The Morning Update for Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, November 30, 2016:


NBC Buys Police Procedural Drama From Mike Daniels
NBC has put in development an hourlong procedural drama from Mike Daniels (Sons of Anarchy). The project, produced by Universal TV, stems from the writer-producer’s overall deal with the studio. Described as a character-driven police procedural with an emotional spin, the untitled drama explores the complex personal life of a former cop and mother who returns to the force, in part, to solve the murder of her detective husband.

Cinemax Picks Up Serial Killer Limited Series From ‘The Missing’ Creators
Cinemax has picked up Rellik, a six-episode limited series from The Missing team of creators Harry and Jack Williams and production companies Two Brothers Pictures and New Pictures. The project was commissioned by BBC One last year. Written by the Williams brothers, Rellik is a serial killer story told backward. While the killer will be revealed at the beginning, the thriller drama is said to offer a surprising take as it traces back the killer’s story. Helmer Sam Miller will direct.

Jamie Foxx Producing Limited Series About Marvin Gaye
Jamie Foxx will executive produce a limited series about Marvin Gaye alongside de Passe Jones Entertainment’s Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones, who will shop it to linear and digital outlets.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Boards ‘Kingkiller Chronicle’ Film, TV Series Adaptation
Lionsgate has tapped “Hamilton” star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to partner with “The Kingkiller Chronicle” author Pat Rothfuss to serve as creative producer and musical mastermind of feature film and TV series adaptations of book trilogy.

‘MadTV’ Producer David Salzman Adapting ‘Decker-Lazarus’ Novels for TVMADtv producer David Salzman is teaming with Canada’s Thunderbird Films to bring Faye Kellerman’s best-selling Decker-Lazarus mystery novels to the small screen. Thunderbird has optioned Kellerman’s debut novel, The Ritual Bath, which is set in the world of Orthodox Judaism in the California hills and features LAPD detective Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, a widowed mother who witnesses a brutal crime and helps solve it. The series is centered on the wizard Kvothe, who survives a tragic childhood to become a notorious household name.

CBS’ ‘The Odd Couple’ Not Getting Back Order, Season 3 To Consist Of 13 Episodes
CBS comedy seriesThe Odd Couple will produce a third consecutive season of 13 episodes. Season 3 of the comedy, a reboot of the Neil Simon classic, was the first one to launch in the fall, and CBS had an option to order more episodes. The network has decided not to do so.

‘Z Nation’ Renewed for Fourth Season at Syfy
The drama has been a solid performer for the cable network on Fridays.

Imax Renews Call for More TV Deals After ABC’s Pact With Marvel’s ‘The Inhumans’"We’re already looking for a second [series]," Imax Entertainment CEO Greg Foster told an investors conference.

HBO’s ‘Ballers’ Moving to California After Two Seasons in Florida
The Dwanye Johnson football comedy’s exit is a massive blow to the Sunshine State, which is struggling to keep existing projects and lure new ones without an entertainment tax incentives program.


Erika Christensen Among Trio Cast In ABC Drama Series ‘Ten Days In The Valley’
Parenthood alumna Erika Christensen is set to co-star opposite Kyra Sedgwick in ABC’s straight-to-series drama Ten Days in the Valley. Also cast in the project, from Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue) and Skydance Television, are Felix Solis and Aussie actor Kick Gurry.

Paul Bettany To Play Unabomber In Discovery Channel’s FBI Drama ‘Manifesto’
Paul Bettany
is set to star as Ted Kaczynski, also known as the "Unabomber," in the Discovery Channel‘s upcoming high-profile FBI crime-drama Manifesto. Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti executive produce the show through their Trigger Street Productions banner.

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Adds ‘Rent’ Alum Anthony Rapp and Doug Jones
They join Michelle Yeoh.


You Can Finally Watch Netflix Offline
Netflix is now allowing users to download select movies and TV shows for offline playback, the company announced Wednesday. Of course, there are some caveats. Offline playback won’t be available for all Netflix content.


NBC’s ‘World Of Dance’ Adds Derek Hough & Ne-Yo As Judges
NBC’s upcoming dance competition show has a pair of new judges. Dancer and Emmy winner Derek Hough and singer-actor Ne-Yo will join Jennifer Lopez at the judges table for World of Dance, the 10-episode series from Universal Television Alternative Studio and Nuyorican Productions that will give hoofers the platform to showcase their talents and the opportunity to receive a grand prize of $1 million.

Matt Lauer Extends ‘Today’ Contract Through 2018
The anchor will earn a reported $20 million a year.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown Joins ABC News As ContributorRetiring Dallas Police Chief David Brown, who got widespread TV exposure in July with coverage of one of the deadliest days for law enforcement in half a century, is joining ABC News as a contributor.


‘Swedish Dicks’ Producer MTG Studios Greenlight Terrorism Series ‘Embassy Down’
Scandinavian producer MTG Studios is shifting from Swedish Dicks to terrorist pricks for its new drama series, an eight-part thriller called Embassy Down. The series, created by Danish writer Anders Frithiof August and produced by Rene Ezra and Tomas Radoor of Nordisk Film, is a high-concept thriller that kicks off with terrorists storming the U.S. embassy in Copenhagen, leading to a hostage taking with repercussions that ripple across the world.

NBCU, RTL, TF1 unveil procedural
NBCUniversal International Studios (NBCUIS), Germany’s RTL and TF1 in France have greenlit the first show to come from the procedural drama pact they forged in April 2015. Gone (12×60’) is based on Chelsea Cain’s novel One Kick and has been created by Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), with an airdate of late 2017/early 2018 scheduled. The show, which will star Law & Order’s Chris Noth, follows the survivor of a child abduction who pairs up with the FBI agent who rescued her to solve crimes.

Canada says yes to Bachelor
Canada’s W Network has greenlit a local version of reality series The Bachelor following the inaugural season of The Bachelorette Canada. Production on The Bachelor Canada will begin in spring.

Vox: How China is changing Hollywood
China has built an average of 27 new cinema screens per day this year and surpassed the US with 40,475 screens total. Not only that, but in 2017 China’s box office revenue will likely surpass that of the US, making China the largest movie market in the world. From product placement and casting famous Chinese entertainers in supporting roles to altering filming locations and storylines, Hollywood has done a lot over the past 20 years to gain entry into China’s ever-growing moviegoing market.


Kathleen Kennedy Says There Will Be No ‘Rogue One’ Sequel
Sorry, everyone waiting for ‘Rogue Two.’


Nina L. Diaz Promoted to Head Unscripted at MTV, VH1
She will help fill the void created by Michael Klein’s departure.


‘Manchester by the Sea’ Named Best Film by National Board of Review
This year’s honors will be presented during a January gala in New York.


THR: Amazon and Execs From NBC, ABC, Fox, CBS to Skip January TCA Press Tour
They join the previously announced Netflix and Starz, which are also bypassing the semi-annual Television Critics Association’s winter tour stop.

Variety: Influential Media Buyer GroupM Seeks Big Changes in TV Measurement for 2017 Upfront
Lyle Schwartz is the new chief investment officer at GroupM, the large media buying unit of ad giant WPP that administers the spending. “Maybe 2017 is the year when we can buy programs across the devices,” Schwartz told Variety in his first interview since being named GroupM’s chief investment officer earlier this month. “I can tell you the technological capability could be available for next year’s upfront.”

Bloomberg: GoPro to cut 15% of its workforce, or 200+ full-time positions, and shut down its entertainment division
The company, which isn’t profitable, will cut more than 200 full-time positions, according to a company statement Wednesday. Tony Bates, who joined as GoPro’s president in June 2014, is stepping down by the end of the year.

Variety: Nintendo-Themed Areas Coming to Universal Parks
Nintendo has teamed with Universal Parks and Resorts to bring video-game-themed areas to parks in Japan, Orlando and Hollywood. Under the deal, the companies will create “larger-than-life” Nintendo experiences that will be “expansive, immersive and interactive”.