The Morning Update for Friday, May 27, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Friday, May 27, 2016. Have a great holiday weekend!

SCRIPTED NEWS:

Hulu, ITV Order Brothel Drama Series ‘Harlots’
Hulu and the U.K.’s ITV have teamed on a straight-to-series order for drama series “Harlots,” set in the world of the 18th century London sex trade. The ongoing eight-part series will air on ITV Encore in the U.K. and stream exclusively in the U.S. on Hulu. The series follows Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton) and her daughters, as she struggles to reconcile her roles as mother and brothel owner. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/hulu-itv-harlots-1201783677/

Amazon’s New Pilot Season Includes Shows With Kelsey Grammer, Matt Bomer, Lauren Ambrose
The offerings include dramas ‘The Last Tycoon,’ based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final work, and ‘The Interestings,’ directed by Mike Newell, and six kids shows, the latter starring the likes of David Arquette and the voice of Zoe Kravitz. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/amazon-pilot-season-kelsey-grammer-897610

(ratings) Full 2015-16 TV Season Series Rankings: ‘Blindspot’, ‘Life In Pieces’ & ‘Quantico’ Lead Newcomers
NBC’s Sunday Night Football was the most watched (21.4 million viewers) and highest rated (7.5 18-49 rating) program last season, followed by CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (20.4 million) and Fox’s Empire (6.4 18-49 rating), respectively. http://deadline.com/2016/05/tv-season-2015-2016-series-rankings-shows-full-list-1201763189/

(sched) CBS to Air Remaining Episodes of Rush Hour and Angel From Hell on Saturdays
Angel From Hell, in which Jane Lynch plays Maggie Lawson’s not-so-angelic guardian angel, is up first, airing back-to-back episodes on Saturdays at 8/7c from July 2 through July 23. Rush Hour, a Bill Lawrence-produced action comedy based on the hit movie, will run on July 23 at 9/8c, then take over the 8/7c slot through August 20. http://www.tvinsider.com/article/89992/cbs-to-air-remaining-episodes-of-rush-hour-and-angel-from-hell-on-saturdays/

(sched) ‘Westworld’, ‘Divorce’, Insecure’ & ‘High Maintenance’ To Bow This Fall On HBO
HBOconfirms its new drama series Westworld will bow this fall, along with new comedy series Divorce, Insecureand High Maintenance. Westworld shut down production earlier this year but is now on track for a fall premiere. http://deadline.com/2016/05/westworld-divorce-insecure-high-maintenance-fall-debut-hbo-1201763286/

(sched) ‘Barely Famous’ Season 2 Premiere Date Set at VH1
The six-episode new season of the mock-reality show will premiere on June 29 at 10 p.m./9c. Celebrity cameos this season include Chris Martin, Chelsea Handler, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Zach Braff, Kate Upton, Cindy Crawford, Brooke Burke, Dr. Phil McGraw, Ali Larter, Lauren London, Joey Fatone and more. http://www.thewrap.com/barely-famous-season-2-premiere-date-set-at-vh1-exclusive/

(review) Hitfix: Remaking ‘Roots’ should have been an awful idea. But the new one’s great.
The remake doesn’t gloss over important moments, but it moves confidently and briskly throughout, and each night is cleverly structured as its own movie, telling one small piece of the family’s larger story. http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/review-historys-roots-admirably-retells-the-story-of-an-all-time-classic

‘Nashville’ Revival in Talks at 4 to 5 Platforms, Original Cast Still Under Long-Term Deals
Lionsgate is actively shopping the series around, along with ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment. Four to five different platforms are interested in scooping up “Nashville” for additional seasons, according to Lionsgate execs who spoke to reporters this morning on an earnings call, adding that all of those venues have been “inbound inquires coming directly to us, asking about the possibility of moving the show.” http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/nashville-revival-season-5-shopped-around-1201783752/

CASTING NEWS:

Cheers Vet John Ratzenberger Joins Whitney Cummings’ HBO Comedy Pilot
Cheers alum John Ratzenberger has nabbed a major role in HBO’s comedy pilot A Lot, starring Whitney Cummings. http://tvline.com/2016/05/26/john-ratzenberger-cast-hbo-pilot-whitney-cummings/

FEATURE NEWS:

Disney Developing ‘Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant’ Movie
Disney has acquired the feature film rights to Tony Cliff’s graphic novel series “Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant.” The studio is developing a live-action film with Roy Lee producing through his Vertigo Entertainment banner along with Mark Mower and Justin Giritkian, who secured the rights. The story centers on Delilah Dirk, a 19th century adventurer, who plots to rob a corrupt Sultan in Constantinople evades the Sultan’s guards with the aid of her flying boat. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/disney-delilah-dirk-turkish-lieutenant-movie-1201784069/

NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

Esquire Greenlights Motorcycle Competition Series ‘Wrench Against the Machine’
In each hourlong episode, “Wrench Against the Machine” will feature new teams and new motorcycle build challenges, as contestants will be tasked with building everything from café racers to choppers, bobbers and beyond. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/wrench-against-the-machine-esquire-1201783397/

‘Project Runway’ renewed through Season 18; ‘All Stars’ and ‘Junior’ picked up too
“Project Runway” has been renewed for three seasons (Seasons 16 through 18), “Project Runway All Stars” has been renewed for two (Seasons 6 and 7) and “Project Runway: Junior” has been picked up for its third season. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2016/05/26/project-runway-renewed-through-season-18-all-stars-and-junior-picked-up-too/

EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:

Fox Broadcasting Names Craig Kurland EVP, Business Affairs
Fox Broadcasting has named Craig Kurland executive vice president, business affairs. Kurland joins the broadcaster from sister studio 20th Century Fox Television. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/fox-broadcasting-craig-kurland-1201783744/

TBS, TNT Name Michael Bloom SVP, Unscripted Series and Specials
Michael Bloom has left IMG to join TBS and TNT as senior vice president, unscripted series and specials. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/tbs-tnt-name-michael-bloom-svp-unscripted-series-and-specials-1201783870/

Whitney Berry Joins Bungalow|Storied Media As SVP Development & Production
Former Invention Studios exec Whitney Berry, née Thomas, has joined Bungalow | Storied Media Group as SVP Development and Production. http://deadline.com/2016/05/whitney-berry-bungalow-storied-media-group-svp-development-production-1201762696/

(q&a) A+E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc On Scripted Strategy, Viceland’s Start And Planting Roots For The Future
DEADLINE: What is next after Roots on the scripted side? You had an issue on new drama Six where Walton Goggins replaced ailing Joe Manganiello during production.

DUBUC: Six is going to be in late July, and I will actually see a cut on Friday, but I’ve been watching the dailies and it looks spectacular. Knightfall will begin shooting this summer. The Infamous (A&E) pilot is in post and UnReal of course just won the Peabody. http://deadline.com/2016/05/nancy-dubuc-roots-unreal-interview-ae-studios-interview-1201762679/

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS:

Deadline: LA Screenings Buzz: The Hottest Titles, Boom Of Remakes & Hunt For Procedurals
Remakes and reboots dominated the broadcast networks’ new series orders this season, and not surprisingly, they have been among the hottest properties for the 1,500-1,600 international buyers at the LA Screenings held this week by US TV studios’ international distribution arms. They include traditional broadcasters as well as emerging SVOD players, making the marketplace more competitive than ever. http://deadline.com/2016/05/la-screenings-buzz-hottest-titles-remakes-lethal-weapon-macgyver-24-legacy-timeless-designated-survivor-1201763397/

TechCrunch: 62 percent of U.S. adults get their news from social media, says report
A new study from Pew Research claims that 62 percent of people get their news from social media, with 18 percent doing so very often. As expected, the top social media news source is Facebook. http://techcrunch.com/2016/05/26/most-people-get-their-news-from-social-media-says-report/

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