The Morning Update for Monday, January 23, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, January 23, 2017:


(from Fri) Greg Berlanti-Diablo Cody Comedy Ordered to Pilot at ABC
ABC has handed out a pilot order to single-camera comedy Raised by Wolves, Greg Berlanti’s second pilot order of the season. Written and executive produced by Diablo Cody, the comedy centers on Sheila Gable, a tough mother struggling to support her five opinionated, eccentric kids on a shoestring budget in a Midwestern town. It is based on the U.K. series created by Caitlin Moran and Caroline Moran for Big Talk Productions and Channel 4.

(from Fri) ‘Boyhood’-Style Comedy Lands CBS Pilot Pickup
CBS has handed out a pilot order to Me, Myself and I. In the vein of Boyhood, the single-camera comedy examines one man’s life over a 50-year span. The comedy will explore three distinct periods in his life — as a 14-year-old in 1991, a 40-year-old in present day and a 65-year-old in 2042. Dan Kopelman will pen the script and executive produce alongside Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor. The comedy hails from Warner Bros. Television.

(from Fri) ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Duo’s Mixed-Race Family Comedy Scores NBC Pilot Order
NBC has picked up an untitled mixed-race family comedy from Fresh Off the Boat showrunner Nahnatchka Khan and Kourtney Kang. Kang will pen the script for the single-camera comedy. Kang will reteam with Khan, who will exec produce alongside former 20th TV VP current programming turned Fierce Baby topper Mandy Summers. The comedy hails from 20th Century Fox Television. Fred Savage will direct the pilot and exec produce.

(from Fri) ‘Witchblade’ Reboot From Carol Mendelsohn, Caroline Dries Set at NBC
NBC is teaming with Carol Mendelsohn and Caroline Dries to adapt Marc Silvestri’s Top Cow comic Witchblade. The Sony Pictures Television drama centers on homicide detective Sara Pezzini, where one day, the bracelet she has worn her entire life gives her supernatural insight into a crime she’s trying to solve. Her bracelet is the Witchblade, an amulet that has been worn by remarkable women throughout history, and Sara is next in line. Dries will pen the script and executive produce alongside Brian Young. Witchblade previously was adapted for TV by TNT, which aired its Yancy Butler starrer for two seasons from 2001-2002.

THR: TV Pilots 2017: The Complete Guide
Like last year, the networks continue to look to reboots, family fare and procedurals to help cut through the increasing clutter. Also hot this development season were sports-themed projects as well as contemporary takes on old literary tales. Here’s a look at the pilots in contention for the 2017-18 television season, as ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW sift through hundreds of scripts and move forward in a bid to find the next breakout comedies and dramas.


(from Fri) Malcolm-Jamal Warner Joins ABC Drama Series ‘Ten Days In The Valley’
Malcolm-Jamal Warner has been cast in a series regular role in ABC’s straight-to-series drama Ten Days in the Valley.

(from Fri) Ray Diaz Joins George Lopez Comedy As Series Regular
Ray Diaz (East Los High, Real Husbands of Hollywood) has joined the Season 2 cast of George Lopez’s TV Land comedy Lopez as a series regular.

(from Fri) Syfy’s ‘Happy!’ Pilot Finds Female Lead in ‘Public Morals’ Grad
Lili Mirojnick will star opposite Chris Meloni in the adaptation of the graphic novel.


‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Hits $1 Billion in Worldwide Box Office
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” has surpassed the $1 billion milestone at the worldwide box office, becoming the 28th title and 13th Disney film to do so.

Annapurna Launches Distribution Arm With Kathryn Bigelow Detroit Riots Movie
Annapurna Pictures is launching its full-service distribution and marketing operation with Kathryn Bigelow’s untitled movie about the 1967 Detroit riots. Marc Weinstock, who recently joined the company as president, will oversee the new division alongside marketing chief David Kaminow and Erik Lomis, the distribution president.


‘Scandal’ Gets Live Aftershow on Time Inc.’s PEN Streaming Network
ABC’s “Scandal” hit political drama now has its own superfan-fed aftershow, launching on Time Inc.’s People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) free streaming service. PEN will launch the live “Scandal Superfan Recap: Gladiators Don’t Run” on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 11 p.m. ET, one hour after the conclusion of its season 6 premiere at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. The 16-episode series will be hosted by Laura Coates who will be joined each week a new panel of “Scandal” enthusiasts, including editorial staffers from People and Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. isn’t partnering directly with ABC or “Scandal” showrunner-creator Shonda Rhimes on the aftershow.

(tech) PlayStation VR now supports 360° YouTube videos
Since the launch of PS VR in October, users have been able to watch streaming and catch-up services on a virtual “big-screen” using the headset. Now users can also watch 360-degree YouTube content that responds to users’ head movements.


(animated) Disney hot for Sunny Bunnies
Disney Junior will air Belarusian toon Sunny Bunnies in the US, Europe, Middle East and Africa after building on a rights deal with UK distributor Media IM. The Sunny Bunnies are five beaming balls that appear via sources of light, whether it’s sunshine or moonlight. In each episode, the creatures bring their antics to a different locale.


Fox Taps DreamWorks Exec Jim Fielding For Top Consumer Products Post
Industry vet Jim Fielding has been named President of Consumer Products and Innovation for Fox Television Group and Twentieth Century Fox Film.

Kinetic Content Ups Key Development Execs To EVP Roles
Kinetic Content has promoted Karrie Wolfe and Katie Griffin to Executive Vice Presidents and Co-Heads of Development & Programming, from their previous SVP roles. In addition, Wolfe and Griffin have promoted Katie Zakula to be Director of Development and Scott Whelan to be Coordinator.

Route One Ups Sophia Dilley To VP Production & Development
Route One Entertainment has promoted Sophia Dilley to Vice President of Production and Development. Dilley joined the company in 2010 and was previously the Director of Production and Development.


NYT: Now That Trump Is President, How Will TV Respond?
For ABC executives, the election was a reminder of just how big the country is, said Patrick Moran, the president of ABC’s TV studio. Since last summer, he said, ABC has been rolling out a development strategy targeting dramas that are a “little bit lighter, a little bit brighter” and “not catering just to the coasts.” He pointed to comic dramas like “Ugly Betty” and “Desperate Housewives” as future models. …Channing Dungey, the president of ABC Entertainment, put it this way: “At a point where there’s a lot of turmoil in the world around us, part of what we want to do is be able to relax, to enjoy, to laugh, to feel.”

Stratechery: The Great Unbundling
…What is interesting is that scripted TV is turning out very differently than music: instead of leveraging their back catalogs to maintain exclusivity on new releases, most networks sold the former to Netflix, giving the upstart the runway to compete and increasingly dominate the market for new shows. The motivation is obvious: networks have been far more concerned with protecting their lucrative paid-TV revenue than with propping up their streaming initiatives; the big difference in music is that the labels’ old album-based business model had already been ruined. It’s a lot easier to move into the future when there is nothing to lose. (follow up podcast:

Variety: Rhode Island: Small State Offers Big Tax Credit for Film and TV Production
The main incentive is a 25% transferrable tax credit on qualified spending in the state that includes both resident and non-resident above-the-line and below-the-line labor. To qualify, a project must spend a minimum of $100,000. There’s no project cap for film and television production.

FastCo: PG-13 Movies Contain More Gun Violence Than R-Rated Movies
There is more gun violence in popular PG-13 movies than in the biggest R-rated movies, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. The study, which continues from a 2013 study on the same subject, found that gun violence continues to grow in movies deemed suitable for kids.