Morning News Update for Wednesday, July 22, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Wednesday, July 22, 2015:


‘The Alienist’ Author Caleb Carr Boards TNT Series as Consulting Producer

Caleb Carr, who authored “The Alienist,” is joining TNT’s television adaptation of his best-selling novel as a consulting producer. Gina Gionfriddo, E. Max Frye and John Sayles also join the Paramount Television and Anonymous Content project as writers.

‘The Brink’ Renewed for Season 2 by HBO

“The Brink” has earned a second season from HBO. The dark comedy, starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins, was renewed, just a month after its June premiere. “The Brink” focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men.

TNT & TBS Set Creative Development And Production Teams

Turner Broadcasting’s TNTand TBShave set their creative development and production teams, with Joey Chavez joining the company as SVP Original Programming for TNT and Thom Hinkle promoted to SVP Original Programming for TBS. In addition, Robin Pelleck has been upped to VP Digital content for TNT & TBS Original Programming, and Meredith Zamskyhas been hired as VP Production for TNT.

(sched) ‘The League’ Season 7 & ‘You’re The Worst’ Season 2 to Premiere Wednesday, September 9 on FXX

Season seven of The League will premiere on FXX on Wednesday, September 9th at 10 PM e/p, immediately followed by the second season of You’re The Worst at 10:30 PM e/p.

(review) THR: ‘Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp’

Netflix’s very funny "Wet Hot American Summer" revival revisits the denizens of Camp Firewood fourteen years later and two months earlier. David Wain and Michael Showalter have set their frequently hilarious eight-episode follow-up (with a noticeably aged and portlier original cast) two months prior to the events of the gutbusting 2001 comedy. The result often resembles Meatballs by way of Samuel Beckett.


Alicia Coppola, Brianna Brown & Leonard Howze Join ABC Family Drama Pilot ‘Stay’

Alicia Coppola (Teen Wolf),Brianna Brown (Devious Maids) and Leonard Earl Howze (The Lone Ranger) have booked series regular roles in ABC Family drama pilotStay.

Joey Pollari Joins ‘American Crime’ As Season 2 Regular

Joey Pollarihas joined the cast of ABC’s American Crime for the drama’s second season.

Chicago Fire Enlists Vampire Diaries Alum Steven R. McQueen

Steven R. McQueen will recur in Season 4 of the NBC drama as new candidate Jimmy Borelli.

Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce Adds Megan Hilty, Mad Man in Season 2

Megan Hilty will recur on Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce as southern belle Charlene, the woman married to Jo’s oft-referred-to ex, Robert Frumpkis. The series also is adding Mad Men alum Aaron Staton and Homeland‘sMaury Sterling to its Season 2 cast.

Lauren Ambrose, Robbie Amell Join Fox’s ‘X-Files’ Revival

Lauren Ambrose and Robbie Amell will appear in one episode of the upcoming six-episode event series.


‘Fault in Our Stars’ Author John Green Signs First-Look Deal with Fox

Fox 2000 Pictures has entered into a first-look producing deal with John Green, the author of “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Paper Towns.”


FYI Greenlights New Primetime Talk Show ‘Kocktails with Khloe’ Hosted by Khloe Kardashian

FYI has ordered the new primetime, hybrid talk series “Kocktails with Khloe” from Pilgrim Studios.

Endemol Shine North America Inks Deal with Reality Producer Justin Hochberg

Reality producer Justin Hochberg, who was part of the launch team behind “The Apprentice” and “The Contender” franchises, has signed a multi-platform deal with Endemol Shine North America.


Cate Blanchett To Direct Aussie TV Series ‘Stateless’

Cate Blanchett has just received development funding from Screen Australia for "Stateless," an Australian TV series she will direct. Elise McCreadie is penning the script that will tell the true story of Cornelia Rau, a woman suffering from mental illness who escaped the clutches of a cult, only to become caught up in Australia’s legal system, suspected of being an illegal immigrant.


‘Odd Mom Out’ Producer Left/Right Expands Development Team

Left/Right, the production company behind scripted and unscripted programming that includes Bravo’s “Odd Mom Out” and Donny Deutsch’s upcoming USA comedy “Donny!,” has announced it has hired a new scripted executive and has extended the collaboration with a key producer/director on its creative team. Olivia Wingate joins Left/Right as senior v.p. of scripted development.

Teri Everett to Replace Kori Bernards as Universal’s Communications Chief

Universal Pictures has named Teri Everett as its new executive VP of global communications for Universal Filmed Entertainment. She replaces outgoing communications chief Kori Bernards, who will help facilitate Everett’s transition from Time Inc. to Universal.

Hollywood Post Alliance To Honor Disney Studios’ Digital Chief Leon Silverman With Lifetime Achievement Award

Leon Silverman will receive the Hollywood Post Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award 2015.


Variety: TV Advertisers Bet Big on ‘X-Files’ Revival to Lead Freshman Shows

A Variety survey of commercial-ratings projections for the 2015-2016 TV season finds ad buyers believe a revival of “The X-Files” slated to debut on Fox in January will generate the most commercial viewership among freshman scripted programs.

NYT: AT&T’s Bid for DirecTV Advances With Conditional Approval Order by F.C.C. Chief

The proposed approval order outlines conditions that would benefit consumers by increasing competition in the broadband market.

Report: Amazon To Become Top American Clothing Retailer By 2017

Amazon is on track to become America’s largest apparel retailer by 2017, according to a report by financial analysts at Cowen. The e-commerce giant is gearing up to usurp the title held by Macy’s.