Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, January 22, 2018.
ABC has ordered its first pilot for the 2018-19 season. The Alphabet has picked up an untitled half-hour comedy from writer and executive producer Tim Doyle. The single camera comedy hails from ABC Studios. Set in the 1970s, it follows an Irish-Catholic family with a working-class dad, traditional mom and eight boisterous sons navigating changes big and small during one of America’s most turbulent decades.
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Lee Daniels, Jerrod Carmichael Comedy Pilots a Go as Fox Also Adds Music Drama
The pickups all hail from 20th Century Fox Television as the network looks to continue ownership of its programming — at least until the studio is sold to Disney. Fox threw its hat into the pilot season ring late Friday, handing out orders to a Lee Daniels comedy, a music drama from Josh Safran and a half-hour based on actor-comedian Lil Rel’s life that reunites him with his Carmichael Show star and producer Jerrod Carmichael.
Josh Friedman, showrunner of TNT’s upcoming series “Snowpiercer,” is leaving the network, a network spokesperson told TheWrap. Friedman wrote the pilot of the series, which was picked up by TNT just this month, and was also an executive producer on the show. A person close to the network told Variety that “creative differences” caused the split.
In a competitive situation, Tomorrow Studios, Marty Adelstein’s joint venture with ITV Studios, has acquired The Oracle Year, the upcoming debut novel of best-selling comic book franchise writer Charles Soule, for development as a TV series. The Oracle Year, which will be released on April 3 by HarperCollins, centers on a twentysomething New Yorker who wakes to 108 visions of specific predictions of the future, and monetizes those predictions to become the most famous person in the world.
Selina Meyer’s reelection campaign won’t get underway until next year. According to Veep‘s Matt Walsh, the Emmy-winning comedy’s seventh and final season is expected to begin production in August, once star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has had enough time to recuperate after undergoing chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer.
NEW MEDIA / SVOD NEWS:
Dan Rather: YouTube star? The longtime TV newsman — best known as the former anchor of “CBS Evening News” for over two decades — has teamed with TYT Network’s Young Turks for a weekly half-hour news show focused on “under-reported” stories and analysis.
CBS Corp and Sony Interactive Entertainment have reached an agreement for continued coverage of CBS-owned stations and affiliates on the PlayStation Vue streaming television service. The deal, announced this morning, also includes Showtime, CBS Sports Network, CBSN and Pop.
Fans of YouTube viral phenom Poppy are about to get a deeper look at the inscrutable character thanks to YouTube Red’s “I’m Poppy” — although it will probably raise more questions than it answers. YouTube will host the world premiere of “I’m Poppy” at the Sundance Film Festival on Tuesday, Jan. 23
Lisa Edelstein‘s next TV gig sounds all kinds of crazy. The House vet, whose five-season run on Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce is about to end, is looking to headline an hour-long series adaptation of Confessions of a Sociopath, TVLine has confirmed.
The following story contains spoilers about Big Little Lies‘ forthcoming second season… proceed at your own peril When HBO officially announced last month that it was moving forward with a second season of Big Little Lies, the cabler noted that “most” of the main characters are expected to accompany Nicole Kidman’s Celeste and Reese Witherspoon’s Madeline back to Monterey. Apparently even the dead ones.
Disney is in talks with director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to helm its live-action reimagining of the 1963 animated movie “The Sword in the Stone.” Fresnadillo, a native of Spain, directed 2002’s “Intacto” as his first full-length feature, followed by the 2006 zombie thriller “28 Weeks Later,” the sequel to Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later.”
Peter Jackson is switching his attention from epic fantasy conflicts to a real-life Great War. “The Lord of the Rings” director is making a new feature documentary about World War I to mark the centennial of the war’s end, mining the archives of the BBC and London’s Imperial War Museum for material.
Following its sale to the Simon & Schuster imprint Scout Press, the James Frey novel Katerina has been pre-emptively acquired in a film rights deal by Brad Weston’s Makeready. Frey will write the script and be executive producer. Guymon Casady is producing through Entertainment 360, the production arm of Management 360.
BBC Worldwide Boosts Stake in ‘End of the F***ing World’ Producer Clerkenwell Films
The U.K.-based scripted banner is also behind ‘Misfits’ and ‘Lovesick.’ The BBC’s commercial arm BBC Worldwide has increased its stake in U.K.-based scripted indie producer Clerkenwell Films from 25 to 49 percent.
Over the years Minnie Mouse has transformed from sassy flapper girl to sweet style icon. Known for her bright bows and polka dots, Mickey’s forever gal has inspired major fashion designers to create their own line of Minnie-inspired frocks over the past decade. And she continues to update her look — and gain new outfits – as Disney creates new adventures for her across the media landscape.
The show, about a family of friendly vampires who have recently relocated from Transylvania to Pennsylvania, stars Lauren Graham, James Van Der Beek and Isabella Crovetti.
Jeff Zucker may be staying put at CNN after all. Despite reports that Zucker, the former head of NBCUniversal and current leader of Time Warner’s CNN, has emerged as a surprise candidate to lead Walt Disney’s ESPN, a spokesperson for CNN tells Variety he isn’t going anywhere.
The 24th annual SAG Awards were handed out tonight at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and it appears there are serious front-runners for the acting Oscars. Fox Searchlight’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won three Actor trophies tonight, including the marquee film ensemble prize. Also, Frances McDormand won for her lead role, and Sam Rockwell won for supporting.
EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:
Veteran Hollywood producer and executive Allison Shearmur, who produced the “Hunger Games” films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and the upcoming “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” died Friday at UCLA Medical Center, a source told Variety. She was 54. A cause of death was not immediately available.
The first weather forecaster on “Good Morning America,” Mr. Coleman started the Weather Channel in 1981, but was forced out after a year.
Scott Budnick, the producer of “The Hangover” movies and “Old School,” has launched Good Films, a film and TV production company that plans to leverage the movies and shows it makes to effect positive social change.
SAG-AFTRA leaders are developing a code of conduct for its 160,000 members to deal with sexual harassment. President Gabrielle Carteris and national executive director David White made the disclosure in a message sent to members of the union’s national board this week.
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