The Morning Update for Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, January 3, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

‘The Man In the High Castle’ Renewed For Season 3 By Amazon, Gets A Showrunner
Amazon has ordered a third season of its original drama series The Man in the High Castle. Eric Overmyer, who developed for television and has executive produced Amazon’s popular drama series Bosch, has come on board as executive producer and showrunner for Season 3. http://deadline.com/2017/01/the-man-in-the-high-castle-renewed-season-3-amazon-new-showrunner-1201877742/

(rumor) ‘Will & Grace’ Revival Ordered to Series at NBC, Star Says
NBC declined comment on co-star Leslie Jordan’s comments that the reboot has been picked up for 10 episodes. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/will-grace-revival-ordered-series-at-nbc-star-says-960173

‘Girl Meets World’ Canceled? Rider Strong Says Show Ends With Season 3
Boy Meets World actor Rider Strong may have answered lingering questions about the future of Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World. In the latest episode of his podcast Literary Disco, Strong says the comedy series has ended. http://deadline.com/2016/12/girl-meets-world-canceled-rider-strong-says-show-ended-1201876855/

Will ‘Twin Peaks’ Get Sundance Sneak Before Showtime Debut?
There have been discussions for the new version of the acclaimed ABC 1990s TV series to be showcased at the Robert Redford founded fest – which has increasingly seen a larger and larger small screen presence. http://deadline.com/2017/01/twin-peaks-sundance-preview-david-lynch-showtime-1201875253/

(ratings) The West Coast loved ‘The Grinder’ and other regional ratings oddities from 2016
In some order, “The Big Bang Theory,” “Empire,” “This Is Us” and “The X-Files” make the Top 5 among adults 18-49 in all six regions (all ratings are Live +7 for calendar year 2016). “Modern Family” is a Top 5 show in four regions — all but the Southeast (where it ranks 10th) and Southwest (where it’s seventh). “Grey’s Anatomy” joins the first four in the Southeast, while the Monday “Voice” is No. 5 in the Southwest. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/more-tv-news/the-west-coast-loved-the-grinder-and-other-regional-ratings-oddities-from-2016/

(review) TVLine: Emerald City Review: NBC’s Oz Reboot Has Courage, Short on Heart and Brains
A sexy, gritty reboot of The Wizard of Oz. It sounds like something Jack Donaghy would dream up on 30 Rock, doesn’t it? Yet Emerald City isn’t a 10-second sitcom joke; it’s a 10-hour actual thing that NBC has created. And while it displays some dazzling visual flair and is plenty ambitious in its scope, like a certain famous Scarecrow, this ponderous revamp doesn’t seem to have much of a brain at all. http://tvline.com/2017/01/03/emerald-city-review-nbc-wizard-of-oz-reboot-miniseries/

(review) THR: ‘Ransom’
CBS’ new crisis management drama ‘Ransom’ is very Canadian and not very memorable. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/ransom-review-960101

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Google streaming service ‘could launch in Feb’
Google could reportedly launch new subscription streaming service Google Unplugged as early as February after agreeing terms with a number of major partners. According to US financial news site TheStreet, Google has now either reached final or tentative agreements with CBS, Disney, Viacom and 21st Century Fox, with talks still ongoing with Time Warner. The report claims that YouTube will operate the ‘skinny bundle’ online TV service and that the launch has been pushed to February or later, after initially being expected at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. http://tbivision.com/news/2017/01/google-streaming-service-launch-feb/694131/

Online ‘to replace TV as top ad medium by 2020′According to IHS estimates, global ad revenue grew 7.1% in 2016 to US$532 billion with TV the top performer accounting for US$192 billion, or 36%, of global revenue. Online advertising accounted for almost US$160 billion, or 30% of global revenue, followed by print advertising in third with an estimated US$101 billion, followed by radio with US$47 billion in revenue. http://tbivision.com/news/2017/01/online-replace-tv-top-ad-medium-2020/694101/

NFL games are now live streaming on China’s Sina Weibo network
The NFL is hoping to expand its presence in China with a new deal that gives social media platform, Sina Weibo – often called China’s Twitter – the rights to live stream select games on its network, including the Super Bowl. The deal marks the first time a sports league will live stream games on the service. https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/29/nfl-games-are-now-live-streaming-on-chinas-sina-weibo-network/

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Fox options true crime novel
Fox Networks Group (FNG) has optioned the rights to turn a book about the murder of anti-apartheid activist Amy Biehl in South Africa into a TV series. We Are Not Such Things focuses on the murder of a young American woman in South Africa, an iconic case that calls into question our understanding of truth and reconciliation, loyalty, justice, race, and class. http://www.c21media.net/fox-options-true-crime-novel/

TWDC NEWS:

(video) James Cameron Goes Behind The Scenes Of Disney’s ‘Avatar’ Attraction
Avatar creator-director James Cameron is giving us a peek at Disney’s upcoming attraction Pandora — The World of Avatar, which opens this summer at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. http://deadline.com/2016/12/james-cameron-disney-avatar-attraction-world-of-avatar-1201876872/

AWARDS / NEW YEAR NEWS:

Ringer: What Will Comedy Look Like in 2017?
Desus and Mero, Lizz Winstead, Chris Gethard, and more give their predictions https://theringer.com/what-will-comedy-look-like-in-2017-bad22b8f2384#.x8sou86d8

Vulture: 25 of the Most Exciting Book Releases for 2017
This week we’re looking to the year ahead by tracking down the most anticipated pieces of pop culture in 2017. Ahead, 25 books we can’t wait to get our hands on. http://www.vulture.com/2016/12/most-anticipated-new-books-2017.html

THR: 5 Comic Creators to Watch for in 2017
There’s plenty of talent poised to pop in the next year. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/5-comic-creators-watch-2017-959851

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Atlantic: The New Reality TV
Many of 2016’s freshmen shows went out of their way to reflect the world not as audiences might wish it to be, but as it really is. …In a year in which so many things beyond politics themselves were political, many TV shows continued a trend that had been brewing with the rise of social media and Peak TV. Perhaps realizing television’s power to change the way people see the world, show creators rejected easy aspiration and blithe escapism—they instead got insistently, and compellingly, real. https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/12/the-new-reality-tv/511907/

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