The Morning Update for Tuesday, December 27, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, December 27, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

‘Fuller House’ Renewed for Season 3 on NetflixThe news was announced via Twitter on Christmas Eve. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/fuller-house-renewed-season-3-netflix-959194

(ratings) TVBTN: The 20 highest-rated shows of 2016: ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ win the year
Adults 18-49:

1. The Walking Dead

2. The Big Bang Theory

3. Empire / Game of Thrones

5. The X-Files

6. This Is Us

7. Modern Family

8. Grey’s Anatomy

9. American Horror Story: Roanoke / Designated Survivor

11. America’s Got Talent – Tuesday

12. Fear the Walking Dead / The Voice – Monday / The People v. O.J. Simpson / American Idol – Wednesday

16. The Voice – Tuesday / The Bachelor / Scandal / NCIS

20. Criminal Minds http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/more-tv-news/the-20-highest-rated-shows-of-2016-the-walking-dead-and-the-big-bang-theory-win-the-year/

(review) Variety: ‘The Mick’ on Fox
“The Mick” is too often simply shrill, and its occasional attempts to drag the storytelling in sentimental directions are unconvincing. The fish-out-of-water elements and the dearth of self-awareness on display — Mackenzie’s selfishness meeting the kids’ self-indulgent snootiness — could have been funny, had there been anything distinctive about the family or their dilemmas. But in contrast to that jittery, promising opening sequence, this comedy is ultimately sophomoric and superficial. http://variety.com/2016/tv/reviews/the-mick-fox-review-1201947600/

FEATURE NEWS:

2016 Box Office Crosses $11B for Another Record Year
‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ and ‘Sing’ are among the Christmas titles helping to make the projected $11.3 billion milestone possible. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/2016-box-office-record-year-crosses-11-billion-959300

NEW MEDIA / SHORT FORM NEWS:

ESPN, Kobe Bryant Partner On Short-Form Video Series
ESPN and basketball legend Kobe Byrant will team up to present six short-form videos during NBA coverage produced by the network. The effort, dubbed “Canvas,” will include six short video presentations on various topics related to playing basketball, each seen through Bryant’s viewpoint. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/espn-kobe-bryant-1201947665/

YouTube Views Are Down, Analysis SaysSocialBlade crunched some numbers for Kotaku and determined that, since the first half of the year, YouTube views are now 5-7% lower. Between July and September, that decrease was 10%. Why YouTube views have gone down is unclear, but some good theories are floating around. Fratella pointed to two potential causes: view audits and altered video-promoting algorithms. http://kotaku.com/youtube-views-are-down-across-the-board-analysis-says-1790440740

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

A&E Cancels KKK Documentary Because Participants Were Paid in ‘Violation’ of Policies
A&E
has cancelled its Ku Klux Klan reality TV series “Escaping the KKK” after acknowledging people were paid to participate, a “direct violation” of the network’s policies, according to a Saturday statement from A&E. http://www.thewrap.com/ae-cancels-kkk-documentary-admits-participants-paid-violation-policies/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Amazon Prime Inks Content Deal With India’s Ultra Media
Amazon India’s Prime Video service has added to its already considerable Bollywood content by signing a deal with Indian home video outfit Ultra Media & Entertainment. Subscribers will be able to access some 300 Ultra titles including “I am Kalam,” “Damini,” “Mann” and “Himmatwala.” http://variety.com/2016/digital/asia/amazon-content-deal-with-india-ultra-1201948181/

TWDC NEWS:

ABC launches a suite of local news apps for Fire TV
Disney-ABC is going after cord cutters with the launch of a suite of streaming TV apps for the Fire TV, aimed at bringing ABC stations’ local news to those who don’t pay for cable. The company launched eight apps that cover all its ABC-owned stations, each delivering local news to that market, along with weather, community news, an evening video digest with the day’s top stories, and even a “Feel Good” section with upbeat, inspiring stories to take the edge off. https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/23/abc-launches-a-suite-of-local-news-apps-for-fire-tv/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Brad Thompson Exits The Weinstein Co.
Weinstein Company
senior VP of Corporate CommunicationsBrad Thompson is exiting his post. Thompson, who spent four years at the company after transitioning from the political arena, has helped TWC fill the gap as lead spokesman following the exit of long time publicity president Dani Weinstein. http://deadline.com/2016/12/brad-thompson-the-weinstein-co-depature-1201875451/

AWARDS / END OF THE YEAR NEWS:

Vox: ABC’s Speechless dodged family sitcom clichés to become one of 2016’s best new comedies
Black-ish, in particular,has become one of the strongest family sitcoms in years by starting from the clichés their characters inhabit, then deepening their personalities beyond those basic traits. ABC’s Speechless realized as much from the start. While its characters bear a loose resemblance to classic family sitcom tropes, Speechless immediately went a few steps further by imbuing them with much more specific characteristics and motivations. The freshman sitcom didn’t reinvent the sitcom family wheel so much as it pushed past its limitations to find something far more relatable than the usual formula ever could. http://www.vox.com/culture/2016/12/26/14006936/speechless-review-best-comedy

Wrap: ‘Game of Thrones’: 2016’s Most Illegally Downloaded TV Show
Below is the complete list of the most torrented TV shows worldwide for 2016, compiled by TorrentFreak from various sources, including BitTorrent trackers.

1. “Game of Thrones”

2. “The Walking Dead”

3. “Westworld”

4. “The Flash”

5. “Arrow”

6. “The Big Bang Theory”

7. “Vikings”

8. “Lucifer”

9. “Suits”

10. “The Grand Tour” http://www.thewrap.com/game-of-thrones-most-pirated-show-2016/

New Yorker: The Best Video Games of 2016
1. The Last Guardian (PlayStation 4)
2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
3. Clash Royale (Android, iOS)
4. Titanfall 2 (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
5. Rez Infinite (PlayStation 4)
6. Hitman (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
7. Overwatch (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
8. Firewatch (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
9. No Man’s Sky (PC, PlayStation 4) http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-best-video-games-of-2016

TVGuide: 8 Shows That Need Your Help to Survive 2017
The new year is also the best time for fans of these troubled shows to rally and give network executives less reasons to cancel them. We’ve picked out eight shows on the bubble that need your help more than ever. Start watching them! Tell your neighbors to watch them! Turn all the TVs in Best Buy to them! Whatever you have to do to do your part. http://www.tvguide.com/news/8-shows-that-need-your-help-to-survive-2017/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

DGA Reaches Deal for New Film and TV PactJust in time for the holidays, theDGA and management’s AMPTP have reached an agreement on terms for a new three-year film and TV contract. Details of the deal aren’t being released until after it’s been seen by the guild’s national board. The two sides began talks on Dec. 5 and wrapped on the eve of Christmas Eve. http://deadline.com/2016/12/dga-and-amptp-reach-deal-for-new-film-and-tv-pact-1201875616/

NYT: Secular Hollywood Quietly Courts the Faithful
Inviting pastors to movie sets, writing bullet points for sermons, proposing Sunday school lesson plans: All are part of the film industry’s outreach to Christian audiences. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/24/business/media/hollywood-movies-christian-outreach.html

Verge: 2016: the year music went ‘exclusive’
In 2016, another year of war between the big three on-demand streaming services (Tidal, Apple Music, Spotify), having “important” and “rare” and “valuable” things like exclusive new albums from music’s biggest stars are the ultimate edge. While streaming was meant to make music more accessible and convenient, it’s now creating a series of walled gardens — beautiful houses for rare and important art. http://www.theverge.com/2016/12/23/14047090/music-exclusives-apple-music-vs-tidal-2016

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