The Morning Update for Wednesday, April 19. 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, April 19, 2017:


‘Deadlier Than the Male’ Mystery Drama Pilot Set at TNT
has handed out a pilot order to mystery drama Deadlier Than the Male. The pilot, executive produced by Big Little Lies’ Bruna Papandrea, centers on a trio of characters, each with a mysterious and troubling past, including a woman who once looked into the eyes of a dangerous killer, a former serial predator desperate to find redemption and a grieving mother obsessed with finding her missing daughter. The drama is being produced in-house by Turner’s Studio T banner. Papandrea will exec produce alongside Harriet Warner, who will pen the script. Casey Haver of Papandrea’s Made Up Stories banner is also on board as an exec producer.

Crackle Orders ‘The Oath’ Drama Series Produced By 50 Cent & Movie ‘In The Cloud’, Renews ‘Snatch’ & ‘Supermansion’Crackle greenlit its new scripted original drama The Oath, (working title), executive produced by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (Power) and his G-Unit Film & Television. The series explores a different kind of subculture – gangs made up of those sworn to protect and defend. Crackle also renewed recently launched drama series Snatch, based loosely on the Guy Ritchie movie, for a second season, and Emmy-nominated animated comedy Supermansion for a third.

Amazon’s ‘Patriot’ Renewed for Second SeasonThe intelligence drama stars Michael Dorman, Terry O’Quinn and Kurtwood Smith.

‘Black-ish’ Goes to BET, FX Networks In Off-Network Sale
Black-ish has landed at BET and FX Networks, Disney/ABC Television Group announced. The news comes as Black-ish — awaiting its season four renewal — has already been sold to Hulu in a lucrative SVOD deal as well as to Tribune Broadcasting networks for its broadcast syndication home. The BET deal is said to be in the range of $500,000 per episode. BET will air repeats of the series beginning in fall 2018. FX Networks nabbed the shared window for Black-ish, for an estimated $300,000 per episode.

(review) THR: ‘Famous in Love’Consistently, through the five episodes I watched out of the 10-episode first season, my reaction was along the lines of, "Oh, it’s so cute that they think that’s a problem" or "Awww, I bet they think that was surprising." Leaving aside briefly that the target demographic for Famous in Love is probably not exactly "me," it’s still hard to fathom how a show developed by the creator of Pretty Little Liars could be so unable to deliver any enticing twists or turns or could lack even the most kid-friendly hints of edginess.


Jill Hennessy to Star in Comedy Central’s ‘Crawford’The ‘Crossing Jordan’ alum takes the lead in the family comedy from the ‘Trailer Park Boys’ creator.

Seth Rogen’s FX Comedy ‘Singularity’ Adds Michelle ButeauThe ‘Broad City’ and ‘Key and Peele’ alum joins Damon Wayans Jr. in the AI comedy pilot.

‘Scandal’ Hires ‘Hit the Floor’ Alum McKinley Freeman for Guest Role “Hit the Floor” alum McKinley Freeman has booked a guest starring role on ABC’s “Scandal”.


Diego Luna & Constance Wu Join Animated VR Series ‘Rainbow Crow’Rogue One‘s Diego Luna and Fresh Off The Boat star Constance Wu have been added to the voice cast of Rainbow Crow, the new animated VR series from Baobab Studios that John Legend is producing and toplining. The first chapter of the series, which is based on a Native American legend, will be unveiled Friday in a world premiere screening at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Netflix Reboots ‘Carmen Sandiego’ With Gina RodriguezThe animated series is coming in 2019.

Shondaland Builds Lifestyle Website With Jennifer RomoliniHelloGiggles alum Jennifer Romolini has been tapped to serve as CCO for the digital destination of Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ production company. will feature a mix of lifestyle content, interviews, features and news. It will include written content, podcasts and more while covering politics, pop culture, style, health and issues relevant to women’s lives. The site will soft launch in May with a series of newsletters featuring exclusive interviews, essays, reviews and lifestyle picks by and for the Shondaland audience. The full site will launch in the fall, timed to the return of ABC’s Shondaland dramas Grey’s Anatomy and more.

Why Brands Like HBO and WWE Are Flocking to Streaming Subscription Services“The key advantage to launching a stand-alone service is growing their audience beyond the traditional pay-TV ecosystem,” said Glenn Hower, a senior media analyst at the Dallas-based research firm Parks Associates. …CBS All Access now has almost 1.5 million subscribers paying. …WWE only ranks behind Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and MLB.TV in total paid subscribers, according to a 2016 report from Parks Associates. Showtime is No. 9 and CBS All Access is No. 10 in total subscribers, per that same report.

Netflix Ratings Guesser Symphony Shutters Young Measurement ToolThe company axes its year-and-a-half-old VideoPulse, which has attempted to game stats from secretive streamers. The service was shuttered after failing to generate enough support from the networks and studios needed to bankroll the operation.


Fox News "Preparing" to Axe O’Reilly, Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal ReportsRupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal reports that as the storm of sexual harassment allegations continues to swirl around Bill O’Reilly, Fox News is preparing to end its decades-long relationship with the host of The O’Reilly Factor.

Ryan Seacrest Inks Deal for More E! Red-Carpet SpecialsThe new multiyear deal will have him back on the carpet at the Grammys, Oscars and Golden Globes.

FYI Partners With Sur La Table on Culinary Series With Katie Couric Producing
is joining forces with Sur La Table for a new culinary series called “Scraps” that will be executive produced by Katie Couric. The series will follow national Sur La Table Chef Joel Gamoran as he travels across the U.S. creating incredible feasts in unexpected places, using food waste and scraps.


Netflix Picks Up Global Rights to Hit Swedish Series ‘The Bonus Family’
has bought the first two seasons of hit Swedish dramedy series “The Bonus Family” (“Bonusfamiljen”) for global distribution outside of Scandinavia. “The Bonus Family” was produced by FLX. The series follows four characters who have gone through separations and face new challenges as they start relationships with new partners who have children. NBC is also developing a U.S. version of “The Bonus Family.”

Sony and Lionsgate Seal International Home-Entertainment Deal
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
and Lionsgate have inked an agreement that will see Sony take over international home-entertainment distribution (except for digital) across Lionsgate’s television slate, including hit shows like “Orange is the New Black”.

Kabo’s Cops land in UkraineUkrainian network ICTV has picked up scripted comedy format Cops on the Block from French distributor Kabo International for local adaptation. The format is from Kabo-owned Thalie Images and revolves around the antics of a police captain and his motley crew of cops as they try to enforce law and order in their town.


Ben Jones Named Bento Box Entertainment Creative DirectorArtist and animator Ben Jones has been named creative director of Bento Box Entertainment. Based in Los Angeles, Jones will oversee creative development for the production company as well as its special projects division, which provides creative services to networks and clients.


Peabody Awards: ‘O.J.: Made in America,’ ’13th’ Among Documentary WinnersThe awards will be handed out at a May 20 gala in New York, hosted by Rashida Jones.

Kevin Spacey to Host 2017 Tony Awards
Kevin Spacey
will host the 2017 Tony Awards, CBS announced. The Tony-, Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning actor will emcee the live telecast on Sunday, June 11, at 8/7c.

New York Mayor’s Office Unveils Script Contest WinnersThe New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and Brooklyn College’s Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema today announced that Patty Carey-Perazzo’s Half-Life and Robin Rose Singer’s Adult Behavior were chosen from more than 300 submitted scripts for development into pilots that will air on NYC Media.


Deadline: WGA Strike Authorization Voting UnderwayThe first votes were cast Tuesday night to authorize the first writers’ strike against the film and TV industry in a decade, and although they won’t be counted until next Monday, it now appears all but certain that members of the WGA East and West will give their leaders the authority to call a strike if next week’s last-ditch contract talks fail to produce a fair agreement.

(ratings) AdWeek: Nielsen Touts That Its Total Audience Ratings Reveal Where Some Networks Are GrowingBack in 2002, the typical adult consumed approximately 50 hours of media per week, either via the TV or VCR. In 2016, that weekly media consumption figure climbed to around 80 hours, with tablet, smartphone, personal computer content consumption driving the increase. …In terms of streaming service use, Netflix accounted for 46 percent of the time spent streaming over five weeks from mid-January to mid-February. YouTube was next at 15 percent, Hulu at 8 percent, Amazon at 4 percent and the remaining time was spent on various other services, known or unknown.

Variety: Verizon CEO Says Telco Is Open to Merger Talks With Disney, Comcast, CBS
, which is in the midst of closing its deal for Yahoo, is open to M&A talks with the likes of Comcast, Disney and CBS, CEO Lowell McAdam said in an interview with Bloomberg. A Verizon spokesman confirmed McAdam’s comments but said “the remark was more in the context of, ‘We’re always open to talking to anyone.’”

(tech) Variety: A Closer Look at Facebook Spaces, the Company’s First Social VR App
unveiled its first foray into social VR at its F8 developer conference, giving users of the company’s Oculus Rift VR headset a new way to interact with each other through avatar-based chats and shared media experiences.

(rumor) (gaming) Verge: Nintendo is reportedly planning to launch a miniature SNES before ChristmasAs a follow-up to the wildly-popular miniature NES, Nintendo is reportedly planning to launch a miniature SNES before the end of the year. A report from Eurogamer citing “sources close to the company” says the microconsole is scheduled to launch in time for Christmas, and that Nintendo is sticking with the easy plug-and-play format of the micro NES.