The Morning Update for Monday, May 16, 2016.

Hi all — apologies for the length today — here’s your Morning Update for Monday, May 16, 2016:


‘The X-Files’: New Installment Coming Together At Fox
At Fox’s upfront press call, Fox TV Group chairmans Dana Walden and Gary Newman sounded very optimistic when asked about plans for another installment ofThe X-Filesevent series.

‘Blacklist’ Spinoff Ordered to Series at NBC
Called ‘Blacklist: Redemption’ and starring Famke Janssen, Ryan Eggold, Edi Gathegi and Tawny Cypress.

(from Fri) NBC Orders Drama Series ‘Timeless’ from Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan
Hailing from “Supernatural’s” Eric Kripke, “The Shield’s” Shawn Ryan and the producers of “The Blacklist,” the action-adventure project has been at the top of NBC’s list all throughout pilot season.

(from Fri) Tina Fey’s ‘Great News,’ Marlon Wayans’ ‘Marlon’ Picked Up to Series at NBC
NBC has given series orders to two new comedies — “Great News” from executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and “Marlon” from executive producer and star Marlon Wayans.

(from Fri) NBC Picks Up Supernatural Drama ‘Midnight, Texas,’ Based on Books by ‘True Blood’ Author
NBC has picked up supernatural drama “Midnight, Texas,” based on the three-book series by “True Blood” author Charlaine Harris. Written and executive produced by “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” alum Monica Owusu-Breen, “Midnight, Texas” centers around a remote Texas town where no one is who they seem.

‘The Carmichael Show’ Renewed for Season 3 at NBC
After back-and-forth negotiations between NBC and 20th Century Fox Television, “The Carmichael Show” has finally been renewed for a third season. The network and studio have settled on a 13-episode order for Season 3 of the critically-acclaimed comedy.

‘Cruel Intentions’: NBC Confirms Discussions For Possible Pickup Of Sequel
During NBC’s upfront press call Sunday, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt confirmed that the network is keeping its pilot Cruel Intentionsalive. The project, a sequel to the cult movie which has original star Sarah Michelle Gellarreprising her role, was not picked up to series, but not passed on either.

Katherine Heigl Drama ‘Doubt’ Ordered to Series at CBS
CBS has given a series order to “Doubt,” a drama pilot starring Katherine Heigl. The show tells the story of a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer (Heigl) at a boutique firm as she starts to fall for her charismatic client, who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.

(from Fri) CBS Orders ‘Training Day,’ ‘MacGyver,’ Katims Dramas; Matt LeBlanc, Joel McHale Comedies to Series
Jenna Fischer has exited the LeBlanc comedy; ‘MacGyver’ will undergo major changes with its cast and creative and Hawaii Five-0’s Peter Lenkov boards the drama as CBS and Glenn Geller stick with proven stars, IP and genres.

(from Fri) CBS Renewals: ‘Code Black’ & ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’ Making Writers Deals; ‘Odd Couple’ Also Looking Good
Two freshman CBSseries that have been looking good for renewal, Code Blackand Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, have received permission from the network to begin making if/come deals with writers for Season 2. Both are co-productions between ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios. Among the remaining CBS series whose fate has not been decided, sophomore comedy The Odd Couplestarring Matthew Perry is looking good to return after better-than-expected ratings.

(from Fri) ‘Last Man Standing’ Renewed, ABC Picks Up Minnie Driver Comedy ‘Speechless’
ABC has renewed Tim Allen sitcom “Last Man Standing” for Season 6 and picked up Minnie Driver comedy “Speechless” for the 2016-17 season.

(from Fri) ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Renewed by Fox for Season 4 Without Nicole Beharie
Fox has renewed “Sleepy Hollow” for a fourth season. The move follows the departure of one the show’s two leads, Nicole Beharie who was written out in the show’s season-three finale.


‘Nancy Drew’ Being Shopped Around After Pass From CBS
Corporate sibling CBS Television Studios is now seeking other prospective buyers for the show.

(from Fri) ‘Nashville’ Being Shopped Elsewhere After ABC Cancellation
Lionsgate is searching actively for a new home for the country-music drama, which got the ax at ABC after four seasons.

‘Mysteries of Laura’ Cancelled at NBC
NBC has made a decision on their final bubble show: “Mysteries of Laura” has been cancelled after two seasons.

(from Fri) ‘Undateable’ Cancelled After 3 Seasons at NBC
That’s a wrap on “Undateable.” After three seasons — one of which was shot live — NBC has cancelled the comedy “Undateable.”

(from Fri) Eva Longoria’s ‘Telenovela’ and Family Comedy ‘Crowded’ Cancelled at NBC
NBC has cancelled Eva Longoria’s “Telenovela” after one season, plus freshman comedy “Crowded”.

(from Fri) NBC Cancels ‘Game of Silence,’ ‘Heartbeat’ After One Season
has cancelled freshman medical drama “Heartbeat” and mystery thriller “Game of Silence”.

(from Fri) ‘Recovery Road’ Canceled By Freeform After One Season
Freeform’s drama seriesRecovery Road, about a teen girl dealing with addiction, will not be coming back for a second season.

(from Fri) ‘Faking It’ Canceled After Three Seasons By MTV
Faking Itwill be no more. MTVhas opted to end the scripted comedy series at the conclusion of the current third season, with the May 17 finale to serve as the series ender.


‘Supernatural’ Names New Showrunners As Jeremy Carver Moves To ‘Frequency’
executive producers Robert Singer and Andrew Dabb will taking over the helm for the series’ upcoming Season 12 as new showrunners.

(sched) FOX fall TV 2016 schedule: ‘Lethal Weapon’ pairs with ‘Empire,’ ’24: Legacy’ gets Super Bowl premiere
FOX has set its schedule for 2016-17, and like NBC did with its slate, it’s launching a small number of shows in the fall and loading up for early 2017. That’s not a big surprise, considering the network is entering its first season without “American Idol” since 2002 and needs a lot of programming to fill the hole. Just three new shows (“Lethal Weapon,” “The Exorcist” and “Son of Zorn”) will debut in the fall, along with a special presentation of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” airing in October.

(opinion) (sched) Spotted Ratings: 2016 Upfront Answers: FoxThe one thing you have to say in Fox’s defense is that there’s not that much they can do. They’re gonna have a couple pretty rough nights regardless of how all this stuff is arranged. That being said, I count three concrete ways of making ratings progress, regardless of what the newbies are: 1) use Empire as a lead-in; 2) use the NFL to launch a Sunday newbie; and 3) use MasterChef Junior earlier in the week. They’re only doing one of them.

(sched) NBC fall TV 2016 schedule: ‘Blindspot’ and ‘Chicago Med’ move, comedy back on Thursday
NBC unveiled its schedule for the start of the 2016-17 season, which includes the return of comedy to Thursday nights, a move of “Blindspot” to Wednesdays and new dramas on Monday and Tuesday nights. The network will add just three new shows — “Timeless,” “This Is Us” and “The Good Place” — to the fall schedule, while holding the majority of its dozen new scripted series for early 2017.

(opinion) (sched) Spotted Ratings: 2016 Upfront Answers: NBC
The network that had the best season often goes frustratingly conservative at the following upfront. NBC kinda continued that tradition (especially on Friday), but also had a Tuesday shake-up that seems to have rippled into some weirdness across the next two nights. Again, this may end up looking fine if This is Us delivers the goods, but it could be a big mess if not. But I have to say that I still would’ve preferred going with bunching up the Wolf dramas on Wednesday and giving Blindspot a shot alongside The Blacklist. So I’m not really sold on this, even if This is Us is a home run that fully warranted the shake-up.


(from Fri) Daniel Bruhl Boards Weinstein’s ‘Mafiya’ Series
The German actor revealed that he has signed up for Mafiya, an upcoming series set around the fall of the Soviet Union that is being financed and distributed by The Weinstein Co. and ITV Studios. The 10-part series, written by William Nicholson and produced by Archery Pictures, will bring to screen the power vacuum of 1990s Moscow, when criminal gangs and private armies clashed over wealth and control.

(from Fri) Tom Cullen to Star in Jeremy Renner’s History Series ‘Knightfall’
Tom Cullen will topline History’s upcoming series “Knightfall.”“Knightfall” chronicles the mysterious but true accounts of the Knights Templar, the elite warriors of the Crusades.


Nintendo plans to release movies within a few years
Nintendo is in talks with various partners about developing movies and other video content based on its popular IP. In an interview with the Asahi Shimbun, CEO and president Tatsumi Kimishima says the company needs to invest in video production and wants to be successful on a global scale. Discussions appear to be in the early stages, but Kimishima wants films to be produced sooner than five years away.


(from Fri) Hulu Developing ‘Bitches’ Anthology Comedy Series Produced By Ben Stiller
Huluhas put in developmentBitches, a half-hour racy comedy anthology from Ben Stiller’s Red Hour. Written by Nzingha Stewart and G.L. Lambert based on the 2013 Brazilian series As Canalhas, Bitches is showcasing a different woman each week confiding her dirty deeds and misadventures to her hair stylist: stories of confronting dominant husbands, turning the tables on frenemies, and finding sweet vengeance after being cruelly pushed to the edge.

(from Fri) Netflix’s Will Arnett Dramedy ‘Flaked’ Nearing Deal for a Second Season
Per sources, Netflix is nearing a deal for a second season of Will Arnett’s deeply personal Venice, Calif. dramedy. The order is expected to be for six episodes, and comes some two months after the series premiered globally on the streaming service.


(from Fri) Celebrity Cooking Competition Series ‘My Kitchen Rules’ Ordered by Fox
Fox has given a series order to “My Kitchen Rules,” a new celebrity cooking competition show. The eight-episode series will pit celebrity duos against each other as they take turns hosting dinner parties where their food will be tasted by judges and former competitors.

(from Fri) Viceland Renews Five Shows, Including Ellen Page’s ‘Gaycation,’ Picks Up Five More
Fledgling network Viceland, the joint venture between Vice and A&E, has renewed five of its shows for second seasons, in addition to ordering five new shows to premiere this summer.


HBO Signs Development Deal With China Movie Channel
The partners will co-develop TV movies for the massive Chinese television audience, which counts an estimated 1.2 billion viewers.

THR: Wanda’s Legendary Lost $500 Million in 2015, Chinese Filing Reveals
As the Chinese conglomerate moves to merge Legendary with a publicly listed subsidiary, previously private financial data has been made public for the first time.


Variety: NBC’s Bob Greenblatt on Program Ownership, Stacking Rights and Fall vs. Midseason
“The world is a different place than it once was,” he said Sunday during a conference call with reporters. We take into consideration ownership issues and where (shows) are going on the schedule. … But were looking to have the best shows scheduled in the best place. If that advantages our own studio, that’s great. But we don’t want to do that to the detriment of the schedule.”


THR: TV Upfronts: Power Plays, Surprises and Status Checks From the 5 Networks
So what is broadcast’s status on the eve of the cash grab, kicking off Monday in New York? The distinction between ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW is more nuanced than ever. "It’s harder for buyers to see who’s going in with a good story because everyone is down, year over year," says Horizon Media senior vp, director of national broadcast David Campanelli. "When there isn’t a huge difference between No. 1 and No. 4, you absolutely have to be about the brand. And the programming has to back that up."

AdWeek: Networks and Buyers Prepare to Stand Their Ground in the Upfront Showdown
Buyers, speaking both on the record and on condition of anonymity, said that while they also expect some increases this year, they aren’t prepared to go anywhere near what Moonves is suggesting. "I don’t think that advertisers are going to tolerate a double-digit increase," said one buyer. "I can’t see the market bearing it, not with the ratings declines we’ve seen and the consistent shift in the way people want to consume content."

Wrap: New ABC Boss Channing Dungey Is in a Tough Role at TV Upfront
ABC is the only one of the Big 4 without NFL programming. Excluding sports, ABC would actually tie CBS for first in the main demo, both with a 1.9 rating. ABC can still claim seven of the Top 20 entertainment series this season: “Grey’s Anatomy” (3.6 rating, No. 4), “How to Get Away with Murder” (3.5, No. 6), “Modern Family” (3.4, tied for No. 7), “Scandal” (3.4, tied for No. 7), “The Bachelor” (3.0, No. 12), “Quantico” (2.5, tied for No. 19) and “The Goldbergs” (2.5, tied for No. 19). Another positive point for Dungey & Co. is the affluent audience that ABC draws. Sans sports again, the network is tops this season among adults 18-49 from homes with $100,000-plus in annual income.

Salon: The middle class is dying. The proof is in America’s cities
According to a new Pew study, four out of five urban centers have seen household incomes shrink since 2000.