The Morning Update for Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, January 4, 2017:


Meg Ryan To Topline ‘Picture Paris’ Comedy Series In Works At Epix
In a very competitive situation with three networks pursuing, Epix has landed Picture Paris, a half-hour comedy series project starring Meg Ryan. The comedy, from Brad Hall, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Entertainment One, has been put in fast-track development for a potential straight-to-series order. Picture Paris is based on the 2011 short film written and directed by Hall. It centers on a suburban mom whose dream trip to Paris with her husband after they become empty-nesters may not quite live up to expectations. If greenlighted, the show is expected to film in France.

Fuller House is getting more episodes for its third season of aggressive nostalgia
The show’s executive producer Jeff Franklin announced on Instagram that the third season will consist of 18 episodes. The first two only had 13 apiece.

(ratings) ‘Designated Survivor’ posts another double-double in week 13 broadcast Live +7 ratings
The last “Designated Survivor” episode of 2016 did what most of the other episodes of the show did in the fall: double its audience with a week of DVR and on-demand viewing. The ABC series grew by 142 percent in adults 18-49 (1.2 to 2.9), the biggest percentage gain in the week of Dec. 12-18.

(review) Variety: Netflix and Norman Lear’s Rebooted ‘One Day at a Time’
“One Day at a Time,” a new Netflix comedy that reboots and refreshes Norman Lear’s 1975 sitcom of the same name, is an object lesson in how to use the multi-camera format to advantage. The new show, which updates the original’s single-mom plotline to follow a Cuban-American family in Los Angeles, is fresh, funny, and smart.

(review) THR: ‘One Day at a Time’
With Rita Moreno and Justina Machado leading the way, Netflix’s sitcom remake ‘One Day at a Time’ feels fresh and familiar and funny.


Disney Becomes First Studio to Top $3 Billion at Domestic Box Office
Disney crossed $3 billion at the domestic box office in 2016, the company reported on Tuesday, making it the first Hollywood studio in history to so. Walt Disney Studios reported $7.605 billion globally in ticket sales from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016. That includes $3.001 billion in the U.S. and Canada for 16 films, including 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” as well as 13 new releases. The studio earned $4.604 billion internationally in 2016.


Hollywood’s Next Big Thing: Cameron Dallas Steps Up From Web Celeb to Netflix Star
The 10-episode Chasing Cameron, which follows Cameron Dallas and his friends on tour, is Netflix’s first celebrity docuseries, and Dallas is hoping it offers a fresh perspective on online fame. Though the model, actor and singer has more than 30 million online followers and more than 243 million views on YouTube (he’s on track to make eight figures in 2017, one insider estimates), he says Hollywood doesn’t always see his value.

YouTube Red ‘set for UK’
Google is preparing to launch its subscription version of YouTube in the UK later this year, according to reports.


Megyn Kelly To Exit Fox News This Week, Joins NBC News To Host Daytime Show & New Sunday Evening Newsmag
Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly will join NBC News. Friday will be her last day at FNC. As part of the multi-year agreement, Kelly will anchor a new one hour daytime program that she will develop with the news division. The show will air weekdays at a time TBA. She also will anchor a new Sunday evening newsmagazine show for NBC News and will contribute to NBC’s breaking news coverage as well as the network’s political and special events coverage.


TLC Taps ABC Alternative Exec Jason Sarlanis As SVP Development
TLC has hired veteran development exec Jason Sarlanis as SVP Development. In his new position, he will oversee development teams on both coasts and be based out of the Los Angeles office, reporting directly to Howard Lee, EVP Development and Production. Sarlanis moves to TLC from ABC, where served as VP Alternative Series and Specials.

Bravo Names Rachel Smith Head of Unscripted Development
Bravo has appointed Rachel Smith senior vice president, development. She will oversee development for all of the cable channel’s unscripted programming, reporting to Frances Berwick, president, lifestyle networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

Gaumont TV Names Vanessa Shapiro President WW Distribution; Moves Sales Ops To LA; Erik Pack Exits
Narcos producer Gaumont Television has set Vanessa Shapiro as President of Worldwide Distribution. The exec joins from MarVista Entertainment where she had been EVP Distribution since 2007. She’ll be based in LA, but divide time with Paris. Along with the hire, Gaumont says it’s moving the company’s sales and distribution operations from London to Los Angeles. London-based Erik Pack is exiting the company.


Golden Globe Parties 2017 – The List
A roundup of key Golden Globes parties around town this week before and after Sunday’s ceremony.


Samsung launches ‘smartest TV ever’The new QLED TV series – Q9, Q8, and Q7 – is designed to let users control “most connected TV devices” from a single source, with the Samsung Smart Remote.Viewers can also use their mobile device to select and start live TV programs and video-on-demand services using Samsung’s Smart View mobile app.

Amazon’s TV Is Here: Fire TV Being Integrated Into Low-Cost 4K TVs
Amazon has teamed up with Seiki, Westinghouse and Element Electronics to launch a number of 4K TV sets powered by Amazon’s Fire TV platform.


AdWeek: Stay-at-Home Moms Watch One More Hour of Media Per Day Than Working Mothers
While working mothers are more affluent and more likely to live in high-tech homes with several devices, stay-at-home moms spend an average of 36:26 (in hours: minutes) each week on live TV viewing and connected TV devices, which include DVR, DVD/Blu-ray, game consoles and other devices like Roku and Apple TV. That’s seven and a half hours more than working mothers, who spend an average of 28:49 each week.

C21Media: Back from the brink
TV movies have been dying off for years but are streaming services providing a new source of demand? “The likes of Netflix and Amazon are now very active players in the global film market and are stumping up money at an early stage of production with a view to putting content straight on their platforms. They are disruptive in terms of what they are trying to do in the film market,” says Nick Smith, head of digital and television at Entertainment One (eOne) Films UK.