The Morning Update for Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, May 17, 2016:


‘Code Black,’ ‘Odd Couple,’ ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’ and ‘Undercover Boss’ renewed at CBS
First-year dramas “Code Black” and “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” will return in 2016-17, as will second-year comedy “The Odd Couple.” CBS also has picked up another season of its unscripted show “Undercover Boss.”

CBS Cancels ‘Rush Hour’ After One Season
The fate of freshman drama ‘Limitless’ still remains unknown.

AdWeek: Why Next Season Could Be the New Golden Age of the Family Sitcom
They draw a multigenerational audience that often watches live rather than using the DVR, making them more valuable to sponsors, and they’re reassuring in turbulent times, even if they contend with weighty issues. Family comedies, like yesteryear hits Full House and Boy Meets World, can be cash cows in syndication. And the properties can also have additional value down the line, as both of those programs have spawned successful recent reboots. And though re-dos are still the rage, throwbacks are not, with Lisa Herdman, svp, director of national broadcast and branded entertainment at RPA, noting that today’s family comedies need to be diverse, topical and contemporary to survive.

(review) Hitfix: Why Seth Rogen’s ‘Preacher’ was smart to move away from the comics
This is an oddball show, yet even as it’s figuring out its proper pace and how seriously the audience should be taking any given scene, individual moments — particularly the chaotic, yet meticulously-choreographed, fight scenes — thrum with such energy that you want to forgive its sins in the same way some of Jesse’s parishioners beg him for help feeling closer to the Almighty. Rogen, Goldberg, and Catlin’s alternate narrative may ultimately be proven too small to contain Garth Ennis’ huge, crazy ideas, but it’s not going to be a boring journey on the way to finding that out.


Variety: 10 Things We Learned From the Fox Upfront Presentation
Fox came out swinging Monday at its upfront at Manhattan’s Beacon Theater, warning media buyers of the dangers of advertising in “sub-prime video” offered by digital content purveyors. “The digital metrics game is rigged,” Fox ad sales chief Toby Byrne told the crowd at the start of the presentation. “Impressions for sub-prime video can’t match the reach of premium television.”

THR: Fox’s New Show Trailers: A Critic’s Ranking
‘Pitch’ has us ready to play ball, but how do ’24: Legacy’ and ‘Prison Break’ rate?

Variety: 10 Things We Learned From the NBCUniversal Upfront
The unmistakable message from NBCUniversal’s first-ever omnibus upfront, encompassing all of its broadcast and cable networks: TV kicks digital’s butt when it comes to advertising effectiveness. Over two hours, NBCU execs and talent presented a dizzying array of pitches for shows than ran the gamut of NBC’s new comedies and dramas to E’s latest variations on the Kardashian themes to Telemundo’s gritty crime dramas.

THR: NBC’s New Show Trailers: A Critic’s Ranking
‘Emerald City’ looks lovely, ‘Taken’ looks dull and other NBC first responses.

Deadline: Upfronts 2016 Trends: IP-Driven Dramas, Star-Driven Sitcoms and… Time Travel
Most of the biggest drama series on broadcast TV are original ideas not based on source material. Still, the networks are betting heavier than ever on pre-sold titles, which are easier to promote. Once again single-camera comedies dominated the half-hour orders outside of CBS, which returned to a slate of all multi-camera new sitcoms (the network is keeping a single-camera pilot, Furst Family, in contention for midseason).

Atlantic: Network TV’s Future Is All About the Past
Though it’s not exactly prestige TV, Fox’s Empire remains one of the most-watched shows among young viewers and consistently trends across social media any time it features a major twist (i.e. almost every week). It’s the perfect mix of network nostalgia and forward-thinking programming, taking a classic genre (the Dynasty-esque soap) and giving it a contemporary setting and a diverse cast. By contrast, this year’s upfronts mostly seem firmly mired in the past.


Toby Jones Cast As Villain in BBC’s ‘Sherlock’
Toby Jones has been confirmed to star as a villain in the fourth series of BBC One’s “Sherlock.”

Joel Kinnaman to star in new Netflix cyberpunk sci-fi series Altered Carbon
Joel Kinnaman has been tapped to headline Netflix’s upcoming sci-fi series Altered Carbon. The 10-part series is based on Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 cyberpunk noir sci-fi novel set in the 25th century, when the human mind can be digitized and the soul transferred from one body to the next. The series will be created, penned and executive-produced by Laeta Kalogridis.


Amazon Picks Up British Import ‘Fleabag’ Featuring Brett Gelman
Amazon has ordered a sexually explicit feminist comedy-drama from the UK. Currently filming in London, Fleabag will air this fall on Prime Instant Video. The six-episode BBC co-production is based on an acclaimed 2013 Edinburgh Fringe monologue of the same name by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who also takes the TV title role.

NBA Launches Fan-Powered ‘Playmakers’ Video Network With BroadbandTV
The NBA, in partnership with multiplatform video network BroadbandTV, is launching NBA Playmakers, an online video network focused on basketball and basketball culture. Under the NBA Playmakers program, qualified creators will have access to BBTV’s video management tools, as well as special access to select NBA footage, NBA games and special events, NBA production facilities and new merchandise. Creators will receive a share of the revenue generated by their content.


Chris Hardwick to host Preacher aftershow that’s not called Preaching Preacher
Preacher will premiere on AMC on May 22, and the special installment of Talking Preacher will premiere after a rebroadcast of the Preacher pilot on May 29. The second Talking Preacher installment will air after the show’s season finale, which is set for July 31.


Disney Discriminated Against Autistic Kids, Says Florida Civil Rights Commission; Appeal Filed In Federal Case
Florida’s top civil rights agency has again found that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts discriminated against several children living with autism and their families.


‘Queen of Katwe,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Exec Promoted at Disney
Tendo Nagenda has been promoted to executive vp, production, at the Walt Disney Studios. The executive, who has been with Disney since 2010, was previously senior vp, production, handling many of the studio’s live-action projects through development and production to physical production and post.

Discovery Ups Robert Scanlon As EVP & GM Of Velocity
Discovery Communicationshas promoted Robert Scanlon to EVP and General Manager of Velocityand Automotive Content.

Warner Bros. Consumer Products Names Soo Koo To Be Chief Creative Officer
Warner Bros Consumer Products is becoming more Disney-fied: The company announced today that Soo Koo has left Disney to become Chief Creative Officer at Warner’s merchandise arm. Koo had been North American Vice President of Creative for Fashion and Home at Disney Consumer Products and Disney Stores.


TD: ISPs Are Now Forcing Cord Cutters To Subscribe To TV If They Want To Avoid Usage Caps
Back in January, AT&T announced that the company would be happy to remove usage caps on its wireless network, but only if you subscribe to DirecTV or U-verse TV service. Then last month, AT&T carried this idea over to its fixed-line broadband network, announcing that it would be imposing new usage caps on its broadband users starting May 23. While AT&T says it will generously allow users to pay $30 more per month to avoid usage caps entirely, it also announced that users who subscribe to its TV services will be able to avoid usage caps entirely.