Morning News Update for Monday, June 8, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Monday, June 8, 2015:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Archery Pictures Takes Aim With Neil Jordan On TV Series ‘Riviera’ With Paul McGuinness And John Banville

Archery Pictures, the newbie production company set up less than a year ago by well-respected UK-based producers Kris Thykier and Liza Marshall, has come on-board to produce the Cote d’Azur-based TV crime drama Riviera with Neil Jordan set to write, direct and showrun. It’s a family crime drama set in the sexy-glamorous-sleazy world of the French Riviera.

http://deadline.com/2015/06/neil-jordan-archery-riviera-paul-mcguinness-john-bonville-bill-nicholson-gladiator-1201439346/

Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ Poised to Add TV Miniseries at Showtime

Before it hits a movie theater near you, Stephen King‘s epic post-apocalyptic novel “The Stand” will take a revolutionary detour to the small screen, as Warner Bros. and CBS Films are in talks with Showtime to mount an eight-part miniseries that will culminate in a big-budget feature film. Josh Boone, the “Fault In Our Stars” director who boarded “The Stand” in February 2014, will write and direct the star-studded miniseries, which is expected to start shooting early next year as one cohesive production.

http://www.thewrap.com/stephen-kings-the-stand-poised-to-add-tv-miniseries-at-showtime-exclusive/

(from Fri) HBO Adapting ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ Novel As Comedy Series From Plan B

HBO has put in developmentWhiskey Tango Foxtrot, a comedy project based on David Shafer’s darkly comedic debut novel, with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment executive producing.Zev Borow will write and executive produce the adaptation, a half-hour comedy about three young adults grappling with the usual thirtysomething problems – boredom, authenticity, and omnipotent online oligarchy.

http://deadline.com/2015/06/whiskey-tango-foxtrot-hbo-comedy-plan-b-1201438486/

Scott Rosenbaum Joins USA Drama Series ‘Queen Of the South’ As Showrunner

Gang Related executive producer/showrunner Scott Rosenbaum is set as showrunner on another drama about a Latino criminal enterprise, newly picked up USA Network series Queen of the South.

http://deadline.com/2015/06/scott-rosenbaum-queen-of-the-south-showrunner-usa-1201438599/

(sched) ‘Chasing Life’ Season 2 Premiere Date Moved Up to July 6

ABC Family has pushed up the Season 2 premiere date for “Chasing Life.” The drama will now debut on Monday, July 6, rather than the originally-set Monday, Aug. 17.

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/chasing-life-season-2-premiere-date-1201513650/

(from Fri) (sched) NBC Swaps ‘Chicago Med’ for ‘Heartbreaker’ in Fall Due to Melissa George’s Pregnancy

NBC is switching up their fall schedule with “Chicago Med” set to premiere this fall, in place of “Heartbreaker.” The third installment in Dick Wolf’sChicago” franchise takes the place of the soapy medical drama, which was planned to air Tuesday nights on the fall schedule, but has been pushed back due to Melissa George’s pregnancy.

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/melissa-george-pregnant-heartbreaker-midseason-nbc-1201513278/

CASTING NEWS:

Grey’s Anatomy Ups Jason George to Series Regular for Season 12

Grey’s Anatomy has promoted Jason George, who plays Bailey’s husband Ben, to series regular for Season 12.

http://tvline.com/2015/06/05/greys-anatomy-jason-george-series-regular-season-12-ben/

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Comedy Central’s ‘This is Not Happening’ Gets Second Season

Comedy Central has given a second season to “This is Not Happening,” the comedy series hosted by Ari Shaffir where comedians share their favorite, most embarrassing, or just plain funniest true-life tales.

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/ari-shaffir-this-is-not-happening-comedy-central-season-two-1201514273/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Turner, Comcast Move to Capture Binge-Watching Crowd

In 2014, Turner tested making available the entire season of then-freshman dramas “Murder In The First” and “The Last Ship” to Comcast subscribers. In 2015, Turner is making much of its current original programming – 15 programs in all – available on such a basis to Comcast and is looking to do similar deals with other video distributors

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/binge-watching-turner-comcast-last-ship-1201514310/

First Four Episodes Of Lifetime’s ‘UnReal’ Made Available Online

Lifetimequietly made the first four episodes of UnRealavailable online Saturday morning.

http://deadline.com/2015/06/lifetime-makes-first-4-episodes-of-unreal-available-for-streaming-1201438883/

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

Muse USA Taps Lydia Storie As VP Development As Part Of LA Expansion

Looking to grow its U.S. scripted footprint, Muse Entertainment USA (Tut, The Kennedys) is adding two veteran TV execs to its LA development team and promoting a third. Muse has named Lydia Storie as VP Development, Meghan Mathes as Director of Development and upped Scott Clayton to Manager of Development.

http://deadline.com/2015/06/muse-usa-lydia-storie-vp-development-scripted-1201438240/

Former Walt Disney Co. Exec Named Head of Imax Home Entertainment

Jason Brenek will oversee developing the giant-screen exhibitor’s private home theater offering. At Walk Disney, he oversaw international distribution of studio content on emerging digital platforms after an initial theatrical release.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/walt-disney-exec-named-head-800887

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

(awards) Tony Award Winners 2015: Full List

“Fun Home” was one of the biggest winners of Broadway’s biggest night at the 69th annual Tony Awards, taking home four awards including best musical and best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical for Michael Cerveris.

http://variety.com/2015/legit/news/tony-award-winners-2015-tonys-winner-list-1201514123/

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