The Morning Update for Monday, January 9, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, January 9, 2017:


CW President Defends ‘Crazy’ Renewal, Talks Limited Fall Freshman Runs and ‘Charmed’ Reboot
Mark Pedowitz also used his time before press at TCA on Sunday to discuss buzz around ‘Riverdale’ as well as the future of ‘The Originals.’

Casual Signs More Female Directors for Season 3
Carrie Brownstein is among the women who’ll direct episodes of Casualthis season, series creator Zander Lehmann said at the Television Critics Association winter TV previews in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday. In total, nine of the season’s 13 episodes will be directed by women, including Gillian Robespierre (director of the 2104 indie hit Obvious Child); Lake Bell and Lynn Shelton. Amy York Rubin, will helm an episode as well.


(from Fri) Kirsten Dunst and George Clooney Team for Dark Comedy at AMC
Kirsten Dunst is attached to star in an hourlong dark comedy exec produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov. In the early stages of development at AMC, On Becoming a God In Central Florida is a described as a darkly comedic story about the cult of free enterprise and one woman’s relentless pursuit of the American dream in the early ’90s. The project was written by Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky, with The Lobster helmer Yorgos Lanthimos attached to direct. Clooney and Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures will produce with Sony’s TriStar Television and AMC Studios.

CW Renews 4 DC Shows, ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,’ ‘Jane,’ ‘Supernatural’
Returning for the 2017-18 broadcast season are all four DC Comics shows — The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow — as well as dramedies Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin, alongside its longest-running original, Supernatural. Missing from the list are The 100, iZombie and The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, all of which have yet to debut their current seasons. (Reign will end with its upcoming fourth season and The Vampire Diaries also will sign off later this year.) Rookies Frequency and No Tomorrow — freshmen who did not gain back-orders for the first time in network history — as well as forthcoming Archie Comics redo Riverdale also remain in limbo ahead of the network’s upfront presentation in May.

(from Fri) CBS Orders More ‘Kevin Can Wait,’ ‘Great Indoors,’ ‘Man With a Plan’
CBS announced Friday that Kevin Can Wait will air a whopping 24 episodes in its first year. Its additional two episodes come after the fall’s speedy back-nine order. The Great Indoors and Man With a Plan previously had only received back orders for 19-episode seasons. Their three-episode additions bring their tallies to a traditional broadcast 22.

(from Fri) Paramount TV Pacts With European Studio Federation Entertainment
The two companies will create original content and create U.S. series based on international formats under the first-look deal. Federation has 12 shows in production, including season two of Netflix’s first French original series Marseille and Oliver Goldstick’s The Collection for BBC Worldwide/Amazon U.K.

(review) THR: ‘Emerald City’
This latest retelling of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ is weird, violent and oddly ambitious, but NBC’s ‘Emerald City’ may amount to less than the sum of its parts.

(review) Variety: Amazon’s ‘Sneaky Pete,’ With Bryan Cranston and Giovanni Ribisi
“Sneaky Pete” is both crime and caper, walking a fascinating and ultimately successful line between grit and hijinks. The show’s murderous sense of timing makes it feel like a Rube-Goldberg machine of episodic storytelling, where the audience is constantly imagining the many ways this precarious construction will fall to pieces.


(from Fri) Jim Sturgess to Star in Hulu Drama ‘Hard Sun’ From ‘Luther’ Creator
Jim Sturgess has been tapped to star in Hulu drama Hard Sun, with Agyness Deyn set to co-star. Picked up to series in December 2015, Hard Sun hails from Neil Cross. Sturgess and Deyn will play detectives Robert Hicks and Elaine Renko, respectively, partners and enemies who seek to enforce the law and protect their loved ones in a world that every day slips closer to certain destruction.

(from Fri) Alan Ball HBO Series Casts Sosie Bacon, Daniel Zovatto, Raymond Lee & Jerrika Hinton
Sosie Bacon (Scream), Daniel Zovatto (Fear the Walking Dead), Raymond Lee and Grey’s Anatomy co-star Jerrika Hinton will co-star opposite Holly Hunter in Six Feet Under and True Blood creator Alan Ball‘s new drama series for HBO. Written by Ball, the untitled series is described as a tragicomic meditation on the complicated forces at work on us all in America today.

(from Fri) ‘Absentia’: Stana Katic AXN Thriller Series Adds Five To Cast
Angel Bonnani (Shots Fired), Neil Jackson (Sleepy Hollow), Cara Theobold (Downton Abbey), Bruno Bichir (Narcos) and Ralph Ineson (The Witch) have joined stars Stana Katic and Patrick Heusinger in Absentia, a 10-episode straight-to-series crime thriller for Sony Pictures Television Networks’ AXN.

‘Dark/Web’ Series Adds Zelda Williams, Gabriel Luna, Hannah Marks
Zelda Williams, Gabriel Luna, Hannah Marks, Cassi Thomson, Molly Hagan and Graham Sibley have boarded forthcoming anthology thriller “Dark/Web.” The series will be comprised of eight anthology segments, each dealing with the dangers of our totally connected world, tied together by a serialized narrative. The independently financed project will be in production through January in Los Angeles before being shopped to buyers.

Man With a Plan Recruits TV Vets to Play Matt LeBlanc’s Mom and Dad
The freshman CBS sitcom has tapped TV veterans Valerie Harper (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda) and Stacy Keach (Mike Hammer, Titus) to recur as the mother and father of Matt LeBlanc’s titular character, Adam Burns.


(TCA) ‘Constantine’ Resurrected as Animated Series by CW Seed
Matt Ryan, who starred on the short-lived NBC drama, will voice the character.

(TCA) Hulu Nabs Exclusive Streaming Rights to ‘Black-ish,’ ‘Golden Girls’
Hulu has inked a deal with Disney-ABC TV for the exclusive SVOD rights to ABC comedy “Black-ish.” In addition, Hulu has acquired the streaming rights for the entire seven-season run of “The Golden Girls.”


‘Walking Dead’ Creator’s End-of-the-World Drama Series Will Air in Latin America
Nearly a year after setting up end-of-the-world drama Five Year at Korean streaming service Viki, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and his Skybound Entertainment partner Dave Alpert have set up the series in Latin America. Skybound is teaming with TV consulting and production company 360 Powwow to produce Five Year in various Latin American markets. Based on an original story, the pre-apocalyptic series centers on a family living under the threat of a deadly meteor headed toward Earth. It will explore the human condition as people grapple with the knowledge that the Earth as we know it will be destroyed in five years’ time.

BBC looking to develop haptic VR and AR experiences
BBC Earth is looking to experiment with ‘haptic’ virtual reality experiences – involving a sense of touch as well as sight and hearing – and augmented reality experiences with information and graphics overlaid on video sequences, according to Charlotte Jones, executive producer at BBC Earth Productions.


Marvel to Give Away Back Issues with New Digital Comics Program
Starting next month, all of Marvel’s mainline superhero releases will include download codes for two or more back issues. According to Marvel Publishing sales director Jim Nausedas, the new program is intended to "offer fans additional pathways into the Marvel Universe, promote Marvel’s monthly trades and create repeat retailer customers and Marvel readers for life."


Slingshot Global Media Taps Courtney Conte As President
Veteran TV executive Courtney Conte has joined Slingshot Global Media as president.

Nina Jacobson & Brad Simpson Tap Nellie Reed As Head Of TV At Color Force
Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson’s Color Force has hired its first dedicated TV executive, appointing Nellie Reed as SVP Television. Reed most recently ran the television department of Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan’s Free Association.


Golden Globes Winners
On the TV front, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association spread the love among newcomers. “Atlanta” on FX and “The Crown” on Netflix nabbed the best comedy and best drama statues, respectively. “The Crown” also earned Claire Foy a best actress in a TV drama Globe for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II. Billy Bob Thornton nabbed the actor prize in the same category. “Atlanta” earned a best actor in a comedy statue for creator and star Donald Glover, while Tracee Ellis Ross won the same prize for “Black-ish.”

Tracee Ellis Ross On Golden Globes Win: This Is For All The “Colorful People”
Tracee Ellis Ross became the second African American woman to take home a Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Television Comedy. Not since Debbie Allen’s win in 1982, did such a feat take place.


LATimes: Has Hollywood lost touch with American values?
So as 2017 begins, we ask: Is Hollywood representing all Americans? Are Hollywood values out of sync with American values? It’s the start of a conversation we’ll have all year with Hollywood’s creators, consumers and observers.

LATimes: ‘The Middle’ offers something rare on TV, a candid look at the anxiety of a working family
It may not have shifted public opinion on same-sex marriage, but in its unassuming way, “The Middle” has been every bit as revelatory as “Modern Family.” Over eight seasons, it has portrayed the economic anxieties of working families with a candor rarely glimpsed on American broadcast television, which has aspiration encoded in its DNA.

(music) Pitchfork: Streaming Now Officially the Number One Way We Listen to Music in America
It’s official: according to a new year-end report released by Nielsen, over the course of 2016, streaming became the primary mode of music consumption in the U.S. Overall on-demand audio streams surpassed 251 billion in 2016–a 76 percent increase that accounts for 38 percent of the entire music consumption market.