The Morning Update for Monday, May 15, 2017.

Hi all, apologies for the length today. Here’s your Morning Update for Monday, May 15, 2017:


(from Fri) ABC Picks Up ‘Deception,’ ‘Splitting Up Together’ to SeriesThe magic drama and the family comedy bail hail from Warner Bros. TV.

(from Fri) Bible Comedy From Johnny Galecki Picked Up to Series at CBS
has handed out a series order for Bible comedy By the Book (formerly known as Living Biblically). Exec produced by Johnny Galecki via his overall deal with Warner Bros. Television, the comedy revolves around a modern-day man at a crossroads in his life who decides to live according to the Bible. The multicamera comedy pilot was written by Patrick Walsh, who exec produces alongside Galecki, Spencer Medof and Andrew Haas.

(from Fri) ‘SWAT,’ ‘SEAL Team,’ ‘Instinct,’ ‘Wisdom of the Crowd,’ ‘9JKL,’ ‘Me, Myself and I’ Score CBS Series OrdersMarking the network’s first new series pickups for the 2017-18 broadcast season.

(sched) Fox Fall 2017 Schedule: ‘Empire’ Shifts To 8 PM, ‘Gotham’ Moves To Thursday, ‘Lethal Weapon’ To Tuesday
is moving from its long-time Monday home to Thursday to serve as a lead-in for the new Seth MacFarlane sci-fi dramedy The Orville. Fox is taking a page from ABC’s Shondaland TGIT playbook with a Lee Daniels Wednesday lineup featuring Empire at 8 PM leading to Star. And Lethal Weapon, which has comedic elements, is joining Fox’s Tuesday comedy block.

(from Fri) Ryan Murphy Procedural ‘911’ Starring Angela Bassett Near Series Order at Fox
is near a deal for a straight-to-series drama from Ryan Murphy and his frequent collaborator Brad Falchuk. American Horror Story’s Angela Bassett is set to star in the series. Titled 911, the drama is a procedural about 911 operators and the calls that come through the emergency telephone number, with stories inspired by calls. Fox and producers 20th Century Fox Television declined comment. A formal announcement is expected to come as early as Monday as part of the network’s upfront presentation to advertisers.

(sched) NBC’s Fall Schedule: ‘This Is Us’ Moves to Thursday, Gets Super Bowl PlatformThe shift is part of the network reviving its old "Must-See TV" label, with Thursday also home to revived ‘Will & Grace’ and Dick Wolf’s ‘The Menendez Murders.’

(from Sat) Mindy Kaling Comedy ‘Champions’ Ordered to Series at NBC
has picked up Champions, a single-camera comedy from Mindy Kaling to series. The project centers on Vince (Anders Holm), a charismatic gym owner with no ambition who lives with his younger brother, Michael (Andy Favreau), a gorgeous idiot. Their simple life of women and working out is put on hold when the teenage son of Vince is dropped off on their doorstep by Priya (Kaling, who will recur), one of his old high school flings. Kaling and Charlie Grandy penned the script. The comedy hails from Kaling’s Universal Television-based banner Kaling International, Eyes Up Productions and 3 Arts.

(from Fri) ‘Reverie,’ Starring Sarah Shahi, Nabs NBC Series Order

VR drama Reverie has been ordered to series. Reverie is described as a grounded new thriller that follows Mara Kint (Sarah Shahi), a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behavior who became a college professor after facing an unimaginable personal tragedy. Extant’s Mickey Fisher reteams with Amblin Television’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey on the Universal Television drama.

(from Fri) ‘Damnation’ Lands Series Order at USA; Netflix Boards as Co-Producer
USA Network
has ordered the period drama to series. Additionally, Netflix has come onboard as a co-producer with Universal Cable Productions, and will have first-run rights to the drama outside of the U.S. Described as "an epic saga of the secret history of the 1930s American heartland," Damnation centers on the struggle between big money and the downtrodden, God and greed, and charlatans and prophets during the Depression. Tony Tost wrote the pilot and will executive produce with James Mangold, Guymon Casady and Daniel Rappaport on behalf of Entertainment 360.

(from Fri) Tupac-Notorious B.I.G. Murder Drama ‘Unsolved’ Ordered to Series at USAThe NBCUniversal cabler has picked up Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. to series. Ordered to pilot in November, the drama chronicles the dual police investigations into the suspicious murders of two of rap’s biggest stars. The series is based on the experiences of former LAPD Detective Greg Kading, who served as a consultant on the pilot script and will serve as co-executive producer. Unsolved is the first series for Kyle Long, who created the drama and will executive produce with pilot director Anthony Hemingway and his producing partner Mark Taylor.

(from Fri) ABC Pilots Update: ‘Household Name’ Comedy Still In Play, Marc Cherry-Reba McEntire Drama ShoppedWhile the Marc Cherry small-town drama pilot starringReba McEntire is not going forward at ABC, it also is being shopped around by ABC Studios. While the multi-camera comedy pilot Household Name starring Carol Burnett is not getting picked up to series in its current form, the project is very much alive, with discussions underway about its future. Different scenarios are considered that would likely involve some retooling.

(from Fri) The CW Pilots Update: ‘Insatiable’ & ‘Searchers’ Still AliveThere is only a glimmer of hope but discussions on both series are ongoing, with final decisions likely to come after the upfronts. There had been rumblings that the network could try to spread the budgeted number of episodes for next season over more shows, leading to shorter orders for some series but it is unclear if that idea is still viable.

Broadcast Nets’ Diverging Comedy Tastes – Vintage Multi-Cam Sitcoms, New Single-Camera SeriesThere is that big divide that is widening. The broadcast networks have been gradually losing interest in multi-camera comedy series. …And some of it comes from writers as very few want to write multi-camera sitcoms, so the majority of pitches are single-camera these days. At the same time, the nostalgia factor is strong, fueling the success of the reboots of such popular broadcast multi-camera sitcoms as Full House and One Day At a Time on Netflix.


(from Fri) ‘Speechless,’ ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Renewed at ABCThe comedies from 20th Century Fox Television will return for their second (‘Speechless’) and fourth (‘Fresh Off the Boat‘) seasons.

(from Sun) CBS’ ‘Code Black’ Renewed for Third SeasonThe renewal marks a key off-net pickup for ABC Studios, which co-produces the medical drama.

(from Sat) CBS Renews ‘Elementary’ and ‘The Amazing Race’The shows, mainstays at the broadcast network, will both return for the 2017-18 season.

(from Sun) ‘New Girl’ Renewed for Seventh and Final Season at FoxThe Zooey Deschanel comedy will return for one final run.

(from Fri) Fox Renews ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ ‘The Exorcist’The comedy will be back for its fifth season while the drama will return for its sophomore run.

(from Sat) ‘Timeless’ Saved From Cancellation as NBC Reverses Course With Season 2 RenewalThe network had canceled the drama from Sony Pictures Television earlier this week.

(from Fri) ‘Law and Order: SVU’ Renewed for Season 19 at NBCThe renewal brings Dick Wolf’s scripted drama tally to five series.

(from Fri) AMC Renews ‘The Son’ for Second SeasonThe Pierce Brosnan drama returns in 2018 with 10 episodes.

‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’ Canceled After 2 Seasons at CBS
“Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”
has been canceled after two seasons at CBS.

(from Sat) ‘The Great Indoors’ Canceled at CBS After One Season
Joel McHale
headlined the multicam.

(from Fri) ‘2 Broke Girls’ Canceled at CBS After Six SeasonsThe news comes after the network picked up two other shows from independent producers Warner Bros. Television.

Scream Queens Cancelled at FoxThe writing’s been on the wall for some time, but just for the heck of it, let’s make it official: Scream Queens will not return for a third season on Fox.

(from Fri) ‘Blacklist: Redemption’ Canceled at NBC After 1 SeasonThe spinoff of the James Spader drama debuted midseason.

(from Sat) Freeform’s ‘Baby Daddy’ to End With Season 6The news comes as the cable network is near a deal to land the ‘Black-ish’ spinoff.

Fox Hits Pause On ’24: Legacy’ & Says No More ‘Prison Break’ Plans “Right Now”There will be no more24: Legacy or Prison Break onFox in the immediate future, execs announced today– though there might be a chance of escape to another revival eventually for the latter.

(from Sun) ‘Chicago Justice’ and ‘Trial & Error’ still in limbo at NBC
unveiled its full 2017-18 schedule Sunday, and the last two shows in limbo — first-year drama “Chicago Justice” and rookie comedy “Trial & Error” — aren’t on it. They are not, however, canceled, at least not at the moment. NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters Sunday there’s still a chance for both series to return next season, with a decision likely coming in the next few weeks.


Bravo Orders Scripted Series About Anna Wintour, Tina Brown Friendship and Rivalry
Anna Wintour
and Tina Brown are getting the TV treatment. Bravo has greenlit a scripted event series based on the friendship and rivalry of the two magazine editors. Titled “All That Glitters,” the six-hour series is based on the book “Newhouse” by Thomas Maier. The project hails from “The Walking Dead” producer Gale Anne Hurd and “Masters of Sex’s” Judith Verno. Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal are writing and exec producing. Universal Cable Productions and Sony Pictures Television are producing.

20th TV Shakeup: Chloe Dan Upped, Brandon Brito Out
Chloe Dan
will now run drama development for the studio, which is responsible for such shows as ‘Empire’ and ‘This Is Us.’

(from Fri) ‘Law and Order: SVU’ Showrunner Rick Eid Takes Top Job at ‘Chicago P.D.’The ‘Law & Order’ vet will replace co-creator and longtime showrunner Matt Olmstead, who left for an overall deal at ABC Studios.


(from Fri) ‘Elementary’ Star Lucy Liu Heads to Hulu’s ‘Difficult People’The actress will have a multiple-episode arc on the third season of the Billy Eichner-Julie Klausner comedy.

(from Fri) Jason Bateman Closes Deal for ‘Arrested Development’ Season 5 at NetflixThe actor tweeted that he closed a deal to star in more of the Netflix revival.

(from Fri) Riverdale Promotes Casey Cott to Series Regular for Season 2Get ready to see more of Kevin roaming the halls of Riverdale High next season. Casey Cott has been promoted to series regular for Season 2 of The CW’s Riverdale.


Katy Perry in Talks to Judge ABC’s ‘American Idol’ RevivalShe would be the first on-camera talent to sign on to the new version of the former Fox flagship.

(from Fri) ‘Rent’ Set as Fox’s Next Live MusicalThe estate of Tony winner Jonathan Larson exec produce the live musical of the HIV/AIDS-themed play. Marc Platt is also on board.

(from Fri) Fox Sets ‘A Christmas Story’ Live Musical for December
Marc Platt
of ‘Grease Live’ will exec produce the December telecast.

truTV Orders ‘Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks,’ Renews 5 SeriesThe network’s 2017-18 programming slate includes eight returning series, five new series and four projects in development.

(sched) ‘Life of Kylie’ to Debut on E! July 6, Teaser Released
Kylie Jenner’s
new docu-series will give viewers an inside look at how she runs her beauty brand.


How Robert Greenblatt Took NBC From Worst to FirstChallenge accepted—and mission accomplished. Over the next three years, Robert Greenblatt–Adweek’s TV Executive of the Year in our annual Hot List–turned around the network from worst in the adults 18-49 demo to first by overhauling every division and methodically rebuilding the lineup, piece by piece.

ABC Reality Chief Reveals ‘American Idol’ Reboot Plans
Robert Mills
wants auditions at Disney parks and to launch after the Oscars as he opens up about the network’s first black Bachelorette, Jimmy Kimmel blowback, his ultimate get for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and the epic best picture debacle.

Brad Grey Dies At Age 59 From CancerIn a shocking development, it saddens me to report thatBrad Grey has died at age 59. His death, from cancer, comes months after his exit as chairman/CEO of Paramount Pictures, a job he held for 12 years. He died last night with his family in Los Angeles, with his friend and family by his side. This is a shocking development, and I will add all the arrangements as they come across.


‘The Crown’ Loses Out at BAFTA TV Awards; ‘Happy Valley’ Scores
“The Crown”
lost out to BBC crime drama “Happy Valley” in best drama category, while Claire Foy was beaten by “Happy Valley” star Sarah Lancashire in the leading actress category. John Lithgow, Jared Harris and Vanessa Kirby all lost out in supporting categories.


THR: TV Upfronts 2017: Where the Networks Stand Ahead of the Annual Cash GrabEarly trends signal a cooling ad market after the $9 billion spend in 2016, as programmers make their biggest-ever play for series ownership and buyers appear more concerned with buzz than ratings.