The Morning Update for Thursday, November 3, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, November 3, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

NBC Nabs Sisters Comedy From Tina Fey, Robert Carlock & Luke Del Tredici As Put Pilot
Tina Fey has sold single-camera comedyThe Sackett Sisters to NBC through her Little Stranger banner. Penned by Luke Del Tredici, The Sackett Sisters is about two estranged sisters who perform a Sully Sullenberger-esque act of public heroism, then are forced to navigate their new found notoriety together. http://deadline.com/2016/11/the-sackett-sisters-comedy-tina-fey-robert-carlock-luke-del-tredici-put-pilot-1201847414/

Baseball Comedy From ‘Mindy Project’ Duo Set at NBC
NBC has handed out a hefty put-pilot commitment to All Stars. The comedy will be written by the Mindy Project duo of Jack Burditt and Charlie Grandy and hails from Universal Television. The comedy centers on a collection of very different families who are bound together by their children’s 10-and-under all-star baseball team. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/baseball-comedy-mindy-project-duo-set-at-nbc-943574

John Singleton Sets ‘Straight Outta Heaven’ Guardian Angel Drama at CW
John Singleton has set a drama project at the CW and Warner Bros. TV that mixes faith-based storytelling with hip-hop. “Straight Outta Heaven” revolves around a hip-hop star who dies but comes back to life as a guardian angel. Singleton and his producing partner Dallas Jackson are co-writing the script. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/john-singleton-cw-guardian-angel-hip-hop-drama-1201907712/

CW Developing Period Drama Based on Black PI Who Inspired Philip Marlowe Character
‘Marlowe’ will be set in 1937 but feature social issues ripped from today’s headlines. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/cw-developing-period-drama-based-black-pi-who-inspired-philip-marlowe-character-943464

‘American Gigolo’ Adaptation Set at ShowtimeThe premium cable network will team with Paramount to develop a reboot of the 1980 feature, with Neil LaBute set to pen the script. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/american-gigolo-adaptation-set-at-showtime-943502

David S. Goyer Inks First-Look Deal With IM Global TV
The first project under the two-year pact is LAPD anthology ‘Golden State.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/david-s-goyer-inks-first-look-deal-im-global-tv-943227

‘Kevin Can Wait’ Changes ShowrunnersBruce Helford has departed the series and will be replaced by Rob Long. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/kevin-can-wait-changes-showrunners-943517

‘Penny Dreadful’ Creator Set as Showrunner on Meryl Streep-J.J. Abrams Series ‘The Nix’
John Logan also will executive produce the drama from Warner Bros. Television. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/penny-dreadful-creator-set-as-showrunner-meryl-streep-jj-abrams-series-nix-943592

‘Longmire’ Renewed for Sixth and Final Season at Netflix
This marks the drama’s third and last season on the streaming giant. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/longmire-renewed-sixth-final-season-at-netflix-943384

(sched) Scandal Season 6 Gets January Premiere Date — Watch the Full Trailer
#TGIT is coming back with a vengeance in 2017. ABC on Thursday revealed that Scandal‘s long-awaited sixth season will premiere Jan. 19 at 9/8c. http://tvline.com/2016/11/03/scandal-season-6-trailer-premiere-date-video/

(sched) Fox’s Star to Rise in December Behind Empire Fall Finale
Fox announced that Empire creator Lee Daniels’ newest musical drama Star will get an early premiere on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 9/8c, following the fall finale of Empire. http://tvline.com/2016/11/02/star-premiere-date-fox-lee-daniels-empire/

THR: TV’s New Creative Obsession: The Wide World of Sports
Michael B. Jordan and Michael Strahan will each executive produce a sports-themed drama which will join the increasing slate of scripted sports TV including Fox’s ‘Pitch,’ Starz’s ‘Survivor’s Remorse,’ and HBO’s ‘Ballers.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tv-s-new-creative-obsession-wide-world-sports-942982

AdWeek: Last Year’s Biggest Freshman TV Hits Have Lost Momentum in Season 2
For a new TV series, the only thing harder than becoming a freshman hit is maintaining that momentum in Season 2. Several of last year’s biggest critical and commercial hits, including Blindspot and Mr. Robot, have been felled by ratings and creative challenges in their sophomore seasons. http://www.adweek.com/news/television/last-years-biggest-freshman-tv-hits-have-lost-momentum-season-2-174410

CASTING NEWS:

Adam Sandler to Guest Star on CBS’ ‘Kevin Can Wait’
Adam Sandler is heading over to “Kevin Can Wait.” Sandler will guest star in the episode, titled “Who’s Better Than Us?,” airing next week on Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/adam-sandler-kevin-can-wait-guest-star-cbs-1201907471/

FEATURE NEWS:

Disney Scores Biggest Year Ever at Box Office, Poised to Set New Industry Record
“Zootopia,” “Captain America: Civil War,” and “Finding Dory” have pushed Walt Disney Studios to its biggest year ever at the global box office with two months left to go on the calendar. The Hollywood giant has earned $5.85 billion in global ticket sales through Nov. 1, racing past its previous record of $5.84 billion. http://variety.com/2016/film/box-office/disney-box-office-record-1201907106/

Black Santa and Hip-Hop ‘Oliver Twist’: Disney’s Diversity Push
The studio is building an increasingly diverse catalog including Ice Cube starring in a fresh adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Kevin Hart as Santa Claus and Ava DuVernay’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/black-santa-hip-hop-oliver-twist-disneys-diversity-push-942983

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

YouTube Red Sets Adult Animated Comedy ‘Paranormal Action Squad’ Starring Vanoss, SeaNanners, Mr_Sark
YouTube is launching its first original animated series, the adult comedy “Paranormal Action Squad” featuring three top YouTube gaming creators which will be available exclusively on the YouTube Red subscription service starting Nov. 16. The show is helmed by Michael Rowe. The eight-episode comedy follows two paranormal enthusiasts, Paul and Eddie, who along with their squad-mates and their enthusiastic, owl-headed neighbor Vanoss, have made it their mission in life to uncover the mysteries of the ghostly universe. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/youtube-red-paranormal-action-squad-vanoss-seananners-mrsark-1201907366/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

(ratings) Cubs Win World Series in Front of Massive Audience
After 108 years, the Curse of the Billy Goat is no more. And at least 39.2 million people watched it break Wednesday night. The last game of 2016’s series also pulled in a 12.1 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. A full 40% of the TVs in use last night were tuned to the game. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/tv-ratings-cubs-win-world-series-record-1201908313/

What’s Behind Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Senior Staff Turnover
As the showrunner and digital guru leave amid election buzz for his rivals, the late-night leader switches up his team. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/whats-behind-jimmy-fallons-tonight-show-senior-staff-turnover-943158

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Keshet Studios, Associated Producers Developing 10-Hour ‘Kaballah’ Event Series
The U.S. studio of ‘Homeland’ producer Keshet International is expanding into TV documentary production under unscripted division head Rob Lee. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/keshet-studios-associated-producers-developing-10-hour-kaballah-event-series-943473

Oz TV drama sees record spend
Australian TV drama production hit new peaks in dollar terms and volume of hours during the year to June 30, according to Screen Australia’s annual drama report. The report also revealed a big jump in foreign-originated drama, post-production and visual effects. http://www.c21media.net/oz-tv-drama-sees-record-spend/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Charlie Corwin Nears Move to Imagine Entertainment
He will take on the newly created role of CEO. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/charlie-corwin-moves-imagine-entertainment-943667

‘Downton Abbey’ Producer Carnival Films Names Joanna Strevens Head of Development
She will report to Gareth Neame, managing director of the company that is part of NBCUniversal International Studios. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/downton-abbey-producer-carnival-films-names-joanna-strevens-head-development-943355

Hannah Minghella Re-Ups as Sony TriStar Pictures President
TriStar Pictures President Hannah Minghella has renewed her contract with the Sony film label, a key retention for the regime of studio Chairman Tom Rothman. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/hannah-minghella-sony-tristar-pictures-president-1201907641/

Fox Promotes Will Somers to EVP, Head of Research
Fox has promoted Will Somers to executive vice president, head of research. http://www.thewrap.com/fox-will-somers/

Mila Kunis Says Producer Threatened Her for Not Posing ‘Semi-Naked’
Mila Kunis has joined the chorus of actresses speaking out against sexism in Hollywood. In an essay published Wednesday, the “Bad Moms” star shared an incident in which a producer allegedly threatened her when she “refused to pose semi-naked on the cover of a men’s magazine to promote our film.” http://www.thewrap.com/auto-draft-23/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Justice Department: DirecTV Coordinated Effort To Keep Dodgers Games Dark

The Justice Department suedAT&T’s DirecTV saying that it was “the ringleader of a series of unlawful information exchanges” to keep SportsNet LA, the Los Angeles Dodgers’s cable home, off of pay TV. http://deadline.com/2016/11/justice-department-sues-directv-conspiracy-keep-los-angeles-dodgers-games-dark-1201846950/

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