The Morning Update for Monday, February 27, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, February 27, 2017:


Amazon Picks Up ‘Fortitude’ for Season 2, Adds Dennis Quaid to Cast
has picked up where now-defunct Pivot left off: The streaming service has picked up Arctic noir drama “Fortitude” for a 10-episode second season. Season 2 on Amazon will feature an ensemble cast, including originals like Richard Dormer, Sofie Gråbøl, and Luke Treadaway, and newcomers Dennis Quaid, Parminder Nagra, Michelle Fairley, Robert Sheehan, and Ken Stott.

(animated) HBO doubles up Duplass’s Animals
is preparing a second season of its original animated comedy series Animals. The show is produced by Duplass Brothers Productions and was created by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.

(from Fri) ‘Doubt’ Pulled By CBS After 2 Airings, ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’ To Replace ItCBS has pulled midseason legal drama Doubt from the schedule effective immediately after two low-rated airings. Next week, a repeat of Bull will air in Doubt‘s Wednesday 10 PM slot. The following Wednesday, March 8, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders will take over the hour where the spinoff originally launched last spring. The drama’s Season 2 opener will follow the two-hour 34th season premiere of Survivor.

Production on CBS’ ‘Training Day,’ Starring Bill Paxton, Has Already Been CompletedThe late actor had wrapped work on the reboot before his untimely passing at the age of 61.

(review) Sepinwall: ‘When We Rise’ Is A Powerful, And Entertaining, Look At The Gay Civil Rights Movement
Historical dramas are usually averse to capturing social struggles at their messiest, and as a result most of them come across as noble bores: entertainment you’re meant to consume because it’s good for you, and not because it’s actually good entertainment. But When We Rise, ABC’s new miniseries about the gay civil rights movement, isn’t TV kale or spinach. It’s as lively as it is poignant, and at its best when it’s demonstrating how the personal and the political can overlap, and how they can come into conflict.


(from Fri) Timothy Omundson to Star Opposite Carol Burnett in ABC Comedy From Amy PoehlerThe actor will return to the network in ‘Household Name,’ following his role on ‘Galavant.’

(from Fri) Hope Davis Among Trio Cast in ABC’s Shondaland Legal Drama
Vondie Curtis-Hall
and Rege-Jean Page join Britne Oldford, Anna Deavere Smith and company in the untitled pilot.

(from Fri) Sandrine Holt Books Female Lead in ABC’s Drama Pilot ‘The Crossing’
Sandrine Holt
will co-star in ABC’s pilot “The Crossing.” The “House of Cards” alum has been cast as the female lead in the drama, which is nearing a deal with her male co-lead, sources say.

(from Fri) ‘Bates Motel’ Star Freddie Highmore to Topline ABC’s David Shore Drama
‘The Good Doctor’
will mark the actor’s follow-up to A&E’s ‘Psycho’ prequel.

(from Fri) ABC’s Marc Cherry Pilot Casts Male Lead, Adds W. Earl BrownSaamer Usmani has landed the male lead opposite Reba McEntire in ABC‘s Marc Cherry drama pilot, from ABC Studios. Also cast as a series regular in the pilot is veteran actor W. Earl Brown (Deadwood).

(from Fri) Good Wife Vet Matt Czuchry to Star in Medical Pilot The Resident at Fox
Matt Czuchry
has nabbed the co-lead in Fox’s medical-themed drama pilot The Resident.

(from Fri) Bradley Whitford Joins Busy Philipps in NBC’s Tina Fey Pilot ‘The Sackett Sisters’
“The Sackett Sisters”
is filling up its family tree. The Tina Fey-produced comedy pilot at NBC has cast Bradley Whitford in a lead role.

(from Fri) ‘Black Lightning’ Finds Its Lead: Cress Williams Cast As Jefferson In the CW PilotHart of Dixie alum Cress Williams is back at the CW as the title character in Black Lightning, the network’s DC drama pilot from Greg Berlanti.

(from Fri) Keke Palmer Joins ‘Berlin Station’ Season 2 as Series RegularThe ‘Scream Queens’ grad will play a young case officer assigned to Berlin Station on her first field assignment.

(from Fri) HBO’s Alan Ball Drama Adds Pair to Cast
Joe Williamson
and Andy Bean join the straight-to-series drama starring Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter.


Connie Britton Lands First Post-‘Nashville’ Role in Netflix’s ‘Land of Steady Habits’
Connie Britton
will play the lead role in Nicole Holofcener’s comedy-drama “The Land of Steady Habits” for Netflix, following her departure from CMT’s “Nashville.” Britton is joining Ben Mendelsohn, Edie Falco and Thomas Mann in “Steady Habits,” based on the Ted Thompson novel.


YouTube Coming to Comcast TV Set-Tops
plans to launch a YouTube video app on the Xfinity X1 set-top platform nationwide later in 2017 — and move that will make internet video adjacent to TV programming, literally, on the U.S.’s biggest cable operator.


Tracy Morgan Heads to Netflix for Stand-Up SpecialThe special will air May 16.


(from Fri) ABC’s Longtime Head of Marketing Marla Provencio to ExitA new chief marketing officer has yet to be announced, but the 35-year network veteran will remain on board as a consultant through June to help with the transition.


Academy Award Winners 2017: Complete ListThe 89th Academy Awards took place on Sunday, with “Moonlight” taking home the top prize. “Moonlight” also won prizes for best adapted screenplay and supporting actor for Mahershala Ali. It’s not as if “La La Land” went empty-handed, however. It won best actress for Emma Stone, cinematography, production design, original score, and original song.

Oscars 2017: Red Carpet PhotosThe 89th annual awards ceremony — hosted by Jimmy Kimmel — takes place at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Feb. 26.

Oscar’s Best Picture Screwup: The Real Story, As Pricewaterhouse Takes BlameThe Best Picture gaffe that marred last night’s Oscar broadcast was caused by a doppelganger Best Actress envelope mistaken for the night’s final prize, which caused the unprecedented screw-up that temporarily bestowed the top trophy to La La Land instead of rightful winner Moonlight. Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers confirmed that the fault was theirs.

Emmys: TV Academy Opens Envelope On Two New Categories & Rule ChangesAnd the new Emmy categories go to … Outstanding Music Supervision and Outstanding Casting in a Reality Series. The Television Academy said Friday that it has added those two races for the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards. The org also announced a handful of rule changes for this year’s trophy show.


Deadline: California Explores Expansion of State Tax Credits to Include Incentives for Women and MinoritiesAfrican-Americans got only 4% of the below-the-line jobs created during the first phase of California’s film tax incentives program, and women only got 29% of those jobs, according Amy Lemisch, executive director of the California Film Commission. The hearing, chaired by assemblymen Sebastian Ridley-Thomas Kansen Chu, was held to explore whether adding diversity benchmarks to the state’s film incentives program could increase those numbers.

Scandal Takes the Cake for Upcoming 100th EpisodeOlivia Pope & Associates, the fictitious crisis management firm, has officially handled 100 episodes! The people behind the hugely successful show, such as Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, and Patrick Moran, who’s president of ABC Studios, joined creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes, executive producer Betsy Beers and the entire cast on the show’s sound stages in Hollywood for a special cake celebration to honor this incredible milestone.