The Morning Update for Monday, February 13, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, February 13, 2017:


(from Fri) Medical Drama From ‘ER’ Grad Neal Baer Lands Fox Pilot Order
Fox has handed out a pilot order to The Beast, from Neal Baer and Law & Order: SVU writer Dawn DeNoon. Each week of the project will see three challenging medical cases. In the end, two will live and one will die. Their doctor — with a clinical fear of death —never stops fighting the odds. Baer and DeNoon will executive produce with Jessica Shulman. The Beast will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with Baer Bones.

(from Fri) Queen Latifah Developing Bible-Themed Drama at Fox
Queen Latifah is developing a religious-themed drama at Fox. From Holly Carter’s faith-based Releve Entertainment production company, The Scroll will reimagine some of the Bible’s most popular stories in the present day, through a group of friends and colleagues who are modern-day versions of some of the Bible’s most notable characters. The concept is based on an original idea by Carter, and film scribe Michael Elliot will write the script. Twentieth Century Fox Television will produce in association with Releve Entertainment and Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Television.

(from Fri) ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Scandal,’ ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Renewed
The entire TGIT lineup will return with new seasons in the 2017-18 season.

(from Fri) Jeremy Podeswa To Direct CBS’ Drama Pilot ‘Mission Control’; Julie Anne Robinson To Helm ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Losing It’
Jeremy Podeswa is set to direct CBS’ NASA-themed drama pilot Mission Control, from The Martian author Andy Weir, The Martian producer Simon Kinberg and veteran showrunner Charles Eglee. Julie Anne Robinson has been tapped to direct ABC single-camera comedy pilot Losing It, from DJ Nash and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.

(ratings) ‘SNL’ Hits 6-Year Ratings High With Melissa McCarthy, Alec Baldwin
“Saturday Night Live” notched its highest rating in six years thanks to the return of Melissa McCarthy as White House press secretary Sean Spicer and Alec Baldwin’s record 17th outing as host. NBC’s late-night mainstay grabbed a 7.2 household rating and 18 share in Nielsen’s 56 overnight metered markets.

(review) Variety: ‘Doubt’ on CBS
is what might happen if a Shonda Rhimes show got lost on the way to production and accidentally ended up at CBS. It touts many of the hallmarks of Rhimes’ glitzy workplace soaps. At the same time, the show does feel very CBS; as if the Shondaland methodology for creating drama was tempered by some of the chilly soul-searching of “The Good Wife” and the fraught intergenerational dynamics of “Blue Bloods.”


(from Fri) ABC Magic Procedural Finds Lead in ‘Kingsman: Secret Service’ Star
Jack Cutmore-Scott will play a superstar magician in the drama pilot.

(from Fri) Bridgit Mendler to Star in Fox Comedy From ‘New Girl’ Creator
The ‘Good Luck Charlie’ grad will topline ‘Thin Ice,’ with Isiah Whitlock also booking a role.

(from Fri) Sarah Shahi to Star in NBC Virtual Reality Drama ‘Reverie’
The ‘Person of Interest’ grad was among the most sought-after actresses this pilot season.

(from Fri) CW’s ‘Dynasty’ Reboot Casts Elizabeth Gillies in Starring Role
Elizabeth Gillies has been cast in the CW’s “Dynasty.” Gillies will star as Fallon Carrington, one of the central characters in the pilot, which is a modernized reboot of the original ’80s primetime soap.

(from Fri) Syfy’s ‘The Machine’ Reboot Enlists ‘Roots,’ ‘Better Things’ Actors
Bridger Zadina, Malachi Kirby and Olly Rix have signed on for series regular roles. Based on the 2013 film, The Machine is set in a world that is being transformed by the emergence of artificial intelligence and explores the epic conflict between man and technology through the lives and motivations of six interwoven characters — each of whom holds the key to humanity’s victory or its destruction.

(from Fri) Ron Perlman Joins Crackle’s ‘StartUp’
‘They’re introducing a new character in Season 2, and that’s going to be the guy that I end up playing,’ the actor says.


‘Saturday Night Live’ Launches First-Ever Snapchat Show
“Saturday Night Live” has launched its first-ever Snapchat show, “SNL Stories: Boycott.” Written by the NBC sketch comedy staple’s co-head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider and cast member Aidy Bryant, the short was directed by Paul Briganti. “Boycott” stars “SNL” Bryant and fellow players Beck Bennett and Bobby Moynihan. It follows a couple (Bryant, Bennett) that attempts to boycott products associated with Donald Trump. Unfortunately, the two find it harder than they thought.


ABC To Air Princess Diana Docu Miniseries On Anniversary of Her Death
ABC will premiere a four-hour documentary miniseries on the life of Princess Diana marking the 20th anniversary of her death. The project, a co-production of ABC and Time Inc’s People, will air over two nights in August, and include interviews with those who knew her best, as well as leading Diana experts.


Viceland Orders ‘Fubar’ TV Adaptation
Vice Media in Canada has handed out an eight-episode order for a Viceland TV series based on Michael Dowse’s 2002 headbanger movie Fubar. The half-hour show reteams Dowse and stars David Lawrence and Paul Spence. Vice Studio Canada and Canadian broadcaster Rogers Media are co-producing the series, set to debut later this year. The Viceland adaptation sees the clueless Terry and Dean characters discovering high-speed internet for the first time, Terry attempts to harness the web for profit, while Dean sets out to record a triple-concept album using his burnt bass guitar and falsetto voice.

Disney launches original show for dedicated app
Disney EMEA is launching So Sammy, a new short form series from British comedian Miranda Hart. The series will be made by UK indie King Bert. So Sammy is the first original for the DisneyChannel’s dedicated app. The series follows Sammy, a young vlogger and her colourful family. It launches in the UK and will then roll out across Europe.


(animated) Elena of Avalor Renewed for Season 3
Disney Channel’s newest princess is officially one step closer to becoming queen: Elena of Avalor has been renewed for a third season.

Only Disney, Universal Offset Decline in Home Entertainment With Streaming Dollars
For the six studios that provide enough detail in their financial reporting to measure the trend, total home entertainment revenue dropped from $8.4 billion in 2012 to $7.2 billion in 2015, falling over each of the last three years. Meanwhile, TV licensing has risen over the same period, driven by the big budgets for content at Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. The total revenue in this category for the six studios rose from $7.3 billion in 2012 to $8.7 billion in 2015, more than offsetting the shrinkage in home entertainment revenue.


Comedy Central Taps Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen to Head Combined Talent and Development Team
Sarah Babineau will oversee all East Coast efforts, while Jonas Larsen will be responsible for the West Coast.

Rich Sullivan Promoted to Chief Operating Officer of STXdigital
Rich Sullivan has been upped to chief operating officer at STXdigital, a division of STX Entertainment.


NAACP Image Awards: This Is Us, black-ish, Queen Sugar Among Winners
The 48th NAACP Image Awards were handed out on Saturday, with This Is Us Sterling K. Brown, People v. O.J. co-star Courtney B. Vance and OWN’s Queen Sugar among this year’s first-time recipients. The evening was perhaps most notable, however, for repeat winners. ABC’s black-ish nabbed its third consecutive award for Outstanding Comedy Series, as did stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross in the lead actor categories.

2017 BAFTA Award Winners
‘La La Land’ scooped five awards in a ceremony where there were a broad spread of winners.

Grammys 2017: The Complete Winners List
claimed album of the year for ’25’ as well as the song of the year and record of the year honor for "Hello."


HBR: Big Companies Don’t Pay as Well as They Used ToSince the late 1980s, the gap between how well big and small firms pay has shrunk, according to a recent paper by J. Adam Cobb of the University of Pennsylvania and Ken-Hou Lin and Paige Gabriel of the University of Texas at Austin.