The Morning Update for Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, May 18, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

TNT Orders Young-Shakespeare Series ‘Will,’ Casts Niecy Nash in ‘Claws’ Pilot
TNT has given a series order to “Will,” a drama about the exploits of young William Shakespeare. The network also has cast Niecy Nash in the Rashida Jones-produced drama pilot “Claws,” and has ordered another drama pilot, “Civil,” about a second U.S. Civil War. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/tnt-orders-young-shakespeare-will-1201777364/

Adult Swim Orders Rob Corddry Pilot ‘The Hindenburg Explodes!’
Adult Swim has ordered a new comedy pilot from comedian Rob Corddry, “The Hindenburg Explodes!” the network announced Tuesday. A quarter-hour live-action pilot, “The Hindenburg Explodes” follows the unusual crew of passengers aboard the Hindenburg’s final voyage, a flight from Nazi Germany to New Jersey, where the airship exploded over a landing field. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/adult-swim-rob-corddry-pilot-the-hindenburg-explodes-1201777422/

El Chapo Drama Series in the Works From Netflix and Univision
Netflix is teaming with Univision on new drama series El Chapo, based on the life story of the notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Univision Story House, the new development and production arm of Univision Communications, Inc., together with the streaming platform will co-produce the project, which will be available to Netflix subscribers in the U.S. after its first airing on UniMas in 2017. El Chapo would join #Cartel, another drama centered on the drug kingpin that’s in the works at History, should it be ordered to series. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/el-chapo-drama-series-works-894837

NBC Varies Order Sizes For New Series
The orders for NBC’s 13 new scripted series for next season vary, from the standard 13 episodes to eight. The decision on the size of each order was made based primarily on scheduling. Mike Schur’s fall series The Good Place and Tracey Wigfield’s midseason Great News, produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, have been ordered for 13 episodes. Warner Bros. TV’s Powerless and Trial & Error — both for midseason — also are producing 13 episodes each. Marlon, from Uni TV, has been ordered for 10 episodes. The Carmichael Show was eventually upped to 13 episodes after 20th TV balked at a shortened order. Emerald City and Taken are 10 episodes each, while The Blacklist spinoff is eight. http://deadline.com/2016/05/nbc-new-series-orders-sizes-blacklist-redemption-marlon-taken-1201757218/

CBS’ ‘Limitless’ Being Shopped to Cable, Digital Outlets
CBS isn’t quite finished with its first-season drama “Limitless.” The series is being shopped to cable and digital outlets, CBS exec confirmed on Wednesday as they unveiled the Eye’s 2016-17 lineup. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/cbs-limitless-shopped-drama-series-1201777796/

Showtime’s ‘House of Lies’ to End With Season 5
The Don Cheadle comedy will wrap its run on June 12 with a series finale shot in Cuba. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/house-lies-canceled-at-showtime-895046

‘This Is Us’ Trailer Sets Viewership RecordThe trailer for the new NBCdramedy series from Dan Fogelmanand 20th TV is nearing 15 million views on Facebook a little over 48 hours after it was released. That shatters the record for most Facebook video views of a new-show trailer during the seven days of upfront week. http://deadline.com/2016/05/this-is-us-trailer-viewership-facebook-record-1201758054/

UPFRONT NEWS:

(sched) CBS Pushing Comedy in 2016-2017, Kevin James Sitcom Lands Post ‘Big Bang Theory’ Launch
CBS is pushing comedy in the 2016-2017 season. The network has slotted Kevin James’ comedy “Kevin Can Wait” on Mondays in the post “Big Bang Theory” timeslot. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/cbs-schedule-2016-2017-fall-shows-1201777756/

(opinion) (sched) Spotted Ratings: 2016 Upfront Answers: CBSFor the most part, it seems pretty clear that most of this is going to hinge on the huge move of going with two comedy hours on Monday and shoving Scorpion to 10/9c. It’s pretty uncertain whether CBS is spreading itself really thin comedy-wise, essentially eliminating the filler utility player role that Rules of Engagement and Mike & Molly have been in years past. It seems to be a pretty massive bet on the new comedies. http://www.spottedratings.com/2016/05/2016-upfront-answers-cbs.html

Variety: 10 Things We Learned From the ABC Upfront Presentation
ABC’s upfront presentation on Tuesday featured a little humility, a milestone moment for the TV industry and a whole lot of Priyanka Chopra. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/priyanka-chopra-abc-fall-2016-upfront-1201777258/

(sched) AdWeek: ABC’s New President Makes Her Mark With Major Schedule Changes for Fall
Dungey
told reporters that her top priorities this fall were extending ABC’s brand of family comedies (especially after this year’s comedy development was "very, very strong"), strengthening her 10 p.m. shows and giving her new series "prime spots" to launch in. http://www.adweek.com/news/television/abcs-new-president-makes-her-mark-major-schedule-changes-fall-171506

(opinion) (sched) Spotted Ratings: 2016 Upfront Answers: ABC
As I said in the Power Rankings two weeks ago, there was really only one "power move" in the ABC arsenal, and that was moving one of the Wednesday big guns to another night. Going to two comedy hours on Tuesday and not doing that would be a half-measure that could’ve left the whole night in huge peril yet again. But they went and did it, allowing both of their comedy newbies to get big gun lead-ins, and they should have at least some improved pulse on Tuesdays now. The new dramas also seem pretty well-situated. If this lineup doesn’t work out for ABC, it will certainly not be for lack of trying. http://www.spottedratings.com/2016/05/2016-upfront-answers-abc.html

AdWeek: ABC Study Makes the Best Case Yet That TV Advertising Is Still Superior to Digital
"When you look at digital versus multiplatform TV, most marketers look at average ROI in the short term. They’re looking at that one-year impact, and they’re making planning decisions based on those ROIs based on one year," said Chapman. "But there is this lasting impression that happens beyond year one, that currently most marketers don’t give credit to because they’re looking at their buying and planning decisions in the short term. It’s a pretty significant back end value for multiplatform TV advertising." http://www.adweek.com/news/television/abc-study-makes-best-case-yet-tv-advertising-still-superior-digital-171510

CASTING NEWS:

Mistresses Adds Gilmore Girls Vet in Major Recurring Role
David Sutcliffe has been cast in a major recurring role. http://tvline.com/2016/05/17/mistresses-season-4-cast-david-sutcliffe-karen-online-dating/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Netflix’s ‘Narcos’ Season 1 to Air on Univision in Historic Agreement
Netflix and Univision are teaming up for an unprecedented agreement in which the Spanish language network will air Season 1 of the Netflix original series “Narcos,” the first time that Netflix has allowed a U.S. broadcaster to run one of its original shows. In addition, UniMás will air the popular Spanish-language Netflix original series “Club de Cuervos.” http://www.thewrap.com/netflixs-narcos-season-1-to-air-on-univision-in-historic-agreement/

(video) A Writer From "Black-Ish" Made This Hysterical Video About First Generation Nigerians
Damilare Sonoiki has now written and directed his own comedy pilot called African Booty Scratcher. And it’s an absolutely hysterical and pretty accurate portrayal of the African immigrant story. In its first week online, it was viewed more than 3 million times on Facebook.

BitTorrent Unveils Live TV Streaming App, Plans Paid Service for This Summer
BitTorrent announced a new live TV streaming app called BitTorrent Live Tuesday, which will be available for the latest generation Apple TV as well as Mac OS computers this week. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/bittorrent-live-tv-streaming-service-1201776463/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

ABC Sets New Three-Year Deal With Jimmy Kimmel
Network president Channing Dungey announced the contract extension Tuesday during ABC’s upfront presentation. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/abc-sets-new-three-year-895073

ABC Sets David Blaine & Muhammad Ali Specials As Part Of 2016-17 Lineup
David Blainereturns to the network for a follow-up to his 2013 ratings hit David Blaine: Real or Magic. Also on tap is Ali: The Champion(working title), a two-hour special which will honor the athlete, humanitarian and civil rights activist for his goodwill efforts that have impacted individuals around the world. http://deadline.com/2016/05/abc-david-blaine-muhammad-ali-specials-2016-17-1201758106/

ABC Developing Live Musical Event: Which Disney Movie Should It Be?
ABC is (finally) getting in on the live musical game. Though she wasn’t ready to reveal any specifics, ABC president Channing Dungey told reporters on Tuesday that a live musical event is currently “in development.” Dungey added that whichever production is chosen, it will be one that “speaks to the heart of who we are at ABC as part of the Disney family.” http://tvline.com/2016/05/17/abc-live-musical-disney-movie-plans/

Billy Bush Joins NBC’s ‘Today’ ShowWith Natalie Morales heading to ‘Access Hollywood,’ the 9 a.m. hour of the morning franchise will come in for a revamp. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/billy-bush-joins-today-show-894739

CNN Greenlights ‘The Nineties’ And Series on Comedy, Music
CNN announced its intention to continue its documentary-style looks at popular culture in ten-year increments by adding “The Nineties” to its recent series on “The Sixties,” “The Seventies” and “The Eighties.” http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/cnn-greenlights-the-nineties-documentaries-1201777468/

AMC Orders Comic Book Documentary Series from ‘Walking Dead’ Executive Producers
AMC has greenlit a new documentary series from “The Walking Dead” exec producers Robert Kirkman and David Alpert, under the working title of “Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books.” The series, which hails from Skybound Entertainment, will consist of six hourlong episodes that explore the stories, people, and events that have transformed the world of comic books. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/heroes-and-villains-amc-robert-kirkman-documentary-series-1201777037/

TWDC NEWS:

(sched) ‘Girl Meets World’ Season 3 Set for Two-Night Premiere

The two-part premiere episode will be split up, with “Girl Meets High School Part One” airing on Friday, June 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET, and part two airing Sunday, June 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET. http://www.thewrap.com/girl-meets-world-season-3-premiere/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Benderspink Dissolving Production-Mangement Company After 18 Years
JC Spink and Chris Bender are dissolving their 18-year-old management-production company Benderspink. The duo said the split is amicable. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/benderspink-closing-production-mangement-company-1201777215/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

(feature) Variety: TV’s New Normal: How Shorter Runs, Fewer Episodes Are Revitalizing Primetime
As Netflix, Hulu and Amazon fight to grow their businesses, they have competed fiercely for the streaming rights to popular series. “Empire,” Sony Pictures TV’s “The Blacklist,” and Warner Bros.’ “Gotham” each fetched roughly $2 million per episode for streaming rights. Each is a serialized drama. Such shows don’t work as well in cable syndication, because they require a viewer to be in the same place at the same time every day to keep up, says Jana Winograde, executive vice president and head of business operations for ABC entertainment. “Now you have an SVOD market to supplement syndication that actually thrives on that type of show.” http://variety.com/2016/tv/features/primetime-shorter-seasons-fewer-episode-nbc-1201776172/

Charter officially owns Time Warner Cable, creating the US’s second largest cable provider
Charter has completed its purchase of Time Warner Cable, combining the two companies and forming the United States’ second largest cable operator, just behind Comcast. http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/18/11700208/charter-twc-bright-house-merger-complete-second-largest-cable-provider-us

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