Morning News Update for Tuesday, July 14, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Tuesday, July 14, 2015:


Will Packer Inks New Overall Deal With Universal Television

The producer has two shows on the fall schedule following his first year developing for the small screen.

Lifetime, BBC One Co-Producing Agatha Christie Mini Starring Charles Dance, Aidan Turner

Lifetime has signed onto co-produce with BBC One a miniseries based on the Agatha Christie murder mystery novel “And Then There Were None.” The series is set on the brink of world war in 1939 England and follows 10 strangers with dubious pasts who are lured to Soldier Island, an isolated rock near southern England’s Devon coast.

(animated) Sony, Nelvana Book ‘Hotel Transylvania’ TV Series

Focusing on the teenage years of Dracula’s daughter, Mavis, and her friends, the series will be developed and produced by Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Studio in Toronto and eyed for an early 2017 premiere.

(sched) ‘Aquarius’ and ‘Hannibal’ Banished to Saturdays

NBC moves the dramas, one renewed and one canceled, away from Thursdays following very low ratings.


Parenthood’s Peter Krause Joins Shonda Rhimes’ Catch as Male Lead

The Catch has hooked another big fish. Parenthood vet Peter Krause has signed on to replace NCIS‘ Damon Dayoub as the male lead opposite Mireille Enos in Shonda Rhimes’ latest ABC drama.

Hamish Linklater to Star in Hot TV Land Comedy ‘I Shudder’

The dark comedy revolves around a meticulous but generous man who sees the world in very black and white terms: what is acceptable, and what is unacceptable. Linklater stars as the eccentric Elyot Vionnet, an advocate of manners, style and most importantly, common decency.

Michelle Dockery to Play Con Artist in TNT Drama Pilot

‘Good Behavior’ is based on the Letty Dobesh books by Blake Crouch, who will again reunite with ‘Wayward Pines’ EP Chad Hodge on the pilot. Dockery will star as Letty Dobesh, a thief and con-artist whose life is always one wrong turn, one bad decision from implosion — which is just how she likes it.

Genevieve Angelson Joins Amazon’s ‘The Good Girls Revolt’ Pilot

Genevieve Angelsonis set to co-star in Amazon’s ensemble drama pilotThe Good Girls Revolt, joining a cast that now includes Anna Camp. Written and executive produced by Dana Calvo, the project is set at a nationalweekly news magazine in the late 1960s in the middle of the women’s rights movement.

‘Fargo’ Favorite Allison Tolman Heads to Amazon’s ‘Mad Dogs’

‘The Game’s’Coby Bell has also booked a recurring role in the Shawn Ryan drama. Tolman will play Rochelle in an episode. She’s a junior staffer in Belize’s U.S. embassy who feels she can accomplish anything.

HBO’s Westworld Adds Eion Bailey and 3 Others as Original Cast Member Exits

Eion Bailey has joined HBO’s upcoming sci-fi drama series Westworld about a Western-themed futuristic theme park where robots go nuts and attack the guests. Additionally, Clifton Collins Jr. has been cast as Lawrence, a charming but lethal outlaw with a knack for negotiating the park’s various criminal elements. Babett Knudsen will now fill the part of terse operations leader, Theresa Cullen.


‘Vanderpump Rules’ Renewed by Bravo for Season 4

“Vanderpump Rules” has been renewed for a fourth season. The Bravo series follows the staff of the Los Angeles restaurant Sur, which is owned by “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump.


Orly Adelson Exiting as ITV Studios President

Marking the second major departure from the company following Paul Buccieri.

Former Electus SVP Eli Shibley Joins IM Global Television as President of International Distribution and Co-Productions

Eli Shibley has joined IM Global Television as President of International Distribution and Co-Productions, the company’s founders Stuart Ford and Mark Stern announced Monday. Shibley will oversee acquisitions of third-party scripted and unscripted projects from the U.S. and the U.K., as well as encouraging strategic partnerships between content creators and key buyers.

Yahoo’s Tumblr Hires Ex-Comedy Central Exec Don Steele to Grow Audience Reach

Tumblr, Yahoo’s microblogging and social service, has reached into the TV world with its latest marketing hires, including tapping Comedy Central’s Don Steele as head of audience development.


A+E Networks Sets Development Initiative with New York Television Festival

A+E Networks is launching an extensive development and talent scouting program with the New York Television Festival designed to open doors for promising writers and producers. The Lifetime Writers Project invites submissions from writers for a chance to become one of five Lifetime Fellows and attend the fest as Official Artists.

ReCode: Millennial Consumers Aren’t Who You Think They Are

Millennials also have a high propensity to enjoy branded content, so long as it doesn’t strike them as an ad. So what I advocate to all the brands I work with is to initiate a dialogue with your younger target consumers with engaging content that nurtures their trust and affinity through social networks.

Comic-Con and Video Piracy: Enter at Your Own Risk

Some of Hall H’s never-before-seen, exclusive clips quickly leaked online to the frustration of studios, despite the event’s strict “no filming” policy. On the surface, millions of fan impressions might seems like a good thing, but the materials in question often feature temporary VFX, while some of the featured panelists haven’t even wrapped filming.

Disneyland employee tried to trade tickets for sex, prosecutors say

A 27-year-old man was charged Monday with trying to trade Disneyland tickets for sex with an underage girl, authorities said. Darreck Michael Enciso has worked as a dishwasher at a Disney-owned hotel for about a year and had no contact with hotel or park guests, Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Suzi Brown said.