The Morning Update for Monday, May 8, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, May 8, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

(from Fri) ‘The Passage’ Fox Vampire Drama Pilot Gets Backup Script OrderFox has ordered a second script forThe Passage, its high-profile drama pilot from Liz Heldens, Matt Reeves, Scott Free and 20th Century Fox TV. Because of the scope of the project, an adaptation of Justin Cronin’s fantasy book trilogy, which requires longer lead time, the pilot’s production was shifted to summer. It is one of two Fox drama pilots picked up this pilot season that will be shot off-cycle, along with The Beast. http://deadline.com/2017/05/the-passage-fox-vampire-drama-backup-second-script-order-1202085247/

(from Fri) TNT Buys Gambling Addiction Drama From Mark Cullen & Gary Sanchez Prods.In a competitive situation, TNT has put in development dramaThe Collector, from Lucky co-creator Mark Cullen and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions. Written by Cullen, The Collector is the redemptive journey of a man who has to work as an indentured collections expert for an agency specializing in gambling debts in order to pay off his own debts. http://deadline.com/2017/05/tnt-gambling-addiction-drama-produced-adam-mckay-mark-cullen-1202085021/

’13 Reasons Why’ Officially Renewed for Season 2 at NetflixSeason two, returning in 2018, will pick up in the aftermath of Hannah’s death. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/13-reasons-why-renewed-season-2-at-netflix-1000888

(opinion) Spotted Ratings: 2017 Upfront Questions: NBCPart two of the upfront previewis the SCHEDULE-centric portion, examining the big-picture scheduling questions each network faces on each night in the final week before its upfront. http://www.spottedratings.com/2017/05/2017-upfront-questions-nbc.html

(opinion) Spotted Ratings: 2017 Upfront Questions: FoxPart two of the upfront previewis the SCHEDULE-centric portion, examining the big-picture scheduling questions each network faces on each night in the final week before its upfront. http://www.spottedratings.com/2017/05/2017-upfront-questions-fox.html

(opinion) TVBTN: The big fall TV 2017 question for FOX: Can Tuesday night be salvaged?Ratings for the network’s scripted series have fallen about 17 percent year to year, and the hole left by “American Idol” has predictably been very hard to fill. The most urgent fix, however, might be on a night where “Idol” hasn’t regularly aired in years: Tuesday. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/more-tv-news/the-big-fall-tv-2017-question-for-fox-can-tuesday-night-be-salvaged/

(opinion) TVBTN: The big fall TV 2017 question for CBS: When do oldies but goodies just get old?All the broadcast networks have at least one entertainment series (i.e., not sports or news) that have been on the air for at least a decade. No one, however, has more than CBS’ five: “Survivor” (17 years) “The Amazing Race” (16), “NCIS” (14), “Criminal Minds” (12) and “The Big Bang Theory” (10). What CBS doesn’t have a lot of are young shows that look capable of stepping into their places whenever they do retire. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/more-tv-news/the-big-fall-tv-2017-question-for-cbs-when-do-oldies-but-goodies-just-get-old/

CASTING NEWS:

‘Once Upon A Time’: Jennifer Morrison Won’t Return As Series Regular, Others Near Deals For Season 7Once Upon a Time original cast member Jennifer Morrison will not return as a series regular if the ABC fantasy is renewed for a seventh season but is expected to reprise her role as Emma Swan as a guest star/recurring, Morrison, who announced her departure on Instagram, was one of four popular cast members approached by ABC Studios about continuing on the show, which is being reimagined foe next season, along with fellow original cast members Lana Parrilla (Regina) and Robert Carlyle (Mr. Gold) as well as Colin O’Donoghue (Hook), who has been a staple on the show since joining as a series regular in Season 2. The other three are expected to come back. http://deadline.com/2017/05/once-upon-a-time-jennifer-morrison-exit-series-regular-season-7-lana-parrilla-robert-carlyle-1202086200/

(from Fri) American Crime Story: Max Greenfield Cast in Versace SeasonNew Girl‘s Max Greenfield will be part of American Crime Story‘s third season, executive producer Ryan Murphy announced Friday via social media. Greenfield later shared the news via Twitter. http://tvline.com/2017/05/05/american-crime-story-max-greenfield-cast-season-3/

FEATURE NEWS:

(from Fri) Amazon Picks Up Spec ‘This Is Jane’ About Chicago Women Who Defied System
Amazon
has acquired the spec screenplay This is Jane written by Dan Loflin, in what we heard was a six-figure deal for John Lesher‘s Le Grisbi Productions to produce. The project, which provides strong roles across the board in a story about defying the law for the safety of women, will be looking for a director now. http://deadline.com/2017/05/amazon-picks-this-is-jane-movie-about-chicago-women-abortion-1202085560/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Viola Davis to Produce New Web Series ‘Emerging Artists Series’
Viola Davis
and husband Julius Tennon’s production company JuVee Productions has released a new five-part web series called “Emerging Artist Series,” which highlights the experiences of multiple up-and-coming creatives working in several different areas throughout the entertainment industry. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/viola-davis-emerging-artist-series-1202408431/

Twitch wants to let its users create a choose-your-own-adventure TV seriesMuch like Snapchat and Apple, Twitch wants to start making original TV series, but with a slight twist: the company wants to be the first to successfully create and stream a weekly, interactive “choose your own adventure” series. Twitch is actively looking for a partner to create the series with and, if found, would start tossing ideas around. https://www.polygon.com/2017/5/5/15563268/twitch-tv-choose-your-own-adventure

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

(from Fri) ‘American Idol’: Deal in Place at ABC to Revive Competition Series
ABC
has a deal in place with FremantleMedia to revive “American Idol.” The broadcast network and the production company have settled on a framework for an agreement to bring back the long-running singing-competition series. According to sources, the Alphabet is eyeing a March premiere for the show, which would potentially air on Sunday nights. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/american-idol-abc-1202410691/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Longtime Disney Exec Kristin Burr Exiting to Launch Production BannerLongtime Disney executive Kristin Burr, who most recently served as an executive vp production in the live-action film division run by production president Sean Bailey, is leaving the studio ranks to become a producer. She will start her own production banner, called Burr! Productions, and will set up shop on the Disney lot. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/longtime-disney-exec-kristin-burr-exiting-launch-production-banner-1000656

History President Jana Bennett to Depart Cable Channel
Jana Bennett
is leaving her post as president and general manager of cable channel History. In the interim, Paul Cabana, senior VP of programming, will oversee the channel until a successor is named. Cabana will report to A&E and History president Paul Buccieri. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/history-jana-bennett-depart-cable-channel-1202410354/

AWARDS NEWS:

MTV Movie & TV Awards: Winners List
‘Beauty and the Beast’
and ‘Stranger Things’ were two of the big winners Sunday night.
Best American Story:

Blackish (ABC) (WINNER)

Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)

Jane the Virgin (The CW)

Moonlight (A24)

Transparent (Amazon) http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/mtv-movie-tv-awards-full-list-winners-999609

28th GLAAD Media Awards: Complete List of WinnersThe 28th GLAAD Media Awards took place in New York City on Saturday, recognizing the most inclusive and accurately portrayed representations of the LGBTQ community in film, television, and other platforms. “Moonlight” was previously named the year’s outstanding film while “Transparent” was selected as outstanding TV comedy. http://variety.com/2017/film/news/glaad-media-awards-winners-list-1202410699/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Variety: Sinclair Sets $3.9 Billion Deal to Acquire Tribune Media
Sinclair Broadcast Group
has set a $3.9 billion cash-and-stock agreement to acquire Tribune Media, a deal that will bring more than 200 TV stations under one roof and vault Sinclair into the big leagues of national TV. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/sinclair-tribune-merger-station-group-1202416416/

FiveThirtyEight: The U.S. Job Market Is On A Historic Growth StreakHiring was strong in April. If that sounds unremarkable, or even boring, it’s perhaps worth reflecting on why: The recovery in the U.S. job market has been remarkable for its durability and resilience. U.S. employers added 211,000 jobs in April, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday. That was a big increase from the previous month and modestly ahead of economists’ expectations. The unemployment rate ticked down to 4.4 percent, its lowest level in nearly a decade. Hourly earnings posted solid gains. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-u-s-job-market-is-on-a-historic-growth-streak/

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