The Morning Update for Monday, April 25, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, April 25, 2016:


(from Fri) Showtime Is Developing a Comedy Based on Ingrid Jungermann’s Web Series ‘F to 7th’
Another web series is making the jump to television. Showtime has put into development a new half-hour comedy from Ingrid Jungermann called F to 7th based on her web series of the same name. Jungermann will write and executive produce alongside Michael Showalter and Portlandia EP Karey Dornetto. Like the web series, the series “chronicles the female descent into pre-middle age in a world where sexuality and gender have left old-fashioned lesbianism behind.”

(from Fri) Crackle to adapt Ritchie’s Snatch
, Sony Pictures Television’s digital streaming network, has ordered a 10-part drama based on Guy Ritchie’s 2000 crime movie Snatch. The drama will follow a group of up-and-coming hustlers who stumble upon a truckload of stolen gold bullion and are suddenly thrown into a world of organised crime.

(from Fri) Grimm Gets a Shortened Sixth Season
Friday night horror show will be 13 episodes, instead of the typical 22, in order to let the peacock network add more shows to its full fall slate.

(ratings) TVBTN: ABC same-day vs. DVR rankings for 2015-16Top-rated show:“Modern Family.” Same-day, 2.6; Live +3, 3.9; Live +7, 4.6. Biggest rise in the rankings: “Nashville.” 18th in same-day (1.0), moves up to a tie for 14th in L+3 (1.7) and L+7 (1.9).

(ratings) TVBTN: CBS same-day vs. DVR rankings for 2015-16
Top-rated show: “The Big Bang Theory.” Same-day, 3.8; Live +3, 5.5; Live +7, 6.0. Biggest rise in the rankings: “Limitless.” 12th in same-day (1.4), tied for eighth in L+3 (2.2) and eighth in L+7 (2.4)

(ratings) TVBTN: NBC same-day vs. DVR rankings for 2015-16
Top-rated show: “Blindspot.” Same day, 2.0; Live +3, 3.3; Live +7, 3.8. Biggest rise in the rankings: “Grimm.” 15th in same-day (0.9) but rises to ninth in L+3 (1.6) and L+7 (1.7).


New ‘Doctor Who’ Companion Unveiled
Pearl Mackie
was unveiled by the BBC on Saturday as the latest co-lead in the long-running cult favorite Doctor Who, joining Peter Capaldi in the show’s upcoming season 10.


(from Fri) Fox Acquires Newbie’s Sci-Fi Spec ‘Man Alive’ For ‘Fargo’s Noah Hawley To Direct
20th Century Fox has made a six-figure deal to acquire Man Alive, an elevated sci-fi spec script by new writer Joe Greenberg. Fargo creator Noah Hawley is set to make his feature film directorial debut on the project.

(from Fri) Lionsgate Buys Joshua Friedlander Spec ‘Couple Up’
Lionsgatehas just closed a deal for Couple Up, a spec script by Joshua Friedlander, in a competitive situation. A married couple, verging on divorce, wishes they had never met. In an It’s A Wonderful Life-type scenario, they see what life would have been like had they never gotten together.

(from Fri) Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ Removed From Disney’s Release Schedule
Disney has removed Marvel’s “Inhumans” from its release schedule, waiting until late Friday night on Passover weekend to do so. In October 2014, Marvel’s Kevin Feigeannounced that “Inhumans” had been slated for release on Nov. 2, 2018. Then, in February 2015, the release was pushed back to July 12, 2019. The studio did not announce a new date, and it remains to be seen whether the film will move forward.


Amazon Prime Video Has 4 Times Netflix’s Movie Lineup, But Size Isn’t Everything
As of March 29, Amazon Prime Video offered 18,405 movies and 1,981 TV shows in the U.S., while Netflix stocked 4,563 movies and 2,445 series, according to an analysis by Wall Street research firm Barclays. In terms of tonnage, Hulu tops Netflix in both areas — with 3,588 shows and 6,656 movies.

Lionsgate Launches Distribution Through Steam, Includes ‘Hunger Games’
Valve Corp. and Lionsgate have formed a partnership under which Lionsgate will license more than 100 films to Valve’s Steam digital distribution platform. Primarily a gaming distribution platform, there were over 6,400 Windows games, 2,300 Mac os X games and 1,500 Linus games available on Steam.


(review) Variety: ‘United Shades of America’
W. Kamau Bell is good company, and in his appealing new CNN documentary series, “United Shades of America,” his quick wit and earnest intelligence are used well. In “United Shades,” Bell travels around the country and digs into the complexities of race and culture in America. Given that Bell’s FX/FXX talk show didn’t quite take off, despite his ample talents, it’s good to see that he has rebounded with a laudable series that appears to cater to his many strengths as a writer, engaging improviser and thinker.

Kelly Ripa Tells Staff She’s Coming Back to ‘Live’ Tuesday
The cohost of “Live With Kelly and Michael” emailed staffers late Friday night to tell them she would return to the set Tuesday.

(opinion) Variety: ABC Replacing Kelly Ripa’s ‘Live’ with Another Hour of ‘Good Morning America’? Don’t Bet On It
The drama that erupted behind the scenes this week on “Live with Kelly and Michael” has stirred renewed speculation about ABC’s interest in expanding “Good Morning America” to a third hour at 9 a.m. That hour at present is occupied on the ABC O&Os and many ABC affiliate stations by “Live.” But would Disney deliberately dismantle an enduring a.m. franchise that generates an estimated $85 million-$90 million annually in license fees and advertising revenue? That’s hard to imagine in any rational scenario.


‘Section Zero,’ ‘Frozen Dead,’ ’Contact’ Underscore France’s New TV Ambitions
Three high-profile Gallic series – “Section Zero,” “The Frozen Dead” and “Contact” – feature at Coming Next From France, a Series Mania/TVFI showcase which captures the French TV in evolution. “Section Zero” melds dystopian classics with France’s “polar” crime-thriller tradition in a dark, violent post-Apocalypse noir set in a 2024 Europe where an upright cop battles attempts by ruling corporation Prométhée to replace the police with its own private militia. “Contact” is a semi-serialized thriller-procedural turning on a psychic attempting to protect and aid his cop brother. “The Frozen Dead” is a six-part murder-mystery kicks off as the headless body of a horse is found at the top of a cable car 6,000-feet up up a Pyrenean mountain. DNA at the scene matches a serial killer who’s been locked up for years in a high-security prison.


(from last wk) Disney Pulls Out of Fusion Joint Venture With Univision
Walt Disney Co.’s ABC said Univision Communications will become the sole owner of their joint programming venture Fusion, ending the company’s involvement with the network and website for English-speaking Hispanics and millennials. With the handover, Univision will take over ABC’s role in distribution and ad sales for Fusion and assume editorial control. ABC said it expects the transition to take place as soon as practical.


(from Fri) Jennifer Morrison Launches Apartment 3C Productions; Directorial Debut ‘Sun Dogs’ Is First Project
Once Upon A Time
star Jennifer Morrisonhas launched her own production banner, Apartment 3C Productions, and will kick things off with her feature film directorial debut in Sun Dogs, a comedy penned by Warrior scribe Anthony Tambakis.


(from Fri) ‘Quantico’ Relocates Production to New York
Lured in part by the state’s lucrative production-incentive program, “Quantico” will relocate to New York for its second season. With the move, the ABC drama will receive a tax credit that will cover nearly 30% of all aspects of production.

Variety: ‘Saturday Night Live’ To Run With Fewer Ads Next Season
NBC will structure the program so that it runs with two fewer commercial breaks, according to a spokeswoman for NBCUniversal. The move represents the equivalent of cutting about 30% of the ads from the show. The maneuver is the latest in a series of efforts by big TV companies like Viacom, Fox and Time Warner’s Turner to try to change the way they rely on commercials for support.

‘Netflix effect’ forces shorter windows for dramaRelease windows for drama programming are shortening dramatically in key territories, with a ‘pronounced change’ in the time between US shows airing domestically and hitting international channels. “Research clearly indicates that ‘the Netflix effect’—the policy of the streaming service to launch its originals simultaneously across all of its territories—has transformed the TV distribution business over the last couple of years.”

(music) Vulture: Beyoncé’s Lemonade Is Now on iTunes — Rejoice, Tidal Haters
So you were one of the rare few who couldn’t be suckered into signing up for Tidal this weekend? Your patience has been rewarded: Beyoncé’s new visual album, Lemonade, is now available for download on iTunes,

(from last wk) Hospital will pay $2.2M for letting Dr. Oz show film w/o consent, air death
New York Presbyterian Hospital has agreed to a $2.2 million settlement with the federal government over the “egregious disclosure” of patients’ health information. The violations occurred after the hospital gave the ABC reality TV show, “NY Med,” starring Dr. Mehmet Oz, “unfettered access to its healthcare facility.”