The Morning Update for Friday, October 21, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, October 21, 2016. Have a great weekend!

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Viola Davis To Produce Chuck Rose Thriller Drama ‘Head Games’ For ABC
ABC is developing Head Games, a neurotic thriller drama from Chuck Rose, Viola Davis & Julius Tennon’ JuVee Productions and ABC Studios. Head Games is written by Rose based on his book. It follows Dr. Jonah Hoffman, a Park Avenue psychiatrist, who is approached by the government to come work for them as a spy, feeding them crucial intel on one of his patients, a potential national security threat. http://deadline.com/2016/10/head-games-abc-thriller-viola-davis-chuck-rose-1201840071/

‘Enemy of the State’ TV Sequel Set at ABC
Jerry Bruckheimer is returning to Enemy of the State. The prolific producer has set up a TV sequel to the 1998 Will Smith starrer at ABC. The potential series, which landed at ABC with a hefty put-pilot commitment, takes place two decades after the original film. When an elusive NSA spy is charged with leaking classified intelligence, an idealistic female attorney must partner with a hawkish FBI agent to stop a global conspiracy that threatens to expose dark secrets and personal mysteries connecting all three of their lives. The drama hails from ABC Studios, alongside Jerry Bruckheimer Productions and Scott Free Productions. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/enemy-state-tv-sequel-set-940001

Carol Burnett to Star in ABC Comedy From Amy Poehler
Carol Burnett is set to star in an untitled multicamera comedy from executive producer Amy Poehler. The project, which hails from Universal Television, centers on a family who gets the chance to buy the house of their dreams — one that they could never afford — on the condition that they live with the current owner, an older actress (Burnett), until she dies. Michael Saltzman, who grew up idolizing Burnett, will pen the script for the comedy that landed at ABC in a competitive situation. The network has handed out a hefty put-pilot commitment for the project. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/carol-burnett-star-abc-comedy-940277

Erin Foster Comedy From Berlanti Productions In the Works At Fox
The untitled single-camera comedy is from actress-writer Erin Foster and Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions. Written by Foster, the project centers on a young mess of a woman who moves in with her fiancé, only to have him tell her he’s gay. Their co-dependent natures allow for them to continue living together as friends. http://deadline.com/2016/10/erin-foster-fox-comedy-berlanti-productions-1201840021/

Greg Berlanti Producing Fox Comedy From ‘Super Troopers’ Writer/Actress Marisa Coughlan
Greg Berlanti is attached to exec produce “Pushing,” a comedy from writer/actress Marisa Coughlan that has landed at Fox. “Pushing” follows Sydney, who’s pushing 40, and decides to go back to work as a rock band manager while struggling to raise two small children and keep the passion alive with her husband, which is no problem because she’s got this — except for when she doesn’t. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/pushing-fox-comedy-greg-berlanti-marisa-coughlan-1201895777/

Fox in Development on ‘B Team,’ Sitcom Starring YouTuber King Bach
Fox has ordered a script for a new sitcom called “B Team,” which will star YouTube and social media personality Andrew Bachelor, known by the moniker King Bach. “B Team” follows a former Navy SEAL struggling to adjust back to civilian life, who forms a team of mercenaries with questionable skills (called the “Badass Taskforce of Elite Assault Mercenaries”). Danny Mackey is writing the single camera comedy and will serve as executive producer alongside Bachelor, McG, Mary Viola and Adam Devine. Chris Case will serve as showrunner. http://www.thewrap.com/nbc-in-development-on-sitcom-b-team-starring-vines-king-bach/

CBS Orders Summer Event Series ‘Salvation’ From Alex Kurtzman
CBS has given a straight-to-series order to Salvation, an event series from Alex Kurtzman. Described as a suspense thriller, Salvation centers on an MIT grad student and a tech superstar who bring a low-level Pentagon official a staggering discovery — that an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth. Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro wrote the script, based on the story by Matt Wheeler, and will executive produce with Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin and Peter Lenkov. Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout will produce with CBS Television Studios, where he has an overall deal. The serialized hourlong drama has earned a 13-episode order for a summer 2017 launch. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/cbs-orders-summer-event-series-940076

NBC Buys ‘Last Hope’ Drama From Lee Child, Andrew Dettmann & EuropaCorp
Lee Child is heading to television. NBC has given a script commitment with significant penalty to Last Hope, a drama from Child, former CSI executive producer Andrew Dettmann, EuropaCorp Television and Universal TV. Written by Dettmann, the project centers on Hope Wesson, a highly trained but disenfranchised former military police investigator who leads a team of fallen heroes who get justice for people with nowhere else to turn. http://deadline.com/2016/10/last-hope-nbc-drama-lee-child-andrew-dettmann-europacorp-1201839237/

‘Guilt’ Cancelled at Freeform After One Season
Freeform
has cancelled “Guilt” after one season. The Amanda Knox-style murder mystery aired this summer for a 10-episode season, and struggled to find an audience, premiering to just under 500,000 viewers and dipping throughout its freshman run. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/guilt-cancelled-freeform-season-1-1201895864/

(review) THR: ‘Man With a Plan’
Matt LeBlanc is Le-Back on network TV, but his CBS sitcom ‘Man With a Plan’ is not especially Le-Funny. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/man-a-plan-review-940239

(review) Variety: Joel McHale’s ‘The Great Indoors’ on CBS
With two different generational gaps on display, “The Great Indoors” should have a built-in sense of perspective on Jack’s selfish panic. It doesn’t. The writers seem too enamored of the opportunity to rely on the laziest possible jokes about millennials in particular. The sitcom could have a little bit of melancholic sweetness to it, but “The Great Indoors” instead takes it upon itself to issue value judgments on an entire generation of people, and the result is perplexing and off-putting. http://variety.com/2016/tv/reviews/review-great-indoors-joel-mchale-stephen-fry-cbs-1201893091/

CASTING NEWS:

‘Narcos’ Adds Pair of Series Regulars Amid Season 3 Shift
Michael Stahl-David and Matt Whelan have joined the Netflix drug cartel drama. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/narcos-season-3-cast-two-new-dea-series-regulars-michael-stahl-david-940222

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Fullscreen ‘Celebs React’ Comedy Series Features Kevin Hart, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tyler Oakley, Grace Helbig
Fullscreen has picked up Fine Brothers Entertainment’s “Celebs React” half-hour series, capturing the spontaneous reactions of more than two dozen stars from film, TV, social media and music as they watch weird viral videos and engage in uncomfortable challenges. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/fullscreen-celebs-react-kevin-hart-jesse-tyler-ferguson-tyler-oakley-grace-helbig-1201895263/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Inside the NFL’s Ratings Crisis
The NFL’s ratings problem is an election problem. It’s a changing-technology and viewer-habits problem. Amazingly, it’s even a baseball-playoffs problem. But most distressingly for the league, it’s also an oversaturation problem. https://theringer.com/nfl-tv-ratings-crisis-81fd9dbd53a#.p5l6tjfhg

MIPCOM / INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

BBC3 bags NBCU’s Barracuda
BBC3 has acquired Australian drama Barracuda from NBCUniversal International Distribution. The 4×60′ series, which will be available this winter, is based on the book by novelist Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap) and tells the story of a 16-year-old boy attempting to become an Olympic swimmer. http://www.c21media.net/bbc3-bags-nbcus-barracuda/

TWDC NEWS:

The Walt Disney Company contributes $1 million in aid to victims of Hurricane Matthew
The Walt Disney Company has committed to donate at least $1 million to help the people and communities affected by Hurricane Matthew’s devastation. The funds will go to impacted areas in Florida, as well as families across the storm’s path — from Georgia and the Carolinas to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. http://thedisneyblog.com/2016/10/21/walt-disney-company-contributes-1-million-aid-victims-hurricane-matthew/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Apple’s TV boss: ‘Television needs to be reinvented’
Eddy Cue, speaking at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit: "I do think television needs to be reinvented. Today, you live with a glorified VCR," Cue said. "The problem is the interface." "It’s great to be able to tell your device, ‘I wanna watch the Duke basketball game, I don’t care what channel it’s on.’ I just want to watch the Duke basketball game. Today you got to bring in the TV, go through the guide, find which sports programs or whatever — it’s just hard to do." http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-eddy-cue-television-2016-10

AWARDS NEWS:

NBCUniversal Names Winners Of The 2016 Short Film Festival
NBCUniversal held its 11th annual Short Film Festival last night to honor its eight finalist, with Oscar nominee Henry Hughes emerging as the night’s big winner, as he took home three of the seven awards. Hughes won for Best Director, Best Drama, and the Audience Award for his drama Day One, which is inspired by a true story of a translator’s first day with a US Army unit. http://deadline.com/2016/10/nbcuniversal-winners-short-film-festival-2016-1201840218/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Time Warner in Talks to Merge With AT&T
Time Warner and AT&T executives met recently to discuss a possible merger, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. If the informal talks do not lead to a merger, they could result in various other partnerships. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes and the rest of the board already turned down a $75 billion offer from 21st Century Fox. One source said that AT&T might have to offer as much as $100 billion to get a deal done. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/time-warner-talks-merge-at-940203

SAG-AFTRA Strikes The Video Game Industry
SAG-AFTRA has gone on strike against the video game industry. Just after midnight PT, the union ordered its members to stop working on games until the strike is over. Shortly before the clock struck midnight, a spokesman for the companies said no date has been set for the resumption of talks. Going into the contract talks, which broke off Wednesday, the union insisted it was time for the $20 billion-a-year gaming industry to start paying residuals, just like films, TV shows and commercials do. The industry refused, saying that paying residuals would upend its business model. http://deadline.com/2016/10/sag-aftra-video-games-voice-actors-strike-1201840333/

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