The Morning Update for Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, May 10, 2016:


TruTV Greenlights Three New Series & Six Pilots; ‘Fameless’, ‘Hack My Life’ Renewed
On the development front, the Turner network has ordered six new pilots, including scripted offerings Small Victories and I’m Sorry. Small Victories is a comedy series about confronting everyday injustices, written by and starring Melissa Hunter. I’m Sorry is a comedic look at confronting one’s inner immaturity and neuroses, written by and starring Andrea Savage.

Superman Prequel ‘Krypton’ Receives Pilot Order at Syfy
Syfy has ordered a pilot for “Krypton,” the long in-development Superman prequel series. Set two generations before the destruction of Superman’s home planet, “Krypton” tells the story of the Man of Steel’s grandfather, who is fighting to restore his family’s honor following a public disgrace. David S. Goyer will write the pilot with Ian Goldberg and serve as executive producer through his company Phantom Four. Fellow exec producer Damon Kandler will serve as showrunner.

‘Locke & Key’ Being Developed Again As TV Series By IDW Entertainment
Joe Hill’s comic book series Locke & Keyis once again being eyed as a TV series. IDW Entertainment, whose publishing arm is behind the books, is developing the property as a television series with Hill attached to write the pilot and executive produce. The project is being developed internally with Circle of Confusion before it will be taken out, likely to cable/digital networks.

‘Captain America: Civil War’s’ Joe and Anthony Russo Developing Showtime Pot Comedy
Joe and Anthony Russo are developing a pot comedy at Showtime. The half-hour sitcom focuses on a larcenous family of marijuana dealers whose world is turned upside down when their illegal enterprise suddenly becomes legal in their home state. The project will also be executive produced and written by comedian Moshe Kasher and writer/actor Zach Cregger. Mike Larocca will serve as a producer, under the Russo’s Getaway Productions banner.

Jesse Eisenberg to direct the TV version of his own short story collection
Jesse Eisenberg is set to make his directorial debut with a television adaptation of his own collection of short stories, Bream Gives Me Hiccups. Eisenberg will create, write, and direct the TV comedy produced by Jax Media. Bream Gives Me Hiccups will star Parker Posey as the divorced mother of Oscar, a quiet and observant young boy to be played by young Vine star Elliott Smith. Oscar turns into a little food critic when he starts spending his lunches in the janitor’s closet writing detailed reviews of every restaurant his mom drags him to, as well as his difficult relationship with his mother, foreshadowing a life of freelance writing and loneliness.

(opinion) Variety: Pilot Buzz: What Shows Are Heating Up for the 2016-17 Season?
ABC is looking to pick up around four new dramas and either five or six new comedies, sources say. While the network is hot on many of their pilots, two are seen as major frontrunners: John Ridley’s “Presence” in the drama department, and “The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport” in the comedy crop.

(opinion) Wrap: The 2016 TV Pilots Most Likely To Become Series
Pearl, The Exorcist, Lethal Weapon, Bunker Hill, Riverdale, Blacklist Spinoff, Marlon, Unt Kevin James.

(rumor) Deadline: When Renewals Follow the Corporate Bottom Line: Can Synergy Save ‘The Muppets’ & ‘CSI: Cyber’?
Freshman ABC comedy The Muppets, produced by ABC Studios, had been all but written off after struggling to get traction with the original incarnation in the fall and the midseason reboot. Then a rumor surfaced late last week that there is a possibility for The Muppets to come back. There is nothing definitive, and a pickup is a long shot but the sheer idea of The Muppets being talked about and considered for next season is intriguing. The bar is pretty low on Friday, so it is conceivable that The Muppets could air there if it were to return for a hypothetical second season.


Ricardo Chavira Cast In ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ Netflix Comedy Series
Desperate Housewives alum Ricardo Chavira, who has a high-profile recurring role on Scandal this season, is set to co-star opposite Drew Barrymoreand Timothy Olyphantin Santa Clarita Diet, Netflix’s upcoming single-camera comedy series from creator Victor Fresco, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Tracy Katsky’s Kapital-based KatCo, which is set for 2017 debut.


Amazon Takes on YouTube and Others, Opening Video Platform to All Creators
Amazon, which touts itself as Earth’s biggest store, has officially launched its bid to be the place to watch any kind of video under the sun. With the launch of Amazon Video Direct, open to any video creator, the e-commerce giant will compete head-to-head with Google’s YouTube for video-ad dollars and views as well as other big Internet video distributors like Facebook and Vimeo.

Gawker: Internet Video Views Is A 100 Percent Bullshit Metric
If advertisers can be hoodwinked into believing that a sizable number of people are actually watching things on Facebook Live, they will direct their money online, where the ad rates are much, much lower than they are on TV. The thing here is that the TV people are right—even serious online video hits deliver numbers that would barely register if measured the same way TV programming is.


Bryan Cranston to Star in Philip K. Dick Drama Series for Sony, Channel 4
‘Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick’ will be a 10-part anthology, which Cranston will also executive produce along with ‘Battlestar Galactica’s’ Ronald Moore and ‘Justified’s’ Michael Dinner. Each episode is set to be a standalone drama, adapted and modernized for global audiences by a creative team of British and American writers.

Turkish Female Empowerment TV Drama ‘Fatmagul’ set for First Western Redo
German TV production company Bantry Bay has secured German-language remake rights to hit Turkish female empowerment skein “Fatmagul” in the latest signal of Turkish TV’s growing global reach. Produced locally by Turkish production powerhouse Ay Yapim, “Fatmagul” is based on a novel by prominent local scribe and political activist Vedat Turkali.

Hugo Chavez Drama Series ‘El Comandante’ Set at Sony Pictures TV Latin America
Sony Pictures Television’s Latin America unit is embarking on its boldest historical drama series yet with “El Comandante,” depicting the life and times of the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. Sony has committed to producing 60 hourlong episodes.

Netflix, E4 partner on horror comedy
Global streaming giant Netflix and Channel 4’s youth-skewing network E4 in the UK are working on a second coproduction, a comedy horror from the creator of Misfits. Urban Myth Films is producing Crazy Face, which will air on E4 and globally on Netflix. Howard Overman is behind the project, which looks at the friendships, love and secrets in a group of demon hunters.


Kent Alterman to Replace Michele Ganeless as Comedy Central President
Michele Ganeless will depart her role as president of Comedy Central, the network announced Monday. Kent Alterman, currently the network’s programming chief, will take over as network president, effective immediately. Alterman will report directly to Doug Herzog, president, Viacom Media Networks music and entertainment group.

MGM Taps HBO Veteran Lesley Freeman for Top Legal Post
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has appointed Lesley Freeman as its Chief Legal Officer, replacing the departing Scott Packman.

SSN: Exec Shuffle for 5/9/16Kyle Bellinger has been upped from Development Executive to Executive Director of Acquisitions & Development at Foresight Unlimited. Talia Goldman is now the Executive Director of Operations & Distribution at Foresight Unlimited.
Paul Davidson has been upped from SVP to EVP of Film & Television at The Orchard.
Jill Ratner has been upped from SVP to EVP of Litigation at Fox Entertainment Group.
Jonathan Bluman is now the VP of Talent & Casting at ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios. He was previously a Talent Agent at WME. Ayo Davis is now the Head of Talent & Casting at ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios after being the Interim Head of Casting.
Tommy Coriale has been upped from VP of Production to General Manager at DiGa in New York.
Daniel Eilemberg has been upped from Chief Digital Officer and SVP, Digital to President, Chief Content Officer at FUSION. Boris Gartner has been upped from SVP, Chief Strategy Officer to President, Chief Operating Officer.
Perla Farias is now the SVP of Scripted Development at Telemundo Studios. Carmen Urbaneja has been upped from VP, Novela Production to SVP of Scripted Productions at Telemundo Studios.
Liza Burnett Fefferman is now the SVP of Communications at VH1 and Logo (New York, as of May 2nd, 2016).
Julie Pifher is now the VP of Development at Rive Gauche Television.
Mia Rondinella is now the SVP of Global Distribution & Strategy at Disney Media Distribution and Disney & ESPN Media Networks.
Joseph Schneier has been upped from Senior Director to VP of Production & Development at Discovery Channel.
Jessica Sebastian is now the SVP of Development at ITV Entertainment.

Minnie Driver Paint-Bombed Her Neighbors’ Home, Lawsuit Claims
The actress is being sued by a couple who claim that she has made their lives a living hell since they decided to buy property next to her Los Angeles home. Daniel and Mary Lou Perelmutter claim that they purchased the property in 2014 with the intention of building a home on it, only to have Driver harass them and stymie their efforts.


TV Academy to Induct Broadcast Networks Into Hall of Fame With Cornerstone Award

ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox are headed to the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame. The TV Academy plans to honor the four broadcast nets with a “Cornerstone Award” in recognition of their roles in TV history. The presentation will be made at the Academy’s 70th anniversary gala.


Variety: Fox Sees Fewer Ads On TV As Viewers Gain More Control
“We all believe that the commercial interruption business we’ve been in for the last 40 or 50 years is probably getting a little long in the tooth. We all need to develop better ways for brands to engage with our audience,” said Randy Freer, president and chief operating officer of Fox Networks Group, in an interview.

Masked Scheduler: Variety: Fox Sees Fewer Ads On TV As Viewers Gain More Control
“We all believe that the commercial interruption business we’ve been in for the last 40 or 50 years is probably getting a little long in the tooth. We all need to develop better ways for brands to engage with our audience,” said Randy Freer, president and chief operating officer of Fox Networks Group, in an interview.

(opinion) Todd Van Der Werff: In defense of the 22-episode season
The big problem with 18+ episodes, of course, is that you will inevitably have a few stinkers in there. But consistency is overrated. The strength of the 22-episode season is that it reduces the potential disastrousness of failure. An episode that just doesn’t work takes up less real estate, and that lets everybody try weirder, more out there things. Of course, nobody’s actually doing this. Terrified of cable, broadcast has mostly cast its lot with the idea of either serializing everything or running in the exact opposite direction and doing heavily formulaic, episodic stuff.