The Morning Update for Friday, October 28, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, October 28, 2016. Have a great weekend!


Viola Davis Sells Racially Themed 1960s Family Music Comedy to ABC
ABC is looking to Viola Davis to develop single-camera comedy The Zipcoders, Based on an original idea, the potential series is about the group of teen friends, who aspire to be in a rock band like The Beatles. The idea for The Zipcoders came from Davis and her JuVee Productions partner and husband, Julius Tennon, who were inspired to tell a story about a group of African-American teens with feathered hair and bell-bottoms in the middle of the Deep South. In came Marshall Todd, who sparked to the idea and will pen the script. From ABC Studios.

Kevin James Producing CBS Sitcom Starring Comedian Gina Brillon
Kevin James is set to exec produce a comedy series at CBS set to star comedian Gina Brillon, hailing from writer Adam Barr. The show stars Brillon as Gina, who, when her seven-year relationship suddenly ends, moves from the Bronx to Manhattan to pursue her dreams. The project hails from Sony Pictures Television.

Simon Cowell, Diablo Cody, ‘Glee’ Co-Creator Team for Synchronized Swimming Fox Comedy
Fox is teaming with Simon Cowell, Diablo Cody and Ian Brennan for a comedy about … synchronized swimming. The untitled single-camera project has received a hefty put-pilot commitment. Written by Brennan and Cody, the comedy centers on Marion Lolo, who has 26 synchronized swimming medals, one restraining order against her and zero friends.

‘Will & Grace’ Revival in the Works at NBC
is in talks to reboot the Emmy-winning comedy starring Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes. The goal, sources say, is to do a 10-episode limited series revival. Universal Television, which produced the original series, would have to secure the stars as well as the creators. Insiders caution it’s extremely early in the talks, and it’s unclear if a Will & Grace revival could actually happen.

New Orleans’ French Quarter Gangster Past Getting TV Treatment From Vermilion & Rubicon
Vermilion Entertainment is teaming withRubicon Entertainment to develop and produce a TV series based on The French Quarter: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld, a book in author-journalist Herbert Asbury’s early 20th century crime series that included Gangs of New York and The Barbary Coast. Vermillion and Rubicon will serve as executive producers on French Quarter, and they are beginning discussions with potential directors, writers and cast.

‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ Starring Jennifer Lopez, Set as NBC’s 2017 Live Holiday Musical
The live rendition of Aaron Sorkin’s ‘A Few Good Men’ is rumored for April.

Freeform Renews ‘Young & Hungry’ for Fifth Season
The multicam comedy was picked up for season four in March.

‘Nightcap’ Renewed For Season 2 By Pop Ahead Of Series Premiere
Pop said today it has ordered a 10-episode second season of its original scripted comedy Nightcap ahead of its series premiere next month.Ali Wentworthstars as an overworked talent booker on a fictitious late-night talk show, and each episode features celebrity guests and the antics that go on behind the scenes of a late-night set.

Making History Episode Order Cut at Fox
Fox has cut the midseason comedy’s episode order from 13 to nine.

(sched) ‘Bones’ Final Season Gets January Premiere on Fox
Fox has set a premiere date for the 12th and final season of “Bones”: Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 9 p.m.

(review) Slate: “It’s Network TV” Shouldn’t Excuse Pure Genius
As I go HAM on CBS’s stink bomb of a medical drama Pure Genius, it may seem like I am kicking a dog when it is down, but instead I am appropriately savaging a billion-dollar corporate behemoth for making idiotic tech propaganda that’s about one-tenth as curious about the issues it raises as it should be.


White Collar Vet Tim DeKay Joins American Crime Season 3
White Collar alum Tim DeKay has joined Season 3 of ABC’s American Crime in a recurring role.

‘Heathers’ Reboot at TV Land Casts Its Three Heathers
The Viacom-owned cable network has tapped Melanie Field, Brendan Scannell and Jasmine Mathews to take on the roles of the three Heathers from the 1988 cult hit. They join newcomers James Scully and Grace Victoria Cox who take on the roles played by Christian Slater and Winona Ryder.

Showtime’s SMILF Pilot Adds Ash vs Evil Dead, Ray Donovan Alums
Showtime’s comedy pilot SMILF has added a couple of new cast members. Samara Weaving and Ismael Cruz Cordova have joined the cast of Frankie Shaw’s comedy pilot.

‘Greenleaf’: GregAlan Williams & Lovie Simone Upped To Regulars On OWN Drama
GregAlan Williams andLovie Simone have been promoted to series regulars on Greenleaf, OWN’s freshman drama exec produced by Oprah Winfrey.


Seeso Orders ‘Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle’ and ‘Andy Richter’s Home for the Holidays’
Seeso just announced two new specials from Steve Coogan and Andy Richter slated to premiere before the holidays. The streaming network announced today that a new Alan Partridge mockumentary Scissored Isle will debut on Thursday, November 17th, while Richter’s Home for the Holidays will debut just before Christmas on Tuesday, December 20th.

(animated) Netflix Debuts ‘Skylanders Academy’ Based on $3 Billion Toys-to-Life Game Franchise
Netflix is going after the kid demo again with “Skylanders Academy,” its first original series based on a video game, from Activision Blizzard. The 13-episode series bowed Friday on Netflix worldwide.

Apple Announces New TV Aggregation App for Apple TV, iPhone and iPad, but Without Netflix
Apple introduced a new app that aims to make it easier for Apple TV owners to find the shows they want to watch. The app, aptly called “TV,” will be available to U.S. consumers on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad by the end of this year. The new app aggregates TV shows and movies from multiple content providers, allowing users to quickly get back to their favorite shows without the need to find and open separate apps manually. Some of the content partners shown on stage Thursday included Hulu, Showtime, Starz and HBO. Notably absent was Netflix.

Twitter is killing off Vine
Twitter is killing off Vine, the short-form video app it once hoped would complement its text-based network with a vibrant community of independent creators. The mobile app will be discontinued “in coming months,” the company said.

Vice Is Launching Gaming Channel With 72-Hour Twitch Live-Stream
Waypoint is led by editor-in-chief Austin Walker, who joined Vice this summer from CBS Interactive’s Giant Bomb. The gaming site will cover gaming and gaming culture and politics. Vice says Waypoint will differentiate itself from other video-game publications that focus on product cycles and reviews.


A&E orders scientology series from Holzman’s prodco
A&E has greenlit Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, an ob-doc series in which actress and presenter Remini, speaks to other former church members about their experiences. The 8x1hr series will be produced by The Intellectual Property Corporation, the prodco set up earlier this year by former All3Media America and Studio Lambert USA exec Eli Holzman.

Erin Lee Carr’s New True-Crime Documentary to Air on HBO
‘Mommie Dead and Dearest’ focuses on a 2015 murder case in which a wheelchair-bound girl was charged with murdering her mother.

Bravo Renews Three Series, Adds New Reality Shows
The cable network has handed out renewals to three of its reality shows: Southern Charm for season four and Shahs of Sunset and Million Dollar Listing New York for season six. Bravo has also green-lighted new series including First Family of Hip Hop and Relative Success With Tabatha, as well as a franchise expansion with Southern Charm Savannah.

WE tv Orders Paranormal Docuseries ‘Ghosts in the Hood’ for January Premiere
WE tv has ordered six hourlong episodes of paranormal docuseries “Ghosts in the Hood” and set them to premiere Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. “Ghosts in the Hood” follows a group of ghost hunters called “O.P.O.,” or Office of Paranormal Operations. They investigate in the areas of Los Angeles that other teams won’t, looking to resolve unexplained issues for their client.

(sched) Cameron Dallas Netflix Show ‘Chasing Cameron’ Gets Premiere Date
Cameron Dallas’ reality show on Netflix following his life as an internet superstar, “Chasing Cameron,” will hit the streaming service on Dec. 27 worldwide.


European TV Enjoys ‘Halcyon’ Days as Homegrown Shows Push U.S. Series Out of Primetime
The days of U.S. comedies, dramas and procedurals dominating the schedule are gone. Many European networks are still locked into so-called output or volume deals with U.S. studios, agreements that require the networks to buy up a certain number of new series every year. But as fewer American shows land with European viewers, many of Europe’s biggest networks are reassessing these studio agreements.


TNT’s Kevin Reilly, Execs From Hulu & Sony TV Join Peabodys Advisory Board
The Peabody Awards has added to its advisory board. Joining the nearly two dozen existing board members areKevin Reilly, president of TBS and TNT and Chief Creative Officer at Turner Entertainment; Zack Van Amburg, president of Sony Pictures Television; and Craig Erwich, SVP and Head of Content at Hulu. Wendy Clark, CEO of ad agency DDB North America.


Deadline: U.S. Senate Sets December Date For Time Warner-AT&T Merger Hearing
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee December 7 to testify about the effects the merger may have, and to address criticisms.

LAT: Comcast signs up more cable TV subscribers, bucking the cord-cutting trend
Cable television colossus Comcast Corp. gained customers in the third quarter, bucking industry trends. Comcast announced that it gained a net 32,000 cable television subscribers during the July-through-September.