The Morning Update for Monday, May 23, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, May 23, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

‘Another Period’ Renewed for Season 3 at Comedy Central
Comedy Central has renewed historical comedy “Another Period” for Season 3 ahead of its Season 2 premiere. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/another-period-renewed-season-3-comedy-central-1201780990/

(from Fri) ‘Hap And Leonard’ Nearing Season 2 Renewal At SundanceTV
SundanceTVis close to renewing Hap And Leonardfor a second season. The network is looking for a new showrunner, we’re hearing, so all the pieces haven’t formally come together yet. http://deadline.com/2016/05/hap-and-leonard-season-2-plans-sundancetv-1201760500/

(from Fri) ‘Damien’ Cancelled at A&E After One Season
A&E’s horror series “Damien” has been cancelled after one season. The series, which starred British thesp Bradley James, was a contemporary take on the character introduced in the iconic horror film franchise “The Omen.” http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/damien-cancelled-ae-season-1-2-1201779981/

(sched) Fox Fall Sked Tweak: Buzzy Drama Pitch Pushes Bones to Midseason
Fox has tweaked its 2016-17 lineup to capitalize on the the good buzz swirling around its new baseball drama Pitch. Pitch — which was originally earmarked for Tuesdays at midseason — will now launch this fall on Thursdays at 9/8c, replacing previous occupant Bones. As a result, Bones‘ abbreviated 12th and final season will now bow in Winter 2017 in a TBD timeslot. Pitch‘s promotion also dislodges Prison Break, which was slated to follow Bones in the Thursdays-at-9 pm at midseason. The PB revival will now air Tuesdays-at-9 pm in early 2017 (aka Pitch‘s original perch). http://tvline.com/2016/05/20/bones-final-season-12-premiere-date-midseason-2017/

UPFRONT NEWS:

THR: TV Upfronts: The 10 Newcomers Generating the Most Heat
With that data, coupled with dozens of conversations with studio and network executives throughout the week, here are the 10 new series that seem to have the most heat.
Lethal Weapon (Fox)

24: Legacy (Fox)
Designated Survivor (ABC)
Speechless (ABC)

This Is Us (NBC)

The Good Place (NBC)

Bull (CBS)

Kevin Can Wait (CBS)

No Tomorrow (CW)

Supergirl (CW)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-upfronts-10-newcomers-generating-896020

Buzzfeed: These Are The Shows To Look Forward To On TV Next Season
We watched the trailers for the new shows — more than 40! — so you don’t have to. Here’s our short list of what’s worth checking out:
1. Conviction
2. Designated Survivor
3. Downward Dog
4. Prison Break
5. Pure Genius
6. Speechless

7. Star
8. This Is Us
https://www.buzzfeed.com/jaimieetkin/8-shows-to-look-forward-to-on-tv-next-season

AdWeek: The 5 Buzziest Television Trends That Defined This Year’s Upfronts
The biggest trends that emerged: Down with digital; TV is the new movies; Stuck in time; Funny business; King Kiefer. http://www.adweek.com/news/television/5-buzziest-television-trends-defined-years-upfronts-171600

(q&a) THR: TV Upfronts: 8 Studio Chiefs Sound Off on Trends, Surprises and the Pass That Stung the Most
Q: What was the passed-over pilot that most surprised or disappointed?
Patrick Moran: The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez felt like a great ABC soap with a great lead in Gina Torres. I don’t know all of the specifics, but it didn’t make it on the schedule. I’d love to find another home for that one if I could. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-upfronts-8-studio-chiefs-896096

Wrap: From Lee Daniels to ‘Downward Dog’: TV Ad Buyers Predict Best/Worst New Series
“Designated Survivor” stunned the entire ballroom. That lengthy Kiefer Sutherland clip was maybe the best-received of the entire broadcast upfronts week. Ong also threw in the network’s “Speechless” as one sitcom she plans to keep an eye on. http://www.thewrap.com/upfronts-2016-abc-cbs-cw-nbc-fox-new-fall-series/

TV Biz Grows More Siloed as Nets, Studios Tussle Over Ownership; 20th TV Leads with 12 Series Orders
In all, 20th commanded a dozen new scripted series orders, 10 of which came from Fox. CBS Television Studios and ABC Studios each received nine, followed by eight apiece for Warner Bros. and Universal Television. Lionsgate parachuted in with one new series, a co-production with CBS on the return of “MacGyver.” http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/upfronts-2016-studios-networks-ownership-scorecard-1201780020/#networktype-1/page-1

CASTING NEWS:

Ewan McGregor to Star in ‘Fargo’ Season 3He will play two brothers, Emmit and Ray Stussy, at the center of the season-three anthology. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/fargo-ewan-mcgregor-star-season-896129

Lenny Henry Joins ‘Broadchurch’ As Filming Starts On Third & Final Season
Shooting began today on the third season of hit ITVcrime drama Broadchurch. Just added to the cast are 2016 honorary BAFTA winner Lenny Henry(The Pirates! Band Of Misfits, The Syndicate) and Roy Hudd (Robot Overlords, Coronation Street). http://deadline.com/2016/05/lenny-henry-broadchurch-david-tennant-olivia-colmanseason-3-shooting-starts-itv-1201761262/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

(from Fri) Hulu Orders ‘The Return of Mr. Microphone’ from Comedy Dynamics
Comedy Dynamics just got its first scripted series order at Hulu. The streaming network has ordered a new show called The Return of Mr. Microphone, which is based on an interstitial from the Comedy Dynamics-produced standup series Coming to the Stage. http://splitsider.com/2016/05/hulu-orders-the-return-of-mr-microphone-from-comedy-dynamics/

The first episode of Robert Kirkman’s Outcast is now online
Cinemax has posted the entire pilot episode on YouTube, meaning even the heathens who don’t pay for TV at all—let alone fancy TV—will be able to watch it.

(link to episode) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBRe2ITyMxw

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Whoopi Goldberg Produces Transgender Model Unscripted Series
Oxygen Media has greenlit Strut, a new original series about fashion models working with Slay Model Management, which bills itself as the world’s first exclusively transgender modeling agency. The series, from exec producer Whoopi Goldberg and 44 Blue Productions, is scheduled to premiere later this year. http://deadline.com/2016/05/whoopi-goldberg-transgender-model-series-oxygen-1201761279/

‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ Relocates to Las Vegas
Production for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” will relocate to Las Vegas for the 2016-17 season, Disney-ABC announced. The game show was originally produced in New York when it premiered more than a decade and a half ago, then moved to Stamford, Conn. two years ago. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/who-wants-to-be-a-millionaire-to-las-vegas-1201779755/

Tamar Braxton Exits as Co-Host of ‘The Real’
Tamar Braxton is bowing out of the syndicated talk show “The Real” after three years. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/tamar-braxton-the-real-out-talk-show-braxton-family-values-1201780616/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

(from Fri) Michael Lombardo to Depart as HBO Programming President
Insiders suspect recently upped Casey Bloys is poised to gain the top job. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/michael-lombardo-depart-as-hbo-896177

Adweek’s Power List 2016: The Top 100 Leaders in Marketing, Media and Tech
1. Mark Zuckerberg

2. Larry Page

3. Tim Cook

4. Robert Iger

5. A.G. Lafley

6. Brian Roberts

7. Jeff Bezos

8. Martin Sorrell

9. Rupert Murdoch

10. Indra Nooyi
http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/adweeks-power-list-2016-top-100-leaders-marketing-media-and-tech-171373

Viacom Chief Challenges Sumner Redstone’s Competency in Lawsuit
Philippe Dauman, who was ousted from Mr. Redstone’s powerful trust, claims Shari Redstone has unduly influenced her father. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/24/business/viacom-ceo-sumner-redstone-competency-lawsuit-philippe-dauman.html

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Actress Complains Marvel Doesn’t ‘Seem to Care’ About ABC Drama
When asked if she would like to cross over into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the actress, who plays S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Daisy Johnson, once again mentioned Marvel’s apparent lack of interest in the ABC series. “The Marvel Cinematic Universe loves to pretend that everything is connected, but then they don’t acknowledge our show at all,” she said. “So, I would love to do that, but they don’t seem to keen on that idea.” http://www.thewrap.com/agents-of-s-h-i-e-l-d-actress-complains-marvel-doesnt-seem-to-care-about-abc-drama/

‘Happy Endings’ Reunion: Bosses and Cast Want to Continue Series, Pitch Story Ideas
At Vulture Festival in New York City, creator David Caspe admitted that they don’t want “to do six episodes shot on an iPhone,” but “if someone would actually let us do it the real way, then everyone would want to do it.” “If there was a streaming service that made an offer…” executive producer Jonathan Groff suggested, pointedly looking at Hulu sponsors in the front row, as the service is streaming the full series and sponsored the reunion panel. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/happy-endings-reunion-will-show-896465

AWARDS NEWS:

Here Are the Cannes 2016 Award Winners

Palme d’Or: I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach

Grand Prix:It’s Only The End of the World, directed by Xavier Dolan

Jury Prize: American Honey, directed by Andrea Arnold

Best Actress: Jaclyn Jose, Ma Rosa

Best Actor: Shahab Hosseini, The Salesman

Best Director: Olivier Assayas, Personal Shopper, and Cristian Mungiu, Graduation

Best Screenplay: The Salesman, Asghar Farhadi

Camera d’Or: Divines, Houda Benyamina

Queer Palm (Feature): Les Vies de Thérèse, Sébastien Lifshitz

Queer Palm (Short): Gabber Lover, Anna Cazenave-Cambet http://www.vulture.com/2016/05/here-are-the-cannes-2016-award-winners.html

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Masked Scheduler: Upfront Musings – The Networks Get Their Mojo Back
There are those who will bemoan these schedules and, yes, a lot of this stuff will turn to shit real fast, but all the networks will bring in the gelt and then figure things out. The networks got their swagger back this May and kudos to them for choosing commerce over art and, by the way, there may be some gems or at the very least some solid broad appeal shows among this group. I saw a few where I said to myself "Now that’s a TV show". http://revengeofthemaskedscheduler.blogspot.com/2016/05/upfront-musings-networks-get-their-mojo.html

Salon: CBS is the GOP of TV: The network’s Year of White Men coincides all too well with the rise of Donald Trump
This fall on CBS is the year of the white man, with Kevin James, Matt LeBlanc, Joel McHale, Dermot Mulroney, and Bill Paxton all joining the CBS family. All of that momentum about the changing face of Hollywood, and all of a sudden, thud: CBS had decided it just doesn’t care anymore. Forget racial diversity; even contemplating gender is too complex for CBS. Last season’s “Supergirl” is now being shoved to sister network the CW, to make room for, I shit you not, a “MacGyver” remake. http://www.salon.com/2016/05/22/cbs_is_the_gop_of_tv_the_networks_year_of_white_men_coincides_all_too_well_with_the_rise_of_donald_trump/

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