The Morning Update for Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Wednesday, August 9, 2017:


Disney says it will pull films off Netflix, launch an ESPN streaming service in 2018 and a Disney-branded streaming service in 2019Disney intends to remove its movies from Netflix. Instead, Disney plans to launch a branded direct-to-consumer streaming service in 2019 starting in the U.S. and expanding globally. Netflix said Disney movies will be available through the end of 2018 on its platform. Marvel TV shows will remain. The new platform will be the home for all Disney movies going forward. It will also be making a "significant investment" in exclusive movies and television series for the new platform.

…The company will also launch its own ESPN video streaming service in early 2018. The platform, which will feature about 10,000 sporting events each year, will have content from the MLB, NHL, MLS, collegiate sports and tennis’ Grand Slam events. …To power the services, Disney is buying a majority ownership of BAM Tech for $1.58 billion.

WGN America Adds Three Crime Dramas in Latest Acquisition Push…Swedish drama ‘100 Code,’ starring the late Michael Nyqvist, as well as ‘Shoot the Messenger’ and ‘Pure’ join a lineup including recently acquired ‘Bellevue’ as the cabler shifts from pricey originals.

‘Insecure’ and ‘Ballers’ Renewed at HBO…The comedies will return for seasons three and four, respectively.

‘The Passage’: Fox Pilot To Likely Undergo Reshoots, In Contention For Fall 2018The Passage, Fox’s high-profile vampire drama pilot from Liz Heldens, Matt Reeves, Scott Free and 20th Century Fox TV, is eyeing possible reshoots, though the network brass continues to be high on the adaptation of Justin Cronin’s fantasy book trilogy. The pilot, directed by Marcos Siega and starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, was shot off-cycle and has been delivered to the network for midseason consideration. …Underscoring Fox’s faith in The Passage, the network and the studio are funding a writers room with an eye towards potential re-shoots.

‘How I Met Your Mother’ Spinoff To Get Another Shot With New Writers, ‘Modern Family’ & ‘Empire’ Spinoffs Also Possible… With Aptaker and Berger no longer available, “the studio will try (developing a spinoff) with different writers,” Fox chairman Dana Walden told Deadline. No previous HIMYM spinoff ideas will be carried over. “They will be starting from scratch,” she said of the new effort, potentially for next season, which is currently looking for writers.

(animated) ‘King of the Hill’ May Be Revived at FoxFox Television Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden says the network has had "preliminary" conversations with creators Greg Daniels and Mike Judge. "The meeting was probably two and a half months ago. They’re both very busy and it was really just a first exploratory, ‘Are you excited about this? Is there potential in that future?’ And they were both excited about it, but they’re working on a lot of different things individually, so it’s about finding time."

(review) THR: ‘Get Shorty’ on EpixEpix launches its best series yet with this charming, addictive adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel and 1995 film ‘Get Shorty.’ What happened with Get Shorty is that creator and writer Davey Holmes absolutely understands the DNA that made Leonard’s book work, and yet creatively reimagines his own scenario where thieves and Hollywood intersect for a combination of violence and humor. It’s a tonally difficult balancing act that, in the span of the first three episodes, never falters.


Peter Krause to Star in Ryan Murphy’s Fox Procedural ‘911’…He’ll topline the straight-to-series drama opposite Angela Bassett, with ‘AHS’ exec producer Tim Minear boarding as showrunner and McG signing on to direct the pilot. Picked up straight to series in May, the procedural explores the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics and firefighters who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations.

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Taps Philip Winchester to Reprise ‘Chicago Justice’ Role…The ‘Strike Back’ alum has joined the cast of the long-running drama.

‘The Goldbergs’: Sam Lerner Upped To Series Regular For Season 5
Sam Lerner, who has recurred since Season 2 of ABC’s hit comedy series The Goldbergs, has been promoted to series regular for the fifth season.


Fox to Launch New Singing Competition Series ‘The Four’…Four singers chosen from auditions by the show’s panel of experts will defend their spots as they’re challenged by singers seeking to replace them, the release said. Viewers will select the challengers from auditions shown online. If one of the original singers is deemed to be “outperformed,” he or she will be replaced by a challenger. The final four will compete against each other until the end of the season, when one will be declared the winner.

Discovery Channel Orders ‘Garage Rehab’ SeriesThe show follows Richard Rawlings, from the network’s ‘Fast N’ Loud,’ and his team as they help struggling shop owners.

(review) Variety: ‘Carpool Karaoke’ on Apple Music… But on its own, “Carpool Karaoke’s” weaknesses are magnified. The segment always had a bit of overenthusiasm for celebrity; the viewer is invited into a private hangout but can’t participate, as notable names and famous faces joke and sing with each other. This is unfortunate, because at its most successful, “Carpool Karaoke” makes its participants unassuming and even relatable.


BBC3 preps British Muslim firstBBC3 is preparing a comedy show from a YouTube star who is set to become the first British Muslim to have his own scripted series on the online service. Coconut is the first scripted comedy series to come from UK prodco Big Deal Films and features comedian Humza Arshad as a tweed-wearing, hard Brexit-supporting ‘gentleman documentarian’ and star host of Pak Nation TV, who wants to become an authority on UK life and culture.


In A Surprise Twist, John Bailey Named Film Academy President…In a surprise twist, cinematographer John Bailey became the 36th president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night.


Axios: Tech giants could beat out TV networks for sports dealsAmazon agreed to pay NFL "$50 million for streaming rights to 10 Thursday Night Football games… five times what Twitter paid last season.For now, streaming is a mere sideshow to television in sports… But Amazon’s encroachment should give media investors pause. …As those rights come due, the networks could enter an unwinnable bidding war with Amazon, Facebook and Alphabet. …By 2020, "Wall Street predicts, the big four TV networks and their parent companies — with their theme parks, movies, and other ventures — will generate a combined $30 billionin free cash flow. Alphabet, Facebook, and Amazon… more than $100 billion."

Lifehacker: The Facebook Mom Problem Is Real

…My mom loves me. But she also “likes” me—a lot. And apparently, when she does so on Facebook, it’s hurting my chances of becoming the next viral sensation. On his blog, engineer Chris Aldrich explains what he calls The Facebook Algorithm Mom Problem. When you post something on Facebook, and your mom is the first to like it (and how can she not? she’s your mom!), Facebook thinks it’s a family-related piece of content and sets the audience accordingly.