The Morning Update for Monday, May 22, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, May 22, 2017:


(from Fri) ‘Black-ish’ Spinoff ‘College-ish’ Officially Ordered to Series at FreeformThe 13-episode comedy starring Yara Shahidi and Deon Cole will premiere in early 2018.

NBC Renews ‘Trial & Error’ for Second SeasonThe sitcom will return for a 10-episode second run.

(from Fri) HBO Renews ‘Animals’ for Third Season
and Jay Duplass serve as exec producers on the animated series, which wrapped its second season Friday.

(from Fri) Hulu’s ‘East Los High’ to End After Four SeasonsThe hourlong ‘East Los High: Finale Event’ will debut this fall on the streamer.

(from Fri) ‘Modern Family’ Brings In Jack Burditt & Bill Wrubel As EPs; Chuck Tatham DepartsModern Family, just renewed for Seasons 9 and 10, is reshuffling its senior writing staff. Sitcom veterans Jack Burditt and Bill Wrubel are joining as executive producers. Meanwhile, executive producer Chuck Tatham will be leaving, along with co-executive producer Andy Gordon and consulting producer Christy Stratton.

(sched) Masked Scheduler: The CW reunites ‘Jane the Virgin’ and ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ and that’s a good thingFive nights/two dramas per night. Superheroes/high concept. A little bit of mixing and matching and Voila! A CW schedule. It almost doesn’t matter where the show goes, since The CW seems to rely more on delayed viewing than the other nets, but YAY! “JTV”/”CEGF” together again on Friday night is all I care about.

Upfront 2017: Studios Turn Down Volume as Broadcast Nets Play SafeOf the Big Six television studios, only two — CBS and Warner Bros. — sold more new broadcast series heading into upfronts this year than they did last year. For the rest, volume was either flat or down. “I’m already thinking about next season and how to address this,” said ABC Studios president Patrick Moran. “If the broadcast networks are becoming a little bit more patient and more of the bubble shows found their way back onto the schedule, what is that going to mean going forward?”

New 2017-18 TV Shows Are Mostly White and MaleVariety identified 46 lead and co-lead actor roles, and 42 showrunners and co-showrunners on the 39 new series ordered by the Big Five broadcasters for next season. Of the lead actors, only 20% were Hispanic or non-white, and only 35% were female. Of the showrunners, 10% were non-white or Hispanic and 29% were female.

(review) THR: ‘Twin Peaks’Through its first two hours, David Lynch’s new ‘Twin Peaks’ is unsettling, weird, funny and basically impossible to review.

(review) Variety: ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’
“Twin Peaks: The Return”
is weird and creepy and slow. But it is interesting. The show is very stubbornly itself — not quite film and not quite TV, rejecting both standard storytelling and standard forms. It’s not especially fun to watch and it can be quite disturbing. But there is never a sense that you are watching something devoid of vision or intention. Lynch’s vision is so total and absolute that he can get away with what wouldn’t be otherwise acceptable.


Hugh Grant to Star in BBC Drama About Britain’s "Trial of the Century"He will play Jeremy Thorpe, the first U.K. politician to stand trial for conspiracy and incitement to murder.

Vanessa Bayer to Depart ‘SNL’ After 7 SeasonsThe show’s longest serving female castmember will not be returning next season.

Sasheer Zamata Exiting ‘Saturday Night Live’ After Four SeasonsShe follows fellow castmembers Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer, who are also not returning to the show next season.


Hulu Acquires SVOD Rights To ‘Fresh Off the Boat’, ‘Exorcist’ & ‘Carmichael Show’
has acquired the exclusive subscription streaming video on-demand rights to the complete library of ABC’s comedy series Fresh Off the Boat. In addition to access to all past episodes of the series – including the complete third season – the deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution will also make future episodes of the comedy, renewed for a fourth season, available for streaming the day after they air on ABC.

Viacom CEO: In “Advanced Discussions” For $20/Month Entertainment TV Bundle
and other entertainment-focused programmers are in “very advanced discussions” with cable and satellite companies to offer a bundle without news and sports costing $20 or less a month — and it will “come to life this calendar year” — CEO Bob Bakish told investors. …AMC Networks and Discovery Communications have also been talking to distributors about a low priced package that would include their channels — but not expensive sports networks such as Disney’s ESPN.

(from Fri) Talking With Viacom, NBC for Original Shows
, an app for creating and sharing personal music videos, is in talks with media companies including Viacom Inc. and Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal to make original show programming, set to launch this summer. Scouts for productions have been emphasizing ideas that may broaden’s appeal beyond music, such as comedy and sports.


‘Murder Chose Me’ Renewed For Season 2 By Investigation DiscoveryInvestigation Discovery has given the green light to a 10-episode second season of original series Murder Chose Me for a 2018 premiere. Featuring stories and case files from Rod Demery of Shreveport, LA, the series reflects on his 14 years as a homicide detective – a profession he was drawn to after his mother was murdered.

(review) Variety: ‘The Keepers’ on NetflixIn mood, style, and content, the first installment of “The Keepers” does very little to dissuade a casual viewer from assuming it’s a clone of “Making a Murderer.” Only in its second episode does it become clear that “The Keepers” has a quite different set of themes it wants to explore. …It is hard to watch, but for the right reasons, and ultimately it is an admirable and necessary work, in large part because of its tight focus on the survivors of horrific crimes, not just on those who perpetrated them.


‘The Leopard’ to Be Adapted Into English-Language TV SeriesPlans are under way for an English-language TV adaptation of the classic novel “The Leopard,” by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. …Published posthumously in 1958, “The Leopard” chronicles the changes in Sicilian life and society during the 19th century unification of Italy known as the Risorgimento. The Visconti film won the 1963 Palme d’Or and was nominated for a best costume design Oscar.

Valkyrien visits Oz, Germany
in Australia and Deutsche Telecom in Germany have picked up Nordic noir drama Valkyrien from financier and distributor About Premium Content (APC). The eight-part series, produced by Tordenfilm for NRK and written by showrunner Erik Richter Strand, revolves around an illegal hospital hidden in an Oslo underground station.


Cegielski departs FremantleMedia North America co-CEO role
Craig Cegielski
is leaving FremantleMedia North America, where he has been co-CEO for three years. His co-CEO Jennifer Mullin, will take over as the company’s sole chief executive.

How Megan Ellison Turned Annapurna Into A Powerful Mini-MajorIn only a few short years, Megan Ellison—who started up Annapurna in 2011—has taken a small, vibrant, indie production company and methodically turned it into an impressive mini-major. Those in town are comparing Annapurna to the heyday of Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s Miramax, which dominated the ’90s, but a more appropriate analogy might be Orion Pictures, the prestige indie outfit of the ’80s.


THR: How California’s Billion-Dollar Incentive Program Is Winning Back ProductionsThe new $1.55B program is proving effective in luring TV and film projects including the Ava DuVernay-directed ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ HBO’s ‘Westworld’ and NBC’s ‘This Is Us.’

AdWeek: Infographic: 50% of Gen Z ‘Can’t Live Without YouTube’ and Other Stats That Will Make You Feel OldGeneration Z, the kids and teens born between roughly 1996 and 2010, is gaining power as a consumer segment. And unlike millennials, most of whom witnessed the start of the internet revolution, Gen Z has grown up in an entirely digital world, giving them a totally new outlook that marketers are now racing to understand.

The Verge: How two Disney Imagineers built a better escape room with The NestEscape rooms have become incredibly pervasive over the past few years, but they’re not usually thought of as fantastic storytelling platforms. In Los Feliz, a show called The Nest has been changing that. Designed as a side project by a duo from Walt Disney Imagineering it utilizes serialized radio play elements and detailed set design to tell the tragic life story of a woman named Josie. The Nest transcends its escape room and video game influences, turning a well-known format into a dramatic and emotional experience that is utterly unique.