The Morning Update for Thursday, January 5, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, January 5, 2017:


Viceland Orders James Van Der Beek ‘Diplo’ Comedy As First Scripted Series
and A+E Networks — has ordered six episodes of What Would Diplo Do?, which James Van Der Beek and Diplo executive produce alongside Diplo’s long-time manager Kevin Kusatsu and music video helmer Brandon Dermer. Van Der Beek will also serve as showrunner, Dermer will direct. The series is slated to premiere later in 2017. In WWDD, Van Der Beek plays a fictional version of DJ superstar Diplo in a collection of parables about life as told through the eyes of guy who can bring 60,000 people to their feet… but kind of sucks one-on-one.

‘Archer’ Moving to FXX for Season 8
The animated comedy, already renewed through season 10, will join a lineup that also includes ‘You’re the Worst.’

Disney Channel’s ‘Girl Meets World’ CanceledA week after cast member Rider Strong said as much on his podcast, Disney has announced that Girl Meets World has been canceled.

Wrap: TCA 2017: Will ‘Training Day’ Find an Audience and 11 Other Questions for Winter Press Tour
The twice-annual TCA event officially begins Thursday afternoon, with DirecTV presenting at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California. Broadcast, cable and a small sampling of streaming networks will present their midseason series to TV critics, serving up their casts, showrunners and a few executives for a little Q&A. TheWrap‘s got some burning questions before we even start…

(review) THR: ‘Taboo’…Fans of most BBC-styled historical dramas are used to leisurely pacing — it’s the British way and has a proven track record of being worth it in the end. Taboo could very well be cranking the heavy turbines on something that will pay off richly in the near future — and FX is no doubt hoping it will.

(review) THR: ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’
Netflix’s adaptation of the popular children’s book series ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ by Lemony Snicket is a horribly fun time.


Lost’s Harold Perrineau Lands Major Criminal Minds Recurring Gig
TVLine has learned exclusively that Lost vet Harold Perrineau is joining the long-running CBS procedural in a major recurring role.


Hulu Adds CBS to Its Coming TV Streaming Service
Hulu will include CBS when its streaming television service is unveiled this year, the company announced on Wednesday. Speaking at the 2017 Internet, Media and Telecommunications Conference on Wednesday in Las Vegas, Mike Hopkins, Hulu’s chief executive, did not offer an exact price for the forthcoming service but said it would be “under $40” a month. …The company said in November that it had signed deals to include networks like ABC, ESPN and Fox News. It is expected to also include popular channels like NBC, Fox, the Disney Channel, CNN, TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network and National Geographic.

CMT Unveils Details for ‘Nashville’ AftershowSeries regular Chris Carmack will serve as the first guest on ‘Nashchat,’ which will air weekly on Facebook Live immediately following new episodes of the country music drama.


ABC News Names Hilary Estey McLoughlin Senior Executive Producer, ‘The View’
Hilary Estey McLoughlin, a veteran development executive who has been involved with some of daytime TV’s best-known recent shows, will join ABC News full time as senior executive producer of “The View” as well as non-fiction content.

Diane Sawyer to Expose ‘Startling’ Middle Class Struggle in New ’20/20’ Special
ABC News will debut a new Diane Sawyer “20/20” special called “My Reality: A Hidden America” on Jan. 13. The special, which details the struggles facing America’s shrinking middle class, took over a year to report. …The team was amazed at the results and traveled across the country to detail what is being billed as a “startling portrait of struggle, frustration and anxiety” that coincides with being the first generation of middle class Americans in half a century who are more likely than not to earn less than their parents.

‘Dish Nation’ Renewed Through 2019 On Fox Stations

Fox Television Stations has renewed Dish Nation for two years, through 2019.

Reality Shingles True Entertainment and Original Media Merge
The new production company, Truly Original, will still be helmed by Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock.

(ratings) ‘Sunday Night Football’ Wraps Its Season Only Slightly Humbled at No. 1
Despite steep year-over-year ratings losses in the fall, the NBC franchise wraps its 2016 run with viewership down only 10 percent.


Netflix Picks Up ‘Love Alarm’ as First South Korean Original
Netflix announced its first South Korean original series, Love Alarm, based on the comic strip by one of the country’s most popular graphic novelists Kye Young Chon. The 12-episode series is set to debut in 2018 and will be produced by Jaemoon Lee from the newly formed production company, Hidden Sequence. Love Alarm is one of the most popular webtoon series in Korea. The story revolves around an unknown developer who releases an app that will tell the user if someone within 10 meters has romantic feelings for them, and the new technology greatly disrupts society.

BBC3 crowns King Bert comedy
BBC3 in the UK has ordered a special starring stand-up comedian Luisa Omielan from London-based prodco King Bert Productions. What Would Beyoncé Do?! (1×75′), Omielan’s stand-up TV debut, will premiere on Valentine’s Day via online-only channel BBC3.

Why British TV Broadcasters Like ITV Are Prime Takeover Targets
The recent $14.6 billion deal that will see 21st Century Fox take over London-based European pay TV operator Sky underscores the fact that the plunge in the value of the pound, provoked by last June’s Brexit vote, has made British media assets relatively cheap. Speculation now swirls around which asset will be next in line for poaching.


Former Weinstein Co. Exec Dan Guando Joins Bloom as President of Production
Former Weinstein Co. exec Dan Guando is joining Bloom as president of production. He will oversee and grow Bloom’s film slate and will report to Alex Walton.


‘Arrival,’ ‘Fences,’ ‘Hell or High Water’ Nominated for Writers Guild Awards
The Best Original Screenplay category consists of “Hell or High Water,” “La La Land,” “Loving,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight,” while the field in the Best Adapted Screenplay category is “Arrival,” “Deadpool,” “Fences,” “Hidden Figures” and “Nocturnal Animals.”


TV Manufacturers Have Erased the Blurred Line Between Streaming and Pay-TV
On Wednesday, several of the world’s largest electronics manufacturers rolled out their latest smart TVs. What was clear from those presentations is that the line between traditional pay-TV and streaming is not just blurred, it basically doesn’t exist anymore. That’s all designed to let viewers watch what they want, how they want, when they want it — without much deference to what content creators and distributors would prefer them to see.

Amazon’s Alexa is everywhere at CES 2017
isn’t at CES in any formal capacity, but once again, it seems to be everywhere thanks to Alexa. Since opening up its voice assistant to other companies’ products, we’ve seen it put in all types of gadgets and gain some strange integrations. And at CES this week, the continuation of that is one of the biggest trends we’ve seen.


Atlantic: Pop Culture Is Having a Metaphysical Moment
Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality? That’s the prompt that opened HBO’s Westworld, but it’s also the implied question behind shows like The OA, Stranger Things, The Good Place, and Falling Water, as well as movies like Arrival and Doctor Strange. Across popular entertainment lately, science fiction, theoretical physics, and spirituality have blended to offer not escapism but wait-there’s-more-ism, offering a tantalizing hint that our perception of reality is too narrow—and that with a little bit of effort, we can see extraordinary things.

(tech) Stratechery: Alexa: Amazon’s Operating System
Amazon is building the operating system of the home — its name is Alexa. …Amazon doesn’t need to make a dime on Alexa, at least not directly: the vast majority of purchases are initiated at home; today that may mean creating a shopping list, but in the future it will mean ordering things for delivery, and for Prime customers the future is already here. Alexa just makes it that much easier, furthering Amazon’s goal of being the logistics provider — and tax collector — for basically everyone and everything.

(gaming) Wrap: Mobile Games Gross Close to $1 Billion Between Christmas and New Year
Users spent a record $967.6 million on mobile gaming apps between Christmas and the New Year, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing data from Sensor Tower Inc. The figure, which approaches $1 billion, is up 53 percent from the same week last year, according to Sensor Tower Inc.

Mashable: Girl Scout cookie season has finally begun, with 2 new treats on the lineup
This year, the Girl Scouts have two new treats to be guiltily scarfed down alongside our beloved Thin Mints, Samoas and Do-si-dos — a duo of delightful S’mores cookies. The first cookie is a crispy graham cookie double dipped in a crème icing and enrobed in a chocolatey coating and the second cookie is a crunchy graham sandwich cookie with a chocolate and marshmallowy filling.