The Morning Update for Monday, April 24, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, April 24, 2017:


(from Fri) ‘Shadowhunters’ Renewed for Season 3 at FreeformThe news comes ahead of the second half of its sophomore run in June.

(from Fri) (speculation) Deadline: PILOTS 2017: More Very Early BuzzLike with the first Pilot Buzz, information is still very sketchy because pilots are just starting to come in at the networks as the majority are in post-production or studio testings. So don’t take everything you read as gospel.


Supergirl Casts Smallville Actor as Kryptonian Supervillain General Zod
Mark Gibbon
will appear as the infamous General Zod in at least one upcoming episode of Supergirl.

The Last Ship Enlists Melrose Place Vet Thomas Calabro for 2018 SeasonFormer Melrose Place resident Thomas Calabro is boarding The Last Ship. Calabro is set to recur next summer, during Season 5 of TNT’s summertime action-drama.

Melissa Benoist & Julia Garner To Co-Star In ‘Waco’ Event Series For Par NetworkSupergirl star Melissa Benoist and Julia Garner have been tapped as leads opposite Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch in Waco, the six-part event series that will be part of the inaugural slate launching Viacom’s Paramount Network in January 2018.


(from Fri) Fox Lands ‘Luther’ Creator Neil Cross’s Supernatural Thriller Pitch ‘Inside’Fox has beaten out several bidders to acquire Inside, a large-scale supernatural thriller film to be written by Neil Cross, best known as the creator of the celebrated BBC series Luther. The film will be produced by the Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman. They are keeping the plot under wraps, but sources said it’s a contemporary piece that involves a CDC-like secure facility that houses dangerous artifacts that include mythological creatures.


Netflix to Raise $1.1 Billion in New Debt From Non-U.S. Lenders
is whipping out its credit cards again to keep feeding its thirst for content, announcing plans to raise 1 billion euros (about $1.08 billion) from “non-U.S. persons.” As of the end of March 2017, Netflix’s long-term debt stood at $3.37 billion. It most recently issued $1 billion in new debt last fall. …Also last week, Netflix said it expects to spend more than $1 billion in 2017 marketing its original content.

(from Fri) Facebook is offering publishers money to create produced video
wants to pay publishers to create more produced video as part of a plan to push the company’s new ad products, according to multiple sources. …Facebook is offering publishers a monthly sum in exchange for a minimum amount of produced video every month. The videos can be a combination of VOD and live, but live content can’t account for more than half of the monthly tally. The videos also have to be long enough to drop at least one ad in the middle of play.

Mashable: Apple is up to something in HollywoodTop Apple executives – including head of content Eddy Cue – have been meeting with film and TV veterans including with execs at Paramount Pictures and Sony TV. Still, some familiar with Apple’s meetings in Hollywood say it’s confusing as to what exactly Apple is looking for at the moment. "It’s not like they are coming to the table saying ‘We’d like to go buy six shows this year across three arenas,’" one insider said. "It’s much more opportunistic, which makes it hard to sell to them."


(from Fri) ‘America’s Got Talent’: Chris Hardwick, DJ Khaled Announced as Season 12 Guest JudgesThe Golden Buzzer will be in play when Hardwick and Khlaed join Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel at the ‘AGT’ judges’ table.

(from Fri) TV One Expands Morning News Show, Adds Viola Davis EP’d Investigative SeriesTV One will expand its morning news, current affairs, and lifestyle lineups, the network announced at its Upfront presentation. NewsOne Now will be renamed Black America Today and expands to a two-hour format, joined by a daily lifestyle talker in late 3Q17. Academy Award Winner Viola Davis will exec produce a new investigative series and Benjamin Crump hosts an original series on wrongful convictions to build on the network’s true crime slate.


Netflix, E4 prep for End of the F***ing WorldStreaming service Netflix and UK youth-skewed network E4 have co-commissioned a dark comedy-drama about a twisted road trip. The End of the F***ing World is based on comic books from Charles Forsman, and follows the confusing lives of two teen outsiders (Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden). The new series follows Lawther as a 17-year-old who believes he is a violent psychopath and the road trip he takes with his first intended target, a cool and moody female schoolmate who believes he is her soulmate and takes him on a journey to find her real father. The8x30mins series has Charlie Covell (Banana) attached as writer, with Clerkenwell Films (Misfits) and Dominic Buchanan Productions coproducing. Jonathan Entwistle and Lucy Tcherniak are directing.

Walter Presents Catalan dramaForeign-language drama platform Walter Presents has picked up a thriller that airs on TV3 in Catalonia for its SVoD service in the UK and the US. Nit I Dia (Night & Day), about a pathologist who deals with the darker sides of people’s lives, will be available on Walter Presents in both countries. Currently in its second season, the series is produced by Mediapro and distributed by Imagina International Sales.

Viceland greenlights Brexit comedy
has commissioned a comedy series focused on Britain’s forthcoming exit from the European Union (EU). Brexit Stage Left (4×30’) is being produced in-house for the UK version of the channel. Jamali Maddix and three comedian friends, Fern Brady, Alfie Brown and Sean McLoughlin, will travel Europe to find out if anybody outside Britain actually cares about the country’s decision to leave the EU.

Variety: 10 Trends in the International TV Business2. Post Nordic Noir: Nordic Noir is over, Piv Bernth, producer of “The Killing,” and now head of drama at Denmark’s DR Drama, wrote in a Danish newspaper last September. “The Leftovers’” Damon Lindelof, Series Mania jury president, concurred: “We are going to see TV programs that are self aware of the tropes of the procedural and will reinvent again. Shows like ‘The Bridge’ or ‘The Killing’ were revolutionary when they were made but that is six-to-ten years ago. It’s time to say: ‘How do I subvert the idea of ‘The Bridge.’”?


(from Fri) CBS TV Studios’ SVP Karyn Smith-Forge Departs To Join Verve As TV AgentCBS TV Studios SVP Cable Programming Karyn Smith-Forge is departing the studio and joining Verve as an agent in their television group. Kate Adler and Brian Seabury will continue to oversee development for cable/digital in addition to broadcast, with the studio expected to bring a new dedicated cable/digital executive to succeed Smith-Forge.

(podcast) Norman Lear To Host Weekly Podcast; Amy Poehler, Julia Louis-Dreyfus Among Guests
Norman Lear
will be hosting a new weekly podcast on PodcastOne. All of the Above with Norman Lear will cover topics ranging from comedy to family, current events, music, politics, and social issues featuring the unique perspectives of celebrities, politicians and everyday folk. Lear is joined each week by his friend, actor, composer and sidekick, Paul Hipp.


BAFTA TV Craft Award Winners Include ‘The Crown’, ‘The Night Manager’, ‘National Treasure’ In advance of the BAFTA TV Awards on May 14, the British Academy of Film and Television arts handed out prizes to behind-the-scenes talent in London. Four programs won two BAFTAs each: The Crown, The Night Manager, National Treasure and Planet Earth II.


Variety: Broadband, Wi-Fi More Important Than Clean Underwear for Apartment Dwellers, Survey FindsFor apartment renters, high-speed internet and Wi-Fi are more important amenities than having in-room laundry facilities, according to a new survey. About 34% of respondents ranked Wi-Fi access as the most important feature for apartment living, followed by 25% who said high-speed internet was No. 1, per a survey commissioned by Comcast’s Xfinity Communities, the cable giant’s division dedicated to multidwelling units.