The Morning Update for Tuesday, September 20, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, September 20, 2016:

FALL PREMIERE NEWS:

Variety: Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of Sept. 19, 2016
Each week, Variety’s TV team will be combing through the week’s TV schedule, selecting our picks. We’ll tell readers what to watch and when/how to watch it. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/our-staff-picks-tv-shows-to-watch-the-week-of-sept-19-2016-1201863219/

TVBTN: What defines a hit show in 2016-17? The new TV math
Last season, all non-sports shows on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC averaged a 1.3 in adults 18-49, the primary currency of the TV business. Include sports and the average rises slightly to a 1.5. A hit has to be somewhere above that 1.3 line, because by definition hits are above-average performers. It also implies some scarcity — if everything’s a hit, then nothing really is, so the threshold has to be reasonably high. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2016/09/19/what-defines-a-hit-show-in-2016-17-the-new-tv-math/

(ratings) ‘The Voice’ Carries NBC to Outright Opening Night Victory
NBC is your early fall leader! The network nabbed the first night of the traditional television season outright, thanks mostly to “The Voice.” CBS put up a fight — particularly from “The Big Bang Theory” — but ultimately had to settle for second place in both the key 18-49 demographic and among total viewers. http://www.thewrap.com/the-voice-big-bang-theory-dwts-good-place-kevin-can-wait-tv-ratings-nbc-cbs-abc-fall/

Renew/Cancel standings: ‘Empire’ and more locks and near-locks for renewal (already)
The 2016-17 TV season is all of a day old, but there are several shows that the Bear can safely say will be back next season. Yes, already. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2016/09/20/renewcancel-standings-empire-and-more-locks-and-near-locks-for-renewal-already/

(review) Variety: ‘Timeless’
Every now and then, a show comes along that is so ridiculous — so expansively silly — that it goes around the bend from meaningless to meaningful, from a blank canvas to one whose emptiness signifies something profound. “Timeless” is such a show — maybe. http://variety.com/2016/tv/reviews/tv-review-timeless-abigail-spencer-matt-lanter-1201862080/

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Synchronicity Adapting ‘His Bloody Project’ As Series; Novel Shortlisted For 2016 Man Booker Prize
Scottish production company Synchronicity Films has secured the film and TV rights to Graeme Macrae Burnet’s period crime thriller His Bloody Project. Synchronicity, headed by BAFTA-winning producer Claire Mundell, is developing it as a series with broadcast partner discussions underway. Published by the Contraband imprint of Scotland’s Saraband, His Bloody Project tells the story of a brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish crofting community in 1869 (crofting is a form of land tenure and small-scale food production particular to the Highlands). The murder leads to the arrest of 17-year-old Roddy Macrae. There is no question of Roddy’s guilt, but his fate hangs on one key question: is he insane? http://deadline.com/2016/09/synchronicity-films-option-his-bloody-project-novel-man-booker-prize-2016-shortlist-graeme-macrae-burnet-1201822922/

ABC Developing Latino Sibling Comedy Starring Felipe Esparza & Dustin Ybarra
ABC has put in development a single-camera sibling comedy from veterans Peter Murrieta and Bobby Bowman. The project, starring Latino comedians Felipe Esparza and Dustin Ybarra, is produced by 3 Arts and ABC Studios. Written by Murrieta and Bowman, the untitled single-camera project centers on three very different adult siblings — two of them played by Esparza and Ybarra — who live under one roof in Boyle Heights, a working-class, predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood of Los Angeles. http://deadline.com/2016/09/abc-latino-sibling-comedy-felipe-esparza-dustin-ybarra-star-1201822783/

CBS Buys Family Comedy From Writer Austin Winsberg
In a preemptive buy, CBS has put in development a single-camera family comedy from Jake in Progress creator Austin Winsberg, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum and CBS TV Studios. Written and executive produced by Winsberg, the Untitled Austin Winsberg Project is a semi-autobiographical look at a dysfunctional family in transition one year after the larger-than-life patriarch has passed away. http://deadline.com/2016/09/cbs-buys-family-comedy-austin-winsberg-eric-tannenbaum-1201822626/

Space Comedy From Adam Sztykiel & Bill Lawrence Gets Production Commitment At NBC
The Undateable duo of creator/executive producer Adam Sztykiel and executive producer Bill Lawrenceare back at NBC with another comedy project, Spaced Out. In a highly competitive situation with multiple networks bidding, NBC has landed the workplace comedy with a pilot production commitment. Spaced Out is produced by Warner Bros. TV and Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer. Sztykiel will write the single-camera workplace comedy, which is set in the world of commercial space travel. http://deadline.com/2016/09/spaced-out-comedy-adam-sztykiel-bill-lawrence-nbc-production-commitment-1201822965/

NBC Nabs ‘The Last Policeman’ Sci-Fi Cop Drama From Ben H. Winters & Neal Moritz
In a competitive situation, NBC has landed The Last Policeman, an adaptation of Ben H. Winters’ sci-fi mystery novel, with a put pilot commitment. Neal Moritz is producing. Sony TV is the studio. Winters will pen the series adaptation, which follows a detective in New Hampshire during the final years of civilization as a catastrophe-level asteroid hurtles toward the planet. http://deadline.com/2016/09/nbc-put-pilot-commitment-the-last-policeman-ben-winters-neal-moritz-1201822831/

CASTING NEWS:

‘Fast and Furious’ Actor Sung Kang Joins Starz’s ‘Power’
Sung Kang has closed a deal to join the Starz drama series “Power.” http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/sung-kang-power-fast-and-furious-1201865193/

Michael Zegen Cast In ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Amazon Pilot
Boardwalk Empire alum Michael Zegen has been cast opposite Rachel Brosnahan in Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Amazon drama pilot The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. http://deadline.com/2016/09/michael-zegen-cast-the-marvelous-mrs-maisel-amazon-pilot-1201822960/

‘Outlander’: John Bell & Wil Johnson Cast As Young Ian & Joe Abernathy
Starz’s hit time-travel saga Outlander has added two key roles for Season 3. John Bell will join Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) world in the 18th century, playing Young Ian. And Wil Johnson will enter Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) world set in Boston in the 20th Century, playing her friend and medical colleague, Joe Abernathy. http://deadline.com/2016/09/outlander-john-bell-wil-johnson-season-3-cast-starz-1201823195/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

FastCo: Game Time For Twitter: Jack Dorsey’s Big Bet On Live Events
Behind Twitter’s efforts to move away from being known as a social network, rebranding itself as a central destination for news and live events instead — Can the company’s move to stream major events right inside its app, including Thursday night NFL games, woo the masses? https://www.fastcompany.com/3063032/twitter-jack-dorsey

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Carnival Launches Network TV Shows in First for Cruise Industry
Carnival Corp. is backing three new television shows about travel that will air Saturday mornings on the ABC, NBC and CW networks — a first for the cruise industry. The shows, which begin Oct. 1, are part of a broader strategy by Chief Executive Officer Arnold Donald to change perceptions about cruising and generate new customers for the Miami-based company, the world’s largest cruise line operator. http://adage.com/article/media/carnival-launches-tv-shows-cruise-industry/305918/

ABC News Pacts With Facebook to Live-Stream 2016 Presidential Debates
ABC News is turning again to Facebook as an outlet for extended 2016 election coverage — off traditional TV — with the companies unveiling a partnership to deliver live video programming from the four 2016 general-election debates. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/abc-news-facebook-2016-presidential-debates-1201865032/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

C4 cultivates more Flowers

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has renewed Flowers, the dark comedy from Bafta-nominated writer and director Will Sharpe, for a second season. The first season, which ran over five consecutive nights this spring, features a dysfunctional family struggling to stay together. http://www.c21media.net/c4-cultivates-more-flowers/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

WGA West Elections: Matthew Weiner & Glen Mazzara Among New Board Members
The WGA West said that four newcomers have been elected to the guild’s 2016 board of directors along with four incumbents. The newly seated quartet includes former Walking Dead showrunner and Damien creator Glen Mazzara, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, longtime Grey’s Anatomy writer-producer Zoanne Clack and 10-year guild veteran Courtney Ellinger. Returning for additional two-year terms are incumbents Marjorie David, Jonathan Fernandez, Chip Johannessen and former WGAW president Patric M. Verrone. http://deadline.com/2016/09/wga-west-elections-matthew-weiner-glen-mazzara-1201823080/

Publicity Veteran Adam Keen Returns to Warner Bros.
Keen worked at Warners before moving to Broad Green Pictures and will act as senior vp, national publicity and head up a new team in the studio’s publicity department. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/adam-keen-returns-warner-bros-930798

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

AdWeek: Nielsen Will Complete Its Total Audience Measurement Rollout by March
Almost a year after taking the wraps off its multiplatform total audience measurement tool, Nielsen said it has set a release schedule and will complete the rollout of its total content ratings, or TCR, by March 1. Currently, the company has given access to the data—which includes apples-to-apples measurement of all viewing across linear TV, DVR, VOD, connected TV devices (Roku, Apple TV and Xbox), mobile, PC and tablets—to the 50-plus participating TV and digital media brands that have been involved in the evaluation process. Until Aug. 1, those networks and brands only had access to their own data and no one else’s. http://www.adweek.com/news/television/nielsen-will-complete-its-total-audience-measurement-rollout-march-173586

Vox: When to give up on a TV show: 7 simple rules to help you know when to bail
A new TV season brings with it a revival of that age-old question: How do you know when it’s time to give up on a show? Fortunately for you, dear reader, I — a professional television critic — have rules about these things, and these rules may also be useful to you. They’ve certainly been useful to me. It’s important to remember that comedy usually takes longer to gel than drama. It’s also important to remember that many shows tend to find a sweet spot and then eventually fade the longer they stay on the air. http://www.vox.com/2016/9/20/12939186/when-to-give-up-on-a-tv-show-fall-preview

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