Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, May 15 2018.
ABC, coming off the big return of Roseanne, continues to solidify its position as top comedy destination on broadcast with 10 half-hour series – all of them family comedies — on the fall schedule as the network reopens its Friday 8-9 PM comedy block. ABC entertainment president called it a return of TGIF — “thank goodness it’s funny”. Additionally, ABC is adding the first regular primetime broadcast talk show in nine years with an Alec Baldwin interview program on Sunday.
Agents of Shield has been renewed for Season 6 at ABC.
Guillermo del Toro has sold a new horror anthology series to Netflix. The streaming giant has ordered Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight, in which the Academy Award-winning filmmaker will present a collection of personally curated stories that are described as both equally sophisticated and horrific.
The Pretty Little Liars universe will continue at Freeform. The network has picked up to series drama pilot Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, with a 10-episode order.
Freeform has given a series order to a Kenya Barris comedy and given a sophomore season renewal to mermaid drama Siren.
The adventures of Hap and Leonard are coming to an end: SundanceTV has cancelled the crime drama after three seasons.
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Supernatural‘s Jeremy Carver will write the drama, which adds to Berlanti’s jaw-dropping TV record of 14 total scripted series.
Snapchat this week will debut scripted murder-mystery show Solve, from Elisabeth Murdoch’s Vertical Networks mobile-content studio, as a regular series on the platform.
The social media comedy series Blark & Son, about an out-of-touch dad trying to relate to his awkward adolescent boy, is coming to Verizon’s Tumblr and go90 platforms. The quirky live-action puppet series, which got its start with weekly 30-second installments on Instagram, will expand to seven-minute episodes that premiere on June 4.
She’ll help fill the void on the Fox drama created by star Connie Britton, who had a one-year deal with the Tim Minear-led procedural.
The news comes a year after Sophia Bush left another of NBC’s Dick Wolf dramas, Chicago P.D.
The New Girl star replaces Josh Lawson as he plots his first regular role after the departing Fox series.
Toby Stephens (Black Sails), Keeley Hades (Line of Duty), Linus Roache (Homeland) and Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner) have been set to star in writer-director Stephen Poliakoff’s (Dancing on the Edge) semi-autobiographical BBC Two drama Summer of Rockets, which is underway.
Warner Bros. and Overbrook Entertainment’s long-gestating remake of the 1974 comedy Uptown Saturday Night looks to be gearing up again, with Kevin Hart in negotiations to star. Will Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter are producing with Black-ish creator Kenya Barris writing the most recent draft.
Legendary Entertainment has set Oscar-nominated The Shape of Water co-writer Vanessa Taylor to write Bad Blood, the eagerly awaited Silicon Valley scandal movie that Adam McKay will direct with Jennifer Lawrence starring as Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the controversial blood testing company Theranos.
Daniel Casey has been tapped to write Fast and Furious 9, the latest installment of Universal’s franchise, Variety has confirmed.
British filmmaker Gerard Johnson is set to direct the true-crime thriller Three Rivers, with Robbie Brenner (Dallas Buyers Club) and Michael Keyes producing.
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The 10-part project, from Andre the Giant director Jason Hehir, will chronicle the basketball icon and the stunning run of the 1990s Chicago Bulls.
Former ABC exec and Jimmy Kimmel Live! executive producer Duncan Gray has scored his first BBC commission through his fledgling production company Twenty Six 03 Entertainment.
Donald Tang’s fast-growing mini studio is partnering with Canada’s CBC on the global format as it expands into television.’
The BBC has bought 600 Bottles of Wine, a blog-inspired Australian short form series “featuring friendship, terrible dating decisions and wine.” The British pubcaster will play the series on its youth-skewed online BBC Three channel.
International TV business models are changing… the BBC has partnered with digital broadcaster UKTV to co-fund a Planet Earth-style documentary series produced by the former head of the BBC’s Natural History Unit. BBC Two and UKTV’s Dave are partnering on Expedition with Steve Backshall, produced by Wendy Darke’s production company True to Nature.
Veteran Warner Bros. Pictures executive Veronika Kwan Vandenberg is stepping down as president of international distribution, the studio announced Monday.
Entertainment One has hired Mark Rodriguez from Sony and he will relocate to the West Coast to oversee the independent production and distribution outfit’s L.A.-based sales operation, Variety has learned.
A stage adaption of the classic Marilyn Monroe-starrer Some Like It Hot is set to premiere on Broadway in 2020, the Shubert Organization announced Monday. Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have acquired the rights to MGM and Billy Wilder’s original screenplay.
On a day when director Ron Howard introduces Solo: A Star Wars Story to Cannes, Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Howard are launching another major initiative, one designed to transform good ideas into successes in narrative and documentary film, TV, VR and other platforms.
Tom Wolfe, the master prose stylist, journalist and novelist whose use of fiction techniques like dialogue, scene-setting and point-of-view energized non-fiction in the 1960s and ’70s, died Monday in New York. He was 87.
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