The Morning Update for Thursday, July 13, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, July 13, 2017:


Jerry Bruckheimer TV Inks Overall Deal With CBS
has inked a three-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios. The company has returned to the studio system after leaving its long-standing relationship with Warner Bros. Television to explore the open market.

‘Once Upon A Time’ EP David H. Goodman Re-Ups Overall Deal With ABC StudiosOnce Upon a Timeis keeping executive producer David H. Goodman in the fold. Goodman has signed a new two-year overall deal with ABC Studios, the studio behind the ABC fairytale drama. Under the pact, he’ll continue as an executive produce on the series while also developing new projects.

Michael Rauch Re-Ups Overall Deal With CBS TV StudiosOn the heels of his CBS drama pilotInstinct going to series for next season, Michael Rauch has inked a new overall deal with the studio behind the project, CBS Studios. Under the pact, he will serve as executive producer and showrunner on Instinct, toplined by Alan Cumming, while also developing new projects for the studio.

‘Atlanta’ Producer Paul Simms Signs Overall Deal at FXPThe veteran scribe and producer will stay on at the hit comedy, simultaneously developing new projects for FX networks.

‘Castle Rock’ On Hulu: Michael Uppendahl To Direct J.J. Abrams/Stephen King SeriesProlific TV episodic director Michael Uppendahl has landed his first pilot gig. Uppendahl has been tapped to helm the first episode of Hulu‘s upcoming psychological-horror straight-to-series drama Castle Rock, from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King. Uppendahl also will be a co-executive producer on the series, which hails from Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV, serving as the show’s producing director.

‘Claws’ Renewed for Season 2 at TNT
has renewed rookie drama Claws for a second season. The series, which was initially developed for HBO, hails from Warner Horizon Television and will return in 2018.

THR: Take Me to the Pilots ’17: ABC’s ‘The Mayor’As premise pilots go, The Mayor is livelier and feels less perfunctory than Ghosted, actually giving the main character a central conflict — to rap or to rule! — and showing some of the complications of his election while building out a solid supporting cast around the very likable Hall. Yvette Nicole Brown as the main character’s mother is the clear standout, but Bernard David Jones and Marcel Spears as his two buddies have promise.

(review) Variety: ‘Salvation’ on CBSThere are conspiracies and surveillance and murders, but those are honestly take away from the asteroid concept in an attempt to somehow make that more interesting. But the idea of an asteroid coming to kill everyone is interesting on its own; there doesn’t need to be a conspiracy against the people trying to stop it. “Salvation” has an interesting story somewhere deep down — and a cast that’s mostly capable — but it doesn’t care to tell it.

(review) THR: ‘Friends From College’It’s very rarely funny and the characters are all unappealing, even though they’re played by actors who, in most cases, have almost always been tremendously appealing elsewhere. It veers wildly in tone, gunning for sentimental and emotional moments at exactly the moments its characters are least sympathetic, and then following those with sequences of broad farce that feel cribbed from a dozen better (and worse) sitcoms.


‘Ghosted’ Fox Comedy Adds ‘Carmichael Show’s Amber Stevens West In Recasting
Amber Stevens West
will play Annie, a smart, fun and down-to-earth tech specialist/weapons expert at the Bureau Underground. …West replaces Edi Patterson who played the role in the pilot.

‘Orphan Black’ Star Kristian Bruun Joins Jerry O’Connell in AXN Detective Drama ‘Carter’‘X-Men’ star John Bourgeois and Sherry Miller also board the procedural shooting in northern Ontario.

‘Chicago P.D.’: Jon Seda to Return for Season 5The actor departed the cop drama midway through season four to become a series regular on the since-canceled ‘Chicago Justice.’


‘Insecure’: HBO Makes First Season Of Issa Rae Comedy Available For FreeAll eight episodes of the Issa Rae comedy’s freshman run will be available for 24 hours on YouTube and starting at 3 AM PT on July 23. Season 2 launches at 10:30 that night.

Slate Launches Weekly Facebook Live Talk Show Produced in Virtual Reality
is launching a new weekly Facebook Live show, with a twist: “Conundrums” is being produced entirely in virtual reality, with actors and other celebrities joining Slate Culture Editor Dan Kois in the virtual world with the help of more-or-less lifelike avatars.


‘Bridezillas’ Reboot Greenlit At WE tv For 2018 PremiereBridezillas, the wedding show reality series that became a cultural phenomenon and spawned the hit Marriage Boot Camp franchise, is getting a reboot at WE tv. The network said today it has ordered 10 new hour-long episodes for premiere next year.

Tamron Hall Teams With Weinstein Television for Daytime Talk ShowCurrently in development, the untitled project will feature a mix of current events, human-interest stories and in-depth celebrity and newsmaker interviews. The daily series will be shot in front of a live studio audience. Former NBC Domestic Television Distribution president Barry Wallach has been tapped to consult on the project.

‘Beat Shazam’ Renewed for Season 2 at FoxThe singing show has proved to be the bigger success of the network’s summer reality slate.

Police Docuseries ‘Live PD’ Picked Up for 100 More Episodes at A&EThat accounts for 300 more hours of the live police unscripted series, which is hosted by Dan Abrams.

(sched) ABC Sets New Premiere Date for ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Season 4
announced that the Bachelor spinoff will make its highly anticipated return with a two-night premiere on Aug. 14 and Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

BBC and CBS Forge News Pact, Leaving ABC and Sky Out of the PictureThe BBC and CBS are joining forces on news and will share resources on both sides of the Atlantic in a deal that sees the British public broadcaster end its previous news deal with ABC while CBS ends its agreement with Sky.


Netflix Orders ‘Elite,’ Its Second Original From Spain
has ordered its second original Spanish series, Elite, which focuses on teens at a posh private school in Spain. The drama is scheduled for a worldwide premiere on Netflix in 2019.

Elite tells the story of teens that get into Spain’s most elite private school only to find three students from underprivileged families admitted when their public school crumbles because of an earthquake. Tensions run high and culminate in a murder. But who committed the crime


Amazon Appoints New Comedy, Drama Heads in Executive ShuffleThe streamer has named Nick Hall as head of drama and has upped Gina Kwon and Ryan Andolina to co-heads of comedy. In addition, programming executives Marc Resteghini and Jill Arthur have been tapped to oversee Amazon’s current hourlong series and half-hour series, respectively.


Variety: Netflix Leases Even More Space at Hollywood’s Sunset Bronson Studios
is taking over even more sound-stage and office space at the historic Sunset Bronson Studios site in Hollywood, where its L.A. base of operations is now located. The company has signed a new agreement with Hudson Pacific Properties, the property’s owner, for another 43,000 square feet at Sunset Bronson.

Deadline: NBCU Ends Upfront Ad Sales Helped By Interest In Audience Targeting Data
NBCUniversal has wrapped up its upfront ad sales season — apparently with stronger than expected price increases, similar to its major media colleagues. The company says that unit prices for each 1,000 viewers NBC broadcast network attracts increased by a high single digit percentage. It also saw high single digit increases for its prime time line up — including late night and sports but not the Super Bowl, Olympics or World Cup.

Deadline: AT&T To Offer Cloud-Based DVR To Streaming ServicesAT&T is about to introduce a cloud-based DVR as part of its effort to create a unified platform across DirecTV and its DirecTV Now streaming service — with U-verse to be added “in the coming years” — the company says this morning. The telco will offer it for beta testing this summer to invited DirecTV Now customers.

AdAge: Facebook Plans a $200 Wireless Oculus VR Headset
is taking another stab at turning its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset into a mass-market phenomenon. Later this year, the company plans to unveil a cheaper, wireless device that the company is betting will popularize VR the way Apple did the smartphone.