The Morning Update for Friday, November 11, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, November 11, 2016. Have a good Veteran’s day weekend!


Seth Gordon Producing Ben Wexler Multi-Generational Comedy At ABC From Sony
ABC has given a script commitment plus penalty to a single-camera comedy from The Comedians co-creator/executive producer Ben Wexler and Seth Gordon & Mary Rohlich’s Exhibit A. Sony TV, where Exhibit A has a deal, is the studio. Written by Wexler, the untitled project centers on a recently-widowed 60-something guy who teams up with an entrepreneurial 20-something girl to "monetize" his biggest asset — the single-family brownstone he used to share with his wife — renting out the bedrooms to an eclectic group of housemates.

CBS Buys Father-Son Comedic Procedural Drama From ‘Psych’ Creator Steve Franks
Psych creator Steve Franks is behind another comedic procedural two-hander, Magnolia Springs, which has been set up at CBS. Written by Franks, the project centers on the Sheriff of Magnolia Springs who discovers that this progressive and idyllic town in the new American South is a hotbed of criminal activity, and he enlists the help of his teenage son to investigate the town’s dark secrets and quirky crimes. Franks executive produces Magnolia Springs with Chris Henze of Thruline Entertainment for CBS TV Studios.

NBC Buys Single Dad Comedy Produced By Elizabeth Banks & Max Handelman
NBC has given a script commitment plus penalty for a half-hour single camera comedy from Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s Brownstone Productions, Black List scribes Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly and Warner Bros. Television. Co-written and executive produced by Pitman and Cole-Kelly, the untitled project centers on a 30-something father who’s trying to navigate his life a year after his wife suddenly dies: how to live, date, parent, etc., all with the unrelenting, unsolicited advice of his in-laws, parents, friends, wife’s friends and nanny — aka his new makeshift family.

‘Blue Crush’ TV Series Based On Movie In Works At NBC From Imagine & Lizzy Weiss
One of the most popular surf movies, Blue Crush, is headed to television. NBC has given a script commitment with penalty to a series based on the 2002 Imagine feature. Lizzy Weiss, who co-wrote the movie with John Stockwell, will pen the series adaptation and will executive produce. The movie’s producer, Imagine’s Brian Grazer, also will executive produce with the company’s Francie Calfo. Universal TV, whose feature sibling Universal Pictures released the film, is the studio, co-producing with Imagine Television.

USA Network Orders Tupac Murder Pilot ‘Unsolved’
USA Network has ordered pilot Unsolved, a scripted true crime story that chronicles the two major police investigations into the sudden deaths of Tupac and Biggie Smalls. From Universal Cable Productions, the drama is based on the experiences of former LAPD Detective Greg Kading. He is consulting on the pilot script and also will serve as co-executive producer. Kyle Long is writing the pilot and will also executive produce, while Anthony Hemingway is set to direct.

Octavia Spencer To Star In & Produce Madam C.J. Walker Limited Series For Zero Gravity
Zero Gravity Management has optioned A’Lelia Bundles’ bestselling biography On Her Own Ground, the story of legendary African American entrepreneur and philanthropist Madam C.J. Walker, to develop as a limited series. Octavia Spencer is attached to star as Walker and also will produce the project, written by Nicole Asher and to be directed by Kasi Lemmons. The series will be taken out to networks shortly.

Graham Moore-Marc Forster Outbreak Drama Series Not Going Forward At NBC

NBC is no longer proceeding with outbreak drama, aka Patient Zero, from Graham Moore and director Marc Forster. The Endemol Shine Studio project, which received a 10-episode, straight-to-series order in May 2015, was co-developed by Sky, which was to serve as the series’ UK network. Word came out of the UK this week that Patient Zero also had been dropped by Sky.

(sched) ‘Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce’ Gets Season 3 Premiere On Bravo
Bravo has set Wednesday, January 11 for the Season 3 premiere of its hit original scripted series Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce.

(sched) ‘The Magicians’ & ‘The Expanse’ Get Season 2 Premiere Dates; New Trailers
Syfy has set Season 2 premiere dates for its hit drama series The Magicians and The Expanse. The Magicians will premiere on Wednesday, January 25 at 9 PM, and The Expanse will kick off Wednesday February 8 at 10 PM with a double-episode premiere.


The Good Fight: 2 More Good Wife Vets Board CBS All Access Spinoff
Another pair of Good Wife alums are spoiling for a Good Fight. Zach Grenier and Jerry Adler are set to reprise their respective roles as elder legal statesman David Lee and Howard Lyman in the forthcoming spinoff.

‘The Fosters’ Casts Shi Ne Nielson; ‘Narcos’ Adds Andrea Londo
Chasing Life alumna Shi Ne Nielson has landed a recurring role on the fourth season of Freeform’sThe Fosters. Andrea Londo has signed on for a recurring role in the upcoming third season of Netflix’s drug cartel drama Narcos.


Fox Picks Up Comedy ‘Turned On’ With Paul Feig to Produce
Twentieth Century Fox has picked up Turned On, a comedy spec that Paul Feig will produce. The script is by Charlie Kesslering, he is currently the assistant to The Late Late Show With James Corden host James Corden. The script tells of a brilliant but awkward engineer who creates an android to fill in for her in life’s difficult situations. But things soon spiral out of control when the robot self-actualizes.


‘Thanksgiving’ Comedy Starring Amy Sedaris, Chris Elliott to Hit Verizon’s Go90
Verizon keeps spending on premium content for Go90: Next week the mobile-oriented video service will bow “Thanksgiving,” an original half-hour scripted comedy from director and co-creator Daniel Powell. “Thanksgiving” stars Bridey Elliott alongside her real-life father Chris Elliott and Amy Sedaris. The eight-episode series, which unfolds in real time, will stream from Nov. 16-23 with a new episode released daily exclusively on and the Go90 app, leading up to Thanksgiving this year.

Norway’s Weirdest TV Show Has Landed on Netflix
Thanks to Netflix, you can now watch some of Norway’s most, um, slow programming. A live broadcast of a seven-hour train trip from Bergen to Oslo in 2009 welcomed Slow TV. The channel is extremely popular in Norway for its tremendously lengthy episodes of various mundane activities.


Spike Orders Ed Edwards Docu Series As Part Of New ‘Spike Serialized’ Franchise
Spike TV has orderedIt Was Him, a six-part documentary series from Objective Media Group. The project, which examines convicted killer Ed Edwards, will fall under a new Spike Serialized franchise for limited-run non-scripted series the network is launching, which also will include the previously announced TIME: The Kalief Browder Story and The John McAfee Project.

eOne to travel with Dave Matthews
Transatlantic distributor-producer Entertainment One (eOne) is partnering with US-based Stolen Sky Productions and LBI Entertainment on a new travel show featuring musician Dave Matthews. The series explores the bond between the arts and culture in unfamiliar and controversial parts of the world, including Iran and Senegal.


Disney Falls Short of Earnings Projections for Second Time in Five Years
Disney missed quarterly financial projections on Thursday for only the second time in the last five years. The shortfall was connected, at least in part, to declining performance at ESPN. Revenue in the corporation’s cable networks, which include ESPN, dipped 7% for the quarter to $3.95 billion. Operating income took an even bigger hit, down 13% from the prior year to $1.44 billion.

Disney chief sidesteps Netflix speculation, weighs Trump impact
The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger has sidestepped speculation around a potential move for SVOD giant Netflix, but admitted direct-to-consumer models were creating “really interesting opportunities”.

Shanghai Disneyland Expected to Break Even in First Year
Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger touts the strong early performance of the Chinese theme park, which has welcomed 4 million guests since its June debut.


Discovery ups production pair
Discovery Communications has promoted two production execs as part of a reshuffle of its senior management team. Jhamal Robinson becomes senior VP of production management and will oversee shows for Discovery’s 13 US networks. Heather Sokolow takes up the newly created role of VP of production management for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science.

Jamie French Named VP of Publicity at Starz
Starz has named Jamie French as vice president of programming publicity. He will report to Theano Apostolou, executive vice president of communications for the network.


THR: Freeform’s Fraught Year: Inside the Rebranded Network’s Chase for Millennials (and a Hit Show)
Without DVR or digital viewership, Freeform has dipped 16 percent this quarter — below the ad-supported cable average. Freeform is down more than its Viacom-owned direct competitors MTV (7 percent) and Comedy Central (10 percent). Of course, nonlinear viewership tells a different story. Freeform originals add an average 33 percent to their core demo haul during a 35-day window as viewers 18-to-34 tune in via the relaunched Freeform app, Hulu and VOD. Total consumption across all digital platforms for the year is up 47 percent.

HBR: What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class
One little-known element of that [class culture] gap is that the white working class (WWC) resents professionals but admires the rich. Class migrants (white-collar professionals born to blue-collar families) report that “professional people were generally suspect” and that managers are college kids “who don’t know shit about how to do anything but are full of ideas about how I have to do my job,” said Alfred Lubrano in Limbo. Michèle Lamont, in The Dignity of Working Men, also found resentment of professionals — but not of the rich. Why the difference? For one thing, most blue-collar workers have little direct contact with the rich outside of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. But professionals order them around every day. The dream is not to become upper-middle-class, with its different food, family, and friendship patterns; the dream is to live in your own class milieu, where you feel comfortable — just with more money.