The Morning Update for Friday, April 21, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, April 21, 2017. Have a great weekend!


‘Locke and Key’ Pilot From Carlton Cuse Set at Hulu
has handed out a pilot order to the popular Joe Hill property with Carlton Cuse set to serve as showrunner. Locke and Key is a horror/ fantasy series that revolves around three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Maine only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers. Little do they know, a devious demon also wants the keys, and will stop at nothing to attain them. Hill will pen the script for the hourlong pilot. Cuse will exec produce alongside Scott Derrickson and Lindsey Springer. Cuse will serve as showrunner, while Derrickson will direct the IDW Comics drama.

Lifetime Greenlights Psychological Thriller ‘You’ From Greg Berlanti and ‘The Magicians’ Co-Creator
continues to expand their scripted slate, this time with a psychological thriller, “You,” hailing from Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble. Lifetime gave a straight-to-series 10-episode order to the drama, based Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling 2014 novel. “You” is described as 21st century love story that asks, “What would you do for love?”

Black Female Mayor Drama In Works At Bravo From ‘Insecure’ & ‘Underground’ ScribeBravo has put into development Candy, a one-hour drama from Ben Cory Jones. Ross Fineman is aboard as executive producer of the project, which hails from Universal Cable Productions. The plot centers on the youngest and first African American female mayor as she navigates the treacherous political terrains of one of America’s most violent and poorest cities while balancing her marriage and an illicit affair.

Comedy Writer Alison Bennett Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TVAlison Bennett (FX’s You’re the Worst) has closed an overall deal at 20th Century Fox Television. Under the two-year pact, she will develop new projects for the studio.

‘The X-Files’ Revived Again for 10 New Episodes at FoxA continuation of the 2016 event series, the run will air during the 2017-18 season.

‘Younger,’ ‘Teachers’ Renewed for Additional Seasons at TV LandThe Viacom-owned cable network has renewed its flagship Sutton Foster series for a fifth season, while ‘Teachers’ will be back for a supersized third round.

(review) Variety: ‘American Gods’ on StarzThe result is a sprawling, beautiful show that is fascinating, brilliantly executed, and rather hard to follow. There’s a narrator who never is introduced, a series of gods who do not take the trouble to introduce themselves, and a sense of electric possibility in a landscape that is otherwise dull beyond belief.

(review) Variety: ‘Dear White People’ on NetflixThere are sure to be many contenders for the title of Most Quotable Show of 2017, but it’ll be hard to top “Dear White People.” This smart and necessary Netflix series, an extension of the film of the same name by Justin Simien, is full of incisive asides, witty quips and painfully funny observations.

(review) Variety: ‘Great News’ on NBC
“Great News”
is a bit more dated than other shows that Tina Fey has toplined — but it improves as it goes on. …It has a warm, big ensemble, which begins to feel like a big weird family as the season goes on.

(review) THR: ‘Girlboss’
Britt Robertson
gives a strong lead performance in Netflix’s frequently meandering online fashion retail comedy ‘Girlboss.’


Jerry Ferrara, Jesse Bradford & Todd Lowe Join USA Network’s ‘Shooter’Jerry Ferrara, Jesse Bradford and Todd Lowe will join USA Network’s Ryan Phillippe-starrer Shooter as recurring characters.


CBS All Access Added a Small Library of Movies to Its Streaming Selection Without Telling AnyoneJust 16 movie titles have been added for CBS All Access members, ranging in genre from Rosemary’s Baby to Up in the Air.


MGM TV Partners With Women of Wrestling for Unscripted Programming
MGM Television
has secured a deal with Women of Wrestling (WOW) to produce a range of unscripted programming.


Viacom CEO Taps Julia Phelps For New Communications & Culture Position
CEOBob Bakish’s just made his latest move to revamp the entertainment power by appointing Julia Phelps to a new position: SVP of Communications & Culture. Her turf now includes Viacom’s Corporate Communications, Corporate Marketing, Corporate Responsibility and Special Events teams, as well as its internal creative agency, Catalyst.

Susan Levison Named Senior VP Alternative at CBS TV StudiosThe former VH1 exec vp originals will work closely with Ghen Maynard at the studio.

CBS Entertainment Ups Casting Exec Dorey PoderDorey Poder, CBS’ manager of casting, has been upped to Director, Casting, CBS Entertainment.

E! Ups Pair Of Programming & Development ExecsLeela Pon has been upped to Senior Vice President and Betsy Slenzak to Vice President.

Sundance Feniger Named VP & GM Of Boomerang
Time Warner’s
Turner andWarner Bros. has set Nickelodeon veteran Sundance Feniger as VP and General Manager of its new Boomerang premium VOD service for animation.

Viola Davis, Donald Glover and More TV Stars Make Time’s 100 Most Influential People ListViola Davis, Leslie Jones and Donald Glover were among the figures on Time‘s 100 Most Influential People of 2017 list.

David Mamet to Teach Online Drama-Writing Course
David Mamet
will offer his first-ever online writing class through Silicon Valley startup MasterClass. The class, which will cost $90, will launch later in the spring.

(video) So, Rob Lowe is the new Colonel Sanders for KFCThe spicy, crispy and hand-breaded Zinger sandwich was presented to the world by none other than Hollywood legend Rob Lowe in a truly out-of-this-world announcement.


LAT: U.S. home sales jump to a 10-year highAmericans bought homes in March at the fastest pace in more than a decade, a strong start to the traditional spring buying season.