The Morning Update for Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, March 7, 2017:


Alex Delaware Novels To Be Adapted As TV Series By IDW Entertainment
Jonathan Kellerman’s
best-selling Alex Delaware novels will be adapted as a TV series by IDW Entertainment. The franchise is being developed for a straight-to-series run, with IDW controlling the worldwide rights to this crime procedural. Launched in 1985 with When the Bough Breaks, the novels follow Alex Delaware, a forensic psychologist who works with the LAPD to assist in solving murder cases. His partner in crime, Milo Sturgis, is a gay homicide detective.

‘This Is Us’ Elevates Duo to Co-Showrunners for Season 2Writers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger have signed a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television to remain on NBC’s breakout hit.

(ratings) CBS Is the First Network to Share Some (but Not All) of Nielsen’s Total Content Ratings Data for Its ShowsThe network released some of its TCR live-plus-35 data through week 13 of the season and said its TCR ratings grew an average of 54 percent from their live-plus-same-day numbers. Code Black jumped 83 percent, from 5.9 million viewers to 10.8 million. Criminal Minds jumped 73 percent, from 7.8 million viewers to 13.6 million.

Deadline: Pilot Season 2017: The Overachievers ListWith the 2017 broadcast pilot season in full swing and 70 out of the hundreds of scripts developed going to production, here is Deadline’s sixth annual honor roll of those who beat the odds, and then some, juggling multiple pilots. …Going into the development season, Warner Bros. TV and ABC Studios bet heavily on their top pods, and they delivered big commitments that translated into pilot orders.


Jon Cryer Returning to TV With Starring Role in ABC Comedy Pilot
‘Losing It’
marks the two-time Emmy winner’s first series regular role since CBS’ ‘Two and a Half Men’ ended its run.

Craig T. Nelson Joins ABC’s Greg Berlanti-Diablo Cody ComedyThe ‘Raised by Wolves’ casting marks the ‘Parenthood’ star’s return to television.

‘Vampire Diaries’ Matthew Davis To Star, Amanda Warren Co-Stars In ‘Las Reinas’ ABC PilotAs The Vampire Diaries is nearing its end, co-star Matthew Davis has been set as a lead opposite Daniella Alonso and John Corbett in ABC‘s drama pilot Las Reinas. Also cast in the project, from feature writer Dean Georgaris, ABC Studios and the Mark Gordon Co., is The Leftovers alumna Amanda Warren.

Diane Farr Joins ‘Splitting Up Together’ ABC Comedy Pilot From Emily KapnekFormer Numb3rs and Rescue Me star Diane Farr has booked a key series regular role opposite Jenna Fischer in ABC‘s single-camera comedy pilot Splitting Up Together, from Suburgatory and Selfie creator Emily Kapnek, Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Prods. and Warner Bros TV.

‘Sleepy Hollow’ Alum Lance Gross Cast In ABC Cop Dramedy Pilot ‘The Trustee’Sleepy Hollow alum Lance Gross has booked a series regular role opposite Meaghan Rath in The Trustee, ABC‘s comedic one-hour pilot.

Noah Wyle to Star in CBS NSA Drama PilotThe ‘ER’ and ‘Falling Skies’ alum will topline ‘Perfect Citizen’ and return to broadcast with the role.

Linda Lavin & Elliott Gould Join Mark Feuerstein CBS Comedy Pilot ‘9J, 9K & 9L’Linda Lavin and Elliott Gould have signed on as series regulars opposite Mark Feuerstein and David Walton in 9J, 9K and 9L.

Mindy Kaling’s NBC Comedy Pilot Adds ‘EastEnders’ Alum Nina WadiaNina Wadia has just closed a deal to join Mindy Kaling‘s NBC comedy pilot as one of the untitled show’s regulars.

‘Spaced Out’: Miranda Cosgrove Cast In NBC Comedy PilotFormer iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove has booked a series regular role in NBC‘s space-travel comedy pilot Spaced Out.

USA Drama ‘Unsolved’ Finds Its Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls
Marcc Rose
and Wavyy Jonez will play the iconic rappers in the pilot.


‘Team Ninja Warrior’ Moves From Esquire to USA NetworkThe shift comes after Esquire shuttered its linear network.


Viaplay sets UK-coproduced dramaScandinavian SVOD service Viaplay’s latest original will be coproduced by UK-based production company Nevision.Big-budget crime drama Alex will be six 44-minute episodes. Dragomir ‘Gago’ Mrsic will lead the cast as a ruthless, corrupt police detective who has to rectify mistakes in his past.Mrsic himself created the character with Mikael Cross a co-creator. Niklas Rockström and Michael Hjorth are the principal scriptwriters.

For Viaplay, the commission comes after it greenlit The Lawyer, a scripted series from Hans Rosenfeldt, Michael Hjort and Jens Lapidus. It is also working on political thriller Embassy Down, drama Veni Vidi Vici, Nordic noir Hassle, biopic SuperSwede and kids series The Great Escape. Viaplay made waves with its first original, Swedish Dicks, which co-stars Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves.


ESPN Expects to Lay Off More Talent in Cost-Cutting Move
expects to lay off some portion of the approximately 1,000 employees who deliver news, podcasts and TV reports for the Walt Disney-owned sports-media juggernaut. Between now and June, ESPN executives will be looking at the ranks of public-facing staffers – on-air TV correspondents, podcast and radio hosts, and news reporters – and could in some cases opt not to renew lapsing contracts or even buy out existing employment agreements, according to a person familiar with the situation. A number of staffers that might be cut in such a move was not immediately available.

As Disney’s annual meeting looms, investors hope CEO Bob Iger stays longerThere is a growing expectation inside and outside Disney that Iger will stay on the job longer than planned. Nearly a year after launching a search for a new chief executive, Disney’s board could soon extend his contract, which expires in June 2018, said people close to the company who were not authorized to comment.


Viacom Enters Into Second Round Of Interviews With Paramount Pictures’ CandidatesViacom CEO Bob Bakish is back for second round of meetings which we hear includes former 20th Century Fox chairman Jim Gianopulos, producer and and former Universal exec Scott Stuber, former Lionsgate and Paramount exec Rob Friedman, producer and former New Line Cinema, Sony and DreamWorks exec Michael De Luca, and producer and former Warner Bros. chief Jeff Robinov.

Jennifer Peterson Joins Fox as Exec VP Global Theatrical PublicityShe previously served as senior vp, worldwide publicity at Lionsgate.

Les Moonves Previews CBS’ 2017-2018 Season: ‘Probably 4 New Shows’ From 17 Pilots
Leslie Moonves
teased CBS’ 2017-2018 television season, when he estimated there will be “probably four new shows” emerging from his 17 pilots. Two of those will probably be comedies, the chairman and CEO explained, leaving two slots for dramas.


(stage) THR: ‘My Fair Lady’ Revival to Bow on Broadway After 25-Year AbsenceOne of the most beloved musicals in the canon, Lerner & Loewe’s 1956 classic will open in April 2018 in a new revival directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher.

Variety: More U.S. Households Now Have Netflix Than a DVR
has hit a new milestone: More U.S. television households now have the streaming service than a digital video recorder, according to a recent study. About 54% of U.S. adults said they have Netflix in their household — while 53% have a DVR, according to Research Group’s annual on-demand study.