The Morning Update for Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, November 29, 2016:


Jim Parsons Developing CBS Comedy With Alex McAulay, Todd Spiewak
Jim Parsons is executive producing “Lance 2.0,” a single-camera comedy from writer Alex McAulay. The series centers around a young couple that deals with the aftermath when the boyfriend has an accident that changes his personality and causes him to lose his impulse control.

Larry Wilmore Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios
The pact extends his relationship with the studio behind ABC’s ‘Black-ish.’

David T. Friendly Inks First-Look Deal With Fox 21
The longtime feature film producer helped the studio land the rights to USA Network’s ‘Queen of the South.’ Under the pact, Friendly has tapped Moon Shot Entertainment’s Kirsten Jacobson to serve as the creative executive at his Friendly Films banner. Together, they will develop new projects for the studio.

(sched) Nicole Kidman Comedy Big Little Lies Sets Premiere Date at HBO
HBO will start telling Big Little Lies just after Valentine’s Day. The premium cabler’s adaptation of Liane Moriarity’s darkly comedic novel will premiere Sunday, Feb. 19 at 9/8c.

Ringer: TBS Takes a Swing at Streaming TV
Search Party is the kind of heavily serialized show most of us would be earmarking for a binge. Except TBS has already done that for you. TBS aired the entirety of Search Party in just five days, starting on November 21 and ending on Black Friday. If premiering the show the week of Thanksgiving seemed odd, then airing two new episodes on Thanksgiving itself seemed almost magnificently careless. But this isn’t 1977, or even 2015, and yesterday’s middle finger is today’s setup for success. Premiering all of ‘Search Party’ during Thanksgiving isn’t as illogical as it sounds

(review) Variety: ‘Incorporated’ on Syfy
“Incorporated” is an energetic and watchable science-fiction thriller that posits that a climate apocalypse will be followed by a swift division of survivors into haves and have-nots — all by the year 2074.


Daniel Bruhl and Luke Evans to Star in TNT Drama ‘The Alienist’
The series is set to begin production early next year in Budapest. Based on the best-selling novel by Caleb Carr, The Alienist is a psychological thriller set in the Gilded Age of New York City in 1896, a city of vast wealth, extreme poverty and technological innovation. When several haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes grips the city, newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt calls upon criminal psychologist (aka alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Bruhl) and newspaper reporter John Moore (Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret.


DirecTV Now to Launch Wednesday, Starting at $35/Month
DirecTV Now, AT&T’s much-anticipated over-the-top streaming service that targets the legions of Americans who have fled their cable companies, is launching on Nov. 30 with four pricing plans starting at $35 a month. HBO and Cinemax can be had for an additional $5/month each. CBS and Showtime are not yet available on DirecTV Now, but AT&T representatives speaking at the launch event said the company is working on adding them soon. ABC, NBC and Fox local channels are only available in markets where they are owned and operated by the broadcast network itself, and there’s no DVR.

Taylor Swift is now making original content for AT&T
At today’s DirecTV Now unveiling, AT&T executive Brad Bentley announced a new partnership between the telecom and “Bad Blood” singer called Taylor Swift Now. The new content deal is part of AT&T’s initiative focusing on original programming. Fans on AT&T will be able to watch 13 episodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage and commentary featuring Swift herself.

How Advertising Will Live on DirecTV Now, AT&’s New Streaming TV Service
AT&T will immediately be able to provide advertising inventory in video on demand for 64 channels, said Rick Welday, president of AT&T AdWorks. Exactly how much of that inventory it will supply will vary by network. By mid-2017, Mr. Welday said he expects to be able to dynamically insert ads into live programming. But this too will vary network by network and be limited to the two minutes of commercial time per hour that AT&T can sell.

Amazon Orders ‘Bug Diaries’ & ‘Sigmund & The Sea Monsters’ Kids Series
Amazon Studios has ordered animated comedy series The Bug Diaries, based on the best-selling children’s book series, and live-action Sid & Marty Krofft’s Sigmund and the Sea Monsters starring David Arquette, based on the classic 1970s Saturday morning TV series.

Netflix to license TiVo technology under new deal
TiVo has struck new product and intellectual property agreements with Netflix that will see TiVo continue to integrate Netflix into its set-top boxes and will, additionally, see Netflix license TiVo’s technology for its OTT service.


Food Network to Reboot ‘Iron Chef America’ Franchise
Food Network plans to reboot its “Iron Chef America” franchise with a fresh incarnation dubbed “Iron Chef Gauntlet.” The cooking competition will be hosted once again by Food Network regular Alton Brown. Details of the new format are thin other than it promises to offer some new twists on the cooking-showdown format.

NFL Denies Speculation About ‘Thursday Night Football’ Ending Amid Ratings Slump
The NFL is looking to throw cold water on speculation that the “Thursday Night Football” TV franchise could end or be significantly pared down after the 2017-18 season. The league on Monday issued a statement denying any such plans, following a report Sunday on NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk website.

(sched) CBS Sets Big Football Launch Platform for Reality Series ‘Hunted’
CBS is devoting one of its strongest launch platforms to the reality series “Hunted,” which will debut Jan. 22 on the heels of the NFL’s AFC championship game. Based on a U.K. format, “Hunted” sends teams of ordinary people off on a mission to evade capture by an elite team of investigators. Teams that can stay underground for 28 days earn a grand prize of $250,000.


Disney will stream new ‘Star Wars’ content live on Twitter this week
Disney will reveal some new “never before seen content” for its upcoming movie, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,”exclusively on Twitter later this week. This is a small addition to Twitter’s overall streaming strategy, which includes everything from NFL games to Bloomberg TV.

NYT: TV Sports: ESPN Pays Top Dollar for Football, but Audience Isn’t Buying
ESPN pays $1.9 billion annually for its N.F.L. rights, nearly twice what NBC shells out, but “Monday Night Football” is not the powerhouse it once was. …Viewership is down 17 percent to 10.7 million, and the decline at ESPN has continued in the two games after Donald J. Trump was elected president. By contrast, NBC’s audiences increased in each of the two weeks after the election, cutting the season’s decline to 14 percent.


Former Sony Exec Andrew Gumpert Moves to Paramount
The former top business affairs executive will become COO of the Viacom-owned studio.

MTV Head of Originals Michael Klein Out After 6 Months
The news comes a month after MTV president Sean Atkins stepped down from his post and was replaced by VH1 and Logo topper Chris McCarthy.


Gotham Awards 2016: Complete Winners List
Barry Jenkins’ "Moonlight" proved to be the evening’s big winner, with four awards, including Best Feature.


THR: ‘Daily Show’ Oral History: Jon Stewart’s Ruthlessness, Steve Carell’s Motorcycle and 8 Other Reveals From the New Book
‘The Daily Show (The Book)’ chronicles the show’s highs and lows from the host and Stephen Colbert almost quitting in 2012 to how its drug use on the show compared to ‘Saturday Night Live.’

ZDNet: This Cyber Monday was the biggest online shopping day, everOnline spending in the US yesterday hit a new record with $3.39bn spent online, a 10.2 percent increase year-over-year — ahead even of Black Friday, when $3.34bn was spent. Cyber Monday is expected to generate slightly less mobile revenue than Black Friday at $1.19bn, but that’s still a 48 percent increase on last year, according to the analysis by Adobe.

(tech) Bloomberg: Amazon Said to Plan Premium Alexa Speaker With Large Screen
The new device will have a touchscreen measuring about seven inches, a major departure from Amazon’s existing cylindrical home devices that are controlled and respond mostly through the company’s voice-based Alexa digital assistant, according to two people familiar with the matter. This will make it easier to access content such as weather forecasts, calendar appointments, and news, the people said. The latest Amazon speaker will be larger and tilt upwards so the screen can be seen when it sits on a counter and the user is standing, one of the people said.