The Morning Update for Monday, November 7, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, November 7, 2016:


(from Fri) ABC Developing ‘The Disrupters’ Patient Advocacy Drama Produced By Kim Moses
ABC has bought drama projectThe Disrupters, from Sander/Moses Productions and Warner Bros Television, revisiting a concept it first developed during the 2014-2015 season. Written/executive produced by Carla Kettner and executive produced byKim Moses, The Disrupters is inspired by the life experiences of Byrdie Lifson-Pompan and Dr. Valerie Ulene, who serve as consulting producers. It centers on a former high-powered Hollywood executive and an idealistic physician who are partners and best friends. Together with their staff of brilliant misfits, they are patient advocates who will stop at nothing to ensure their clients receive the best possible medical care.

(from Fri) Gay ‘Odd Couple’ Comedy From Amy Poehler, Claudia Lonow, ‘Difficult People’ Boss Set at ABC
Amy Poehler and her Paper Kite banner has sold its third comedy of the season. The Universal Television-based production company is teaming with Claudia Lonow for the Odd Couple-themed Family Style, which has landed at ABC with a script (with penalty) commitment. Family Style is a single-camera comedy described as a multigenerational half-hour about two mismatched men from different cultures who find love in a family-run restaurant in Miami. The project is inspired by the life of Difficult People showrunner Scott King, who will co-write the script alongside Lonow.

(from Fri) LeBron James Sells Sports Assistants Comedy to CBS
LeBron James and his SpringHill Entertainment banner have set up comedy Thankless at CBS. The hybrid comedy, which is in development, centers on a group of ambitious assistants who pursue their dreams at a sports agency in Chicago. Duo Craig Gerard and Matt Zinman will pen the script and executive produce. James and SpringHill topper Maverick Carter also will executive produce the comedy. Thankless hails from Warner Bros. Television, where SpringHill is under an overall deal.

(from Fri) ‘Pulling’ UK Comedy Gets NBC Remake From Molyneux Sisters & Sharon Horgan
Cult British comedy series Pulling is heading to NBC. The network is developing an U.S. version of the 2006 BBC Three series, with the original series’ creators Sharon Horgan who also starred, and Dennis Kelly executive producing. The project hails from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, Horgan’s Merman and 20th TV. Written by the writing duo ofWendy & Lizzie Molyneux, the single-camera Pulling is described as a contemporary re-conception of the beloved format. Donna breaks off her engagement to comfortable human-sweatsock Karl and moves in with her libertine sister Karen and sweet friend Louise. The show centers around the women’s adventures in the often-horrifying modern dating scene and their search for professional fulfillment.

(from Fri) NBC Buys Comedy Written By & Starring Richie Keen, Andrew Leeds, Lindsey Kraft
NBC is developing Throuple, a half-hour comedy written, executive produced and toplined byRichie Keen, Cristela alum Andrew Leeds andLindsey Kraft. Throuple is an autobiographical comedy based on a short film written by and starring the three real-life best friends. The half-hour project, which Keen is attached to direct, revolves around a long-term couple and their best friend as they navigate everyday situations in their own very unique way. Scott Fedro and Perry Rogers also executive produce. Universal TV is the studio.

(from Fri) The CW Buys ‘Insatiable’ Drama From Lauren Gussis & Ryan Seacrest Prods.
The CW has put in development Insatiable, a drama fromLauren Gussis, Ryan Seacrest Productions, Storied Media Group and CBS Television Studios. Written/executive produced by Gussis, Insatiable was inspired by real-life southern lawyer and top beauty pageant coach Bill Alverson who recently toplined his own TLC reality series, Coach Charming. The drama focuses on a disgraced, dissatisfied civil lawyer-turned-beauty pageant coach who takes on a vengeful, bullied teenager as his client, and has no idea what he’s about to unleash upon the world.

(from Fri) ‘American Housewife’ Nabs Full-Season Order At ABC; ‘The Real O’Neals’ Gets 3 More Episodes
ABC has given a Back 9 order to new comedy seriesAmerican Housewife, bringing its freshman run to a full-season 22 episodes. Meanwhile, sophomore ABC comedy The Real O’Neals has received a three-episode back order, bringing its second season to 16 episodes.

(from Fri) ‘The Simpsons’ Breaks Episodic TV Record With Two-Season Renewal at Fox
The renewal means the animated comedy will break the record for most episodes of a scripted series ever.

(from Fri) ‘NCIS’ Elevates Two Longtime Producers to Co-Showrunners
George Schenck and Frank Cardea will take over for the late Gary Glasberg.


‘Designated Survivor’ Casts Mariana Klaveno; ’24: Legacy’ Adds Moran Atias
True Blood alumna Mariana Klaveno is set for a recurring role on ABC’s new drama series Designated Survivor. Tyrant alumna Moran Atias has joined the cast of Fox’s 24 franchise reboot 24: Legacy.

‘Succession’: Alan Ruck, Parker Sawyers & More Join Adam McKay’s HBO Drama Pilot
Hiam Abbass (Exodus: Gods and Kings),Alan Ruck (Fox’s The Exorcist), Rob Yang (The Bourne Legacy), Parker Sawyers(young Barack Obama in Southside With You) and Peter Friedman (The Path) have joined the cast of HBO‘s drama pilotSuccession, directed and executive produced by Adam McKay.

‘Absentia’: Patrick Heusinger To Co-Star In Stana Katic Thriller Drama Series For AXN
Patrick Heusinger (Jack Reacher 2) is set as the male lead opposite Stana Katic inAbsentia, a 10-episode straight-to-series crime thriller for Sony Pictures Television Networks’ AXN.


Disney Crosses $6B At Global Box Office; First Time In Studio’s History
Thanks to the spellbinding Doctor Strange, the Mouse has topped itself once again by speeding past the $6B mark — hitting it for the first time in the company’s history. As of Sunday, Disney’s worldwide box office sits at $6.07B. This is only the second time in industry lore that a studio has levitated past the $6B threshold. Universal accomplished the feat in September last year, ending 2015 with a total $6.89B.

Why U.S. Comedy Is Falling Flat at AFM
Changing demographics and the rise of locally made fare dampens enthusiasm for American laughs: "They just don’t seem to travel as well as they used to."


YouTube Red Has 1.5 Million Paid Subscribers
According to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, YouTube Red had 1.5 million paying subscribers as of late summer, with another 1 million users signed up on a trial basis (and not paying the monthly fee). The service is outpacing the growth of video competitors like CBS All Access and Sling TV.

Facebook to test TV ads delivered via its ad network to apps on devices like Apple TV and Roku
Facebook will start delivering video ads on apps that run on set-top boxes like Apple TV and Roku through the company’s ad network. Facebook is partnering with two publishers, A+E and Tubi TV, and will deliver ads to people who watch videos on those apps, on actual television sets. Facebook says this is the beginning of a test, and that it hasn’t yet worked out many details, like ad formats and lengths.


(ratings) World Series Catapults Fox to No. 1 Slot for the Fall Season
Moving from fourth place to top ratings spot in little over a week, Fox will get another sports assist in February from the Super Bowl.

(from Fri) Bill Simmons’ HBO Show Canceled After 4 Months
The pay cable outfit announced Friday, on the eve of wall-to-wall election coverage, that it has canceled his young Any Given Wednesday talk show — though HBO will remain in business with the popular sports personality and continue to be minority investor in his Bill Simmons Media Group.

(from Fri) Comedy Central Orders Second Installment of ‘Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle’
Comedy Central has ordered up a second helping of roast comedian. “Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle” will return to the network on Sundays in January starting on New Year’s Day, culminating in four consecutive nights of final-round competitions and a live championship finale from Jan. 26-29.

ABC News Benches Producer for Faking Crime Scene in Live Shot
ABC News has pulled a producer from the field after CNN’s Dylan Byers caught the network potentially faking a crime scene for the purpose of making a live shot appear more dramatic.


Wanda’s Qingdao Complex Is Set to Lure Producers With Hefty 40% Incentive
With the Wanda Group’s announcement in mid-October of the new 40% production rebate incentive in Qingdao, many producers are looking to the city on China’s east coast as a home for future projects. Sweetening the deal: a state-of-the-art, 494-acre Wanda Studio production complex set to start operating in 2018.


Nielsen Reconfirms Dreary Cable Universe Numbers After ESPN Complaint
Nielsen has bad news for cable network owners: It just reconfirmed the November subscriber universe estimate it released last week that showed big declines for most channels — including a 3.1% drop for ESPN, its biggest-ever monthly loss.


(from Fri) ABC Taps Freeform’s Jori Arancio as Senior VP Communications
The well-liked exec has been with Disney since 1998 and takes over the post previously occupied by Hope Hartman.

Netflix Original Movies Head Pauline Fischer Exits
Pauline Fischer, the high-ranking executive who oversaw original films at Netflix, is leaving her post. Fischer, who joined Netflix in 2008, will be starting a business development consultancy firm.

George Takei, Ken Jeong to Be Honored at 15th Unforgettable Gala
Actors George Takei andKen Jeong will be honored at the 15th Annual Unforgettable Gala next month. The event, which honors Asian American trailblazers in entertainment, will be held at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles next month. Jeannie Mai will host the gala. Takei will receive the Icon Award for his lifelong achievements in TV and film and Jeong will be honored as Actor of the Year for his role on the ABC comedy “Dr. Ken.”


It’s Official: Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd to Produce 2017 Oscars
Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd have signed the deal to produce the 89th Oscar awards, which will air on ABC on February 26. Jimmy Kimmel, whose name has been floated as a potential host, is said to be out of the running.


Variety: Netflix and Starz Pull Out of Winter 2017 TCA Press Tour
UPDATE, 6:40 p.m: Starz has also pulled out of the Television Critics Association winter press tour. PREVIOUS: Netflix has bowed out of the upcoming Television Critics Association press tour in January, TCA announced on Friday. Sources say Netflix execs made to the decision to skip the winter session this time out but has not ruled out future participation.

NYT: Warner Bros., Quietly Thriving, Recasts Its Own Story
The studio, overshadowed by its corporate sibling HBO, is widely viewed as an unsteady operation. But it’s on pace to have one of its most profitable years ever. While movies receive most of the attention, they actually make up a small part of Warner’s overall business. The studio produces nearly 80 television series, including “Westworld” for HBO and “The Big Bang Theory” for CBS. Warner has 10 shows airing this season that are based on DC Comics characters; those shows alone generate more than $1 billion a year in revenue, according to Time Warner.

IndieWire: GLAAD Study Finds There Are More LGBTQ Characters Than Ever — but A Lot of Them Are Getting Killed Off
LGBTQ characters make up a higher percentage of broadcast shows than the 12-year study has ever found, but their depiction still leaves something to be desired: More than 25 lesbian and bisexual characters were killed off in 2016, which some say perpetuates the “bury your gays” trope.

Variety: DirecTV Now Leak Reveals Channels, Promotions, Challenges of AT&T’s TV Service
is prepared to go all out on behalf of its new DirecTV Now service: The company is looking to give away Apple TV and Fire TV Stick devices to consumers who sign up for its TV streaming service, according to customer-support documents. A partial list of channels included not only networks from the aforementioned partners, but also Univision networks like Galavision, Univision and UniMas, Fox and MundoFox, CBS, HDNet Movies, the Hallmark Channel and the Sony Movie Channel.

Atlantic: How Disappointment Became Part of Fandom
Fandom, in this brave new age of commercialized identity, isn’t (usually) just about liking someone. It is also about embracing someone as part of who you are. …But then: When they do something you don’t agree with—when they support a different candidate, or make a comment you don’t agree with, or break the law, or make a video that manages to be both extremely silly and extremely offensive—what then? Do you ignore it, and focus on the good stuff? Do you abandon your longstanding fandom?