The Morning Update for Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, May 11, 2017:


Joel David Moore Teams With Cris Rice & Mark Riley On Drug Smuggler TV SeriesYouTube stars Cris Riceand Mark Riley are teaming with Forever alum Joel David Moore and Imperative Entertainment on Sunburn, an hourlong TV action series project based on a true story about a Florida drug smuggler. Sunburn follows the story of Bill Cobb, who successfully moved 1.5 million pounds of Colombian marijuana through the Florida panhandle in the late 1970s and pocketed $320 million in the process. Rice, Riley and Moore executive produce with Imperative, which will begin shopping the project to networks.

‘Black-ish’ Spinoff Starring Yara Shahidi Eyes Series Order At FreeformThe spinoff of ABC’s acclaimed family comedy Black-ish, toplined by young co-star Yara Shahidi, is eying a series green light with a twist — it would be moving to another network. Freeform is in talks for a series order to the project, which originated as a planted spinoff episode of the mothership ABC series that aired this spring.

Fox Orders Comedies ‘Ghosted’ and ‘L.A. to Vegas’The half-hours, both from sister studio 20th Century Fox, mark the network’s first comedy pilot pickups for the 2017-18 season. L.A. to Vegas is an ensemble workplace comedy about a group of underdogs trying to find their place in the world, set in the very specific environment of a Friday night flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas — and the returning flight on Sunday. Lon Zimmet penned the script.

Ghosted centers on a cynical skeptic and a genius "true believer" in the paranormal who are recruited by The Bureau Underground to look into the rampant "unexplained" activity in Los Angeles — all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race. Tom Gormican penned the script and exec produces alongside showrunner Kevin Etten.

Medical Drama ‘The Resident,’ With Emily VanCamp, a Go at Fox
has handed out a series order to medical drama The Resident. The drama centers on a tough, brilliant senior resident who guides an idealistic young doctor through his first day, pulling back the curtain on what really happens, both good and bad, in modern-day medicine. The series is produced by Amy Holden Jones who co-wrote the script alongside Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi. The Resident is produced in-house by 20th Century Fox Television.

Amazon Orders Fantasy Drama ‘Carnival Row’ to Series
has ordered Carnival Row, a Neo-Victorian fantasy series. The eight-episode hourlong drama, which hails from Legendary Television, will be written and executive produced by Rene Echevarria. Paul McGuigan is set to direct and exec produce, along with Travis Beacham. In Carnival Row, mythical creatures fleeing their war-torn homeland have gathered in the city, and tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population. The series is set to begin filming in fall 2018 for a 2019 release.

‘Deadpool’ Animated Comedy Series From Donald Glover, Marvel Set at FXX
Donald Glover
and his brother Stephen Glover are set to write, executive produce and serve as showrunners on an animated adult action-comedy series for FXX based on the comic book giant’s Deadpool. The 10-episode series will launch in 2018, with Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory joining the Glover brothers as exec producers. Loeb approached FX brass with the idea, not the other way around. FX then approached Glover. Following a complex negotiation, the series will hail from Marvel Television, FX Productions and ABC Studios’ cable arm, ABC Signature.

‘Dynasty’ Reboot, Military Drama ‘Valor’ Land Series Orders at CWThe CW has given series orders to a revival of “Dynasty” and military drama “Valor.” Hailing from Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, and Sallie Patrick, the new “Dynasty” stars Elizabeth Gillies as Fallon Carrington, one of the main characters in the modernized reboot of the original ’80s primetime soap. Written by Kyle Jarrow, in “Valor,” the drama unfolds in the present as well as in flashbacks to a failed mission involving one of the first female pilots in the unit, ultimately uncovering layers of personal and government/military secrets, and leading to a season-long plan to rescue a group of MIA soldiers.

‘Black Lightning,’ ‘Life Sentence’ Land CW Series Pickups; ‘Originals,’ ‘iZombie’ RenewedThe CW has firmed up the rest of its 2017-18 schedule, giving renewals to bubble shows The Originals and iZombie, while also handing out series pickups to DC Comics drama Black Lightning and dramedy Life Sentence.

‘Modern Family’ Renewed for Seasons 9 and 10 as Cast Inks Rich New Deals to ReturnThe renewal is for 44 total episodes, 22 per season. The 10 stars of ABC’s top-rated comedy will each get raises.

‘Gotham’ and ‘Last Man on Earth’ Renewed at FoxThe hourlong drama and single-camera comedy will return for their fourth seasons.

‘Chicago Fire,’ ‘Chicago P.D.’ and ‘Chicago Med’ Renewed at NBCNo decision has yet been made on the fates of Dick Wolf’s other two series, ‘Law and Order: SVU’ and ‘Chicago Justice.’

‘Blindspot’ Renewed for Third Season at NBCThe drama marks a key pickup for independent studio Warner Bros. Television.

Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’ Canceled at ABCThe Friday comedy from 20th Century Fox Television will not be back for a seventh season.

‘Timeless’ Canceled at NBCThe drama was produced by independent studio Sony Pictures Television, who fought hard to save the Shawn Ryan drama.

Scandal to End With Season 7Although ABC isn’t commenting, multiple sources confirm that Scandal‘s upcoming seventh seventh will be its last. The network is expected to make a formal announcement at its upfront presentation on Tuesday.


Tracy Morgan’s TBS Sitcom Casts Tiffany Haddish
Tiffany Haddish
will star opposite Tracy Morgan in his upcoming TBS sitcom.

The 100: Isaiah Washington Not Returning as Series Regular in Season 5
Isaiah Washington
, a main part of the show’s cast since it premiered on The CW in 2014, will not return as a series regular in Season 5.


Hollywood Braces for Big Decline at Summer Box OfficeOne studio number cruncher puts the decline as high as 10 percent. Two others agree that, absent surprises, 2017 won’t match 2016. If their pessimism is correct, this summer is shaping up to be the worst since 2014, when ticket sales plunged to $4.1 billion, a drop of more than 14 percent year-over-year and the sharpest downturn in three decades.


‘The Who Was? Show’: Netflix Sets Family Variety Series For 2018Netflix has ordered 13 half-hour episodes of family variety seriesThe Who Was? Show, which is based on Penguin Books’ bestselling Who Was? children’s book series. Developed by Penguin Workshop and produced by FremantleMedia Kids & Family, The Who Was? Show is described as a mixture of comedy and history and will feature key leaders, innovators and creative trendsetters while placing historical figures into context for today’s children.

Snap’s $2.2 Billion Loss Caps Bumpy First Months as a Public CompanyThe parent of the messaging app Snapchat reported earnings that missed Wall Street expectations in almost every regard.


‘American Idol’: Ryan Seacrest in Advanced Talks to Return as Host for ABC Revival
Ryan Seacrest
is in advanced talks to come back as host of “American Idol” when the show is rebooted on ABC next spring. According to an insider, final tweaks are being hammered out on a new contract for the multihyphenate.

Venus Williams Developing Doc Series
‘Deals in Heels,’
from 3 Ball Entertainment, will focus on female entrepreneurs. Each episode will follow five entrepreneurs who pitch a panel of women of business, Williams being one of them, in an effort to get guidance and, ultimately, seed money.

NBC Sets ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Live Musical for Spring 2018The production, which follows December’s ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ telecast, will premiere on Easter Sunday.

Jennifer Hudson Joins ‘The Voice’ Season 13 as Coach
Jennifer Hudson
is on board to join Season 13 of “The Voice” as a coach. She’ll be joining Miley Cyrus and regulars Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

Oxygen Orders ‘Criminal Confessions’ Reality Series From Dick Wolf & Shed MediaDick Wolf is expanding his relationship with soon-to-be-rebranded Oxygen, which has given a series green light to Criminal Confessions, a reality series from the Law & Order and Chicago boss and Warner Bros’ Shed media. The series delves into the psychological showdown that takes place inside actual police interrogation rooms and dissects what happens to yield a confession.

Bravo’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ to Get Summer Syndication Test RunThe Andy Cohen-hosted program will air June 26 through July 21 in various timeslots.


Netflix Commissions Sci-Fi ‘Osmosis’ as Second French Original Series
has commissioned sci-fi drama “Osmosis” as its second original French-language series, continuing its investment in European content. Set in Paris in the near future, the eight-part drama sees a new dating app called “Osmosis” developed that can decode true love, digging deep into its users’ brain data to find a perfect match with 100% accuracy. But is there a price to pay when letting an algorithm decide whom you will love, using technology that can access the innermost recesses of your mind and your best-kept secrets?


AMC’s Joel Stillerman Tapped as Hulu’s Chief Content Officer
Craig Erwich
will remain as senior vp at the streamer and focus on originals, while AMC will search for a new head of programming to replace Stillerman.

Fox Networks Group Taps Joe Marchese as President of Ad RevenueHe will oversee advertising research and advanced ad products for the company.


John Ridley’s L.A. Riots Documentary ‘Let It Fall’ Aims for Oscars Over Emmys
has opted out of submitting the film for Emmy consideration, banking on Oscar love later in the year.


Variety: ‘American Idol’ Reboot Puts Squeeze on ABC PilotsProducers with pilots in contention at ABC were less than thrilled to hear the news that the network was reviving “American Idol.” The talent competition, which ABC announced Tuesday will return to television in the 2017-18 season, will likely fill up multiple time slots that might otherwise gone to scripted series.

THR: The Peak TV Bubble Hasn’t Burst, But It’s LeakingAs Netflix, Amazon and Hulu continue to dominate, the quantity of new scripted content from the second tier of cable networks is likely to decline. …What we’ll see going forward are channels decently but not overly invested in scripted — like Bravo, History, Lifetime, E!, MTV, Spike, TV Land, etc. — thinking long and hard about exactly how involved they will be in the coming years.

Variety: Upfront 2017: TV Networks Square Off Against Cooling Ad MarketCan CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox and the rest tune in more advertising dollars than they did last year? Advertiser interest in 2017 may be harder to snare. “We are looking at slight decreases in demand,” said one media-buying executive. “Budget clarity is very slow to progress this year,” said another buyer. Overall volume of advance advertising commitments is seen coming in around flat to slightly up, buyers suggested.

Outline: The insidious rise of the microcelebrityRewards exist for doing very little, and those who are rewarded are buoyed to the forefront of the internet’s consciousness where they… well… no one really knows what will become of them. Will they parlay social-media fame into a run for Congress? Will they live-tweet their death? Are they okay? Does this matter? In daily life, sure, because our attention and reward systems are fucked by the internet and watching that in motion grates the soul. But what about in the long term? Is this our forever discourse?