The Morning Update for Tuesday, December 20, 2016.

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

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Jason Egenberg Launches Production Company, Inks CBS TV Studios Deal, Sets Uni TV Drama Produced By Alec Baldwin
Jason Egenberg has left Authentic Talent and Literary Management to launch his own production company, Tiny Riot Entertainment, and has signed a first-look deal with CBS TV Studios. Additionally, he has teamed with Alec Baldwin and his production company Eldorado Pictures for a drama series adaptation of Crooked Brooklyn, the 2015 book by Michael Vecchione, former chief of the Rackets Division in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, at Universal TV. http://deadline.com/2016/12/jason-egenberg-production-company-cbs-tv-studios-deal-uni-tv-drama-alec-baldwin-1201873690/

‘Shooter’ Renewed for Second Season at USA Network
The Ryan Phillippe drama has helped the cable network improve its fortunes on Tuesdays. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/shooter-renewed-second-season-at-usa-network-957405

It’s Official: ‘Shameless’ Renewed for Season 8 at Showtime
The news comes after star Emmy Rossum reached a new deal following a salary standoff with producers Warner Bros. Television. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/shameless-renewed-season-8-at-showtime-956246

(sched) ‘Major Crimes’ Sets Winter Premiere Date On TNT
It’s time to brace for more Major Crimes. TNT said that the Season 5 midseason premiere of its cop drama series is set for 9 PM Wednesday, February 22. http://deadline.com/2016/12/major-crimes-winter-premiere-date-tnt-season-5-1201873441/

CASTING NEWS:

‘Fargo’ Enlists David Thewlis for Season 3
The ‘Harry Potter’ grad joins a cast that also includes Ewan McGregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/fargo-enlists-david-thewlis-season-3-957435

Michael Trucco Joins Netflix Pot Comedy as Kathy Bates’ Rival
Battlestar Galactica alum Michael Trucco is joining the streamer’s pot-themed comedy series Disjointed in a recurring role. http://tvline.com/2016/12/19/michael-trucco-disjointed-netflix-pot-comedy-kathy-bates/

FEATURE NEWS:

Disney Crosses Record $7B in 2016 Global Ticket Sales
With the $290.5 million worldwide opening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story over the weekend, the studio on Monday crossed $7 billion in ticket sales at the 2016 global box office, besting the industry record set last year by Universal with $6.9 billion. Disney commands an unprecedented portion of market share, including more than 24 percent in North America (or nearly a fourth of all tickets sold). The company has released the four top-grossing films of 2016 so far: Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War ($1.15 billion), Pixar’s Finding Dory ($1.03 billion), Disney Animation’s Zootopia ($1.02 billion) and, from its live-action studio, The Jungle Book ($967 million). http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/rogue-one-disney-crosses-record-7b-2016-global-ticket-sales-957281

NEW MEDIA / SHORT FORM NEWS:

‘Take My Wife’ Renewed For Season 2 By Seeso
Seeso has picked up a second season of romcom Take My Wife, starring comedians and real-life, same-sex married couple Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher, for premiere in 2017. The half-hour, single-camera original series follows the young lesbian couple as elements of their domestic life intersect with the underground stand-up showcase they co-host in Los Angeles. http://deadline.com/2016/12/take-my-wife-renewed-season-2-seeso-cameron-esposito-rhea-butcher-1201873328/

Blumhouse and Eli Roth’s CryptTV, Michael Bay’s 451 Media Team on Horror Short
CryptTV and 451 Media are partnering on a new horror short based on the feature-length script for “Jericho Hill.” The film centers on serial killer brothers who become social media stars, and respond to internet trolls by terrorizing a couple and invading their home. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/eli-roth-crypttv-michael-bay-451-media-horror-short-1201945126/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Bachelor Fantasy League: ABC Launches Show’s Very Own Rose Bowl
ABC said today it has launched The Bachelor Fantasy League, its own version of a sports rotisserie game for fans of The Bachelor for its upcoming season that, well, kicks off January 2 with a two-hour premiere. Players can predict the top four women who will make it to the hometown-dates level of the long-running reality series and, of course, who will get the final rose. There also will be weekly games for prizes, a la FanDuel and DraftKings. ABC’s ESPN, which runs its own fantasy sports leagues, is powering the game, which is available now on ABC.com/BFL and the ESPN Fantasy App. http://deadline.com/2016/12/bachelor-fantasy-league-the-bachelor-nick-viall-abc-1201873432/

(video) ‘Truth & Lies’ Trailer: First Look At Menendez Brothers ABC Documentary
ABC has released a trailer for Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers – American Sons, American Murderers documentary ahead of the January 5 premiere. http://deadline.com/2016/12/menendez-brothers-documentary-trailer-abc-1201873564/

Flip or Flop Reportedly Ending Next Year
E! News reports that the renovation show is scheduled to film next year to fulfill the couple’s contractual obligations, but that Flip or Flop will end after that. http://www.tvguide.com/news/flip-or-flop-end-date-tarek-christina-el-moussa-hgtv/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

BBC2 reorders Two Doors Down
BBC2 has ordered a third season of Scottish comedy Two Doors Down. The show, produced in-house, follows residents as they navigate the trials and tribulations of suburban life. http://www.c21media.net/bbc2-makes-space-for-astronauts/

BBC Studios gets greenlight
BBC Studios, the BBC’s TV production arm, has secured approval to launch as a commercial subsidiary and make programmes for other broadcasters and customers. BBC in-house shows include factual series Planet Earth II, entertainment format Strictly Come Dancing and scripted output such as Doctor Who and Mrs Brown’s Boys. http://www.c21media.net/bbc-studios-gets-greenlight/

AWARDS / END OF THE YEAR NEWS:

Vox: Best TV shows 2016: from O.J. Simpson to Atlanta to Samantha Bee
In 2016, TV felt spread thin. There were still many, many good shows, but fewer great ones than I saw even last year; it was easier to make a top 10 list than at any time since I’ve been a critic. And yet once you get past the “great” tier, the “incredibly good” tier is vast and wide-ranging. There’s so much out there, and so much more coming:
21) The Magicians, season one (Syfy)
20) Silicon Valley, season three (HBO)

19) Bates Motel, season four (A&E)
18) Girls, season five (HBO)
17) Superstore, seasons one and two (NBC)
16) Horace and Pete, season one (LouisCK.net)
15) Black-ish, seasons two and three (ABC)
14) Better Call Saul, season two (AMC)
13) Insecure, season one (HBO)
12) The Girlfriend Experience, season one (Starz)
11) Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, seasons one and two (The CW)
10) The Good Place, season one (NBC)
9) BoJack Horseman, season three (Netflix)
8) Fleabag, season one (Amazon)
7) Rectify, season four (Sundance)
6) The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, season one (FX)
5) Atlanta, season one (FX)
4) Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, season one (TBS)
3) The Americans, season four (FX)
2) Orange Is the New Black, season four (Netflix)
1) Halt and Catch Fire, season three (AMC) http://www.vox.com/culture/2016/12/20/13976364/best-tv-shows-2016-oj-simpson-atlanta-game-of-thrones

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Variety: With Viacom Reunion Tabled, CBS Surrounded by M&A Rumors Again
Rumors about CBS being in the hunt for acquisitions, or being the target of a larger suitor, have surfaced during the past week since merger discussions between CBS and Viacom were scrapped. CBS’ strong fundamentals and momentum make the Eye a sexier target than its corporate cousin. Verizon, Sony Pictures Entertainment, AMC Networks and Lionsgate are among the companies that have been mentioned in varying scenarios as potential contenders for deals with CBS. http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/cbs-sony-pictures-verizon-national-amusements-1201945347/

Deadline: NY TV Festival & TruTV Partner On Comedy Breakout Initiative
The New York Television Festival and truTV are teaming to find independent television creators to create new formats for the comedy-centric network in their first Comedy Breakout Initiative. Seeking both scripted and unscripted ideas, truTV is offering the winning creator(s) a shot at a development budget of up to $25,000 to further hone their idea in collaboration with its executive team. http://deadline.com/2016/12/ny-tv-festival-trutv-comedy-breakout-initiative-1201873406/

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