The Morning Update for Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, January 25, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Gabriel Iglesias to Star in ABC Comedy From Ryan Seacrest
ABC is teaming with exec producer Ryan Seacrest for a comedy starring Gabriel Iglesias. The comedy, which is in development, revolves around a commitment-phobe bachelor who reconnects with his friend who has just broken up with the woman he has been with since preschool. The comedy hails from CBS Television Studios and will be written by Taylor Hamra http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/gabriel-iglesias-star-abc-comedy-ryan-seacrest-968056

Workplace Comedy ‘Linda From HR’ Moving Forward at Fox
Fox is moving forward with comedy Linda From HR. The network has handed out a cast-contingent pilot order to the single-camera comedy. Logline: "All it takes is one bad decision to throw Linda from HR’s monotonous, unfulfilled life into an exciting but dangerous tailspin of balancing work life, home life and a secret that could unravel everything." Geoff Barbanell and Itai Grunfeld will pen the script and executive produce the project. The comedy stems from Tracy Katsky’s Kat Co. and Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. 20th Century Fox Television is the studio. Kaplan, Katsky and Dana Honor also exec produce. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/workplace-comedy-linda-hr-moving-forward-at-fox-968271

Fox Orders Matt Nix’s ‘X-Men’ Drama to Pilot
Fox
is moving forward with its highly anticipated live-action X-Men project. From Matt Nix, the project focuses on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. Nix will serve as showrunner on the potential series, which hails from 20th Century Fox TV and Marvel TV. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/matt-nixs-x-men-drama-fox-pilot-order-968207

CBS Orders Journalism Drama Pilot ‘The Get’
CBS
has handed out a pilot order to drama The Get. From Bridget Carpenter, the workplace drama centers on a team of tireless internet journalists who pursue and expose the stories of injustice using their unconventional investigative techniques in today’s anything-goes world of reporting. Carpenter will pen the script and executive produce the project, which hails from CBS Television Studios. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/cbs-orders-journalism-drama-pilot-get-968292

TNT Renews ‘The Librarians’ for Season 4The news comes days after the season three finale of the series. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/librarians-renewed-season-4-968049

(sched) ‘The Leftovers’ Premiere Set For Third & Final Season
HBO confirmed the eight-episode Season 3 will premiere on Sunday, April 16 at 9 PM. http://deadline.com/2017/01/the-leftovers-third-season-premiere-hbo-1201893482/

(opinion) Cancel Bear vs. NBC, week 18: ‘The Good Place’ did just enough to earn Season 2
This season, NBC has leaned hard into the quirk with its comedies. “The Good Place” is exhibit A of the trend, but it has probably done enough to earn a second season. NBC did the show no favors with scheduling, airing nine episodes in the fall (including an hour-long premiere), then giving the heavily serialized show a two-month break before wrapping up in just three more weeks (bookending the season with an hour-long finale). http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/renewcancel/cancel-bear-vs-nbc-week-18-the-good-place-did-just-enough-to-earn-season-2/

(opinion) Cancel Bear vs. CBS, week 18: ‘Life in Pieces’ upgrades to a likely renewal
The second season of “Life in Pieces” has fallen off a good amount from its first, in part because it’s not airing behind “The Big Bang Theory” anymore. It has, however, been reasonably consistent. Other than a season (and series) low 1.0 on Thanksgiving, “Life in Pieces” has been between a 1.2 and a 1.5 each week. Aside from “The Odd Couple,” the network’s comedies are all looking like decent renewal bets at the moment. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/renewcancel/cancel-bear-vs-cbs-week-18-life-in-pieces-upgrades-to-a-likely-renewal/

(review) THR: ’24
Corey Hawkins is a worthy successor for Kiefer Sutherland as Fox’s ’24: Legacy’ boasts both the strengths and weaknesses of the original ’24’ brand. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/24-legacy-review-968263

(review) Variety: ‘Z: The Beginning of Everything’ on Amazon
…It’s disappointing to find that, in the main, the series doesn’t offer much in the way of poetic precision or yearning atmosphere. The best word to describe “Z” is prosaic: It hits all the biographical notes that most former English majors will dimly recall, without adding many additional layers of insight. http://variety.com/2017/tv/reviews/z-the-beginning-of-everything-amazon-christina-ricci-1201963070/

CASTING NEWS:

Mary-Louise Parker Joins ‘Mr. Mercedes’ Series in Recurring Role
The Audience Network drama based on the Stephen King book of the same name hails from David E. Kelley. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/mary-louise-parker-joins-mr-mercedes-series-968036

Matthew Goode is joining The Crown
The Good Wifeand Downton Abbeystar Matthew Goode has joined the cast of Netflix’s popular Queen Elizabeth II drama The Crown. Goode will play Lord Snowdon, the man who ultimately spent 18 years married to Vanessa Kirby’s character, Princess Margaret. http://tvline.com/2017/01/24/matthew-goode-cast-the-crown-season-2-lord-snowdon-netflix/

FEATURE NEWS:

Winners and Losers From Sundance 2017 (So Far)
Prices for movies continue to rise, fueled by Netflix, Amazon Studios, Apple, and other digital players who can pay top dollar without worrying about the need to make money at the box office. That has left more traditional companies like Sony Pictures Classics and Fox Searchlight struggling to offer competitive bids while still trying to make a profit. Here are the winners and losers from Sundance 2017 so far. http://variety.com/2017/film/news/sundance-film-festival-2017-winners-losers-1201967592/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

NBC Exploring ‘5 Gold Rings’ Format With ITV and Talpa
NBC, aggressive as ever in reality, is looking into popular Danish format 5 Gold Rings. The network has ordered a pilot based off of the European format, from ITV Studios and Talpa. Players get five rings to answer questions over five levels, and while they endeavor to answer questions correctly — matching rings and responses — the rings get progressively smaller, making the game even more challenging. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbc-exploring-5-gold-rings-format-itv-talpa-968025

Netflix Revives ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’
Netflix
has ordered eight new episodes of seminal ’00s hit “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” The new season will begin production in the spring, bringing on a new Fab Five to replace original stars. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/queer-eye-for-the-straight-guy-netflix-revival-1201968887/

Netflix and CBS Try to Shake Up Reality TV
With “Hunted” from CBS and “Ultimate Beastmaster” from Netflix, the outlets are trying something new in a sleepy genre. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/24/business/media/netflix-cbs-reality-tv.html

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

‘MacGyver,’ Rita Ora-Hosted ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Acquired in Britain by Sky
Pay-TV operator Sky has licensed the first-window U.K. TV rights for action-adventure “MacGyver,” and the latest season of fashion reality series “America’s Next Top Model” from CBS Studios Intl. http://variety.com/2017/tv/global/sky-british-tv-rights-macgyver-americas-next-top-model-1201969391/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Amy Doyle Tapped as MTV, VH1, Logo General Manager
Chris McCarthy, who oversees all three Viacom brands, has promoted the former exec vp at VH1. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/amy-doyle-tapped-as-mtv-vh1-logo-general-manager-967175

Warner Bros. Promotes Vicky Colf to CTO, Creates Technology Business Unit
Vicky Colf has been named chief technology officer for Warner Bros. Entertainment, overseeing the studio’s portfolio of technology services and solutions as head of the newly created Warner Bros. Technology business unit. http://variety.com/2017/film/news/warner-bros-vicky-colf-cto-1201968756/

Stephen Plum Heads Back To Paramount As Studio Changes Up Biz Affairs Reporting Structure
Stephen Plum has been named senior exec VP, Head of Motion Picture Business and Legal Affairs at Paramount Pictures, reporting to newly appointed COO Andrew Gumpert. He will work closely with Gumpert and Paramount Chairman & CEO Brad Grey and will have direct oversight of the studio’s motion picture division’s day-to-day business affairs activities. http://deadline.com/2017/01/stephen-plum-paramount-pictures-business-affairs-1201893501/

Peter Liguori to Exit as CEO of Tribune Media
Peter Liguori is stepping down as president and CEO of Tribune Media in March. He has been rumored as a candidate to succeed Michael Lynton as CEO of Sony Corp.’s Hollywood operations. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/tribune-media-peter-liguori-1201969099/

(q&a) AdWeek: A Year After Becoming Freeform, the Network Prepares for Life After Pretty Little Liars
Q: You said that you’re happy with the results of your binge strategy for Beyond’s first season. Going forward, how will you determine which projects to launch all episodes at once and which to release more traditionally?

Tom Ascheim: …People are watching more television than ever, but they’re watching it on their terms. And as a linear network, you’re at a disadvantage, trying to make people conform to your schedule. So, we’d like to expand the notion of what a network means. So Beyond is an experiment but with an eye toward: Is this the way we can make our business work going forward? It won’t work for every show, but we’re learning a lot from Beyond. http://www.adweek.com/news/television/year-after-becoming-freeform-network-prepares-life-after-pretty-little-liars-175739

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

AdAge: Networks Shake Off NFL Ratings Skid as Ad Sales Increase 4% to $3.4 Billion
According to iSpot.tv estimates, despite an 8% decline in overall NFL deliveries, in-game ad sales revenue increased 4% to $3.36 billion during the regular season, up from $3.22 billion during the 2015 campaign. http://adage.com/article/media/ratings-skid/307677/

LAT: Aspiring actor dies in suicide streamed on Facebook, days after he was arrested in alleged sex crime
An aspiring actor from Texas killed himself Monday in North Hollywood while broadcasting on Facebook’s livestream, and authorities said the suicide occurred days after he was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-actor-death-20170124-htmlstory.html

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