Morning News Update for June 1, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Monday, June 1, 2015:


(awards) Critics’ Choice Awards Winners: Full List

The night’s top prizes went to shows that stayed true to their genres: HBO’sSilicon Valley” took home best comedy series, while FX’sThe Americans” won best drama.

‘The Wicked + The Divine’ Comic To Be Adapted As TV Series By Universal TV

Universal Television has optioned the rights to the property for Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Milkfed Criminal Masterminds; they will produce the project through the pod deal they recently inked with the studio. The Wicked + The Divine, which was launched by Image Comics in June 2014, centers on a group of people with superhuman powers known as “The Pantheon”.

(sched) ‘Empire’ Season 2 Premiere Date Announced

Two months after “Empire” wrapped its rookie season, writers of the Fox drama on Friday announced via Twitter the date of the show’s return — Sept. 23.

(animated) HBO Picks Up Duplass Brothers Animated Series ‘Animals’

HBO has given a two-season pickup to the animated series “Animals” produced by the Duplass Brothers. “Animals” was created by New York-based advertising creatives Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano as a series of animated shorts revolving around downtrodden creatures — pigeons, rats, bedbugs, etc. — living in New York City.

(review) Variety: ‘Stitchers’

About as slim as a sci-fi-inspired premise gets, “Stitchers” joins a long list of series built around wide-eyed youths with an unusual skill who are recruited to join a save-the-world-type enterprise. Most viewers will likely feel it acutely while wading through this tired and predictable hour.

(review) Variety: ‘The Whispers’

Although “The Whispers” was developed by writer Soo Hugh, ABC is eager to cite Steven Spielberg’s involvement, and no wonder: This summer series is a veritable mashup of the director’s filmography. None of that takes away from the modest enjoyableness of the show, which drips clues over the first three episodes, as kids interact with an “imaginary friend” only they can see. Less imagination is required to see “The Whispers” hooking enough viewers to make some noise.

(review) Hitfix: Lifetime takes on ‘The Bachelor’ with strong new drama ‘UnReal’

"UnReal" is simultaneously a very dark satire of reality TV and a soap opera that breathes new life into old tropes by placing them in this very familiar, modern setting.


Nashville Season 4: Eric Close Won’t Return as a Series Regular

Toodles, Teddy. Nashville‘s Eric Close, whose character was taken away in handcuffs at the end of the ABC drama’s third season, will not be a series regular in Season 4.

Grey’s Anatomy Season 12: New Male Doc Poised to Check In

McDreamy 2.0? In the wake of Patrick Dempsey’s surprise departure from Grey’s Anatomy, ABC’s still-durable medical soap is looking to add a major new male presence in Season 12. According to fresh casting intel, Shonda Rhimes & Co. are searching for a “name” actor in his late 30s to late 40s to portray the series-regular role of a doctor.

Castle Shocker: Penny Johnson Jerald Not Returning for Season 8

When Castle returns for Season 8, at least one familiar face will be missing from the 12th. An ABC spokesperson confirms that Penny Johnson Jerald, who joined the procedural in Season 4, will not be returning as Captain Victoria Gates. Jerald’s exit is one of several creative tweaks that Castle will be making for Season 8, under new co-showrunners Terence Paul Winter and Alexi Hawley.

Chicago Med: Arrow Alum Colin Donnell Joins Spinoff as Series Regular

Colin Donnell, who played Tommy Merlyn on the CW series, has joined NBC’s Chicago Fire spinoff in a series-regular role.

Gotham Season 2: Chris Chalk Upped to Series Regular, as Lucius Fox

Chris Chalk, who toward the very end of Gotham‘s freshman run made his debut as Wayne Enterprises junior exec Lucius Fox, has been promoted to series regular


‘Annie’ Director Will Gluck Boards Disney’s Lottery Movie

Will Gluck has signed on to direct Disney’s lottery movie, formerly titled “Lucky Guy,” with Dan Lin attached to produce. The project had originally been centered on on a consistently unlucky man whose streak of bad luck continues when everyone in his small town wins the lottery except for him.


Levity Entertainment Launches YouTube ‘Wait For It’ Comedy Channel

Levity Entertainment Group, the comedy-production company whose backers include Irving Azoff and Madison Square Garden Entertainment, has launched YouTube channel “Wait For It” aimed at featuring its own talent as well as up-and-coming Internet comedians.


(sched) Disney Channel’s ‘BUNK’D,’ ‘Descendants’ to Premiere in July

Disney Channel has set July 31 for back-to-back premieres of its latest film, “Descendants” and “BUNK’D,” its spin-off of the comedy series “Jessie.”


Bob Berney Joins Amazon Studios as Head of Movie Distribution and Marketing; Albert Cheng Named COO

Bob Berneyand Albert Cheng joined Amazon Studios on Monday in key roles: Berney will be head of Movie Distribution and Marketing, while Cheng hops aboard as COO.


(books) Author E.L. James Will Publish Another Shade Of ‘Grey’ In June

The bestselling author says that the book, to be called Grey, will be out on June 18 — fictional character Christian Grey’s birthday — and will be written from his point of view.

(awards) Peabody Awards Celebrate Amy Schumer, John Oliver and Serious Newsgathering

Hundreds of celebrants braved a muggy night and a torrential downpour to acknowledge the recipients of the Peabody Awards, an eclectic bunch that ran the gamut from documentarian Alex Gibney to NBC News correspondent Richard Engel to “Serial” podcaster Sarah Koenig to comedians Amy Schumer and John Oliver.

Traditional TV viewing declining

Overall media consumption will increase around the world this year, but the average time spent watching TV via a traditional set will continue to decline, according to new research. Traditional TV viewing is still the major form of media consumption, but internet consumption in second is gaining ground, data from media agency ZenithOptimedia shows. Between 2010 and 2014 TV’s share of overall consumption fell from 42.4% to 37.9%. It will shrink further to 34.7% by 2017, according to Zenith’s projections.

Wrap: Top Takeaways From Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report

Mary Meeker of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers (KPCB) has released her annual evaluation of the top trends in internet usage, proving times are changing, and companies could get left behind if they don’t catch up.

– Internet Users Are Creating Significantly More Content

– Snapchat, Instagram Up Among Teens; Facebook, Twitter Down

– Advertisers Need to Get on Mobile

– Americans Now Spend 5.6 Hours a Day Online

– Vertical Video Is on the Rise