The Morning Update for Thursday, October 27, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, October 27, 2016:


ABC Sets John Corey Cop Drama Based On Novels; Mace Neufeld & John Davis To EP
ABC has given a script commitment plus penalty to John Corey, a drama series project based on DeMille’s book series about the brash, quick-witted, and cocky NYPD homicide detective set in today’s social environment. Written by Jason Richman, John Corey hails from Sony TV, John Davis studio-based Davis Entertainment and veteran producer Mace Neufeld.

LL COOL J Developing ‘Brotherhood’ Comedy at CBS
is stepping behind the camera to produce a scripted CBS comedy. Titled “Brotherhood,” the series, based on the U.K. format of the same name, follows two brothers who find their lives turned upside down when they have to move in together to raise their 10-year-old brother. The project hails from “Friends” alum Michael Borkow, who is adapting the British series and will serve as executive producer with LL COOL J, Kenton Allen, Matthew Justice.

NBC Nabs ‘Evidence Room’ Crime Drama From John Glenn & Justin Lin As Put Pilot
John Glenn has teamed with Justin Lin forThe Evidence Room, a crime drama procedural that has landed at NBC with a put pilot commitment. Written by Glenn, The Evidence Room centers on the investigations tied to objects in the Evidence Room, a secure area in a police station where evidence and seized property is stored. The items in the room will serve as engine for the stories to tackle a wide array of crimes and criminals.

HBO Picks Up ‘Cormoran Strike’ Limited Series Based on J.K. Rowling Novels
HBO has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to Cormoran Strike, the limited series based on the Harry Potter author’s crime novels. From BBC One, Cormoran Strike centers on Strike (War and Peace star Tom Burke), a war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street. Though he’s wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s unique insight and his background as an Special Investigation Branch investigator prove key in solving three complex cases which have eluded the police.

‘Waco’ Miniseries Starring Taylor Kitsch Lands at Spike TV
The ‘Friday Night Lights’ grad will play cult leader David Koresh while Michael Shannon will play lead FBI negotiator Gary Noesner in The Weinstein Co. limited series.

‘Mad Men’ Creator Matthew Weiner Sets TV Return With Amazon Anthology
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is returning to the small screen. In a competitive situation with six outlets bidding, Amazon has handed out an eight-episode straight-to-series order. The series, which is said to have scored a $70 million commitment, will be co-financed by Amazon and The Weinstein Co. Little is known about the concept of the series, though it is said to be a contemporary anthology that is set in multiple locations across the globe. Weiner created the project and will write and executive produce as well as direct half the episodes.

Andy Serkis’ Imaginarium to Adapt ‘Riftworld Chronicles’ Web Series for TV
The Hobbit star Andy Serkis is set to bring the Canadian web series The Riftworld Chronicles to the small screen. Serkis and his Imaginarium Studios are in final talks to team with Toronto-based indie producers First Love Films and Sienna Films to develop Riftworld Chronicles as a TV series. The Riftworld: Chronicles TV series, created and directed by Jonathan Williams, will follow Alar of Caer Caladh (Tahmoh Penikett), who is stuck in Toronto after one of his spells goes awry. He teams up with a struggling journalist (Erin Karpluk) to help him get back home.

Raven-Symoné to Exit ‘The View’ for Disney Channel’s ‘That’s So Raven’ Spinoff
Raven-Symoné is leaving the ABC daytime talkshow by year’s end to develop a spinoff of her comedy series “That’s So Raven” for Disney Channel. Symoné will relocate from New York City to Los Angeles for the spinoff, in which she’s set to star and serve as an executive producer. She will reprise her role as the psychic Raven Baxter, who was last seen as a teenager on the show that ran on Disney Channel from 2003 to 2007.

‘Saving Hope’ Set for Fifth and Final Season at ION Television
The Erica Durance-starring medical drama will conclude in mid-2017.

Ian Somerhalder, Nikki Reed Ink Pod Deal With Warner Bros. TV
The couple, married in 2015, recently teamed to launch a production company.

Bryan Fuller Stepping Back From Showrunner Role on ‘Star Trek: Discovery’
Bryan Fuller is stepping back from the showrunner role of CBS’ “Star Trek: Discovery” as he juggles production responsibilities on two other series. The decision was made late last week to hand the day-to-day showrunning reins to “Star Trek” exec producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts.

Kaitlin Olson’s Fox Comedy The Mick Sets Post-NFL January Premiere
The Mick has secured one heck of a lead-in. Kaitlin Olson’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia follow-up will premiere on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 at 8/7c after the NFL doubleheader.

THR: Why High-Concept TV Shows Are Suddenly All the Rage
Thanks to the proliferation of binge-watching, heavily serialized high-concept TV shows are hot again in Hollywood.

(review) Variety: ‘People of Earth’
“People of Earth” may be slight and decidedly modest in its ambitions and execution, but it’s not a show that sets out to mock or belittle unconventional people. Like its tonal cousin, “Northern Exposure,” this new comedy gently celebrates the offbeat, the beleaguered and the obsessed.


‘Castle’ Grad Stana Katic to Star in AXN Crime Drama ‘Absentia’
Stana Katic is in advanced talks to topline AXN’s straight-to-series drama Absentia. Owned by Sony Pictures Television, the premium cable/satellite and cable network has picked up 10 episodes of the crime thriller about an FBI agent (Katic) who disappears while hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers.

Jim Gaffigan Joins Fargo Season 3
Jim Gaffigan is heading to Fargo. The actor and stand-up comedian will be part of the FX series’ upcoming third season.

‘Counterpart’: Michael Nyqvist, Nazanin Boniadi, 2 Others Join Starz Spy Series
Michael Nyqvist, Nazanin Boniadi, Nicholas Pinnock and Sara Serraiocco have been cast as series regulars in Counterpart, Starz’s upcoming spy thriller.


Kevin Hart to Star as Santa Claus in Disney’s ‘Dashing Through the Snow’
Kevin Hart is in talks to star as Santa Claus in Disney’s Christmas comedy, “Dashing Through the Snow.” Will Packer will serve as producer along with John Jacobs. “Dashing Through the Snow” will follow a New York City detective who has a bad relationship with his son. The only thing that can fix the relationship is the real Santa Claus.

‘The Incredibles 2’ Moves Up to Summer 2018; ‘Toy Story 4’ Pushed to 2019
The two Pixar films are swapping release dates.


Disney’s Maker Studios New Comedy, Gaming Original Series Will Get First Window on Sling TV, Other Platforms
Maker Studios has unveiled a slate of 15 original series rolling out this fall and winter on its game channel Polaris and newly relaunched comedy channel The Station. And the Disney-owned multiplatform network and digital studio plans to release the content first on Dish Network’s Sling TV over-the-top subscription service and at least two other yet-unannounced premium platforms — before trying to monetize them on YouTube.


Megyn Kelly to Guest-Host ‘Live’ With Kelly Ripa the Day After the Election
‘Live’ has been looking for a partner for Ripa since spring, when Michael Strahan left to join ‘Good Morning America.’


Netflix, Miso Film Partner on Scandinavian TV Drama ‘The Rain’
Netflix is partnering with thriving Nordic outfit Miso Film on its first Scandinavian original drama, “The Rain,” a dystopian thriller series created by Jannik Tai Mosholt, Esben Toft Jacobsen and Christian Potalivo. “The Rain” unfolds a decade after a brutal virus has wiped out most of the population in Scandinavia. The series follows the perilous journey of two young siblings searching for safety, guided by their father’s notebook about the virus and the hazards of this new world.

BBC3 parodies Making a Murderer
BBC3 in the UK has commissioned a six-part satirical parody of true-crime series such as Making a Murderer, The Jinx and Serial. Sexy Murder is from Roughcut TV and features a “truth crusader” who visits the UK to “speculate to the point of insanity and manage to make a story out of absolutely nothing.”


(animated) ‘Muppet Babies’ Revived at Disney Junior
The CG-animated series debuts in early 2018.


Universal TV Veteran Russell Rothberg Joins Awesomeness TV-Verizon Premium Service
Veteran television executive Russell Rothberg is joining AwesomenessTV and Verizon’s unnamed premium video service. Rothberg will serve as senior VP of creative. He will report to Samie Kim Falvey, chief content officer for the yet-to-be-launched co-venture.

20th Century Fox Communications Officer Chris Petrikin to Leave Post
Chris Petrikin, longtime chief communications officer for 20th Century Fox, has announced his departure from the film studio at the end of 2016. Petrikin plans to form a yet-to-be named strategic communications and crisis management consultancy.

Disney-ABC Directing Program Names 10 New Shadowers; Alumni Nab Footholds
Indie film directors, television editors and a former Spike Lee Fellow are among the 10 program directors chosen by Disney-ABC Television Group to take part in its 2016-17 Directing Program. The newly named program directors are indie film directors Pete Chatmon, Anthony Lucero; television editors Dane Collier, Jill D’Agnenica; former Spike Lee Fellow Jess dela Merced; award-winning documentarian Sarah Feeley; Steven J. Kung; Mundo Fox segment producer Rebecca Murga; Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour; and script supervisor Aprill Winney.


Deadline: Twitter Says It Will Slash 9% Of Workforce As Q3 Earnings Beat Expectations
Twitter shares are up more than 4.5% in pre-market trading after the struggling social media company said that it will cut employment by 9% — but beat Wall Street’s expectations for Q3 financials.

Variety: California Film-TV Tax Incentive Program Shows ‘Encouraging’ Results
The first year of California’s expanded tax incentive program has achieved “encouraging” results, according to a progress report released by the state’s film commission. The study showed significant gains in employment for actors and below-the-line employees and noted that the incentive program has lured half a dozen TV series to relocate to California.