The Morning Update for Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Tuesday, May 24, 2016:

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Comedy Writer Niki Schwartz-Wright Inks 20th TV Overall Deal, Joins ‘Speechless’
Young comedy writer Niki Schwartz-Wrighthas signed her first overall deal, a 2 + 1 pact with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the overall deal, Schwartz-Wright will join 20th TV’s new ABCcomedy seriesSpeechlessas supervising producer and will also develop. http://deadline.com/2016/05/niki-schwartz-wright-20th-tv-overall-deal-speechless-1201761705/

‘Hamilton’ Producer Jeffrey Seller and Flody Suarez Sign Pact with Universal TV
“Hamilton” producer Jeffrey Seller and producing partner Flody Suarez have signed a deal with Universal Television to develop new projects for the studio. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/hamilton-producer-jeffrey-seller-flody-suarez-universal-tv-1201781372/

‘Being Mary Jane’: Will Packer Joins As EP, Erica Shelton Kodish Named Showrunner
BET has set a new producing team on its popular drama series Being Mary Janestarring Gabrielle Union. Will Packerhas come on board as executive producer, while The Good Wife co-executive producer Erica Shelton Kodishhas been tapped as executive producer/showrunner for the upcoming fourth season. http://deadline.com/2016/05/being-mary-jane-will-packer-producer-erica-shelton-kodish-showrunner-1201761333/

Mariah Carey Back In Business With Hallmark Channel
Mariah Careyis returning to the Hallmark Channelfold, inking a three-picture deal with the network to develop, executive produce, direct and co-star in a trio of original movies and compose and produce an original song for each. http://deadline.com/2016/05/mariah-carey-hallmark-channel-original-movies-deal-1201761291/

CASTING NEWS:

‘Young & Hungry’ Spinoff: Steve Talley Set As Male Lead, Ryan Pinkston Cast, Title & Other Details Revealed
Steve Talley has been cast as the male lead opposite Ashley Tisdale and Aimee Carrero in Freeform’s Young & Hungry spinoff, now in the works. The project, which will be titled Young & Sofia, will be introduced as a planned spinoff in the eighth episode of Young & Hungry‘s current fourth season. http://deadline.com/2016/05/young-and-hungry-spinoff-steve-talley-star-male-lead-ryan-pinkston-cast-title-details-freeform-1201761573/

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Gabrielle Ruiz Promoted to Series Regular
Gabrielle Ruiz (aka Josh’s new ex-girlfriend Valencia) has been promoted to series regular ahead of the CW comedy’s second season. http://tvline.com/2016/05/23/crazy-ex-girlfriend-season-2-spoilers-valencia-series-regular-gabrielle-ruiz/

iZombie Promotes Aly Michalka to Series Regular in Season 3
Michalka has been with the show since the pilot. http://www.tvinsider.com/article/89761/izombie-promotes-aly-michalka-to-series-regular-in-season-3/

Kyle More Cast As John Hinckley Jr. In Adaptation Of Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Killing Reagan’ For NatGeo
Actor and improv comic Kyle S. More (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, CSI) has been cast as Ronald Reagan’s would-be assassin John Hinckley Jr. in Scott Free Productions’ two-hour adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Reaganfor National Geographic Channel. http://deadline.com/2016/05/kyle-more-john-hinckley-killing-reagan-bill-oreilly-national-geographic-channel-1201761351/

FEATURE NEWS:

Shonda Rhimes, Fox 2000 in Talks to Partner for Dare Divas Movie
Fox 2000 is in talks to acquire the life rights of the online personalities the Dare Divas. The Dare Divas were formed after Sheri Hunter lost her husband suddenly and, when counseling didn’t work for her, decided to deal with her grief by having experiences that made her appreciate life. She recruited three of her closest friends, Angenette, Brenda and Mia, and undertook a worldwide trip. They continued their wild ways, going skydiving, race car driving, whitewater rafting, cliff diving and more. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/shonda-rhimes-fox-2000-talks-895114

NEW MEDIA NEWS:

NBC Sports jumps into the livestream game just in time for the Olympics
NBC Sports has announced a new video livestreaming service called Playmaker Media, which will look to compete with companies like MLB Advanced Media to air live sports online. http://mashable.com/2016/05/23/nbc-sports-live-stream-playmaker/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

John Belushi Documentary In the Works At Showtime
Showtimeis teaming with Listen to Me Marlon filmmakers R.J. Cutler and John Battsek on a feature-length documentary about the life and times of comic legend John Belushi. http://deadline.com/2016/05/john-belushi-documentary-showtime-rj-cutler-john-battsek-1201761357/

‘Amber Rose Show’ Gets Premiere Date On VH1
VH1has slotted a June premiere date for Amber Rose’s anticipated new talk show. The Amber Rose Showwill debut at 11 PM on Friday, June 17. http://deadline.com/2016/05/amber-rose-show-premiere-date-vh1-amber-rose-1201761606/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

DreamWorks Animation Hires Paramount Exec as Head of Development
DreamWorks Animation has hired Jennifer Howell, Paramount’s former head of comedy. She will be the new head of development. http://www.thewrap.com/dreamworks-animation-hires-paramount-exec-as-head-of-development/

Vice Promotes Ciel Hunter to Head of Content
Vice Media has named Ciel Hunter, an 11-year veteran of the youth-oriented media company, to the position of head of content overseeing operations across mobile and digital platforms. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/vice-ciel-hunter-head-of-content-1201781314/

Producer Chris Bender Launches Good Fear Film + Management
Producer-manager Jake Weiner will join Good Fear as partner. The company also launches with managers Jake Wagner, Daniel Vang, Scott Stoops and talent manager Ryan Revel on the staff list. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/producer-chris-bender-launches-good-896756

HBO Shakeup: Casey Bloys Named President of Programming
Michael Lombardo, whose abrupt exit was announced Friday, will segue into a producer deal with the premium network. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hbo-shakeup-casey-bloys-named-896346

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

(video) Kermit gently informs Fozzie that The Muppets has been canceled
Recently, their promising but under-loved mockumentary series, The Muppets, was given the boot by ABC after only one season. Kermit knew this in advance when he appeared at 2016’s just-concluded Vulture Festival in New York City for a panel with New York editor Chris Bonanos. Fozzie, however, did not. http://www.avclub.com/article/kermit-gently-informs-fozzie-muppets-has-been-canc-237195

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