The Morning Update for Friday, January 13, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, January 13, 2017. Have a great holiday weekend!


FX Boss John Landgraf on Diversity, Apple Music, ‘American Crime Story’
By the end of 2016, FX had managed to swing from a network whose shows were directed by white men 81% of the time to a network whose shows were directed by people of color or white women 52% of the time. “I’m not going to tell you the work is done,” Landgraf said. “But we’re going to do it, and keep doing it, until every aspect of our channel is fair and a more accurate representation of the world we live in.”


‘American Horror Story’ Renewed for Two More Seasons at FX
The pickup takes the Ryan Murphy-Brad Falchuk anthology through season nine, likely to 2019.

Donald Glover Inks Overall Deal at FX; ‘Atlanta’ to Return in 2018
The newly minted Golden Globe winner will develop projects for FX as well as other networks and streaming services.

(sched) FX Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Feud,’ ‘The Americans,’ ‘Archer’
Ryan Murphy’s latest anthology series, “Feud: Bette and Joan,” will debut on Sunday, March 5. “The Americans” will move to Tuesday nights for its fifth season, airing on March 7 at 10pm.

Queen Latifah Says a Living Single Revival Is in the Works
Revival fever strikes again. Queen Latifah stopped by Watch What Happens Live on Thursday, where she revealed that a Living Single revival is in the works.

Mike Judge Animated Country Music Series Greenlighted By Cinemax
Silicon Valley
co-creator Mike Judge is returning to his animated roots with Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus, which has been picked up by Cinemax with an eight-episode series order. The half-hour animated comedy series is currently in production for premiere later this year. Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus chronicles the tales of some of country music’s most eccentric characters.

‘Girl Meets World’: Why Disney Channel Canceled the Series & Will Netflix Save It?
Will Netflix swoop in again and rescue Girl Meets World with a Season 4 renewal? I hear the Internet network has been approached though there are no conversations going on. In an interview with TV Line, Girl Meets World creator Michael Jacobs hinted that “there are talks underway, but we’re at the very very beginning stages.”

(review) THR: ‘When We Rise’ | Palm Springs 2017
The Gus Van Sant-directed pilot for Dustin Lance Black’s ABC miniseries about the gay rights movement is accessible more than confrontational — and all the more important for it.

(review) Ringer: ‘Black-ish’ Was Built to Nail Wednesday Night’s Election Episode
“Lemons” is a perfect example of the specificity that’s key to making good television work, and the prime position a weekly show can occupy in our discourse when it chooses to enter the fray.


‘Quantico’: Hunter Parrish Set For Major Recurring Role
Weeds alum Hunter Parrish has booked a major recurring role in ABC drama series Quantico. Parrish will play a political strategist forced to join forces with the CIA and FBI during the aftermath of the G20 hostage crisis.

Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters to Return for ‘American Horror Story’ Season 7
Ryan Murphy revealed the news Thursday at TCA.

‘The Last Tycoon’: Jennifer Beals Set To Recur On Amazon Drama Series

Jennifer Beals has booked a recurring role on Amazon’s The Last Tycoon, opposite stars Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, Lily Collins and Rosemarie DeWitt.


Jeff Apploff Inks Deal With Lionsgate To Create Unscripted Programming
Don’t Forget the Lyrics creator Jeff Apploff has signed a deal to create original nonscripted series and formats for Lionsgate Television via his Apploff Entertainment banner.

‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ & ‘RightThisMinute’ Renewed For Syndication On ABC Stations Through 2018
Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution has announced that game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and viral video showcase series RightThisMinute have been renewed through the 2017-2018 season on ABC-owned stations that carry the shows.

Orion TV Syndicated Series ‘Couples Court’ to Debut in Fall
Orion Television is set to distribute “Couples Court” in 73 percent of the country this fall. Legal experts and trial attorneys Dana and Keith Cutler will become the first-ever married couple to preside over a television courtroom, one in which couples come to share their stories of cheating.


‘Urban Myths’ Episode With Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson Canceled by Sky TV
European pay-TV company Sky has ditched plans to air the controversial footage from British comedy series “Urban Myths” in which Joseph Fiennes plays the singer Michael Jackson.


(rumor) BBC Reports Disney Negotiating With Carrie Fisher Estate On Future CGI Carrie Fisher Appearances In Star Wars
BBC TV show Newsnight explored the concept of digitally recreating actors with CGI for movies and television ads, and in the course of a large discussion about the ethics of this practice, they dropped a bombshell revelation, claiming that Disney is already negotiating with Carrie Fisher’s estate to use the actress’s image in future Star Wars film.


Freeform Taps Epix’s Amit Ziv As VP Strategy & Business Development
Freeform has hired former Epix exec Amit Ziv as vice president, Strategy and Business Development for the network.

Annapurna Taps Chelsea Barnard as President of Film
Barnard exec produced Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ and the Steve Carrell-starrer ‘Foxcatcher.’

Fox 2000’s Nick D’Angelo Hired By Cristal Pictures As Top Production Exec
Nick D’Angelo, who worked at Fox 2000 for 13 years, most recently as VP of production, has joined finance and production company Cristal Pictures as EVP, Production.

NYT: ‘black-ish’ Creator and Actor Again Walk on a Political Tightrope
Q: Was there any resistance from the network?

BARRIS: Honestly, they were very supportive. But the table read was a little rough. I wrote some things that at the time were hard to hear.

Vulture: Kenya Barris on Creating Black-ish’s Election Episode in Record Time
Q: Was it difficult to get the rights to use the clip from Martin Luther King’s "I Have a Dream" speech?

Barris: It was, and I credit my post department and ABC with that completely. They worked their asses off. And the King Foundation and ABC News. It was a lot of behind-the-scenes working to get it done.

Once Upon a Time: Jennifer Morrison Expresses Uncertainty About Season 7
A tremor went through the Once Upon A Time fandom today as star Jennifer Morrison told podcast The Drop-In that her contract is ending, and expressed uncertainty about the future of the series. "My contract ends in April on Once Upon a Time, I don’t know what that means," she said. "…We are just waiting now to see if the network decides to continue with the show — and if they do continue with the show, if they’re going to rework it to be something else, or if they’re going to invite people to stay. We’re just in a holding pattern right now."

Criminal Minds Boss Breaks Silence on Thomas Gibson’s Exit
Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer had kept quiet on the whole ordeal since it happened, and while she couldn’t talk about specifics of Gibson’s dismissal, caught up with her to discuss all the recent changes, how she decided to write out Hotch, how she readjusted his stories, if we’d ever see Hotch again, what she wants to say to fans, and more.


(gaming) TechCrunch: The Nintendo Switch will cost $300 and release worldwide on March 3
Nintendo has announced the launch date and price of the Nintendo Switch at an event in Tokyo; the company’s next console will be released worldwide on March 3 for $300 in the US and comparable amounts elsewhere.