The Morning Update for Monday, November 28, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, November 28, 2016:


Anne Rice Developing ‘Vampire Chronicles’ TV Series
Anne Rice is planning to bring her Vampire Chronicles book series to the small screen. She and son Christopher Rice, who will serve as executive producer of the planned series, will be developing a pilot script and detailed outline for an open-ended project "faithfully presenting Lestat’s story as it is told in the books." She said they will likely begin with The Vampire Lestat, the second book of the series.

(sched) ‘Quantico’ Shifting to Mondays in January
The sophomore drama will replace freshman ‘Conviction’ on ABC’s midseason schedule.

Variety: Lack of Cancellations This Season Leaves Slew of New TV Series in Limbo
With ratings expectations evolving and hits harder to launch, broadcasters are practicing patience with underperformers. But that patience is creating a logjam. Many shows that were picked up to series ahead of upfronts are still waiting to be scheduled or have been pushed from winter to spring. The state of affairs reflects a new reality in broadcast.

TVBTN: Do TV reboots hold the secret to ratings success? No, not really
Of the 35 remakes and reboots* that have aired since 2000-01, 13 have made it to a second season. That’s a failure rate of 62.9 percent — just about the same as any other scripted show on broadcast.

NYT: In Tougher Fall TV Landscape, New Rules Apply
Ratings are, once again, down across the board for NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox, but each network can make the claim that it has a new show with a strong pulse.


(from last wk) Once Upon a Time’s Robbie Kay Joins Sleepy Hollow Season 4
Once Upon a Time alum Robbie Kay has landed a recurring role on Fox’s significantly rejiggered Sleepy Hollow.

(from last wk) ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Casts Michelle Yeoh
The ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ actress is heading to CBS All Access.


CNN Will Launch a New Media Company With YouTube Star Casey Neistat
YouTube celebrity and tech entrepreneur Casey Neistat is joining the video team at CNN, bringing along with him Beme, the mobile video app he launched last year. CNN will debut a new media brand next summer focused on storytelling for a younger audience. In a staff memo, CNN executive vp of editorial Andrew Morse said this is a step to "future-proof" the news organization.


HBO Europe Orders New Drama in Poland Amid Continuing Push Into Originals
HBO Europe has begun production on a new original drama series titled Blinded by the Lights as well as season two of acclaimed series Wataha, both for HBO Poland, as it continues its originals push. Set in Warsaw, Blinded by the Lights will consist of six hourlong episodes. It takes place in the six days running up to Christmas as the Polish capital’s biggest cocaine dealer plans a holiday in Argentina.

(from last wk) Afrostream bags French first-run rights to Black-ish
French-language SVOD service Afrostream has secured exclusive first-run rights in France for ABC Studios’ show Black-ish. Season one of Black-ish will be available to Afrostream subscribers in France from January 1, with the second and third seasons set to be available soon afterwards. Canal+ this week announced that it had secured the rights to the show in Africa as part of a deal with Disney for its Canal+ Overseas service.


‘Moana’ Has the Second Best Thanksgiving Weekend Opening of All Time
Disney Animation Studios, and its corporate sibling, Pixar, now hold the top six spots for opening weekends over the Thanksgiving holiday period.

ESPN’s Domestic Subs Fell 2.2% In 2016 To 90M, Disney Says In Year-End Report
In what’s become an annual tradition, Disney released its annual report on Thanksgiving eve — and it has mixed news about ESPN, the biggest profit driver, for the fiscal year that ended in September. The sports network had 90 million subscribers in September, Disney reports, citing Nielsen data. That’s a drop of 2 million, or 2.2%, from 2015.


Carter Swan Leaves Relativity Media
Carter Swan has left Relativity Media where he was serving as vice president of development. He is believed to have taken an unspecified job at 3311 Productions, which an insider says will involve having a senior role in the production company’s television division.

AdWeek: How Risk-Taking Catapulted FX’s John Landgraf to TV Executive of the Year
John Landgraf says he often feels more like a professional gambler than a TV exec. "FX doesn’t make television," he says, explaining that neither he nor his team is involved in writing, directing, producing or acting. "We make bets on people who do that, and what we’ve tried to do is make aggressive, brave bets on ambitious people. And creative ambition and risk almost always go together."


‘Zootopia’ Leads Annie Awards Nominations
Walt Disney Animation’s Zootopiascored the most Annie Awards nominations with 11 as noms for the animation industry’s top honors were unveiled today.


NYT: 100 Notable Books of 2016
The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.