The Morning Update for Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, October 26, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

CBS Buys Liz Feldman Family Comedy
CBS has bought Family Business, a multi-camera comedy fromLiz Feldman and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. CBS Television Studios, where Feldman is under an overall deal, is the studio. Written by Feldman, Family Business centers on a successful woman who gives up her corporate career and reluctantly returns to Brooklyn to help run the family business in a time of need. http://deadline.com/2016/10/family-business-cbs-liz-feldman-family-comedy-1201842119/

The CW Buys Action Drama ‘Searchers’ From ‘The 100’ Creator & Greg Berlanti
Greg Berlanti Productions is capping a very prolific development season with another sale at the CW. The Warner Bros. TV-based company has teamed with Jason Rothenberg for action/adventure drama project Searchers. Written by Rothenberg, Searchers is about a group of unlikely heroes who find themselves on the journey of a lifetime. Ten years after the death of their parents, a pragmatic brother and free spirited sister are forced to team up when they learn that their mother’s terrifying and bizarre stories may be a road map to discovering the great legends, myths, and unexplainable mysteries of the world. http://deadline.com/2016/10/searchers-cw-action-drama-the-100-creator-jason-rothenberg-greg-berlanti-1201842759/

CW Buys ‘The Terranauts’ Drama From Jim Parsons & Zach Helm Based On New Book
Jim Parsons, as a producer, is tackling a drama series project about eight top scientists conducting a grand experiment involving the future of humanity. The project, titled The Terranauts, has been set up at the CW. It will be written by Zach Helm based on the novel by T.C. Boyle. Said to be inspired by the Biosphere 2 real-life experiment, the story revolves around eight scientists enlisted to run a biosphere that will prove vital for humanity’s survival in an off-Earth colony. The Terranauts hails from WBTV and Parsons and Todd Spiewak’s studio-based That’s Wonderful Productions. http://deadline.com/2016/10/the-terranauts-drama-cw-jim-parsons-zach-helm-based-on-book-1201842557/

AMC Picks Up Series ‘Loaded’, Partnering With Channel 4; Mary McCormack To Star
AMC has partnered with Channel 4 on the upcoming eight-episode comedic drama series Loaded. AMC will be the U.S. network for the series, which it will co-produce with Channel 4, Hillbilly Television and Keshet UK. Loaded, an English-language version of the Keshet International award-winning series Mesudarim created by Muli Segev and Assaf Harel, was originally commissioned by Channel 4 in January, with Jon Brown tapped as writer and executive producer. Loaded revolves around the lives of tech entrepreneurs and friendsmwho have just sold their start up videogame company for hundreds of millions of pounds. Overnight, the four 30-something friends are transformed from “people who play games” to “serious players in the game.” http://deadline.com/2016/10/loaded-amc-series-channel-4-mary-mccormack-stars-1201842846/

‘Notorious’ Episode Order Trimmed at ABC to 10 Episodes
The Thursday night ‘Scandal’ replacement series is one of the first to see its episode order trimmed. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/notorious-episode-order-trimmed-at-abc-10-episodes-940972

(sched) Navy SEAL Drama SIX Gets Premiere Date at History, Badass Cast Photo
History’s highly anticipated Navy SEAL drama, SIX — led by Justified favorite Walton Goggins — will begin its mission on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, the cable network announced. http://tvline.com/2016/10/25/six-premiere-date-walton-goggins-cast-photo/

CASTING NEWS:

‘American Crime’ Adds Former Nickelodeon Star to Season 3 as Series Regular
ABC has added another series regular to “American Crime” Season 3, casting Ana Mulvoy-Ten. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/ana-mulvoy-ten-american-crime-season-3-cast-abc-1201900015/

Cary Elwes to Guest Star on ‘Life in Pieces’
Cary Elwes has been cast in a guest starring role on “Life in Pieces.” http://www.thewrap.com/cary-elwes-to-guest-star-on-life-in-pieces-exclusive/

Lauren Ambrose Lands Female Lead In TNT Drama Pilot ‘Monsters Of God’
Lauren Ambrose has been tapped to play the female lead in TNT’s high-profile pilot Monsters Of God. She will co-star alongside Garret Dillahunt in the period drama set in post-Civil War Texas. http://deadline.com/2016/10/lauren-ambrose-monsters-of-god-tnt-pilot-garret-dillahunt-1201842384/

‘The Punisher’ Recruits Paul Schulze, Others For Netflix’s New Marvel Series
Paul Schulze has been cast as a series regular in Netflix’s upcoming The Punisher. One of five newly announced castings for the Marvel’s Daredevil spinoff. The other newcomers include Daniel Webber, Jason R. Moore, Jaime Ray Newman and Michael Nathanson. http://deadline.com/2016/10/the-punisher-paul-schulze-netflix-cast-1201842805/

Netflix Drama ‘Ozark’ Adds Julia Garner Opposite Jason Bateman and Laura Linney
Julia Garner has been cast as a series regular in Netflix’s upcoming drama series “Ozark,” opposite Jason Bateman and Laura Linney. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/ozark-cast-netflix-julia-garner-jason-bateman-laura-linney-1201900108/

FEATURE NEWS:

Disney Plans Musical ‘Oliver Twist’ With Ice Cube, ‘Hamilton’ Director
Disney Studios is teaming with Ice Cube and Thomas Kail, the Tony-winning director of Hamilton, for a modern and musical take on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Marc Platt, the veteran movie producer who also was behind Broadway’s hit musical Wicked, and Jeff Kwatinetz of The Firm are producing. Cube also will produce via his Cube Vision banner. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/disney-plans-musical-oliver-twist-ice-cube-hamilton-director-941178

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

‘Knight Rider’ Reboot From Justin Lin Set at Machinima
“Knight Rider” is coming back for another reboot. Producer-director Justin Lin is on board for a digital remake of the 1980s TV series. Digital network Machinima has partnered with Lin and his YOMYOMF production shingle, along with NBCUniversal Brand Development, to develop the “Knight Rider” series with an eye to a potential 2017 launch. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/knight-rider-justin-lin-machinima-1201899839/

NBA Renews Snapchat Pact, Plans to Boost Content Nearly Threefold This Season
The NBA is back on Snapchat’s court for the 2016-17 season, with the league planning to nearly triple content produced for the youth-skewing communications and media app. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/nba-snapchat-discover-video-1201899939/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

‘Saturday Night Live’ Primetime Election Special Set For November 7
NBC will air The 2016 SNL Election Special on the eve of Election Day – Monday, November 7 at 10 PM ET/PT. The network promises the one-hour special will retrace the highlights of the current presidential campaign through clips of recent SNL political sketches. http://deadline.com/2016/10/saturday-night-live-donald-trump-primetime-election-special-set-november-7-alec-baldwin-kate-mckinnon-hillary-clinton-1201842496/

‘Married At First Sight’ Renewed For Season 5 On FYI
FYI has greenlighted a fifth season of Married at First Sight, set this time in Chicago and premiering next year. http://deadline.com/2016/10/married-at-first-sight-renewed-season-5-fyi-1201841746/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Sony’s Tom Rothman To Receive PGA’s Milestone Award
The Producers Guild of America will bestow its prestigious 2017 Milestone Award to Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman at their 28th PGA Awards ceremony on Jan. 28 in Los Angeles. http://deadline.com/2016/10/tom-rothman-pga-milestone-award-sony-pictures-entertainment-1201842480/

Andrew Cripps Joining Fox As President International Theatrical Distribution
Respected industry veteran Andrew Cripps has been named President International Theatrical Distribution at 20th Century Fox. http://deadline.com/2016/10/andrew-cripps-fox-president-international-theatrical-distribution-imax-1201842977/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Deadline: AT&T CEO Says DirecTV Now Will Offer 100+ Channels For $35 A Month
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson just unveiled a key piece of information about DirecTV Now, the streaming service he plans to introduce at the end of November: It will offer more than 100 channels at a cost of $35 a month “and that includes your mobile streaming cost,” he said at the WSJDLive Conference. http://deadline.com/2016/10/att-ceo-randall-stephenson-directv-now-cost-35-jeff-bewkes-1201842393/

Variety: Directors Guild Reaches Deal on TV Networks Staff Contract
The Directors Guild of America has reached a tentative agreement with ABC, CBS and NBC on a successor deal to the master contract covering staff and freelancers at the networks and their local stations. The DGA national board of directors voted unanimously on Oct. 22 to send the three-year Network Staff Agreement to members for ratification. The pact covers work by staff and freelance members employed in news, sports and operations. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/directors-guild-deal-tv-network-staff-contract-1201900336/

THR: Tim Cook Says Apple Is "Open to Acquisitions of Any Size"
When asked Tuesday about his strategy around larger acquisitions during the company’s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings call, Tim Cook responded, "We’re open to acquisitions of any size that are of strategic value where we can deliver better products to our customers and innovate more. We look at a whole variety of companies and, based on that, we choose whether to move forward or not. We’re definitely open and we definitely look." Cook’s comments come not long after Apple was reported to be among those parties interested in Time Warner’s business. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/apple-revenue-drops-third-consecutive-quarter-941201

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