Canceled at CBSOf the network’s summer scripted fare, only ‘Zoo’ remains.

(review) Variety: ‘Chance’
You would have to search far and wide to find a drama more glum and dismal than “Chance.” Hugh Laurie, who capably anchored “House” for so many years and who was delightfully duplicitous in AMC’s recent miniseries “The Night Manager,” cannot manage to lift this dull drama out of the array of ruts that it stubbornly wallows in.


‘The West Wing’ Alum Janel Moloney Joins ABC’s ‘American Crime’ Season 3
Janel Moloney
has joined Season 3 of ABC’s John Ridley drama “American Crime.” Moloney will recur as Raelyn, a single mom living on the edge who is attempting to regain the trust of her family after years of betrayal.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Enlists Another Member of the Shondaland Extended Family
Actress Marika Dominczyk has booked a mysterious role on the ABC medical drama.

TNT’s ‘Let the Right One In’ Reboot Casts ‘The Revenant’ Actor in Key Role
The Revenant actor Kristoffer Joner has joined the cast of the drama from executive producer Jeff Davis.

Hawaii Five-0 Casts Rookie Blue Star Missy Peregrym
Onetime Rookie Blue officer Missy Peregrym has copped a key role on Hawaii Five-0. The actress will guest-star on the CBS drama as Danny Williams’ sister, Bridget.

‘I’m Dying Up Here’: Scott Cohen & David Paymer Join Showtime Comedy Series
Scott Cohenhas joined the ensemble cast of Showtime‘s new hourlong comedy series I’m Dying Up Here in a recurring role, and David Paymer, is set to guest star.


Finding Money: Disney Tops Full-Year Intl Box Office Record With $3.56B+ (So Far)
The Walt Disney Studios has clocked its best year ever at the international box office — and there are still another two and a half months to go in 2016. Through October 16, the offshore total on all Disney releases is $3.5664 billion. That tops the studio’s previous record of $3.5652B which was for the whole of 2015. The all-time industry champ for a full year at offshore turnstiles is Universal which drove to $4.44B last year.


ABC Offers Authenticated Streaming of New and Returning Shows, With Caveats
The broadcast networks’ march toward authenticated binge-able viewing options continues slowly but surely. ABC said it will make all episodes of its new shows available for streaming on its ABC app and That includes ABC-produced series “Designated Survivor,” “Conviction,” and “American Housewife.” A few returning series will have the full-season stack available as well, like “Quantico.”

Netflix abandons China adventure
Netflix is scrapping plans to launch an SVoD service in China because of a “challenging” regulatory environment in the country.


‘Candy Crush’ Game Show Lands Series Order at CBS
CBS has given a series order to a TV adaptation of the wildly popular mobile game “Candy Crush Saga” from Lionsgate TV. The hourlong series will feature teams of two players competing against giant interactive game boards to defeat obstacles and move through various levels to be crowned “Candy Crush” champion.

Stephen Colbert Sets Live Election Night Special on Showtime
The move marks a partnership between ‘Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ and Showtime.

The CW Picks Up ‘Terry Crews Saves Christmas’ Holiday Specials From Electus
The CW has teamed with Electus for Terry Crews Saves Christmas, a week-long, holiday-themed special, which will air in the days leading to Christmas. It will premiere on Tuesday, December 20 and run hourlong episodes Dec. 20, 21 and 22, leading to a two-hour finale on Dec. 23. In each episode, Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-star Crews will visit a hopeless holiday enthusiast and, joined by a team featuring no-nonsense food, beverage and design experts, will put them through a crash-course in how to do Christmas right.

‘The Voice’ Renewed Through Season 13
“The Voice” will be back for at least two more seasons — and with many familiar faces turning around in those red chairs. NBC has renewed the hit singing competition show for seasons 12 and 13.

Wanda Nearing $1 Billion Deal for Dick Clark Productions
The Dalian Wanda Group is nearing an agreement to buy Dick Clark Productions in a deal valued at approximately $1 billion. Wanda is expected to finalize the sale by the end of the week.


MIPCOM: Disney-ABC boss highlights TV potential in the face of ‘daunting challenges’
Discussing the challenges facing the industry, Ben Sherwood cited shifting viewing habits, audience fragmentation, the squeeze on ad dollars and subscription fees and “the mind-blowing impact” of technology. “For the first time, consumers around the world this year will spend more time watching videos on their mobile devices than they will on desktops and on smart TVs,” said Sherwood.

Mipcom: Shonda Rhimes on Her Recipe for Success, and How She Doesn’t Know ‘Any Dumb and Weak Women’
Ahead of her tribute at Mipcom as Personality of the Year, Shonda Rhimes said Tuesday that she only produces TV programs she would watch herself and that they’re filled with strong female protagonists because “I don’t know any dumb and weak women.”

Andrew Haigh Teams With See-Saw, BBC on ‘North Water’ TV Series
Andrew Haigh will adapt and direct the limited series The North Water, based on Ian McGuire’s novel. The series is being developed with the BBC and See-Saw Films. The North Water will be a 6 x 1 series, and tell the story of a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as the ship’s doctor on a whaling expedition to the Arctic.


Amazon’s Joe Lewis Adds Drama Oversight as Morgan Wandell Shifts to International
Head of half-hour programming Joe Lewis has added drama series development to his oversight. Meanwhile, former head of drama development Morgan Wandell is becoming head of international productions, a job that will have him sourcing original series developed outside of the U.S. The changes are a nod to comments that Amazon executives made at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour about how it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between comedies and dramas.

Disney Chief Bob Iger Sets Book Deal With Random House
Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger has set a deal with Random House to write a book on business leadership and management. The untitled book will draw on Iger’s lessons learned during his more than a decade as CEO of Disney, now the world’s largest media company.

HBO Names Chris Spadaccini as Head of Marketing
The cable network vet replaces Pam Levine, who left HBO earlier this year to join 20th Century Fox.

NBCU Ad Sales Shuffles Senior Duties for Dan Lovinger, Mike Rosen, Mark Marshall, Mark Miller, Laura Molen
NBCUniversal’s ad sales department is shaking up its senior ranks after the executive responsible for selling the company’s critically important sports properties decided to step back from that role.

Wanda Hires Disney Executive Andrew Kam for Theme Park Division
China’s Dalian Wanda has hired former Disney executive Andrew Kam Man-ho to a senior position in its expanding theme park division. Kam was previously managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland between 2007 and 2016.


Variety: Netflix Signs 10-Year Lease for Production Stages at Sunset Bronson Studios
Netflix will lease stages and production offices at L.A.’s Sunset Bronson Studios for a 10-year term, under an expanded deal with real-estate developer Hudson Pacific Properties. Netflix is expected to move into the Icon office tower, which will be its base of operations for Southern California, in early 2017. Netflix is currently shooting the series “Girlboss” at Sunset Bronson Studios.

AdWeek: Even as TV Creators Come Around on Integrations, Buyers Are Starting to Look Elsewhere
As TV’s showrunners (including a dozen that spoke with Adweek) are more receptive than ever to integrations, buyers and brands no longer have the same enthusiasm for them. "It used to be the showcase in a buy, to say we brought in integration," said Neil Vendetti, president of investment at Zenith. "Now we’re talking about integrations with clients a bit less."

AdWeek: Brands Are Throwing Out Gender Norms to Reflect a More Fluid World
James Charles may not seem like the typical ambassador of a beauty brand—and he’s not. Meet CoverGirl’s first CoverBoy. …When it comes to gender, we are in the midst of a "tectonic shift," argues Shepherd Laughlin, director of trend forecasting for the Innovation Group. "So it’s difficult to even pin down the specific ways that it’s manifesting itself because it’s so pervasive. Retail in the future will be far less segregated by gender."