The Morning Update for Monday, November 14, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, November 14, 2016:


(from Fri) CBS Buys Legal Investigative Drama From Kennedy/Marshall
CBS has put in development a legal drama procedural from the Kennedy/Marshall Company and CBS Television Studios. Written and executive produced by Andy Parker, the untitled project centers on a U.S. senator who withdraws from office in the wake of a life-changing crisis to join his brother’s private investigation law firm, unearthing the truth in high-profile and top-secret cases, wherever that truth may lead.

(from Fri) Donnie Wahlberg & Nick Lachey Producing Boy Band Reunion CBS Comedy From Doug Ellin
Nick Lachey and Donnie Wahlberg have teamed with Entourage creator Doug Ellin for Encore, a single-camera comedy that would draw on the duo’s experience as ex members of popular boy bands. The project, from producers Eric & Kim Tannenbaum, has been set up at CBS through CBS TV Studios and studio-based the Tannenbaum Co. Written by Ellin, Encore is about former boy band members who reunite 20 years later.

(from Fri) Fox Nabs ‘The Passage’ Vampire Drama From Liz Heldens, Matt Reeves & Scott Free With Big Commitment
Fox has given a pilot production commitment to The Passage, a drama series based on Justin Cronin’s fantasy book trilogy. The high-profile project hails from Liz Heldens, Felicity co-creator Matt Reeves, Scott Free and 20th Century Fox TV. Written by Heldens, with Reeves set to direct, The Passage begins as a character-driven government conspiracy thriller and morphs into a post-apocalyptic saga with vampires.

(from Fri) The CW Buys Magical Crime Drama From ‘iZombie’ Quartet
The CW has put in development Criminal Magic, an hourlong drama from iZombie writer Graham Norris, creator/executive producer Rob Thomas and executive producers Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge. Written/executive produced by Norris, Criminal Magic is described as The Departed-meets-The Vampire Diaries. Set in present-day Los Angeles, it revolves around two warring street gangs who fight the cops and each other to corner the market on the most lucrative contraband of all: magic.

(from Fri) Paul Wesley Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV, Sets 4 Projects As Producer
The Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley has signed a pod deal at Warner Bros. TV for his production company, Citizen Media, with partner/former The Vampire Diaries executive producer Bob Levy. Under the pact, Wesley and Levy will develop new television projects for the studio, starting with a darkly comedic single-camera half-hour based on a non-fiction article by Jason Smith called Confessions Of a Drug-Addicted High School Teacher.

(from Fri) TV Land Passes On ‘The First Wives Club’ Pilot, May Develop New Take On Movie
TV Land has passed on comedy pilot The First Wives Club, a reboot of the 1996 feature. The project may be redeveloped. The First Wives Club, from Paramount Television and executive producers Jenny Bicks and Karen Rosenfelt, was one of two pilots in contention at TV Land. The other — the Alicia Silverstone starrer American Woman, inspired by Kyle Richards and produced by John Wells — was picked up to series earlier this week.

Tig Notaro-Diablo Cody’s ‘One Mississippi’ Renewed For Season 2 At Amazon
Amazon Studios has greenlit a second season of critically praised comedy One Mississippi for premiere in 2017. Created by Tig Notaro and Diablo Cody, One Mississippi follows Tig’s return to her hometown in Mississippi when her mother passes away unexpectedly.

‘The Cosby Show’ Coming Back to TV ‘By Popular Demand’
Like it or not, Bounce TV is bringing back “The Cosby Show” next month. The channel says its decision to re-air the classic sitcom starting December 19 was one “by popular demand.”

(review) Variety: USA Network’s ‘Shooter’
“Shooter” is what you’d get if you put “24,” “The Fugitive,” and the Special Forces memoir “No Easy Day” into a blender and came up with a workmanlike product that is less appetizing than it should be, given the ingredients.


Leonardo DiCaprio-Produced Docuseries ‘Frontiersmen’ Set At History
History has given the green light to Frontiersmen, an eight-hour documentary series produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions and Stephen David Entertainment. Frontiersmen will follow the stories of iconic American pioneers such as Daniel Boone, Lewis & Clark, Tecumseh, Davy Crocket and Andrew Jackson as they set forth across untamed land.

(from Fri) Comedy Central Cancels ‘Not Safe With Nikki Glaser’
Comedy Central has canceled “Not Safe With Nikki Glaser” after one season. The sex-themed talk show aired the last of its 20 episodes in August. The cable channel is said to be pursuing other opportunities to work with Glaser.

Steve Harvey Gains Ownership, Creative Control in New Talk Show Deal With NBCUniversal, IMG
Steve Harvey has set a deal with NBCUniversal and IMG to launch a syndicated daytime talk show next fall that will give him a sizable ownership stake and control over the production.

(sched) ESPN Moves ‘First Take’ To Mothership, Benches Morning ‘SportsCenter’ Block
It’s been five months since First Take co-host Skip Bayless left ESPN, and now the Worldwide Leader is hoping to boost the show’s sagging vierwership by moving it from ESPN2 to the Mothership. The yell-fest hosted by Stephen A. Smith and Bayless’ replacement Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim will replace the stalwart morning SportsCenter block beginning January 3.

(audio) Will Arnett’s ‘Comedy Show Show’ & More Set On Audible
Will Arnett’s The Comedy Show Show is now available on Audible, an Amazon company, along with original comedy series featuring comedians Nick Offerman, Dan Savage and more. Introduced earlier this year, Audible Channels features a selection of original programs, lectures, and audio editions of standout articles and news from leading periodicals. Audible Channels is free with an Audible membership and to Amazon Prime members, and also available to purchase as a standalone for $4.95 a month.


BBC Orders Another Mary Berry Show After Her ‘Great British Bake Off’ Exit
BBC Two will air the six-part ‘Mary Berry Everyday,’ in which she will "celebrate the food and ingredients she turns to most."


TechCrunch: Is Netflix Disney’s next big buy and is Reed Hastings its next CEO?
Disney and Netflix are logical dance partners. And, just as we saw with the 50/50 cash and stock financial engineering that enabled AT&T to buy Time Warner, ever-creative Disney undoubtedly has the talent to pull it off. …In Netflix, Disney would get the mother of them all – the largest global OTT video footprint (by an order of a magnitude) and the one premium OTT brand that is universal. Oh yeah, don’t forget to sprinkle in Netflix’s invaluable data platform (and the smarts to use it) that remain a complete mystery to virtually all traditional media execs. Even mighty Disney, on its own, can’t build that package.


Universal Promotes Simon Hewlett to President of International Marketing
Universal Pictures has promoted Simon Hewlett, its exec VP of international marketing, to the newly created post of president of international marketing.

Jason Cassidy Named Focus Features Marketing President
Jason Cassidy, formerly the head of marketing at Open Road Films, has been named President of Marketing at Focus Features and will oversee all aspects of marketing for its film slate.


Critics’ Choice TV Nominations Unveiled
Television nominees for the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards were announced today, with HBO leading all other networks with 22 nominations total. ABC and Netflix were tied in second place with 14 nominations apiece, and FX, riding the success of The People Vs. OJ Simpson in particular, came in fourth with 12 nominations.

Variety: ‘CHiPs,’ ‘Future Man,’ ‘Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD’ Win California Location Awards
The upcoming “CHiPs” movie and the TV series “Future Man” and “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” have won honors at the 22nd annual California on Location Awards. The honors recognize location managers, public employees, and other professionals who help facilitate on location production in California.


Variety: 486,000 Pay-TV Subscribers Cut the Cord in Q3
Now that all the major publicly owned pay-TV companies have reported their third-quarter results, it’s time to survey the carnage. All told, the industry lost 486,000 TV customers in the third quarter, a decline of 1.4%, according to analysis from firm MoffettNathanson. That’s right around what the industry lost in the same time frame last year (432,000 customers).

Variety: Virginia Lures Production With Varied Locations, Layers of Tax Credits, and Discretionary Grants
The refundable tax credit is pegged at 15% for all qualifying expenses, including wages. It can be boosted by an additional 5% if shooting takes place in the state’s economically distressed areas. Also, 10% to 20% more is available in Virginia resident payroll credits, and an extra 10% can be had for Virginia residents who are first-time industry employees.