The Morning Update for Thursday, May 18, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, May 18, 2017:


THR: CBS’ New Show Trailers: A Critic’s Ranking
CBS All Access’
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ stole the spotlight at the network’s upfront presentation, but a couple other trailers also exceeded expectations.

(sched) The CW Fall Schedule: ‘Riverdale’ and ‘Dynasty’ Matchup Among Several MovesThe network presents a significantly adjusted line-up, with only one night staying intact.

TVBTN: Masked Scheduler: ABC schedule strong on comedy, but drama issues persistThere are 4 1/2 new hours on the schedule, which feels like a lot, and three of the four dramas are going to need a lot of marketing. Between that and switching the nights of two veteran shows (“OUAT” and “Shark Tank”), ABC has given itself a pretty daunting task in the fall — and they have even more high-concept dramas coming in midseason.


‘The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance’: Jim Henson’s Prequel Series Set At NetflixThe Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance, a prequel series to The Jim Henson Company’s groundbreaking 1982 The Dark Crystal has landed at Netflix, with shooting slated to begin this fall. Feature helmer Louis Leterrier will executive produce the series and direct. The series will be shot in the UK and will star an ensemble of fantastical, state-of-the-art creatures created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and Brian Froud, the original feature’s conceptual designer.

(sched) ‘Loudermilk’ Comedy Series Gets October Premiere On Audience NetworkAT&T Audience Network has set October 17 for the premiere of its new half-hour scripted comedy seriesLoudermilk. Created by writer-director Peter Farrelly and Emmy-winning scribe Bobby Mort, Loudermilk stars Ron Livingston as Sam Loudermilk, a recovering alcoholic and substance abuse counselor with an extremely bad attitude about, well, everything.

SundanceTV Picks Up Australian Comedy ‘Rosehaven’; Second Season PlannedSundanceTV has acquired U.S. rights to the first season of Australian comedy series Rosehaven and will co-produce Season 2 with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Screen Tasmania and Screen Australia. Written, created by and starring Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola, the eight-episode comedy is set in rural Tasmania and revolves around two pals with big plans who find their friendship and sanity put to the test by the eccentric townsfolk of Rosehaven.

CBS Cancels Training Day and RansomThe last two shows on the CBS bubble have officially gotten the ax, as news came down thatTraining Day and Ransom will not be returning for a second season.


Dennis Quaid to Play George W. Bush in FX’s ‘Katrina: American Crime Story’The film star joins Matthew Broderick and Annette Bening in the Ryan Murphy limited series.

‘The Man In The High Castle’: William Forsythe To Play J. Edgar Hoover In Season 3William Forsythe has been tapped to play the role of J. Edgar Hoover, the powerful and controversial first Director of the FBI, on season three of Amazon’s praised drama series The Man In The High Castle.

Bobby Moynihan Exiting ‘Saturday Night Live’ After 9 Seasons
final appearance on the show will take place this weekend.


Original ‘Dynasty’ & ‘Everwood’ Series To Launch On CW SeedThe CW’s digital network CW Seed is adding the full series runs of the originalDynasty andEverwood this summer, along with a new installment of Machinima’s Chasing the Cup later this fall.


ITV America Inks Development Deal With Emmy-Winning NBA Star Kenny SmithKenny Smith and his wife and producing partner, Gwendolyn Osborne-Smithdunked a new deal – this one with ITV America. As a new label under ITV America, the couple’s Smith Entertainment will work up and execute lifestyle, reality, lifestyle, docuseries, competition shows for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.

Fox News Plans New Studio, New Hires
Fox News Channel
unveiled plans for a new centralized studio as well as the hire of additional journalists and content creators, a sign the 21st Century Fox-owned outlet is working to move forward after several weeks of tumult.


BBC Orders 90-Minute Drama About How Princess Diana’s Death Affected People
‘Diana & I’
comes from writer Jeremy Brock and director Peter Cattaneo. It tells the story from the point of view of four ordinary people and is set across the week that followed her death on Aug. 31, 1997.

Turkish dramedy Hayat travelsBroadcasters in Albania, Pakistan and Afghanistan have picked up Turkish comedy-drama series Hayat. The show, also known as Ask Laftan Anlamaz, follows a smart businessman and a beautiful but clumsy woman.


THR: How Agencies Are Combatting TV’s "Spec Script Fatigue"The ‘Stranger Things’ phenomenon sparks a deluge of material and backlash from execs and agents expected to read an average of 20 original scripts all weekend long.

(tech) DTVE: Sales of 4K TV sets tipped to grow 38% this yearSales of 4K Ultra High Definition TV sets are due to grow by 38% in 2017 and will account for more than a third of the worldwide TV market, according to Futuresource Consulting.