The Morning Update for Friday, November 4, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, November 4, 2016. Have a great weekend!


Kerry Washington Producing Blended Family Comedy ‘Melting Potts’ For ABC
ABC is developing Melting Potts, a single-camera comedy from Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street production company and ABC Studios, where the company is based. Written by Ryan Jaffe, Melting Potts centers on a blended family made up of equal parts Indian, Muslim, Jewish, and New Jersey. It is about a newly married couple struggling against culture, tradition and generations to build their idea of a “normal” American family.

VA Hospital Comedy From Jim Parsons, Bill Wrubel Set at ABC
ABC is teaming with Bill Wrubel and Jim Parsons for single-camera comedy Lakeside VA. The comedy has landed at ABC with a hefty put-pilot commitment. Inspired by writer Shelly Gossman’s experience working at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Lakeside VA follows a C-plus team of VA hospital employees who are underfunded, understaffed and who stopped overworking themselves to make up for it years ago — until a new hotshot female chief of surgery steps in to turn them into an A team. Gossman will co-exec produce the Warner Bros. Television comedy alongside That’s Wonderful Productions’ head of development, Eric Norsoph, who will produce.

CBS Developing Two Dramas From Anna Fricke With Mark Gordon, Ridley Scott
CBS is developing two new dramas from writer and executive producer Anna Fricke — one with Mark Gordon and another with Ridley Scott. “Patriots,” follows an estranged brother and sister — an FBI agent and a professor with former ties to Islamic extremism — who unexpectedly reunite to counter violent terrorism in the city of Boston. “Murder Room” tells the story of a woman recruited by her mother into the Vidocq Society, an international think tank of the world’s best forensic experts dedicated to solving the unsolvable.

NBC Buys Missing Persons Drama From ‘Sully’ Writer Todd Komarnicki
Sully writer Todd Komarnicki is venturing into television with an hourlong drama at NBC from Mike Karz and Bill Bindley’s Gulfstream Television and Warner Bros. TV where the company has an overall deal. Written by Komarnicki, the untitled project, inspired by a true story, follows the life of the world’s leading finder of missing persons as he searches nonstop, driven by the one person he could not find in time…his own daughter.

‘Workaholics’ Ending After Season 7 on Comedy Central
It’s the end of the road for “Workaholics.” The Comedy Central series will wrap up after its seventh season, which premieres in January 2017.

(sched) Fox Solidifies Midseason Schedule

Pitch will conclude with its 10-episode run on Dec. 8, and its future is still to be determined. While viewership has not met network expectations, execs are said to be happy with the show creatively. Rosewood, which also has struggled in the ratings, will move to Fridays beginning Jan. 6. Meanwhile on Mondays, Fox will pair freshmen action dramas 24: Legacy and Justin Kirk cop drama APB, beginning Feb. 6.


Wyatt Russell to Star in AMC Drama ‘Lodge 49’
Paul Giamatti
is an exec producer on the drama, which was picked up straight to series last month.

Courtney Love Joins Lifetime’s Shakespeare Anthology ‘A Midsummer’s Nightmare’
Courtney Love has been cast in Lifetime’s Shakespeare psychological thriller “A Midsummer’s Nightmare.”

‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’: Abbie Cornish Cast As Female Lead In Amazon Series
Abbie Cornish is set as the female lead opposite John Krasinski in Amazon’s straight-to-series dramaTom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, from the Lost duo of co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and writer Graham Roland, Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, Skydance Media and Paramount TV.

Gail O’Grady & Jeff Kober Join ‘His Wives & Daughters’ CMT Soapy Pilot
Revenge alumna Gail O’Grady and Sons of Anarchy‘s Jeff Kober are set for lead roles alongside Jane Seymour in CMT‘s soapy, comedic pilot His Wives and Daughters.


News Satire Series ‘Mideast Minute’ Coming To Comedy Central Digital
Comedy Central is adding another news satire series to its roster, greenlighting Mideast Minute for worldwide distribution via the network’s digital platform. Created by writer, director and comedian Pardis Parker, who also stars, Mideast Minute is envisioned as “a news show that tries to convince Middle Easterners that everything’s OK in the Middle East.”

Vimeo to launch subscription video offeringVimeo has announced plans to launch a subscription video offering on top of its existing service, in an effort to “take a share of the $500 billion TV and film market”. “Rather than sell ads on Vimeo, or try to launch a linear channel through existing access providers, we will begin to experiment with proprietary consumer subscription services on Vimeo,” said Levin.


It’s Official: Dick Clark Productions Sells to China’s Wanda Group
In the first major push into television for the Chinese power, Wanda will pay "approximately $1 billion" for the producer of the Golden Globes and other top awards shows.

Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd in Serious Negotiations to Produce Oscars
Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd are close to a deal to produce the 89th annual Academy Awards telecast.

‘The View’ Primetime Election Day Special To Air On Lifetime
The Viewco-hosts Joy Behar, Jedediah Bila, Candace Cameron Bure, Sara Haines and Sunny Hostin will host a special primetime Election Night edition of their ABC daytime talker at 9 PM Tuesday on Lifetime.

(rumor) Is Donald Trump’s Reported Media Network Holding Auditions?
An organization billed as an “up-and-coming conservative media network currently in development” is looking for employees, according to Fox News. A casting notice says the network is looking for hosts, reporters and right-leaning, well-spoken panelists — exactly what a potential Trump TV would need.


Why Can’t Hollywood Crack China’s Massive TV Market?
South Korea has more luck there getting shows on air than the U.S. as stateside producers scramble for ways to enter an industry where series can regularly generate 75 million live viewers.


Epix Partners Renew Mark Greenberg’s Contract as CEO
Mark Greenberg will remain at the helm of Epix under a new deal set with the premium network’s studio partners: Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM.

Dean Devlin’s Electric Ups Dionne McNeff to Chief Operating Officer
Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has promoted Dionne McNeff to chief operating officer.

Yahoo Hires Ex-NBC News Exec Alex Wallace as Acting Head of Video
Alex Wallace, a former high-ranking NBC News executive who spent more than a decade at the news division, has joined Yahoo as acting head of video.

Former ITV Executive Steve November Joins Lionsgate

Former ITV drama chief Steve November who oversaw such shows as Downton Abbey and Doc Martin and was at ITV for 16 years before leaving in April in an executive shuffle, has been hired by Lionsgate. November, who is based in London, is now creative director of UK Television for Lionsgate UK and will oversee the growth of the studio’s TV business in the UK.


Wrap: Network TV Shows With the Richest and Poorest Viewers — From ‘Modern Family’ to ‘Empire’
The ABC sitcom (still) boasts the viewership with the highest median household income across the Big 4 broadcast networks. The median household income for “Modern Family” viewers thus far this season is $85,300. That’s $8,700 better than the No. 2 show, Fox’s “New Girl” ($76,600). Readers can subtract $200 more for third place finisher “Designated Survivor,” which is obviously tops among new series. The next best freshman show in terms of median income is “Speechless,” which clocked in at ninth overall with $70,400. Rounding out the Top 10, in order, are “Black-ish,” “The Goldbergs,” NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” pre-game show, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” ABC’s “Saturday Night Football,” and a 10th-place tie between “Fresh Off the Boat” and “This Is Us.”

Variety: Leslie Moonves: CBS, Viacom Recombination Discussions Still in ‘Very Early Stages’
As CBS unveiled impressive revenue and profit growth in its third quarter, CBS Corp. chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves made it clear that the company is not rushing into a reunion with Viacom.

Wrap: Average Person Spends 1.3 Years Looking for Something to Watch on TV
The average person will spend 1.3 years just flipping between broadcast channels and checking TV guides for something to watch, according to the latest Ericsson ConsumerLab TV and Media Report. It’s the same in the U.S. and more than half of the 24 countries in this year’s study.