The Morning Update for Thursday, October 20, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, October 20, 2016:


ABC Buys Military Family Comedy Produced By Kelsey Grammer
ABC has put in development a half-hour family comedy fromKelsey Grammer and his Grammnet Productions, veteran sitcom writer-producer Robert Peacock, and ABC Studios. Written and executive produced by Peacock, the untitled project centered on a military vet who returns home only to be greeted by a mountain of debt and a depressed job market. He has no choice but to move his family in with his widowed mother, an opinionated conservative who is perpetually outraged about their changing neighborhood demographics.

Shondaland Reteams With ‘Scandal’ Producer for ABC Legal Drama
ABC is reteaming with Shondaland for a new legal drama. The network has handed out a hefty pilot-production commitment to an untitled project from Scandal producer Paul William Davies. The drama is set in the Southern District of New York Federal Court, aka "The Mother Court." It follows brand-new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution as they handle the most high-profile and high-stakes cases in the country — all as their personal lives intersect. Davies will pen the script and executive produce the ABC Studios effort alongside Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.

ABC Developing Comedy Written by Iliza Shlesinger
Iliza Shlesinger has sold a pilot script to ABC for a comedy series. The Untitled Iliza Shlesinger Pilot is created and written by Shlesinger, though she would not star in the show.The project follows a wife and mom, and her New York family, as they relocate to Dallas, Texas, after her husband suddenly divorces her and she’s left alone with their two children and a fledgling catering business, while also having to adjust to her newly single life in a town none of them fit in. Avalon Television will produce, along with ABC Studios.

Eva Longoria Developing Comedy at ABC Based on Parenting Book ‘940 Saturdays’
Eva Longoria is re-teaming with her former network, ABC, to develop a comedy based on the book “940 Saturdays.” The TV adaptation will be penned by writers Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein. The potential series is based on the 2014 book of the same name by author Harley Rotbart, which says there are 940 Saturdays from the day your child is born to the day they turn 18-years-old. The show would follow three families who band together to enjoy — and survive — those 940 weekends.

‘Workaholics’ Star to Topline Fox Private-Eye Comedy
Fox is reteaming with Anders Holm, who is set to topline a private-eye comedy from The Office duo Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. Pigeon revolves around Simon Pigeon (Holm), a private eye who is uniquely suited to detective work but ill-equipped to manage his personal life. Eisenberg and Stupnitsky will pen the script and exec produce via ABC Studios. The single-camera comedy landed at Fox with a hefty put-pilot commitment and marks a key off-network sale for ABC Studios at Fox.

Thomas Kail & Common To Produce Fox Comedy About 90s Rapper From ‘How To Make It In America’ Creator
Hamilton and Grease: Live director Thomas Kail and rapper-actor-producer Common have teamed with How to Make It in America creator Ian Edelman for 93 Til Infinity, a single-camera buddy comedy, which has received a script commitment plus penalty at Fox. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio. Written by Edelman based on an original idea, 93 til Infinity centers on a prolific (black) rapper from the 90’s, struggling in present day to figure out the next chapter of his life, who reconnects with his (white) best friend from middle school, struggling with family and real responsibilities, equally desperate for a midlife reboot.

Fox Buys Legal Drama Produced By Neal Baer
Fox has put in development a legal drama from producer Neal Baer and up-and-coming writer Robert Specland. 20th Century Fox TV, where Baer has a pod deal, is the studio. Written by Specland based on an idea he developed with Baer, the untitled Verdict project is set in the San Francisco Bay Area. It centers on two attorneys from opposite upbringings facing off on opposite sides of the courtroom, and a young woman between them — an ex-con who joins the law firm in the hopes of putting her troubled past behind her.

CBS Buys ‘Incognito’ Legal Drama Based On Swedish Format From Rashad Raisani, Will Packer & Arnold Rifkin
CBS has given a script commitment plus penalty to Incognito, an action-driven legal procedural from writerRashad Raisani and producers Will Packer and Adam Rifkin. Universal TV is the studio. Written by Raisani, Incognito is based on the Swedish series Inkognito. It centers on a crusading U.S. Attorney who leads a skilled team of misfits into life and death situations to find critical evidence the prosecution needs to even the playing field with the corrupt and the mighty.

Ridley Scott, David Zucker Developing Legal Drama at CBS
CBS is developing a legal drama from Ridley Scott, David Zucker and writer Brett Mahoney. Titled “Mrs. V. Mr.,” the project follows a prominent, larger-than-life L.A. defense attorney and the chief prosecutor for the DA’s office who are constantly at odds in the courtroom, but are a happily married couple who have to leave their rivalries at the door when it comes to raising their three willful kids.

Female Comedy ‘Unhinged’ From Casey Wilson & June Diane Raphael Set At Hulu As Potential Starring Vehicle For Wilson
Hulu has put in development single camera half-hour comedy Unhinged from writing and performing duoCasey Wilson andJune Diane Raphael, and John Riggi. Written and executive produced by Wilson and Raphael, Unhinged focuses on April Hansen, a suburban, middle-aged woman with a problem. A rage problem. She’s tired of leaning in and playing nice and being told she can have it all. She knows it’s not attractive for a woman to be angry. And she’s angry about that. April Hansen has become…unhinged.

Roger Ailes Miniseries in the Works From Blumhouse Productions
Gabriel Sherman is producing, and his book on the former Fox News chairman, ‘The Loudest Voice in the Room,’ will serve as source material. Sherman will co-exec produce the project with his wife, journalist Jennifer Stahl, and Oscar winner Tom McCarthy will shepherd and exec produce the project. Blumhouse Television will finance, produce and package the series, which is not yet attached to a network.

HBO, Sky Renew ‘The Young Pope’ for Season 2
Paolo Sorrentino’s
first-ever TV show, starring Jude Law, is about to debut in Europe.

Michael B. Jordan Inks Film, TV Pact With Skydance Media, Sets First Project
Michael B. Jordan has launched a production company and signed a multiyear first-look film and TV production deal with Skydance Media. Jordan has tapped Wynn Wygal to serve as vp at Outlier Productions. Jordan has set his first TV project under the Skydance deal: Apollo Park. The scripted drama revolves around a young basketball player’s rapid rise to professional fame and the effects of his success on his family and community back in inner-city Detroit. Eric Amadio co-created Apollo Park with Jordan. Amadio will pen the potential series and executive produce.

Ex-Castle Boss Tapped as Blacklist Spinoff Showrunner
Former Castle EP David Amann will be calling the shots on The Blacklist: Redemption. Amann has been tapped to handle showrunner duties on the forthcoming NBC spinoff, which stars Blacklist vet Ryan Eggold and How to Get Away With Murder‘s Famke Janssen.

Jodie Foster to Direct Rosemarie DeWitt in ‘Black Mirror’ Episode
The fourth season of Netflix’s anthology series will begin production later this year.

Netflix’s ‘The Get Down’ Costs Have Gone Up, To About $16M Per Episode
The Get Down
was expected to be an expensive proposition from the get-go and Netflix knew it. The series was expected to cost around $11 million per episode for 12 episodes, which all-in would have totaled about $120M. However, Deadline has learned that given the way the deal is constructed, Netflix is paying more like $16M per episode — inclusive in the total is worldwide rights to the IP, and factored into that are the premiums that Netflix paid to acquire those rights exclusively.

(review) Variety: ‘Pure Genius’
“Pure Genius” is less a show than the ongoing adventures of a fantasy world — where the often bloody problems of human existence can be solved with pristine equipment, and happy endings are administered like aspirin. Its appeal is that it isn’t anything like the world we live in. That is also its biggest problem.

(review) Variety: ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’
With Douglas Adams’ work, you either hit a small, worthwhile and very specific target, or you miss completely, and most adaptations do the latter. This new eight-episode series runs into all of those problems and creates a few more for itself along the way. All in all, it’s difficult to tell what the goals of this version of “Dirk Gently” are, given how manic, disorganized and incoherent it is.


Spike Lee’s Netflix Series ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Adds Margot Bingham
The 10-episode series is based on Lee’s 1986 film.

‘Shameless’ Enlists ‘Revenge’ Grad Barry Sloane
He will guest star in two episodes of the Showtime dramedy’s seventh season.

Alyssa Milano Joins Wet Hot Season 2
Alyssa Milanohas been cast in a hush-hush role in Wet Hot American Summer‘s upcoming second season. The Mistresses alum will show up in Ten Years Later, the sequel to the streaming video site’s First Day of Camp.

’12 Monkeys’ Goes ‘Back to the Future’ With Christopher Lloyd
The third-year drama has enlisted Christopher Lloyd for a guest role. Showrunner Terry Matalas also will make his directorial debut in season three.


Google Sets Deal With CBS for Broadcast-Centric Skinny Bundle Service
Google has reached a deal with CBS Corp. to carry the Eye network as part of the skinny bundle channel package that the tech giant aims to launch early next year. Google intends to launch the low-cost streaming package under the YouTube umbrella, industry sources said.

Verizon Go90 Sets Reality Series About 6-Year-Old YouTube Dance Star Heaven King and Her Mom
Six-year-old YouTube viral dancing star Heaven King and her mother, Tianne King, are getting their own reality show on Verizon’s Go90 video platform. “Raising Heaven” follows Tianne’s life as a single mother as she pursues a dance career in New York City, while also managing Heaven’s nascent career as an internet celeb.

First Snapchat-Native Documentary Films to Launch From PBS Series POV
PBS documentary series POV has produced two short interactive films for distribution on Snapchat — marking the first documentaries created specifically for the platform.

Dan Harmon’s ‘HarmonQuest’ Renewed for Season 2 at NBCUniversal’s Seeso
NBCUniversal’s comedy streaming service Seeso has given a second season pickup to “HarmonQuest,” the live-action/animated hybrid series from “Community” boss Dan Harmon and Universal Cable Productions. The next batch of 10 “HarmonQuest” adventures will premiere in 2017.


What Trump TV would mean to conservative broadcasting
If Trump and Bannon succeed in getting some of Fox’s harder-right viewers to a competing venture, then Fox might wind up becoming a network of Chris Wallaces and Megyn Kellys: conservative news personalities who are more appealing to people who lean right, consider the rest of the media too far to the left, but don’t like the Trumpian attitude.

Cheryl Hines, Kal Penn & More Join Next ‘Masterchef Celebrity Showdown’
The lineup for the next installment ofMasterchef Celebrity Showdown has been announced, with Kal Penn (Designated Survivor), Cheryl Hines (Son of Zorn), Jordana Brewster(Lethal Weapon, The Fast & furious series), Anthony Anderson (Black-Ish) and former NFL stars Ronde Barber and Tiki Barber among those joining the two-hour charity event set to air January 2 at 8:00 PM on Fox.


MIPCOM: Shonda Rhimes Celebrated as Personality of the Year
"A lot of it is about how America has changed," she said of how what’s acceptable on television has shifted during her 13-year small-screen career. …In a video that showcased the many stars of Shondaland, including Viola Davis, Kate Walsh, Justin Chambers, Peter Krause, Ellen Pompeo and Kerry Washington, who called her “the personality of the century,” ABC Studios president Patrick Moran also sang Rhimes’ praises, calling her “The Beyonce of television" who can go by only one name.

BBC Three snaps up Aussie drama Barracuda
BBC Three has bought UK rights to Barracuda, an Australian drama from novelist Christos Tsiolkas. The deal with NBCUniversal International Distribution means the online channel will offer its viewers to the 4x60mins drama from this winter. The story follows the life of a talented young swimmer in the 1990s faced with serious moral choices in a world where only winning matters. NBCU-owned prodco Matchbox Pictures produced the show in association with Screen Australia and Film Victoria.


How Disney Companies Like Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm Maintain Their Creative Cultures
“The most important quality that the next CEO of the Walt Disney Company must have is the ability to appreciate the value of great creators and the creative process,” Bob Iger said, in response to an audience question at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit. “Because the value proposition of the company, almost everything that we do, emanates from the creative process and the creators, that’s the most important thing.”


Variety: Hollywood’s New Leaders 2016: Television
Jenny Groom
/ Age: 35; Senior vice president, alternative programming and development, NBC Entertainment
Lisa Holme / Age: 33; VP of content acquisition, Hulu

Scott Huff / Age: 35; Senior VP, development and production, Playground Entertainment

Christine Kim / Age: 31; Manager, drama series, HBO

Samata Narra / Age: 35; Senior VP, comedy development & programming, Fox Broadcasting Co.

Rachel Polan / Age: 31; Director, Television, Lionsgate

Camila Jimenez Villa / Age: 33; President and chief content officer, Fusion Media Group division of Univision Communications


Variety: Half of Millennials Drop Shows They Think Aren’t Easy Enough to Watch
54% of the millennials surveyed by TiVo have stopped watching a show because it was too burdensome to access — i.e. not enough episodes were available to catch up on, episodes were behind a paywall or moved platforms, or the viewer encountered some other impediment. “The moment millennials and Gen Z run into any barrier to access, they just turn and run,” Stathacopolous added. “They think, ‘There are four other shows I can go watch right now.’”

THR: Netflix Countersues Fox, Claims Employee Deals Unenforceable
The streaming giant alleges that Fox has created "a form of involuntary servitude" in its workforce and advises a judge it will be looking to recruit more Fox employees.

(gaming) Nintendo Switch: watch the first trailer for the new console
The Nintendo Switch has finally been revealed. As rumored, the new console is a console-portable hybrid that will use cartridges rather than discs.