The Morning Update for Friday, June 30, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, June 30, 2017. Have a great weekend!


J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Developing Amy Silverstein Memoir ‘My Glory Was I Had Such Friends’ As Limited Series
J.J. Abrams’
Bad Robot has acquired Amy Silverstein‘s recently published memoir,My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, to develop as a limited series. In it, Silverstein tells the story of the extraordinary group of women who supported her as she waited on the precipice for a life-saving heart transplant.

Sony Pictures TV Networks Greenlights Detective Procedural Series ‘Carter’ Starring Jerry O’Connell & Sydney PoitierSony Pictures Television Networks has commissioned Carter, a 10-episode comedic detective procedural starring Jerry O’Connell andSydney Poitier, for its international channels, including AXN. Written by Garry Campbell, developed with writer John Tinker and produced by Amaze Film + Television, Carter centers on Harley Mackay (O’Connell), a detective on a hit American TV show who is forced to return to his sleepy hometown after an embarrassing public meltdown in Hollywood. Once back, Carter taps into his acting experience to become a real-life detective, partnering with long-time friend and no-nonsense veteran of the force, Sam St. Clair (Poitier). Scott Smith directs the pilot.

‘Sense8’ Two-Hour Finale Set at NetflixThe sci-fi series, from the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski, was abruptly canceled earlier this month.

‘This Is Us’ & ‘Timeless’ Among TV Projects Awarded California Tax CreditsA resurrected Timeless and Season 2 ofThis Is Us were among the big winners among TV projects receiving lucrative tax credits from California’s incentive program. Although not all allocated, this latest round saw $51 million available for recurring series and $25 million for relocating series, with the upcoming S.W.A.T. revival and Season 7 of HBO’sVeep also getting some of that taxpayer dough.


Designated Survivor Enlists Royal Pains’ Paulo Costanzo as New Regular
Designated Survivor
has tapped Royal Pains alum Paulo Costanzo to join the ABC drama’s second season as a political friend and foil to Sutherland’s POTUS.

‘White Famous’: Jack Davenport, Michael Rapaport, Lyndon Smith & More Set To Recur In Showtime Series
Jack Davenport
, Michael Rapaport, Lyndon Smith, Cleopatra Coleman, and Lucien Laviscount are set for recurring roles opposite Jay Pharoah on Showtime’s new comedy series White Famous from Lionsgate TV.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Amazon Board Channing Tatum’s Romanian Cop-Show Spoof
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
has boarded Channing Tatum’s Romanian cop-show spoof Comrade Detective, which has landed at Amazon for an Aug. 4 premiere. The cop spoof will be presented in Romanian with Romanian actors Florin Piersic Jr. and Corneliu Ulici in the lead roles — and dubbed in English as a Romanian show of that time would have been. The actors will be dubbed over with the voices of Tatum and Gordon-Levitt as the lead characters.


AMC Premiere Has Paradigm-Shift Potential for TV BizIt’s an idea of such bold simplicity that it’s hard to understand why we haven’t already seen it in the marketplace years ago: Rather than forcing TV viewers to sit through commercials, why not allow them to pay extra to avoid them? Comcast is allowing the 19 million subscribers currently paying for its Xfinity TV service to begin accessing AMC Premiere, a new offshoot of the cable network that enables subscribers to pay $5 per month to watch its shows live but without ads. In addition, AMC Premiere will be loaded with exclusive companion content and a tier of movies supplemental to what AMC already offers.


Jennifer Lopez’s ‘World of Dance’ Scores Season 2 Renewal at NBCThe summer competition series has been a rare reality breakout, performing incredibly well after ‘America’s Got Talent.’

Broadcast Nets Aboard For Primetime Special On Future Of High Schools
and NBC have come aboard to simulcast a one-hour special in September focusing on the past, present and future of U.S. high schools. The Entertainment Industry Foundation-sponsored event, EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live, will feature live musical, comedy and documentary segments about the school system, with current Hollywood stars slated to come aboard. The special will air live from Los Angeles on Friday, September 8 from 8-9 PM ET.

Greta Van Susteren Exiting MSNBCAcross all of cable news in the recently wrapped quarter, ‘For the Record’ ranked a lackluster No. 39 among all shows.


BET Networks Names Michael D. Armstrong as New GM
announced a streamlined leadership — most notably naming Viacom International exec Michael D. Armstrong the new general manager of BET Networks. Also moving up in this round of executive shifts are longtime BET Networks staffers Jeanine Liburd and Donna Blackman, who will now serve as chief marketing and communications officer and senior vp business operations, respectively.

Fox Names Julien Noble to Head of Worldwide Digital Marketing
Julien Noble
has been elevated to executive vice president of worldwide digital marketing at 20th Century Fox.

Fuse Taps Patrick Courtney As SVP Digital Strategy & OperationsFuse Media has hiredPatrick Courtney for the newly created position of SVP, digital strategy and operations. He begins his new job July 6 and will report to Fuse Media President and CEO, Michael Schwimmer.

CMT President Brian Philips Exits After 16 YearsViacom veteran Frank Tanki has been named general manager for the network, in addition to his duties at TV Land.

‘Sharknado’ Architect Chris Regina Exits SyfyChris Regina, one of the masterminds behind Syfy acquisition/co-production strategy, including Sharknado, has resigned to pursue a new opportunity. Regina, who had been at Syfy for almost two decades, most recently served as SVP Original Co-Productions, reporting to Entertainment Networks Group president Chris McCumber.

Whoopi Goldberg & Participant’s David Linde Among First-Timers Elected To Movie Academy’s Board Of GovernorsTheAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its new Board of Governors today, and 10 of them are first-timers including Oscar winner and The View mainstayWhoopi Goldberg in the Actors branch and Participant Media CEODavid Lindein the Executives branch.


Variety: Disney Sees Volume Gains for TV Upfront at ABC, Kids’ NetworksThe company said volume was up in the “high single digit” percentage range at broadcast, cable and kids-TV holdings. The company’s Disney/ABC TV operations include the ABC broadcast network. the Freeform cable network and the company’s suite of kids outlets: Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior. The Disney results – which do not include sports-cable division ESPN – suggest advertisers are looking for favorably on TV at a time when they have expressed frustration with digital media.

Variety: ABC Wants to Shake Up Ad Plan Behind ‘American Idol’“We are thinking about ‘Idol’ in a different way,” said Rita Ferro, president of ad sales for Disney/ABC Television Group, in an interview. “It’s really being driven by social involvement and how we can continue the storylines from the show throughout the week.” ABC is pitching advertisers to attach themselves to video related to “Idol” that is distributed digitally on days when the linear show is not on the air. The maneuver suggests TV networks want to use their most popular properties not only to snag traditional 30-second TV ads for soup, soda and smartphones, but also to capture new kinds of commercials that can be beamed to fans armed with mobile screens.

Variety: Gillian Anderson Criticizes ‘X-Files’ All-Male Writing StaffThe “X-Files” star tweeted her disapproval after TVLine reported that the show’s Season 11 writer’s room is comprised of all men. “And 2 out of 207 eps directed by women,” Anderson wrote. “I too look forward to the day when the numbers are different.” She added the hashtag, #TheFutureisFemale.