Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, May 14 2018.
ABC has ordered dramas Grand Hotel, Whiskey Cavalier, and The Fix to series.
ABC has ordered the period comedy The Kids Are Alright to series.
ABC has ordered the comedy Single Parents to series.
I hear that the comedic soap, from ABC Studios, is very much alive and remains in priority development. I hear the project is opening a writers room to generate three additional scripts and the cast of the pilot — led by Bellamy Young and Vanessa Williams, who I hear both tested very well — are being extended.
Comedies American Housewife, Black-ish, and Fresh Off the Boat have been renewed by ABC.
ABC has renewed How to Get Away With Murder for a fifth season.
It’s official: NBC has revived Brooklyn Nine-Nine for a 13-episode sixth season.
Rise has been canceled at NBC after just one season.
Great News has been canceled after two seasons at NBC.
Fortune didn’t favor The Brave.
The writing was on the wall when NBC recently pulled action drama Taken off the schedule. Now the series based on the Taken movie franchise has been officially canceled.
Last Man Standing is back on its feet.
The DC Comics drama needs only 13 episodes to get to the mark needed for syndication.
It was never really in doubt, but Fox has confirmed the long-running animated series by Seth MacFarlane, Family Guy, will return to its schedule. Bob’s Burgers is also a go for a ninth season by Fox.
Fox’s well received but low rated horror drama series The Exorcist has been axed after two seasons.
Lucifer has been canceled at Fox after three seasons.
CBS just picked up five more pilots to series — one comedy and four dramas. Included in the latest bushel of new 2018-19 shows is the network’s Magnum P.I. remake and Ava DuVernay’s The Red Line, which stars Noah Wyle.
CBS has renewed dramas Criminal Minds and Instinct and comedies Man With a Plan and Life in Pieces for its 2018-19 schedule. Also returning for another round is Celebrity Big Brother.
CBS has just added more shows to this week’s growing list of cancellations, as both Superior Donuts and Scorpion have been canceled this morning by the network.
The CW has made its new series orders. The network has ordered two reboots, Charmed, from Jane the Virgin creator-showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman; and Roswell, New Mexico(fka Roswell) executive produced by The Originals creator-showrunner Julie Plec. Also picked up are In the Dark, from Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films; and All American (fka untitled April Blair/Spencer Paysinger) from Berlanti Prods. and L.A. Galaxy soccer player Robbie Rogers.
The CW has renewed iZombie for a fifth season. The series was on the bubble, but it has done ok ratings-wise and has an established fan base.
Based on the indie film starring Scott Ryan, the six-episode series will debut in the fall.
The Parker clan will continue to put the funny in dysfunnyctional. The Detour has been renewed for Season 4, TBS announced on Friday, some six weeks after the Season 3 finale aired. Created, written and executive-produced by Jason Jones and Samantha Bee, the family comedy stars Jones, Natalie Zea, Ashley Gerasimovich and Liam Carroll.
RuPaul is heading to Netflix as the star of AJ and the Queen, a new original comedy series. RuPaul Charles has teamed with 2 Broke Girls co-creator and former Sex and the City showrunner Michael Patrick King on the project, which has received a 10-episode order form the Internet network.
More danger is ahead for Will Robinson and his family, now that Netflix has renewed its Lost in Space reboot for a second season.
The drama loses its two star players, with both roles now needing to be recast.
Fox announced Sunday that the action drama Lethal Weapon has been renewed for a third season with American Pie‘s Seann William Scott taking over the co-lead role from Clayne Crawford, who was fired last week for inappropriate on-set behavior.
Timothy Olyphant is negotiating to co-star in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, the film Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed and is prepping for production in Los Angeles for Sony Pictures.
Beauty and The Beast screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos has been tapped to write the third GI Joe film for Paramount and Allspark Pictures.
After an all-night auction in Cannes, Annapurna Pictures has won U.S. rights off promo to buzzed-about Nicole Kidman crime-thriller Destroyer in what we understand to be a mid-seven-figure deal for U.S only with a significant release commitment taking total pact to eight figures.
Universal has picked up U.S. rights to 355, a buzzy spy thriller with Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, and Lupita Nyong’o, out of this year’s Cannes Film Festival market. Simon Kinberg will direct.
NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:
Project Runway is going home. The hit reality-TV competition series is returning to its original basic cable stomping ground, Bravo.
The Champions edition will join the summer flagship on the network’s 2018-19 schedule.
Lysa Heslov, director, co-writer and producer of 2017 documentary Served Like A Girl, has teamed up with Matador Content and producer Wendy Finerman to make an eight-part docuseries based on the film.
The BBC’s Peaky Blinders triumphed at BAFTA’s British Academy Television Awards, which were handed out Sunday night. The crime drama won best drama series beating out Netflix’s The Crown, which missed out for the second successive year.
Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg has raised around $800 million to back his video startup NewTV from a group of investors that include major media companies, according to published reports.
CBS Corporation is suing parent company National Amusements, Inc. (NAI) in an attempt to dilute the controlling voting power of Shari Redstone, who is trying to force CBS to re-merge with Viacom.
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