The Morning Update for Friday, December 23, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, December 23, 2016. Have a great holiday break!


Paul Rodriguez, Cheech Marin & Paul Rodriguez Jr. To Topline Latino Comedy For NBC
NBC is developing a single-camera comedy starring and executive produced by Cheech Marin, actor-comedian Paul Rodriguez and his son, professional skateboarder/actor Paul Rodriguez Jr. Universal TV is the studio. The untitled project is written/executive produced by Steve & Jim Armogida. It is described as an irreverent single-camera comedy about being Latino in today’s America as seen through the different perspectives of three generations of Latino males.

‘Cruel Intentions’ Reboot TV Series Is Officially Dead, May Be Redeveloped
The reboot of cult 1999 movie Cruel Intentions is officially not going forward. The options on the cast in the pilot, toplined by Sarah Michelle Gellar, are up next week and won’t be renewed. While the current incarnation of Cruel Intentions is dead, producing studio Sony TV might redevelop the idea.

(sched) This Is Us to Marathon on USA Network
USA Network will air all 10 episodes of This Is Us in a row on Saturday, Jan. 7, starting at 1 pm/noon.

‘Last Man Standing’s Syndication Success Shows Viability Of Star-Driven Sitcoms
It is hard to pinpoint one reason behind Last Man Standing‘s unexpected strong syndication run. The delayed launch resulted in less crowded marketplace, better time slots and more original episodes available, so the stations don’t have to air as many repeats. Additionally, because of the blue-collar sitcom’s low-profile original run on ABC on the lower-trafficked Friday night, it may have not been as exposed as some other sitcoms so more viewers get to see the episodes for the first time.

AdWeek: Here Are 2016’s Most Watched Networks and Shows in the Coveted 18-49 Demographic
Broadcast networks: NBC lost the 18-49 crown for the 2015-16 season, but it’s on top for the full 2016 year, with an average demo rating of 2.2 (in Nielsen’s "most current" numbers, which include live-plus-7 for the year, and live-plus-same-day for the past two weeks). CBS, which won last season in the demo, was second for the year (1.8), followed closely by ABC (1.7) and Fox (1.6). The CW brought up the rear with a 0.6 ratings. NBC was also No. 1 for the year among millennials, with a 1.5 rating in the 18-34 demo. ABC and Fox tied for second (1.2) followed by CBS (1.1) and The CW (0.5). Among total viewers, however, CBS was once again in the lead, followed by NBC, ABC, Fox and The CW.


Food Network gets baking
Food Network has ordered a baking competition series that pits professional bakers against amateurs. Bakers vs Fakers sees four competitors battle it out in each episode for ultimate bragging rights and a cash prize. The host is Buddy Valastro and the show is produced by his prodco Cakehouse Media.


Showcase unveils scripted VR series
Corus Entertainment-owned Showcase in Canada has launched a hybrid virtual reality (VR) scripted web series for Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR. Halcyon consists of 10 shortform webisodes and five interactive VR episodes and is created and produced by Secret Location, the Canuck firm acquired by Entertainment One earlier this year. Set in the year 2040, the series follows the investigation into the mysterious death of the CEO of the world’s leading VR company.


Fortune: Disney’s Fight With Disruption
It isn’t supposed to be possible. When a big, old incumbent company gets technologically disrupted, not just by a smart competitor but by a broad shift in technology trends, it’s fate is almost certain: steady decline and eventual irrelevance. The spectacular opening of Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has for the moment masked the disruption threat to the company’s most profitable business, ESPN, but that threat is only intensifying.


2016 Harvardwood Writers Competition Winners Announced
Harvardwood, the official arts, media, and entertainment alumni organization for Harvard University, has announced the winners of its 2016 writers competition, along with its list of 2016’s Most Staffable TV Writers:
Features Winner: Jill Bayor – Hesse (Drama)

Runner Up: Richard Nguyen – The Grove (Drama)

TV Pilots Winner: Garrett Schabb – Charged (One-Hour Drama)

Runner Up: Nicholas Nardini & Jess Brownell – Power House (One-Hour Drama)

Shorts: Sam Johnson – Pandas! (Animated Webisode)

The 2016 Most Staffable TV Writers are:

Jess Brownell & Nicholas Nardini – Power House (Pilot/One-Hour Drama)

Perry Jackson – Liberation (Pilot/One-Hour Drama)

Joey Siara – Your New Favorite Band (Pilot / Half-Hour Comedy)

Natpe adds Bakish, Dubuc
Natpe has added recently appointed Viacom CEO Bob Bakish and A+E Networks president and CEO Nancy Dubuc to its line-up of speakers at its annual Miami conference in January.


Vox: The 33 best TV episodes of 2016
All told, dozens of notable TV episodes aired in 2016 — but here is our ranking of the 33 best.


TechCrunch: The Future of TV isn’t apps
Contemporary behavior is not to consume news directly from a publisher… The same is true for TV, with a few notable exceptions we don’t watch channels we watch shows. We don’t rely on AMC to get us through the night, we watch Breaking Bad, wherever it may be. The role of TV channels is entirely irrelevant for curation, only relevant for the funding of shows we love. To take the entirely anachronistic device of the TV channel, and replicate it as an app, is stupid in the extreme. It was a solution to problems of a more primitive age.

‘West Wing’ Writer Lawrence O’Donnell Explains Why 2016 ‘Ruined’ Political TV Drama
“In a drama writing room right now, about a contemporary presidency, I do not know to say, ‘That couldn’t happen,’” O’Donnell said. “That’s not true in any other form of drama. If you’re doing a hospital show now, people still die from the same stuff. All the dramatic stakes of a lawyer show, they’re the same. Every other show you can think of. The dynamics of reality are all the same. This is the one area where, sorry, no one can say to you, ‘That’s impossible.’”

Mashable: Facebook’s not alone: Twitter admits to overcharging advertisers
On the heels of several embarrassing metric error disclosures from Facebook, Twitter is taking its own shot at the advertiser apology routine. The social network admitted to a bug in the most recent update to its Android app that caused it to overcharge advertisers throughout much of the past month. Twitter apparently divulged the issue to advertisers earlier this week but only fessed up publicly after Business Insider broke the story late Thursday.

WSJ: Percentage of Young Americans Living With Parents Rises to 75-Year High
Almost 40% of young Americans were living with their parents, siblings or other relatives in 2015, the largest percentage since 1940, according to an analysis of census data by real estate tracker Trulia. …The trend runs counter to that of previous economic cycles, when after a recession-related spike, the number of younger Americans living with relatives declined as the economy improved.