The Morning Update for Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, May 16, 2017:


THR: Fox’s New Show Trailers: A Critic’s RankingNew comedies with Seth MacFarlane, Adam Scott and Craig Robinson don’t yield hilarious trailers, but is Dylan McDermott ready to redefine his career?

THR: NBCUniversal’s New Show Trailers: A Critic’s Ranking
‘Rise’ and USA’s ‘Unsolved’ and ‘Damnation’ get good showcases, but somehow the laughs were edited out of the ‘A.P. Bio’ and ‘Champions’ teasers.

TVBTN: Masked Scheduler: A lot to like in NBC’s fall 2017 scheduleThis is a very sales-friendly schedule with a lot of returning series. There are only two and a half hours of “new” product and that includes the “Will & Grace” reboot and another “Law & Order” franchise. “The Brave” is the only really new series on the schedule, and it’s well protected behind “The Voice.” …If I had one “criticism,” I guess it would be that it does not appear that NBC developed a compatible series to “This Is Us” that could have drafted in behind it.


MGM TV Acquires Rights to Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon Spy Novels
MGM Television
lands the adaptation rights to author Daniel Silva’s collection of spy novels based around secret agent Gabriel Allon. The series follows Allon, an art restorer, spy and assassin. Silva and his wife Jamie Gangel will serve as executive producers. Steve Stark and Lindsay Sloane, MGM’s president and executive vice president of television production and development respectively, will oversee production on behalf of the studio.

‘Wayward’ Comic Series Optioned For TV By Manga Entertainment
the ongoing action-drama comic series written by Jim Zub and illustrated by Steven Cummings, has been acquired by Manga Entertainment, the U.K.’s largest anime distributor. Manga will develop the comic series for television as a Japanese animated or live action series. Set in modern Tokyo, “Wayward” follows Yokai, Japanese creatures and spirits of legend that battle against teenagers permeated with newfound supernatural power.

‘Quantico’ Renewed for Abbreviated Season 3 With New ShowrunnerCreator and showrunner Josh Safran is exiting the ABC procedural, which will return for a 13-episode third run. A search is underway for a new showrunner. Sources note the renewal talks were extended after discussions about moving the production from New York to Los Angeles.

‘The Odd Couple’ Reboot Canceled at CBS After Three Seasons
Matthew Perry
and Thomas Lennon starred in the updated take on the beloved TV series.


Scandal Promotes George Newbern to Series Regular for Final Season
George Newbern
is being promoted to a full-fledged series regular for the ABC’s drama’s upcoming seventh and final season.

Nashville Ups ‘Zach’ to Series Regular
lovelorn Will Lexington may singing a different tune when the CMT drama returns next month. Cameron Scoggins — aka Will’s current squeeze Zach Welles — has been upgraded to a full-fledged series regular.

Kevin Costner Lands Lead in Paramount Network Series ‘Yellowstone’Kevin Costnerhas nabbed the lead role in the Paramount Network’s upcoming drama series “Yellowstone.” The show is written and directed by Taylor Sheridan. The action centers on John Dutton (Costner), who controls the largest ranch in the U.S. but faces conflict with the entities that it borders, including land developers, an Indian reservation and America’s first National Park. The series begins production in the fall and is set to premiere in summer of 2018.

‘Chance’: Paul Schneider Joins Season 2 Of Hulu Drama SeriesParks and Recreation alum Paul Schneider has signed on as a series regular opposite Hugh Laurie in the second season of Hulu‘s drama series Chance.

FX’s Danny Boyle Anthology ‘Trust’ Finds Its J. Paul Getty III
Harris Dickinson
joins a cast that includes Donald Sutherland and Hillary Swank.

‘Dirk Gently’ Adds Alan Tudyk, ‘Agents of SHIELD’ Alum for Season 2
Alan Tudyk, John Hannah
(Agents of SHIELD), Amanda Walsh (Lost Girl) and Aleks Paunovic (War for the Planet of the Apes) have signed on for the upcoming season of the BBC America series.


Apple in Search for Programming ChiefHBO’s former programming head Michael Lombardo met with Apple executives earlier this year to discuss Apple’s video programming strategy, says a person familiar with the talks. The talks suggest Mr. Lombardo could be a candidate to run Apple’s video efforts. Apple has been looking to fill that role, said another person briefed on those efforts.

YouTube TV Adds More Channels to Its Lineup, Hoping to Differentiate Itself From Hulu’s Live Offering
YouTube TV
, a skinny bundle of TV networks users can stream for a monthly fee, is adding new channels, bringing the total to 43. The AMC collection of networks, which includes AMC, IFC, BBC America, Sundance and WEtv, is now available to stream.


Chris Daughtry Reportedly Joins American Idol as a Judge
new American Idol judging panel is shaping up. Former contestant Chris Daughtry has reportedly joined the revived series, according to Us Weekly.

A&E Orders Docuseries That Embeds Young Adults In High SchoolA&E Network said it has ordered a docuseries that will examine the inner workings of life in public high school in a different way: by sending seven young adults back to school. The network plans 12 episodes of the docuseries from Lucky 8 TV arm Learning Tree Productions.

Adult Swim Orders Jena Friedman Special, Series ‘Mostly 4 Millennials’The new comedy, the network’s second order in a week, comes from Derrick Beckles and Eric Andre. Mostly 4 Millennials is a quarter-hour comedy that’s, well, likely what the title reads. It is described as a probing look at an "incredibly important generation of humans."

Photographer Norman Seeff’s Archive Inspires TV Series
Network Entertainment
will take viewers into photographer Norman Seeff’s inner sanctum with “The Sessions Project,” a multi-part, multi-season television series that chronicles some of his most famous photo sessions. Seeff will direct the project. Derik Murray (“I Am Heath Ledger”) will produce the series along with Seeff.


Netflix Orders First Original Australian Series ‘Tidelands’
has ordered its first Australian original series Tidelands, a supernatural crime drama from the producers of Secrets & Lies. The 10-episode project, follows a former criminal as she returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay. When the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, she must uncover the town’s secrets while investigating its strange inhabitants, a group of dangerous half-Sirens, half-humans called “Tidelanders.” Stephen M. Irwin will write the new drama.


Disney Chief Bob Iger Says Hackers Claim to Have Stolen Upcoming Movie
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
. The exec says the thieves demanded a ransom, which the company is refusing to pay.


Josh McLaughlin Promoted to President of Production at Focus
Focus Features
has promoted Josh McLaughlin to president of production, succeeding Jim Burke.

Donna D’Alessandro Upped To SVP Programming For Discovery Channel & Animal Planet
Donna D’Alessandro
has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Programming for Discovery Channel and Animal Planet from her previous VP position.

Paramount Pictures Names Syrinthia Studer To Exec Veep Of WW AcquisitionsParamount Pictures has promoted Syrinthia Studer to Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions. She will report to Motion Picture Group president Marc Evans, and will be in charge of acquiring films for the studio slate.

Directors Guild Reorganizes Senior Staff, Promotes Pair of Execs
Directors Guild of America
national executive director Russell Hollander has promoted Danny Bush to associate national executive director/western executive director. Hollander, who himself took over the DGA from Jay D. Roth earlier this month, also announced Monday that Cynthia Tollett has been promoted to assistant executive director.

Showrunners Sound Off: Judd Apatow, Ryan Murphy and Ava DuVernay on Empire-Building, Pigeonholing and Saying NoTHR gathered 12 top showrunners for two separate conversations that touched on the responsibility many producers now feel to address the country’s political churn even as they face pressure to build their own empire in the era of peak TV. Ryan Murphy (Feud), 52, Judd Apatow (Girls, Crashing), 49; Kenya Barris (Black-ish), 42; Ava DuVernay (Queen Sugar), 44; Noah Hawley (Fargo, Legion), 50; Lisa Joy (Westworld), 39; Gloria Calderon Kellett (One Day at a Time), 42; David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies), 61; David Mandel (Veep), 46; Scott Silveri (Speechless), 44; and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), 31.


BET Awards: Beyonce Tops Nominations With 7Bruno Mars has five noms, while Beyonce and sister Solange will compete head-to-head in three categories.
Best Actress:

Gabrielle Union

Issa Rae

Janelle Monáe

Taraji P. Henson

Viola Davis

Youngstars Award:

Ace Hunter

Caleb Mclaughlin

Jaden Smith

Marsai Martin

Yara Shahidi


(tech) Amazon Targets Cord Cutters With First-Ever Integrated Fire TV Sets
is going to start shipping TV sets powered by the company’s own smart TV operating system soon: The company began listing Element’s Fire TV Edition TV sets for pre-order Tuesday, and is expected to start shipping them next month, when the devices will also reach other retailers.

TVGuide: Conservatives Threaten ABC Boycott Over Last Man Standing CancellationLast week, ABC opted to dump the blue-collar comedy Last Man Standing after six seasons, and now fans of the show are calling for a boycott of ABC. Why? Because they believe the cancellation was an attack on their conservative values.

A petition has gathered more than 42,000 signatures of support for the show that the petition author says "appeals to a broad swath of Americans who find very few shows that extol the virtues with which they can identify; namely conservative values."