The Morning Update for Tuesday, November 1, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, November 1, 2016:


ABC Buys Prison Comedy From Sanjay Shah & Kapital Entertainment
ABC has put in development a workplace comedy from Fresh Off The Boat co-executive producer Sanjay Shah, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios. Written and executive produced by Shah, the untitled project centers on an idealistic but street-stupid Berkeley grad who takes his first job teaching hardcore felons at a prison.

Legal Drama From Kit Williamson, Michael Rauch, Lisa Kudrow & Dan Bucatinsky Set At CBS
CBS has bought Rebel Law, a legal drama project from EastSiders creator Kit Williamson, former Royal Pains showrunner Michael Rauch and Lisa Kudrow & Dan Bucatinsky’s Is Or Isn’t Entertainment. Written by Williamson with Rauch supervising, Rebel Law centers on an openly gay attorney who returns home to Mississippi to join his family’s multi-generational law practice where they work through their personal and political differences both inside and outside the courtroom.

JJ Totah To Topline NBC Comedy Produced By Adam & Naomi Scott
J.J. Totah is set to headline a TV comedy series. The project is executive produced by Adam and Naomi Scott. The project hails from the Scott’s Gettin’ Rad Productions and Universal TV. Written by David Monahan and Danielle Hoover, the untitled half-hour comedy centers on 15-year-old JJ (Totah), an uber-confident, label-defying, tour de force who moves from small-town Indiana to New York City to live with his Aunt Nancy.

‘Lucifer’ Gets Back-Nine Order for Full Season 2 at Fox
The DC Comics-inspired drama will see its sophomore season go a full 22 episodes.

‘The Good Wife’ Spinoff Unveils Title, Adds ‘Justified’ Alum Erica Tazel
The upcoming CBS All Access series starring Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo will be called The Good Fight. Additionally, the drama has added Justified alum Erica Tazel to the cast. Production on the offshoot started Monday in New York City, with longtime Good Wife executive producer Brooke Kennedy tapped to direct the premiere.

NBC Passes on ‘Cruel Intentions’ SeriesThe Sarah Michelle Gellar drama was eyed for a summer 2017 slot. The sequel to the film will now be shopped to other outlets.

‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ Fate Unclear as El Rey Releases Actors
El Rey Network has released the stars of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” though no official decision has yet been made about the supernatural drama’s future. The star’s options were up at the end of the show’s third season and the network chose not to renew them, but another installment of the series remains a possibility. If the network chose to renew the series for a fourth season, it would likely be done with the same actors. An official decision is expected to come in early 2017.

(opinion) TVBTN: Cancel Bear vs. CBS, week 6: ‘Pure Genius’ is purely in trouble after a weak premiere
“Pure Genius” premiered to a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 last week. That is … not good. Here’s how not-good it was: That’s the lowest premiere for a CBS drama since “Battle Creek” (also 1.0) in March 2015. That show never got above 1.0 on its way to being canceled after 13 episodes. Even last season’s “Rush Hour” opened at a 1.1.

(review) THR: ‘People of Earth’
TBS’ new show ‘People of Earth’ is a surprisingly funny, smart, quirky and lovable comedy about an alien abduction support group.


Kelsey Grammer to Appear as Circus Ringmaster on ‘Modern Family’
He’ll play a former lover of Eric Stonestreet’s character on the ABC comedy.

‘Westworld’ Star Jimmi Simpson to Appear on NBC’s ‘This Is Us’
“Westworld” star Jimmi Simpson is having a busy fall season. Simpson will guest star in an episode of NBC’s “This Is Us.”

Halston Sage & Penny Johnson Jerald Join Seth MacFarlane’s Sci-Fi Dramedy At Fox
Halston Sage and Penny Johnson Jerald have landed series-regular roles in Fox‘s untitled live-action hourlong comedic drama created by and starring Seth MacFarlane. Jon Favreau is set to direct the first episode of the series, which is set in space 300 years in the future and follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar fleet.

Jane Seymour To Star In ‘His Wives & Daughters,’ CMT’s Soapy Pilot
Jane Seymour is set for a lead role in CMT’s soapy, comedic pilot His Wives and Daughters. Created and produced by Dina Chapman and Steve Sessions, the project centers on the eclectic and cunning wives and daughters of larger-than-life country music legend (and infamous womanizer) Eddie Ray Banks. After his estranged family is brought together unexpectedly, tempers flare and old rivalries resurface.

‘Claws’: Jack Kesy Upped To Regular In TNT Pilot
Jack Kesy, who is coming off a three-year stint on FX’s The Strain, is set as series regular opposite Niecy Nash in TNT‘s Claws pilot, an hourlong scripted dramedy set in a Southern Florida nail salon, from Rashida Jones and Will McCormack’s Le Train Train.


‘Snow White’ Live-Action Movie in the Works at Disney
Disney is developing a new, live-action movie musical of “Snow White,” which will expand upon the story and music from the animated classic. The studio is in negotiations with Erin Cressida Wilson to write the script. Songwriters Benj Pasek & Justin Paul are attached to pen new songs.


NBCUniversal’s Seeso Sets 4 New Series, Standup Specials
NBCUniversal’s Seeso comedy streaming service has set four new series and four standup specials to bow in the first quarter of next year. The series include a “comedy advice show” inspired by the podcast “My Brother, My Brother and Me,” featuring the McElroy brothers (Justin, Travis, and Griffin) from Huntington, West Va. The Seeso slate serves up two sketch comedy series premiering Jan. 12. The all-female comedy troupe Skit Box will front “Wham Bam, Thank You Ma’am”; and Australia’s Fancy Boy troupe will craft a six-part series featuring sketches that swing between “moody and manic,” according to Seeso. Also, “Shrink” (March 16) follows a recent medical school grad who begins seeing patients solicited from Craigslist in his parent’s garage after losing his medical residency.


‘Page Six TV’ Gossip Syndicated Show Picked Up By Fox Stations For Fall 2017
We have the first major new syndicated program set for a fall 2017 launch. After a three-week test last summer, Page Six TV, a daily gossip magazine, has been picked up by the Fox Television Stations for a national debut in fall 2017 in 17 markets, including New York and Los Angeles.


Ridley Scott Expands Scott Free London as Ed Rubin Boards
Origin Pictures head of film and television Ed Rubin has joined Ridley Scott’s U.K. production outfit, Scott Free London, as managing director as the company looks to expand further.

Viacom Names Robert Bakish Acting President, CEO
Viacom has named international vet Robert Bakish its acting president and CEO. He’ll officially start the company’s top gig on Nov. 15, when Tom Dooley steps down.

Anton Corp. Hires Laura Wilson As Vice President Of Acquisitions
Anton Corp., the parent company of Anton Capital Entertainment, has hired former eOne director of development Laura Wilson as VP Acquisitions.

Television Academy Set To Elect New Chairman/CEO As Bruce Rosenblum Exits & Two Candidates Emerge
On November 17, the Board of Governors of the Television Academy will be choosing a new Chairman and CEO to replace outgoing Chair Bruce Rosenblum, who is terming out after serving five years in the role. Paperwork for those running had to be turned in by last Friday, and at least two candidates have emerged in the race: current Vice-Chair Kevin Hamburger, and Producers Branch co-Governor Hayma “Screech” Washington.


Deadline: Viacom Restructuring Has TV Land & CMT Migrate To Music & Entertainment Group: Consolidation Ahead Of Merger With CBS?
As part of the restructuring, TV Land and CMT, which had been part of the Viacom Kids and Family Group, overseen by Cyma Zarghami for the past year and a half, will now move to the Global Entertainment Group. Zarghami’s group will revert to being the Nickelodeon Group, which it was before TV Land and CMT were added to her portfolio of Nickelodeon and its offshoots.

AdWeek: Less Is More for truTV, Which Cut Its Prime-Time Ads Almost in Half
The number of ad breaks haven’t changed, but the individual pods are shorter. And several series are producing two different versions: one with the reduced ad load and another with the longer ad breaks, which will air in repeats outside of the C3 window. …The results have paid off. In a year when most cable networks lost viewers, truTV is up 2 percent year to year in adults 18-49; its millennial audience has increased 11 percent.

Variety: Nielsen Retracts Data Suggesting Record ESPN Subscriber Loss
Nielsen has retracted data issued last week after coming under fire from ESPN for suggesting cable networks suffered alarming declines to their subscriber counts. The measurement company is re-crunching its numbers from its monthly “Cable Network Coverage Areas Universe Estimate” for November, which clients received Friday. The data in question suggested ESPN lost a record 621,000 subscribers over the most recent month, prompting a strong reaction from the Disney-owned sports network.

Wrap: This ‘Black-ish’ Writers’ Assistant’s App Is Finally Getting Hollywood to Stop Wasting Paper
Steven Vitolo, who’s worked on shows including ABC’s “Black-ish” and TVLand’s “Hot in Cleveland,” developed Scriptation, an iPad script annotation app that launched in May and on Monday unveiled an “actor highlighting” feature allowing actors to instantly select all the dialogue pertaining to them. Vitolo, whose background is as a writer and script coordinator, developed the idea for the iPad because its touch screen allowed for manual note taking — a huge part of the process. And in fact, being able to instantly transfer notes when a page or an entire script was updated — instead of manually rewriting them — became Scriptation’s killer app.