The Morning Update for Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, January 10, 2017:


Showtime Boss Offers ‘Twin Peaks’ Details, Discusses "Justified" Raise for Emmy Rossum
David Nevins
, who has seen all 18 hours of the revival, calls it "pure heroin David Lynch."

CBS Boss Gives Diversity Efforts Update: “We Are Making Some Really Nice Strides”
“I think we are making some really nice strides in development,” Glenn Geller said, noting CBS’ new drama diversity casting initiative, which was completed last month. “Hopefully we can use those screen tests to cast pilot and returning series, certainly pilots first.” Additionally, “we have a really nice broad swath of development where diversity is organic to what the development is and will be making those decisions shorty,” Geller said.


Marc Cherry Southern Drama Starring Reba McEntire Gets ABC Pilot Order
ABC has given a pilot pickup to a drama from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry toplined by country star Reba McEntire. Written by Cherry, the drama centers on Ruby Adair (McEntire), the sheriff of colorful small town Oxblood, Kentucky, who finds her red state outlook challenged when a young FBI agent of Middle Eastern descent is sent to help her solve a horrific crime. Together they form an uneasy alliance as Ruby takes the agent behind the lace curtains of this southern gothic community to meet an assortment of bizarre characters, each with a secret of their own.

Cosmopolitan Magazine Drama Ordered to Series at Freeform
Freeform has handed out a series order to Cosmopolitan magazine drama The Bold Type (formerly known as Issues. The 12-episode drama will debut in summer 2017. Previously developed at NBC, The Bold Type — inspired by the life of Hearst Magazine Chief Content Officer (and former Cosmo Editor-in-Chief) Joanna Coles — offers a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for a global women’s magazine called Scarlet. Bold Type hails from Universal Television — marking a key off-network sale for the studio and a rare studio buy for Freeform. Parenthood alum Sarah Watson created the drama and serves as showrunner.

Jamie Foxx’s Jay Pharoah Comedy ‘White Famous’ Picked Up to Series at Showtime
Showtime has handed out a series order to White Famous, starring the Saturday Night Live alum. White Famous hails from Californication grad Tom Kapinos, who penned the script for the series. The project is based on an original idea by Jamie Foxx and his experiences coming up through the business. A co-production between Lionsgate Television and Showtime, Kapinos will serve as showrunner and exec produce alongside Foxx, who will appear in a recurring role.

Showtime Orders Lena Waithe Drama ‘The Chi’ to Series
Showtime has ordered Lena Waithe’s The Chi to series. Additionally, Straight Outta Compton star Jason Mitchell has joined the cast. The coming-of-age series follows half a dozen characters navigating the South Side of Chicago, where growing up can be a matter of life and death. Elwood Reid (The Bridge) will serve as showrunner and executive produce The Chi with Waithe, Common and Aaron Kaplan. Dope director Rick Famuyiwa will exec produce and helm the pilot episode. Waithe created the series, which is being produced by Fox 21.

The Fosters Renewed for Season 5
The Fosters
will be back for Season 5, which will include the drama’s landmark 100th episode.

‘The Affair’ Renewed for Season 4 at ShowtimeThe news comes a few weeks ahead of the drama’s third season finale.

(sched) TGIT Return Pushed to Accommodate ’20/20′ Inauguration Special
The 2017 debuts of ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Scandal’ and ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ have been delayed to Jan. 26.

(sched) ABC Midseason Schedule: ‘Time After Time’, ‘American Crime’, ‘The Catch,’ ‘Dirty Dancing’, Others Get Premiere DatesABC has set its midseason premiere dates, slotting miniseries When We Rise, and series Time After Time, half-hour comedy Imaginary Mary, event movie Dirty Dancing, as well as returning series The Catch and American Crime, and the spring returns of Once Upon a Time and Designated Survivor. Downward Dog will premiere in Summer 2017.

(sched) ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival Gets Premiere Date on Showtime
“Twin Peaks” is finally coming back to television. The long-awaited reboot will debut on Sunday, May 21 at 9 p.m. with a two-hour premiere episode.

(opinion) Predictions Week 17: #SleepyHollow Is Likely To Be Canceled
Sleepy Hollow is likely to be canceled. Its season four premiere ratings tied the season three low. While its season four renewal wasn’t guaranteed by the Syndication Gods, it was significantly assisted. No such assistance will be provided in the future.

(video) Guerrilla: Watch the First Trailer for John Ridley and Idris Elba’s Explosive New Series
Showtime has released the first trailer for Guerrilla, a six-part limited series from Academy Award winner John Ridley (American Crime) and Luther‘s Idris Elba. Starring Freida Pinto and Babou Ceesay, the 1970s-set series tells the dramatic and explosive story of two activists and lovers who come to form a radical underground cell in London after liberating a political prisoner. The new six-part limited event series will premiere on Sunday, April 16 at 9 p.m.


Once Upon a Time Scoop: iZombie’s Rose McIver to Return as Tinker Bell
ABC’s Once Upon a Time will get a visit from a most uncommon “common fairy” when iZombie‘s Rose McIver reprises her role as Tinker Bell.

Timeless Casts General Hospital’s Brandon Barash as Ernest Hemingway
General Hospital‘s Brandon Barash will guest-star on NBC’s time-hopping drama Timeless as American novelist Ernest Hemingway.

‘Bates Motel’: ‘The Walking Dead’s Austin Nichols To Recur on Season 5
The Walking Dead alum Austin Nichols has landed a recurring role on the fifth and final season of A&E’s Psycho prequel Bates Motel.

(stage) Wayne Brady to Join Chicago’s ‘Hamilton’ Musical as Aaron Burr
“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” star Wayne Brady will be join the cast of “Hamilton” during the hit musical’s residency in Chicago.


Lionsgate and The Onion Sign Three-Film Deal
has signed a three-film deal with The Onion in what’s the first venture into movies for the satirical brand. Under the alliance, Onion Studios will work with Serious Business, which produces “@midnight” for Comedy Central, to develop the movies through 2018.


ABC special celebrates new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
ABC Television Network celebrates the unveiling of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture with a two-hour program of music, dance and the spoken word called “Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America,” on Thursday, January 12 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST).

Phil Rosenthal’s ‘I’ll Have What Phil’s Having’ Moving From PBS to Netflix
The Phil Rosenthal food and travel show was not cost-effective for the public broadcaster.

(TCA) James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke Spinoff Series on Apple Music Will Have 16 Different HostsWho could possibly fill James Corden’s shoes as the host of the upcoming spinoff Carpool Karaoke series on Apple Music? No one, it turns out.Instead, the producers of the show have decided that each of the first season’s 16 episodes will have its own host—and one of them will be Corden himself. The half-hour series will pair up celebs, with one of them taking Corden’s place behind the wheel as they drive around—and yes, sing along to tunes in the car—and visit places that are meaningful to one of the celebs in the car.

‘The View’ Headed To Disney World In MarchThe iconic toon characters joined Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and the other co-hosts to help announce the daytime talker’s weeklong trip to Walt Disney World in March.


Disney India to Cut Jobs Amid Exit From Bollywood Productions
The Hollywood giant’s India unit could reduce its staff by 15 percent as Walt Disney International chairman Andy Bird says a "re-balancing and re-calibration" is needed "to reflect local market realities."

Disney’s new set-top box will play games, cost $99
is licensing a set-top box that streams media and plays games, and the company is eyeing a 2017 launch for the device.It’s called Disney Kids TV. The box will cost $99 and is expected to launch sometime this year, though no firm date has been given.


Liba Wenig Rubenstein To Head 21st Century Fox Social Impact Team
21st Century Fox has named Liba Wenig Rubenstein to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Social Impact.

Sprout picks Perez for programming
Dea Connick Perez has joined Sprout as VP of programme strategy and acquisitions, reporting to Amy Friedman, senior VP of programming, who joined Sprout last year.

BBC set to name new chairman
UK public broadcaster the BBC is nearing the appointment of a new chairman. Former Bank of England and Virgin Money deputy governor David Clementi has been recommended for the post by an Department of Culture, Media and Sport panel, according to various reports. The others reportedly on the final shortlist were Civil Aviation Authority chair Deirdre Hutton and Penguin Random House chairman John Makinson.

Marissa Mayer resigning from Yahoo board as remaining company renames itself Altaba
Yahoo is hanging on to its 15 percent stake in Alibaba and its 35.5 percent stake in Yahoo Japan, and those assets will survive as an investment company under the new name Altaba Inc., as the rest of Yahoo integrates with Verizon. Only five board members will remain at Altaba: Tor Braham, Eric Brandt, Catherine Friedman, Thomas McInerney and Jeffrey Smith. The rest of Yahoo’s board, including CEO Marissa Mayer, will step down from the newly formed company.


BAFTA Awards: ‘La La Land’ Leads NominationsThe musical has 11 nominations, while ‘Arrival’ and ‘Nocturnal Animals’ follow behind with nine each.

The Black List & Cassian Elwes Name Two For 2017 Screenwriting Fellowship
The Black List and Cassian Elwes have unveiled John C. Hoffler and Keely Wise as the 2017 Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellows.


TBI Vision: US VOD revenues up 6% in 2016
US video-on-demand revenues increased by 6% in 2016, returning to growth after dropping nearly 3% in 2015, according to Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) stats. The US industry association said that subscription video-on-demand spend was up around 22% compared to 2015, and in the fourth quarter was up by around 26%. Total US home entertainment spending topped $18 billion for the year, while electronic sell-through spending rose 5% with movie sales proving especially strong, according to the DEG.

Variety: Stars Speak Out on Trump, But Hollywood Executives Have Reasons to Stay Quiet
Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech was a rallying cry for other Hollywood figures to speak out in the era of Donald Trump — and there’s little doubt that many will follow. But as the creative class looks for new ways to resist, showbiz’s executive suites are searching for crafty means to steer clear of criticism.