The Morning Update for Monday, May 1, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, May 1, 2017:


(from Fri) ABC Buys Time Loop Mystery ‘Echo Point’ From ‘Good Neighbor’ Scribe & SafehouseABC has put in development time loop mystery drama Echo Point from Safehouse Pictures and The Good Neighbor co-writer Jeff Richard. The project has a script commitment. If picked up, it will go through the networks’s straight-to-series model for a summer 2018 consideration. Safehouse’s Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold will executive produce, with VP Matt Schwartz as co-executive producer. The plot is being kept under wraps, but is said to be in the vein of sci-fi thrillers Source Code or Edge of Tomorrow, the latter of which Harold was an uncredited writer and executive producer on.

(from Fri) Anne Rice’s ‘Vampire Chronicles’ Series Goes to Paramount TV, Anonymous Content
Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles are officially heading to the small screen. Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to the franchise. A network is not yet attached. The deal includes rights to 11 books from the series, with her son Christopher Rice attached to pen the potential series and executive produce alongside Anne Rice and Anonymous Content’s David Kanter and Steve Golin.

(from Fri) Roseanne Revival Eyed at ABCThe Conners are jumping on TV’s revival bandwagon. An eight-episode Roseanne revival is currently in the works starring original leads Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Sara Gilbert. The project is currently being shopped around, with both the show’s original home ABC and streamer Netflix apparently interested.

Ion Nabs Shenae Grimes-Beech Crime Drama ‘The Detail’
Ion Television
on Monday unveiled a deal with Entertainment One for The Detail, a Canadian crime drama starring Shenae Grimes-Beech as a street-smart detective. Production on the 10-episode first season is underway, with Angela Griffin and Wendy Crewson co-starring. Ley Lukins is co-showrunner and executive producer, with Adam Pettle.

(from Fri) ‘Superstore’ EPs Gabe Miller & Jonathan Green Ink Overall Deal With Universal TVGabe Miller & Jonathan Green, who have served as writers/executive producers on NBC’s single-camera series Superstore since the beginning, have signed an overall deal with the studio behind the workplace comedy. Under the two-year pact, they will continue as executive producers on Superstore, working alongside creator/executive producer Justin Spitzer, while also developing new projects for Uni TV.

TNT Halts Production on ‘The Last Ship’ While Eric Dane Battles Depression
TNT has shut down production on The Last Ship while star Eric Dane seeks treatment for depression. The network confirmed that the series will be in a production hiatus through Memorial Day ahead of the show’s fourth-season premiere in the summer. TNT renewed the series with a season-four pickup in July and weeks later ordered a fifth season for the drama. That move will keep the show on the air until 2018. Each season will run for 10 episodes.

(from Fri) ‘Sweet/Vicious’ Canceled at MTVThe series will not return for a second season, according to series creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson.


THR: 10 TV Pilots Likely to Score Series PickupsFrom Marvel and DC to proven stars, here are some of the hottest pilots with a chance to land on the broadcast networks’ 2017-18 schedule.
1. Ghosted (Fox)
2. Untitled Marvel (Fox)
3. Rise (NBC)
4. The Sackett Sisters (NBC)
5. 9J, 9K and 9L (CBS)

6. S.W.A.T. (CBS)
7. Untitled Marc Cherry (ABC)
8. Start Up (ABC)
9. Black Lightning (CW)
10. Dynasty (CW)

(from Fri) Variety: Early Pilot Buzz: What’s Heating Up for the 2017-2018 TV Season?
is looking for an office comedy and is focused on “lighter and brighter” programming, given the heavy political divide away from TV screens. Some early favorites that fall into the office comedy space are Zach Braff’s “Start-Up” and the City Mayor Project that hails from “Hamilton” star Daveed Diggs, which are both heating up. On the drama side, ABC is looking for a procedural, and there will be no shortage of Shondaland shows. …The network may have to split up the TGIT block since insiders say the legal drama from “Scandal” writer Paul William Davies is hot on ABC’s radar. Other dramas in contention are “The Crossing,” “Las Reinas” and “Good Doctor.”

(from Fri) Deadline: PILOTS 2017: Early Pre-Screenings Buzz
single-camera family comedy Losing It starring Jon Cryer continues to fare well. It has a premise that sounds like a comedic version of the hottest broadcast series this season, NBC’s This Is Us. …On the drama side, the illusionist FBI drama Deception, from Chris Fedak and Berlanti Prods., David Shore’s The Good Doctor and Shondaland’s Paul William Davies legal drama are being buzzed about.


(from Sun) AMPTP Offers To Boost Payments To WGA Health Plan As Strike Deadline LoomsMajor moves were made during Sunday’s negotiations for a new WGA contract, with the companies now offering the WGA more than they were asking for to bail out the guild’s ailing health plan. A source close to the talks told Deadline the AMPTP is now offering to increase employer contributions to the plan by more than $85 million over three years – up from $60 million in its previous offer. Another major move came in the area of a new pay formula for writers and writer-producers employed on short-order TV series – an issue that is one of the WGA’s main priorities in the talks.

(from Sun) THR: Studios Present New Offer to Writers as Mysterious Memo Warns "Be Ready to Strike"
Hollywood moved closer to its first major strike in a decade Sunday, with studio and WGA negotiators scheduled to meet at 2:00 p.m. as the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers presents what may be its last offer in advance of contract expiration less than 36 hours away. It’s anticipated that WGA negotiators will then need to caucus privately to consider the offer and may not provide a substantive response to company proposals until Monday, leaving scant hours to go until 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, at which time the guild has said it will walk out if no replacement deal is in place. That doesn’t preclude the possibility of an extension, however, if progress is being made.


(from Fri) ‘The Big Bang Theory’: Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch Reach New DealsThe entire cast of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” is back under contract. Stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch have finalized their deals with producer Warner Bros. Television to stay with the Chuck Lorre comedy for what is envisioned as its final two seasons. According to insiders with knowledge of the negotiations, the deal will pay Bialik and Rauch $500,000 per episode for 48 episode. The deals are believed to include a separate development component for both actors.

(from Fri) ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Adds ‘Penny Dreadful,’ ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Vets to Cast
CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery”
has added five additional actors to its upcoming debut season. The new cast additions are: Shazad Latif, Rekha Sharma, Kenneth Mitchell, Clare McConnell, Damon Runyan.


‘Fate of the Furious’ Pirated 2.1 Million Times in First Week After Theatrical Debut
Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious”
is burning rubber on piracy networks, after the car-racing actioner crashed through box-office records since its theatrical premiere two weeks ago. The pirated copies currently in circulation on file-sharing networks are all illegal camcords shot in cinemas, apparently originating from India, according to piracy-analytics firm Tecxipio.


Bloomberg Will Announce a 24/7 Livestreaming Channel on TwitterLivestreaming is going 24/7 on Twitter, as Lukas I. Alpert of The Wall Street Journal reported that financial news giant Bloomberg will announce an as-yet-unnamed full-time livestreaming channel, exclusively for Twitter, to debut this fall.

Netflix to Build App for Microsoft’s HoloLens Augmented Reality Headset
has plans to build an app for Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality headset: Plans to support HoloLens were revealed in one of the company’s recent job listings for a Windows Senior Software Engineer, which promised “a great experience to all Windows app users in a variety of devices,” including “HoloLens and VR devices.”

Facebook’s Connected TV Ambition Meets a Reluctant Industry
has been in the test phase of selling ads through Apple TV, Roku and a lineup of partner apps that populate those so-called over-the-top platforms. But the social network is struggling to sign up more partners, according to a number of people familiar with Facebook’s online TV offering. The obstacles for Facebook breaking into digital TV include the fact that many of the studios and networks are reluctant to hand over any bit of their video ad business to the increasingly powerful player.


Ryan Seacrest Joins Kelly Ripa as Co-Host of ABC’s ‘Live’
“Live With Kelly and Ryan”
will face an aggressive ratings push in the fall from NBC as it decides whether to put Megyn Kelly in the 9 a.m. weekday slot.

(from Fri) ABC’s ‘Gong Show’ Reboot Taps One Very Interesting Host
The Gong Show
has found its host. Sony’s reboot, which is being produced for ABC by Will Arnett’s Electric Avenue, has tapped an unconventional emcee befitting the nostalgic talent show. And while no party involved will confirm it, that host is believed to be Mike Myers. …No, the host is technically "Tommy Maitland," an elaborate character created for the sole purpose of stepping into the Gong Show role once famously filled by the late Chuck Barris.

(from Fri) Fox News Launches New ‘Specialists’ Show at 5 PM
Fox News Channel
said it would launch a new program at 5 p.m. featuring three anchors from different backgrounds. Eric Bolling, Katherine Timpf and Eboni K. Williams will host “The Fox News Specialists.” Each night, Bolling, Timpf and Williams will tap two guest experts to talk about the top stories and headlines of the day. The daily “specialists” will join the co-hosts to provide unique and unpredictable analysis on the stories trending in America.


(from Fri) Eden Gaha Exiting As Head Of Unscripted At Endemol Shine North AmericaEden Gaha is stepping down as president of unscripted at Endemol Shine North America. Gaha was the last remaining top executive from the Shine side of the company following the 2015 merger with Endemol USA and the second major departure within six months following the November exit of co-CEO and co-chairman Charlie Corwin.

(from Fri) MPAA Shake-Up: Chairman Christopher Dodd to Be Replaced by Charles RivkinChristopher Dodd, who has served as chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, the film industry’s main lobbying group, for the past six years, is stepping down. Charles Rivkin, the former assistant Secretary of State for economic and business affairs under President Barack Obama, will succeed him, the MPAA announced Friday. The MPAA board will meet Saturday to officially name Rivkin, who is expected to assume his new post on Sept. 5.

Lucky 8 TV Sets Overall Deal With Jason Bolicki, Hires Jessica Winchell Morsa as VP
Jason Bolicki
, the veteran unscripted TV executive who recently launched production banner Exit Four, has signed an overall deal with his former employer Lucky 8 TV. Concurrently, Lucky 8 has hired Jessica Winchell Morsa, who joins the company from MSNBC as vice president of content development.


General Hospital Among the Big Winners at 44th Annual Daytime Emmy AwardsThe 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards took place Sunday night, and the big winners included General Hospital, which won Outstanding Drama Series for a record 13th time, Steve Harvey, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Bold and the Beautiful‘s Scott Clifton, who became the first person to win what presenter Jane Pauley called "the trifecta:" Lead, Supporting, and Younger Actor.

Netflix Targets Emmy Voters With 24,000-Square-Foot ‘Experiential’ Space in L.A.
is trying to boost its chances of racking up Emmy Awards this year by inviting voters to a special, month-long immersive exhibition space in Beverly Hills. The streamer’s “FYSee” — in a new kind of for-your-consideration stunt — will be a multilevel, 24,000-square-foot space. It will launch Sunday, May 7, with a private kick-off party.


(from Sat) NYT: Hacker Leaks Episodes From Netflix Show and Threatens Other NetworksA hacker who claims to have stolen unreleased television shows from several major networks shared the coming season of the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black” on Saturday after the person said the streaming service failed to meet its ransom requests. The breach appears to have occurred at the postproduction company Larson Studios, a popular digital-mixing service in Los Angeles for television networks and movie studios. The hacker or hackers, who go by the name “thedarkoverlord,” also claim to have stolen unreleased content from ABC, Fox, National Geographic and IFC. The Federal Bureau of Investigation learned of the episode at Larson Studios in January but did not start notifying the content companies until a month ago.

NYT: NBCUniversal Is Building Its Own Children’s ChannelA small cable property, Sprout, will soon become Universal Kids. The goal: to create an “umbrella brand” for TV cartoons, animated films and theme park attractions.

Variety: Minnesota Offers Filmmakers Varied Landscapes and Cultural ActivityMinnesota’s so-called Snowbate incentive program provides a rebate of up to 25%. For a minimum spend of $100,000, the rebate stands at 20%. If the spend rises to $1 million or more, the rebate rises to 25%. There’s a $100,000 compensation cap on non-resident above-the-line talent. Additionally, filmmakers and producers can avail themselves of regional incentives. The incentive is available to feature films, documentaries, music videos, national TV programs or series, TV pilots, TV Commercials, internet projects and post-production-only projects.