The Morning Update for Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, January 24, 2017:


ABC Orders Drama Pilots ‘The Good Doctor’ & ‘Doomsday’ From David Shore, Daniel Dae Kim & Carol Mendesohn
ABC has given pilot orders to two drama projects with big auspices and big commitments from Sony Pictures TV — medical drama The Good Doctor, from David Shore and Daniel Dae Kim, which had a put pilot commitment, and Doomsday, a thriller drama from producer Carol Mendelsohn, writers Mark Bianculli & VJ Boyd, which had a production commitment with a series penalty behind it.

Written by Shore based on a South Korean format, The Good Doctor centers on a young surgeon with Savant syndrome who is recruited into the pediatric surgical unit of a prestigious hospital. Written by Bianculli and Boyd, when a catastrophe occurs that’s ripped from the pages of the missing doomsday book, the team is brought back years later to prevent the disasters of their own making.

Alan Cumming-James Patterson Drama Among CBS Pilot Pickups
CBS has picked up two drama pilots — Alan Cumming starrer Killer Instinct as well as Perfect Citizen. Killer Instinct (formerly known as Dr. Death) stars Cumming in the adaptation of James Patterson’s forthcoming novel as a former CIA operative who has since built a "normal" life as a gifted professor and writer who is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer on the loose. Michael Rauch will pen the script and executive produce alongside Cumming, Patterson, Alex Kurtzman and his CBS Television Studios-based Secret Hideout topper Heather Kadin.

Perfect Citizen revolves around the former General Counsel for the NSA who, after his involvement as a whistleblower in an international scandal, embarks on a new career at a storied law firm in Boston. There, he faces the reality that while half the country thinks he’s our greatest patriot, the other half thinks he’s a traitor. Craig Turk will pen the script and exec produce for CBS Television Studios, where his Thinking Hat Productions is under an overall deal.

Seth Meyers-Lorne Michaels High School Comedy Lands NBC Pilot Order
NBC has handed out a pilot order to an untitled comedy from Seth Meyers and Saturday Night Live writer Mike O’Brien. Executive produced by Lorne Michaels, the comedy revolves around a hilariously cynical Ivy League professor who loses out on his dream job and goes to work as a high school biology teacher. There, he imposes his unorthodox teaching style and uses the kids to plot out revenge on those who wronged him. Produced by Universal Television and Michaels’ Broadway Video, O’Brien will pen the script for the single-camera comedy.

Virtual Reality Drama From ‘Extant’ Team Ordered to Pilot at NBC
NBC has handed out a pilot order to Reverie. It is described as a grounded and dramatic thriller revolving around a former detective specializing in human behavior who is brought in when the launch of an advanced virtual reality program has dangerous and unintended consequences. Mickey Fisher will pen the script and executive produce the Universal Television drama. Amblin Television’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will reunite with Fisher and exec produce.

Deadline: Pilot Season 2017: How Many Pilots Is Each Network Ordering?
It’s another late pilot season as scripts once again are coming in very late, pushing greenlight decisions into late January and February. …Development has been slow in general this cycle. The buying season has been starting later and later every year as many writers are busy with other shows, which also slows down the pilot script writing process. Spending on development this season was flat or a little down at the different networks, and that trend is carrying over to the pilot orders.

THR: TV Pilot Season: Lack of Cancellations May Impact Volume
ABC Entertainment Group president Channing Dungey tells THR that she’s expecting the Disney-owned network to have fewer comedy pilot pickups because so many of their half-hours are working (see rookies Speechless as well as American Housewife and veterans Fresh Off the Boat, Modern Family, The Goldbergs and Black-ish). Notes ABC Studios president Patrick Moran: "We definitely have an abundance of riches at ABC, especially with our new comedies working so well."

Wrap: Pilot Season 2017: TheWrap’s Complete GuideIt’s pilot season — when networks decide which of dozens of prospective shows should become full-fledged series.TheWrap’s complete network pilot guide will keep you up to speed on the status of every project by ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC are planning.

Sacha Baron Cohen Comedy Series ‘Highston’ Scrapped at Amazon
The streaming outlet has abandoned plans for the six-episode comedy.

(sched) ‘Greenleaf’ Season 2 Gets Spring Premiere Date On OWN
OWN said that the drama series that was its most-watched premiere ever will return for Season 2 on March 15. The second half of the 16-episode sophomore session will air in the summer.

(review) THR: ‘I Love Dick’
There might be a better version of the new Amazon series I Love Dick buried in itself, one that will unfold as the series rolls on, but the one that emerges after the first three episodes is a murky, pretentious mess that can’t leave the titular character out of it — because the whole series is based on a thinly veiled mesh of fiction and memoir of the same name and Dick is very much at the center.

(review) Variety: The CW Updates Archie Comics With ‘Riverdale’
“Riverdale,” the CW’s new teen drama based on the Archie comics, is an eerie and offbeat take on the high school mythos — both addictive and confusing in equal parts.


Kristen Wiig Joins Last Man on Earth in Mystery Recurring Role
Will Forte’s former SNL colleague Kristen Wiig is headed to Fox’s The Last Man on Earth later this season in a top-secret recurring role.

‘Star’: Missy Elliott & Rickey Smiley To Guest Star On Lee Daniels’ Fox Series
Missy Elliott and Dish Nation‘s Rickey Smiley are set to guest star on separate episodes of new Fox series Star.

‘Nightcap’: Lauren Blumenfeld & Don Fanelli Upped To Series Regulars For Season 2
Lauren Blumenfeld (Doubt) and Don Fanelli (Orange Is The New Black, 30 Rock) who recurred on Season 1 of Pop’s comedy seriesNightcap have been promoted to series regulars for Season 2.


Ice Cube’s Cube Vision Seals 8-Figure Deal To Acquire Scripts, Develop Own Projects
Cube Vision, Ice Cube’s Film production company, has entered into a strategic partnership with AID Partners, a media investment company founded by Hong Kong entrepreneur Kelvin Wu whose other investments include Legendary Pictures and Golden Harvest Entertainment, among others. The deal is said to be in the 8-figure range and establishes Cube Vision as a major buyer of original content.


YouTube Red Acquires Nick Cannon’s ‘King of the Dancehall’
Nick Cannon’s Ncredible Productions has partnered with YouTube Red, the streamer’s $10-per-month subscription service, to release his musical drama King of the Dancehall later this year. In the film, Cannon plays a Brooklynite who moves to Jamaica and falls for a local girl who introduces him to the world of Jamaican dancehall.

Hulu Inks Deal With Magnolia Pictures for Pay-TV Window Streaming Rights, After Netflix Pact Expires
Hulu reached a new multiyear output-licensing agreement with indie film distributor Magnolia Pictures, under which Hulu will obtain pay-TV window streaming rights to films to future releases starting in the second half of 2017. The deal comes after Netflix’s output deal with Magnolia recently expired after three years.

Twitter partners with Dick Clark Productions to live stream more red carpet pre-shows
More red carpet live streams are coming to Twitter, thanks to a new deal between the social network and Dick Clark Productions, announced this morning. The partners will again work together to bring live streamed programming from award shows exclusively to Twitter, including red carpet pre-shows for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards, 2017 Billboard Music Awards and 2017 American Music Awards.

Verizon Lays Off 155 Employees At Go90 Division
Verizon’s mobile streaming service Go90 is about to get a hard reset: The company laid off 155 staffers late last week, with most affected working out of the main Go90 office in San Jose, Calif., according to multiple sources. Variety also learned that the streaming service will now be rebuilt by the team that came over to the company with Vessel, a company Verizon acquired last October.


ABC News Lands First President Trump Sit-Down After Inauguration
David Muir will interview the president for a one-hour special set to air Wednesday.

Stephen Colbert to Host 2017 Emmy Awards
Stephen Colbert
will host the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards. The ceremony is set to be broadcast live Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

‘Top Chef’ Renewed For Season 15 By BravoBravo has renewed its veteran culinary competition series Top Chef for a 15th season.

‘The Coroner’ Renewed For Season 2 By Investigation Discovery
Investigation Discovery has picked up a 10-episode second season of forensic series The Coroner: I Speak For The Dead for premiere this summer. The Coroner features the work of Graham Hetrick, who has served as Coroner of Dauphin County, PA for more than 25 years. The series follows Hetrick and his team as they help homicide detectives determine how and perhaps why someone died.

Nat Geo Greenlights Miniseries On Gorilla Researcher Dian Fossey; Sigourney Weaver To Narrate
National Geographic is partnering with Oscar-winning executive producer James Marsh (Man on Wire, Theory of Everything) and Endemol Shine Group’s Tigress Productions on a three-part miniseries to honor the life and legacy of gorilla researcher Dian Fossey. Sigourney Weaver, nominated for an Oscar and winner of the Golden Globe for her portrayal of Fossey in the 1988 film Gorillas in the Mist, will narrate.


Seven orders another 800 Words
Australia’s Seven Network has commissioned a third season of a comedy-drama starring Erik Thomson. 800 Words is about an Australian newspaper columnist who moves to a sleepy coastal town in New Zealand with his teenage son and daughter after his wife dies.


Disneyland’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!’ Ride Reveals New Details
Although the re-theming is extensive, Mission: Breakout! will make use of the existing Tower of Terror ride system, which sends riders flying up into the air before dropping them at speeds that make the stomach quiver. Like Star Tours: The Adventure Continues, each ride will be a little different and that fans who want to catch every possible outcome or scene will have to try ride multiple times.


President Trump Elevates Ajit Pai to FCC Chair
Ajit Pai
has officially been elevated to the post of FCC chairman by President Trump, succeeding Tom Wheeler. He has been a critic of the FCC’s approach to net neutrality rules, and said in a speech last month that Trump’s election was an “inflection Point” where “we will shift from playing defense at the FCC to going on offense.”

Carnival Films Hires BBC Studios’ Jessica Pope As Executive Producer
Drama veteran Jessica Pope has joined NBCUniversal’s Carnival Films as Executive Producer. Based in London, she will report to Carnival Managing Director Gareth Neame and will develop her own programming as well as working with fellow exec producers Nigel Marchant and Richard Fell on the company’s growing production slate.

Turner Taps Jenny Ramirez As VP Unscripted Programming For TBS & TNT
Jenny Ramirez has been hired as VP Unscripted Programming for TBS & TNT. In her new position, Ramirez is responsible for creative oversight of TBS & TNT’s unscripted development process, taking projects from concept to series across all platforms.

Jennifer Morrison, Jenna Elfman, ‘Underground’ to Be Honored at aTVfest
Jennifer Morrison, star of ABC’s hit fantasy series “Once Upon A Time,” and Jenna Elfman, who’s top-lining the Alphabet’s upcoming new comedy “Imaginary Mary,” have both been tapped to receive the Spotlight Award at the fifth annual aTVfest in Atlanta. The festival will be held Thursday, Feb. 2 through Sunday, Feb. 4.


Here Are Your 2017 Oscar Nominees
La La Land
leads the pack with 14 nominations, tying Titanic and All About Eve’s record for the most nominations received by a single movie, and Moonlight had an impressive showing with eight nominations.

Oscars: Amazon Nabs Streaming’s First Best Picture Nomination With ‘Manchester by the Sea’
Kenneth Lonergan’s drama scored a total of six noms, including lead actor, supporting actor and supporting actress.

Viola Davis makes history as first African-American actress to score three Oscar nominations
Davis is now the first African American actress to have scored three Academy Award nominations. Whoopi Goldberg previously held the record with two, having been nominated in 1986 for "The Color Purple" and finally winning for 1991’s "Ghost". Davis was nominated in 2009 for her performance in "Doubt" and again in 2012 for "The Help."

None of the best picture nominees has grossed more than $100 million
For only the second time in the last 10 years, none of the best picture nominees — at the time of nomination — has grossed more than $100 million domestically.
"Arrival": $95.7 million

"Fences": $48.7 million

"Hacksaw Ridge": $65.5 million

"Hell or High Water": $27.0 million

"Hidden Figures": $83.7 million

"La La Land": $89.7 million

"Lion": $16.3 million

"Manchester By the Sea": $38.9 million

"Moonlight": $15.8 million


(feature) Nautilus: Don’t Tell Your Friends They’re Lucky
Luck has a lot to do with success. We just don’t want to admit it. …Even if luck counts for only 1 percent, you’re going to see the winners most of the time won’t be the most talented people. Most of the time they’ll be among the luckiest of all the contestants. Let luck count for more than 1 percent, and it’s very easy to construct narratives where it matters enormously more.