The Morning Update for Friday, February 3, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, February 3, 2017. Have a super weekend!


Carol Burnett Comedy From Amy Poehler Lands ABC Pilot Pickup
ABC handed out an official pilot order to the comedy, now known as Household Name. Executive produced by Amy Poehler, the multicamera comedy follows a family who has an opportunity to buy the house of their dreams but under extremely abnormal circumstances: They must live with the previous owner, an eccentric, larger-than-life actress (Burnett). Michael Saltzman will pen the script. Poehler will executive produce the comedy alongside her Universal TV-based Paper Kite topper Brooke Posch, 3 Arts’ Dave Becky and the Nacelle Co.’s Michael Pelmont.

‘The Goldbergs’ Spinoff Scores ABC Pilot Pickup
ABC handed out a pilot pickup to its 1990s-set The Goldbergs spinoff. The untitled project follows two high school teachers who become unlikely father figures to the kids at their Philadelphia school. The Goldbergs executive producer Marc Firek and creator Adam F. Goldberg are penning the script for the single-camera comedy. The project hails from Sony Pictures Television.

CBS Orders Blended-Family Comedy From Aaron Kaplan
Aaron Kaplan landed his leading fifth pilot pickup of the season, with CBS handing out an order to single-camera comedy Hannah Royce’s Questionable Choices. From writer Matt Tarses, the comedy centers on a woman who has made some interesting choices throughout her life — namely, having three different kids with three different men, but all have led her to having a very unique, loving, blended family. The comedy is a co-production between Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Studios.

Melissa McCarthy-Produced Family Comedy Snags Fox Pilot Pickup
Fox handed out a pilot pickup to the Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone-produced comedy Amy’s Brother. The single-camera effort revolves around the unconventional family that is formed when a successful type-A man and his estranged sister, plus her two children, find themselves not only back in each other’s lives but also living under one roof. Jim Cashman and Mitch Silpa will pen. Amy’s Brother is produced by Warner Bros. Television. The comedy is Fox’s first off-network buy of Pilot Season 2017, with all 11 of its other dramas and comedies produced in-house by studio counterpart 20th Century Fox Television.

Army Drama Lands CW Pilot Order
The CW
handed out a pilot pickup to a military drama from playwright Kyle Jarrow. Here’s how the Valor pilot is described: "The boundaries between military discipline and human desire are tested on a U.S. Army base that houses an elite unit of helicopter pilots trained to perform clandestine international and domestic missions. The drama unfolds in the present as well as in flashbacks to a failed mission involving one of the first female pilots in the unit, and leading to a season-long plan to rescue a group of MIA soldiers." Jarrow will pen the script and executive produce alongside Bill Haber. The drama hails from CBS Television Studios.

‘Black Lightning’ Drama Eyes Move To the CW To Join Greg Berlanti Comic Lineup
Black Lightning, the high-profile drama based on the DC character, which had a big production commitment at Fox, is on the move and likely to land at the CW. The project comes from Greg Berlanti, king of the CW’s DC universe;Mara Brock Akil; and her husband Salim Akil. Discussions still are underway, but the drama likely would get a pilot order.

‘Sharknado 5’ a Go at Syfy With Returning Stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid
The latest sequel will film in more than five countries, including the U.K., Bulgaria and Australia.

Hulu’s ‘Please Like Me’ Ending With Season 4Creator-star Josh Thomas made the announcement Thursday that his former Pivot comedy would not return.

(review) THR: ‘Powerless’ on NBC
There’s probably an actual working and perhaps even funny show lurking in Powerless. But we may not know that for five or six episodes, and the network only made one episode available for review; extracting some kind of accurate measure of how good it will be going forward would take something beyond superpowers.

(review) Variety: ‘APB’ on Fox
Justin Kirk’s delivery of Reeves’ snappy, snarky patter is a bright spot, but the rest of the drama is too earnest — and too hesitant to engage with matters of race and with the complex issues surrounding the power and responsibilities of law enforcement — to accrue any real texture or depth.


‘This Is Us’ Casts Young Sophie‘The Fosters’ star Amanda Leighton joins the NBC dramedy.

Hulu’s Marvel Drama ‘Runaways’ Sets Cast
‘Faking It’ star Gregg Sulkin is joined by Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Allegra Acosta.

‘Casual’: Jamie Chung Joins Hulu Comedy Series For Season 3
Jamie Chung (Gotham, Once Upon A Time) has joined the Season 3 cast of Hulu comedy series Casualin a recurring role.

Pilots Season 2017 Actors Hot List: Sarah Shahi & Maya Rudolph Among Top Choices
Among those mentioned for multiple projects are former Person Of Interest co-star Sarah Shahi, who toplined the CBS drama pilot Drew last year; Saturday Night Live alumna Maya Rudolph; The Office and The Hangover‘s Ed Helms; and Transformers’ Josh Duhamel, who previously starred on CBS’ Battle Creek and NBC’s Las Vegas.


Amazon: Prime Members’ Digital Media Usage More Than Doubled in 2016
Amazon touted strong results of its Prime membership program — saying user consumption of video, music and book content in 2016 more than doubled — but the company, as is typical, didn’t provide specific metrics beyond that.


British Television Exports Rise 10% to $1.66 Billion
Annual British television exports rose 10% to £1.33 billion ($1.66 billion), according to newly released research. Sales of digital rights were up 79%, with streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon becoming major buyers of U.K. shows.


Bob Iger Won’t Attend Trump White House Meeting
Disney chief executive Bob Iger won’t be attending the forum planned for this week. A company board meeting, scheduled for several months, had been set for Friday.


Michael Quigley Appointed to Strategy Role at TBS, TNT
Turner has named Michael Quigley executive vice president of commercial operations, content strategy and monetization for TBS and TNT. Quigley replaces Deb Bradley, who has left Turner.

Viceland Names Derek Freda & Guy Slattery Co-Presidents; Spike Jonze & Eddy Moretti Take On Vice Media Roles
Viceland has promoted Derek Freda and Guy Slattery to co-presidents. Both have been with Viceland since its inception in key roles as EVP of Production and General Manager, respectively. Freda and Slattery assume the day-to-day production and operational oversight of the network from founding co-presidents Eddy Moretti and Spike Jonze.

Producer Cathy Schulman Launches Welle Entertainment, Co-Ventures With Primary Wave
Cathy Schulman
, former head of production at STX Entertainment, just launched a new production and finance company called Welle Entertainment. In addition, she has entered into a co-venture with Primary Wave Entertainment and is starting up with several diverse film and television projects already on the slate.

Lionsgate TV Exec Eyes More Co-Productions With Foreign Partners
Lionsgate Television Group president Sandra Stern told Canadian indie producers gathered in Ottawa that her studio is meeting a demand in the international marketplace mostly ignored by the U.S. networks. "We have been very active in trying to find partners in the international markets for us to produce [procedurals] directly for them, with the hope that we can then sell back into the U.S. market for perhaps a reduced licensed fee," Stern told the Prime Time in Ottawa conference during a keynote address.

Sony CEO Hirai Tells SPE Film, TV Execs: Studio Not for Sale
The Tokyo-based executive told some 100 employees at the studio’s Culver City lot that he has no intention to sell Sony Pictures and will "hang a sign from the water tower saying ‘not for sale.’"


UCLA Reveals Winners Of Its 2016 Television Pilot Competition
Stephanie Berger
won the Comedy Pilot Competition Award for Badger News. In News, after a mental breakdown (and a court order), an overachieving high school girl must drop her hectic A+ lifestyle and “slum it” in a trade class — her school’s struggling TV news program. Andrew Lewellen won the Drama Pilot Competition Award for American Motors, an epic family drama set in the boomtown of American industry of the 1970s.


Vulture: Why A-List Actresses Don’t Make Romantic Comedies Anymore
In the age of Marvel, only the most critically acclaimed directors still get to make mid-budget movies, and they’re all men who’d rather make Oscar vehicles than strictly defined rom-coms. Back in the day, Bullock, Roberts, and Witherspoon all had studio development deals where they could tailor material to their talents, but now, our best young women are increasingly dependent on what the male-driven, foreign-angling marketplace brings them — and it ain’t rom-coms.

(tech) VentureBeat: Snap Inc. files for IPO, aiming to raise $3B
Snap filed its S-1 paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission, triggering the process to go public. The company aims to raise $3 billion in the initial public offering (IPO). The filing shows that Snap came through with a $514.6 million net loss on $404 million in revenue in the year that ended on December 31, 2016. Revenue for that period was up nearly 500 percent from the prior year.

(tech) Mashable: Hater, the app that lets you find love based on what you hate
Hater is a brand new dating app that matches you with others who can’t stand the very same things you can’t stand. The app launches officially on February 8th but is now available in beta for iOS.