The Morning Update for Friday, January 6, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, January 6, 2017. Have a great weekend!

SCRIPTED NEWS:

‘Charmed’ Reboot in the Works at The CWThe ‘Jane the Virgin’ team, including showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman, is behind the show set in the 1970s. The project, which received a script commitment, hails from CBS Television Studios. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/charmed-reboot-works-at-cw-961119

‘Those Who Can’t’ Renewed For Season 3 By TruTV
TruTVhas ordered a 13-episode third season of comedy series Those Who Can’t for premiere in 2017. The series stars show creators and executive producers Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl, and Ben Roy – all members of the Denver-based comedy troupe The Grawlix – as trouble-making high school teachers at Smoot High. http://deadline.com/2017/01/those-who-cant-renewed-season-3-trutv-1201879375/

(review) Variety: Tom Hardy’s ‘Taboo’ on FX
At first, the problem with “Taboo” is just that it is slow. Lead Tom Hardy is on the scene immediately — scrambling over some mud to bury something in a ditch — but he never quite does anything that grabs attention. http://variety.com/2017/tv/reviews/review-taboo-tom-hardy-fx-1201949054/

CASTING NEWS:

Syfy Drama ‘The Haunted’ Adds ‘Shameless,’ ‘Vampire Diaries’ Alums
Syfy’s The Haunted is beefing up its cast. Steve Kazee (Shameless), David Alpay (Vampire Diaries) and DeVaughn Nixon (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) have joined the cast of the drama pilot. The trio join Lyndsy Fonseca and Elizabeth Cappuccino. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/syfy-drama-haunted-adds-shameless-vampire-diaries-alums-961143

‘24: Legacy:’ Gerald McRaney Cast As Series Regular In New Fox Series
Veteran character actor and This Is Us standout Gerald McRaney has joined Fox’s 24 franchise reboot24: Legacy as a series regular. http://deadline.com/2017/01/24-legacy-gerald-mcraney-cast-series-regular-fox-series-1201879083/

‘Gilmore Girls’ Star Alexis Bledel Joins ‘Handmaid’s Tale’
The Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s book is set to premiere April 26. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/alexis-bledel-joins-handmaids-tale-958831

Cher to Star in Lifetime Movie About Flint Water Crisis
Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Katie Couric will executive produce ‘Flint.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/cher-star-lifetime-movie-flint-water-crisis-961300

FEATURE NEWS:

‘Wedding Crashers’ Director Tackling Family Adventure ‘Overnight’ for Disney
David Dobkin is in negotiations to helm Overnight, a family adventure project from Disney. Oren Uziel wrote the script, which has previously been described as Home Alone in an FAO Schwarz-esque toy store. The plot involves a father and son who win a chance to spend a night in the world’s greatest toy store on the same night that it is targeted by thieves. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/wedding-crashers-director-tackling-family-adventure-overnight-disney-961067

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Hulu, Live Nation Partner on Virtual Reality Series ‘On Stage’
Hulu and Live Nation have partnered on virtual reality concert series “On Stage.” “On Stage” is a short-form series which seeks to take a deep dive into the creative process of an artist’s live music experience. The series will go beyond the headlines and artists’ hit songs and take the viewer on a journey of what inspires them on and off the stage. http://www.thewrap.com/hulu-live-nation-partner-on-virtual-reality-series-on-stage/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Greta Van Susteren Joins MSNBC
The former Fox News personality will host ‘For the Record’ in the 6 p.m. slot. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/greta-van-susteren-joins-msnbc-961137

Tucker Carlson to Replace Megyn Kelly on Fox News
Tucker Carlson has been named to replace Megyn Kelly in the network’s 9 p.m. hour starting January 9. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/tucker-carlson-fox-news-channel-megyn-kelly-1201953133/

‘Watters’ World’ Promoted To Weekly Series On Fox News Channel
Fox News Channel has promoted its monthly specials known as Watters’ Worldinto a weekly series. The show will air at 8 PM Saturdays starting this weekend. http://deadline.com/2017/01/jesse-watters-world-weekly-series-fox-news-channel-saturdays-1201879157/

‘Conan’ Video Game Segment ‘Clueless Gamer’ Being Developed as TBS Series
TBS has put into development Clueless Gamer, based on Conan’s late-night sketch of the same name. "Clueless Gamer" has been a regular staple on Conan since 2012. The segment features host O’Brien — who has little to no video game experience — trying out new titles while bantering with celebrities. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/conan-video-game-segment-clueless-gamer-being-developed-as-tbs-series-961199

Fuse Orders Third Season Of Gabriel Iglesias Series With New Title & Format, Adds Shortform Digital Shows
Fuse has greenlighted a third season of its Gabriel Iglesias series with a new title and format and is adding companion digital components. The cable net said that Fluffy Breaks Evenwill be renamed Fluffy’s Food Adventuresfor S3 and will return in the summer. http://deadline.com/2017/01/fluffy-breaks-even-renewed-season-three-gabriel-iglesias-new-title-format-shortform-digital-programs-1201879314/

‘Conan’ & TBS Mull Potential Format ChangesConan O’Brien’s late-night talk show on TBS will undergo a transformation. Discussions are underway how to evolve the talker, which currently airs four times a week. Plans are still in flux, but Conan would likely cut back on airtime — either going from one hour to 30 minutes a night, or to fewer shows a week — while ramping up popular features such as Conan on the road. http://deadline.com/2017/01/conan-changes-in-works-tbs-1201879381/

TWDC NEWS:

Walt Disney CFO Sees No Huge Studio Acquisition Coming
Disney CFO Christine McCarthy on Thursday downplayed M&A chatter on Wall Street over the Hollywood studio being at work on a big-time acquisition, possibly for Netflix, as it deals with a struggling ESPN network and changing consumer habits. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/walt-disney-cfo-sees-no-huge-studio-acquisition-coming-961135

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

CBS Television Distribution Announces New Marketing, Communications Execs
CBS Television Distribution has hired two key executives, announcing the Thursday appointments of Mary Beth McAdaragh and Scott Grogin. The two join the company as executive vice presidents, with the respective purviews of marketing and communications. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cbs-television-distribution-announces-new-marketing-communications-exes-961145

Universal Taps Janine Jones-Clark for Global Talent Development and Inclusion Post
The former Disney exec will serve as senior vp in the newly created department, which will focus on developing a diverse talent pool, both in front of and behind the camera. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/universal-taps-janine-jones-clark-global-talent-development-inclusion-post-960959

Fox Hires Dan Berger as Top Film SpokesmanHe previously served as head of corporate communications at DreamWorks Animation. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fox-hires-dan-berger-corporate-communications-post-961088

Viacom Promotes Sarah Levy To COO Of Global Entertainment Group
Viacom promoted company veteran Sarah Levy to the newly created role of COO for its Global Entertainment Group, effective immediately. She most recently served as COO of the Viacom Kids & Family Group and COO of Nickelodeon before that. http://deadline.com/2017/01/viacom-sarah-levy-coo-global-entertainment-group-1201879220/

AWARDS / NEW YEAR NEWS:

‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Grace & Frankie,’ ‘13th’ and More Top List of Finalists for Humanitas Prize30-Minute Category:

BLACK-ISH “Hope” Written by: Kenya Barris

GRACE & FRANKIE “The Party” Written by: Alexa Junge

THE REAL O’NEALS “The Real Grandma” Written by: Casey Johnson

60-Minute Category:

THIS IS US “Pilot” Written by: Dan Fogelman

MADAM SECRETARY “Waiting for Taleju” Written by Joy Gregory

THE NIGHT OF “The Call of the Wild” Written by: Richard Price & Steven Zaillian
http://variety.com/2017/film/news/humanitas-prize-hidden-figures-grace-and-frankie-1201952785/

Producers Guild TV Awards: ‘Westworld,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Atlanta’ Grab Nominations
HBO’s “Westworld,” Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and FX’s “Atlanta” are among the new series grabbing nominations for the 28th annual Producers Guild Awards. …“Atlanta” will face off against HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and “Veep” and ABC’s “Black-ish” and “Modern Family.” http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/westworld-stranger-things-producers-guild-award-tv-noms-1201953173/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Variety: Nielsen Could Delay Debut of Total Viewer Measurement Data
The TV industry’s efforts to find a new yardstick to measure audiences watching their favorite shows on screens of a new design are running into headwinds. After NBCUniversal sent a letter in mid-December questioning the validity of a long-gestating Nielsen effort to count viewers who watch TV shows via streaming-video and mobile devices, Nielsen has agreed to modify the way it releases the data, the measurement company said in a statement. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/nielsen-measurement-total-content-tv-advertising-1201953370/

Deadline: Time Warner & AT&T Stocks Dip After Report Donald Trump Still Not A Fan Of Merger
Time Warner and AT&T stock prices fell in midday trading Thursday after Bloomberg reported that President-elect Donald Trump still opposes the merger of the media conglomerates. http://deadline.com/2017/01/att-time-warner-merger-donald-trump-stock-price-1201879369/

HBR: The U.S. Media’s Problems Are Much Bigger than Fake News and Filter Bubbles
Three forces combine to create the media coverage of political campaigns we observe today: connected media, which spreads messages faster than traditional media; fixed costs and advertising-reliant business models in traditional media, which amplify sensational messages; and viewers’ news consumption patterns, which leads to people sorting across media outlets based on their beliefs and makes messages they already agree with far more effective. Each reinforces the others. Without these enabling factors, even the best marketing campaign would go nowhere, and fake news or leaked information from cyberattacks would have little effect. https://hbr.org/2017/01/the-u-s-medias-problems-are-much-bigger-than-fake-news-and-filter-bubbles

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