The Morning Update for Thursday, May 4, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, May [the] 4th [be with you], 2017:


Taylor Sheridan Family Drama Ordered Straight to Series at Paramount Network
Paramount Network
has handed out its first straight-to-series order for Taylor Sheridan frontier drama Yellowstone. The 10-episode drama, produced by The Weinstein Co., will debut on Paramount Network in summer 2018. Yellowstone revolves around the Dutton family, led by John Dutton, who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S., under constant attack by those it borders: land developers, an Indian reservation and America’s first National Park. The series is described as a study of a violent world far from media scrutiny.

Danny DeVito and Jeff Goldblum to Team Up for Amazon Comedy Series
Danny DeVito
and Jeff Goldblum are teaming up for a comedy series that has been put into development at Amazon. The untitled 30-minute comedy would star the pair as an iconic music duo from the past, Matt Downey, played by Goldblum, and Arlo Finkleman, played by DeVito, who are forced to reunite despite their longstanding hatred for one another. The project is created and written by “The Simpsons” veteran Tim Long. Imagine Television is behind the series.

Syfy Lands ‘Ghost Wars’ Drama Starring Vincent D’Onofrio, Kim Coates
has acquired 13-episode drama series Ghost Wars from Nomadic Pictures, with Simon Barry as showrunner and starring Vincent D’Onofrio and Kim Coates. The drama, set in an Alaskan town overrun by paranormal forces, will premiere in the U.S. on Syfy and elsewhere globally on Netflix.

(opinion) Spotted Ratings: 2017 Upfront Renewology: ABCWelcome to Upfront Renewology! This is the SHOW-centric half of the upfront preview, digging into the merits of individual shows by network.


Stranger Things Season 2: Nashville Vet Will Chase Joins CastNashville and Smash vet Will Chase will soon be belting out a chorus of “WTF?!” The actor-singer has joined Stranger Things‘ anticipated second season in a pivotal recurring role.


‘CBS Evening News’ Will Expand to Digital with ‘Uncharted’ Series
CBS News
will launch “CBS Evening News – Uncharted,” a new digital series that aims to explore important topics in American culture, science and the arts. The first installment of “Uncharted” will be a five-part look at mental health in America. The report will have no correspondent or anchor.

Scripps Networks Strikes Deal to Serve Up Food Network and HGTV Shows for Snapchat
Scripps Networks Interactive
said that it has partnered with Snap Inc. to develop and produce new shows from its biggest networks, HGTV and Food Network, which will air exclusively on Snapchat’s Discover platform.

The Future of Seeso, NBC’s Comedy Streaming Service, Is in QuestionDoes NBC see a future for Seeso? It doesn’t necessarily seem so. Evan Shapiro, head of NBCUniversal’s all-comedy streaming service, is leaving the company this week. Seeso, for the foreseeable future, will be run by Maggie Suniewick, president of NBCU digital enterprises, instead of operating semi-independently.

Facebook to add 3,000 people to its community operations team to review reports of inappropriate content, after several high-profile violent video incidentsOver the last few weeks, we’ve seen people hurting themselves and others on Facebook — either live or in video posted later.


Kim Kardashian West Teams With Lifetime for Beauty Competition Series
Kim Kardashian West
is exec producing a reality competition about beauty bloggers for the Lifetime. Glam Masters is described as an eight-episode series that will pit some of the most creative and talented beauty bloggers against one another for an opportunity to be part of West’s glam empire.

CMT Renews ‘I Love Kellie Pickler,’ ‘Nashville’ Aftershow
‘Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team’
has also been picked up for another season.


Kristin Kreuk-Fronted Legal Drama Ordered Straight to Series at CBCThe CBC has placed a 10-episode straight-to-series order for a untitled small-town legal drama starring and exec produced by Kristin Kreuk. The project, from writer Brad Simpson (King, Rookie Blue), centers on Joanne, a fast-rising attorney who leaves her fancy big-city corporate job to tackle a controversial case in her hometown. And she ends up staying put.

Sky Orders Up Second Season of ‘Jamestown’ on Eve of First Season Premiere
has commissioned a second season of its upcoming original drama “Jamestown” just days ahead of the show’s U.K. premiere.


Eddie Egan Officially Named STX Marketing President; Alissa Grayson Joins as Co-PresidentBoth executives worked with STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson at Universal.

Skydance Names Chris Hewish EVP of New Interactive Division
Skydance Media
has hired Chris Hewish as its Executive Vice President of Interactive, a new position at the company. In the role, Hewish, who most recently served as head of studio and publishing at virtual reality company Survios, will be responsible for setting the overall strategy for Skydance Interactive, the film and TV production company’s virtual reality and video games division.

Comedy Central Names Josh Line As EVP Marketing & Creative

Josh Line is Comedy Central’s new EVP Marketing & Creative. The Viacom-owned cable net said he will oversee all facets of strategic and creative brand development, consumer marketing and cross-business initiatives.

Rodd Perry Hired Away From Ant Farm By Paramount Pictures As Creative ExecAfter two decades at entertainment agency Ant Farm, Rodd Perry has left to join Paramount Pictures as executive VP of creative advertising. He will report to Peter Giannascoli, the studio’s co-President of domestic marketing.


Variety: Just For Laughs Festival 2017 Lineup Includes Jerry Seinfeld, Judd ApatowThe Just for Laughs Festival, presented by Videotron in association with Loto-Québec, announced on Wednesday its lineup for its 2017 edition, including Jerry Seinfeld, Judd Apatow, and Ali Wong.

Deadline: Sonar Entertainment Expands Into New Genres With Acquisition Of Triton Films & TV AssetsSonar Entertainment, the company behind such series as FX’s Taboo and AMC’s The Son, is expanding into non-scripted and kids and family content with the acquisition of L.A.-based indie producer-distributor Tricon Films & Television’s assets.