The Morning Update for Thursday, May 12, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, May 12, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

NBC Orders DC Comics Comedy ‘Powerless’ and John Lithgow’s ‘Trial & Error’ for 2016-17 Season
NBC has begun ordering series for the 2016-2017 season by picking up two comedies: “Powerless” and “Trial & Error”. “Powerless” is the first-ever DC Comics comedy. Vanessa Hudgens stars as Emily, a spunky young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes. Ben Queen wrote the pilot and will exec produce with Michael Patrick Jann who directed the pilot. “Trial & Error” is a fish-out-of-water comedy, starring John Lithgow. The series follows a bright-eyed New York lawyer (Nicholas D’Agosto) who heads to a tiny Southern town for his first big case, which is to defend an eccentric poetry professor (Lithgow). Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller are writers and exec producers, and Jeffrey Blitz is director. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/powerless-vanessa-hudgens-dc-comics-trial-and-error-nbc-comedies-1201772063/

‘Sons of Anarchy’ Spinoff ‘Mayans MC’ Officially in Script Development at FX
FX Networks has officially begun script development on long-rumored “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff “Mayans MC,” a drama project co-created and produced by “Sons” creator Kurt Sutter and Elgin James. James will pen the pilot script, which is intended to be a “dark, visceral family drama that takes a new look at the most American of icons, the 1% outlaw, this time reflected through a Latino lens.” http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/sons-of-anarchy-spinoff-mayans-mc-pilot-script-elgin-james-kurt-sutter-1201771520/

CBS Renews ‘Life in Pieces’ for Season 2
CBS
has renewed “Life in Pieces” for Season 2. The family sitcom ranked as this season’s top new comedy across the broadcast network, averaging 10.53 million viewers in total. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/life-in-pieces-renewed-season-2-cbs-1201771693/

‘Santa Clarita Diet’: Ruben Fleischer To Direct Netflix Comedy Series
Ruben Fleischer(NBC’s Superstore) is set to direct and executive produce the opening two episodes of Santa Clarita Diet,Netflix‘s upcoming single-camera comedy series starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant. http://deadline.com/2016/05/santa-clarita-diet-ruben-fleischer-direct-netflix-comedy-series-1201753323/

Deadline: ‘Supergirl’ CW Move Talks Heat Up As CBS Nears Decision, Mulls Bubble Shows’ Fate
CBSis yet to make a renewal decision on its freshman series, but there are conversations about one of them,Supergirl, making a jump to sister network the CW. Such a move had been rumored for awhile but talks are now real, going concurrently with CBS’ renewal process, which is nearing the finish line. CBS has until end of day today, Wednesday, to make a decision on Supergirl, but that could conceivable get extended. http://deadline.com/2016/05/supergirl-cw-move-cbs-renewal-decision-code-black-limitless-bubble-1201752684/

Dolly Parton Holiday Special Sequel Set At NBC
NBC announced Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, a sequel to last year’s Parton-inspired holiday special. In the sequel, an unexpected blizzard threatens the Parton family, while at the same time Dolly’s father — and his kids — make sacrifices to raise enough money to finally buy his wife the wedding ring he could never afford to give her. http://deadline.com/2016/05/dolly-parton-holiday-special-sequel-nbc-1201753484/

Spotted Ratings: 2016 Upfront Questions: ABCQuestion: How thoroughly will ABC revamp Thursday?

It seems almost certain that Fresh Off the Boat will return to the night. Beyond that, the craziest-case scenario would be axing The Real O’Neals, kicking Agents of SHIELD to the midseason/Sunday curb and launching 2.5 new hours. The most conservative scenario: returning FotB and Real O’Neals as is and launching just a single new hour. (Probably at 9/8c with SHIELD bumped to 10/9c.) The reality will likely be somewhere in the middle. http://www.spottedratings.com/2016/05/2016-upfront-questions-abc.html

Spotted Ratings: 2016 Upfront Questions: CBS
Question: Has Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders done enough to return in the fall?
As of this writing, it’s not a certainty that it even gets renewed. Even if it pulls through, it could get thrown on the "not-about-first-run-ratings" track we saw with CSI: Cyber at the 2015 upfront. This is still a good timeslot, especially with Criminal Minds picking up some steam again in the second half of the season. http://www.spottedratings.com/2016/05/2016-upfront-questions-cbs.html

CASTING NEWS:

‘Castle’: Jon Huertas Set To Return For Season 9 Of ABC Series
One more key Castleplayer has closed a deal to return if the veteran ABCcrime drama is renewed for a ninth season. http://deadline.com/2016/05/castle-jon-huertas-return-season-9-abc-1201753813/

Jack O’Connell to Star in Netflix Series ‘Godless’
“Unbroken” star Jack O’Connellhas been tapped for a starring role in Netflix’s “Godless,” a new Western series from Steven Soderberghand Scott Frank. The 19th Century drama follows Frank Griffin, described as a menacing outlaw who is terrorizing the West as he hunts down his partner turned mortal enemy, Roy Goode. http://www.thewrap.com/jack-oconnell-to-star-in-netflix-series-godless/

Pablo Schreiber To Play Mad Sweeney In ‘American Gods’ Starz Series, Joins Indie ‘Thumper’
Pablo Schreiber(The Brink, Orange Is the New Black) is set for the key role of Mad Sweeney in American Gods, Starz‘s upcoming straight-to-series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, which is filming in Toronto. http://deadline.com/2016/05/pablo-schreiber-cast-mad-sweeney-american-gods-starz-thumper-1201752004/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

‘Nashville’ Virtual-Reality Music Series Takes Fans Inside Bluebird Cafe
In what ABC says is its biggest virtual-reality project to date, the network is launching a VR music series for “Nashville,” featuring the show’s stars and singer-songwriters performing at the Bluebird Cafe venue. The VR content is part of ABC Digital Media Studio’s “On the Record” documentary web series about the original songs performed on “Nashville” and the songwriting process. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/nashville-virtual-reality-music-seriesbluebird-cafe-1201771635/

(animated) Sony’s Crackle Picks Up ’80s Anime Series ‘Robotech’ to Anchor New Channel
Crackle, Sony’s free video-streaming network, has acquired the complete series of Harmony Gold’s 1980s sci-fi anime series “Robotech,” as well as the feature film “Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles.” http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/crackle-robotech-anime-channel-1201771437/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

ABC Spins ‘Greatest Hits’, Music-Focused Summer Series Hosted By Arsenio Hall & Kelsea BalleriniPremiering on June 30, Greatest Hitswill feature new and veteran acts performing songs from the era, Arsenio Halland country singer Kelsea Balleriniwill host the 9 PM show, which will run six episodes and feature unique solo performances, duets and tributes. http://deadline.com/2016/05/greatest-hits-arsenio-hall-kelsea-ballerini-abc-singing-show-1201753848/

Fox Television Stations Set Test Run of ‘Page Six TV’ Gossip Show
Fox Television Stations are turning to the pages of the New York Post for a nightly gossip show that will get a test run in July. “Page Six TV” will draw material from the pages of the Post’s well-read section that tracks the latest news and buzz among celebrities and other notable figures. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/fox-television-stations-page-six-tv-test-run-1201771430/

VH1’s ‘Dear Mama’ Renewed As Annual Special
On the heels of strong ratings for its Dear MamaMother’s Day special, VH1has renewed the program, produced by Queen Latifah, as an annual Mother’s Day event. http://deadline.com/2016/05/dear-mama-renewed-annual-mothers-day-special-vh1-ratings-1201753717/

Kelly Ripa Explains Why She Basically Made Michael Strahan Leave Live Early
The countdown to Michael Strahan’s Live departure has just two days left, but if Strahan had his way, he’d still have four more months of awkwardness to go. Not on Kelly’s watch! We already know his exit was moved up to earlier than expected, and now thanks to Kelly’s willingness to keep it 100, we know why. You’re damn right she was behind it: Ripa tells People that she and her staff needed Strahan to vacate his chair ASAP so they could start looking for his replacement. http://www.vulture.com/2016/05/kelly-ripa-basically-forced-strahan-out-early.html

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Sony Hires Fox Consumer Products Boss Jeffrey Godsick
Jeffrey Godsick, president of 20th Century Fox’s Fox Consumer Products, has been hired by Sony to become EVP Worldwide Partnerships for the Sony Motion Picture Group. http://deadline.com/2016/05/sony-jeffrey-godsick-hire-worldwide-partnerships-1201753405/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Wrap: Why Broadcast TV Advertising Is in Trouble
The goal of advertisers is simple: to reach consumers. So as consumers shift from reading traditional periodicals to Internet content, advertisers generally follow. Over long periods of time, advertisers should allocate their spending in the same way that consumers allocate their time. http://www.thewrap.com/why-broadcast-tv-advertising-is-in-trouble/

THR: TV Is Dead? Hardly, as Upfronts Defy Gravity in Unexpected $9B Cash Grab
Never mind those sagging ratings. Broadcast networks likely will see ad revenue on the upswing for the first time in three years: "Digital has not turned out to be the shining hope that was forecast." http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tv-is-dead-as-upfronts-892561

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