The Morning Update for Wednesday, November 2, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, November 2, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Ed Weeks & Mindy Kaling Team For ABC Comedy About Lesbian Couple In Kansas
The Mindy Project co-starEd Weeks has partnered with Mindy Kaling for a comedy project, which has landed at ABC with a script commitment plus penalty. Co-written by Weeks and Hannah Mackay, the untitled single-camera comedy centers on liberal lesbian couple Laurel and Marisa who move with their teenage son to Laurel’s conservative hometown in Kansas to find that their assumptions about Middle America might just be wrong. http://deadline.com/2016/11/ed-weeks-mindy-kaling-abc-comedy-lesbian-couple-in-kansas-1201846101/

The Lonely Island, Chris Garcia, ‘Modern Family’ Producers Developing Cuban-American Comedy at Fox
Fox is developing a comedy from creator Chris Garcia and The Lonely Island. The potential series is based on Garcia’s real life story when his immigrant parents lie about their home address, in order to give him a chance at a better public education. A first generation Cuban-American, he has to make the most of his high school experience despite being surrounded by affluent, white surfer kids — and his dad who is taking ESL classes at the same school. Party Over Here will co-produce with 20th Century Fox Television. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/chris-garcia-fox-comedy-series-the-lonely-island-1201906178/

‘Timeless’ Gets More Episodes at NBC

NBC announced Tuesday that it has extended the show’s freshman run to 16 hours. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/timeless-gets-more-episodes-at-nbc-943010

K.C. Undercover Renewed for Season 3
Disney Channel has renewed K.C. Undercover for a third season. Zendaya, who stars as the titular high-school spy, will return for Season 3. http://tvline.com/2016/11/01/k-c-undercover-renewed-season-3-disney-zendaya/

(review) THR: ‘The Crown’
Peter Morgan’s young Queen Elizabeth drama ‘The Crown’ is a starmaker for Claire Foy and should be an awards contender for Netflix. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/crown-review-941772

(review) THR: ‘Stan Against Evil’
IFC is set to premiere Stan Against Evil, an inconsistent but sporadically effective horror-comedy that often rises to the level of "just fine" and periodically even hits "pretty good," thanks in huge part to the central star turn by John C. McGinley. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/stan-evil-review-943144

CASTING NEWS:

Quantico Adds Hamilton Lead
Current Hamilton lead Javier Muñoz will appear in an upcoming episode of Quantico. Muñoz tweeted the news late Monday. http://tvline.com/2016/11/01/quantico-hamilton-cast-javier-munoz-season-2/

‘The Walking Dead’ Actress Juliana Harkavy Joining ‘Arrow’
Juliana Harkavy is joining CW’s “Arrow.” Harkavy will have a recurring role. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/juliana-harkavy-arrow-cast-walking-dead-1201906144/

Holliday Grainger Cast As Female Lead In ‘Cormoran Strike’ Limited Series
British actress Holliday Grainger is set as the female lead opposite Tom Burke inCormoran Strike,BBC One‘s high-profile new limited series based on J.K. Rowling’s bestselling crime novels, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. http://deadline.com/2016/11/holliday-grainger-cast-female-lead-cormoran-strike-limited-series-bbc-one-1201846653/

Molly Price Joins Ryan Murphy’s FX Anthology Series ‘Feud’
Molly Price (The Knick) has landed a lead role opposite Alfred Molina in Ryan Murphy’s latest anthology series Feud forFX. http://deadline.com/2016/11/molly-price-ryan-murphy-fx-anthology-series-feud-1201846397/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Hulu Adds ESPN, ABC and Fox News to Streaming Service
Hulu has signed deals that will make networks like ABC, ESPN and Fox News a part of its forthcoming live streaming service. The live service is expected to make its debut in early 2017, and though Hulu has not said exactly how much it would cost, media executives have said that it may be around $40 a month. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/02/business/media/hulu-adds-espn-abc-and-fox-news-to-streaming-service.html

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Why National Geographic Decided To Dump The Dumb And Get Back To Its Educated Roots
That shift in tone may initially seem less sexy, less likely to grab you by the eyeballs, but it represents a larger change within National Geographic itself, from chasing reality TV ratings with shows like . . . well, Chasing UFOs and Diggers, to programming that more accurately reflects the reputation for smart science and cutting-edge exploration its built over the last century with its magazine. https://www.fastcocreate.com/3063797/behind-the-brand/why-national-geographic-decided-to-dump-the-dumb-and-get-back-to-its-educat

Pentatonix A Cappella Group Gets NBC Holiday Special
Popular a cappella group Pentatonix is set for its first holiday network special, which will air on NBC on December 14. This marks the quintet’s return to NBC where they first rose to fame as Season 3 winners of the network’s a cappella singing competition The Sing-Off. http://deadline.com/2016/11/pentatonix-a-capella-group-nbc-holiday-special-1201846713/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Meet the Oprah of China, Who Happens to Be Transgender
Jin Xing, a former male ballet star and army colonel, draws 100 million viewers a week and was the first person, publicly, to undergo gender reassignment surgery in her country. Now she shares the unlikely story of finding extraordinary success afterwards. Jin, 49, is a one-woman industry unto herself, a kind of Chinese hybrid of Oprah, Simon Cowell and Caitlyn Jenner. And yet, outside China she is virtually unknown. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/meet-oprah-china-who-happens-be-transgender-942750

Sony Pictures Entertainment Launches China Writers Initiative
Sony Pictures Entertainment announced Tuesday that it is launching a China Writers Initiative for emerging writers in China. The budding talent will meet with established Hollywood film, television executives and screenwriters to exchange and collaborate on ideas both for Hollywood films as well as Hollywood Chinese co-productions, according to a statement from the studio. http://www.thewrap.com/sony-pictures-entertainment-launches-china-writers-initiative/

TWDC NEWS:

Miss Piggy now has a fabulous fashion lineFashion label Kate Spade New York just announced the Disney Miss Piggy Collection, which was inspired by the stylish muppet — and no one is more excited than Miss Piggy herself. "It was a true partnership between moi and Kate Spade New York’s president and chief creative officer, Deborah Lloyd," Miss Piggy said in a statement sent to Mashable. http://mashable.com/2016/11/01/miss-piggy-kate-spade-new-york/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Former CMT Programming Exec Katie Buchanan Tapped For SVP Role At Lifetime/LMN
Veteran programming execKatie Buchanan has been named SVP Programming Strategy and Scheduling for Lifetime andLMN. Buchanan moves to Lifetime/LMN from CMT, where she served as SVP Programming Strategy and Acquisitions for the Viacom network. She now reports to Christian Drobnyk, SVP Strategy, Scheduling and Acquisitions at Lifetime. http://deadline.com/2016/11/katie-buchanan-tapped-for-svp-role-at-lifetimelmn-1201846525/

Warner Bros. Names First Five Participants in Emerging Directors Workshop
Warner Bros. has selected the first five participants in its newly launched Emerging Film Directors Workshop. The program is aimed at serving as a talent incubator designed to give access and voice to new and underrepresented talent via a seven-month fellowship with the opportunity to showcase their work: Kristin Burke, Justin Floyd, Alexis Korycinski, Elaine Mongeon, Xu Zhang. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/warner-bros-emerging-directors-workshop-1201906155/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Ringer: What the Rest of TV Can Learn From ‘Atlanta’Going forward, competitors, and even FX itself, will try to replicate Atlanta’s breakout success. But what, exactly, should those competitors be imitating? With the conclusion of Atlanta’s freshman run comes our first chance to ask what, exactly, made the show resonate as strongly as it did. Here are some lessons Atlanta offers for the rest of television. https://theringer.com/fx-atlanta-season-1-tv-industry-e0efdcc404bf#.fwj3x26d6

IndieWire: Pivot TV Shuts Down: Why Participant Media’s Millennial Cable Network Couldn’t Survive
Pivot insiders admitted they were frustrated by Participant’s shifting strategy for Pivot under former CEO Jim Berk. “They struggled to find the right model from the very beginning,” one source said. Another said Berk wasn’t patient when audiences didn’t grow fast enough. http://www.indiewire.com/2016/10/pivot-tv-shuts-down-participant-media-cable-network-1201742061/

CoCreate: Marketing J.K. Rowling’s "Fantastic Beasts": A Hollywood And Silicon Valley Love StoryTo promote Fantastic Beasts, Warner Bros. is joining forces with Amazon, Google, and other tech companies in new ways. To promote its new Pixel smartphones and Daydream View VR headset, Google is launching a series of branded promotions for Fantastic Beasts that goes far beyond showing sneak peeks. And for the first time ever, Amazon is integrating the film into its search engine in a surprising new campaign. https://www.fastcocreate.com/3064983/marketing-jk-rowlings-fantastic-beasts-a-hollywood-and-silicon-valley-love-story

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