The Morning Update for Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, May 31, 2017:


IM Global TV To Adapt Sci-Fi Drama ‘The Happiness Machine’ As SeriesIM Global Television has optioned Katie Williams’ soon-to-be-published science fiction drama The Happiness Machine to develop as a TV series. Cake screenwriter Patrick Tobin will pen the adaptation. The story is set in a world where a technology has been created that can determine, with nearly perfect accuracy, what someone needs to do to be happy.

Kevin Hart & T.I. Team For Music Comedy Series ‘The Studio’ In Works At ShowtimeThe Studio, a music-themed office comedy from Kevin Hart, and rapper-actor Tip "T.I." Harris, has landed at Showtime for development. In addition to executive producing, Hart and T.I. are expected to make occasional guest appearances on the show, from Lionsgate TV. Written by Aeysha Carr, The Studio will chronicle the day-to-day and night-to-night antics that happen in a music recording studio.

‘Underground’ Canceled at WGN America as Channel Exits Premium Scripted Business
and OWN are said to have passed on the pricey drama produced by Sony Pictures Television.

‘Making History’ Creator Julius Sharpe Inks Overall Deal With Sony TVMaking History creator Julius Sharpe has signed an overall deal at Sony TV. Under the two-year pact, he will develop new series projects. Sharpe is moving to the indie studio after a lengthy stint at 20th Century Fox Television where he most recently was under an overall deal.

(sched) ‘This Is Us’ Will Stay On Tuesday As NBC Reverses Big Move, Tweaks Fall ScheduleNBC’s breakout drama This Is Us is staying put. NBC has reversed its biggest scheduling move announced at the upfronts earlier this month, which was This Is Us moving from Tuesday to Thursday next fall to anchor a new Must See TV lineup.

(opinion) Masked Scheduler: NBC’s ‘This Is Us’ backpedal has several potential causesJust having spent some time in the biz, my spider senses go in certain directions. [What if:] With the hottest show on in the fall, NBC figured that the Thursday night move would allow them to significantly jack up the CPMs for “This Is Us,” and the advertisers balked. To them, going up against “Scandal” and football and with no “Voice” lead-in — and then going off the air when NBC picks up “Thursday Night Football” — did not justify the increase on Thursday, and NBC blinked.

Cancel Bear predictions wrap-up for 2016-17: Time to hibernateOn the Big 4 networks, 32 of 35 scripted series with an index of 0.5 or better were renewed. On the other end of the chart, 19 of 24 shows with an index of 0.15 or lower were canceled (in both cases, Third Season Rule-protected shows aren’t included in the totals). Of the 101 scripted shows to air this season, the Bear predicted 86 correctly, with 12 incorrect and three tossups.

AdWeek: How TV Land Quietly Became the Go-to Network for Original ComediesOver the past two years, TV Land has become home to a slew of hit original comedy programs. Early experiments, like The Jim Gaffigan Show and Hot in Cleveland, bridged the gap between the typical syndicated shows viewers of TV Land were used to and the new wave of original programming.

(animated) Animaniacs Reboot in Development From Warner Bros., Steven Spielberg
Amblin Television
and Warner Bros. Animation are in early talks to bring back Animaniacs, the Steven Spielberg-produced cartoon series. It’s unclear which network would host the new Animaniacs, which originally aired on Fox Kids from 1993 to 1995, before moving over to Kids’ WB for an additional three years.


‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’: Miles Gaston Villanueva Cast As Lyle Menendez
Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Murders
has tapped The Young and the Restless alum Miles Gaston Villanueva for the role of Lyle Menendez in NBC’s upcoming anthology series.

Juno Temple & Janelle Monae To Star In ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’ EpisodeJuno Temple and Janelle Monae are set for lead roles in an episode of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams sci-fi anthology series from Ronald D. Moore, Michael Dinner, Bryan Cranston and Sony Pictures TV.


Priyanka Chopra Joins Rebel Wilson’s ‘Isn’t It Romantic,’ ‘A Kid Like Jake’With her ABC show Quantico” on summer hiatus, Priyanka Chopra is making waves on the big screen. She is in negotiations to join the indie drama “A Kid Like Jake,” starring Jim Parsons and Claire Danes, and is also in talks to board the New Line comedy “Isn’t It Romantic” opposite Rebel Wilson. Chopra will shoot “A Kid Like Jake” in June and then immediately begin production on “Isn’t It Romantic” in July before returning to “Quantico” this fall.

‘Pirates’ Pushes Disney Global Box Office Past $3 Billion for 2017While the domestic box office is experiencing a major slump, Disney stands out as the studio with the mostest — as of Tuesday morning, Disney crossed the $3 billion mark in global box office. About two thirds of those ticket sales have from from the international box office, $1.9 billion, while domestic grosses account for $1.1 billion.


DirecTV Now launches on Roku
video streaming service, DirecTV Now, has launched on Roku devices in the US.The service offers more than 20,000 on-demand shows and movies and over 120 live channels, with users able to choose different monthly pricing packages – ranging from US$35 to US$70 per-month. The channel line-up includes ABC, AMC, BBC America, Bravo, Comedy Central, Discovery, Fox, Fox News Channel, FX, MSNBC, NBC, and TNT.

Twitter to Livestream Five BBC Specials as U.K. General Election ApproachesThe BBC is teaming up with Twitter to livestream five special events in the run-up to the U.K. general election June 8. The specials will be livestreamed and available via

(sched) Apple Music Sets ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Series Premiere Date After Delay
plans to premiere “Carpool Karaoke: The Series,” an original series based on the viral sketch bit from CBS’s “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” on Aug. 8 — four months after the tech giant previously expected.

Amazon Tried Reinventing HSN but Failed
attempt to re-invent HSN and QVC for a younger generation has ended.After 15 months on the air, Amazon canceled the live fashion and beauty series "Style Code Live." Amazon posted on the show’s social media accounts on Friday:


Anthony Mason To Fill In On ‘CBS Evening News” As Scott Pelley ExitsExpect the familiar face of CBS News Senior National Correspondent Anthony Mason to take over for Scott Pelley as anchor of CBS Evening News, for now. CBS News has yet to officially announce Pelley’s exit from the newscast, word of which broke Tuesday when the news operation cleaned out his office while he was on assignment for 60 Minutes.

Vanessa Hudgens Joins ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ as Judge for Season 14
Vanessa Hudgens
will join the judges’ panel on “So You Think You Can Dance” this summer. The “High School Musical” alum becomes the third judge for Season 14, alongside Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, who will return after a long hiatus from the Fox show.


CTV Picks Up ‘Young Sheldon,’ Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ and ‘The Gifted’The Canadian broadcaster also nabbed the ‘Roseanne’ revival and Shondaland’s ‘For the People’ after shopping on studio lots during the Los Angeles Screenings.

LA Screenings: How the Glut of Military Shows Will Fare OverseasInternational buyers are split on this year’s crop of patriotic dramas. The trend is perhaps an attempt to reach the country’s many viewers between the coasts in the wake of the presidential election — but do the America-touting series appeal to the international community? "If you want escapism, it’s the wrong thing. It could work but I doubt it."

Newlyweds to Compete on BBC Show to Fill Primetime Gap Left by ‘The Voice’Newlyweds will compete against each other on the day of their nuptials on primetime British TV in “Wedding Day Winners,” a new BBC show that producers hope might follow other entertainment formats like “Got Talent” and “Strictly Come Dancing” across the Atlantic. Each one-hour episode of “Wedding Day Winners” will feature two couples competing against each other in challenges and games on their wedding day, with the winners getting a dream honeymoon.


It’s Official: Kelly Kahl, Thom Sherman Take CBS Entertainment Reins
Glenn Geller
is stepping down from his role as CBS Entertainment president, two months after suffering a mild heart attack. CBS has opted to reconfigure its entertainment leadership, with plans to promote longtime scheduling chief Kelly Kahl and recruit Thom Sherman from the CW.

(q&a) Leslie Moonves Talks Leadership Transition at CBS Entertainment

Variety: Have you given Kelly and Thom any specific marching orders for development or other priorities?
Moonves: We’ve been programming CBS similarly for a long time. Kelly knows what works here. Thom has some ideas about expanding. One of the things we talked about was expanding the palette of CBS. He comes from a place where the programming is slightly different. We’ve had some very interesting philosophical conversations. But my watchword to them both is: Make it good and they’ll find us.

FremantleMedia North America Names Dante Di Loreto Scripted President
FremantleMedia North America
has named Dante Di Loreto president of scripted entertainment. In his new role, Di Loreto will oversee the company’s existing slate and develop new series for its pipeline. He will report to FremantleMedia North America CEO Jennifer Mullin.

Johanna Fuentes Promoted to Run Showtime CommunicationsShe steps into the role most recently held by industry vet Trisha Cardoso, who will depart in June to run the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation.


(opinion) THR: The First Read on the 2017 Emmys RaceIn this first installment of his weekly projections, THR’s awards columnist looks at the drama series, comedy series, limited series and TV movie categories, as well as their respective acting races.


Variety: Networks, Ad Buyers Jostle to Try to Spark TV’s Upfront MarketTV networks and advertisers have begun early-stage negotiations as part of the industry’s annual “upfront” ad-sales market, according to six people familiar with the pace of discussions. No one is believed to have begun writing business with any degree of earnestness, and several executives caution that marketers have yet to file their full budgets. CBS, NBCUniversal and ABC are among the media companies that have begun having discussions, according to the people familiar with the talks.

Wrap: SAG-AFTRA to Begin Contract Negotiations With Producers on Wednesday
is set to begin official contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on Wednesday.