The Morning Update for Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

Hi all, happy election day! Here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, November 8, 2016:


‘Big Bang Theory’ Sheldon Prequel Series in the Works at CBS
CBS is developing a spinoff of The Big Bang Theory. Sources say the comedy, from Big Bang co-creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady and overseen by showrunner Steve Molaro, will center around the young version of Jim Parsons’ Dr. Sheldon Cooper. Insiders describe the project as Malcolm in the Middle but with a young and potentially teenage version of Sheldon. None of the Big Bang Theory cast are said to be involved in the potential prequel series outside of Parsons, who will executive produce.

Darren Criss Developing Musical Workplace Comedy ‘Royalties’ at Fox
Darren Criss is returning to Fox. The network is developing a musical workplace comedy from the Glee grad. The project, titled Royalties, centers on the unseen, unsung and unglamorous heroes behind the pop stars — the producers and songwriters whose job it is to produce hits. Royalties hails from Criss and writers Allyn Rachel and Patrick Carlyle.

‘How I Met Your Mother’ Creators Set Hotel Comedy at Fox
Fox is teaming with Carter Bays and Craig Thomas for hotel comedy Open Arms. The single-camera comedy, which landed at Fox with a script commitment, revolves around Howie and Joy, who realize that they can’t have a baby and instead take their nest egg and buy the Vermont inn they visit annually — only to quickly realize they’re in over their heads. Peter Warren will pen the script and executive produce alongside Bays and Thomas. The comedy hails from Sony Pictures Television.

Fox Buys Comedies ‘Otis the POTUS’ & ‘Linda From HR’ Produced by Tracy Katsky
Fox has put in development two more single-camera comedy projects, Otis the POTUS, written by Richard Murphy, and Linda From HR, written by Geoff Barbanell and Itai Grunfeld. The projects hail from Tracy Katsky’s Kat Co., under the company’s production partnership with Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, and 20th Century Fox TV.

FX Buys Political Serio-Comedy ‘Flatlands’ From ‘American Splendor’ Duo
FX has put in developmentFlatlands, an hourlong serio-comedy from Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini and Likely Story. Co-written and to be directed by Berman and Pulcini, Flatlands is set in a multi-ethnic, old-school corner of Brooklyn where a bored PTA mom reinvents herself as a local political kingpin who will do anything — including dismantling her family — to attain power.

TV Land Greenlights Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari’s Dramedy ‘American Woman’
TV Land has greenlit “American Woman,” the 1970’s period dramedy inspired by the real life of “Real Housewives” star Kyle Richards. The series stars Alicia Silverstone and Mena Suvari. “American Woman” has landed a 12-episode order. Set amid the sexual revolution and the rise of second-wave feminism, “American Woman” follows Bonnie, an unconventional mother struggling to raise her two daughters after leaving her husband. John Riggi is writer and will serve as executive producer, alongside John Wells and Alex Hardcastle, who directed the pilot. Warner Horizon Television and John Wells Productions are behind the series.

IM Global preps comic book drama
US producer and distributor IM Global Television has partnered with IDW Entertainment on a drama set in a world where a virus has ravaged the male population. LD50 will be co-developed and coproduced by the two US production companies, with the publishing arm of IDW set to publish a series of comic books based on the action-drama next summer. Created by Scott Dacko, who will executive produce and write the script, LD50 is described as an “expansive, thought-provoking character drama.”

David O. Russell TV Series Starring Robert De Niro & Julianne Moore Headed To Amazon & Weinstein Co.
The big drama series package that has David O. Russell as writer-director and Oscar winners Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore starring is landing at Amazon and The Weinstein Company. We hear the untitled series has received a two-season commitment in a $160 million deal. Each season will consist of eight episodes, all written and directed by Russell. Details about the show are sketchy, but we hear it is a mafia crime series.

‘Decker: Unclassified’ Renewed For Second Season At Adult Swim
Amid strong ratings, Adult Swim has picked up a second season of comedyDecker: Unclassified, created by and starring Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington.

(sched) ‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’ & ‘Man Seeking Woman’ Get Return Dates On FXX
FX Networks said today that Season 12 of quirky comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and the third round of Man Seeking Woman will premiere January 4 on FXX.

(review) THR: ‘Good Behavior’
Michelle Dockery turns bad girl in TNT’s newest drama, ‘Good Behavior,’ which has a great pilot and lots of promise but a premise that might need time to pan out.


‘Code Black’ Adds Jay Harrington For Season 2
Benched and Better Off Ted alum Jay Harrington has booked a key recurring role on the second season of CBS’ medical drama series Code Black.

‘American Crime’: Dallas Roberts Joins Cast For Season 3 Of ABC Series
The Good Wife and The Walking Dead alum Dallas Roberts has been cast opposite Felicity Huffman on the upcoming third installment of John Ridley‘s ABC anthology drama series American Crime.

‘Modern Family’ Scores Peyton Manning for Guest Role
The two-time Super Bowl champ will appear in a January episode of the hit comedy.

‘The Last Ship’: Jonathan Howard Boards TNT Drama As British Agent
Jonathan Howard has booked a recurring role on TNT’s drama series The Last Ship.

‘Stranger Things’: Sean Astin, Paul Reiser Among Trio Cast in Season 2
Danish star Linnea Berthelsen also will join the Netflix sensation.


(review) THR: ‘Moana’Appealing equally to the eyes, ears, heart and funny bone, Moana represents contemporary Disney at its finest — a vibrantly rendered adventure that combines state-of-the-art CG animation with traditional storytelling and colorful characters, all enlivened by a terrific voice cast.


Hulu Shifts to Binge Model for Psychic Drama ‘Shut Eye’
All 10 episodes of the forthcoming Jeffrey Donovan drama will stream beginning Dec. 7.

Twitter in Talks to Sell Vine
Vine may not be shuttered, after all: Twitter has been approached by multiple companies looking to sell the six-second video sharing service and is now evaluating those bids.


Netflix Picks Up Israeli Political Thriller ‘Fauda’
Netflix has picked up “Fauda,” the nail-biting Israeli television series about a deep-cover unit of the Israeli Defense Forces. The streaming site will begin airing the drama’s first season, which played to critical acclaim on Israeli satellite network YES last year.


Fox Shake-Up: Marketing President Marc Weinstock Departing Studio
The exec is leaving to become president of Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures.


CBS ‘hires bank’ for Viacom merger

CBS has retained banks Moelis & Co. and Goldman Sachs to advise on the possible merger.

NBCUniversal Will Sell Ads For Apple News
Apple has struck a deal under which the Comcast media conglomerate will be the exclusive U.S. seller of commercial space in the Apple News app, which is pre-installed in all of the company’s operating systems and has more than 70 million active users. NBCU said it will also work to develop new advertising products around the app.