Morning News Update for Friday, May 22, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Friday, May 22, 2015. Have a great Memorial weekend!

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Cinemax Developing Bruce Lee-Inspired Crime Drama ‘Warrior’ From Justin Lin

Cinemax has put in development drama series Warrior, inspired by writings of the Bruce Lee. Justin Lin is set to direct the potential pilot, written by Jonathan Tropper. Warrior is described as a visceral crime drama that traces the path of a gifted but morally corrupt fighter thrown into crisis after a lifelong quest for vengeance is undermined.

http://deadline.com/2015/05/bruce-lee-crime-drama-warrior-justin-lin-cinemax-1201430580/

Major Crimes Spinoff S.O.B. Isn’t Moving Forward, Says TNT Boss

The proposed Major Crimes spinoff centered around the S.O.B. (Special Operations Bureau) tactical unit and starring Jon Tenney and Walking Dead alum Laurie Holden (who has since joined NBC’s Chicago Med) is not moving forward.

http://tvline.com/2015/05/21/major-crimes-spinoff-cancelled-jon-tenney-tnt/

(ratings) Full 2014-15 TV Season Series Rankings: Football & ‘Empire’ Ruled

CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans was the most-watched new series of the season (17.4 million viewers) edging Fox’s Empire at 17.33 million. In the demo, however, Empire is king, with a 7.1 rating.

http://deadline.com/2015/05/2014-15-full-tv-season-ratings-shows-rankings-1201431167/

CBS ‘Supergirl’ Pilot Leaks to Piracy Sites

A high-quality copy of the pilot for CBS drama “Supergirl” apparently leaked onto file-sharing pirate sites early Friday. The episode is available in up to 1080p HD format and does not contain any evident watermarks, according to piracy-tracking firm Excipio.

http://variety.com/2015/digital/news/cbs-supergirl-pilot-piracy-1201503538/

CASTING NEWS:

Bruce Greenwood Joins Cast of ‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson’

Bruce Greenwood has joined the cast of American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson, portraying Gil Garcetti, the Los Angeles County District Attorney who prosecuted O.J. Simpson for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2015/05/20/bruce-greenwood-joins-cast-of-american-crime-story-the-people-v-o-j-simpson/406653/

Heroes Reborn Brings Back Greg Grunberg as Officer Matt Parkman

Heroes Reborn, NBC’s reboot of the original series Heroes, has cast Greg Grunbergto reprise his role as Officer Matt Parkman in a guest arc.

http://www.tvguide.com/news/heroes-reborn-greg-grunberg-matt-parkman/

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Netflix Picks Up Sofia Coppola & Bill Murray Christmas Special

Netflix continues to expand the scope of its original programming with a Christmas TV special. The network has picked up Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray’s A Very Murray Christmasto debut in December. A Very Murray Christmas is described as an homage to the classic variety show featuring Bill Murray playing himself, as he worries no one will show up to his TV show due to a terrible snow storm in New York City.

http://deadline.com/2015/05/netflix-sofia-coppola-bill-murray-christmas-special-1201431587/

Joel McHale to Host 2015 ESPYS

Joel McHaleis set to host the 2015 ESPYS, which will run this year for the first time on ABC.

http://www.thewrap.com/joel-mchale-to-host-2015-espys-espn-abc/

HGTV Renews ‘Island Life,’ ‘Island Hunters’

Scripps Networks Interactive networks HGTV and DIY renewed five series, the networks announced on Thursday. “Island Life,” “Island Hunters,” “Texas Flip and Move,” “Garage Gold,” and “Building Alaska.”

http://www.thewrap.com/hgtv-renews-island-life-island-hunters/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

YouTube introduces 60fps live streaming

YouTube has launched 60fps live streaming, a few months after adding support for higher frame rate video playback on its site.

http://www.digitaltveurope.net/371661/youtube-introduces-60fps-live-streaming/

TWDC NEWS:

Disney Opens Flagship Retail Store In Shanghai

Disney has opened a major retail store in Shanghai, China. The move precedes the opening of Disney’s Shanghai Resort theme park next year.The company said that the store is its largest anywhere in the world with 860 square meters of retail space.

http://variety.com/2015/biz/asia/disney-store-shanghai-1201502508/

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

Jessica Rovins Moves To Paramount TV As EVP Communications

Jessica Rovinsis moving to the TV side of Paramount. Currently SVP Publicity at Paramount Pictures, Rovins will segue to EVP Communications for the TV studio, where she will oversee publicity and communications, reporting to Paramount TV President Amy Powell.

http://deadline.com/2015/05/jessica-rovins-paramount-tv-evp-communications-1201431443/

BET Networks Names Former VH1 Exec Maureen Guthman SVP of Programming

BET Networks has named Maureen Guthman Senior Vice President of Programming and Acquisitions, the company announced on Thursday.

In the role, Guthman will lead the network’s planning and acquisitions efforts, reporting directly to BET’s EVP of Program Planning, Scheduling & Acquisitions Pete Danielsen.

http://www.thewrap.com/bet-networks-names-former-vh1-exec-maureen-guthman-svp-of-programming/

Casey Wilson of ‘Happy Endings, producer David Caspe welcome baby boy

Here’s to happy endings and new beginnings: Casey Wilson has welcomed her first child.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/gossip/la-et-mg-casey-wilson-david-caspe-baby-boy-20150521-story.html

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