The Morning Update for Friday, March 17, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, March 17, 2017. Have a great St. Patrick’s Day!


Dean Koontz’s ‘The Silent Corner’ Being Adapted for TV

Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have optioned the FBI drama ahead of its June publication by Bantam. A network is not yet attached. The book revolves around FBI agent Jane Hawk, who after she starts to learn why people of talent and accomplishment who are happy and of sound mind are killing themselves for no apparent reason, becomes the most wanted fugitive in America. Koontz plans to write at least five more books featuring Jane Hawk, with Silent Corner being the first out.

Ryan Murphy 1980s Drama ‘Pose’ in the Works at FX
Ryan Murphy
is working on yet another scripted drama for FX, titled Pose. Set in 1986, Pose looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball cultural world. Murphy is writing the project with frequent collaborator Brad Falchuk and Stephen Canals. The trio will executive produce with Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. Sherry Marsh will also serve as a producer on the drama, which will be co-produced by Fox 21 TV Studios and FX Productions. Pose would not be an anthology but an ongoing series.

‘Heathers’ Reboot, Alicia Silverstone Comedy Switch Networks in Viacom’s Paramount PushTV Land’s Alicia Silverstone comedy American Woman and hourlong Heathers reboot, both developed by Keith Cox, are moving to the upstart Paramount Network. Paramount Network, which is being rebranded from Spike TV, will launch in January with what is expected to be a slate of programming from various Viacom-owned networks. The female-leaning American Woman is also expected to undergo pilot reshoots to add a male lead who will heavily recur.

‘The Expanse’ Renewed for Season 3 at SyfyThe series will join the final season of ’12 Monkeys’ on the cabler in 2018.

’12 Monkeys’ Renewed for Fourth and Final Season at SyfyThe Terry Matalas drama will premiere all 10 episodes if its third season over three days in May on the linear network.

(sched) CBS Unveils Summer Schedule, Moves ‘Zoo’ to Thursdays
unveiled the premiere dates for its new and returning series. Salvation, which hails from Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and showrunners Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro, will debut Wednesday, July 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. On Sundays, Big Brother will also serve as the lead-in for first-year live-action game show Candy Crush, which launches Sunday, July 9, at 9 p.m. CBS’ sole returning summer scripted drama, Zoo, will move to a new night: Thursdays at 10 p.m. beginning June 29. Additionally, CBS will move reruns of NCIS: Los Angeles and Criminal Minds to new time slots for the summer: Sundays at 10 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10 p.m., respectively.

(sched) ‘Downward Dog’ ABC Comedy Series Gets Wednesday Preview, Tuesday Slot For SummerFollowing the May 17 preview in the Wednesday 9:30 PM slot (black-ish will have aired its season finale in the time period the previous week), Downward Dog will begin airing Tuesday nights from 8-8:30 PM beginning May 23.

(sched) ‘Saturday Night Live’ Wrapping Buzzy Season With Nationwide Live Telecasts for First TimeThe final four episodes of the politically minded season will air live on both coasts, with Jimmy Fallon, Chris Pine, Melissa McCarthy and Dwayne Johnson hosting. Each episode will air live at 11:30 p.m. Eastern / 8:30 p.m. Pacific.

THR: TV Networks Fret as Midseason Shows Fail to Connect With ViewersThe broadcasters have launched 17 new shows since Jan. 1 — with zero breakouts. …What’s interesting is CBS’ reaction to its poor performers. With one struggling freshman shipped off to Saturdays (Training Day) and another axed after just two episodes (Katherine Heigl starrer Doubt), the network potentially is signaling a shift away from the wait-and-see attitudes that have displeased some advertisers in recent seasons.

(review) Variety: ‘Snatch’ on Crackle, Starring Rupert GrintTo its credit, “Snatch” the show is one of the better riffs on an original idea you’ll see on television, owing partly to its young and talented cast and partly to a few tweaks to the formula. But it’s still irritatingly derivative, when no derivation was really necessary.


‘Losing It’: Sam Huntington Cast In ABC Comedy PilotBeing Human alum Sam Huntington is set for a series regular role opposite Jon Cryer inLosing It, ABC‘s single-camera family comedy from DJ Nash.

‘The Goldbergs’ Spinoff: Nia Long To Star In ABC Comedy Pilot
Nia Long
is set to topline ABC‘s untitled spinoff from comedy series The Goldbergs. She joins Bryan Callen, Tim Meadows, Rachel Crow and Summer Parker in the pilot.

Yvette Nicole Brown Cast In ABC Mayor Comedy Pilot With ‘Odd Couple’ In LimboThe Odd Couple co-star Yvette Nicole Brown has been cast opposite Brandon Micheal Hall and Lea Michelein ABC‘s untitled City Mayor comedy pilot. Brown’s casting is in second position to the CBS sitcom.

‘The Trustee’ ABC Pilot Casts David Warshofsky; Kelley Missal Joins ‘The Crossing’
David Warshofsky
has booked a series-regular role opposite Meaghan Rath and Laverne Cox in The Trustee, ABC‘s comedic one-hour pilot from Jay Scherick and David Ronn. Kelley Missal is set as a series regular opposite Steve Zahn and Sandrine Holt in the ABC drama pilot The Crossing.

‘UnREAL’ Grad Michael Rady Boards CBS Drama ‘The Get’The journalism drama hails from ‘11.22.63’ showrunner Bridget Carpenter.

Alex Russell Joins CBS’ ‘S.W.A.T.’ Pilot; Melissa Roxburgh In CW’s ‘Valor’Australian actor Alex Russell has booked a series regular role on CBS’ untitled Navy SEAL drama pilot from Ben Cavell, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly and Chris Chulack.

Emily VanCamp Set as Female Lead in Fox’s Antoine Fuqua Drama ‘The Resident’This marks the ‘Revenge’ alum’s return to series regular television.

‘Scream’ Star Willa Fitzgerald Cast in Fox’s ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ RebootShe will join the Fox drama in first position as the future of the MTV scripted series remains in flux.

Jane Curtin Joins Fox’s Liz Meriwether Comedy ‘Thin Ice’The single-camera comedy hails from 20th Century Television.

Rachel Griffiths To Topline NBC’s Warren Leight Medical Drama PilotSix Feet Under and Brothers & Sisters alumna Rachel Griffiths is set as the lead of NBC’s untitled medical drama (fka Salvation).

Timothy Hutton Joins Amazon’s ‘Jack Ryan’ SeriesThe ‘American Crime’ actor will be a recurring guest star in the drama starring John Krasinski.

Shemar Moore Will Return to ‘Criminal Minds’ for Season 12 Finale
Shemar Moore
will return to “Criminal Minds” for the Season 12 finale.


Why "PG Has Become the New Go-To" Rating for Studio Movies
‘Beauty and the Beast’
is just the latest to get the rating as Disney and other players have many more PG films including ‘Boss Baby’ and ‘Mary Poppins’ set for release in the coming months.

Justin Lin to Direct Netflix Police Drama ‘The Stand Off’“Star Trek Beyond” director Justin Lin has come on board to direct Netflix’s police drama “The Stand Off” based on a script written by “Black Swan” screenwriter Mark Heyman.


Hulu Searching for Chief Content Officer in Push to Increase OriginalsSenior vp and head of content Craig Erwich is going to segue to just focus on original programming.

Netflix Replacing Star Ratings With Thumbs Ups and Thumbs DownsThe company is getting ready to replace stars with Pandora-like thumbs ups and thumbs downs in the coming weeks. Netflix is also introducing a new percent-match feature that shows how good of a match any given show or movie is for an individual subscriber.


Princess Diana Primetime Special Set at CBS
Gayle King
will anchor the two-hour special, which comes ahead of the 20th anniversary of her tragic death. Princess Diana: Her Life — Her Death — The Truth will premiere Monday, May 22, at 8 p.m. on CBS.

Tyra Banks Returning as ‘America’s Next Top Model’ HostJust a few days after locking in her very high-profile gig as the new host of America’s Got Talent, the TV personality announced she will reprise her hosting duties on the new VH1 iteration of America’s Next Top Model, the show she left (though stayed on as executive producer) when its CW run wrapped in 2015.

Will Kelly Ripa Ever Pick a Co-Host to Replace Michael Strahan?Why the big(ger) delay? Well, some have theorized that Ripa prefers being on her own these days, though she’s publicly stated otherwise.


Noah Samton Joins Bravo Media As SVP Current Production

Noah Samton has joined Bravo Media as SVP Current Production. Based in New York, he’ll lead a team overseeing original unscripted series.

Jim Burke Exiting As Focus Features Production PresidentJim Burke is transitioning from his post as Focus Features production president. He will return to being a film producer.

Michael Green Steps Down as Chairman of Studio71
Michael Green
has stepped down as executive chairman of Studio71, a digital content company that emerged from the former management company he co-founded, The Collective. He will remain on the company’s board.


Variety: David Ellison’s Skydance Launching Animation Division With Spain’s Ilion
David Ellison’s Skydance Media
has launched an animation division and formed a multi-year partnership with Madrid-based Ilion Animation Studios to develop and produce a slate of animated feature films and TV series.

Deadline: WonderCon 2017: ‘Riverdale’ & ‘Gotham’ Among WBTV Series Set For Panels
Warner Bros. Television
is making its way to WonderCon 2017, bringing its heroes, villains, time travelers and mysterious teens together under one roof. Four WBTV series will be attending the festivities that run March 31-April 2. Panels and Q&A sessions with WonderCon newcomers Riverdale and Time After Time are set for Friday, March 31, with an exclusive screening of a new episode of Riverdale held on Saturday. Closing out the weekend are Lucifer and Gotham.

AdWeek: Buyers Will Have to Choose Between FX and AMC’s Popular Upfront EventsOn April 6, buyers and advertisers in New York will have to choose between two upfront events happening simultaneously.