The Morning Update for Friday, May 13, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, May 13, 2016. Have a great pre-upfronts weekend!


ABC Orders to Series Comedies Starring Allison Tolman, Katy Mixon
ABC is making room for a pair of very funny ladies on its 2016–2017 schedule. The network announced series orders for Downward Dog, starring Fargo‘s Allison Tolman, and an untitled comedy (formerly known as The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport), starring Mike & Molly‘s Katy Mixon.

ABC Orders Notorious Drama, Jenna Elfman’s Imaginary Friend Sitcom
ABC gave a series order to the drama Notorious, inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker. On the lighter side, the comedy Imaginary Mary stars TV’s former Dharma as Alice, a fiercely independent career woman whose life is turned upside-down when she meets the love of her life – a divorced father with three kids.

ABC Orders Kevin Williamson Time Travel Drama Time After Time
The Vampire Diaries creator tackles a suspenseful cat and mouse pursuit between H.G. Wells and Jack the Ripper.

ABC Orders Conviction Drama to Series, Starring Agent Carter’s Hayley Atwell
Hayley Atwell will be on ABC next TV season, now that the network has ordered the legal drama Conviction to series.

ABC Renews The Catch; Orders New Shonda Rhimes Series Still Star-Crossed
The new Shondaland series is a period drama set after the events of Romeo and Juliet.

‘Kevin Can Wait’ ordered to series at CBS for 2016-17
CBS has officially put out a series order for Kevin James’ previously untitled new comedy, “Kevin Can Wait,” the network announced. The series stars James as a recently retired police officer looking forward to living out the rest of his days in a care- (and crime-) free life, only to realize that he may face more challenges at home than he ever did as a cop on the streets.

‘This Is Us’ ordered to series at NBC for 2016-17
NBC has added another drama to its 2016-17 lineup: “This Is Us,” about a group of people whose lives intertwine in unexpected ways. The show comes from writer Dan Fogelman and stars Sterling K. Brown, Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia. John Requa and Glenn Ficarra directed the pilot.

‘Chicago Justice’ ordered to series by NBC in 2016-17
NBC has officially put in a series order for “Chicago Justice”. The latest addition in the “Chicago” franchise, the legal drama will follow the prosecutors and investigators located at the Cook County State’s Attorney Office, as they navigate through corruption and crime to find justice in their cases. Dick Wolf will executive produce the series along with Peter Jankowski, Matt Olmstead, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt and Arthur Forney.

‘Riverdale,’ ‘Frequency’ and ‘No Tomorrow’ picked up at The CW
The CW has added three new series to its 2016-17 roster: “Riverdale,” “Frequency” and “No Tomorrow.” “Riverdale” is a live-action adaptation of the Archie comics with Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart and Luke Perry headlining the cast. “Frequency” is based on the 2000 movie of the same name and centers on a police detective (Peyton List) who discovers she can communicate via ham radio with her dead father. “No Tomorrow” is a dramedy about a straitlaced young woman who falls for a guy who doesn’t think beyond the present — because he thinks the apocalypse is imminent.

ABC Renews ‘American Crime,’ ‘The Real O’Neals’ and ‘Dr. Ken’
John Ridley’s Emmy-winning anthology and the freshman comedies have both been modest ratings performers.

‘Supergirl’ Renewed for Second Season — at The CW
The news comes as producer Warner Bros. Television also is moving the DC Comics drama to Vancouver in a bid to reduce costs.

‘The Jury’ & ‘Pearl’ To Be Redeveloped: ABC Pilots

Two pilots that garnered buzz through various stages of pilot season, serialized drama The Jury, which follows the jurors on a murder trial, and comedy Pearl, starring Candice Bergen as a larger-than-life family matriarch, will be redeveloped. Other pilots that had made hot list showings, drama The Death Of Eva Sofia Valdez starring Gina Torres and comedies Chunk & Bean and Dream Team, are not going forward. Among those still awaiting a pickup is comedy pilot Speechless.

The CW Looking To Redevelop Kevin Williamson Paranormal Drama
For the past couple of weeks, Frequency had been tracking neck and neck with Kevin Williamson’s paranormal drama. That project is now being eyed for redevelopment. The CW is looking to get the drama back in the works for next season.

ABC Cancels ‘Nashville,’ ‘The Family,’ ‘Galavant’
The country music drama had been on the air for four seasons while the Joan Allen-led mystery series was in its freshman year.

‘Castle’ Canceled After Eight SeasonsFollowing Stana Katic’s departure, star Nathan Fillion had signed a new deal to return — which is now moot.

The Muppets Cancelled at ABC
ABC confirmed what many a felt-lover has feared: The Muppets will not return for a second season.

‘Agent Carter’ Canceled at ABC; ‘Marvel’s Most Wanted’ Not Moving Forward
Leaving ‘Agents of SHIELD’ as ABC’s lone Marvel drama for the 2016-17 season.

Fox Cancels ‘The Grinder’ and ‘Grandfathered’; ‘Bordertown’ Also Bites It
‘Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life’ goes gentle into that good night as well.

‘CSI: Cyber’ canceled by CBS, franchise comes to a close
The network has canceled “CSI: Cyber” after two seasons on the air, putting an end to a crime-drama franchise that stretches back to 2000. The show was CBS’ lowest-rated drama this season, averaging a 0.9 same-day rating in adults 18-49.

Containment Cancelled at The CW
The CW has cancelled the series after one season. It should be noted that Containment was touted as a limited event series ahead of its launch.


Lupita Nyong’o in Talks to Star in ‘Black Panther’
Ryan Coogler, who wrote and directed ‘Creed,’ is helming the comic book movie as well as writing the script.


‘The Good Wife’ Spinoff to Star Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo in Negotiations at CBS All Access
Sources say CBS is in final negotiations to set up a spinoff of “The Good Wife” focusing on Christine Baranski’s Diane Lockhart character that would air on CBS All Access. “Good Wife” co-creators/exec producers Robert and Michelle King would likely co-write the project with another “Good Wife” alum. The pair would be exec producers but not serve as showrunners.

Hulu to Premiere Season 3 of ‘The Musketeers’ in U.S.
BBC drama “The Musketeers” is heading to Hulu, which has nabbed the exclusive U.S. SVOD rights to every episode of the British series. All three seasons will be available to stream beginning Saturday, May 14.

In-Season Stacking Rights — The New Upfront Battleground: Pilot Season 2016
This year, there is a new element that has made negotiations with outside studios even more complicated — in-season stacking rights, which allow nets to stream all episodes from a series’ current season on its platforms. ABC and NBC have been particularly aggressive in pursuing in-season stacking rights on all new shows, standing firm on the issue and refusing to pick up a series without those rights secured.

Bravo announces five new digital showsAfter the successful debut of Going off the MenuBravo’s first standalone digital series — the NBCUniversal-owned cable network is launching five new original series for digital, Mashable has exclusively learned.


HBO Promotes Programming Execs Amy Gravitt and Nina Rosenstein
Amy Gravitt and Nina Rosenstein have been promoted to exec VPs of programming at HBO. The pair report to Casey Bloys, president of HBO series, latenight and specials in January. Gravitt oversee development and production of all comedy series. Rosenstein steers talk shows, news programs and specials for the network.

Funny Or Die Names Mike Farah CEO
Mike Farah has been named chief executive officer of Funny Or Die, it was announced Thursday during an all-hands company meeting. Mitch Galbraith, who was serving as the interim CEO following Dick Glover’s departure in September, will resume his role as company chief operating officer.

Maker Studios exec moves to Endemol Beyond
Endemol Beyond USA has hired Maker Studios’ Todd Barrish to become its executive VP, creative partnerships. Barrish was senior VP, global strategic partnerships at The Walt Disney Company-owned multichannel network Maker.


Deadline: New ABC President Goes For Clean Slate: Upfronts 2016
ABC was a day ahead of schedule this year, and it was a bloodbath: of the 11 remaining current scripted series, only 4 — John Ridley’s American Crime, Shondaland’s The Catch and comedies Dr. Ken and The Real O’Neals – made the cut. (Veteran Last Man Standing‘s fate is still TBD as negotiations with producer 20th TV continue). Unlike previous years, there were no sentimental renewals, like another last-minute save for cult country music drama Nashville, or giving one of the network’s longest-running drama series, Castle, a proper sendoff with a final installment. This year, the renewal choices were pretty pragmatic. With the renewal of Ridley’s American Crime, the network is indicating that they will continue to support acclaimed material from creators with strong point of view even if it is not very commercial (winning Emmys for the network does not hurt either.)

Galavant Headed for the Stage Following Cancellation at ABC
If you’ve been singing the blues since ABC dropped the axe on its fairy-tale musical comedy Galavant, here’s something that ought to get you whistling a happy tune once again: The series is apparently headed for the stage. Menken didn’t make us stay tuned for very long, either, before answering a fan’s question about the possibility of a stage version of the beloved two-year-old series with a resounding, “YES!!”