Morning News Update for Monday, August 10, 2015.

Hi all! Here’s your morning news update for Monday, August 10, 2015:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Netflix’s ‘Sense8’ Renewed for Season 2

Sense8 has been renewed for its second season.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflixs-sense8-renewed-season-2-814098

(from Fri) ABC’s Johnny Knoxville Comedy Pilot Extends Actors, Eyes A Redo

ABC Studios has extended the options on four actors from its untitled ABC Johnny Knoxville comedy pilot: David Koechner, Julie Ann Emery, Brad Carter and Lavell Crawford. Knoxville, on whose life the project is based, will continue as narrator. The idea is to re-conceive the project with a new writer and shoot another pilot.

http://deadline.com/2015/08/johnny-knoxville-pilot-actors-extended-redo-abc-1201495641/

(from Fri) ABC Buys Latino Family Soap Produced By Salma Hayek & Michael McDonald

ABC has put in development a drama project executive produced by Salma Hayekand Michael McDonaldthrough ABC Studios. Written by Diego Gutierrez, the untitled project is described as a soapy ensemble drama about the heirs to a wealthy Mexican conglomerate, who are in the throes of a battle for its future when they all become suspects in the murder of their father.

http://deadline.com/2015/08/salma-hayek-michael-mcdonald-latino-family-drama-abc-1201495539/

(from Fri) Young Writer Allison Kiessling Sets Up TV Land Comedy Project, ABC Studios Script

TV Landhas taken in for development Allison Kiessling’s The Mighty Camilla. The half-hour project, which Kiessling originally wrote on spec, was set up at ABC last season through ABC Studios and Melissa Rosenberg’s Tall Girls Productions. When the script didn’t go to pilot, Kiessling’s reps took it to TV Land, which ordered a second script. ABC Studios’ cable division ABC Signature is producing, with Rosenberg and her producing partner Kate Schumaecker executive producing. Additionally, ABC Studios has ordered a blind script from Kiessling.

http://deadline.com/2015/08/allison-kiessling-mighty-camilla-tv-land-abc-studios-1201495538/

(from Fri) FX Networks Gives Series Orders to Comedies ‘Better Things,’ ‘Cassius and Clay’

FX has given a series pickup to “Better Things,” a comedy from Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon, while FXX has ordered the animated series “Cassius and Clay.”

“Better Things,” which has a 10-episode order, revolves around the life of a single mother and working actress who is struggling to raise three daughters. Adlon stars and co-created the series with C.K. “Cassius and Clay” is billed as a female buddy comedy set in the post-apocalyptic South. Kaitlin Olson and Lake Bell voice the title characters.

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/fx-better-things-louis-c-k-cassius-and-clay-1201559052/

(from Fri) FX Renews ‘The Strain,’ Sets Premiere Dates for ‘AHS: Hotel’ and More

FX has renewed “The Strain” for Season 3, and set premiere dates for a slew of dramas, including the new season of “American Horror Story.”

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/the-strain-season-3-american-horror-story-hotel-oct-7-1201559078/

(from Fri) Louis C.K.’s ‘Louie’ Going on ‘Extended Hiatus’ on FX

Louis C.K. is taking an “extended hiatus” from his eponymous FX series. John Landgraf added that it’s unclear as to when the comedy will be back on the cabler, but that it is welcome back whenever C.K. was ready.

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/louie-c-k-louie-extended-hiatus-1201559159/

FOX to Hold Free Advance Screenings of ‘Scream Queens’, ‘The Grinder’ & ‘Grandfathered ‘ in 20 Cities

Fans in 20 cities across the country will have the exclusive opportunity to be the first to see FOX’s new Tuesday night comedies GRANDFATHERED, THE GRINDER and the comedy-horror anthology SCREAM QUEENS on Tuesday, Aug. 18 and Tuesday, Aug. 25.

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2015/08/07/fox-to-hold-free-advance-screenings-of-scream-queens-the-grinder-grandfathered-in-20-cities/444963/

TCA NEWS:

TCA: CBS Live Blog

Live updates from CBS’ presentation at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, which will include panels on “Supergirl,” “Late Show With Stephen Colbert,””Limitless” and “Code Black.”

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/cbs-tca-live-blog-supergirl-late-show-stephen-colbert-1201566526/

‘Empire’ Wins Program of the Year at TCA Awards

“Empire” won redemption from the Television Critics Association, winning the organization’s top prize, Program of the Year. In winning program of the year, “Empire” edged out “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men,” “The Americans” and “Transparent.”

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/empire-tca-awards-full-list-of-winners-1201561929/

FX Networks Chief John Landgraf: ‘There Is Simply Too Much Television’

“There is simply too much television,” John Landgraf said flatly during his presentation at FX’s portion of the summer Television Critics Assn. press tour. Citing FX research, he predicted that the number of original scripted series on the air this year “will easily blow through the 400 series mark” and probably rise in 2016 before an inevitable winnowing begins.

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/tca-fx-networks-john-landgraf-wall-street-1201559191/

Hulu Hanging On To Weekly Release Schedule For New Original Series

Hulucontent chief Craig Erwichannounced the streaming service will release episodes of its new original series on a weekly basis, rather than all at once for binge-watchers.

http://deadline.com/2015/08/hulu-release-episodes-weekly-new-series-binge-viewing-tca-1201496229/

CASTING NEWS:

‘The Good Wife’ Adds Peter Gallagher in a Recurring Role

He plays an attorney representing conservative billionaire Reese Dipple (Oliver Platt).

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/good-wife-adds-peter-gallagher-814026

Rob Riggle to Guest Star on ‘Fresh Off the Boat’

Rob Riggle will guest star on the second season of ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat”.

http://www.thewrap.com/rob-riggle-to-guest-star-on-fresh-off-the-boat-exclusive/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

‘The Mindy Project’ Season 4 to Launch Sept. 15; ‘Casual’ Debut Set for October

The fourth season of “The Mindy Project” will premiere Sept. 15 on Hulu. The streaming service has also set an Oct. 7 premiere date for the comedy series “Casual,” directed by Jason Reitman.

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/the-mindy-project-season-4-hulu-premiere-date-1201557497/

NON-SCRIPTED/ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

TLC Books Reality Series About Busby Family With All-Female Quintuplets

TLC has started production on a new untitled, seven-episode series following the Busby family from Texas, the only family in the United States to ever have an all-female set of quintuplets.

http://www.thewrap.com/tlc-busby-family-all-female-quintuplets-reality-series/

EXECUTIVE/TALENT NEWS:

DreamWorks Studios Ups Shelly Strong to Head of Physical Production

DreamWorks Studio has promoted Shelly Strong to head of physical production.

http://variety.com/2015/artisans/news/dreamworks-head-of-physical-production-shelly-strong-1201559257/

James Lopez Moves From Screen Gems To Will Packer’s Universal-Based Shingle

James F. Lopezis leaving his senior vice president post at Screen Gems to become Head of Motion Pictures for Will Packer Productions. He will steer development and oversee production on films Packer produces through his first look deal with Universal Pictures.

http://deadline.com/2015/08/james-lopez-will-packer-productions-screen-gems-1201495304/

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