The Morning Update for Thursday, December 1, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, December 1, 2016.

(PLEASE NOTE: The Morning Update will be on hiatus for the next two weeks and will return later this month. In the meanwhile, should you want your daily dose of news, please feel free to visit a partial list of the news feeds used to generate the update at: )


Fox Buys ‘High Wire’ Cirque Drama From Kathleen York & Cary Brokaw
Fox has put in development High Wire, a drama series project from Kathleen “Bird” York and producer Cary Brokaw. Written by York, High Wire centers on Nicole Mora, a 26-year-old fledgling aerialist who, after suffering the loss of both of her parents, decides to run off to join an innovative startup cirque. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio.

Showtime Re-Shooting Lena Waithe Pilot With New Director, Project Heating Up
The long-gestating Lena Waithe pilot is finally seeing some movement over at Showtime — though not without some changes. The pilot will be re-shot, and some re-casting is currently under way. Rick Famuyiwa will direct the new pilot, replacing Clark Johnson.

‘Masters Of Sex’ To End: No Season 5 For Showtime Drama Series
Showtime has opted not to pick up a fifth season of Masters Of Sexstarring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as real-life pioneers of human sexuality William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The news comes two weeks after Season 4 of the period drama ended its run on the network.

(sched) CBS Midseason Schedule Adds More Drama, Slots ‘Ransom’ on Saturday
‘Training Day’ and ‘Doubt’ both enter the picture in February, each getting a 10 o’clock platform.


‘Seven Seconds’: Michael Mosley & Patrick Murney Cast In Netflix Series
Michael Mosley has signed on for a regular role in the 10-episode Netflix crime drama Seven Seconds. Also cast in the series, from The Killing creator Veena Sud and Fox 21 TV Studios, is Patrick Murney. Written by Sud, Seven Seconds is based on the 2013 Russian action movie The Major (Майор).


Warner Bros. Trying to Put New Films in Homes Sooner
The studio is in talks with cinema owners to shorten the typical 90 days of exclusivity that they have over new releases, Kevin Tsujihara, chief executive officer of the Time Warner subsidiary, said at a Credit Suisse investors conference Tuesday, without providing additional details. That could allow for a new release window for home-video customers willing to pay a premium for earlier access.


Denise Richards, Nikki Leigh, Charlotte McKinney to Star in Blackpills’ New Show
Denise Richards, Nikki Leigh, Charlotte McKinney are set to topline “A Girl is a Gun,” a grindhouse-style feminist series turning on three powerful women on a mission to fight misogyny at all costs. “A Girl is a Gun” is a digital-native series commissioned by Blackpills, the new streaming service launched a few months ago by Xavier Niel, founder and majority shareholder of the French Internet service provider Free, and Daniel Marhely, creator of music streaming giant Deezer.

YouTube Is Now Live Streaming in 4K
officially added support for 4K live streams Wednesday, allowing YouTubers and media partners to stream regular and 360-degree videos in ultra-high definition.


‘Halo 5: Guardians’ Reality TV Show in the Works
Microsoft Studios’ “Halo 5: Guardians” sci-fi video game is set to become the basis of a reality-competition eSports series. Microsoft Studios’ 343 Industries, developer of the blockbuster “Halo” first-person shooter series, has struck a deal with TV production company Pilgrim Media Group to develop the show.


Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa Greenlights First Regional Scripted Commission ‘The Nine’
Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa has greenlit its first regional scripted commission The Nine(working title), from Rogue creator Matthew Parkhill and American Odyssey producer Simon Maxwell. The new 8×60 drama, described as an intense, character-driven espionage thriller, will air on Fox in more than 50 European and African countries.

Sony Pictures Television Partners With China’s iQIYI for ‘Chosen’ Series
Sony Pictures Television is to co-produce a Mandarin-language version of U.S. TV series “Chosen” in partnership with Chinese video platform iQIYI. The story follows a family which becomes drawn into a deadly game, but ultimately binds together to save each other.


Disney Junior Sets January Launch For ‘Mickey And The Roadster Racers’
Mickey And The Roadster Racers is zooming onto television sets in January. The Disney Junior Animated series will premiere Sunday, January 15 at 9:00 and 9:25 AM, with the episodes simulcast on Disney Channel.

Disney Raises Dividend Citing 2016 Record-Setting Revenues And Earnings
Disney’s board just gave investors an early holiday gift by raising the semi-annual dividend 9.9% to 78 cents a share.

‘Moana’ Is the Future of Disney
Having steeled its new Polynesian adventure against charges of whitewashing and appropriation, Disney has charted a new course for making Hollywood movies.


NBC Promotes Business Affairs Veterans Masami Yamamoto and Lee Straus
Masami Yamamoto will serve as Executive Vice President, Business Affairs for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television, where she will work on deals for the scripted side of the business. Lee Straus will take on the same role on the unscripted side for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Alternative Studio.

Fox Italy Appoints Former Disney Exec Paul Zonderland as New Head
Fox Italy has announced that Paul Zonderland, a former head of Disney in Italy, has been appointed its managing director just as Osvaldo De Santis is retiring after 33 years as chief executive in charge of distribution in the country.

Taylor Swift Tops One Direction, Adele on Forbes’ Highest-Paid Musicians List
Forbes released its list of The World’s Highest-Paid Musicians of 2016 on Wednesday, placing “Shake it Off” singer Taylor Swift at the top of the pile. She pulled in $170 million earned between June 1, 2015 and June 1, 2016. That was enough to put her above other lavishly compensated musicians including boy band One Direction, which came in second with $110 million despite going on hiatus this year, and Adele, who rolled in an $80.5-million-deep pile of dough to take third place.


Ringer: The Internet Is Spoiling TV
Our favorite shows have turned us all into internet detectives. But what happens when we outsmart the shows we love? These days, you’re not done watching a big TV show until you’ve consulted the subreddits and subscribed to a couple of podcasts. But what if all that theorizing is messing with what makes great shows great?

Variety: Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures Launches Video-Game Division
Annapurna Pictures has created a new division devoted to producing and publishing video games. The production company has hired a staff of game-industry vets for the new Annapurna Interactive group and has several deals already in the works. Annapurna Interactive will focus on developing “personal, emotional and original games” that will push the boundaries of interactive content, according to the production house.