The Morning Update for Monday, February 6, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, February 6, 2017:


(from Fri) ABC Adds Two More Family-Comedy Pilots
has handed out pilot orders to an untitled single-dad comedy from the creators of Trophy Wife and a sibling comedy from DJ Nash. The untitled single-dad project is a multicamera comedy about an intellectual but emotionally challenged single dad who moves to Queens, N.Y., with his two young daughters and forms an unlikely family with the other residents in their apartment building. Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider will pen the script for the ABC Studios entry. They executive produce alongside Trophy Wife’s Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern.

Losing It
, meanwhile, is a single-camera comedy about three adult siblings and their parents who — between their minds, their marriages, their freedom and life — are all losing it in different ways. DJ Nash will pen the script and exec produce the ABC Studios effort. Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor also will exec produce.

(from Fri) ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Trio Team With ESPN’s Jalen Rose for ABC Comedy Pilot
ABC is teaming with Jalen Rose for a semi-autobiographical comedy. Written and executive produced by Nahnatchka Khan, Jalen vs. Everybody follows the former NBA player and current ESPN personality as he juggles his career responsibilities with the challenges of being a single dad. Khan will exec produce via her 20th Century Fox Television-based Fierce Baby Productions banner. Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar also will exec produce alongside Fierce Baby topper Mandy Summers. The comedy is a co-production between 20th Century Fox TV and ABC Studios.

(from Fri) ‘S.W.A.T.’ Reboot From Shawn Ryan Scores CBS Pilot Order
CBS handed out a pilot pickup to a reboot of S.W.A.T. The drama hails from executive producer Shawn Ryan and centers on a locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant who is torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers when he’s tasked to run a highly trained unit that is the last stop for solving crimes in Los Angeles. The project, written by Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, is a co-production between Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Studios.

(from Fri) CBS Orders Cop Comedy ‘Brothered Up’
has picked up multicamera entry Brothered Up. The multicamera comedy revolves around an emotionally guarded African-American cop who is partnered with an emotionally available Pakistani cop. Mark Gross will pen the script and executive produce for CBS Television Studios.

(from Fri) Greg Berlanti’s DC Comics Drama ‘Black Lightning’ Scores Pilot Order — at The CW
DC Comics drama Black Lightning has moved from Fox to The CW with a formal pilot order. The drama, written by Mara Brock Akil and her husband/producing partner, Salim Akil, will center on Jefferson Pierce, who hung up his suit and his secret identity years ago. However, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning. The Akils will executive produce the drama alongside Greg Berlanti and his Berlanti Productions topper Sarah Schechter. From Warner Bros. Television.

(from Fri) ‘L.A. Law’ Reboot To Be Redeveloped
L.A. Law, the contemporary revival of the Emmy-winning 1980s NBC legal drama, will be redeveloped. While the initial script was tailored for broadcast, the project now will be tweaked to also target cable and streaming networks.

(from Fri) CW’s ‘Charmed,’ ‘Lost Boys’ Reboots Will Be Redeveloped Next Season
Both projects have been rolled to the next development cycle.

NYT: ‘This Is Us’: This Is Why Network TV Is Feeling Hopeful
The NBC series has become a breakout hit, earning an unusual two-season renewal. Insiders see the show as a counterweight to dark procedurals and darker times. When asked why the show is popular right now, executives offered two explanations. One was tonal: At a time when TV has gone gritty, sophisticated and dark, audiences may have room for something else. The other part? That probably has something to do with the volatile and overheated political climate right now. …As a result, people were looking for “cathartic entertainment.”

Hawaii Five-0/MacGyver Crossover Set — Welcome to the NCIS-verse, Mac!
Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park and Taylor Wily — who play Chin Ho, Kono and Kamekona on the long-running latter drama — guest-star on the Friday, March 10 episode of the CBS freshman.

(review) Variety: ‘Imposters’ on Bravo
“Imposters” walks a fine line between primetime soap and buddy comedy, with varying degrees of success. …The comedic elements almost make the drama seem hackneyed; the dramatic elements almost make the comedy seem desperate.

(review) Variety: Comedy Central’s ‘Detroiters’
“Detroiters” is about two second-rate ad men in the Motor City who are pretty bad at their jobs. As is fitting for a show named after a place, “Detroiters” is a state of mind — a nice place to visit and stay awhile, to enjoy the world in a completely different headspace.


(from Fri) David Walton to Co-Star in CBS’ Mark Feuerstein Comedy
He’ll play Feuerstein’s brother in ‘9J, 9K, and 9L.’

(from Fri) ‘Good Girls’: Reno Wilson Cast In NBC Drama Pilot
Mike & Molly alum Reno Wilson has signed on for a series-regular role in Good Girls, NBC‘s drama pilot from The Family creator Jenna Bans.

(from Fri) Edie Falco Snags Key Role in NBC’s ‘Law & Order’ Menendez Brothers Drama
She’ll play attorney Leslie Abramson in the anthology ‘Law & Order: True Crime.’

(from Fri) Jonathan Banks to Visit ‘Dr. Ken’ for ‘Community’ Reunion
The ‘Better Call Saul’ star will play a tough former professor of Ken’s in an episode set to air in March.

(from Fri) ‘Supergirl’ Enlists Kevin Sorbo for Not-So-Herculean Role
The ‘Hercules’ grad has booked a recurring role on the CW DC Comics show.

(from Fri) ‘Zoo’: Athena Karkanis & Hilary Jardine Join CBS Drama Series
Low Winter Sun alumna Athena Karkanis and Hilary Jardine (Van Helsing) are set for recurring roles opposite James Wolk in the upcoming third season of CBS summer drama series Zoo.

Chicago Justice Adds Bradley Whitford for Three-Way Crossover
Bradley Whitford is heading to the Windy City for the upcoming three-way crossover between Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Justice.

(from Fri) Connie Britton Is A Wanted Woman For Pilots; What Does It Mean For ‘Nashville’?
Speculation about Connie Britton’s impending exit intensified in recent weeks as word spread that the Emmy-nominated actress would be available for pilots this season. She has emerged as one of the most sought-after female leads and already has been the subject of a lot of interest from the broadcast networks.


Snapchat to Debut BBC ‘Planet Earth II’ Show Tied to TV Series
BBC Worldwide has teamed with Snapchat to drive TV tune-in for the North American launch of “Planet Earth II” through an exclusive short-form show — featuring never-before-seen footage. The six-episode Snapchat Show will premiere on Feb. 17, the day before the television premiere of the “Planet Earth II”.


Nordic Crime Series ‘Below the Surface’ Boarded by Germany’s ZDFneo
, the German broadcaster ZDF’s digital channel aimed at viewers aged 25 to 49, has boarded crime-thriller series “Below the Surface” as a co-production partner with SAM Productions. The eight-part series centers on a subway train beneath Copenhagen where 15 people are taken hostage by three masked, armed men. The series has been put together by a team of leading Scandinavian creatives with Kasper Barfoed as creator, head writer and concept director, alongside Morten Kjems Hytten Juhl, who serves as producer.

Walter Presents adds Belgian drama double

UK-created VOD service Walter Presents has acquired a pair of Belgian dramas.

The Channel 4-backed service has bought Coppers and 13 Commandments from Canada’s Attraction Distribution. Coppers, produced for VTM, follows a no-nonsense police chief, while 13 Commandments is serialised thriller about a modern-day Moses figure who commits a series of gruesome crimes in order to jolt society’s conscience and restore moral values.


(from Fri) Andrea Wong Exits Sony Pictures Television
Andrea Wong
is leaving Sony. The executive, who held dual roles as president of international production for Sony Pictures Television and president of international for Sony Pictures Entertainment, has been with the company for more than six years. There is no word yet on who will replace her. Sony declined comment.

DGA Names Russ Hollander To Succeed Jay Roth As New Chief Executive
Russ Hollander will be the DGA’s next chief executive succeeding Jay Roth, who is retiring in May after leading the guild for more than two decades.


DGA Awards Winners: Complete List
Damien Chazelle
won the Directors Guild of America’s top feature film award for the musical “La La Land”. In the comedy TV series category, Becky Martin won big for HBO’s “Veep”. On the TV drama side, Miguel Sapochnik won for “Game of Thrones” .

‘Lion’ Tops ASC Cinematographer Awards
‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Mr. Robot’
and ‘The Night Of’ won television awards.

‘Zootopia’ Wins Top Prize at Annie Awards
Disney’s “Zootopia” is on a roll, following up its Golden Globes victory by topping the 44th Annual Annie Awards with six wins, including best animated feature. As a studio, Disney racked up 10 awards total.


Mashable: This is how millennials are saving moneyMillennials as a whole are either putting off or avoiding traditional milestones like purchasing a home or vehicle. Unlike previous generations, these just aren’t necessary for millennials when they have options like Uber, renting a place with some roommates, or moving back home with their parents. In other words, the sharing economy provides millennials with the services that they need without the financial burdens of ownership. They’re also putting off getting married and having children.