The Morning Update for Friday, February 10, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, February 10, 2017. Have a great weekend!


CBS Orders Tech Drama Pilot From ‘Good Wife’ Writer
CBS has given a pilot order to Wisdom of the Crowd, a tech drama based on the Israeli format of the same name. Written by Ted Humphrey, the project is described as telling the story of a tech innovator who, inspired by the notion that a million minds are better than one, creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing hub to solve his own daughter’s murder, as well as revolutionize crime solving in San Francisco. CBS Television Studios will produce in association with Universal Television, where Keshet has a co-production pact.

Amy Poehler, HBO Team for Comedy Starring ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Favorite John Roberts
‘Edison’ is based on Roberts’ life and will be co-written by ‘Archer’s’ H. Jon Benjamin. Roberts stars as John, a 40-year-old real estate broker who dreams of living life in the big city but remains stuck in his small hometown of Edison, N.J. Edison hails from Universal Television.

Richard Shepard To Direct CBS’ Jenny Lumet Drama Pilot; James Strong To Helm ‘The Get’
Richard Shepard is set to direct and executive produce CBS’ drama pilot the Untitled Jenny Lumet Project, a character-based procedural from writer Lumet and producers Katie Couric, David Marshall Grant, Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin.

James Strong has been tapped to direct and executive produce CBS drama pilot The Get, from 11.22.63 developer/showrunner Bridget Carpenter.

CBS and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment Form Joint Venture
CBS Corporation and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment have entered a joint venture agreement, with CBS Corp. acquiring an ownership stake in the production company. Under the pact, CBS will provide co-financing for Kapital to invest in its future programming and serve as worldwide distributor. Kapital will continue to operate independently from CBS Television Studios and the network, and Kaplan will continue to serve as CEO. That autonomy will allow the company to continue to sell to a wide range of TV networks and platforms, particularly as vertical integration and in-house productions at the Big 4 continue to rise.

‘Channel Zero’ Gets Two-Season Pickup at Syfy, Showrunner Gets Overall Deal at UCPHorror anthology “Channel Zero” will be making third and fourth installments for Syfy. “Channel Zero” brings to the TV screen the online world of creepypasta — user-generated horror stories that can sometimes take on a real life of their own.

‘Sweet/Vicious’ on Bubble as MTV Cancels Two Comedies
‘Mary + Jane’ and ‘Loosely Exactly Nicole’ will not return for second seasons at the Viacom cable network.


‘Cougar Town’s’ Dan Byrd Joins ABC Drama Pilot ‘Doomsday’
The role brings him back to the network which was home to ‘Cougar Town’ for the first three seasons of its six-season run.

‘Marvel’s Runaways’: Kip Pardue, Ryan Sands, Angel Parker Among 10 Cast In Hulu Drama Pilot
Marvel’s Runaways has set the remaining cast for Hulu’s drama pilot based on the Marvel Comics books. Kip Pardue, Ryan Sands, Angel Parker, Brittany Ishibashi, James Yaegashi, Kevin Weisman, Brigid Brannagh, Annie Wersching, James Marsters, and Ever Carradine will portray The Pride (a.k.a the parental characters).

‘The Crown’ Enlists Michael C. Hall for Season 2He’ll play Jack Kennedy, while Jodi Balfour will take on the role of Jackie Kennedy.

Lifetime Casts Its Menendez Brothers
Nico Tortorella
will join Myko Olivier and Benito Martinez in the Courtney Love starrer.

THR: TV Pilot Season: Which Stars Are Getting All the Offers?
Damon Wayans Jr., Lizzie Caplan, Maya Rudolph, Nathan Fillion and newly available leading stars are in big demand as casting season heats up.


A&E Networks Becomes Latest TV Brand To Create Shows For Snapchat
A&E Networks is latest TV network group to create original shows for Snapchat. The cable programmer struck a deal with Snapchat parent Snap Inc. to develop shows that involve talent and brands from its networks like History, Lifetime and FYI. The first such series is a reality show called "Second Chance," which will debut on the social media platform in April. The series, developed by A&E’s in-house full-service agency 45th & Dean, brings exes face-to-face to explore the breaking point in their relationship.


NBC in Talks to Revive ‘American Idol’
NBC is in talks with Fremantle Media to resurrect “American Idol.” According to sources with knowledge of the discussions, NBC has been pitched a revival of the long-running singing competition by producer Fremantle and is now mulling options for how to integrate the show into its programming slate. One possibility being considered: cutting NBC’s existing singing competition “The Voice” from two cycles a year to one.


TNT Comedy preps German original
Turner-owned TNT Comedy in Germany is launching its first original fictional series. Arthurs Gesetz (Arthur’s Law, 6×60′) will begin shooting this year for broadcast in 2018, produced by TNT Comedy and Good Friends Filmproduktions. The show follows a man who is involved in an unhappy marriage and sets about forming a plan to swindle money from life insurance.

Amazon Taking German Original ‘You Are Wanted’ Worldwide
Amazon will launch You Are Wanted, its first German-language original series, worldwide, with a planned drop in 200 countries and territories on the Amazon Prime streaming service. The German drama series will roll out globally on March 17. The series stars Matthias Schweighofer, one of Germany’s biggest movie stars, as a young hotel manager whose life is torn apart after his personal data is hacked and he ends up accused by the police of being a member of a terrorist organization.

Canadian drama first for BBC Four

BBC Four has acquired Cardinal marking the first time it has picked up a Canadian drama. The move into Canadian drama with Cardinal sees the channel land a six-part detective series set in a small town in Ontario. The serialised drama follows John Cardinal (Billy Campbell, The Killing) and Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse, Revenge) as they hunt down a serial killer. Aubrey Nealon is the showrunner on the series, which is produced by eOne and Sienna Films for Canadian free TV net CTV.


Disney Plans To Take Euro Disney Private Following Deal To Buy Saudi Stake
Shares in Euro Disney, which trades in Paris, rocketed 65.8% after Disney announced plans to buy the interests it doesn’t already own — plus an agreement to pick up a 9% stake held by Kingdom Holding, the investment firm run by Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal.


Twentieth Century Fox Promotes Emma Watts to Vice Chairman
The veteran production executive will work closely with studio chairman and CEO Stacey Snider.

Don Granger Promoted To Skydance Pic Production Prexy
Skydance has promoted Don Granger to President of Feature Film Production, where he will oversee the development and production of David Ellison’s ambitious film slate.

Jeffrey Godsick to Head Sony Pictures New Branding Division
Sony Pictures Entertainment has formed a new brand management division and promoted Jeffrey Godsick to lead the unit — a move to try to exploit the “long-term branding initiatives” for franchise films like “Hotel Transylvania,” “Jumanji,” “Spider-Man,” and “Smurfs.”

Kiska Higgs Upped At Focus Features
Kiska Higgs has been upped to senior VP, acquisitions and co-production for Focus Features.

Buzzfeed: 16 Black Women Directors Who Are Killing It Behind The Scenes Of TV
The black girl magic doesn’t just take place onscreen — it’s happening behind the scenes, too.
1. Millicent Shelton
2. Debbie Allen
3. Melina Matsoukas
4. Neema Barnette
5. Victoria Mahoney
6. Dee Rees
7. Salli Richardson Whitfield
8. Tina Mabry
9. Janicza Bravo
10. Marta Cunningham
11. Darnell Martin
12. Janice Cooke
13. Hanelle Culpepper


L.A. City Attorney Busts Five Casting Workshops For Charging For Auditions
The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office has filed criminal misdemeanor charges against the operators of five casting workshops for allegedly charging actors for auditions in violation of the state’s Talent Scam Prevention Act of 2009. If convicted, each of the 28 defendants – including 18 local casting directors – could face up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine.

NBA becomes first sports league to create a gaming leagueThe NBA is creating a brand new esports league called NBA 2K eLeaguein partnership with Take-Two, the developers of the NBA 2K video games. The professional, competitive gaming league will debut in 2018 and marks the first time a traditional sports league will operate an esports league.