The Morning Update for Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, May 23, 2017:


Fox Update: Network Passes On All Remaining PilotsIt’s now official, with Fox passing on its remaining pilots, comedies Linda From HR, starring Lauren Graham, Type A, toplined by Eva Longoria who already had indicated she would not continue, and Thin Ice as well as dramas University Project andBehind Enemy Lines all from 20th TV.

Weinstein TV Nabs Oliver Stone’s ‘Guantanamo’ Prison Drama
Oliver Stone
is teaming with Weinstein Television for a scripted drama about Guantanamo Bay. Written by Daniel Voll, Guantanamo focuses specifically on the detainees held in one of the world’s most controversial prisons, and those who defend and condemn them. Voll will serve as showrunner on the series, with Stone set to direct all season one episodes — marking his TV directorial debut. Alexandra Milchan will produce with Weinstein Television. No network is yet attached to the drama, and Weinstein TV plans to shop the project in the coming weeks.

‘Chicago Justice’ Canceled By NBC After One SeasonNBC has made its decision on the remaining Chicago drama, opting not to renew freshman Chicago Justice for a second season.

(animated) ‘Ben 10’ Gets Second Season at Cartoon NetworkThe network is also expanding its revived property to include new console and mobile games.


‘The Originals’ Star Tapped to Play Robert Durst in Lifetime Movie
Katharine McPhee
will play his first wife, Kathie, who went missing in 1982.


Megyn Kelly’s Sunday Night NBC Show to Premiere June 4The first hour of her show will face CBS News’ formidable ’60 Minutes.’

‘Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath’ Gets Two-Hour Special
‘Merchants of Fear’
will explore the complicated relationship between the Church and its vocal critics. The special will also offer a sneak peek at season two.

(ratings) Cable News Ratings Upheaval: Maddow and Cooper Dominate, Fox Slips With Rare Week at No. 3A week filled with developments from the Trump administration has MSNBC leading primetime and CNN boasting total-day demo victories.

TMZ: Katy Perry Scores $25 Million for ‘American Idol’ Deal
Katy Perry
is getting a staggering $25 MILLION to judge "American Idol" … this according to sources familiar with the negotiation.


Sky1 lives the dream with Big Talk dramedy

Sky1 in the UK has commissioned a comedy drama series about a British family that decides to move to Florida. Living the Dream is being produced by Big Talk Productions. The six-part series stars Philip Glenister and Lesley Sharp as the husband and wife team who decide to uproot their teenage children and head to the sunshine state. The show has been created and written by Mick Ford and will be directed by Saul Metzstein and Philippa Langdale.


The Ringer: Why Does Everyone Want ESPN to Fail?For the first time in 40 years, people aren’t just criticizing ESPN. They’re savoring its decline. …Why would anyone be smiling about ESPN’s decline? Well, the biggest reason is the simplest: ESPN was too big to fail — or so we were told. Just four years ago, an Atlantic article called “The Global Dominance of ESPN” reported that the network was thriving thanks to high subscription fees, savvy rights deals, and a lustrous brand. “Other networks need to create hits,” Artie Bulgrin, an ESPN executive, told the magazine. “We don’t. We are a destination network, not a network with destination programming. People tune in to ESPN without even knowing what’s on.”


Showtime Taps ABC’s Jana Winograde as President of Business OperationsLongtime ABC executive Jana Winograde has joined Showtime. She will serve in the newly created role of president of West Coast business operations, where she will oversee the network’s production, program operations and business affairs teams. She also will be responsible for leading the financial and business strategy related to the acquisition, development and distribution of Showtime content. Winograde will start in mid-August. The network has also promoted veteran exec Steve Rogers to executive vp business affairs.

MRC Taps Legendary TV’s Peter Johnson as President of TV DevelopmentThe veteran executive will oversee the development and selling of the studio’s television projects.

Leslie Moonves Extends CBS Corp. Contract Through June 2021
Leslie Moonves
has set a two-year extension of his contract that will keep him at the helm of CBS Corp. as chairman-CEO through June 2021.

Twitter Hires Former Bloomberg Video Exec Todd Swidler to Run Live Video Business
has hired Todd Swidler, a longtime media executive who was instrumental to Bloomberg’s video strategy, to run its live video business.

Kevin Brockman Joins Second Stage Theater Board of Directors
Kevin Brockman
, executive vice president of global communications for Disney/ABC Television Group, has joined Second Stage Theater’s Board of Directors.

TV Upfronts: 8 Studio Chiefs on Ownership, Surprises and the Passes That Hurt MostWith series orders at a five-year low, the faces responsible for producing broadcast’s new crop of shows open up about the ownership push, frustrating trends, surprising pickups and passes.


AP: The final days of the Ringling Bros. circus
One of Ringling’s two traveling circuses performed its final show Sunday in New York. The other closed this month in Providence, and with it, the end to a way of life few others have experienced. The Associated Press was allowed to observe it extensively.