Morning News Update for Monday, July 27, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Monday, July 27, 2015:


(from Fri) NBC Pushes ‘The Carmichael Show’ Premiere, Doubles Up on ‘Mr. Robinson’

The comedy, starring stand-up comic Jerrod Carmichael, will debut on Aug. 26. NBC will air back-to-back episodes of Mr. Robinson, starring Office alum Craig Robinson, at 9 p.m. for three weeks, and then air three weeks of back-to-back episodes of The Carmichael Show in the same time slot.

(from Fri) ABC Nabs ‘Black Heart’ Family Drama From Prospect Park With Penalty

ABChas boughtBlack Heart, a sprawling family drama from playwright/screenwriterKelly Masterson (Killing Kennedy) and Prospect Park. Written by Masterson and to be produced by ABC Studios, it tells the story of the unlikely ascension of the second son to the throne of a multi-billion dollar, family-owned energy company.

(from Fri) Fox Buys Workplace Comedy From Alec Sulkin & Julius Sharpe As Put Pilot

Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Where Are They Now?, a single-camera comedy written/executive produced by Alec Sulkin and Julius "Goldie" Sharpe. In Where Are They Now, from 20th Century Fox TV, the hilarious ins-and-outs of an Internet company are revealed as police investigate why everyone who worked there has disappeared.

(from Fri) Showtime’s ‘Happyish’ Canceled After One Season

The comedy, which saw Steve Coogan replace the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, will not return for a second season.

(from Fri) ‘General Hospital’ Replaces Head Writer

In a bid to resuscitate General Hospital, ABC has replaced head writer Ron Carlivati with soap veterans Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman. They will start August 10.


Nashville Adds True Blood Alum as Rayna’s Hot New Highway 65 Artist

Riley Smith (True Blood) has been cast as Markus Kane, the hotshot frontman of a highly successful mainstream band who signs with Rayna’s record label when he decides to go solo.

(from Fri) Faran Tahir Joins ABC’s ‘American Crime’; Holly Curran In Amazon Pilot ‘Zelda’

Faran Tahir (Iron Man) has joined the second season cast of John Ridley’s ABC drama series American Crime. Tahir will play Rhys Bashir, the chairman of the board at the local school. Holly Curran has booked a recurring role opposite Christina Ricci in Amazon’s drama pilot Zelda. The project is about celebrated American novelist Zelda Fitzgerald (Ricci).

(from Fri) ‘American Crime Story’ Casts Its Fred Goldman

‘The Sopranos’ alum Joseph Siravo will recur on the FX anthology ‘People vs. O.J. Simpson.’

(from Fri) ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Casts Abbie’s New Boss

‘Crisis’ alum Lance Gross has boarded in a major recurring role.

(from Fri) Colin Salmon Joins CBS Drama ‘Limitless’

Colin Salmonhas landed a major, season-long recurring role in CBS upcoming sci-fi drama Limitless.


Comedy Central’s ‘Key & Peele’ to End After Current Season

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will end their Key & Peele run on Comedy Central with the wrap of its fifth and current season.


While Its Streaming Service Booms, Netflix Streamlines Old Business

Instead of ignoring its DVD-by-mail operation that was dwindling but still bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars in profits every year, the company concentrated on efficiency. Netflix has 5.3 million DVD subscribers, a significant falloff from its peak of about 20 million in 2010; still, the division continues to churn out hundreds of millions of dollars in profit each year.

YouTube offers money and help to top creators to ward off online video rivals like Facebook

YouTube now has a division that focuses solely on its “top creators,” addressing their complaints, helping them to craft new material and generate more revenue. [Competitive] pressure is forcing YouTube to forge better relationships with popular creators, finding them opportunities for growth and in some cases paying them more.


Disney CEO says ESPN will eventually be sold straight to consumers

Speaking on CNBC’s Squawk Boxthis morning, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that ESPN will one day be sold straight to consumers, much like HBO has started to do by selling subscriptions online and through the Apple TV.


Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, BBC Execs Behind ‘Doctor Who,’ Launch Bad Wolf

Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner — the former BBC executives responsible for “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” and “Da Vinci’s Demons” — have launched U.K./U.S. production company Bad Wolf to produce high-end TV and film for the global television market.

(from Fri) Gulfstream Adds Juliana Janes as TV Department Head

Gulfstream Pictures has tapped Juliana Janes to oversee its recently-launched television department. As senior v.p. for television, Janes will report to company partners Mike Karz and Bill Bindley and will head all of Gulfstream Television’s projects while also leading the effort in creating series for the company. Janes comes from Vandalia Films, which she co-founded with actress Jennifer Garner.


NYT: F.C.C. Approves AT&T-DirecTV Deal

The $48.5 billion deal will create the nation’s largest television distributor.

WaPo: Comcast has finally become an Internet-first company

Comcast now has more broadband customers than it does TV subscribers, 22.5M vs 22.3M.

Salon: Sex? No, thanks: Rather than obsession, what millions of Americans feel about sex is indifference

From Madison Avenue to Sunset Boulevard, from the Las Vegas Strip to Miami’s club scene, America is obsessed with sex. Titillation sells everything from fast cars to grapes to laundry soap. What gets lost in all of the frenzy about sex—pro and con—is that many Americans simply don’t care. A large, and largely silent, minority thinks the whole sex obsession is weird, boring or even annoying.