The Morning Update for Monday, May 9, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Monday, May 9, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

(from Fri) Kiefer Sutherland Starrer ‘Designated Survivor’ Officially Picked Up at ABC
Amy B. Harris, who was set to serve as showrunner on the drama, has exited the series with Jon Feldman set to replace her. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/kiefer-sutherland-starrer-designated-survivor-891573

(from Fri) ‘Criminal Minds’ Renewed for Season 12 at CBS
“Criminal Minds” has been renewed for the 2016-2017 season. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/criminal-minds-renewed-season-12-cbs-1201768129/

(rumor) (from Fri) Deadline: PILOTS 2016: The Latest Pickup BuzzPilot screenings at the broadcast networks are wrapping, and we are heading into the final stage of the decision-making process when executives pour over scores of testing and research data and evaluate how shows would fit into their lineups against the shows’ potential financial benefits for the company (via ownership) to select the new 2016-17 scripted series. http://deadline.com/2016/05/pilots-pickup-buzz-2016-1201750358/

CASTING NEWS:

Castle: Seamus Dever, Jon Huertas and 3 Others Poised to Return for Season 9
With a formal renewal decision reportedly imminent, ABC Studios has closed a new deal with Seamus Dever to return for a potential ninth season. Additionally, fellow supporting players Jon Huertas, Molly Quinn and Susan Sullivan, as well as Season 8 newbie Toks Olagundoye, are said to be finalizing deals; all four are expected back. http://tvline.com/2016/05/08/castle-season-9-cast-seamus-dever-jon-huertas-returning/

American Gods to Recast Mad Sweeney in Wake of Sean Harris Exit
Starz’s American Gods will recast Mad Sweeney after portrayer Sean Harris had to exit the series for personal reasons. http://tvline.com/2016/05/06/american-gods-sean-harris-leaving-mad-sweeney-recast-exit-starz/

Tim Matheson, Cynthia Nixon to Play Ronald and Nancy Reagan in ‘Killing Reagan’
Tim Matheson and Cynthia Nixonhave been cast as Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan, respectively, in National Geographic Channel’s adaptation of Bill O’Reilly‘s “Killing Reagan.” http://www.thewrap.com/tim-matheson-cynthia-nixon-to-play-ronald-and-nancy-reagan-in-killing-reagan/

Carlos Bardem Joins AMC’s ‘The Son’
Carlos Bardemhas joined the cast of AMC’s The Son. Based on Philipp Meyer’s acclaimed novel, The Son is a multi-generational epic telling of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family. http://deadline.com/2016/05/carlos-bardem-amc-the-son-1201750407/

‘The Path’ Ups Paul James; Shaun Sipos Joins ‘Dark Matter’
Paul James, who recurred on the first season of Hulu drama seriesThe Path, has been promoted to series regular for Season 2. Shaun Sipos has booked a regular role on Season 2 of Syfy’s space opera Dark Matter. http://deadline.com/2016/05/the-path-promoted-paul-james-shaun-sipos-dark-matter-1201750498/

FEATURE NEWS:

Mike Newell to Direct Disney Movie About a Gorilla Named Ivan
“Four Weddings and a Funeral” director Mike Newellis set to direct a big-screen adaptation of Katherine Applegate’s children’s book “The One and Only Ivan” for Disney. Mike White is writing the script, which is about a silverback gorilla who lives in a cage in a shopping mall and finds himself caring for a baby elephant with whom he hatches a plan for escape. http://www.thewrap.com/mike-newell-direct-disney-gorilla-ivan-katherine-applegate/

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion Move Their Web Series ‘Con Man’ to Comic-Con HQ
"Firefly" pals Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion have found a new home for their crowd-funded web series "Con Man." The new streaming service Comic-Con HQ, a joint venture between Lionsgate and Comic-Con International, has picked up the show and ordered a second season. http://www.indiewire.com/article/alan-tudyk-nathan-fillion-web-series-con-man-comic-con-hq-sdcc-lionsgate

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

‘Young Turks’ Will Get 12-Week Run On Fusion
The Young Turks are coming to Fusion. The millennial-focused network, owned by Univision, said it would launch a 12-week series of one-hour episodes featuring members of “The Young Turks,” a collective of personalities who take a progressive/liberal view of news events and host a spate of streaming-video political programs. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/young-turks-fusion-1201769078/

Netflix Orders Global Competition Series ‘Ultimate Beastmaster’ from Sylvester Stallone, Dave Broome
Netflix is developing a new global competition series, “Ultimate Beastmaster,” produced by “Creed” star Sylvester Stallone and “The Biggest Loser” EP Dave Broome. The series will feature 108 competitors, 18 from each country, with each hourlong episode featuring 12 contestants — two from each locale. The athletes will run a demanding new obstacle course known as “The Beast,” and each episode will crown a “Beastmaster,” with the nine individual winners competing against each other in the final episode of the season for the chance to become the Ultimate Beastmaster. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/ultimate-beastmaster-netflix-competition-series-sylvester-stallone-dave-broome-1201769095/

AWARDS NEWS:

BAFTA TV Awards: The Winners List
Mark Rylance and ‘Wolf Hall’ were among the high profile winners. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/bafta-tv-awards-full-winners-890942

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

(feature) Vulture: Alias Oral History: Jennifer Garner, Series Creator J.J. Abrams and Cast Mark Spy Drama’s 10th Anniversary
In the oral history, Garner, Abrams, Michael Vartan, Victor Garber and more shared their lasting memories about the spy-tastic series. http://tvline.com/2016/05/04/jennifer-garner-alias-bradley-cooper-jj-abram-remember-oral-history-10-years-tv-show/

(opinion) THR: Bubble Watch: 10 TV Shows Facing Imminent Cancellation
1. Agent Carter (ABC)
2. Bordertown (Fox)
3. The Catch (ABC)
4. Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life (Fox)
5. Heartbeat (NBC)
6. Galavant (ABC)
7. Game of Silence (NBC)
8. The Muppets (ABC)
9. Grandfathered or The Grinder (Fox)
10. Rush Hour (CBS)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/canceled-10-tv-shows-bubble-891427

Masked Scheduler: Setting the Schedule – Pilot Testing
Here’s what I know to be true: A pilot that is rejected in testing will never succeed but a high testing pilot is no guarantee of success. We get a lot of false positives; we rarely get a false negative. The art of using testing is to look at all those shows that deliver an average test and determine if there is something in the data that indicates there may be a television show here. It is also important to understand why a pilot did not test as well as expected and then to determine if those issues can be addressed in series or are those issues at the essence of the show. http://revengeofthemaskedscheduler.blogspot.com/2016/05/setting-schedule-pilot-testing.html

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