The Morning Update for Friday, November 18, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, November 18, 2016. Have a great weekend!


Fox Buys Resort Comedy From ‘New Girl’ TrioFox has given a script plus penalty commitment to Missing American Woman (working title), a female-centered comedy from New Girl co-executive producers Matt Fusfeld and Alex Cuthbertson and executive producer Jake Kasdan. Co-written by Fusfeld and Cuthbertson, Missing American Woman is about a sheltered girl who’s never worked a day in her life. When she goes missing after a shipwreck, she embraces the opportunity to start her life over, working at a remote resort with a crew of slackers and weirdos.

‘ER’ Vet Neal Baer Developing New Medical Drama at Fox
Neal Baer is developing a new medical drama. Fox has bought a script for “The Beast,” co-written by Baer and Dawn DeNoon. “The Beast” centers around three challenging medical cases each week. In the end, two will live, one will die. Their doctor — with a clinical fear of death — never stops fighting the odds.

Skybound Entertainment Partners With Delusion for Virtual Reality Horror Series
Dave Alpert’s and Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment has teamed up with Los Angeles-based interactive horror theater company Delusion to produce a virtual reality (VR) horror series based on a story from Delusion writer and director Jon Braver. Skybound and Braver are now working on a new story that’s based on Delusion’s 2014 play, “Lies Within,” which was set in the South of the late 1940s. The VR series will introduce two new characters that follow their favorite author, and offer interactivity and options for viewers to choose their own path.

‘The Night Shift’ Renewed for Season 4 at NBCThe medical drama hails from Sony Pictures Television.

(sched) CBS To Air ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ Colorized Classic Episodes During Holiday Frame
The Dick Van Dyke Show is coming back to TV in living color. CBS, which colorized episodes of I Love Lucy during the holidays and last May’s sweep, is using the same strategy with the classic 1960s series. The episodes “That’s My Boy??” and “Coast to Coast Big Mouth” will air back-to-back beginning at 8 PM on Sunday, December 11 on CBS.

(sched) HBO Sets Premiere Dates For ‘Girls,’ ‘Last Week Tonight’ & New Comedy ‘Crashing’
HBO has set a February 12 premiere date for the sixth and final season of Girls and Season 4 of Last Week Tonight. The premium cable net also said its new Pete Holmes comedy Crashing will bow a week later on February 19.


Courtney B. Vance to Star Opposite Felicity Huffman in ABC Political Comedy From ‘Black-ish’ Creator
‘Libby & Malcolm’ has a hefty pilot-production commitment at the network.

‘American Crime’ Adds Mickaëlle X. Bizet
French-American actress Mickaëlle X. Bizet has been cast opposite Lili Taylor and Timothy Hutton on the upcoming third installment of John Ridley’s ABC anthology drama series American Crime.

Holly Hunter to Star in HBO’s Alan Ball Family Drama
The straight-to-series drama focuses on a multiracial family.

‘Brown Girls’: Freeform Comedy Pilot Finds Its Leads In Punam Patel & Hina Abdullah
Freeform and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment have cast Punam Patel, who was a regular on their comedy series Kevin From Work, as a lead in the companies’ latest comedy collaboration, the pilot Brown Girls. Hina Abdullah (The Last Ship) is set as the other lead in the multi-camera comedy pilot written by Shilpi Roy and Nastaran Dibai.

Hawaii Five-0: Lou Diamond Phillips Cast as No-Nonsense U.S. Marshal
Lou Diamond Phillips will guest-star on an upcoming episode of CBS’ Hawaii Five-0. The Longmire vet will play Lincoln, the officious and no-nonsense U.S. Deputy Marshal who heads a Special Operation Group’s tactical team.

Masi Oka Leaving Hawaii Five-0
Hawaii Five-0‘s chief medical examiner is hanging up his lab coat. Masi Oka, who’s been a regular on the CBS procedural since Season 2, is leaving the show.

Natasha Rothwell Upped To Regular On ‘Insecure’, Will Develop Comedy For HBO
Natasha Rothwell is getting a double promotion on the new HBO comedy series Insecure, recently renewed for a second season. Rothwell has been named a series regular for Season 2. She also will continue as a writer on the show, upped from a story editor to executive story editor. Additionally, HBO has made a development deal with Rothwell for a comedy project, which she would write and star in.


Over 60% of US viewers watch SVOD daily
Some 61.1% of viewers watch over-the-top or subscription video-on-demand content as part of their daily viewing behaviour. The 15th edition of Digitalsmiths’ Video Trends Report claims that on a daily basis 69.5% of viewers watch previously recorded TV and 85.7% watch live TV from their channel guide. The top three subscription services were Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu, with 56.6% of those polled spending between US$6 and US$14 a month on SVOD services.

Warner Bros. Acquires Full Control of Machinima
Warner Bros. announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire full control of Machinima, the digital programming company focused on fandom and gamer culture.


Oxygen Developing Three Series, All Targeting Social & Digitally-Savvy Millennial Audience
Oxygen has put three new series into development, all of which are inspired by the social and digital age, targeting a millennial audience. The NBCUniversal cabler is developing the unscripted series “Social Girls,” which follows some of the most influential media mavens; “Review Rage,” a comedic reenactment of online reviews; and “Love to Hate,” which will profile how in the digital age a celebrities’ fall from grace can be catastrophic.


BBC4 picks up Stone’s Bucket
BBC4 in the UK has ordered a “bittersweet comedy” that follows a reserved school teacher whose mother reveals she is dying. Bucket, written by and starring Frog Stone, follows the history teacher who agrees to go on a road trip with her mother when she hears the news. The 4×30’ BBC Comedy series is executive produced by Judy Counihan for Solution 3 Productions, while Katie Mavroleon is the producer.


(animated) Mickey Mouse Returns in New Disney Junior Series Mickey and the Roadster RacersMickey Mouse is about to star in an all-new Disney Junior series Mickey and the Roadster Racers (premiering in January), a high-octane adventure for preschoolers in which Mickey and his pals Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Daisy and Donald take part in an array of madcap races around the globe.


TV Academy Elects Hayma Washington as New Chairman and CEO
Washington replaces Bruce Rosenblum, who is wrapping up a five-year term as Academy chief.

AMC Names Georgia Juvelis, Jim Maiella Corporate-Communications Co-Heads; Ellen Kroner Set to Retire
Ellen Kroner will retire from her longtime role as executive vice president and chief communications officer for AMC Networks. PR veterans Georgia Juvelis and Jim Maiella have been tapped to succeed here as senior VPs and co-heads of corporate communications beginning in 2017.

Fox Promotes Paul Hoffman to EVP of Business Affairs
Twentieth Century Fox has promoted longtime executive Paul Hoffman to executive vice president of Business Affairs.

Fox Searchlight Taps Meredith Milton As SVP Production
Meredith Milton is joining Fox Searchlight as SVP of production effective immediately, reporting to co-heads of production Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum.

Meet Television’s Comedy Whisperer: Jax Media Head Tony Hernandez
In the span of five years, Tony Hernandez has gone from being the line producer on “Louie” to running a bustling New York-based banner that has made him the go-to production guy for auteur-driven comedy series. Hernandez’s Jax Media was instrumental in the launch of “Broad City,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee,” “Younger,” “Odd Mom Out,” and “Difficult People.” This year, the company took the leap from production services to financing the pilot for the TBS dark comedy “Search Party,” which bows Nov. 21.


Deadline: Comedy Central Launching Comedy Festival With Bonnaroo’s Superfly
Comedy Central is entering the festival space, setting up a joint venture with Superfly, the company behind Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, to launch its first festival. The three-day weekend event will be held next summer in San Francisco, where Outside Lands takes place. In addition to showcasing the full spectrum of the comedy genre — standup, sketch, podcast, digital — as well as popular Comedy Central properties and stars, it also will feature music and food.

AdWeek: Study Projects Addressable TV Advertising Will Double by 2018
Addressable TV advertising—based on audience and demo targeting, as opposed to specific networks or programs—now reaches 42 percent of U.S. households, representing nearly $900 million in advertising spend during 2016. It’s on track to reach $2.2 billion in 2018, and its household penetration should rise to 74 percent of TV homes by 2020.

Variety: Nearly a Quarter of Americans Earn Money From Digital Platforms
Nearly one quarter of Americans earned money from the digital platform economy in the last year — giving rides, delivering merchandise, renting out their homes, and performing other tasks, according to a Pew Research Center survey.