The Morning Update for Friday, May 19, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, May 19, 2017. Have a great weekend!

UPFRONT NEWS:

(sched) TVBTN: Masked Scheduler: CBS keeps its house in order for 2017-18Obviously “Young Sheldon” is being given every chance to succeed. Jim Parsons is such a force so I have my doubts, but whatevs. Don’t know much about the other comedies, but I’m sure they’re CBS comedies. “Wisdom of the Crowd” feels like another high-tech attempt a la “Person of Interest.” If there is one subtle change to their other new dramas, it feels like they are going for more action and a little less cerebral. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/more-tv-news/masked-scheduler-cbs-keeps-its-house-in-order-for-2017-18/

The CW’s New Show Trailers: A Critic’s RankingThe CW unveils four trailers for new shows including the on-brand ‘Black Lightning’ and ‘Dynasty’ and the way-off-brand ‘Valor.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/fien-print/cw-new-show-trailers-ranked-1005323

TV Upfronts by the Numbers: Total Volume Hits 5-Year LowWith several returning series negotiating reduced licensing fees helping to create a larger number of renewed shows, new series orders dipped to a five-year low as shelf space became harder to find across the schedule. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-upfronts-2017-by-numbers-volume-hits-5-year-low-1004930

TV Upfronts: Meet the Mega-Producers
3 Arts
leads the pack, while Greg Berlanti approaches history and Marvel has a huge cable and broadcast upfronts, landing new shows on ABC, Fox, Hulu, Freeform and FXX. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-upfronts-meet-mega-producers-2017-1003662

Ready to Rumble: Fall TV’s 6 Toughest Time Slot Battles
‘This Is Us’
goes up against the final season of ‘Scandal’ and more noteworthy match-ups. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/fall-tv-toughest-time-slot-battles-1005274

SCRIPTED NEWS:

‘Last Man Standing’: 20th Century Fox TV Will Seek New Home for Tim Allen Comedy
Studio 20th Century Fox Television is looking for a new home for canceled Tim Allen comedy “Last Man Standing.” Studio presidents Jonnie Davis and Howard Kurtzman said that they were surprised by ABC’s decision to pull the plug on the show. Asked whether “Last Man Standing” would be shopped to other networks, Kurtzman said, “We’re starting to explore that. If it’s not going to go forward at ABC, of course Jonnie and I are hopeful that we can find another home for it.” http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/last-man-standing-new-home-tim-allen-1202434432/

‘Chicago Fire’ & ‘Chicago P.D.’ Tap Reza Tabrizi & Eriq La Salle As EP/DirectorsReza Tabrizi is succeeding his mentor Joe Chappelle as executive producer/director onChicago Fire. Meanwhile, actor-turned-director Eriq La Salle, who has been directing episodes of both Fire and Chicago P.D. is set as executive producer/director on P.D., replacing departing Mark Tinker. http://deadline.com/2017/05/chicago-fire-reza-tabriz-ep-director-eriq-la-salle-chicago-pd-1202097579/

CASTING NEWS:

Catherine Zeta-Jones to Play Drug Kingpin in Lifetime Movie
Catherine Zeta-Jones
is set to star as drug kingpin Griselda Blanco in a Lifetime movie. Set to premiere in 2018, Cocaine Godmother examines the complicated life of Blanco, who quickly became embroiled with local drug runners and masterminded the use of beautiful women, the elderly and children as drug mules and created false-bottom suitcases to smuggle cocaine from Colombia. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/catherine-zeta-jones-star-lifetime-movie-1005214

‘Younger’: Jennifer Westfeldt Set To Recur In Season 4
Jennifer Westfeldt
(Friends With Kids) has joined the Season 4 cast of TV Land’s Younger in a recurring role opposite Sutton Foster. http://deadline.com/2017/05/younger-jennifer-westfeldt-cast-recurring-tv-land-series-sutton-foster-1202095859/

‘American Woman’ Casts Diandra Lyle; Chelsea Talmadge Joins ‘Halt And Catch Fire’Diandra Lyle is set for a recurring role opposite Alicia Silverstone on Paramount Network dramedyAmerican Woman. Chelsea Talmadge has booked a recurring role opposite Kerry Bishé on the fourth and final season of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. http://deadline.com/2017/05/american-woman-casts-diandra-lyle-chelsea-talmadge-halt-and-catch-fire-1202097813/

(animated) ‘DuckTales’: Lin-Manuel Miranda Joins Disney XD’s Toon RebootWhen theDuckTales cast records its lines, Lin-Manuel Mirandawill be in the room where it happens. The Hamilton creator/ex-star is lending his voice to the Disney XD toon series reboot that premieres this year. http://deadline.com/2017/05/ducktales-lin-manuel-miranda-joins-voice-cast-disney-xd-1202097756/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Facebook lands deal to stream 20 MLB games live this season
Facebook
just announced that it has reached a deal with Major League Baseball to broadcast 20 games live on Facebook this season, part of the tech giant’s big push into premium video. These games will be streamed weekly in a national telecast on Friday nights, accessible to Facebook users in the US. http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-mlb-baseball-games-2017-5

Facebook will stream live ‘Counter-Strike’ eSports eventseSports leader ESL announced it has cut a deal with Facebook to stream exclusive events and content in six languages, all of it centered around the elite Rank S Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition. According to a release, ESL will bring 5,500 hours of esports content to Facebook, with about 1,500 of that exclusive to the platform. https://www.engadget.com/2017/05/18/facebook-will-stream-live-counter-strike-esports-events/

MLB to Launch VR-Enhanced Broadcasts, But Live Games Won’t Be in 360 Video
Major League Baseball
is about to give hard-core baseball nerds a new way to experience its live-streaming games with virtual-reality features. On June 1, MLB’s At Bat app will be available in a VR mode, initially for Google’s Daydream headset and Android smartphones. http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/mlb-virtual-reality-vr-enhanced-broadcasts-1202434545/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

DTVE: US pay TV industry reports ‘first ever Q1 subscriber loss’The largest pay TV providers in the US – representing 95% of the market – lost some 410,000 net video subscribers in 1Q 2017, according to Leichtman Research Group. This drop compares to a gain of about 10,000 subscribers in the first quarter of 2016, as customer gains for internet-delivered services – like Sling TV and DirecTV Now – failed to offset the loss of cable and satellite customers. http://www.digitaltveurope.net/697492/us-pay-tv-industry-reports-first-ever-q1-subscriber-loss/

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