Morning News Update for Monday, 6/16/14.


Condé Nast Entertainment Inks First-Look Deal With 20th Century Fox TV
Condé Nast Entertainment
has signed a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox Television for scripted series, to be developed and produced by 20th TV on the broadcast side and by its division Fox 21 in cable. This marks the first such studio arrangement for CNÉ, which made an entrance into scripted development last season with a couple of projects based on properties from its library.

‘Castle’ changing showrunners (despite most-watched season yet)
Castle is having a changing of the guard. Creator Andrew Marlowe is stepping down as showrunner for season 7, while executive producer David Amann will take over the writers’ room. We’re told Marlowe will continue to maintain a presence on the show, and will develop new projects as part of his overall deal with ABC Studios.

(animated) Rebooted ‘The Powerpuff Girls’ Debuting on Cartoon Network in 2016
Cartoon Network is bringing back an updated version of “The Powerpuff Girls” in 2016, chief content officer Rob Sorcher announced at the 2014 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas on Monday. The original series, following the adventures of Professor Utonium’s Buttercup, Blossom and Bubbles as they save the city of Townsville from destruction, ran for six seasons between 1998 and 2005, winning two Emmy Awards.

(from Sat) ABC Drama Pilot ‘Clementine’ Extends Cast Options
ABC Studios
is keeping its ABC drama pilot Clementine alive by extending the options on the cast that were set to expire at the end of the month. Clementine was on the short list of ABC series pickup contenders but missed the cut. While a positive sign, extending cast options does not guarantee a series pickup. Last season, of all pilots that picked up their actors only one, NBC’s Craig Robinson comedy, went to series.

(from Fri) NBC Developing Event Series About The Beatles From ‘The Tudors’ Team
is in early stages of development of an eight-episode event series about the Beatles that would tell the story of the greatest band of all time. The series will be written by The Tudors creator/executive producer Michael Hirst who will executive produce with Tudors executive producers Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg.


Steven Spielberg’s Next Two Films Set Release Dates
The director will first helm the spy thriller for DreamWorks before the adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book.


Anthony Anderson Hosting Food Network’s ‘Food Fest Nation’
Anthony Anderson
will be hosting the new Food Network series Food Fest Nation, which will air on Monday, July 21 at 9 pm ET/PT. Anderson will tour food festivals around the country, spotlighting regional cuisine.

(sched) TNT’s ‘Cold Justice’ Returns June 20 with New Cases
TNT’s fascinating real-life crime series Cold Justice is back on the case with brand new episodes beginning Friday, June 20, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). The series follows former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former crime-scene investigator Yolanda McClary as they travel to small towns around the country in order to help local law enforcement look into murder cases that have lingered for years without answers or closure.


(animated) Netflix Orders ‘Ever After High’ Kids Series From Mattel
The animated children’s series will be preceded by a film, "Ever After High Spring Unsprung," which will launch on the streaming service in early 2015.


(q&a) Variety: Inside an ABC Conference Room With the Heads of Drama and Comedy
Writers coming in for pitch meetings at ABC will be escorted into a well-appointed conference room on the 10th floor, where Channing Dungey, head of drama, and Samie Falvey, head of comedy, hold court. With its bigscreen TV and comfortable couches, it feels like a living room — which is exactly how Dungey and Falvey want it.

Ryan Seacrest Productions Taps 51 Minds Exec
Rabih Gholam
will be responsible for managing development and new TV business opportunities.

E! President Suzanne Kolb Extends Contract With Network
has picked up the option on president Suzanne Kolb’s contract. The length of Kolb’s extension is unclear at this time. Kolb will continue on in the top post at the network known for its unscripted fare, including “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” “Fashion Police,” “E! News” and its live red carpet awards show coverage.

Disney Executive Robert Gilby to Head Singapore Media Festival Board
Walt Disney Company’s
Southeast Asia head Robert Gilby will lead a nine-member advisory board for the inaugural Singapore Media Festival, which merges the Asian Television Forum (ATF), Screen Singapore, the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) and the Asian Television Awards into an expanded five-day convention.


Malia Obama Works on Set of Halle Berry’s ‘Extant’ During Pilot Reshoots
Malia Obama
, who turns 16 on July 4, was spotted this past week working as a production assistant for a day in Los Angeles on the set of Halle Berry‘s upcoming sci-fi series “Extant.” “She helped with computer shop alignments and the director also let her slate a take,” the insider said.

Salon: “Modern Family’s” modern fathers: The decade’s best sitcom is also its most important
Don’t underestimate the role of the award-winning sitcom on changing attitudes — it’s the ’10s "Will & Grace"