The Morning Update for Friday, May 12, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, May 12, 2017. Have a great weekend!


ABC Orders ‘The Mayor,’ Zach Braff Comedy, ‘Gospel of Kevin,’ ‘Crossing,’ ‘Good Doctor,’ Shondaland Drama to SeriesAll are produced by ABC Studios, save for two from independent studio Sony Pictures Television.

‘Good Girls’ Picked Up to Series at NBC; Kathleen Rose Perkins to Be Recast

Good Girls, produced by Universal Television, follows what happens when three suburban moms get tired of trying to make ends meet and decide it’s time to stick up for themselves by robbing the local supermarket at (toy) gunpoint. Jenna Bans serves as showrunner on the series.

Showtime Picks Up ‘SMILF’ Comedy to Series From Frankie Shaw

Showtime has handed out a series order to SMILF, based on Frankie Shaw’s short film of the same name. The 10-episode comedy will debut in the fall. Picked up to pilot in August, the comedy is set in Boston and takes a raw and honest comedic look at a single, twenty-something from Southie whose desires for relationships, sex and a career collide with the realities of young, single motherhood. Shaw stars, writes, produces and directs the semi-autobiographical comedy alongside Michael London and Janice Williams, with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky executive producing. The project is a co-production of ABC Signature Studios and Showtime.

George R.R. Martin Novella ‘Nightflyers’ Headed for TV on Syfy

George R.R. Martin is teaming with Syfy to adapt his 1980 novella Nightflyers for the small screen. Set in the future on the eve of Earth’s destruction, a crew of explorers journey on the most advanced ship in the galaxy, The Nightflyer, to intercept a mysterious alien spacecraft that might hold the key to their survival. Jeff Buhler will pen the script and exec produce the Universal Cable Productions project.

Superman Prequel ‘Krypton,’ Grant Morrison’s ‘Happy’ Score Syfy Series Pickups

Syfy handed out series orders to Superman prequel Krypton as well as its adaptation of Grant Morrison graphic novel Happy. From David S. Goyer, Krypton is set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet. The Warner Horizon Television series is executive produced by Goyer via his Phantom Four banner with Damian Kindler set to serve as showrunner. Happy, meanwhile, is based on Morrison and Darick Robertson’s Image Comics graphic novel. It revolves around Nick Sax — an intoxicated, corrupt ex-cop turned hit man — who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex and betrayal. Morrison and Brian Taylor co-wrote the pilot teleplay. Showrunner Patrick Macmanus will also executive produce.

Adult Swim Orders Tyler, the Creator Animated Series ‘The Jellies’

The quarter-hour comedy premieres this summer, with music and voice work by the creator.

Disney Channel Sets Cheerleader-Zombie Love Story as Next Musical Movie

‘Zombies’ centers on a suburban high school whose students must learn to coexist with new transfer students from Zombietown, incorporating themes of tolerance and inclusion. Meg Donnelly (American Housewife) and Milo Manheim will star in the movie.

‘Black-ish’ Renewed for Season 4 at ABC

Black-ish has earned a no-brainer renewal over at ABC. The Kenya Barris comedy will return in the fall for a fourth season.

‘Once Upon a Time’ Renewed for Season 7 at ABC

“Once Upon a Time” has been renewed for Season 7 at ABC.

‘The Goldbergs’ Renewed for Seasons 5 and 6 at ABC

The Sony Pictures Television-produced comedy is broadcast’s No. 3 scripted half-hour.

ABC Renews ‘Agents of SHIELD,’ ‘American Housewife,’ ‘Designated Survivor’

The series join recently re-upped comedies ‘The Goldbergs’ and ‘Modern Family’ — among several others.

Tina Fey-Produced ‘Great News’ Renewed for Season 2 at NBC

Fellow bubble half-hour ‘Trial and Error’ also appears likely to score a sophomore order.

‘The Blacklist’ Renewed for Season 5 at NBC

NBC has renewed the James Spader drama for a 22-episode fifth season. However, first-year spinoff Blacklist: Redemption is still awaiting word on a potential season two pickup.

‘American Gods’ Renewed for Season 2 at Starz

Starz has handed out a season two renewal to the fantasy series. An episode count for the second season is not yet known.

MTV’s ‘The Shannara Chronicles’ Moving to Spike TV

Younger-skewing MTV is left with only the final season of ‘Teen Wolf’ and rebooted ‘Scream,’ leaving its scripted future murky.

ABC Cancels ‘American Crime,’ ‘Dr. Ken,’ ‘Imaginary Mary,’ ‘Secrets and Lies,’ ‘The Catch, ‘The Real O’Neals’

The news comes ahead of ABC’s upfront presentation Tuesday.

Fox Cancels Freshmen ‘Making History,’ ‘Zorn’ and ‘APB’The two comedies come from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, whose ‘Last Man Standing’ was just renewed.

‘Powerless’ Canceled By NBC After One Season

Not a surprise here. After pulling the final three episodes of the comedy Powerless from its Thursday night lineup, NBC has officially canceled the series.

Network Axes Falling Hard on Multicamera Comedies

ABC’s ‘Last Man Standing’ and ‘Dr. Ken’ leave the network without a multicamera comedy for the first time in years as CBS’ ‘2 Broke Girls’ and ‘The Odd Couple,’ among others, could join them in the canceled category.

(opinion) TVBTN: If we ran FOX, this would be its fall 2017 scheduleThe broadcast networks reveal their schedules for 2017-18 the week of May 15. TV by the Numbers offers help to harried scheduling execs with some suggestions of our own.

(review) Variety: ‘I Love Dick’ on Amazon

“I Love Dick” is a spiky, ambitious, open-hearted and occasionally exhausting exploration of many things. There’s a lot going on inside each episode, and if the dizzying array of ideas is almost too much to grapple with at times, its greatest heights are worth the sometimes jagged ride.

(review) Variety: ‘Anne With an E,’ Based on the Book ‘Anne of Green Gables’ on Netflix

Fans of the beloved Avonlea books will still be surprised by the series’ angstier interpretation of Anne’s story. In “Anne With an E,” quirky and spirited Anne is definitively an abuse survivor, fleeing from cruel foster parents and a bleak orphanage. The series expands Anne’s backstory through flashbacks, framing her characteristic flights of fancy, spurts of temper, and grandiose monologues as the defense and survival mechanisms of a traumatized child.


Several Newly Picked Up Series To Undergo Recastings

Here is a roundup on the pending casting changes. ABC’s new drama series The Gospel Of Kevin will be recasting for the part played by Cristela Alonzo in the pilot. Lyndon Smith and Britne Oldford will be leaving Shondaland’s ABC legal drama pilot For the People.


Netflix Nabs U.S. Rights to Tom Tykwer’s ‘Babylon Berlin’

Netflix has nabbed U.S. rights to “Babylon Berlin,” the eagerly awaited period crime series directed by Tom Tykwer. The 16-episode series, set in the sophisticated and seamy world of 1920s Berlin, is the most expensive TV drama in German history, with a budget of €40 million ($44 million). The series is based on the bestselling novels by German author Volker Kutscher. It centers on Gereon Rath, a police inspector caught up in a web of drugs, sex, political intrigue and murder in go-go Berlin as Germany teeters on the edge of Nazism.


‘Dancing With the Stars,’ ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘Shark Tank’ renewed (obviously) at ABC

Its flagship unscripted shows “Dancing With the Stars,” “The Bachelor” and “Shark Tank” will all be back in 2017-18. There is a bit of previously unknown information in the announcement: “DWTS” will have two cycles next season, which likely means that it and “American Idol” will be on ABC concurrently in spring 2018.

Kelly Clarkson Joins The Voice as Season 14 Coach Amid Idol Chatter

Sorry, American Idol: Kelly Clarkson is taking her famous voice to… The Voice. The singer and former Idol winner has signed on to join NBC’s singing competition as a coach for Season 14.

Oxygen Teams With Dick Wolf, Nancy Grace, Ice-T for Crime-Centered Slate

Oxygen is moving full speed ahead with its crime-focused rebranding. Overall, the network unveiled eight series, including Wolf’s Criminal Confessions, which goes inside actual police interrogation rooms and dissects what happens to yield a confession. The docuseries joins the revival of Cold Justice. Oxygen is also teaming with Ice-T, for the series Ice Cold Murders (working title), which he will host and executive produce.


Ben Whishaw, Alan Cumming, Russell Tovey to Headline BBC’s ‘Queers’

Ben Whishaw, Alan Cumming and Russell Tovey are set to headline “Queers,” a new series of one-off monologues for BBC Four curated and directed by “Sherlock” co-creator Mark Gatiss. The 8-episode series, which is currently in production, is produced by BBC Studios in partnership with the U.K.’s world famous Old Vic theatre. The monologues, written by eight different new and established writers, including Gatiss, will explore some of the most poignant, funny, tragic and riotous moments of British gay history and the personal rites of passage of British gay men through the last 100 years.


Sony Pictures, Shifting Toward TV, Names Tony Vinciquerra Its C.E.O.

Mr. Vinciquerra, with a long TV track record but little experience in movies, will be guiding Sony’s entertainment business through a time of tectonic change.

Peter Loehr to Exit as Legendary Entertainment’s China Chief

Longtime China hand Peter Loehr will exit Beijing-based Legendary East at the end of the month, leaving another senior post to be filled at Dalian Wanda-owned Legendary Entertainment after the recent departure of founder Thomas Tull.


THR: ITV Studios America and Circle of Confusion Team for Scripted TV Studio

ITV Studios America and Circle of Confusion are joining forces. The two companies have finalized a joint agreement to launch a studio for scripted TV programming, titled Circle of Confusion Television Studios. The new studio will source, develop and produce premium scripted programming with support from ITV Studios America and draw from Circle of Confusion’s library of intellectual property as well as its talent relationships. The two entities will put together a creative team to oversee the day-to-day operations of the studio, which will be based in Los Angeles.

(study) DTVE: TDG: half of US cord cutters cancelled in the last two yearsThe study claims that 31.1% of those who have cancelled their legacy pay TV services did so in the past 12 months, while 20.7% did so in the past one to two years. Overall some 52% of US cord cutters are estimated to have cancelled their pay TV service in the past year, and TDG predicts that the threat of cord-cutting will “continue to haunt operators for some time”.

Atlantic: How Pixar Lost Its WayA well-regarded Hollywood insider recently suggested that sequels can represent “a sort of creative bankruptcy.” He was discussing Pixar, the legendary animation studio, and its avowed distaste for cheap spin-offs. More pointedly, he argued that if Pixar were only to make sequels, it would “wither and die.” Now, all kinds of industry experts say all kinds of things. But it is surely relevant that these observations were made by Ed Catmull, the president of Pixar, in his best-selling 2014 business-leadership book. Yet here comes Cars 3, rolling into a theater near you this month. And if Cars 3 isn’t disheartening enough, two of the three Pixar films in line after it are also sequels: The Incredibles 2 and (say it isn’t so!) Toy Story 4.