The Morning Update for Monday, November 21, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, November 21, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

(from Fri) ABC Buys Boston Biology Comedy From Allison Kiessling & Jamie Tarses
ABC has put in development a single-camera comedy project from writer Allison Kiessling. It hails from ABC Studios and studio-based Jamie Tarses. Written by Kiessling, the untitled comedy centers on a book smart Boston Southie who has never fit in with her blue-collar, Irish Catholic family. She finds an unlikely family in a group of misfits at the university research lab that she’s been assigned to. http://deadline.com/2016/11/abc-boston-biology-comedy-allison-kiessling-jamie-tarses-1201857181/

(from Fri) Fox Buys Motivational Speaker Comedy Produced By Julie Anne Robinson
Fox has put in development Positively Speaking, a half-hour hybrid comedy from producer-director Julie Anne Robinson and her Canny Lads Productions. Written by Evan Mann and Gareth Reynolds, Positively Speaking centers on an up-and-coming motivational speaker who tries to become the next king of self-help. ABC Studios, where Robinson is under an overall deal, is the studio. http://deadline.com/2016/11/positively-speaking-fox-comedy-julie-anne-robinson-1201857020/

(sched) The Walking Dead Is Adding Even More Extended Episodes
The traditionally hour-long drama has packed Season 7 with some seriously meaty episodes, with Episode 4 ("Service") airing in a 58 minute time-slot. According to the schedule on AMC’s website, the sixth episode, "Swear," will air in a 70 minute time-slot, and Episode 7 "Sing Me A Song" will be a full 90 minutes. http://www.tvguide.com/news/the-walking-dead-extended-episodes-swear-sing-me-a-song/

(sched) Pretty Little Liars Sets Final Season Premiere Date
Freeform announced that the show’s final run of episodes will premiere on Tuesday, April 18 at 8/7c, followed by the premiere of the new series Famous in Love, starring Bella Thorne, at 9/8c. http://www.tvguide.com/news/pretty-little-liars-final-season-premiere-date/

Why ABC’s Deal to Bring Marvel’s ‘The Inhumans’ to Imax Is a "Quadrupal Win"
The Disney-owned network said its straight-to-series order for Marvel drama The Inhumans will include a debut in more than 1,000 Imax theaters in 74 countries. …The deal marks the first time a TV series will have its premiere on the big screen. And it gives ABC a way to "event-ize" Inhumans in the crowded fall TV space, where launching a show is a multimillion-dollar investment. "We think this is a quadruple win — a win for Imax, a win for Marvel, a win for ABC Studios and a win for ABC to launch a show in an innovative way and get attention," Disney-ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood tells THR. The Imax pact is the first of what Sherwood hopes will be several innovative ways to launch programming. …Sources say Imax is paying for the first two episodes, offsetting the hefty costs associated with the pilot and helping to make the deal more attractive to producers ABC Studios and Marvel Television. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/why-abcs-deal-bring-marvels-inhumans-imax-is-a-quadrupal-win-949027

Fall TV ratings: The networks felt our election pain too

To be fair, the audience for same-day viewing has been decreasing for several seasons now. But 2016’s two-month stretch has been particularly strenuous on NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox. “Viewing distractions and scheduling disruptions surrounding election coverage undeniably impacted the numbers across television this fall,” said an ABC network executive who asked not to be named. In spite of this, as that same executive pointed out, the changing ratings fortune of network television has led to further shifts in the ways networks have measured success. http://www.salon.com/2016/11/20/fall-tv-ratings-the-networks-felt-our-election-pain-too/

(review) Variety: ‘Search Party’ on TBS
The streak of brilliance that runs through “Search Party” is in tweaking the stakes of what has become its own genre — the cutting-edge comedy that serves as a field guide to young people, such as “Girls” or “Broad City” or “High Maintenance” — by making the day-to-day of the boring work of becoming a person into something with tense, sickening possibilities around the corner. …“Search Party” can get a tiny bit precious with its own cleverness. But when it works, it’s an astounding and engaging journey through genre conventions that should be at odds with each other. http://variety.com/2016/tv/reviews/tv-review-search-party-alia-shawkat-tbs-1201920986/

CASTING NEWS:

(from Fri) ‘The Good Fight’: Justin Bartha Joins ‘Good Wife’ Spinoff
The actor will play a potential love interest for Cush Jumbo’s Lucca Quinn. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/good-fight-justin-bartha-joins-good-wife-spinoff-948902

(from Fri) ‘Stranger Things’ Enlists Brett Gelman for Season 2The actor-comedian becomes the latest new face to join the Netflix hit. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/stranger-things-enlists-brett-gelman-season-2-948778

FEATURE NEWS:

‘Star Wars’: Emilia Clarke Cast in Han Solo Stand-Alone Movie
"Clarke’s role will round out a dynamic cast of characters that Han and Chewie will encounter on their adventures." http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/emilia-clarke-cast-han-solo-stand-alone-movie-948992

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

‘Black Netflix’ launches in US
African-American network Bounce TV has launched a subscription VoD service featuring an extensive library of iconic black movies, such as Shaft, Super Fly and The Mack. Brown Sugar is now available in the US for mobile phones and tablets in the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store at a cost of US$3.99 per month after a free trial period. http://www.c21media.net/black-netflix-launches-in-us/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

(from Fri) ‘Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City’ Renewed at Comedy Central
Comedy Central has renewed “Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City” for a second season. The eight-episode second season will premiere in 2017. “Hart of the City,” currently airing on the network, follows Hart as he journeys across the country searching for fresh comedy talent. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/kevin-hart-renewed-comedy-central-1201921797/

TWDC NEWS:

AdWeek: How Disney Maintains a Strong Relationship With Its Millennial Audience
Disney’s brand doesn’t want to be a tale as old as time. Thanks to creative thinking, adapting to new technology, and acting from an authentic point-of-view, Disney has been able to keep up with every age group of its fans. "As the audience evolves, we’re making sure to lean in and being relevant to where they are," said Andrew Sugerman, evp of content and media with Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/how-disney-maintains-strong-relationship-its-millennial-audience-174695

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Paramount Pictures’ Megan Colligan Expands Marketing Team
Mo Rhim has been named SVP International Digital Marketing along with Kath Skerry, who gets the VP Digital Marketing title. Vivianne Waisman has been named VP Licensing, while Nav Kaur is now director of marketing partnerships. Also, Natalie Bowman has been named director of creative advertising, and Brandon Nichols steps into the post of director of digital marketing. http://deadline.com/2016/11/paramount-pictures-marketing-team-megan-colligan-1201857072/

AWARDS NEWS:

‘Speechless’ Big Winner as Media Access Awards Salute People With Disabilities
People with disabilities — aka the world’s invisible minority — were saluted Friday at the annual Media Access Awards. …Scott Silveri, creator-writer of ABC’s “Speechless,” was a double winner. He and fellow producers Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan were honored for series with the SAG-AFTRA Disability Awareness Award, while Silveri himself also took home the WGAW Evan Somers Memorial Award. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/speechless-media-access-awards-people-with-disabilities-1201921176/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

THR: TV Trend Alert: The Word "Canceled" Has Been Canceled
Network chiefs increasingly won’t pull the plug on little-watched shows as a new lexicon takes shape ("trimmed," "reduced") for ratings losers. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-trend-alert-word-canceled-has-been-canceled-947664

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