The Morning Update for Wednesday, December 21, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, December 21, 2016:


Patrick Stewart’s ‘Blunt Talk’ Canceled at Starz After 2 Seasons
The Patrick Stewart comedy series “Blunt Talk” has been canceled at Starz after two seasons. Stewart starred in the series as Walter Blunt, the booze-and-drug-fueled anchor of a cable news show. Jonathan Ames, who originated the idea for the series, served as executive producer, writer and showrunner. Tristram Shapeero and Stephanie Davisalso served as executive producers with Shapeero also serving as director.


‘Fargo’ Rounds Out Season 3 Cast With Michael Stuhlbarg, Scoot McNairy, 4 More
Shea Whigham, Karan Soni, Fred Melamed and Thomas Mann have also joined the FX anthology.

Melanie Griffith to Guest Star on Hulu’s ‘The Path’
Melanie Griffith will guest star on “The Path” Season 2. Griffith has been cast as the mother to Noa (Britne Oldford), a new recurring character this season.


Disney Shifts Oversight of Maker Studios
The top executive at Maker Studios is stepping down to take on a new role at the company as Disney shifts the property to a different area within its consumer products and interactive media (DCPI) division. Maker, which was moved under DCPI last year, will now be overseen by Andrew Sugerman, who is EVP of the division’s Content & Media area. Courtney Holt is moving on to a new role at the company as EVP of media and strategy, reporting to Kevin Mayer, senior EVP and chief strategy officer at Disney.


NBC & The Jim Henson Company Team for ‘Top Puppet’ Competition Special
NBC is teaming with The Jim Henson Company, The Voice production company Talpa Media and Universal Television Alternative Studios for Top Puppet, a new competition special with the goal of finding the next great puppet act.


Israeli TV Producers Branch Out Onto the Web
Israeli television, incubator of such hits as “In Treatment” and “Homeland,” has long been a barometer of global small-screen trends. Now series developers in the tiny country are exploring a new frontier: the web. A number of edgy web-only shows are creating a stir in the Holy Land, including “Confess TLV”, about the seedy world of Internet hookups in Tel Aviv, and “The Israeli Girls,” whose all-female millennial cast explores gender issues.

‘House of Cards,’ NBCU Series Licensed by Movie Channel in Russia
‘Pure Genius,’ ‘Emerald City,’ ‘Grimm’ and ‘The Blacklist: Redemption’ are among the shows that will air in the country starting in January.


(animated) Rogue One’s Forest Whitaker to Reprise Saw Gerrera Role on Star Wars Rebels
Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels has recruited Forest Whitaker to voice Saw Gerrera, the freedom fighter he plays in the blockbuster film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.


Ryan Kavanaugh Resigns as Relativity Studios CEO
Ryan Kavanaugh has resigned as chairman and CEO of Relativity Studios. The high-flying executive recently stepped down from daily oversight of the 12-year-old company, an individual with close knowledge of the situation said.

Dana Brunetti Leaving Relativity; Will Continue Producing
Sources inform that Dana Brunetti has officially left as president of Relativity Media, a position which he has held for less than a year. Over the last month, the Oscar-and-Emmy nominated producer has worked on extricating himself from his contract at the company which resurfaced from Chapter 11 last April and has struggled to find its footing and further financing. Brunetti will return to producing.


Vulture: The 10 Best New TV Shows of 2016
1. American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson
2. Atlanta
3. Better Things
4. The Good Place
5. Stranger Things
6. Search Party
7. Fleabag
8. High Maintenance
9. Speechless
10. The Crown

IndieWire: What Is the Best New TV Family of 2016?
"Speechless" and "Better Things" to "The Crown" and "The Magicians," TV critics weigh in on the shows with their favorite new TV families of the year.

TV Insider’s Most Highly Anticipated Shows of 2017
The TV Insider staff pick the new and returning shows that have them most excited for the new year.
Fargo, Season 3 (FX, Spring)
The Good Fight (CBS All Access, February 19)
Legion (FX, February 8)
The Catch, Season 2 (ABC, Winter)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu, April 26)
The Americans, Season 5 (FX, TBA 2017)
Class (BBC America, Spring)


Variety: Sling TV Readying AirTV Player With Free Broadcast TV, Netflix Integration
Sling TV and its corporate parent Dish are getting close to releasing a new streaming device dubbed AirTV Player that will combine free over-the-air broadcast channels with Sling TV’s paid streaming service and Netflix programming.

AdWeek: Why TV Advertising Is About to Change ForeverPlacement of TV advertising in the future will be the layering of contexts, the time of day, the stock market performance, the location viewed, the length of the show it’s placed against, the content it’s bookending. In fact, the very ads themselves could be rendered out programmaticaly. They will be personalized against an individual with real-time special offers, showing local stores; or ads for products that remain stuck in your Amazon wish list.