The Morning Update for Monday, September 25, 2017

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, September 25th, 2017.


SCRIPTED NEWS:

Mike Schur Has Two New Comedies in Development at NBC

The Good Place and Brooklyn Nine-Nine creator Mike Schur has two new shows in the works. According to Deadline, NBC is developing two shows executive produced by Schur. The first is an untitled half-hour musical comedy written by Good Place co-executive producers Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, set in New York City, and co-executive produced by Hamilton’s Jeffrey Sellers(spiltsider)

Ratings: Star Trek: Discovery’s Special CBS Premiere Draws 8 Million Viewers

Pending adjustment due to NFL and thus 60 Minutes overrun, Star Trek: Discovery‘s special linear CBS showcase on Sunday night drew 8.2 million total viewers and a 1.6 demo rating in fast nationals. Though exact numbers have not been made available, the new Trek also led CBS All Access — the exclusive home to the (tvline)

Amy Sherman-Palladino & Daniel Palladino Ink Amazon Studios Overall Deal

Amazon Studios has signed an overall deal with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, the duo behind the upcoming Amazon original series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Under the multi-year pact, Sherman-Palladino and Palladino will work on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which debuts this fall on Prime Video, as well as develop new series for the streaming service. Written, directed and executive produced by Gilmore Girls creator Sherman-Palladino and executive produced by…(deadline)

TV Review: ‘Me, Myself & I,’ Starring Bobby Moynihan and John Larroquette

In this ambitious sitcom, the audience is introduced to the same character in three different timelines — at three very different life stages.|

There’s 14-year-old Alex (Jack Dylan Grazer), 40-year-old Alex (Bobby Moynihan), and 65-year-old Alex (John Larroquette), all at transitional points in their lives — moving, divorce, retirement. Structurally, it’s an interesting approach, but..(variety)

Bill Clinton-James Patterson ‘President’ Adaptation Lands a Series Order at Showtime
CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves is said to have been instrumental in landing the drama for his corporate sibling, with film studios and streaming services also competing for the hot package. (thr)

Kyra Sedgwick Returns to TV With a New Outlook on ‘Ten Days in the Valley’

The Emmy-winning ‘Closer’ star talks to THR about her role behind the camera, working with a female creator and how she tapped into her own experiences for the ABC drama.(thr)


CASTING NEWS:

Ben Platt Will Play Will’s Love Interest on ‘Will & Grace’

The Tony-award winner’s secretive role was revealed at the Tribeca TV Festival (tv insider)

Empire Promotes Rumer Willis to Full-Fledged Series Regular in Season 4

Rumor had it we’d be seeing a lot more of Tory Ash this season on Empire, and now we know why: Rumer Willis is an official full-timer. TVLine has learned exclusively that the Fox hit — which kicks off its fourth season on Wednesday (8/7c) — has upped the actress-singer to a series regular. (tvline)

‘Teen Wolf’ Star Tyler Posey Joins MTV’s ‘Scream’ (Exclusive)

The news comes a day after ‘Teen Wolf’ wrapped its six-season run on the Viacom cable network. (thr)


FEATURE NEWS:

‘Kingsman’ hits target, ‘Lego Ninjago’ disappoints as franchises hit and miss at box office

R-rated thrill rides continue to rule the box office with 20th Century Fox’s profane spy sequel “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” and New Line Cinema’s horror “It” dominating the top spots. A sequel to the 2015 hit “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” the $104-million film debuted just below analysts’ predictions…(latimes)

Pitch Perfect 3 Trailer: The Bellas Are Back Aca-at It Again With the Unaccompanied Musical Numbers

Just when the Barden Bellas think they’re out, something pulls them right back into the whole singing-with-other-people-but-without-instruments game. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, and Hailee Steinfeld (remember how she was in the last movie?) all return in the third installment of the Pitch Perfect franchise, where they go on …


NEW MEDIA / SVOD NEWS:

John Landgraf Mounts His Silicon Valley Counteroffensive With New Service FX+

When FX Networks launched its new commercial-free offshoot, FX+, earlier this month, 16 of its series past and present were offered only to Comcast subscribers for $5.99 per month. Now the 21st Century Fox-owned cable group is announcing that when FX+ makes Cox Communications its second pay-TV partner in October, the available library will double… (variety)


NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Report: American Idol Eyes Luke Bryan as Second Judge on ABC Reboot

Huntin’, Fishin’, Lovin’ & Judgin’? Country singer Luke Bryan reportedly is on board to serve as a judge on Season 16 of American Idol, according to our sister site Variety. He joins anchor judge Katy Perry, whose deal for the ABC revival was confirmed in May. As previously reported, Ryan Seacrest will return as host of Idol…(tvline)

Paramount Network Sets January Launch Date; Kicks Off With Live ‘Lip Sync Battle’

We’ve got an official launch date and a new logo. Paramount Network will debut on January 18, 2018. Viacom’s rebranded Spike TV will kick off at 9 PM ET/PT with a live one-hour episode of Lip Sync Battlefrom the Paramount lot in Hollywood. Details will be announced in the coming weeks. Later in January, Paramount Network will premiere six-part event series Waco starring Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, John Leguizamo, and Melissa Benoist. On the heels of the 25th…(deadline)


TWDC NEWS:

Star Wars Rebels Season 4 TV Schedule

Star Wars Rebels will return for its fourth and final season beginning in less than a month. If you want to get your viewing schedule set, the Force is on your side. DisneyXD just released the schedule for the first part of the season. It looks like many episodes will…(the disney blog)


EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Dwayne Johnson Is Starting an Ad Agency With Biz Partner Dany Garcia

It’s a 77-and-sunny Sunday in Vancouver, and Dwayne Johnson, the mega-celebrity otherwise known as The Rock, is here to shoot “Skyscraper,” an action thriller in which he plays a war-vet-turned-security professional framed for setting on fire a building he was meant to protect. This, his 32nd feature, is the latest project out of Seven Bucks Productions, the company he founded in 2012 with Dany Garcia, his business partner, manager and ex-wife. (ad age)

Lifetime Ups Kannie Yu LaPack To SVP Publicity & Public Affairs

Lifetime has promoted Kannie Yu LaPack to SVP Publicity and Public Affairs for Lifetime and Lifetime Movies, from her previous role as VP Publicity. Based in Los Angeles, Yu LaPack oversees the Lifetime and Lifetime Movies publicity teams in all consumer, trade, awards strategy and public affairs initiatives. She reports to Michael Feeny, EVP Corporate Communications, A+E Networks. Yu LaPack was responsible for overseeing the launch of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody, AFI and…(deadline)

Casey Affleck’s Production Company Signs Deal With Amazon Studios (EXCLUSIVE)

Casey Affleck’s newly launched production company Sea Change Media has signed an exclusive first look deal with Amazon Studios, Variety has learned. It makes sense that Affleck’s banner would want to hang its hat with Amazon. The actor picked up an Oscar for best actor for his work in “Manchester by the Sea,” which Amazon… (variety)


MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

California Production Tax Credit Boosting Below-the-Line Work by 12% in 2016

California’s below-the-line entertainment industry employees saw a 12% hike in hours worked in 2016, compared with 2014, the state’s film commission reported Monday. The commission said the hike was due to the expansion of the state’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program, which is aimed at halting the erosion of California-based production to states with…(variety)

They Took a Knee

Terrell Suggs took a knee. Leonard Fournette took a knee. At a game played in London on Sunday afternoon, many of their fellow Ravens and Jaguars took a knee. Before the Lions met the Falcons in Detroit on Sunday, Rico LaVelle sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” And then he took a knee. (the atlantic)

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