The Morning Update for Monday, September 19, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, September 19, 2016:

FALL PREMIERE NEWS:

28 TV Network Chiefs on Dream Casting, the Reboot Craze and What Happens Under President Trump
Top executives reveal their candid thoughts on everything from Peak TV to the value of awards. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/28-tv-network-chiefs-dream-928873

Variety: 10 TV Shows to Look Forward to This Fall
These are 10 of the programs we’re most excited about this season: Atlanta; Designated Survivor; The Exorcist; The Good Place; Insecure; Luke Cage; No Tomorrow; One Mississippi; Pitch; Speechless. http://variety.com/2016/tv/features/fall-tv-2016-best-shows-to-watch-1201862748/

TVGuide: Your 10 Most Anticipated New TV Shows of Fall 2016
And now that the TV season is finally here, we can reveal your most anticipated new shows of Fall 2016. Designated Survivor; Bull; MacGyver; Timeless; Lethal Weapon; Conviction; Notorious; Frequency; The Good Place; This Is Us. http://www.tvguide.com/news/most-anticipated-new-tv-shows-fall-2016-watchlist/

TVGuide: Our 10 Most Anticipated New TV Shows of Fall 2016

We’ve sifted through the dozens of new pilots debuting through the end of November, and our editors have narrowed the list down to 10 shows we’re eager to see more of: Lethal Weapon; This Is Us; No Tomorrow; Speechless; Insecure; Westworld; Pitch; Marvel’s Luke Cage; The Good Place; Designated Survivor. http://www.tvguide.com/news/most-anticipated-new-tv-shows-fall-2016-editors-picks/

Buzzfeed: 14 Fall Shows To Be Excited About, 13 To Give A Chance, And 8 To Avoid

Here is the best (Insecure) and worst (MacGyver) of fall TV — and plenty in between. https://www.buzzfeed.com/jarettwieselman/2016-tv-fall-preview-what-to-watch

AdWeek: Kiefer Sutherland Saved the World on 24, but Can He Rescue ABC?
Near the end of the event, Kiefer Sutherland took the stage to discuss Designated Survivor. Then, instead of playing a standard upfront trailer, the network did something unexpected, airing the drama’s entire, riveting first act. The last time ABC played something longer than a trailer for upfront audiences was seven years ago when it showed the full pilot of a little show called Modern Family, which went on to become one of TV’s biggest hits. http://www.adweek.com/news/television/kiefer-sutherland-saved-world-24-can-he-rescue-abc-173551

(q&A) AdWeek: All 5 Broadcast Network Presidents Share Their Fall TV Playbooks
Over the next six weeks, the nets will roll out 20 new shows, plus 61 returning series. Adweek sat down with each of the network chiefs to talk about their strategy for the new season. http://www.adweek.com/news/television/all-5-broadcast-network-presidents-share-their-fall-tv-playbooks-173475

(q&a) AdWeek: ABC’s New President Is Making History, and She’s Focused on Making Waves This Fall
Q: You were thrown into this midstream, but once you are able to focus more on long-term strategy, what are your plans for the network?

A: The interesting conversation for all of us right now is, we live in a universe in a broadcast world where you do still have to pay close attention to what’s happening on your linear platform, but it’s also a multiplatform universe. So in terms of balancing various different needs and thinking about what the best way is to do that and still serve the consumers in the best way, that’s the biggest ongoing conversation. http://www.adweek.com/news/television/abc-s-new-president-making-history-and-shes-focused-making-waves-fall-173547

(review) Vareity: ‘Lethal Weapon’ and ‘MacGyver’
These plodding dramas do not evoke the past as much as they pretend that the past 30 years did not happen. Audiences are extremely familiar with the kinds of story beats that drive not just these “new” programs but the hundreds that came before them; buddy-cop and spy-guy moves have been remixed and repeated for decades, but these derivative works ignore that reality. http://variety.com/2016/tv/reviews/lethal-weapon-macgyver-tv-review-damon-wayans-clayne-crawford-1201860866/

SCRIPTED NEWS:

(from Fri) ABC Buys ‘Charlie Foxtrot’ Comedy From Writer Sam Sklaver & Kapital As Put Pilot
In a pre-emptive buy, ABC has given a put pilot commitment toCharlie Foxtrot, a single-camera comedy from writer Sam Sklaver andAaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. It will be produced by ABC Studios. Penned by Sklaver, Charlie Foxtrot –– military slang for a clusterfuck — centers on Charlie Taylor, a cautious, quiet dentist stationed at Fort Bragg, who, after his brother Joe is killed in action, must honor his promise to take care of Joe’s teenage step-kids and fiancée, Angelina, a defiant troublemaker whose impulsive behavior forces Charlie to be the hero he never imagined he could be. http://deadline.com/2016/09/abc-charlie-foxtrot-comedy-sam-sklaver-kapital-put-pilot-1201820962/

(from Fri) Fox Developing Drama About Miracle Investigation From ‘White Collar’ Creator
Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to Miracle Commission, a drama from Jeff Eastin. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio. Written/executive produced by Eastin, Miracle Commission is described as an aspirational drama that lives at the intersection of faith and fact. It centers on an NYPD chaplain who is paired with a prominent skeptic to investigate alleged miracles in New York. http://deadline.com/2016/09/fox-miracle-commission-drama-heff-eastin-1201820341/

(from Fri) Plan B & Barry Jenkins To Adapt Hot Novel ‘Underground Railroad’ As Limited Series
Moonlight producersPlan B and Adele Romanski are re-teaming with the film’s writer/director Barry Jenkins for a new take on the famed underground railroad. The project, which is about to hit the TV marketplace, is a limited series based on Colson Whitehead’s bestselling novelThe Underground Railroad. It has drawn critical praise for its imaginative blend of history and magical fable – moving beyond the boundaries of realism in its depiction of a mythical underground train that transports slaves across an alternate America. http://deadline.com/2016/09/plan-b-barry-jenkins-to-the-underground-railroad-novel-limited-series-1201821393/

(from Fri) ‘Star Trek’ EP Alex Kurtzman Lands Overall Deal at CBS
Alex Kurtzman’s new production company, Secret Hideout, has signed a multiyear overall television deal with CBS Television Studios, it was announced Friday. Under the pact, CBS will have exclusive rights to produce all television content created and developed by the company. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/alex-kurtzman-star-trek-discovery-secret-hideout-cbs-1201862911/

(from Fri) ‘Roadies’ Canceled By Showtime After One Season
It’s the end of the road for Roadies. Showtime has opted not to renew the hourlong comedy from Cameron Crowe, J.J. Abrams and Winnie Holzman for a second season. http://deadline.com/2016/09/roadies-canceled-showtime-one-season-cameron-crowe-1201819244/

CASTING NEWS:

‘Pitch’ Enlists Lyndsy Fonseca and Rita Wilson
The baseball drama continues to line up its cast ahead of its Sept. 22 debut on Fox. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/pitch-enlists-lyndsy-fonseca-rita-929463

Mary Elizabeth Winstead To Star In ‘Fargo’ Season 3
Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been tapped as a lead opposite Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon in the third installment of FX’s Emmy-winning anthology series Fargo. http://deadline.com/2016/09/mary-elizabeth-winstead-star-fargo-season-3-fx-1201821323/

Taylor Russell To Play Judy Robinson In Netflix’s ‘Lost In Space’ Remake

Netflix’s Lost in Space remake now has its first cast member, with Falling Skies alum Taylor Russell signing on to play Judy Robinson in the remake of the classic 1960s television series. http://deadline.com/2016/09/lost-in-space-taps-taylor-russell-as-first-cast-member-judy-robinson-1201821469/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

‘The Good Wife’ Spinoff Premise Revealed; Sarah Steele Joins Cast
The series will center around an enormous financial scam that has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, while simultaneously wiping out her mentor Diane Lockhart’s (Christine Baranski) savings. Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, Diane joins Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms. Steele had recurred since season two of the flagship series as Eli Gold’s daughter, Marissa. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/good-wife-spinoff-premise-revealed-929926

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

(from Fri) Ellen DeGeneres Lands Greenlight for ‘Little Funny’ Reality Series at A&E
A&E has greenlit “Little Funny,” a show from DeGeneres that follows 11-year-old standup comic Saffron “Saffy” Herndon who gets coached by some of the best comedians in the world. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/ellen-degeneres-a-and-e-reality-series-little-funny-1201862074/

TWDC NEWS:

(from Fri) Ben Sherwood and Bruce Rosenblum Explain New Revenue-Focused Role at Disney/ABC TV Group
"We’ve been in an ongoing conversation as we see rapid change in consumer behavior and consumption and in distribution and technology," says Sherwood. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ben-sherwood-bruce-rosenblum-explain-929677

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Universal Unveils Winners of Emerging Writers Fellowship
Universal has announced the winners of their Emerging Writers Fellowship, with Brian Buccellato, Josephine Green, Leon Hendrix, Rose McAleese and Juel Taylor chosen as the 2016-2017 fellows. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/universal-univeils-winners-emerging-writers-929573

(from Fri) Lionsgate’s Rob Friedman Steps Down as Co-Chair of the Motion Picture Group
He will become a special adviser to the office of the CEO. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lionsgates-rob-friedman-chair-motion-929746

Pam Fryman Directing 500th TV Episode

Veteran multi-camera comedy directorPam Fryman has hit a milestone: She is currently directing her 500th episode of television.. Fryman’s No. 500 is an episode of CBS’ sitcom The Odd Couple. http://deadline.com/2016/09/pam-fryman-directs-tv-episode-500-1201820801/

AWARDS NEWS:

Emmys: Wins by Program and Network
HBO and ‘Game of Thrones’ led the pack again in 2016. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/emmys-wins-by-program-network-930550

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

(from Fri) Fox Sues Netflix for Poaching Employees
21st Century Fox is accusing Netflix in a lawsuit of running a "brazen campaign to unlawfully target, recruit, and poach valuable Fox executives by illegally inducing them to break their employment contracts with Fox to work at Netflix." The lawsuit follows Netflix’ hiring of programming executive Tara Flynn and marketing executive Marcos Waltenberg. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/fox-sues-netflix-poaching-employees-929718

Vulture: Comics Circulation Just Hit a 20-Year High
Comics distributor Diamond shipped 10.26 million copies of comic books and graphic novels to comic-book shops in August. That’s the biggest distribution month since December of 1996. What’s more, DC Comics had a 44.59 percent share in that circulation, which is remarkable because the company lagged behind eternal rival Marvel for nearly five years before clobbering the latter in July. DC’s ascendance continues, and they had the most-ordered comic of August with the first issue of their Harley Quinn reboot. http://www.vulture.com/2016/09/comics-circulation-just-hit-a-20-year-high.html

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