The Morning Update for Monday, October 24, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, October 24, 2016:


(from Fri) ABC Buys Female Ensemble Comedy From ‘Faking It’ Creators
ABC has put in development an untitled single-camera comedy from Faking It creators Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov. The project follows four close friends at different stages in their lives and explores what it means to be a woman in 2016. ABC Studios is the studio.

(from Fri) ABC Buys Couples Comedy From Amy Harris, Ben Silverman & Jordan Schur
ABC is developing Let’s Stay Together, a single-camera comedy from Amy B. Harris and producers Ben Silverman and Jordan Schur. Written by Harris, the project chronicles the lives of Upper East Side’s superrich with a dose of humor. Whether it be for the sake of their family, finances, or friendship, the series will explore three very different but connected couples’ hilarious journeys as they choose to make a go of their marriages for all the right and wrong reasons — because in the end, divorce is so old fashion. ABC Studios, where Harris is under an overall deal, is the studio.

(from Fri) James Patterson Teams With David Marshall Grant For ‘Stingray’ FBI Drama At CBS, Sells ‘NYPD Red’ Adaptation To ABC
CBS is developing Stingray, a thriller drama from James Patterson, David Marshall Grant and Timberman-Beverly Prods., based on Patterson’s upcoming book. Additionally, James Patterson Entertainment has sold a cop drama based on Patterson’s best-selling book series NYPD Red toABC with writer Michael Horowitz.

Written by Grant, Stingray centers on a group of ex-con artists who work for the FBI, using their amazing transformational skills and elaborate deceptions to take down the most elusive criminals. Written by Horowitz, ABC/ABC Studios’ NYPD Red centers on the eponymous special division of NYPD tasked with investigating Manhattan’s highest profile crimes.

(from Fri) Fox Nabs ‘Bad Sugar’ Comedy From Sharon Horgan, Patty Breen & Aaron Kaplan
Fox has given a script commitment plus significant penalty to Bad Sugar, a single-camera comedy from writer-producer Patty Breen, Sharon Horgan and her Merman banner, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, UK’s Tiger Aspect and 20th TV. Written by Breen based on the British format, Bad Sugar follows the sexy and scheming heirs of a wealthy mining mogul as they battle each other to become the next head of his fracking empire.

(from Fri) Dwayne Johnson Developing Wrestling Comedy at Fox From Seven Bucks & Gary Sanchez Prods.
Fox has nabbed a hot comedy from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and producer Will Ferrell. The project, hailing from Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions and Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions, received a put pilot commitment. Andrew Gurland will write the pilot script. The series offers a behind-the-scenes look at a fictional professional wrestling outfit and chronicles the one-of-a-kind odd couple relationship that develops between a charismatic young character, like the The Rock, and a painfully awkward comedy writer new to the world of wrestling.

(from Fri) ‘Bonus Family’ Comedy Based On Swedish Format Set At NBC From Mandeville TV
NBC is developing an U.S. version of a Swedish comedy. Bonus Family, based on FLX’s upcoming Bonusfamiljen, comes from David Walpert, ABC Studios and studio-based Mandeville TV. Written by Walpert, who will serve as showrunner, Bonus Family tells the story of Lisa and Patrick who experience the excitement and learning curve of a new relationship, as their exes, Martin and Katya, struggle to open themselves up to love again, all while facing the ever-present challenges of co-parenting their blended family.

(from Fri) ‘Sneakers’ Hacker Drama Based On Movie In Works At NBC From Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald & Tom Szentgyorgyi
NBC has put in developmentSneakers, a hacker drama based on the 1992 movie, from Tom Szentgyorgyi, husband/wife producing duo Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, and Universal TV. The 1992 film, directed by Phil Alden Robinson and co-written by Robinson, Parkes, and Lawrence Lasker, centers on computer hacker Martin, played by Robert Redford, who heads a group of specialists who test the security of various San Francisco companies.

Jessica Jones’ Second Season Will Only Feature Female Directors
Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg and her team are doubling down on Jessica Jones’ message of female empowerment by hiring female directors for every episode of the second season.

(review) THR: ‘The Great Indoors’
The workplace setting has potential, and there are times that the actors are being funny, even if what they’re being asked to do is just soullessly embody a BuzzFeed survey. I was patient with The Big Bang Theory, and it paid off, but The Great Indoors has to move beyond its "Gen-Xers are like this"/"Millennials are like that" binary, and it has to do that fast.

(review) THR: ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’
Absurd and fun but probably not for everyone, ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ jumps from the pages of Douglas Adams to BBC America.


Lee Daniels’ ‘Star’ Casts Sharlene Taule & Caroline Vreeland As Recurring
Sharlene Taule (Grachi) and Caroline Vreeland (Diary) have landed recurring roles opposite Queen Latifah in new Fox series Star, created/executive produced by Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy.

Chris Pratt to Romance Wife Anna Faris on CBS’ Mom
Anna Faris’ real-life husband Chris Prattwill appear in a 2017 episode of CBS’ Mom. Pratt will play a hunky horseback riding instructor who catches Faris’ character’s eye.

‘A Midsummer’s Nightmare’: Five Cast In Lifetime’s Shakespearean Pilot
Lifetime is rounding out the cast for its psychological thriller pilot A Midsummer’s Nightmare, a modern-day take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Australian newcomer Ellie Gall, Jake Robinson, Eric Balfour, Chelsea Gilligan, and Paul Walter Hauser have been cast in series regular roles opposite Dominic Monaghan.

‘Narcos’ Adds Arturo Castro & Kerry Bishé For Season 3
Broad City‘s Arturo Castro and Halt and Catch Fire‘s Kerry Bishé have joined the third season cast of Netflix’s drug cartel drama series Narcos.

Netflix’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ Adaptation Finds Its Anne Shirley, Casts 2 Other Roles
Fourteen-year-old Irish Canadian actressAmybeth McNulty has been cast as the precocious and imaginative Anne Shirley in Anne, the eight-episode drama series for Netflix and Canada’s CBC. Also cast in the series, based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic novel Anne of Green Gables, are Geraldine James and R.H. Thomson.


Netflix Raising $800 Million More Debt to Fuel Original Content
Netflix said it plans to raise $800 million through a new debt offering, which would bring its long-term debt load to more than $3 billion. Netflix as a long-term goal is targeting about 50% of the TV shows and movies on its service to be original productions. In 2017, Netflix has said content spending will be about $6 billion on a profit-and-loss basis.

U.K.’s TalkTalk Signs Deal for Maker Studios Videos
Disney has signed an agreement in the U.K. with telecoms company TalkTalk to offer a selection of short-form videos from Maker Studios on TalkTalk’s pay-TV service. Shameless Maya, How Ridiculous, Noodlerella, Daym Drops, and Camila Coelho are among the creators to be featured on the platform.

Meet the Bundle 2.0: YouTube, Hulu, AT&T Get Into the Live Streaming TV Game
YouTube is putting together an over-the-top (OTT) live TV package to launch in early 2017. Hulu will unleash its own live OTT package in early 2017 as well. AT&T will beat them both out of the gate, launching its own bundle of 100-plus channels delivered over the internet by the end of 2016. Apple and Amazon have long been rumored to want live TV packages of their own. All of this is to say: The bundle isn’t dead, it’s just changing addresses.


Michel’le Signs Overall Deal With Thinkfactory Media
Michel’le is expanding her relationship with Thinkfactory Media. The platinum recording artist has signed an overall deal that includes future television and film projects and her music, as well as an upcoming autobiography. Thinkfactory is currently in talks with multiple networks about a docuseries which features Michel’le and her family.


Alameda Films Preps TV Spinoff of ‘El Crimen del Padre Amaro’
Carlos Carrera’s priest-scandal drama “El Crimen del Pedro Amaro” (“The Crime of Father Amaro”) is set to hit the small screen. Adapted from an 1875 novel by Portuguese scribe Jose Maria Eca de Queiroz and set in modern Mexico, the drama pivots on the scandal of a young priest who is assigned to a remote village where he impregnates a young woman infatuated with him. The series, titled “Los Crimenes del Padre Amaro” (“The Crimes of Father Amaro”), will pick up from where the film ends.

SPT’s Chavez drama set for Colombia
RCN TV in Colombia will air historical drama El Comandante, which totals 60 episodes and is billed as SPT’s most ambitious Latin American original series to date. Colombian actor Andrés Parra plays the president in the series, which is set to air in a primetime slot on RCN TV in 2017.

Amazon’s Deutschland deal includes S3
Amazon’s deal to back the sequel to Deutschland 83 includes a third and final season of the Cold War thriller, the show’s co-creator has revealed.


Chris McCarthy Adds MTV Oversight With Promotion To President Of MTV, VH1 & Logo
Chris McCarthy’s rise at Viacom continues. Less than five months after he was elevated to president of VH1 and Logo TV, he has added flagship MTV to his portfolio. As President of MTV, VH1 and Logo, he will continue to report to Doug Herzog, President of the Viacom Music & Entertainment Group.

MTV President Sean Atkins Steps Down
Sean Atkins is stepping down as president ofMTV a little more than a year after joining the network. Atkins opted to leave when Viacom Music and Entertainment Group president Doug Herzog, to whom he reports, informed Atkins of a plan to bring in an executive over him.

Bustle Hires Viacom Exec Kate Robinson as Head of Business Development
Bustle has tapped Kate Robinson, a nine-year Viacom veteran, to lead content distribution and partnerships for the women’s lifestyle and news digital publisher as senior VP of business development.

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes to Exit After AT&T Deal Closes
If all goes as planned with the AT&T merger, Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes will step down from his post a year or so shy of his 40th anniversary with the company.


NYT: AT&T Agrees to Buy Time Warner for $85.4 Billion
In the wake of Comcast’s $30 billion takeover of NBCUniversal and Verizon Communications’ serial acquisitions of the Huffington Post and Yahoo, AT&T has bought one of the remaining crown jewels of the entertainment industry. The telecommunications giant agreed on Saturday to buy Time Warner, the home of HBO and CNN, for about $85.4 billion, creating a new colossus capable of both producing content and distributing it to millions with wireless phones, broadband subscriptions and satellite TV connections.

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