The Morning Update for Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, October 25, 2016:


ABC Buys Friends Comedy From ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Co-EP Christina Lee
ABC has put in development a single-camera comedy from Christina Lee and ABC Studios. Written/executive produced by Lee, the untitled project centers on a thirtysomething woman who, after ending her long-term relationship and quitting her soul-sucking job, has to bridge the gap between the two sides of her friend group: those who are on the straight-and-narrow path of fulfilling age-appropriate expectations, and those who are still figuring things out.

ABC Nabs Family Comedy Starring Rev Run & Justine Simmons With Big Commitment
In a very competitive situation with multiple networks pursuing, ABC has landed a multi-camera family comedy toplined and produced by reality stars Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons & Justine Simmons. The project, which has received a put pilot commitment with a big penalty, hails from ABC Studios and Amblin TV. Written by Jeremy Bronson, with veteran comedy writer-producer Jhoni Marchinko supervising, the untitled comedy centers on a legendary rapper whose plans for slowing down are thwarted when his wife decides to pursue her own dreams and stardom.

Wendi McLendon-Covey Teams With ‘The McCarthys’ Creator For ABC Hotel Comedy Based On Her Experiences
Wendi McLendon-Covey will tap into her experiences for a comedy series project, which has landed at ABC with a script commitment plus significant penalty. McLendon-Covey co-created and will co-write the single-camera comedy, tentatively titled Hospitality, with Brian Gallivan. McLendon-Covey has teamed on the project with Sony Pictures TV and studio-based Happy Madison. The workplace comedy follows three women as they band together against a terrible new boss in the world of two-star hospitality.

CBS Developing ‘Under Suspicion’ Book Series Adaptation From John Glenn
CBS has put in development Under Suspicion, a drama series based on the bestselling crime thriller book series by Mary Higgins Clark, from John Glenn, Momentum TV and Universal TV. Written and executive produced by Greg Spottiswood, Under Suspicion is about a justice-seeking investigative journalism team that produces an award-winning true-crime series that investigates unsolved major crimes through the eyes of those who are closest to the victims — and who also are the prime suspects.

CBS Buys Spy Drama ‘Sentinels’ From Trio Of ‘Scorpion’ Producers
CBS has put in development Sentinels, a drama from the Scorpion trio of supervising producer Rob Pearlstein and executive producers Nick Santora and Nicholas Wootton. CBS Television Studios is the studio. Written and executive produced by Pearlstein, Sentinels centers on the world’s worst news team who’s actually a cover for a secret government program that has highly trained spies masquerading as hapless reporters.

Fox Buys Legal Dramedy From Carter Covington, Robin Schiff & Jason Winer
Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to Token White Male, an hourlong dramedy fromJason Winer, Carter Covington and Robin Schiff. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio. Written by Covington and Robin Schiff, Token White Male is a character-based procedural about a fun-loving, no-filter, low-rent lawyer who, against all odds, becomes the first male associate at a groundbreaking all-female law firm.

‘Weaveworld’: Josh Stolberg To Write New CW Adaptation Of Clive Barker’s Book
The CW has set a new writer for Weaveworld, its drama series project based on the 1987 dark fantasy novel by Clive Barker. Josh Stolberg has come on board to write the adaptation, which he will also executive produce alongside Barker and Angela Mancuso for CBS TV Studios. In the new take on Weaveworld, two ordinary people find themselves on a quest to find and protect a magical realm and ultimately to save all of humanity from an evil force.

Freeform Buys ‘Bad Dates’ Relationship Comedy From ‘Veep’s Timothy Simons
Freeform has put in development the comedy Bad Datesfrom Veep’s Timothy Simons, Black List scribes Derek Elliott and Jack Donaldson and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Co-written by Elliott and Donaldson, Bad Dates will feature re-enactments of regular everyday people’s worst and most awkward dating experiences.

Jason Momoa Netflix Drama ‘Frontier’ Renewed Ahead of Series Debut
The six-episode drama will premiere next month on the streaming service and in Canada on Discovery.

(opinion) TVBTN: Cancel Bear vs. CBS, week 5: ‘Bull’ is Peak CBS and likely to be renewed
The drama from the CBS Procedural Engineering Laboratories has performed well so far. It’s the No. 2 drama on the network so far this season (behind its lead-in, “NCIS”) and has improved its timeslot vs. last season — it’s outperforming what “NCIS: New Orleans” did last season.

(opinion) TVBTN: Cancel Bear vs. ABC, week 5: ‘Secrets and Lies’ is dying thanks to the long layoff
Season 1 of the show was a pleasant (albeit mild) surprise at the tail end of the 2014-15 season. The idea that most of the cast would turn over between seasons, and there’d be a new case to solve, was baked into the premise of the show, but a quick-enough turnaround with that new cast and case might have given the show’s second season a fighting chance, had it aired in 2015-16.

(review) Variety: Amazon’s ‘Good Girls Revolt’
The new Amazon Studios drama takes “Mad Men’s” interest in workplace gender dynamics and expands that lens to make it the entire show. “Good Girls Revolt” has created the most evocative illustration of stylish, well-heeled sexism since “Mad Men,” an atmosphere charged with both nostalgia for the era and a reminder of what really went with all the day drinking and bouffants.


Kwame Patterson Joins TNT Pilot ‘Monsters Of God’
Kwame Patterson has been tapped as a series regular on TNT’s Monsters of God, Rod Lurie’s post-Civil War drama pilot being produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.

‘Nashville’ Adds ‘Harry Potter’ Alum Christian Coulson As Recurring
Christian Coulson (Love Is Strange, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) has been cast as recurring on CMT‘s upcoming fifth season of its country music drama Nashville.


Donald Trump Launches Nightly Facebook Live Show
The shows will run for two weeks, kicking off Monday night and through Election Day.

Twitch Is Getting a Live Cooking Show With ‘Food Network Star’ Winner Justin Warner
Twitch continues to branch out from its core gamer roots: The Amazon-owned live-streaming service will be the exclusive home of “ChefShock,” a two-hour show hosted by Justin Warner, a former winner of “Food Network Star.” The show comes from Al Roker’s Roker Media.


‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ Showrunner Josh Lieb Departs For Uni TV Overall Deal, Trio Promoted To Run Show
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon producer-showrunner Josh Lieb is departing the NBC late-night program, segueing to writing with an overall deal at Universal Television. There will not be a direct replacement for Lieb. Instead, the roles of three key staffers are being expanded. Katie Hockmeyer will assume oversight of production, while writers Gerard Bradford and Mike DiCenzo will assume oversight of the show creative.

CW Orders Tough Mudder Unscripted Digital Series
The CW has ordered a new unscripted series based on the Tough Mudder obstacle course races. The untitled, six-part series will premiere in 2017 on digital platform CW Seed, with the finale slated to air on the CW broadcast network.

‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ ‘Penn & Teller,’ ‘Masters of Illusion’ Renewed by CW
The CW has renewed unscripted series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” and “Masters of Illusion.” The shows will return for their traditional summer runs on the broadcaster in 2017.


Super captures Poliakoff’s Enemy
Canadian pay net Super Channel has acquired two UK dramas, including Stephen Poliakoff’s Close to the Enemy. The seven-part series is set in a bomb-damaged London hotel in the aftermath of World War Two and follows an intelligence officer whose last task for the army is to ensure that a captured German scientist starts working for the British RAF on developing the jet engine. Super has also added the second season of All3’s The Missing, which will air in March. The eight-episode second run follows the return of a woman who has been missing for more than a decade.

10 MIPCOM trends
TBI sums up ten trends that defined the market: …Reed MIDEM has made a big push into drama, launching the MIPDrama Screenings in April, albeit some time after the scripted genre had already established itself as the hottest game in town. …Industry chatter, meanwhile, was about whether there is a drama bubble, and if so, when it is likely to burst. There was a noticeable nod towards factual and documentary from many execs, and big-ticket screenings of Mars and Planet Earth II evidence that.


Kristin Harris Named VP Acquisitions & Distribution At Good Deed Entertainment
Kristin Harris has moved to Los Angeles-based indie studio Good Deed Entertainment as VP Acquisitions and Distribution. Harris, who has spent about a decade working in the independent distribution space.

Mahesh Samat Returns as Head of Disney in India
The Walt Disney Company India has reappointed Mahesh Samat as Managing Director. Samat had left Disney four years ago to establish Epic Television Networks and was founder and MD of The Epic Channel, a Hindi-language entertainment channel focusing on history, folklore and mythology-based content.


Academy Ventures Into the Unknown With No Oscar Producer, No Host
The 89th Oscars telecast will take place in four months, and there is still neither a producer nor a host lined up to lead the show. The Motion Picture Academy is now venturing into uncharted territory. The longest it has gone in recent years before naming a producer was in 2009, when it waited until Oct. 21 to announce Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic.


AdWeek: Nielsen Will Measure TV Viewing in Places Like Bars, Hotels, Gyms and the Office
Nielsen is launching a new national television out-of-home measurement service using its portable people meter, or PPM, technology and panelists. The PPM device, which panelists carry with them, will allow Nielsen to measure television viewing in places like restaurants, bars, airports and waiting rooms.

Variety: Warner Bros. Sues Innovative Artists Over Screener Leak
Warner Bros. filed suit against Innovative Artists Talent and Literary Agency, alleging that the talent agency put awards screeners on in-house Google Drive account, allowing them to leak to file-sharing sites.

Deadline: WGA West’s TV Writer Access Project Opens Submissions For 2016-17
The WGA West has announced a call for submissions for its 2016-17 TV Writer Access Project. The program is open to guild members who are minorities, women, LGBT, disabled and/or over age 55. The deadline is 6 PM November 16. Winners will be offered a five-week seminar series with showrunners to prepare for staffing season.

Deadline: ITV To Cut 120 Jobs As Brexit “Uncertainty” Knocks TV Ad Market
The effects of Brexit uncertainty are starting to rear their ugly heads: ITV is preparing to cut 120 jobs (out of 6,000 total jobs) in a bid to chop £25M ($30.6M) from costs in the next year, a move largely driven by the possible effects Brexit will have on the broadcasting and media buying business.