The Morning Update for Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, May 3, 2016:


Amazon Prime Video Picks Up Julian Fellowes’ British Period Drama ‘Doctor Thorne’
Amazon has acquired streaming rights to British period drama series “Doctor Thorne,” adapted by “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes, in a deal with Weinstein Company. The series is slated to premiere May 20 on Prime Video in the U.S. The story centers on Dr. Thomas Thorne, who lives a quiet life with his niece Mary in the English village of Greshambury, which is ruled with an iron fist by Lady Arabella Gresham. But Lady Arabella’s world is changed forever when she learns that her beloved son is planning to elope with common-born Mary, rather than follow through on his arranged marriage to the rich American heiress Martha Dunstable.

(sched) TVLine: Kerry Washington’s Pregnancy May Push Scandal Season 6 to Midseason
News that Kerry Washington is pregnant has the network weighing a series of options with regard to Scandal‘s upcoming sixth season. One of those options involves delaying the show’s return until midseason.

(opinion) THR: 10 TV Pilots Likely to Score Series PickupsFrom family comedies to legal dramas, here are some of the hottest pilots likely to land on the broadcast networks’ 2016-17 schedule.
1. The Mick (Fox)
2. Pitch (Fox)
3. Conviction (ABC)
4. Toast (ABC)
5. Chicago Justice (NBC)
6. Marlon (NBC)
7. Bull (CBS)
8. I’m Not Your Friend (CBS)
9. Riverdale (The CW)
10. Untitled Transylvania drama (The CW)

(opinion) Variety: Pilot Buzz: Female-Led Comedies, Time Travel & Known Brands Heating Up at Broadcast Nets
Diversity will shine this next TV season across the board, as will recognizable brands and talent. Female-led comedies are dominating ABC’s list of potential favorites, along with female-led dramas that appear to pack more procedural flare. Major male TV stars will topline the majority of programming at CBS. Fox is full of reboots, as well as some really big swings, while NBC is eyeing properties and hitmakers that have done well for them in the past. The CW is looking at yet another project from Greg Berlanti with industry insiders saying “Riverdale” is gearing up for a greenlight.

(opinion) TVBTN: NBC Renew/Cancel standings, week 32: ‘Crowded’ is likely to be canceled
If NBC keeps one of its current Sunday comedies around for next season, “Crowded” won’t be it. As noted a few weeks ago, it and “The Carmichael Show” are fairly close in terms of ratings. But “Carmichael” is much more the kind of show around which NBC wants to build its comedy brand.

(opinion) TVBTN: ABC Renew/Cancel standings, week 32: ‘Castle’ and ‘Nashville’ will probably be renewed, ‘The Catch’ probably won’t
The ratings say no, but the fact that ABC and Disney are making money on both shows in syndication likely means they’ll get to build up their library of episodes for a little longer. “The Catch,” however, won’t be so lucky. Its mediocre ratings show little sign of taking a leap next season, and it’s likely the network will cut ties.


‘Future Man’: Derek Wilson Cast In Hulu Comedy Pilot
Derek Wilson(Preacher) is set to co-star opposite Josh Hutcherson and Eliza Coupe in Future Man, Hulu‘s half-hour comedy pilot from Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg & Sony TV.


Justin Lin in Talks to Direct ‘Space Jam 2’ Starring LeBron James
Justin Linis in early talks to direct “Space Jam 2” starring LeBron James. Andrew Dodge will write the script with input from Lin, though the project remains in early development and isn’t ready for tip-off just yet.


NBCUniversal in Talks to Join Hulu Channel Bundle
NBCUniversal is in talks with Hulu to join the streaming service’s planned over-the-top offering of cable and broadcast channels, Variety has learned. The two companies are in the early stages of active negotiations, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Periscope hires editor-in-chief to curate its best feeds
Live streaming app Periscope has hired its first editor-in-chief to help pick out the best of its feeds. Evan Hansen will be taking on the new role, leaving a similar position at Medium.

ReCode: Amazon didn’t get the NFL deal, but it’s getting more serious about sports
Amazon hires James DeLorenzo to head up its newly created sports group.

AdWeek: How Multichannel Networks Are Grooming the Next Generation of Video Stars
With marketers and media buyers putting social stars PewDiePie, Lilly Singh and Logan Paul into heavy rotation, multichannel networks now are incubating the next wave of talent through a host of development programs such as Maker Studios’ Spark initiative, which is funding some 30 different creator projects. The bonus in doing so, say buyers, is having greater control over emerging brands.


Amber Rose Scores Weekly Dr. Phil-Produced Talk Show on VH1
Amber Rose has landed her own weekly talk show on VH1. Produced by Dr. Phil’s and his son Jay McGraw’s Stage 29 Productions, the untitled weekly series will be hosted by Rose and premiere in the summer. The weekly series will feature Rose conducting candid interviews with celebrity friends and leading what is billed as provocative, entertaining and humorous conversations with guests on topics including pop culture, motherhood, relationships, friendships, race and entrepreneurship.

ABC’s 500 Questions Books Jeopardy Legend Ken Jennings for Season 2
Ken Jennings — whose 74-game winning streak remains a Jeopardy record — will appear as a contestant in 500 Questions‘ two-hour Season 2 premiere on Thursday, May 26.

(sched) ‘The Preachers’ Gets Summer Test Run On Fox Television Stations
The Preacherspanel talk show, executive produced by former The View co-creator and EP Bill Geddie, is getting a three-week daily preview on Fox-owned TV stations in New York and Los Angeles beginning July 11. Produced by Telepictures Productions, The Preachers features four outspoken preachers known for their unique takes on pop culture, news events and spirituality.

(rumor) Wrap: Whoopi Goldberg Threatens to Bolt From ‘The View’
Whoopi Goldberghas informed friends she’s fed up with ABC’s morning chatfest and wants to bail from the panel, where she has held forth on topics weighty and trivial since 2007. Whether she really means it or could be persuaded to stay remains to be seen. Goldberg, 60, is in talks with ABC about extending her contract, which is up at the end of this season.

(review) NYMag: ESPN’s Eight-Hour O.J. Documentary Is a Masterpiece
O.J.: Made in America, I guarantee you right now, is going to blow your mind. Directed by Ezra Edelman, O.J. is massive but never sprawling, passionate but never unfair, informative but never anything but compulsively entertaining. By devoting nearly eight hours to the trial and all that surrounded it, Edelman is able to give a true, and truly operatic, 360-degree treatment of a story that basically nobody has ever before been able to process except in pieces.


Armoza goes Green in Canada
Canadian production company 1R2D has picked up a comedy sketch format from Israel’s Armoza Formats. The Green Project first aired on Hot’s Comedy Central cable channel in Israel and uses green-screen technology to enable comedians to perform sketches anywhere and at any time.


CBS Corp Taps Catrice Monson As SVP Diversity & Inclusion
CBS Corphas a new SVP Diversity and Inclusion: Catrice Monson, who has been with CBS Labor Relations group since 2000. Based in Los Angeles, She will work to expand and enhance diversity initiatives for CBS Corp. and its business units.

Fox Group Ups Jill Ratner To EVP Litigation
Jill Ratnerhas been promoted to EVP Litigation for the Fox Entertainment Group, up from her most recent role as SVP Litigation.

Syfy SVPs Paul Shapiro & Erik Storey Exit Amid Restructuring
Paul Shapiro, Syfy’s SVP Original Content, who worked in development, and Erik Storey, Syfy’s SVP Original Programming, who shepherded current series, have left the network. The move is part of the executive restructuring in NBCUniversal’s entertainment cable group.

SSN: Exec Shuffle for 5/2/16Brad Weston is stepping down from his role as President and CEO of New Regency, a position he has held for the last five years.- David Baxter has been named the Head of Content Development at Legion M. Terri Lubaroff has been named the Head of Content Acquisition at Legion M.
Mandy Beckner has been named the VP of Creative Affairs at Heyday Films. She was formerly the VP of Development at Olympus Pictures.
David S. Collins has been named the Writer, Producer at Sweeny Collins Productions. He was previously the Development Executive at Connect Entertainment.
Betsy Sanner Ayala has been named the VP of Programming at HGTV, DIY Network, and Great American Country. She was formerly the VP of Programming & Production at PTA Networks.
Les Eisner has been named the SVP of Corporate Communications at Fox Broadcasting Company. He was previously the VP of Corporate Communications at A+E Networks.


‘Hamilton’ sets new record clinching 16 Tony nominations
The musical has received a staggering 16 Tony nominations, officially making it the most-nominated musical in Tony history.


(sched) TV Upfronts 2016 Schedule: NBC, ESPN & Fox Consolidate Events; CBS At The Plaza
The broadcast upfront, traditionally the marquee culmination event, had seen few changes in an evolving media landscape, but there are several coming this year. NBC’s presentation, which kicks off the week on Monday morning, will now feature the entire NBCUniversal TV portfolio of NBC, Telemundo and 12 cable networks. CBS is one of two broadcast networks that will have a new programming executive, Glenn Geller, introduce the fall lineup, along with ABC’s Channing Dungey.

British Columbia Lowers Film & TV Tax Credit
Vancouver is coming off its biggest year ever for film and TV production in 2015, and its provincial government voted to lower the generous tax incentives that help draw projects to Hollywood North. Effective October 1, the subsidies available to the industry in British Columbia will shrink from 33% to 28%.

‘Star Trek’ CBS Series to Shoot in TorontoThe first new “Star Trek” series in more than a decade will be shot in Toronto, CBS Television Studios revealed Wednesday. The show will begin shooting this fall.