The Morning Update for Monday, April 17, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, April 17, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

(from Fri) ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Renewed for Fourth Season With New Showrunners
AMC
is sticking with Fear the Walking Dead. The cable network has handed out a fourth-season renewal for the Walking Dead prequel series. Additionally, Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time) have boarded the series as co-showrunners, replacing Dave Erickson. Flagship showrunner Scott M . Gimple has also boarded the prequel spinoff as an executive producer. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/fear-walking-dead-renewed-fourth-season-new-showrunners-994115

(from Fri) ‘Outsiders’ Canceled After Two Seasons as WGN America Plots New DirectionThe cable network is focusing on a "more diverse programming strategy" as it courts a broader audience. Meanwhile, producers Sony Pictures Television will shop the series. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/outsiders-canceled-two-seasons-as-wgn-america-plots-new-direction-994099

‘Star Wars Rebels’ to End with Season 4“This is by no means the end of what we’re doing in animation," said executive producer Dave Filoni as he introduced a trailer for the upcoming episodes. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/star-wars-rebels-trailer-reveals-season-4-will-be-last-994311

(opinion) TVBTN: CBS is pretty stable – but 10 p.m. needs fixing: The blueprint for 2017-18
What’s not working
: 10 o’clock: After moving back an hour, “Scorpion” has lost more than 30 percent of its 18-49 audience from last season. Ditto for “NCIS: New Orleans” — and both are underperforming the previous season’s 10 p.m. occupants. “Code Black” fell better than 20 percent season to season, “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” is off more than 30 percent and Thursday and Sunday are down at 10 as well. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/more-tv-news/cbs-is-pretty-stable-but-10-p-m-needs-fixing-the-blueprint-for-2017-18/

(review) THR: ‘Guerrilla’
Showtime
and John Ridley deliver ‘Guerrilla,’ a series of exceptional depth (starring Idris Elba and Freida Pinto) that explores racism and radical politics in 1971 London. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/guerrilla-review-994441

CASTING NEWS:

Ugly Betty’s Becki Newton Joins Divorce Season 2 as [Spoiler]’s New Love
Becki Newton
is boarding the series as a new squeeze for SJP’s TV spouse Thomas Haden Church. http://tvline.com/2017/04/14/becki-newton-divorce-season-2-cast-hbo/

Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Murders Finds Its Erik
Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Murders
continues to take shape at NBC, with up-and-comer Gus Halper (Power, Public Morals) set to star as Erik Menendez. http://tvline.com/2017/04/17/law-order-the-menendez-murders-true-crime-cast-gus-halper-erik/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

NBA Regular-Season Ratings Dipped in 2016-17
ABC, ESPN
, and TNT saw NBA viewership decline slightly in the 2016-17 regular season, the first covered under a multi-billion-dollar contract extension between the league and its television partners that reaches through 2024-25. National NBA telecasts across the three channels averaged 1.19 million total viewers for the season ending on Wednesday — down 6%. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/nba-regular-season-ratings-1202031083/

‘Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian’ Renewed For Season 2 By E!Another Kardashian-branded unscripted TV series has landed a new season. E! Entertainment has renewed makeover show Revenge Body With Khloé Kardashian for an eight-episode second season. In it, Kardashian and trainers, beauty and style experts guide men and women through a transformation. http://deadline.com/2017/04/revenge-body-with-khloe-kardashian-renewed-season-2-e-1202070832/

Fox’s Boston Affiliate Axing ‘Fox’ From Newscast BrandingBoston’s Fox affiliate WFXT-TV is dropping the word “Fox” from its newscast branding. According to the Boston Globe, it’s an effort to avoid viewers confusing it with Fox News. http://deadline.com/2017/04/fox-boston-affiliate-drops-fox-newscast-branding-1202070433/

TWDC NEWS:

NABET Ratifies New Four-Year ABC ContractNABET-CWA members employed across the country at ABC‘s news, sports and entertainment divisions have ratified a new four-year contract. The pact covers more than 2,700 broadcast technicians, news writers, producers, publicists and other support personnel working at the network and its owned television stations in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington D.C. http://deadline.com/2017/04/nabet-union-ratifies-abc-contract-1202070558/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

(from Fri) WGA Contract Will Resume Monday After Good Friday RecessNegotiations for a new WGA film and TV contract recessed today in observance of the Good Friday holiday. The talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will resume on Monday and are expected to continue throughout the week as the WGA East and West begin polling their members for the authorization to call a strike if negotiations fail to produce a fair contract by May 1, when their current contract expires. http://deadline.com/2017/04/wga-contract-talks-resume-monday-1202070225/

(analyst) Variety: Pay TV’s Pain Point Gets Worse: Cord-Cutting Sped Up in 2016The cord-cutting storm continues to gather momentum, and the forecast is bad news for traditional cable, satellite and telco TV operators — and their programming suppliers. U.S. pay-TV providers lost around 1.9 million subscribers last year, according to the latest research from Kagan, a unit of S&P Global Market Intelligence. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/cord-cutting-2016-pay-tv-research-ott-1202030814/

THR: TV Upfronts Preview: Less Glitz and More Metrics"Just tell me how the shows are performing," says one ad buyer as the May upfronts approach with networks down double digits and flashy series reveals shifting to data science and new platforms — unless a writers strike derails it all. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tv-upfronts-preview-glitz-more-metrics-992581

(analyst) Deadline: Wall Street Analysts Divided On TV Upfront Sales ProspectsYou might be in trouble if you look to Wall Street analysts to help you anticipate how this year’s upfront ad sales season will play out. In reports out this morning, Jefferies’ John Janedis predicts it will be “weaker than a year ago,” while BMO Capital Markets’ Daniel Salmon expects it to be “stronger than ever.” http://deadline.com/2017/04/wall-street-analysts-divided-tv-upfront-sales-prospects-1202070821/

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