The Morning Update for Friday, May 5, 2017.

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Jason Katims’ ‘Rise,’ Military Drama ‘For God and Country’ Ordered to Series at NBC
handed out its first drama series pickups to its two biggest front-runners: Jason Katims’ high school-set musical Rise (formerly Drama High) and military hour For God and Country. Both dramas had been considered sure things in the past few weeks and had already begun staffing. (Rise is already fully staffed and opens its writers room in two weeks.) Both dramas are produced in-house by Universal Television.

Hillary Clinton Campaign Book ‘Shattered’ in the Works as a Limited TV Series
Sony Pictures Television
unit TriStar has optioned Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes’ book of the same name. The studio is eyeing Shattered as a limited series; a network is not yet attached. TriStar is eyeing premium cable networks like HBO, Showtime and Starz as well as streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. Shattered will be produced by John Davis and John Fox’s SPT-based Davis Entertainment banner. A writer has not been hired to adapt Shattered for TV.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Author Developing Scripted Series With STX
, the television division of STX Entertainment, has acquired the rights to an untitled scripted drama from Kevin Kwan and co-creator David Sangalli. The series will be separate from Crazy Rich Asians, and plot details are under wraps, but the premise will involve the same type of globe-trotting, multinational, glamorous ensemble.

‘Game of Thrones’: HBO Exploring Four Different Follow-Up SeriesEach of the four projects will explore different time periods of George R. R. Martin’s sprawling world of Westeros. It’s unclear where any of the four fall in the show’s universe — meaning they could be prequels, sequels or spinoffs. The four takes are being written by Max Borenstein; Jane Goldman and Martin; Brian Helgeland; and Carly Wray and Martin.

‘Emerald City’ Canceled at NBCThe twice-developed modern take on ‘Wizard of Oz’ was a ratings and critical bomb right out of the gate.

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

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


‘Shut Eye’ Ups Dylan Schmid & Havana Guppy To Series Regulars For Season 2Dylan Schmid (Once Upon a Time) and Havana Guppy (Haters Back Off), who had heavily recurring roles in the first season of Hulu’s Shut Eye, have been promoted to series regulars for Season 2.

Ruth Wilson To Play Her Own Grandmother In ‘The Wilsons’ For BBC OneRuth Wilson is set to star in three-part drama The Wilsons for BBC One as part of the channel’s bumper new drama slate. Inspired by Wilson’s grandmother and set in 1960s and 1940s London and 1930s India.


Brad Pitt’s Plan B Inks Three-Year Deal With Annapurna
Plan B Entertainment
, Brad Pitt’s production company behind the recent best picture Oscar winner Moonlight has signed a three-year production deal with Annapurna Pictures. Annapurna will handle marketing and distribution efforts for Plan B’s upcoming film releases and will be partnering on at least three films per year.


YouTube Is Adding 40 Celebrity-Driven Original ProgramsWith perhaps its boldest bet yet, YouTube is going directly after traditional television advertising dollars with 40 new programs exclusively for the platform. YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl announced that celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin Hart, Ryan Seacrest and Demi Lovato are creating shows.

CBS Will Offer Combined CBS All Access and Showtime Streaming Package Next Week
will offer a streaming package that combines its two current standalone internet TV offerings, CBS All Access and Showtime’s over-the-top service beginning next week, Chairman and CEO Les Moonves said on the company’s first-quarter earnings call.

Time Inc. Is Launching The Sports Illustrated Network, Its Second Digital Video Service, This Fall
Time Inc
. was at it again with a second streaming service: The Sports Illustrated Network. New content on the SI Network will include original documentaries and insights from prominent SI reporters who cover a variety of sports. The OTT network, which will launch this fall, will also present live event programming, fantasy sports and swimsuit content.

Amazon Prime Video app reportedly coming to Apple TV after rumored high-level talksit’s reported that the Amazon Video app will be coming to Apple TV in the fall. While it’s not yet a done deal, the two companies are close to agreeing terms.

Facebook Is Shutting Down Its Award-Winning Oculus Story Studio
Oculus Story Studio
, the award-winning studio behind virtual reality (VR) short films like “Dear Angelica” and “Henry,” is being shut down, Facebook announced. The studio’s 50 staffers are encouraged to apply for new jobs within Oculus, but all ongoing projects of the studio are being cancelled.


‘The Chris Gethard Show’ Goes Live in Move to truTVThe Turner cabler has ordered 16 hourlong episodes of the former Fusion series.


BBC Drama Unveils Netflix, PBS Co-Pros, ‘War of the Worlds’ AdaptationOne of the most well-known names on the list of titles is the first British TV adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds, a 3 x 60 series to be produced by Mammoth Screen. Peter Harness has penned the script, with production set to kick off in early 2018. Another major 3 x 60 adaptation is Little Women, adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s classic by Call the Midwife’s award-winning creator Heidi Thomas and a co-production with PBS’ Masterpiece. Vanessa Caswill will direct all three episodes, with Playground.

From Joe Barton comes Netflix co-production Giri/Haji, an original eight-part series about a middle-aged Tokyo detective (Kenzo) who travels to London in search of his wayward younger brother (Yuto). Once thought dead, Yuto is now believed to be posing as a Yakuza gangster in London and wanted for the murder of a Japanese businessman there. Stephen Frears will direct a three-part adaptation of A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment, based on the book by journalist John Preston and written by Russell T Davies.

Andrew Davies Adapting Vikram Seth’s ‘A Suitable Boy’ For BBC One, Lookout PointBBC One and Lookout Point are reteaming with award-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies on the adaptation of Vikram Seth‘s bestselling novel A Suitable Boy. Published in 1993, the period coming-of-age story begins in 1951 and is set in India. The eight-part series will be shot on location in India and feature the BBC’s first entirely non-white cast. A Suitable Boy follows a young woman’s search for love and identity in a newly independent, post-Partition India.


DGA Unveils Mentors & Protégés For Inaugural TV Director Mentorship ProgramThe DGA has set the cast for its first TV director mentorship and professional development program for guild members. Part of the DGA’s Director Development Initiative, the new program builds upon the Guild’s expanded talent development lineup and push for industry inclusion.


Deadline: WGA Leaders On Both Coasts Approve New ContractThe WGA’s new film and TV contract was approved Thursday night in Los Angeles by the board of the WGA West and in New York by the council of the WGA East. It now goes to the guilds’ members for final ratification, which is all but guaranteed.

Wrap: ABC News Viewers Shell Out $800,000 to Help African Children After David Muir Report
ABC News
viewers donated $800,000 in 24 hours after David Muir’s “World News Tonight” and “Nightline” pieces on the devastating African famine aired on Tuesday night.