The Morning Update for Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, May 9, 2017:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Seth Meyers-Lorne Michaels Comedy Picked Up to Series at NBC
NBC
has handed out a series order to the half-hour comedy A.P. Bio, which is executive produced by Seth Meyers. The single-camera comedy centers on a philosophy scholar (Glenn Howerton) who loses out on his dream job and goes to work as a high school Advanced Placement biology teacher. At his new job, he makes it clear he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, he decides instead to use the kids to his own benefit. SNL grad Mike O’Brien will write and exec produce. The series hails from Universal TV, Broadway Video and Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/seth-meyers-lorne-michaels-comedy-picked-up-series-at-nbc-1001438

Bryan Cranston Comedy ‘Dangerous Book for Boys’ Scores Amazon Series Order
Amazon
has handed out a straight-to-series order to The Dangerous Book for Boys, a comedy created by Bryan Cranston and Greg Mottola. The six-episode half-hour comedy is based on brothers Conn and Hal Iggulden’s guide of the same name. The comedy is a co-production of Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television, where Cranston and his Moonshot Entertainment banner is under an overall deal. The series will begin production in the summer in New York. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/bryan-cranston-comedy-dangerous-book-boys-scores-amazon-series-order-1001052

Benicio del Toro & Patricia Arquette To Topline Ben Stiller’s ‘Clinton Correctional’ Nearing Limited Series Order At ShowtimeShowtime is close to giving a limited series order toBen Stiller’sEscape At Clinton Correctional, with Oscar winners Benicio del Toro and Patricia Arquette attached to star. Stiller is set as an executive producer and is expected to direct all eight episodes. Written and executive produced by Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin, Escape at Clinton Correctional is based on the prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015, which spawned a massive manhunt for convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat. The duo were aided in their escape by a married female prison employee with whom they both became sexually entangled. http://deadline.com/2017/05/benicio-del-toro-patricia-arquette-ben-stiller-clinton-correctional-limited-series-showtime-1202087034/

‘Black-ish’ Creator Renews Overall Deal With ABC
Kenya Barris
has inked a new four-year pact with ABC Studios and has multiple projects in the works with the network. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/black-ish-creator-renews-deal-abc-1001155

‘Westworld’ Co-Creator Lisa Joy Renews Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TVShe’ll continue to serve as co-showrunner on the HBO hit under the new multiple-year pact. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/westworld-creator-lisa-joy-renews-deal-warner-bros-tv-1000823

Jill Soloway Extends Overall Deal with Amazon StudiosThe ‘Transparent’ and ‘I Love Dick’ creator will stay put at the streamer. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/jill-soloway-extends-deal-amazon-studios-1001191

’13 Reasons Why’ Showrunner Inks Overall Deal With Paramount TV
Brian Yorkey
will develop new projects for the studio behind the Netflix breakout. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/13-reasons-why-showrunner-inks-deal-paramount-tv-1001199

‘Psych’ Reunion: Cast Reuniting for Holiday Movie on USA Network in December
USA Network
has staged a “Psych” reunion. The original cast and creator are returning for a two-hour holiday movie, “Psych: The Movie,” this December. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/psych-movie-usa-network-reunion-james-roday-dule-hill-1202418993/

‘Frequency,’ ‘No Tomorrow’ Canceled at The CWNeither freshman series was expected to return. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/frequency-no-tomorrow-canceled-at-cw-1001320

Underground Is In Trouble As WGN America Pivots Away From Scripted TV

In a conference call with Wall Street analysts, Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley made it clear that WGN America will no longer invest in original scripted series. This puts Underground, a critical favorite and a solid basic cable performer that concludes its second season this Wednesday, in immediate jeopardy. While WGN America has not officially cancelled Underground, producer Sony will likely begin shopping the show around. Hulu, which has the show’s exclusive streaming rights, would be a logical new home. http://www.tvguide.com/news/underground-wgn-america-sinclair-buys-tribune/

(opinion) Spotted Ratings: 2017 Upfront Questions: ABCPart 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-abc.html

(opinion) TVBTN: Cancel Bear vs. ABC, week 33: Final predictions for ‘Once Upon a Time,’ ‘Agents of SHIELD’ and 15 more shows
The Bear is fairly confident about “Once Upon a Time’s” return and slightly less sure about “Agents of SHIELD,” but it’s still likely to return. “Dr. Ken” is just on the wrong side of the bubble, while “The Catch,” “Secrets and Lies” and a few others look to be goners. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/renewcancel/cancel-bear-vs-abc-week-33-final-predictions-for-once-upon-a-time-agents-of-shield-and-15-more-shows/

(opinion) TVBTN: Cancel Bear vs. CBS, week 33: Final predictions for ‘Elementary,’ ‘2 Broke Girls’ and moreDespite its sub-replacement ratings, “Elementary” has a better shot than some to return, though the Bear still believes it should be canceled. “2 Broke Girls” is the only likely return of the bunch. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/renewcancel/cancel-bear-vs-cbs-week-33-final-predictions-for-elementary-2-broke-girls-and-more/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Digital Studios Launches Pilot Program
Seven Bucks Productions
, the production company launched by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, has launched its first-ever pilot program through its digital arm, Seven Bucks Digital Studios, in partnership with Studio71. The expanded push into new original online content will result in six pilots that will launch this year. The first project to come out of the pilot push is a scripted workplace created in partnership with the creators of the “Bro Science Life” channel, Mike Tornabene and Gian Hunjan. The series will consist of four episodes, each of which will run eight to ten minutes in length, and will be released each week on Seven Bucks Digital Studios’ YouTube channel to be packaged for potential third party distribution. http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/seven-bucks-productions-digital-pilot-program-1202411033/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

‘American Idol’ Return Set On ABC For 2017-2018 SeasonThe saga of getting American Idol back on TV is over, with ABC officially closing a deal with FremantleMedia North America and CORE Media Group’s 19 Entertainment for a revival of the singing competition series. The network just announced that American Idol will return for the 2017-2018 season. A host and judges will be announced at a later time. http://deadline.com/2017/05/american-idol-revival-abc-1202087368/

Bravo to Develop Six New Unscripted Series, Including ‘Million Dollar Home Hacks’
Bravo
will add to their robust slate of unscripted series with the development of six new shows. Among those six are real estate shows “Million Dollar Home Hacks” and “Flippin’ Exes,” along with the re-creation series “High School Stories.” http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/bravo-six-new-unscripted-series-1202410886/

(ratings) ‘Live With Kelly And Ryan’ Off To Strong Ratings Start In Week 1Live With Kelly And Ryan continues its ratings momentum. Its inaugural week was up 18% in households (2.6/9 vs. 2.2/8) to score the show’s highest-rated week in nine weeks. Live With Kelly And Ryan also was up week to week by 22% among women 25-54 (1.1/9 vs. 0.9/7) to match a nine-week high. http://deadline.com/2017/05/live-with-kelly-and-ryan-strong-ratings-week-1-1202086856/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Courtenay Valenti Named Warner Bros. Production President
Courtenay Valenti
will be named president of production at Warner Bros. The hire comes as newly installed Warner Bros. Pictures President Toby Emmerich is assembling his team. Emmerich also recently tapped Kevin McCormick to join as a top lieutenant. http://variety.com/2017/film/news/courtenay-valenti-named-warner-bros-production-president-exclusive-1202420845/

Discovery Promotes Joseph Boyle to VP Production and DevelopmentHe won an Emmy as a producer on ‘Deadliest Catch.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/discovery-promotes-joseph-boyle-vp-production-development-1001071

Tony Vinciquerra In Serious Discussions To Replace Michael Lynton At SonyTony Vinciquerra is in serious discussions with Sony to replace outgoing CEO Michael Lynton. Vinciquerra would come to Sony with a wealth of experience in television (broadcast and cable), media, technology and in the telecom industry from his time both in the industry and from a stint at TPG Capital. He would, as Lynton did, report to Sony Corp president and CEO Kazuo Hirai. http://deadline.com/2017/05/tony-vinciquerra-negotiations-sony-replacing-michael-lynton-1202083641/

George Will Joins NBC News, MSNBC as ContributorIn the past few months, he’s been appearing with some regularity as a guest on MSNBC. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/george-will-joins-nbc-news-msnbc-as-contributor-1001087

Fox News Taps NBCU Vet Marianne Gambelli as Ad Sales Chief
Gambelli
served as president of sales and marketing at NBCUniversal. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fox-news-taps-nbcu-vet-marianne-gamble-as-ad-sales-chief-1001254

Bill Clinton Writing Thriller Novel With James PattersonFormer President Bill Clinton is teaming with best-selling author James Patterson for his first novel, “The President Is Missing.” Details on the plot are scarce — aside from it being about a story about a sitting president. http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/bill-clinton-james-patterson-novel-1202418641/

Showtime Executive VP Melinda Benedek to Retire
Benedek
has been with the company for 22 years. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/showtime-executive-vp-business-affairs-melinda-benedek-retire-1001117

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

(tech) Amazon unveils the $230 Echo Show, with a screen for calls, shipping June 28Look out, world: Alexa is coming to a screen near you. Today Amazon unveiled the Echo Show, a WiFi-enabled home device with a seven-inch screen that is the newest addition to its Alexa-powered Echo range of home hubs that plays media and responds to voice commands. …One of the main selling points is that you can use the Echo Show to make and take video calls, with other humans. The device, which comes in black and white versions, will cost $229.99 and will be shipped from June 28, with preorders available now. https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/09/amazon-unveils-the-230-echo-show-with-a-screen-for-calls-shipping-june-28/?ncid=rss

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