The Morning Update for Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, January 11, 2017:


ABC Chief Channing Dungey Talks ‘Scandal’ End Plan, TGIT’s Future
ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey discussed with Variety whether a plan for when and how to end the show is yet in place. “I would say yes, in Shonda’s head,” Dungey said. “I know already that she has some great ideas for next season, which will be season seven. We have not really talked about what happens after that. But I love the show and I would happily keep the show on as long as she feels that she has creative runway to write the show.”

‘American Crime’ Creator John Ridley Talks Tackling Immigration Issues in the Trump Era"This story would have been told irrespective of who’s in the Oval Office," the Oscar winner says about the upcoming season of the anthology drama.

ABC’s ‘The Catch’ Embracing Comedy in Season 2
Showrunner Allan Heinberg says there will be less of a procedural hook to the second-year Shondaland drama.

‘When We Rise’ Creator Dustin Lance Black: ‘This Show Is Under Attack From the Alt-Right’
“This show is under attack from the alt-right online,” Black said. “But this show is not a war. Every single person in this world is a minority, depending on how you slice the pie, and this show is about how we are connected.”

ABC’s Time After Time: How Hard Is It Being TV’s Sixth Time Travel Show?
The producers of Time After Time are Wells aware that when the ABC drama makes its debut, it will be (conservatively speaking) TV’s sixth current series with a time travel element. That, however, makes things a bit easier, says executive producer Kevin Williamson.

‘Once Upon A Time’: Current Narrative To Wrap At End Of Season 6; Will There Be Season 7?
Dungey declined to comment whether that “next piece” would be a different incarnation of Once, a spinoff or a something else. But it’s clear that the series, which has reinvented itself a number of times, may be heading for its biggest reinvention yet as the show’s main storyline comes to an end this season. “There will be a little bit of closure in this particular narrative regardless of what happens with Season 7,” Dungey told Deadline.

ABC’s ‘Downward Dog’ Is Not (Totally) About a Talking Dog
"I feel like ‘Fargo’ was a really dramatic show that was funny," Allison Tolman says of her TV breakout, "and our show is a really funny show that’s dramatic."


Coen Brothers Set First-Ever TV Project With Annapurna
Joel and Ethan Coen are partnering with Annapurna Television on Western anthology The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. The duo, who wrote the script based on an original idea, will direct the project. The pair also will produce the anthology through their Mike Zoss Productions label, with Megan Ellison and Annapurna Television’s president of television Sue Naegle also on board as executive producers.

Regina King Inks Production Deal With ABC Studios
Emmy-winning American Crime co-star Regina King has signed a two-year deal with the studio behind the acclaimed John Ridley limited series, ABC Studios, for her production company Royal Ties. King’s sister, Reina King, will serve as development executive as the two develop and produce new projects.

Freeform Renews ‘Beyond’ for Season 2 in Middle of TCA Session
Freeform has renewed freshman supernatural series “Beyond” for a second season.

Fox Series ‘Shots Fired’ Set To Premiere At Sundance
Shots Fired, Fox’s 10-hour event series, will debut at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival.

(review) THR: ‘Sneaky Pete’
‘Sneaky Pete,’ the fantastic new Amazon series starring Giovanni Ribisi as a con man just out of jail, comes out of the gates quick and confident — and gets even better from there.


‘Law & Order’ Star to Reprise Role on ‘Chicago Justice’
Richard Brooks will appear as Paul Robinette in Dick Wolf’s upcoming legal drama.

(stage) Sara Bareilles in Talks to Join Broadway’s Waitress in the Lead Role
After receiving Grammy and Tony nominations for writing the music and lyrics for Broadway’s Waitress, Billboard reports that the singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles is now in final talks to play the lead role in the production.


How Will Hulu’s Live TV Stand Out Among Competitors?
CEO Mike Hopkins revealed the streamer’s new pact with CBS will offer live streams of everything from NFL Games to the Grammys for less than $40 a month, but analysts remain skeptical of its prospects.

(opinion) ReCode: Mossberg: Streaming TV is beginning to look a lot like cable
Two big new streaming services, both owned by satellite TV services, have made a splash in the last couple of years, and, when you cut through all the hype about them, they are pretty much just old-style, linear TV services delivered via the net.


‘Bachelor’ Twins Emily and Haley Ferguson Get Their Own Spinoff on Freeform
“The Bachelor” spinoff “Happing Ever After” is returning to Freeform. This time around it’s all about the twins. Haley and Emily Ferguson, who first appeared on Ben Higgins’ season of the ABC reality show, will take the lead in ”The Twins: Happily Ever After?”

Jenna Dewan Tatum to Host Jennifer Lopez’s ‘World of Dance’ on NBC
Jenna Dewan Tatum has joined NBC’s upcoming competition series “World of Dance” as a host and mentor.

‘World Star TV,’ Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital a Go at MTV2
Both new series will premiere in February as network president Eli Lehrer plots out the cabler’s first- quarter slate.


Sheridan Smith Teams With Sister Pictures, ITV For ‘Clean Break’
Brit actress Sheridan Smith is set to star in new six-part drama series Clean Break for ITV. The drama, which is produced by Sister Pictures, focusses on an ordinary working class woman who is caught between two worlds – the everyday life of a devoted and loving mother and the darker, dangerous world of insider trading.


Here’s What Makes Disney the Most ‘Intimate’ Brand for Millennials
If you want to see how much media factors into the lives of millennials, look no further than the latest Brand Intimacy Report. Independent agency MBLM, which is just out with its 2017 report, said its ranking is the "largest study of brands based on emotions." And this year, 93-year-old Disney tops the list. Disney has created an impressive outreach to every kind of person that might be a fan of its properties by paying attention to each audience segment (kids, teens, misty-eyed nostalgic millennials, parents, and grandparents) in unique ways particular to each platform.

(update) Disney shoots down kids set top box linkThe Walt Disney Company has refuted rumours that it officially licensed a German company’s TV streaming box.This follows reports from the Las Vegas Computer Electronics Show that Snakebyte’s new streaming set top box will carry Disney branding.Mouse House insiders say Snakebyte had made an unapproved prototype demo for CES, which is not officially licensed.


David Lynn to Head Viacom Intl. Media Networks
Viacom has appointed David Lynn as president and CEO of Viacom Intl. Media Networks, which operates more 200 TV channels, airing in more than 180 countries.

Univision Names Rosemary Mercedes EVP and Chief Communications Officer
Rosemary Mercedes has been promoted to executive vice president and chief communications officer of Univision Communications.

Billy Parks Joins Chernin Group-AT&T’s Otter Media as EVP Creative, Content Strategy
Otter Media, the digital-video joint venture of the Chernin Group and AT&T, has appointed Billy Parks to the newly created role of executive VP of creative and content strategy reporting to president Sarah Harden.

Karina Kogan Exits Participant Media to Join Turner’s TBS and TNT as SVP of Digital Media
Karina Kogan has joined Turner’s TBS and TNT to serve as senior VP of digital media and products, after previously heading digital at Participant Media.

Chris DeFaria To Become New CEO of DreamWorks Animation
Veteran Warner Brothers executive Chris DeFaria will become the new CEO at DreamWorks Animation.

NBCUniversal’s Alan Wurtzel Steps Down as President of Research & Media Development
NBCUniversal President of Research and Media Development Alan Wurtzel is stepping down from his position and transitioning into a senior advisory role, the company announced on Tuesday. Jeff Bader’s group will now oversee the research functions for all entertainment programming at NBC network and the Universal Television studios.


Vox: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s unexpected season 3 renewal shows how TV’s rules are changing
There’s no way to make an argument for renewing Crazy Ex-Girlfriend based on its performance. It’s the lowest-rated show on television, and, so far as I can tell, it’s the lowest-rated show ever to be renewed by a major broadcast network. Yes, ever. So why did The CW renew it? Looking at the three answers to that question — yes, there are three of them — reveals how the TV business is changing. The long-struggling CW used to be an outlier among the five broadcast networks in terms of doubling down on low-rated shows, whereas bigger, more successful networks would just cut their losses and try again. But as ratings fade in importance and more arcane business concerns become more relevant, The CW’s approach increasingly looks like one that even the most successful TV networks will take.

Variety: Fraud in Hollywood: Stealing From Media Companies Has Never Been Easier
Security experts say film and TV production is riper for ripoffs than ever because the increasing volume of financial transactions conducted entirely through digital communications make it easier for enterprising embezzlers to stage fake yet legitimate-looking businesses. And Hollywood is especially vulnerable because of the extravagance that surrounds high-profile talent and the array of outside vendors that contribute support services.

Variety: Facebook’s Evolution as Media Company Continues With Launch Journalism Project
Facebook — which has been the poster child for the scourge of “fake news” online — is taking more steps to improve its reputation as a source of high-quality news and information. The social giant on Wednesday announced the Facebook Journalism Project, aimed a forging stronger ties with news organizations and journalists.