The Morning Update for Monday, October 31, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, October 31, 2016:


(from Fri) Shane Brennan Drama ‘Here & Now’ About Cop With Amnesia Set At CBS
NCIS: Los Angeles creatorShane Brennan has set up another crime drama project atCBS. The network has nabbedHere & Now, created, written and executive produced by the veteran writer-producer. In Here & Now, after a near death drowning accident, a Boston homicide detective develops retrograde amnesia which causes him to forget the last five years of his life. The project hails from CBS TV Studios.

(from Fri) Dan Jinks Sells Three Projects To CBS, Including Comedy Starring Lucas Hazlett
Lucas Hazlett, a participant in CBS’ 2016 Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase, is set to write and topline Outnumbered, a semi-autobiographical hybrid comedy for CBS. It is one of three projects sold to the network by producer Dan Jinks, along with cop drama Crusader, written by NCIS: New Orleans executive producer Chris Silber, and the Upstairs Downstairs-themed single-camera comedy Rich Folks penned by The Simpsons supervising producer Ryan Koh. The projects hail from CBS TV Studios.

(from Fri) Kellee Stewart To Star In ‘BBF’ Comedy At Fox Produced By Cedric the Entertainer
Former My Boys co-starKellee Stewart is set to topline her own comedy series, teaming with Sebastian Jones forBBF (Black Best Friend) a single-camera comedy based on her life. It is executive produced by Cedric the Entertainer. BBF has been set up atFox through 20th Century Fox TV with a script commitment. Written by Jones, BBF hijacks the camera away from the usual white female lead and onto the black best friend. It follows a black woman, caught between two cultures, who steps out of the shadows of her friends in search of her authentic self.

(from Fri) Nahnatchka Khan Teams With ‘Son of Zorn’ Boss for Fox Comedy
Nahnatchka Khan is teaming with Sally Bradford McKenna for a high-concept Fox comedy. The untitled single-camera workplace comedy is set within a mysterious company that claims to help change people’s lives — but in unconventional and sometimes even disturbing ways. McKenna will pen the script and executive produce alongside Khan. The comedy hails from 20th Century Fox Television, where both are under overall deals.

(from Fri) NBC Nabs Mike Schur-Matt Murray Comedy ‘Landlords’ as Put Pilot
Mike Schur is developing “Landlords” at NBC, a comedy following a young couple who become landlords and begin to navigate the strange and scary world of adulthood. The series hails from “Parks and Rec” vet Matt Murray, who is writing the pilot. Both Schur and Murray are under overall deals at Universal TV.

(from Fri) Marti Noxon’s ‘Dietland’ Adaptation Lands at AMC With Eye Toward Series Order
AMC has landed Marti Noxon’s TV adaptation of Sarai Walker’s novel Dietland, with an eye toward picking it up to series in 2017. Under AMC’s new "script-to-series" development model, the cabler has opened up a writers’ room. Produced by Skydance Television, Dietland is described as part coming-of-age story and part revenge fantasy. The potential series is set against the backdrop of the beauty industry and explores society’s obsession with weight loss and beauty in a bold, original and funny fashion.

(review) THR: ‘Good Girls Revolt’
Amazon’s latest drama has its moments but gets lost in the over-explored 1960s, begging unflattering comparisons to ‘Mad Men.’


This Is Us Casts American Horror Story RegularThis is Us is bringing iconic character actorDenis O’Hare on board as a recurring guest star for later this season.

Toby Jones to Play Late Boy Band Mogul Lou Pearlman in TV Series
Toby Jones has been tapped to play the late Lou Pearlman in the TV series that will chronicle the life of the fraudulent boy band producer.

Haley Joel Osment Embarks On ‘Strange New Things’ At Amazon
Haley Joel Osment has been cast in Amazon’s sci-fi drama pilot based on The Book Of Strange New Things, Michel Faber’s cult hit novel. Osment joins Richard Madden who will topline the potential series, which Matt Charman (Bridge Of Spies) is writing and executive producing. Madden stars as Peter, a priest who is sent into space to help found a new colony, but what he ends up discovering not only puts his faith to the test but life as we know it.


(review) Variety: ‘Tracey Ullman’s Show’ on HBO
“Tracey Ullman’s Show,” a coproduction between HBO and the BBC, is decidedly British — almost incomprehensibly British, to the average American. Rather than take the issue-oriented approach of “Tracey Takes On…” or the American-exploration approach of “State of the Union,” “Tracey Ullman’s Show” is steeped in British politics and personalities. It’s a quaint, educational, and at times quite funny journey, but it requires a different level of investment than an average episode from “Key & Peele” or “Portlandia.”

ABC Presses for Over $2.1 Million for Oscars Ads, Despite Recent Ratings Lows
ABC has been pressing for more than $2.1 million for its remaining handful of 30-second ads in its February, 2017, broadcast of the annual movie awards, according to people familiar with the negotiations. ABC has shown a small amount of room for flexibility: One media buyer said the network was recently willing to do a deal with a $2 million price tag. In recent years, 30-second spots in the event have typically gone for anywhere between $1.7 million and $2.2 million.


(from Fri) 20th TV Ups Casting Exec Liz Paulson
Liz Paulson has been elevated to senior vp of casting at 20th Century Fox Television. Paulson has been with 20th TV since 2010, and her time there has seen her work on such hits as Empire, New Girl, The Last Man on Earth, Star and 24.

Variety: Top Sony Executives Disillusioned With Film Chairman Tom Rothman
Rothman was confronted with the charges of disillusionment with his leadership in a meeting last week with the company’s human resources department. The executives complained that morale has plummeted in the 20 months since Rothman was elevated from head of Sony’s TriStar Pictures label to chairman of the entire movie operation. “There is no confidence in his leadership,” said one of the sources, who declined to be named.


Variety: Revenues From TV Production Offset Risky Returns for Film Studios
The major film studios have been enjoying a period of healthy growth. The eight largest studios — Disney, Fox, Sony, Universal, Paramount, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, and MGM — saw a combined revenue gain of 14% from 2014 to 2015. But many are banking increasingly on television production to fuel gains and to offset the “lumpiness” and risk inherent in film production.

AdWeek: Why Marketers Must Move Beyond ‘Branded Content’ and Create Entertainment
As audiences migrate to commercial-free streaming platforms, more and more brands are looking to engage consumers through entertaining original programming. And the entertainment world has caught on to that reality.

Stratechery: Apple Should Buy Netflix
The problem Apple has in premium video — and given that the company has been trying and failing to secure video content on its terms for years now, it definitely has a problem — is that its executives seem to have forgotten just how important the piracy leverage was to the iTunes Music Store’s success. …Time may be on Apple’s side, but that leverage is not; that belongs to the company that is actually threatening premium content makers: Netflix. Netflix is the “piracy” of video content, but unfortunately for Apple they are a real company capable of using the leverage they have acquired.