The Morning Update for Thursday, December 22, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, December 22, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Workplace Comedy Starring Anjelah Johnson & Produced By Ed Helms In Works At NBCNBC has put in developmentWe The People, a single-camera comedy starring MadTV alumna Anjelah Johnson, from Universal TV and Ed Helms Pacific Electric Picture Company. Written by former Key and Peele writer-producer Charlie Sanders, We The People is set in the Los Angeles office of a federal agency and revolves around case officer Malory Ruiz (Johnson), who alongside a diverse group of co-workers, helps people gain their citizenship, while just trying to make it to five o’clock. http://deadline.com/2016/12/we-the-people-workplace-comedy-anjelah-johnson-star-ed-helms-produce-nbc-1201874820/

(sched) Beyond Exclusive: Go Inside Freeform’s New Bingeable Sci-Fi Drama
Freeform will release its newest hourlong drama Beyondall at once online after kicking things off with a two-hour television debut on Monday, Jan. 2. All 10 episodes of the show’s first season will be available to stream on the Freeform app, Freeform.com, On Demand and Hulu simultaneous with the show’s television debut. http://www.tvguide.com/news/beyond-first-look-freeform-how-to-watch/

Scripted Originals Hit Record 455 in 2016, FX Study Finds
New research from the cable network that coined the "Peak TV" term indicates the peak hasn’t hit yet. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/scripted-originals-hit-record-455-2016-fx-study-finds-958337

NEW MEDIA / SHORT FORM NEWS:

Disney-ABC to Produce Snapchat Original Series, Starting With ‘The Bachelor’ Aftershow
Snapchat has pulled Disney-ABC Television Group into its expanding original programming orbit, with the parties setting a pact under which the Mouse House’s TV division will produce several original shows for the social service. First in the Snapchat queue under the deal: a watch-party aftershow for ABC’s “The Bachelor” to debut Jan. 3 — the morning after the premiere of the 21st season of the reality-dating franchise. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/snapchat-abc-the-bachelor-aftershow-1201946670/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

BBC Orders ‘Pitch Perfect’ Inspired Show From ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Producer
“Pitch Battle,” which will air primetime on flagship channel BBC One on Saturdays in a slot previously occupied by “The Voice,” will seek out Britain’s best singing group, whether they be pop, rock, folk, gospel, or capella. The show will feature a series of choral challenges, including “Pitch Perfect” inspired riff offs, mash-ups, solo showdowns and group harmonies over the course of five hour-long, heat episodes, before heading into a live final. http://variety.com/2016/tv/global/bbc-pitch-perfect-from-dancing-with-the-stars-producer-1201946987/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Amazon Studios Launches Virtual Reality, Hires Former Tribeca Film Festival Director Genna Terranova
Amazon Studios is expanding into virtual reality content, hiring former director of the Tribeca Film Festival, Genna Terranova. At Amazon, she will report to Joe Lewis, the head of original programming for comedy and drama. http://www.indiewire.com/2016/12/amazon-studios-launches-virtual-reality-hires-former-tribeca-film-festival-director-genna-terranova-vr-1201761610/

Mireille Soria Steps Down as DreamWorks Animation Co-President
Mireille Soria has stepped down as co-president of DreamWorks Animation in order to focus on producing, leaving Bonnie Arnold as sole president of the studio. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/mireille-soria-exits-dreamworks-animation-1201947222/

Viacom Executive Who Oversaw Comedy Central Is Leaving
Doug Herzog, who oversaw MTV and Comedy Central, is leaving the company in January as part of a broader reorganization under Robert M. Bakish, Viacom’s new chief executive. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/21/business/media/viacom-executive-who-oversaw-comedy-central-is-leaving.html

Madeline Di Nonno Elected Chair of Television Academy Foundation Board
Madeline Di Nonno has been elected chair of the Television Academy Foundation, the charitable arm of the Television Academy. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/television-academy-foundation-board-of-directors-madeline-dinonno-1201947278/

AWARDS / END OF THE YEAR NEWS:

THR: 12 TV Industry Narratives to Watch in 2017Can Viacom be turned around? Will ‘American Crime Story’ live up to its hype? Those and many more questions to consider as the New Year nears. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/12-tv-industry-narratives-watch-2017-957861

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

LAT: It’s not TV… but what is it? As Netflix continues to expand, its identity has gotten fuzzy
Any attempt to define Netflix’s brand these days seems to be an exercise in frustration. How do you possibly characterize a service that offers both a critically reviled revival of a bad ’80s-spawned sitcom (“Fuller House”) and the continuation of a niche favorite British series exploring the darker side of technology (“Black Mirror”), except to say it’s pretty inclusive?http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-et-st-netflix-tv-brand-20161222-story.html

AAM: Gene Luen Yang is writing a ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ comic book
Your favorite Taiwanese American television family is jumping from the TV to the pages of a comic book. BOOM! Studios is teaming up with 20th Century Fox to release a special comic book edition of Fresh Off The Boat for Free Comic Book Day 2017. And it’s going to be written by none other than Gene Luen Yang. http://blog.angryasianman.com/2016/12/gene-luen-yang-is-writing-fresh-off.html

TechCrunch: The NBA is launching its own fantasy game you can play while watching live basketball
The NBA is launching a new mobile fantasy game called NBA InPlay. The game will be synchronized to live TV broadcasts in real-time, meaning you literally play live on your phone while watching an NBA Game. Here are the rules: Before a game starts you select one of the two teams competing. Then you pick four players – one per each quarter that you think will do particularly well that quarter. https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/22/the-nba-is-launching-its-own-fantasy-game-you-can-play-while-watching-live-games/

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